Word on the street: Guillen ex-Sox manager?

Word on the street: Guillen ex-Sox manager?

Thursday Sept. 15, 2011
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Guillen Ex-Sox manager?

It has been reported that the chances of Ozzie Guillen returning to the White Soxfor the 2012 season is at 50 percent. Guillen has been linked with theMarlins for awhile now and the two sides may want to discuss a trade.(Hardball Talk)

Urlacher Returns

Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher returned to Chicago on Thursday after leaving town due to the death of his mother. Urlacher had been excused on Wednesday's practice because of the unfortunate event. The details of whether he would play the New Orleans Saints on Sunday were hazy. However, now that he's back it is expected that he will play.(Chicago Tribune)
Bad news Becker

Bad news for Fighting Illini senior fullback Zach Becker. It seems he is out for the rest of the season with a broken leg and ligament tear injuries. Becker was a walk on and played three games last year due to injuries. (CollegeFootball Talk)

Social media no-no

The NFL and the NHL are cracking down on their players' social media habits. The NHL has adapted a social media policy for 2011-2012 season along with the other leagues. The NHL's policy consists of not using Twitter, Facebook or any other social media websites before, during and after the game or during practice or team obligations. There is also a social media policy on game day for NBA and MLB.(ProHockey Talk)
Cog Hill evaluation by Mickelson

One again Phil Mickelson has let his opinion be known about architect Reese Jones' work. This time it is about Cog Hill's No. 4 course renovation. Mickelson implied that there are courses more suitable for men of his stature. He also jumps the gun and said, This will be the last year we play here . . . ." It turns out John Kaczkowski, president and chief executive officer of the Western Golf Association has a say in that decision and it is, Nothing has been decided for 2013." (FoxSports)

Notre Dame fan saved at Michigan game

Norte Dame fan Leo Staudacher had a heart attack during a game against Michigan last Saturday. Thanks to a near by fan who performed CPR, Staudacher survived and was able to watch the last two touchdowns from the ICU unit. "It was great to witness an amazing match-up between two old rivals," said Staudacher. It was a miracle ending to a magnificent game of 35-31 Michigan.(Chicago Tribune)

Bobby Portis relishing his chance as starter

Bobby Portis relishing his chance as starter

A milk carton was a more likely place to find Bobby Portis than on a basketball floor playing big minutes for the majority of his second season.

He could often be found in the locker room before games and listening to the older players talk to the media afterward, trying his best to fight off the frustration and admitted confusion that comes with the regression of not getting playing time.

When Portis did play, he looked nothing like the confident and borderline cocky rookie who often referred to himself in the third person in interviews. He didn't know when he would play, how long he would be out there or even worse, what was expected of him.

The trade of Taj Gibson at the deadline — preceded by the temporary benching of Nikola Mirotic — put Portis back in the spotlight and he's intent on making the most of it during the last 23 games of the regular season.

"It's fun. You know go out there every day just to know that it's another day I'm going to play," Portis said. "That's the biggest thing for me. I feel like that's already a confidence builder right there, just coming into every game knowing that I'm in the rotation. It's great fun to go out there and play."

It's no secret the front office the Bulls want Portis to succeed and not add him to the ledger of some of the first-round disappointments that can be recalled in recent memory.

The trade of Gibson was certainly underlined with the mantra that Portis should play and the way was going to be cleared for Portis, one way or another. Scoring 19 with eight rebounds against the Celtics on national TV right before the All-Star break probably gave Portis enough validation considering he was thrust into the starting lineup at power forward soon after.

"I don't care about nobody judging me," Portis said. "At the end of the day I'm going to play basketball. That's my job. I'm going to go out there and do the things I do well. I feel like sometimes people misconstrue just because you don't play and they can say some things like that. I don't really care about anybody judging me at this point. At the end of the day I'm still going to be Bobby Portis at the end of the day."

Well, clearly, the third person thing hasn't left the second-year forward, but he said he stayed in the gym waiting on his opportunity, even through a quick but confusing stint to Hoffman Estates to the D-League.

"Just being hungry. Humble and hungry," Portis said. "You know one thing I always strive off of is being humble and hungry. That kept me sane. My mom, I talked to her a lot. She kept me grounded. It's kind of tough not playing and going through the season knowing that some games you might play, you might not play. You know it's about waiting your turn, but at the same time you have to keep working."

Being the fifth big in Fred Hoiberg's rotation didn't leave him a lot of room for Portis to get much run or even find a rhythm, and like many others who've found themselves out of the rotation unexpectedly, it was without much of an explanation.

"Nah, I didn't really know what I could do to get minutes," Portis said. "The one thing that I know that I always do is just come in here every day, work as hard as I can, let the dominos fall how they fall. Every day I come in here, just bust my butt for some minutes, but sometimes it wouldn't work."

Now that he has found himself into Hoiberg's good graces, his improving range has allowed both units to play similiarly.

"I think Bobby has done a real nice job," Hoiberg said. "He was a huge part of our win against Boston in our game right before the break. He just goes out and plays with so much energy. What I really like about him right now is he has no hesitation on his shot. He's stepping into his 3 with good rhythm."

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Bears will not use franchise tag on Alshon Jeffery

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Bears will not use franchise tag on Alshon Jeffery

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Nick Friedell (ESPNChicago.com) and Danny Parkins (670 The Score) join David Kaplan on the panel.

NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that the Bears will not use the franchise tag on Alshon Jeffery for the second straight year. Is that the right move? And what will Ryan Pace do with all of his team’s cap space?

The Bulls are winning but their new, young point guard doesn’t know his role. Will anything ever change with the Bulls?

That plus Scott Paddock drops by to recapping a thrilling Daytona 500 finish.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: