Word on the Street: Ochocinco namesake history?

Word on the Street: Ochocinco namesake history?

Friday, March 4, 2011
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Is the Ochocinco namesake history?
Just a few months ago, Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco stated that he'd change his name back to Johnson. In an interview with Buck and Kincade on WCNN in Atlanta, Ochocinco said he won't abandon his adopted name any time soon.

"Why would I mess up the brand?" Ochocinco said. "I can't mess up the brand. I have so much going on..." (NBC Sports)

2011 Blackhawks Convention sold out

Passes for the fourth annual Blackhawks Convention have sold out. The convention has now sold out in each of its first four years. This year's convention will take place at the Hilton Chicago on Friday, July 15; Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, 2011.

The convention will feature Blackhawks Hall-of-Famers and Team Ambassadors Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Tony Esposito and Denis Savard, General Manager Stan Bowman, Head Coach Joel Quenneville and players Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, and Patrick Kane. (ChicagoBlackhawks.com)

Milton Bradlely accused of spousal abuse

This certainly hasn't been the smoothest past couple of years for former Chicago Cub Milton Bradley. His wife Monique is currently seeking a divorce from the Seattle Mariners slugger. According to court documents obtained by RadarOnilne.com, Monique requested a restraining order against Milton on January 24th while they were in New York City for New Years Eve.

The court documents state that Milton threw a glass at Monique's head and when her head began to bleed, he started crying and begging her to forgive him.

Monique is requesting that she be given legal and physical custody of the boys, and that Milton be given visitation. (RadarOnline.com)

Blackhawks headed to the White House

Even though President Barack Obama is a vetted basketball fan, he's still making time to honor the 2010 Stanley Cup Winning team. The Chicago Blackhawks are coming to the White House on March 11 to be honored for their first Stanley Cup since 1961.

After the ceremony, players from the Blackhawks and Washington Capitals will work with kids at a street hockey workout and clinic on a rink set up on the South Lawn, that will be presided over first lady Michelle Obama and pro hockey commissioner Gary Bettman. (Associated Press)

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Jason Benetti stops by to talk the future of the White Sox

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Jason Benetti stops by to talk the future of the White Sox

There's a lot of buzz around the future of the White Sox.

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti joined SportsTalk Live on Wednesday to discuss the team's exciting young prospects and how soon they'll be making their way to the South Side.

Also joining Pat Boyle on this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast are the Tribune's David Haugh, Pro Football Weekly's Hub Arkush and WGN Radio's Sam Panayotovich.

The guys also react to Mike Glennon's recent comments and Kevin White’s uncertain status at OTAs.

Plus, they wonder if Kyle Schwarber has finally found his spot in the Cubs' lineup.

Take a listen to the latest episode below:

Preview: Confident Fire face tough test vs. FC Dallas Thursday on CSN

Preview: Confident Fire face tough test vs. FC Dallas Thursday on CSN

The Chicago Fire are on a three-game winning streak, but those wins have come against struggling teams. FC Dallas, Thursday’s opponent, provides a different level of opposition.

Dallas won the Supporters’ Shield and the U.S. Open Cup last year and was the last team in Major League Soccer to lose this season, only getting knocked off for the first time Saturday against San Jose.

The Fire host Dallas at Toyota Park on CSN with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. with Fire Pregame Live. The Fire (6-3-3, 21 points) have more points, but Dallas (5-1-4, 19 points) has played two fewer games.

“You can test yourself against one of the best teams in the league and kind of gauge where you’re at,” Fire defender Brandon Vincent said. “We’re confident and we want to go out there and battle with them.”

Vincent has been part of a defense that has two straight shutouts, although those came against the two-worst goal-scoring teams in the league in Colorado and D.C. Dallas’ attack isn’t the most prolific in the league (14 goals in 10 games), but is very dangerous on the counter.

“They have a ton of attacking talent,” goalkeeper Matt Lampson said. “They’re actually just a solid team throughout and we expect a very hard game, but we are a completely different team. I think we’ve started to prove that and it’s going to be a very good game.”

While the defense will be busy containing Maxi Urruti (6 goals, 2 assists), midfielder Kellyn Acosta has been a crucial two-way player for Dallas. The 21-year-old has become a key player in the middle with playmaker Mauro Diaz, who was third in MLS with 13 assists last year, still out with an Achilles tendon injury.

Dallas has allowed the fewest goals in the league this season, seven through 10 games. Both centerbacks, Matt Hedges and Walker Zimmerman, have emerged as national team prospects for the U.S.

Dallas has the talent, experience and credentials of a top team. The Fire are new to being a contender. Vincent and Lampson, both in their second years with the Fire, said they haven’t seen the team have this much confidence since they joined the team.

“This is something special,” Lampson said. “That just proves that guys like Juninho, Dax (McCarty) and Bastian (Schweinsteiger) coming in, the culture has completely changed and we have guys who will do anything to win. When you have every guy on the team that’s like that, then you’re going to get results, you’re going to have confidence when you play well and everybody on the field is going to play for each other.”

Chicago Fire vs. FC Dallas

Where: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill.

TV: CSN Chicago

When: Coverage begins 7 p.m. Thursday with Fire Pregame Live

Records: Fire (6-3-3, 21 points), FCD (5-1-4, 19 points)