MINNEAPOLIS -- Brandon Marshalls 16-yard touchdown catch in the final minutes of Sundays 21-14 loss to the Vikings gave him the most receptions in a single-season in Chicago Bears history. Marshalls 101 receptions top Marty Bookers 100 from the 2001 season, and Marshall still has three games to play.
"In my eyes Marshall is the best receiver in the game," Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield said. "I put him up there with Calvin Johnson. That guy is a problem."
"He and Cutler are always on the same page. Cutler is going to give him opportunities to make plays, and he made a few today."
Vikings defensive end Jared Allen has one word that he feels best describes Marshall on the field. Coincidentally it just happens to be Marshalls nickname too.
"He's a beast," Allen told CSNChicago.com. "To have a man that big and that physical playing that position is good.
Although Marshall became the most prolific receiver in any Bears season ever, the fact still remains it came on a day where Chicago lost for the fourth time in five weeks.
Cutler just throws him the ball and we knew he was going to get his," Allen said. "We couldn't let him take the top off on us and I think we did that for the most part."
The worst kept secret is finally out of the bag.
The White Sox officially announced the signing of free agent Cuban outfielder Luis Robert to a minor-league contract, which includes a $26-million signing bonus.
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“We are excited to add Luis — another young, extremely talented and impactful prospect — to the White Sox organization,” White Sox senior vice president/general manager Rick Hahn said. “Luis has the potential to be a dynamic, five-tool player at the major-league level, and we look forward to watching him develop in our system over coming seasons. Luis will immediately be viewed as one of the top prospects in baseball, and his signing adds to the growing depth of quality young players within our organization.”
The 19-year-old Robert played in 210 career games (including postseason) with Ciego de Ávila in the Cuban Serie Nacional and had a .315/.402/.467 slash line with 20 home runs, 92 RBI and 29 stolen bases.
Robert slides into the No. 2 spot on the White Sox Top 30 prospects, according to MLB Pipeline.
Michal Kempny was in and out of the Blackhawks lineup last season but he’ll likely get a bigger opportunity this coming season. On Saturday, he was assured of coming back to get that chance.
Kempny and the Blackhawks agreed to a one-year extension, the team announced on Saturday morning.
“Michal’s style of play is an asset to our defense,” general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. “He is the type of player who will continue to improve now that he has transitioned to the National Hockey League. We look forward to his continued development on the ice for the Blackhawks.”
Kempny was part of a very crowded blue line last season — he was one of eight defensemen at the start of it — and played 50 regular-season games. He recorded two goals and six assists in those contests but did not play in the Blackhawks’ four postseason contests. With Johnny Oduya and Brian Campbell likely not returning, however, Kempny should get a bigger opportunity this season.
The 26-year-old Kempny also had two goals and an assist in eight games for the Czech Republic team at the 2017 World Championship.