Word on the Street: Canadiens fan defends Turco

Word on the Street: Canadiens fan defends Turco

Thursday, April 7, 2011
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Canadiens fan defends Turco

The Canadian businessman who was thrust into the spotlight Tuesday night after he reportedly made an in-game bet with Blackhawks goalie Marty Turco is now coming out in support of the Hawks' net-minder. He says that Turco did not give him "wads" of cash as has been reported.

"I think it's gotten a little out of hand with people saying things online or the radio about me and what happened that just aren't true,'' said Robert Walter, the man with whom Turco made the bet. "When I called the radio station (Team 990) after the game from the car, I told them the story and said, 'Marty Turco gave me a wadded-up 5 bill,' and I think people heard that and thought he gave me 'wads,' or more than that.''

"To read anything into this is silly. Turco never lost focus during the game, we only talked during breaks and the only reason I made this public was to say pro sports need more guys like this.'' (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Dwight Howard out vs. Bulls

Dwight Howard picked up yet another technical foul on Wednesday night, giving him a league-high 18 on the season. The technical came after he was charged with a rare 10-second violation at the free throw line.

After the call, Howard tossed the ball away from the official out of frustration and was immediately called for the technical. After the NBA upheld the call, Howard will be forced to serve a one-game suspension when the Magic host the Bulls on Sunday. (ProBasketbalTalk.com)

Cards' La Russa lashes out at reports, quits presser

Tony La Russa wasn't very happy after the Cardinals' 3-1 loss to the Pirates on Wednesday and he took it out on some reporters during his postgame press conference.

La Russa ranted and raved at a reporter and then walked out. (HardballTalk.com)

LeBron's mother arrested

The mother of All-Star forward LeBron James was arrested early Thursday morning on a misdemeanor assault charge. According to police, Gloria James was arrested for assaulting a hotel parking attendant after the Heat's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

This is not her first brush with the law. In 2006 she was arrested on a drunken-driving charge in Ohio. (NBCMiami)

Pacers clinch 8th seed

The Indiana Pacers clinched the 8th seed in the East on Wednesday night with a victory over the Washington Wizards. This is significant for the Bulls because if they hold on to the top seed in the East, the Pacers would line up as their first-round opponents. (Yahoo! Sports)

Blackhawks Notes: Coaching changes and Marcus Kruger’s status

Blackhawks Notes: Coaching changes and Marcus Kruger’s status

Coach Joel Quenneville didn’t mince words. Finding out his good friend, former assistant coach Mike Kitchen was fired not long after the Blackhawks’ postseason ended, frustrated him.

“That day, I was not happy. I was a little disappointed,” Quenneville said on Thursday. “We lost a great coach and somebody I had been working with for a long time. It was tough and we’ve moved on now, but I wasn’t excited at the moment.”

In moving on the Blackhawks have revamped their coaching staff, adding another old friend and teammate of Quenneville’s in Ulf Samuelsson and a former member of his St. Louis staff in Don Granato. Quenneville said Samuelsson will take over Kitchen’s responsibilities while Granato will handle a number of tasks.

“Whether he’s pre-scout, helping Kevin [Dineen], helping Ulfie, helping me. He’s helping the young guys like Stan [Bowman] said,” Quenneville said. “We have input with all areas and all coaches and it’s a fun thing, drawing up practices or talking to guys, preparing meetings and evaluating performances. But I think he’s excited to be a part of that as well and Ulfie, he’ll be doing something he’s been doing and he’s excited to work with some of our defense as well.”

As far as the Blackhawks’ defensive style, Quenneville doesn’t foresee it changing.

“I think there are some areas how it ended or after a playoff series, there’s always some tweaks we like to do in games, in playoffs or in series," Quenneville said. "It’s obviously disappointing. But I think there’s a lot of positive things we accomplished last year and how we played without the puck, I don’t think that was too much of an issue.

"But we have a defense that can play both ways and we still want offense from our defensive part of our game. That’d be one of our strengths. But when it’s time to defend, how we want to play in our own end without the puck is something that’ll be very close to how we play.”

Kruger’s situation

There’s been plenty of talk regarding Marcus Kruger, and whether or not he’ll remain with the Blackhawks. Whatever the future holds for the center, general manager Stan Bowman wouldn’t say on Thursday.

“Yeah, there have been a lot of these rumors around, but Marcus is no different than any other player. I’m not going to comment on rumors out there, but people are stating it as if it’s a fact,” Bowman said of Kruger being at the center of trade rumors. “There’s a lot of speculation, but it’s not fair to the players for me to be commenting on what’s been rumored out there. I don’t really have anything to add on that front.”

Trevor van Riemsdyk was Vegas’ selection in Wednesday night’s expansion draft. But a source said it’s still possible the Blackhawks trade Kruger to the Golden Knights.

CubsTalk Podcast: Reacting to Kyle Schwarber's demotion and Mike Montgomery on his evolution

CubsTalk Podcast: Reacting to Kyle Schwarber's demotion and Mike Montgomery on his evolution

Tony Andracki, Scott Changnon and Jeff Nelson react in real time to the breaking news that Kyle Schwarber was demoted to the minor leagues. Plus, the trio play around with expansion drafts and who the most indispensable players on the Cubs are.

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Patrick Mooney also goes 1-on-1 with Cubs swingman southpaw Mike Montgomery about the lanky lefty’s role and how he got here.

Check out the entire Podcast here.