Word on the Street: Pujols headed to Windy City?

Word on the Street: Pujols headed to Windy City?

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011
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Could Pujols be headed to the Windy City?

Sports Illustrated is reportingthat superstar Albert Pujols and the Cardinals are on completelydifferent pages in terms of years and money, that people familiar withthe talks say there is virtually no chance for a deal before Pujolsreports to spring camp Feb. 16.

The three-time NL MVP will be afree-agent at season's end, and has set his reporting date as thedeadline for a contract to be done with the Cardinals.

Onecompeting executive said he wouldn't be surprised if the Cubs made abig play for Pujols. Chicago have Carlos Pena on a one-year deal andwould have a spot for Pujols next offseason. (Sports Illustrated)

Melo re-signing in Denver?

Carmelo Anthony would consider signing a three-year, 65 million contract extension with the Nuggets. That is, if he isn't traded before the Feb. 24 deadline.

This marks the first time Anthony has said he might sign the contract extension that has been on the table since June. when asked what he thought of a possible trade to the Lakers, Anthony played coy saying, "Everyday is something different. I guess now is the Lakers." (Denver Post)

Kenny on Ozzie, budget, 2011

Check out Crains Chicago Business terrific four-part Business of Sports video interview with White Sox SVPGM Kenny Williams. Among the topics Williams candidly discusses with Crains Ed Sherman include his current relationship status with manager Ozzie Guillen, how he handles his teams budget, going for it all in 2011 and much more. (Crains' Chicago Business)

Montana heading to Montana?

University of Montana football coach Robin Pflugrad confirmed today that he met with NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana yesterday afternoon. Joe's son Nate is currently a backup QB at Notre Dame. Pflugrad would neither confirm nor deny that the meeting surrounded Nate Montana's pollible transfer to UM.

Pflugrad added that he was aware of Nate's situation at Notre Dame, but said Montana "has four kids and we talked about them all." (The Montana Kaimin)

Cutler pops the question?

Are wedding bells in the near future for Jay Cutler? According to TerezOwens.com, Jay is planning on popping the question to Cavallari. The Bears QB has been seen ring shopping in Beverly Hills. (TerezOwens.com)

Cooke served 4-game suspension

The NHL announced that Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke will get hit with a four game suspension. This announcement comes a day after Cooke hit Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin from behind in a 4-1 loss. Tyutin was sent face first into the boards, fortunately getting back on his feet soon after.

Cooke will forfeit 87,804.88 in salary. He was last suspended for two games on Nov. 28, 2009. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Bears sign veteran wide receiver Victor Cruz to one-year deal

Bears sign veteran wide receiver Victor Cruz to one-year deal

The Bears added some veteran depth to their wide receiver corps on Thursday.

Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz announced on Instagram that he's signing with the Bears.

The Giants will forever be family. But for now, Bear down!!! 🐻⬇️

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Cruz visited Halas Hall early last week and announced on his radio show earlier Thursday that he had narrowed down his choices to the Bears and Baltimore Ravens.

Cruz, 30, missed the entire 2015 season with a calf injury, but bounced back to play in 15 games with the Giants in 2016. He had 39 receptions for 586 yards and a touchdown.

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Cruz has appeared in 67 career NFL games and has accumulated 303 receptions for 4,549 yards and 25 touchdowns. Cruz earned Pro Bowl honors in 2012 and second-Team All-Pro honors in 2011.

Cruz helped the Giants capture the Lombardi Trophy over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. During the 2011 playoffs, he had 21 receptions for 269 yards and a touchdown.

Cruz joins a crowded wide receiver group which includes Cameron Meredith, Kevin White, Markus Wheaton, Kendall Wright, Josh Bellamy, Deonte Thompson, Daniel Braverman, Titus Davis, Tanner Gentry and his former Giants teammate Rueben Randle.

Swanigan's, Diallo's decisions and how it affects Bulls' NBA Draft

Swanigan's, Diallo's decisions and how it affects Bulls' NBA Draft

The deadline for underclassmen to pull their names out of the NBA Draft passed on Wednesday at midnight.

There were a few surprises, and a handful of decisions had an effect on how the Bulls will go about next month's draft.

Staying in the draft

Caleb Swangian, PF, Purdue: The sophomore All-American surprised many by keeping his name in the draft. Swanigan actually tested the waters after his freshman season but returned to the Boilermakers in 2016. He averaged 18.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 35 games, earning Big Ten Player of the Year honors and was a National Player of the Year candidate. It's no secret the 6-foot-9 Swangian can score  - he had 15 games of 20 or more points - and showed some ability to shoot from deep, making nearly 45 percent of his 85 3-point attempts. Quickness and conditioning will be the real test for the 245-pound Swanigan, who has already lost significant weight since high school. Questions about his defense (he had just 27 steals and 36 blocks in two seasons) also stand out. With Nikola Mirotic's future in Chicago unknown, the Bulls could be in the market for depth at power forward. He wouldn't be an option for the Bulls at No. 14, but if he slides out of the first round he could be an option at No. 38.

D.J. Wilson, PF, Michigan: After averaging just 6.1 minutes as a sophomore, Wilson burst onto the scene as a junior, averaging 11.0 points and 5.3 rebounds in 30.4 minutes for the Wolverines. He did his best work during the postseason; during Michigan's Big Ten Championship run and Sweet 16 appearance, Wilson averaged 15.6 points on 54 percent shooting, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. Standing 6-foot-10 with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Wilson leaves some to be desired on the defensive end but has the ability to play as a combo forward - he had a 3-inch growth spurt after high school. Like Swanigan, Wilson won't be an option for the Bulls at No. 14 but could be a second-round option. He'd give the Bulls a similar look to what Bobby Portis does with a little more versatility on the wing.

Going back to college

Hamidou Diallo, SG, Kentucky: The NBA Draft's biggest mystery could have been a home-run selection for the Bulls in the first round. Alas, Diallo has decided to play a year under John Calipari at Kentucky and likely boost his draft stock. Having not played since December, where he played at a prep academy in Connecticut, so there wasn't much film of the 6-foot-5 leaper. Still, after Thon Maker went No. 10 to the Bucks last year there was thought that a team would take a gamble on a high-upside mystery.

Andrew Jones, PG, Texas: There was little surprise that Jones, a five-star recruit who put together a solid freshman season, returned. He's still a bit raw as a prospect despite having elite size (6-foot-4) and solid athleticism, and another year running the point with incoming five-star recruit Mo Bomba could really improve his draft stock. The Bulls clearly have a need at the point (less if Rajon Rondo returns) and if Jones had made the leap he likely would have been around at No. 38. Even still, Jones is a player to keep an eye on during next year's draft, assuming Cameron Payne and Jerian Grant don't make significant improvements.

Moritz Wagner, PF, Michigan: There's a need on every NBA team for a stretch forward with 3-point potential. But those teams will have to wait at least another year after Wagner decided to return to Michigan for his junior season. Like Wilson, who kept his name in the draft, Wagner had an excellent postseason run for the Wolverines. That stretch included a 17-point effort against Minnesota and a career-high 26-point outing in a win over Louisville. He weighed in at just 231 pounds and only averaged 4.2 rebounds per game, so adding some strength to his game will help his draft prospect for next year. He could have been an option for the Bulls at No. 38.