Friday, Dec. 17, 2010
Gibson likely to start v. Clippers
With Bulls' center Joakim Noah out for between eight and 10 weeks, Taj Gibson will be called on to pick up much of the slack. Coach Tom Thibodeau said, though it's not yet definitive, Gibson will likely start on Saturday night against the Clippers. Gibson, of course, started the majority of last year as well as earlier this year while Boozer was out with his hand injury.
"The one thing I do like about Taj is his shot-blocking is terrific. He protects the front of the rim. His team defense is excellent," said Thibodeau. (ChicagoBreakingSports)
Harvin to start v. Bears
When the Bears and Vikings take the frozen field at TCF Bank Stadium on Monday night, Percy Harvin will be there. Harvin has missed the last two games for the Vikings due to migraines that have plagued him for the majority of the season, however he now says he expects to play on Monday night against the Bears.
"Feeling great now," Harvin said Friday in the locker room before practice. "I had a bad two weeks. I think the last week was more precautionary, seeing how I react to a lot of the new medicines I was on." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Briggs unhappy with venue
Lance Briggs voiced his displeasure with the league's choice of venues for the upcoming Monday night game between the Bears and Vikings after practice on Friday.
"I really hope that the representatives from the NFLPA voice our concerns about playing there...Some of the things that make me scratch my head all the time," Briggs said. (ChicagoBreakingSports)
Blackhawks sign Johnson
The Blackhawks have signed center Ryan Johnson to a one-year contract. Johnson, who had been with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League on a tryout basis, will wear No. 17 and may play Friday night against the Red Wings. Prior to playing in the AHL, Johnson played with the Panthers, Lightning, Blues, and Canucks in the NHL. (Blackhawks.nhl.com)
Greinke fires agent; wants out of KC
Former Cy Young award winner Zack Greinke fired his agent on Friday, the clearest sign to date that he wants out of Kansas City. Frustrated with losing, Greinke became disengaged from his team at multiple points throughout the 2010 season. Through his now-seven full seasons with the Royals, his team has yet to muster even a single winning season. In fact, he has only experienced one season in which his team lost less than 90 games. (FoxSports)