Word on the street -- Rush, Division, Hubbard, you name it in downtown Chicago -- is that downfield might not be the only place new Bears quarterback Jay Cutler likes to take his shots. Among Bears fans, Cutler's night life since coming to town earlier this month has made him an Internet smash up there with British singing sensation Susan Boyle. There Cutler is toasting new teammate Greg Olsen, shooting pool at Rockit Bar, singing at Wrigley Field or dropping the puck at a Blackhawks playoff game. When the Bears announced last week their 2009 schedule included five prime-time games, a smart aleck at Halas Hall considered it a good thing because Cutler plays so well at night. The buzz created by Cutler's social life, so to speak, is more amusing than alarming to the Bears, as it should be. All general manger Jerry Angelo and the Bears can do, really, is trust a player whose off-the-field behavior in Denver created more rumors than headlines. "When we did our research, we know he goes out, we know he does those things," Angelo said. "We talked to our medical people, we talked to the Denver medical people. It comes with the territory. We're comfortable with it. I really can't answer it beyond that."(Chicago Tribune) Comment
Erick Dampier's comments about using hard fouls on San Antonio point guard Tony Parker in Game 3 Thursday are under review by the NBA, league spokesman Tim Frank said. Dampier told The News after the game that he was going to put Parker "on his back" and that "my first foul has to tell him he's in for a long night." While that may raise red flags in the league office, it also may be an attempt to play mind games with the high-scoring Parker, who has shredded the Mavericks' defense through two games of their first-round series. Dampier insisted after the game that he would "get his money's worth" on his first foul when Parker drove to the basket, which he has done with impunity. Without question, Dampier will be watched more closely by the game officials after his comments. If the league has any penalty to hand down before the game, it would probably be a fine, not a suspension.(Dallas Morning News) Comment
Some rumors are denied. This one had a door slammed on it. With one of his strongest replies to any question he's been asked in his current role as the Tigers president and general manager and chief executive officer, Dave Dombrowski on Tuesday called the repeated speculation he's heard on ESPN that the Tigers could make Miguel Cabrera available for a trade this season "completely absurd." "Not only that, but it upsets me," he said. "We have no intention whatsoever to trade him." Dombrowski said he's heard such speculation more than once on ESPN. "There's nothing that can happen this year that would make us think about trading Miguel Cabrera," he said. "The guy's only 26 and might be battling for the MVP award. It's not going to happen. We have an owner (Mike Ilitch) that would never let it happen." (Detroit News) Comment
LeBron James (23) had 29 points in the Cavs' win over the Pistons on Tuesday. Here are two of them. (David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
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