Lions behaving like losers three-time losers


Lions behaving like losers three-time losers

Nothing is ever really won during the offseason and the flag-football of minicamps, which never reveal meaningful things about linemen or about performance under some semblance of pressure.But things can be lost in offseasons and no team this year is doing a better job of that than the Detroit Lions, which holds more than a little significance for the Bears and the rest of the NFC.The Lions have followed their undisciplined and self-destructive conduct on the field last year (Matthew Stafford, Ndamukong Suh vs. the Bears) with an offseason of which the Cincinnati Bengals could be proud.Four of Detroits five picks in the 2011 draft have had issues with the law already, including wide receiver Titus Young, who has been bounced from OTAs for reportedly sucker-punching safety (and teammate) Louis Delmas.Dave Birkett over at the Detroit Free Press does a thorough and pointed roundup of the issues happening under the general auspices of coach and enabler Jim Schwartz.
Without going into the specific incidents (Dave does that), two main points to consider:One is that the Lions could well be without defensive tackle Nick Fairley (two arrests) or running back Mikel Leshoure because of suspensions by the league for conduct-unbecoming.And the other is that at a time when serious teams are about the business of football, the Lions are clearly focused on matters other than football.The Lions were sliding backwards and down last season about the time Jay Cutler was fracturing his wrist, and Detroit only was a wild-card playoff qualifier because of the Bears injuries and Dallas stumbling in the final weeks.For point of reference: In the nine years under Marvin Lewis, the Bengals have raised off-field misconduct to an art form and hold the unofficial record for most players arrested under one head coach.They also have reached the postseason just three times and never won a playoff game.Same as Schwartzs Lions.

White Sox: Jose Quintana pleased with final warmup before Opening Day start

White Sox: Jose Quintana pleased with final warmup before Opening Day start

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jose Quintana was pleased with his final warmup before Opening Day.

The White Sox Opening Day starter threw 48 pitches (30 strikes) against a Milwaukee Brewers minor league team at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday. Quintana allowed two hits, two runs (one earned), walked one and struck out three in three-plus innings. He next pitches at home on Monday against the Detroit Tigers.

"I finished my preparation on a high note," Quintana said. "I'm heading to the season with good energy and satisfied with all the worked and effort that I put in my preparation.

"I'm absolutely ready for the season to start."

A tweet from USA Today's Bob Nightengale on Tuesday suggested Quintana will start the season as a member of the White Sox despite myriad rumors. Nightengale noted that the Houston Astros refuse budge on what they're willing to pay for the 2016 All-Star. The White Sox have also held firm on their asking price and haven't been motivated by any of the offers they've received to move Quintana.

The team reduced the number of players still in camp to 34 on Tuesday with the trade of Peter Bourjos and by cutting nonroster invitees Cory Luebke and Matt Purke. Luebke, who has been sidelined for six days after he tweaked his hamstring, finished the spring with a 0.96 ERA in 9 1/3 innings. He can opt out of his minor-league deal in May. Purke struck out eight in eight innings and finished with a 2.25 ERA. 

Both had been in the mix for one of two open bullpen spots.

Fellow reliever Jake Petricka looked much calmer on Tuesday than he did after taking a comebacker off his hand Monday. X-rays were negative and Petricka played catch. He hopes to pitch as scheduled this weekend in Milwaukee. 

"This is just one of those you do everything you can do to stay healthy, and its part of the game you can't control," Petricka said. "You never want that to happen, especially this late in camp. "But we dodged a bullet and we're good to go."

The White Sox also had a close call with second baseman Tyler Saladino, who was hit by a pitch in the left wrist in minor league action on Monday. Saladino received treatment and could return to action on Wednesday.

"He's doing good, we're just holding him back today for my well being," Renteria said.

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Renteria said reliever Juan Minaya is improving but still likely to start the season on the DL. Minaya suffered an abdominal tear in mid-March. 

"He has been improving solidly and responding to the treatments," Renteria said.

Yolmer Sanchez went 2-for-2 with an RBI and scored a run in a 7-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Surprise, Ariz. 

Michael Ynoa allowed an unearned run and a hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. 

Zack Burdi struck out three in a scoreless inning.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Cubs wrapping up spring training


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Cubs wrapping up spring training

Today on the Sports Talk Live podcast, David Kaplan, Seth Gruen, Teddy Greenstein, and Mark Grote discussed Addison Russell’s injury, if Szczur or La Stella should get the Cubs final roster spot, if the Bulls would be better off facing the Celtics or Cavs in the first round of the playoffs, and Jay Cutler’s butt all over the internet.