Word on the Street: NBA reviewing Pacers' fouls

Word on the Street: NBA reviewing Pacers' fouls

Friday, April 22, 2011
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NBA upgrades Foster's fouls to flagrant

Jeff Foster's foul on Derrick Rose with 5 minutes, 59 seconds left in the third quarter and Foster's foul on Luol Deng with 1:59 remaining were both reviewed by the NBA's discipline chief Stu Jackson.

And the result?

The NBA league office upgraded the two personal fouls by the Indiana Pacers forward to flagrant-one fouls. Foster will not be suspended for Saturday's Game 4.

Two flagrant-one fouls during a game are grounds for automatic ejection. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Ozzie worried about being fired?

Not a chance. Ozzie Guillen told reporters that he's not worried about being fired despite the slow start, and he said it in typically amusing Ozzie fashion:

"I come to work, put a smile on my face, talk to you guys and do my managers job and go home and cry. In front of you guys, Im fine, Im cool. I got a lot of money. I got a lot of work. If Im not managing the White Sox, I will manage somewhere else. Maybe Mexico, Japan. I know I will manage in Venezuela. I can do a lot of great stuff in baseball."

He also noted that he'd be just fine with being fired.

"Ive been fired and released before. If I get fired, I can at least enjoy my 2 million or something that Im going to get next year. Ill do like Manny Ramirez. Ill go to Spain for the bullfights and come back for the World Series. I dont worry about it." (Pro Hardball Talk)

NFL could cancel Weeks 2 and 4

In another interesting piece of information about the newly released NFL schedule, there are no divisional games in either Week Two or Week Four of the regular season.

That means is that if Week Two and Week Four were completely scrapped, the NFL could still keep every divisional game, and still make sure every team got an equal number of home and road games.

This once again showing that the league office planned the 2011 season with the possibility of canceling some early games in mind. (Pro Football Talk)

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Austin O'Connor

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Austin O'Connor

Four years, four state championships. 

That's what St. Rita senior wrestler Austin O'Connor accomplished over the past four years, becoming the 15th wrestler in IHSA history to do so. The Mustangs' grappler went undefeated this season and finished his IHSA career with a record of 181-4. 

O'Connor is planning on continuing his time on the mat at the University of North Carolina next season. Learn more about O'Connor in the video above. 

In the Gym at EFT: Vertical jump training

In the Gym at EFT: Vertical jump training

In the latest installment of In the Gym at EFT, performance specialist Kerry Neal teaches some valuable techniques to improve an athlete's vertical jump. 

Former Western Michigan Linebacker Grant DePalma gives an assist by demonstrating the drills. An athlete's vertical is an important tool and can be the difference during evaluation.

Learn some valuable tips above and be on the lookout for the next edition of In the Gym at EFT.