Word on the Street: NBA lockout ending soon?

Word on the Street: NBA lockout ending soon?

Tuesday, Sep. 6, 2011
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Will NBA owners, players agree soon?

It is said that both sides are are finally are starting to reason, but are still a ways away. NBA expert, Chris Sheridan says different. Sheridan says the players are asking for under 15 billion and the owners are offering 12 so they are closer to making a deal. However, that is still three billion dollars difference. David Stern, Bill Hunter and most NBA labor negotiators think both sides are nowhere close. (ProBasketballTalk)

Hold on Forte contract talk

Matt Forte's contract talk is put on hold until the end of the season. He was being offered 13-14 million. Forte is taking a risk because he's not guaranteed more money if he gets to free agency. It is also possible that the Bears could keep him next year. (ProFootballTalk)

Kelly looks to control emotions

No wonder coach Brian Kelly was so upset. That loss on Saturday dropped Notre Dame out of the Associated Press Top 25 poll. LSU is now No. 2 behind Oklahoma. Kelly has admitted that the loss to South Florida has been one of the most frustrating of his career. (ChicagoTribune)

LaHair or Pena?

Carlos Pena has turned down a trade with the Yankees. It seems as though Pena wants to resign with the Cubs. However, the question is do the Cubs want Pena back for 10 million next season or will Bryan Lahair (Pacific Coast League MVP) get a shot for just 350,000? The Cubs are reportedly heavily considering Pena. (HardballTalk)

Levy the Novelist

Former coach Marv Levy is releasing his first novel later this month, "Between The Lies." He has expressed his passion for football through his novel. Levy said the great thing about coaching and writing is waiting to see if the outcome is acceptable. The novel is about two teams, Los Angeles Leopards and Portland Pioneers meeting up in the Super Bowl. Although these are events from real life experiences the book is fiction.

Pera's soon to recover

Although Dan Persa is not putting a timetable on his recover he says he it is not far. He is helping out from the sidelines as an unofficial quarterbacks coach. Persa also said since Kain Colter did such a great job that it takes pressure off of him.

Morning Update: Bulls prep for Game 4; Cubs won; Sox lost

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Morning Update: Bulls prep for Game 4; Cubs won; Sox lost

Here are some of Saturday's top stories in Chicago sports:

Five Things to Watch: Bulls battle Celtics in Game 4 today on CSN

Preview: Cubs look to sweep Reds on CSN

White Sox scoreless streak hits 23 innings in loss to Indians

No clear options for Fred Hoiberg at point guard

Two days later, Blackhawks still stunned, 'embarrassed' by quick exit

Cubs offense explodes with three home runs in victory over Reds

Stan Bowman 'completely, completely disappointed' with Blackhawks

White Sox prospect Carson Fulmer: 'Our time is coming soon'

Still in mourning, Isaiah Thomas dictates pace, delivers for Celtics

Jacob May gets 'Harambe' off his back with first career hit

Jacob May gets 'Harambe' off his back with first career hit

Jacob May gets 'Harambe' off his back with first career hit

Jacob May earned his first career hit on Saturday night when he singled up in the middle against Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco, ending an 0-for-26 start to his major league career. That lengthy stretch without a hit put a weight on May's back heavier than a monkey, as the cliché usually goes.

Instead, that weight felt like America's favorite deceased silverback gorilla. 

"It was kind of like having Harambe on my back," May, a Cincinnati native, said. "I was in a chokehold because I couldn't breathe as well. Now that he's gone, hopefully I can have a lot of success and help this team win.

In all seriousness, May felt an extraordinary relief when he reached first base. He said first base coach Daryl Boston looked at him and said, "Finally," when he reached first base, and when he got back to the dugout, he was mobbed by his teammates and hugged by manager Rick Renteria.

Before anyone could congratulate him in the dugout, though, May let out a cathartic scream into his helmet.

"I was just like oh, man, I let loose a little bit," May said. "This locker room, every'one has kind of helped me out and brought me aside, and told me to just relax. It's a tough situation when you are trying to impress instead of going out there and having fun. Just kind of got to release all that tension built up."

May only had the opportunity to hit because left fielder Melky Cabrera injured his left wrist in the top of the seventh inning (X-Rays came back negative and Cabrera said he should be able to play Sunday). May didn't have much time to think about having to pinch hit for Cabrera, who was due to lead off the bottom of the seventh, which Renteria figured worked in his favor.

"When we hit for Melky, I was talking to (bench coach Joe McEwing), I said, 'He's not going to have anytime to think about it. He's going to get into the box and keep it probably as simple as possible,'" Renteria said. "I don't think he even had enough time to put his guard on his shin. He just got a pitch out over the middle of the plate and stayed within himself and just drove it up the middle, which was nice to see. Obviously very excited for him."

When May reached first base, he received a standing ovation from the crowd at Guaranteed Rate Field, too, even with the White Sox well on their way to a 7-0 loss to the Indians. It's a moment May certainly won't forget anytime soon, especially now that he got Harambe off his back.

"I kind of soaked it all in," May said. "It was probably one of the most surreal, best experiences of my life."