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.

Blackhawks: Tommy Wingels fractures foot, will be ready for training camp

Blackhawks: Tommy Wingels fractures foot, will be ready for training camp

Tommy Wingels, who the Blackhawks acquired earlier this month, will miss 6-8 weeks after suffering a left-foot fracture during his offseason training. Team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in a statement that the Blackhawks, “anticipate a full recovery in 6-8 weeks and in time for training camp. We do not anticipate any long-term issues.”

The Blackhawks signed Wingels, a Wilmette native, to a one-year deal on July 1. Wingels will still be at this weekend’s convention.

Bears training camp preview: Three burning questions for the offensive line

Bears training camp preview: Three burning questions for the offensive line

With training camp starting next week, CSN Chicago’s Chris Boden and JJ Stankevitz are looking at three burning questions for each of the Bears’ position groups heading into Bourbonnais. Friday's unit: the offensive line. 

1. Will Kyle Long and Josh Sitton flip spots, and will it be effective?

One of the more intriguing storylines to come out of the Bears’ offseason program was the possibility of a Kyle Long-Josh Sitton guard swap, with Long moving from right to left and Sitton to left to right. The prevailing wisdom is that Long’s athleticism would be better suited for the pulls needed at left guard, while Sitton has made Pro Bowls at both positions. But is it prudent for the Bears to make this switch with Long still recovering from November ankle surgery and some nasty complications that came after it? He’s shown he’s skilled enough to already make one position switch on the offensive line (from right tackle to right guard), so there’s no reason to doubt he couldn’t handle another so long as he’s healthy. We’ll see where he is next week. 

“You want flexibility,” coach John Fox said. “You don’t want as much flexibility as we had to use a year ago because we had to play so many guys due to injury. But we’re messing around with (Sitton) and Kyle both playing opposite sides, whether one’s on the left, one’s on the right. We’ll get those looks in camp, we got plenty of time.”

2. Can Charles Leno Jr. capitalize on a contract year?

Leno has been a pleasant surprise given the low expectations usually set for seventh-round picks. He started every game in 2016, checking off an important box for John Fox — reliability. Whether Leno can be more than a reliable player at left tackle, though, remains to be seen (if the Bears thought he were, wouldn’t they have signed him to an extension by now?). He has one more training camp and 16 games to prove he’s worthy of a deal to be the Bears (or someone else’s) left tackle of the future. Otherwise, the Bears may look to a 2018 draft class rich in tackles led by Texas’ Connor Williams and Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey. 

“I know if I take care of my business out here, everything else will take care of itself,” Leno said. 

3. Will Hroniss Grasu survive the roster crunch?

A year ago, Grasu was coming off a promising rookie season and was in line to be the Bears’ starting center. But the Oregon product tore his ACL in August, and Cody Whitehair thrived after a last-minute move from guard to center. If the Bears keep eight offensive lineman this year, Grasu could be squeezed out: Leno, Long, Whitehair, Sitton and Bobby Massie are the likely starters, with Eric Kush and Tom Compton filling reserve roles. That leaves one spot, either for fifth-round guard Jordan Morgan or Grasu. The Bears could try to stash Morgan, who played his college ball at Division-II Kutztown, on the practice squad and keep Grasu. But Grasu doesn’t have flexibility to play another position besides center, which could hurt his case.