Word on the Street: Vikings waive WR Randy Moss

Word on the Street: Vikings waive WR Randy Moss

Monday, Nov. 1, 2010
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Vikings waive Randy Moss

The Minnesota Vikings have waived receiver Randy Moss.

Linebacker Ben Leber says coach Brad Childress informed the team that Moss had been let go during a team meeting Monday afternoon.

Moss had one catch for 8 yards in a loss to the Patriots, In Sunday nights postgame news conference, he expressed admiration for the Patriots and criticized Vikings coaching. (Associated Press)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell tweets about Walter Payton

Today marks the 11th anniversary of the death of Walter Payton, one of the all-time great players and men in NFL history

Walter is tops on my list because of how he played the game- he never wanted to let anyone down- but also for what he did off the field

We miss Walter very much but we can all carry on and make our contributions which would make him proud.

We honor Walter's contributions & those of the top current players w the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

Local cyclist breaks Guinness record

George Hood set a Guinness World Record of 200 hours on a stationary bike Sunday night. The 52-year-old Aurora man has been riding a stationary bike since Oct. 23 to raise funds for the family of a former Hinsdale Central graduate, who was killed in Afghanistan in June.

Hood broke the record at about 10 p.m. on Sunday night. His latest goal is to set a new record of 222 hrs. and 22 minutes, which he hopes to hit around 8 p.m. Monday night. This is the third time Hood has broken the Guiness World Record on the stationary bike.

Click here to watch a live stream of Hood's record-breaking ride for a good cause.

Cubs settle on Listach as bench coach

Pat Listach is leaving the Washington Nationals major-league staff torejoin the Cubs as Mike Quades bench coach, an industry sourceconfirmed Monday.

Though Listach enjoyed a more decoratedplaying career he was the American Leagues Rookie of the Year in1992 his background is similar enough to Quades. Listach wasWashingtons third-base coach the past two years and previously spentnine seasons as a coach or manager in the Cubs system.

Listachmanaged at Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa after playing sixseasons with the Milwaukee Brewers and Houston Astros. The 43-year-oldis well-regarded by Cubs general manager Jim Hendry for his work atthose minor-league affiliates. (CSNChicago.com)

Campbell set for season debut vs. Rangers

Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell will make his season debut Monday against the New York Rangers.

Campbell returns one month to thedate after spraining the MCL in his right knee in a preseason gameagainst the Pittsburgh Penguins. (CSNChicago.com)

Bears sign local product to practice squad

The Bears signed former Homewood-Flossmoor star Freddie Barnes to their practice squad Monday afternoon. Barnes will take the place of punter Richmond McGee, who was waived from the practice squad.

Barnes signed with the Bears originally after going undrafted out of Bowling Green and saw little action with the team during preseason. He didn't make it through the final roster cuts in August.

Barnes should add depth to the WR core. At Bowling Green last season, Barnes had 155 receptions for 1,770 yards and 19 touchdowns, (ChicagoBreakingSports).

Yoan Moncada 'relieved' to get first White Sox hit out of way

Yoan Moncada 'relieved' to get first White Sox hit out of way

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Yoan Moncada can’t complain much about his first hit with the White Sox.

Given all the elements, it rates about a 9 1/ 2 out of 10. Only a homer would have been better.

Baseball’s top prospect continues to look comfortable at the plate and in the field. Two days after he made his team debut, Moncada earned his first hit when he ripped a two-out, bases-loaded triple early in Friday night’s 7-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Moncada finished 1-for-4 with four RBIs.

“Once I got that first hit, I felt relieved,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “First, because it was the first one. And second because of the situation. It was a three RBIs triple. It was a very big moment of the game. I think that from now on I’m going to feel more relaxed and comfortable.”

Moncada has put together a series of good plate appearances in his first two games. He’s looked at ease while in the box and hasn’t panicked even when he gets behind in the count. Moncada said he felt even more comfortable when he stepped in to face Royals starter Ian Kennedy in the third inning. Not only was it his second time facing Kennedy, but Moncada sat in the on-deck circle as Matt Davidson drew a 10-pitch walk to load the bases with two outs.

Hitting left-handed, Moncada fell behind 0-2 in the count but Kennedy hung a 78-mph knuckle curve and the rookie lined it deep into the left-center field gap to clear the bases. Moncada not only showed his power, he also showed off his wheels: his 11.24 seconds from home to third was the fastest time by a White Sox player this season, according to MLB Statcast.

“He's seeing the ball,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He seems pretty calm, composed out there. It's just a couple of days, but in terms of how he's carrying himself, his body language, he seems to be transitioning pretty well up to this point, first couple of days.”

Moncada said Friday was much calmer than his Wednesday debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers when he drew a walk and went 0-for-2. The switch-hitting second baseman had an RBI groundout in his first at-bat Friday to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead. Then he stood in and tracked Kennedy with Davidson at the plate.

All in all, Moncada’s happy with how he’s executed his plan at the plate thus far. He said he choked up on the 0-2 pitch and put a good swing on it.

“That at-bat gave me more time to see in real life his pitches,” Moncada said. “I’ve been feeling very comfortable. In Chicago, that first game, it was a little bit nervous. But overall I feel very comfortable hitting and with my defense.”

Fire GM Nelson Rodriguez rings NASDAQ closing bell

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Fire GM Nelson Rodriguez rings NASDAQ closing bell

As part of the hype for the MLS All-Star Game, Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez and a handful of Major League Soccer cohorts made a trip to New York on Friday.

Rodriguez rang NASDAQ's closing bell. The MLS All-Star Game will take place at Soldier Field on Aug. 2.

Check out the photos from the occasion.