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Two sides agree: Talks have been good

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Two sides agree: Talks have been good

Most recent stories of NHL and NHLPA negotiations, or lack thereof, have been gloomy.

Few talks, abrupt ends to those that have taken place, and angry words from each side have been prevalent.

But on Saturday, something unusual happened: the two sides talked, and talked for a while. They talked until the early morning hours on Sunday, actually. And for the first time in weeks, theres actually some reason to be optimistic.

NHL commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr met at an undisclosed location on Saturday, and the two sides will reportedly meet again early this week. Daly and Fehr talked until after 1 a.m. Eastern time, according to various reports.

And get this: they agreed on something.

We had a series of meetings over the course of the day and had a good, frank discussion on the most important issues separating us, Daly told NHL.com.

I agree with what Bill said, Fehr said in a statement. Hopefully we can continue the dialogue, expand the group and make steady progress.

Agreeing they had a good, frank talk. Hey, for two sides who couldnt agree on who ended a negotiating session in August, thats definitely a positive.

Saturdays talks were the first since mid-October, when the two sides parted not so amicably. The NHL came with a proposal featuring a 50-50 split in hockey-related revenue, whatever its true definition may be. The players association came with three proposals, including one that went 50-50 in the first year as long as the league honored existing player contracts. Talks went south quick, as the league said the two were speaking different languages.

So Saturdays news was good news. And if it helps both sides to keep meeting at secret locations, by all means keep doing it. Tuck yourselves away in some tiki bar in Florida if need be. If taking all the rhetoric and the saidhe said out of the negotiations leads to this getting done quicker, hide away.

Its something. Its progress. And its a glimmer of hope in negotiations that have had very little.

White Sox continue dealing, trade Dan Jennings to Rays for prospect

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White Sox continue dealing, trade Dan Jennings to Rays for prospect

The White Sox continued their run of trades on Thursday morning, dealing relief pitcher Dan Jennings to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Casey Gillaspie.

Gillaspie, 24, was rated by MLB.com as the No. 10 prospect in the Rays organization. The switch-hitting first baseman batted .227 with nine homers, 44 RBIs and 45 runs scored in 95 games for AAA Durham.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound left-hander began the year ranked as the No. 74 prospect in baseball by Baseball America entering the year and was a Southern League All-Star in 2016.  The first-round pick in 2014 was a New York-Penn League All-Star that year and a Midwest League All-Star in 2015.

“Casey is a recent first-round pick who has shown a quality approach at the plate with some power throughout his minor-league career,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “He gives us yet another highly touted hitter who has stood out at every level in the Rays system and increases our organizational depth as we continue to add prospects to the system.”

Casey is the young brother of Conor Gillaspie, who spent three seasons with the White Sox from 2013 to 2015.

Jennings went 3-1 with a 3.45 ERA in 48 appearances for the White Sox this season, his 48 appearances are tied for second in the American League.

It's the fourth trade the White Sox have made in July. They began by dealing starter Jose Quintana to the crosstown rival Cubs for four prospects, including 20-year old phenom Eloy Jimenez.

Hahn and the White Sox bundled David Robertson, Todd Frazier and Tommy Kahnle to the Yankees for a prospect package that included 2016 first-round pick Blake Rutherford.

The White Sox also dealt reliever Anthony Swarzak to the Brewers and received 25-year-old Ryan Cordell in return.

The White Sox now have just one reliever on their current roster who was also on the Opening Day roster is Jake Petricka.

St. Rita RB Chris Childers commits to Indiana State

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St. Rita RB Chris Childers commits to Indiana State

St. Rita senior running back Chris Childers (5-foot-11, 180 pounds) decided late last week to end his recruiting process and gave Indiana State his verbal commitment.

"Indiana State had been recruiting me since the spring when they stopped into school," according to Childers. "I went and visited Indiana State and had a great visit and that's when I committed."

Childers was drawing recruiting interest from Syracuse, Minnesota along with Illinois State, Southern Illinois, Eastern Illinois and North Dakota State before giving Indiana State his verbal commitment. Childers is also the fifth known Chicagoland commitment for the Sycamores joining Linblom WR CJ Rutherford, Carmel WR Shaneal Greene, Bishop McNamara DB Giavion Mason and Simeon defensive tackle Tierre Taylor.

Phillips junior tight end Jahleel Billingsly (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) was able to add his first offer from Purdue after an impressive Boilermakers one day camp performance last Friday at Purdue.

"The Purdue coaches came up to me during the camp and said that they wanted to be the first school to offer me a scholarship,: according to Billingsly.  "I was also able to look around at Purdue a bit and everything was really nice. I was able to see the campus and I also saw the brand new facility that

Purdue is building. Everything was just really nice at Purdue and I also got along great with the coaches. I was a bit surprised to get an offer from Purdue. We are getting towards the end of the summer and I just assumed that most of the coaches would wait until during the season before they would offer me."

Billingsly has also drawn recruiting looks so far this summer from Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, NIU and Missouri.

Waubonsie Valley senior three star ranked tight end Charles Robinson (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) remains one of the top remaining uncommitted names in the Class of 2018. So what's Robinson's plan for his recruiting process?

"I have no clue right now to be honest," Robinson said. "I want to wait until I truly feel the school I pick is the perfect fit for me. I have no favorites. I want to go to a Mississippi State game this fall for a game. I also want to go to an Iowa game, a Georgia game and an Illinois game."

Crystal Lake South four star ranked offensive tackle recruit Trevor Keegan (6-foot-6, 290 pounds) made a recent unofficial visit to Penn State and came away with an offer from the Nittany Lions.

"Penn State was pretty cool," according to Keegan. "I just really get along well with the Penn State coaches and I really like those guys. I was just impressed with the overall mentality at Penn State and just how focused everyone is at working hard and getting better every day. I was also able to tour the campus and see the facilities and I had maybe the best ice creme I've ever had at the Penn State Creamery. It was also great to add an offer from Penn State on my visit. The trip to Penn State went really smooth and it was a lot shorter than I had expected. Overall I had a good visit to Penn State."

Keegan is also hoping to attend some college game days this fall at LSU, Penn State, Michigan and Oklahoma.