Rose takes contact at practice

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Rose takes contact at practice

DEERFIELD, ILL.Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was somewhat dodgy about when it would occur, but before his teams Monday home win over the Lakers, he indicated that Derrick Rose could start to take on more contact at practices.

Could turned into did Tuesday, as the former league MVP took the next step at the Bulls afternoon practice at the Berto Center, according to Thibodeau.

He did a little bit more. Hes taking on some contact. Hes doing fine, Thibodeau explained after the session. "Hes been cleared for more contact, so we went to the next step today.

Its going to be a while. Its the next step in the rehab, he continued. Hes playing more, hes practicing more.

In practice, youre trying to get it as close to a game-like condition as you can, with the understanding that theres nothing like a game. Theres nothing that matches that intensity. We strive to get it there, but its different, so you have to make sure that he can handle this intensity first and then, well go from there.

A person with knowledge of the situation told CSNChicago.com that Rose has been taking on more contact since approximately last week, but in one-on-one sessions and with Bulls staffers, not players, making Tuesday a relatively significant step in the process.

Hes going against his teammates, Thibodeau said. The challenge is where you are in your schedule, but well figure it out.

Teammate Rip Hamilton was cautiously optimistic about Roses progress.

We know its going to take time. We kind of allow Derrick to just do him. It was good to just see him on the floor, moving around, getting a little contact. But with us, we just want him to take his time, the veteran guard said. Once he starts playingwe didnt do a whole lot of contact with him, personallybut its one of those things that when hes out there, he doesnt want you to back off him because he wants to challenge himself. Any opportunity hes on the floor, he wants to challenge himself and see how good he is, so you want to try to make him play some.

Hamilton, however, wouldnt divulge many details, perhaps being cautious of telling more than the secretive Thibodeau would desire.

I mean, you all just talked to Thibs, Hamilton said with a smirk on his face. What did he say?

Cubs Talk Podcast: The making of Reign Men

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Cubs Talk Podcast: The making of Reign Men

In the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Kelly Crull sits down with CSN executive producers Ryan McGuffey and Sarah Lauch, the creators of 'Reign Men: The Story Behind Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, which premieres March 27 at 9:30 p.m. on CSN.

McGuffey and Lauch share their experience making the 52-minute documentary as they sifted through hours of sound from the likes of Joe Maddon, Theo Epstein, Jason Heyward, Anthony Rizzo and more recapping one of the greatest baseball games ever played.

Plus, hear a sneak peak of 'Reign Men’ as Heyward and Epstein describe their perspective of the Rajai Davis game-tying homer and that brief rain delay that led to Heyward’s epic speech.

Check out the latest Cubs Talk Podcast right here:

Bears adding Mark Sanchez shouldn't come as a surprise

Bears adding Mark Sanchez shouldn't come as a surprise

The Bears went into the 2017 offseason with a clear plan to make changes, presumably positive ones, at the quarterback position. The idea was and always is to improve the quality of players at this or any position.
 
With the Bears agreeing to terms with former Jet/Eagle/Bronco/Cowboy Mark Sanchez, as first reported by NFL.com's Ian Rapaport, GM Ryan Pace and the organization are addressing the quantity aspect of the position, if not necessarily the quality. And that should not be dismissed.
 
Sanchez fits the template of a Brian Griese, Jason Campbell and even Josh McCown, veterans with less than auspicious resumes' but with more a David Fales or Caleb Hanie had brought to previous rosters. He gives the Bears a third quarterback under contract; expect another to be added before training camp, most likely through the draft next month.

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It really does not matter that Sanchez, the No. 5 overall pick of the 2009 draft, could not beat out Trevor Siemian in Denver two years ago or Dak Prescott in Dallas last season (while Prescott was still an unknown backup to Tony Romo). The Bears before Thursday had just Mike Glennon and Connor Shaw under contract, and teams typically go into training camps with four passers, if for no other reason than to have arms to spread drill work around.
 
But Sanchez, whose career began with trips to the AFC Championship game his first two seasons in the NFL, represents the kind of backup that teams crave, irrespective of any journeyman status they might have. Sanchez is 30, whose teams have gone 37-35 in his starts, and has experienced winning, albeit less and less as his career has played out.
 
Not that the comparison is particularly notable, but Mark Sanchez or Matt Barkley? If Sanchez somehow surprises perhaps even himself and challenges Glennon, the Bears and Glennon are the better for it.