Looming NBA Lockout Opened Door For European Players In DraftThursday's NBA Draft introduced a lot of overseas players to NBA fans. While there are usually a few European players drafted, the year's draft skewed even more in that direction than usual.
The 130-Year-Old Labor Dispute Facing The NBA And NFLFor over 100 days, fans have had to watch as the fate of the NFL gets run through courts and negotiation tables. And now, it seems as if the NBA is in for a similar fate. While the NFL had a head start on the NBA, they're really very similar issues.
Cooper: 'Time Will Tell' For PeavyAfter his second stint on the disabled list this season, Jake Peavy came back with a solid performance against the Cubs and earned a win. But a solid performance is hardly what the White Sox and their fans expected when they traded for the former Cy Young winner.
Byrd: Getting Back Into Batter's Box Won't Be EasyFor many, the Chicago Cubs' trip to Fenway Park earlier this season will be remembered as the the Cubs' first trip back to Boston since the 1918 World Series. But for Marlon Byrd, at least, the trip will be remembered for one individual pitch.
Gammons: White Sox Still Have 'Tremendous Chance' To Win DivisionAlthough it hasn't been as drastic of a turnaround as last season, the White Sox have stabilized their season after going 10-18 in April. And considering the struggles by some players, the White Sox should feel somewhat fortunate to be only 4.5 games back.
Smoltz: White Sox Are 'Still In The Mix'The White Sox were expected to compete for the American League Central title, but after slowly recovering from terrible start to the season, they find themselves two games under .500.
Bulls Linked To Latvia's Bertans And Marquette's ButlerThree of the Bulls most important players were drafted over the last four years: Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, and Taj Gibson. With two picks at the end of Thursday night's first round, the Bulls look to add another piece to a title contending team.
White Sox Still Hoping Dunn Will Break OutAdam Dunn's 0-for-4 game, including three strikeouts, in Monday night's loss to the Cubs is something that White Sox fans are getting familiar with.
Rosenthal: Teams Have 'Violent Reactions' To Zambrano Trade TalkCarlos Zambrano has been the center of several Cubs storylines this season, unfortunately they haven't been because of stellar pitching performacnes.
Stone: White Sox And Cubs Fans Still 'Happy' With SeriesThere have been plenty of memorable moments and intense games during the relatively brief history of the White Sox-Cubs rivalry. However, this year's series may be lacking a little of usual anticipation.
Olsen: 'No Reason' Offense Won't Be BetterLast season, the strength of the Bears was their defense, the unit gave up the fourth fewest (17.9) points in the league. The offense struggled at times in their first season running the intricate and timing-based Mike Martz offense.
Bennett Wants To 'Take Advantage Of' Martz's ConfidenceIn a recent interview with the team's official website, Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz talked about the upcoming season and getting receiver Earl Bennett more involved with the offense.
White Sox 'Feel Good' About Closer SituationOne of the problems the Chicago White Sox have had this season has been the back-end of their bullpen, Matt Thornton blew saves at the beginning of the season, and Sergio Santos had some trouble this past week.
Ricketts Needs Cooperation From City To Renovate WrigleyLast week, the MLB Network's Peter Gammons described Wrigley Field as a dump and said that the Ricketts Family needed to model what the Boston Red Sox did to renovate Fenway Park.
Bennett: Free Agent Receiver Talk 'Very Insulting'Despite the NFL Lockout, this offseason has something the Chicago Bears and their fans are used to hearing: Speculation that the team will pursue a big-name free agent receiver.