Torres takes big hit from NHL

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Torres takes big hit from NHL

GLENDALE Phoenix forward Raffi Torres was suspended 25 games for violating three NHL rules with his hit on Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa last week.In his video explanation, Brendan Shanahan said that Torres hit on Hossa in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series violated three rules: interference, charging and an illegal check to the head. Two other factors, Shanahan said, led to the lengthy suspension. Marian Hossa suffered a major injury on the play he was taken off on a stretcher and Torres has been suspendedfined five previous times, including recently, for hits very similar to the one on Hossa.Torres is not only a repeat offender, but his extensive discipline history consists of acts similar to this one, including two this season, Shanahan said in his video. Shanahan referred to these hits: Hits to the head to David Moss (2007) and Patrick Berglund (2009), elbows to the head of Jordan Eberle (2010) and Jan Hejda (2011), and a chargecontact to the head on Nate Prosser (2011).On the violation of the illegal check to the head, Shanahan said, the position of Hossas head doesnt change significantly just prior tosimultaneously with this hit. The onus is on Torres not to make it the principal point of contact. By leaping, he makes it a principal point of contact.If the 25 games cant be served by the conclusion of these Stanley Cup playoffs, then the remaining games of the suspension will carry over to the following regular season. Torres will be prohibited from playing any preseason games until his 25-game suspension is served.Should the suspension carry over to next season, because he is classified as a repeat offender under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Torres will forfeit 21,341.46 in salary for every regular-season game in which he is ineligible to play.Hossas status has not changed, according to Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, since the hit. He is not on this trip.

Jason Heyward: Banged-up Cubs ready to be tested vs. Nationals

Jason Heyward: Banged-up Cubs ready to be tested vs. Nationals

WASHINGTON – The cut on Jason Heyward’s left hand has been compared to a third-degree burn, an injury that would have required stiches if the skin had not ripped off already.

The Cubs can’t count on their Gold Glove outfielder – or their World Series MVP (Ben Zobrist) or ERA titleholder (Kyle Hendricks) – for this four-game showdown against the Washington Nationals. All-Star shortstop Addison Russell didn’t start Monday night while dealing with a sore right shoulder, taking more juice out of this potential playoff preview at Nationals Park.

“Every day’s a test, regardless of whether we’re healthy or not,” Heyward said after taking about 15 swings off a tee. “Bottom line, every team goes through tests. Every single season, guys get hurt. And whoever’s there at the end of the year in the playoffs, they handled that the best and was able to weather that storm the best. 

“This team’s no different. Every single day, you’re expected to win. We expect each other to win and go out there and try to find a way to get it done every day. There’s going to be more tests, but that’s what you want.”

The next step for Heyward would be getting cleared to take a full batting practice.

“It’s getting better every day,” Heyward said, “but until it gets to the point where I can swing every day and take BP, I just got to do a little more waiting and healing.”

Heyward – who sliced open his hand while trying to make a sliding catch in foul territory on June 18 – is eligible to be activated from the 10-day disabled list on Thursday but would probably need some at-bats in the minors first.  

“We’ll let you know,” Heyward said. “I don’t do ‘probablys.’ I probably wouldn’t have wanted to be on the DL, either, but we’ll see what happens.”

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Did Bulls get fleeced?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Did Bulls get fleeced?

On the latest edition of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, David Kaplan is joined Anthony Herron (NBC Sports), David Haugh (Chicago Tribune) and Danny Parkins (670 The Score) to discuss the madness in Chicago this weekend.

The panel breaks down the crazy draft night for both the Blackhawks and Bulls while wondering if Tom Thibodeau fleeced Gar/Pax.

Then, Mark Buehrle had his number retired on Saturday. Even Kap loved it.

Listen to the SportsTalk Live Podcast now.