Friday, Dec. 24, 2010
Cubs on losing end of gingerbread game
In 1965, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax threw a perfect game against the Chicago Cubs. Now, 45 years later, a group of Koufax admirers in Toronto chose to pay tribute to the historic event. And given the holiday season, decided to do so by building a gingerbread stadium and players.
The project began in August and required 20 pounds of sugar and nearly 10 pounds of flour to complete. The stadium is 30 by 40 inches complete with concession stand, scoreboard, players and fans. The human imitations are made of Gummy Bears and chocolate Santas. (thestar.com)
Rose, Bulls excited to be featured on Christmas
While one NBA superstar, LeBron James, was critical of the NBA for scheduling Christmas Day games while other sports take the holiday off, the Bulls are grateful to be playing on the holiday.
"I'm going to miss my family, and I hate being away from home," Derrick Rose said, "but this is my job and it's an honor to be playing on Christmas. People will see us all around the world. And we're playing in like the best arena in the league."
The Bulls have not played on Christmas since winning, 90-80, over the Miami Heat at the United Center back in 1997.
"It's for the fans," Carlos Boozer said. "We take great pride in being one of the teams that's featured." (chicagobreakingsports.com)
NFL fines Urlacher 10,000
Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was fined 10,000 for hitting a defenseless receiver in the headneck area during Monday night's game vs. the Vikings in Minnesota.
Urlacher hit Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe too high during the Bears 40-14 victory and the league noted that it was his second offense this season.
In addition, safety Major Wright was fined 10,000 for leading with his helmet against Vikings QB Joe Webb and Minnesota defensive tackle Kevin Williams received a 7,500 fine for a late hit on Jay Cutler. (chicagobreakingsports.com)
New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez will start vs. Bears...
...barring any late setbacks to his right shoulder. Sanchez has a slight cartilage tear in his throwing shoulder but took all of the first-team snaps in practice Friday. While Sanchez was confident he would start all week, Jets head coach Rex Ryan wasn't exactly sure on Thursday.
Of course, if Brett Favre can go from being listed as "out" on the injury report roughly five hours before kickoff to starting the game, anything is possible.
If Sanchez cannot play, veteran lefty Mark Brunell would start in his place. (nydailynews.com)
Clausen already out in Carolina?
Former Notre Dame and current Panthers quarterback is 1-8 as a starter in his rookie season and shows no signs of improvement as his first NFL campaign winds down. In Thursday night's 27-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Clausen went 10 of 23 for 72 yards with one interception and a passing rating of 33.2.
The Panthers will have one of the top-3 picks in the NFL Draft and a quarterback such as Stanford's Andrew Luck or Washington's Jake Locker might be too good to pass up. This certainly isn't the way Clausen and many Fighting Irish fans envisioned his career starting. (chicagobreakingsports.com)