Word on the Street: Buehrle stands by Vick comments

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Word on the Street: Buehrle stands by Vick comments

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011
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Buehrle stands by Vick comments

WhiteSox lefty Mark Buehrle has no problem standing behind what he saidabout Michael Vick last week, when he admitted "there were times wehope he gets hurt."

Today, Buehrle said the following:"No, I said it. Its an old story. Again, we are not bringing dramainside and past history stuff. So, I said it, meant it. Its over, andwell move on." (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)

Hawks close to acquiring Mark Stuart?

The Blackhawks may be close to acquiring defenseman Mark Stuart from Boston. According to the rumor, the Hawks would be sending the Bruins a draft pick in return for Stuart, whose departure would help the Boston clear salary space.

In 31 games so far this season, Stuart has a total of five points (one goal, four assists). (ProHockeyTalk)

Patrick Kane makes list of Top 5 U.S. born hockey players

On Sunday, February 20, the 2011 Hockey Day in America on NBC will be covering four hockey games spotlighting the growth of hockey in the United States.

They have compiled a list discussing the top five U.S. - born players that will appear in Sunday's contests. Blackhawks' winger Patrick Kane came into the list at the No. 2 spot.

The other four players that made the list were No. 1 Ryan Miller (Sabres), No. 3 Brian Rafalski (Red Wings), No. 4 Brandon Dubinsky (Rangers) and Jimmy Howard (Red Wings).
(ProHockeyTalk)

White Sox are a fat team

According to a study by the Wall Street Journal, the 2007, 2008 and 2009 White Sox take the top three spots in history for the heaviest teams. Citing players such as Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia, the Sox averaged 219.4 pounds per player. With the addition of Adam Dunn for 2011, that number probably won't go down very much. (wsj.com)

NFL, NFLPA agree...

... to do nothing but talk for a week.

A league source (but not a league office source) says that the league and union have agreed to seven straight days of negotiations. This development was disclosed in a conference call with agents. The seven straight days will kick off Friday.

Thursday included two tiny steps forward for everyone hoping for a resolution by early March. The two sides agreed to federal mediation and now have agreed to the kind of sustained discussions necessary to get a deal done. (profootballtalk.com)

Tigers' Cabrera charged with DUI

Miguel Cabrera was arrested in Florida late Wednesday night for drunk driving. Cabrera's car was reportedly stopped alongside the road with his engine smoking when he was spotted by police. The arrest report states that Cabrera smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech, and even took a swig of scotch in front of an officer.

This is not Cabrera's first brush with controversy. In 2009, the night before his team lost the AL Central Division title to the twins, he got into a fight with his wife after a night of drinking. (CNN)

White Sox decide to keep Sale in bullpen

After an offseason full of speculation about whether the White Sox would move Chris Sale into the rotation or keep him in the bullpen the drama is already over, as general manager Ken Williams announced that Sale will be used as a reliever.

Sale had a 1.93 ERA last season with 32 strikeouts in 23 innings. (HardballTalk.com)

Rodman owes 42K in back taxes

According to a report, former-Bull Dennis Rodman owes more than 42,000 in back taxes to the state of California. However, Rodman's business manager, Peggy King, is disputing the state's claim.

King says, "It's got to be incorrect" because Rodman recentlyreceived a refund check from the state "for 42,000 or 43,000." (ChicagoBreakingSports)
Manumaleuna to have surgery

Bears tight end Brandon Manumaleuna is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Manumaleuna, who signed a five-year contract with the bears before the start of last season, underwent a similar surgery on his left knee before last year's NFL draft. Because the surgery is being done so early in the offseason, he is expected to be back to full strength in time for training camp. (National Football Post)

Barkley: Bulls could be best in the East

NBA-great Charles Barkley had some high praise for the Bulls on Wednesday, during a taping of "The Jay Leno Show." Barkley said that he thinks that, once Joakim Noah returns from injury, the Bulls could be better than both the Heat and Celtics - the two teams currently ahead of the Bulls in the Eastern Conference.

"The Chicago Bulls, if they get everybody healthy, might be the best team in the East," Barkley told Leno.(ChicagoBreakingSports)

Michael Jordan, No. 32?

Here's a fun, nonsensical little story; the mystery of the No. 32 Michael Jordan statue. The incorrectly-numbered statue appeared in the background of the Jimmy Kimmel show while he was shaving the head of pop star Justin Bieber.

So, where did the statue come from? In short; nobody knows, but apparently it's not the only one. And, in case you wondered, it costs 650. (Ball Don't LieYahoo! Sports)

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

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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.