Blackhawks in 2022 Wintertime Olympics: Breaking down which gamers could take part

NHL gamers are formally heading back to the Olympics in 2022.

A joint announcement Friday by the NHL, the players’ union and the Global Ice Hockey Federation cemented what the three functions had been organizing for months.

Soon after skipping the 2018 event, NHL gamers will now make up the the vast majority of the rosters of the 12 teams certified for the Wintertime Olympics in Beijing in February. Canada, the United States, Germany and host China kind Team A Russia, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Denmark form Group B and Sweden, Finland, Slovakia and Latvia type Team C.

Several hitches keep on being, having said that. It is predicted that only vaccinated gamers will be authorized to participate, and there will be no coverage for COVID-19 infections. The window will be restricted, way too. Collaborating gamers will fly to China on Feb. 6 — the working day right after the NHL All-Star Match in Las Vegas — and will be wanted again in North The usa for the resumption of the NHL timetable Feb. 23.

But the included functions are likely to make it get the job done. And from a community point of view, the Blackhawks may possibly be a single of the best-represented NHL franchises at the Olympics.

Seven gamers on the Hawks’ roster are likely to make their respective countries’ rosters, and a several many others also could be regarded. Here’s a glimpse at those players’ conditions.

Likely Olympians

Patrick Kane — United states of america

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Breaking down Bears’ 53-gentleman roster right after final cuts

When there has been a good deal of uncertainty about the Bears’ strategy heading into this year, there was small drama about who would make the staff.

Most roster choices ended up cemented very long before the deadline to cut to 53 on Tuesday. Here’s a seem at who the Bears retained:

Quarterback (3):
Who they kept: Andy Dalton, Justin Fields, Nick Foles.
What it indicates: Bears coach Matt Nagy named Dalton his 7 days 1 starter months in the past and will let him preserve the task as prolonged as he plays perfectly. Fields’ remarkable preseason tends to make him powerful if Dalton slips.

Managing back (3)
Who they held: David Montgomery, Damien Williams, Khalil Herbert.
What it implies: Montgomery is coming off a 1,000-yard speeding period and is playing for a contract extension. With Tarik Cohen on the bodily unable to execute checklist, he doesn’t depend on the active roster, and Damien Williams will fill his job for now. Herbert, a rookie, doubles as a kick returner.

Huge receiver (5)
Who they retained: Allen Robinson, Darnell Mooney, Marquise Goodwin, Damiere Byrd, Rodney Adams.
What it suggests: Adams was the preseason hero and is on an NFL roster for the 1st time considering that October 2017. Robinson potential customers a good group at the place as he seems for his 3rd consecutive 1,000-garden season, and Mooney could press for his initial. Goodwin is a former Olympian who is the swiftest participant on the team. Byrd most likely will return

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Breaking down Bears’ rookie class in schooling camp

What we’ve discovered about the Bears’ rookie class in the very first 10 days of education camp:

QB Justin Fields (Round 1)

How rosy is the long-term projection for the Ohio State quarterback? This optimistic: Mentor Matt Nagy was requested Friday whether or not he savored Jimmy Graham comparing him to Seahawks celebrity Russell Wilson.

“We understand how to mood that . . . how and what he’s indicating,” Nagy explained. “Is he indicating he’s Russell Wilson? No. But he’s expressing he has some attributes and choices to be like him. He has some characteristics that remind him of that. We adore listening to that. There is practically nothing improper with that.

“But Justin is going to be Justin Fields. He’s heading to have his possess way of what he needs to do.”

Nagy said he appreciates the comparison since “Russell’s a heck of a quarterback, and he’s had a ton of good results and he’s a winner.” Fields may be capable to say the exact same — but in all probability not shortly. While his extended-term outlook is promising, Fields’ shorter-term upcoming figures to feature him holding a clipboard behind Andy Dalton to start off the year.

OTs Teven Jenkins (Spherical 2) and Larry Borom (Round 5)

Jenkins has however to engage in a schooling-camp snap due to the fact of a rigid again, an alarming growth for a rookie who needs all the follow time at remaining deal with he can get.

The only beneficial to appear out

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Jed Hoyer clarifies breaking up the core

As the trade deadline gets smaller sized in the rear watch mirror and a new period of Chicago Cubs baseball is ushered in, admirers are left offended, confused and saddened why not a one member of the main of the 2016 World Sequence-winning staff is no extended on the roster.

What I see Hoyer implying below, even though he wished specials could have been accomplished, is that this is more on the players not willing to negotiate, contemplating all 3 of Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez have been provided really truthful provides and the gamers are performing is if they are truly worth a lot more. In the long run, equally sides sat again and pointed the finger at each individual other in terms of who’s in the incorrect, time carried on and Jed did what he felt he experienced to do.

“The extensions we presented these men will maintain up extremely perfectly towards the open marketplace. I really don’t know why fellas didn’t want to sign. I really do not know why guys did not want to even counteroffer, typically situations,” reported Hoyer (per Bleacher Nation.)

Rizzo responds:

In a online video posted

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Breaking Down Two Prospects Cubs Got from Yankees in Anthony Rizzo Trade

You have had time to method the news. You have vented on Twitter. You yelled at the photo of Jed Hoyer hanging in your residing space. But now it is time to just take a seem at the two newest users of the Cubs corporation who came back as a part of the Anthony Rizzo trade on Thursday.

I’ll preface by saying that it will be an uphill fight by default many thanks to the pressure becoming placed on these guys due to the fact of a situation wholly out of their handle. To be the return for the Cubs captain and virtually each fan’s favourite participant isn’t uncomplicated.

With that being mentioned, there is a lot of promise in the potential for both of those Alexander Vizcaino and Kevin Alcantara. Let us dig in…

Alexander Vizcaino

The 6-foot-2 correct-handed pitcher is about as substantial-upside as you can get from a 24-yr-aged in Substantial-A. Immediately after signing as an (aged?) international no cost agent at 19, Vizcaino actually broke out in 2019 with a fastball that went from earlier sitting down in just the reduced-90s all the way up to touching triple-digits.

In spite of not throwing higher than A-ball in his occupation, the Yankees invited him to the alternate web site to create and operate on his supply. By now equipped with that warmth and an elite-stage changeup with a good deal of arm-side operate, the corporation wished him to operate on his slider and employed a adjust

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High school basketball: Breaking down the Riverside-Brookfield and Normal West Summer Shootouts

After highlighting 10 players who really helped raise their stock on Tuesday, there is still so much to get to from a busy weekend of high school basketball.

There is no other place to start this rewind of last weekend than with Glenbard West. Let the superlatives begin.

If there is any suburban team that’s going to supplant any of the Chicago Public League powers at No. 1 when the preseason rankings come out in November, it’s Glenbard West. Yes, the Hilltoppers are that good.

Glenbard West took apart Simeon. They beat a very talented and likely top 10 team in New Trier in what was arguably the highest level game with serious shot-making that was played all weekend long. They also knocked off highly-regarded St. Rita and drilled Westinghouse.

There is Division I talent, including a legitimate high-major player in Braden Huff who has difference-making talent and size. There is the Swiss Army knife in 6-5 Cade Pierce and the high-level shooting of 6-5 Bobby Durkin. There is the athletic and physical big in 6-7 Ryan Renfro. There is the hard-nosed veteran in Paxton Warden.

You can go on and on … There is endless size, experience and, most importantly, a familiarity and unselfish aspect that is clear to see when watching this team play together.

That starts with having two unselfish stars in Huff and Pierce. They set the tone with their demeanor, leadership and unselfishness.

Huff is a basketball unicorn at the high school level, a 6-10

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