Word on the Street: Where's Williams?

Word on the Street: Where's Williams?

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011
CSNChicago.comWhere's Williams?Wide receiver Earl Bennett is out for Sunday's game with a chest injury. The Bears need Roy Williams to step in and step up. Williams could be part of a dynamic duo on Sunday with Dane Sanzenbacher. Sanzenbacher seems to be able to adapt well to any situation. Williams said he feels no pressure going into Sunday's game against the Packers.(Chicago Tribune)M.J. is still balling
Michael Jordan made 30.1 million in the 1996-97 season and 33.1 million in the season after that. After his basketball career, Jordan has managed to bring in 60 million annually. He's maintained a good work ethic and having a clean lifestyle doesn't hurt, either. (ProBasketball Talk)Guillen talks about the futureWhite Sox coach Ozzie Guillen asked for an extension on his contract with the understanding that he could be turned down. General manager Ken Williams said there will be enough time to talk about Guillen's position. Williams also may have insinuated Mark Buehrle's time may be done on the South Side when he said it's possible the Sox won't be adding to the payroll next season. (Chicago Sun Times) MLB will most likely add Wild CardIf the MLB adds one Wild Card team in each league, then one game playoffs will be held to decide which team goes to the Divisional Series. The new system will begin prior to 2013 at the latest. The MLB also reportedly wants 15 team leagues. (Hardball Talk)

Blackhawks 2017 NHL Draft capsules: Scouting reports

Blackhawks 2017 NHL Draft capsules: Scouting reports

Stay up to date with the Blackhawks' selections in the 2017 NHL Draft, and their scouting reports.

Round 1, pick 29: Henri Jokiharju, defenseman

Round 2, pick 57: Ian Mitchell, defenseman 

— What you need to know: Mitchell, 18, scored eight goals and 29 assists in 53 regular-season games with the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, and also scored a goal and three assists in 10 playoff contests.

— Scouting report: Mitchell is a little undersized (5-foot-11, 165 pounds), but is known to be a smooth skater and puck-mover. He carries a right-handed shot, which GM Stan Bowman said is a "commodity" in the NHL these days.

Round 3, pick 70: Andrei Altybarmakyan, forward

— What you need to know: Altybarmakyan, 18, scored 20 goals and 25 assists in 31 regular-season games with the Serebryanye Lvy St. Petersburg of the Maritime Hockey League. He also tallied nine points in 27 games with SKA-Neva St. Petersburg.

— Scouting report: An offensively skilled player with a sneaky good shot. He's 5-foot-11, 183 pounds with a left-handed shot, and is known to be a playmaker.


Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

On his 24th birthday, Tim Anderson’s present from home plate umpire Jim Wolf was his first major-league ejection.

In the fifth inning of the White Sox 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics, Anderson fouled off a pitch that landed in the opposing batter’s box. But A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell picked it up in what was ruled to be fair territory and threw the ball to first for the out.

Anderson pleaded his case saying the ball went foul. Wolf agreed, according to Anderson, which only further confused the White Sox shortstop.

“I told him that was BS,” Anderson said. “And he tossed me.”

Anderson said that he was surprised to be ejected so fast. So was manager Rick Renteria, who was thrown out moments after Anderson.

“I don’t want to get in trouble,” Renteria said. “The players having emotion, they are battling. I just think we need to grow a little thicker skin.”

Anderson said that he was appreciative of his manager coming to his defense.

“He kinda had a point and let me know he had my back,” Anderson said of Renteria. “Speaks a lot of him.”

A day after scoring nine runs on 18 hits, the White Sox failed to generate any offense on Friday. The team’s best chance came in the ninth inning.

But with runners at the corners and two outs, Matt Davidson put a good rip on the ball to center field, only to fly out at the warning track.

Anderson and Renteria were watching the game together in the clubhouse, and both believed the White Sox had tied the ballgame.

“We all jumped up and were excited but it kind of fell short,” Anderson said.