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Lifelong Chicago White Sox fan Richard M. Daley will be the focus of Comcast SportsNet coverage during Wednesday’s telecast of the Sox-New York Yankees game at U.S. Cellular Field. He will be honored at ‘‘Mayor Daley Night.’’ CSN will show the pregame festivities during which will receive the 2011 Roland Hemond Award for his 22 years as mayor. It might be worth tuning in merely to see Daley’s ceremonial first pitch. He also is scheduled to stop by the broadcast booth to chat with Ken ‘‘Hawk’’ Harrelson and Steve Stone. The pregame shows starts at 6:30 p.m. *** The Fire … ]]> Fri, 18 May 2012 16:22:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bears pad perception as safety-conscious ]]> Lead story image

Riddell me this: Which NFL team is the first to offer its players Riddell’s new RipKord shoulder pad as part of standard equipment package? Da Bears. The shoulder pad was introduced in June at the National Athletic Trainer’s Association 62nd annual meeting. The concept behind the equipment is to provide quicker access to a player’s chest and airway if a head, spine or chest injury is suspected. . “The removal of the shoulder pads and helmet continues to be a critical aspect of treating severe head, neck and chest injuries,” Bears trainer Tim Bream said in a release issued Monday. “Riddell’s … ]]> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 23:02:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Shoeless’ Joe’s bat up for bid ]]> Lead story image

‘‘Shoeless’’ Joe Jackson’s bat apparently still can deliver a hit. It certainly has with bidders in an auction being conducted by Heritage Auctions. The auction going on at is to conclude Thursday as part of the National Sports Collectors Convention that will be held at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. At last look, bidding had reached $85,000 for the former Chicago White Sox star’s ‘‘Black Betsy’’ bat hand-carved from hickory. Heritage director of sports auctions Chris Ivy said the Spalding-made bat was ‘‘Jackson’s constant and faithful companion throughout a tumultuous baseball career. It’s the most famous and important … ]]> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 00:26:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ LFL video promo: April Rose knows ]]> Lead story image

The Lingerie Football League is about to turn up the heat. Well, as far as a promotional video goes. If it’s any consolation to sweltering readers, the video was shot on a 45-degree night in May with winds about 25 mph at Toyota Park in Bridgeview. ‘‘It was an amazing experience,’’ LFL Films executive producer Justin Schoenrock told Quick Hits. Starring is Quick Hits favorite April Rose (right) and six Bliss players — all in Los Angeles Temptation uniforms. The video is to debut Friday at ‘‘It takes an amazingly talented person to deliver a 45-second monologue,’’ Schoenrock said … ]]> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 09:11:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Quick Hits: Luvabulls, swimsuits and more ]]> Lead story image

Good news: Quick Hits will be taking a week off. Better news: Luvabulls auditions will be Aug. 13 at the United Center. Best news: Quick Hits will be among the judges. Applicants for the 25-woman dance team must be 21 or older. Applications are available at and are due by Aug. 10. More information is available at or by phoning C.C. Company of Illinois, Inc. at (630) 668-7915. † White Sox third baseman Mark Teahen and wife Lauren will host a fund-raiser with his teammates Wednesday at Rockit Bar and Grill, 22 W. Hubbard, from 7-9 p.m. for … ]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 00:32:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Marilyn Monroe had something on the ball ]]> Lead story image

Marilyn Monroe is a larger-than-life figure, as the recently erected statue of her in Chicago shows. The onetime wife of baseball great Joe DiMaggio also paid more than lip service to her hubby’s vocation. With all that in mind (and more), Quick Hits will try to wait until the National Sports Collectors Convention comes to the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont Aug. 4-7. Among the memorabilia will be a baseball that Monroe kissed and autographed. The ball will be among items up for auction at the event. “It’s a lipstick-marked baseball kissed and autographed by Marilyn Monroe, and also signed … ]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 19:10:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Quick Hits: Carly Patterson, Candice Swanepoel, swimsuit models ]]> Lead story image

Carly Patterson was back in the gym last week — as a speaker and autograph signer, not as a gymnast. The 2004 Olympic gold medalist in the all-around category made stops at suburban sites to promote the CoverGirl Classic, which will be Saturday at the UIC Pavilion. At 23, Patterson would be among the oldest competitors if back problems hadn’t forced her to retire after her Olympic success. ‘‘I tried to ignore it, but my doctor was like, ‘If you want to have a life after gymnastics, then it would be smart for you to move on,’ ’’ the Hall of … ]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 09:53:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ White Sox’ Gordon Beckham can’t make Gay Softball World Series ]]> Lead story image

The 2011 Gay Softball World Series has struck out. Well, not totally. It had hoped White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham would attend the opening festivities of the event scheduled for Aug. 29-Sept. 3 in Elmhurst, St. Charles and Schaumburg. Because the Sox have a game Aug. 29, the team said he would be unable to accept the invitation that was extended Monday. Beckham was invited in the wake of his scrawling a message — ‘‘Getz is gay’’ — to former teammate Chris Getz during a July 4 game against the Kansas City Royals. Also invited was Sox owner Jerry … ]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 00:32:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Win big at Dempster’s Casino Night ]]>

Want a sure thing? The Dempster Family Foundation’s second annual Casino Night will be held Wednesday at the Palmer House Hilton. Scheduled guests for the fund-raiser include Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, teammates and manager Mike Quade, Bears defensive end Israel Idonije, former Bears lineman Steve McMichael and Bulls legend Bob Love, among others. The event will feature live and silent auctions, and food and drink. Tickets are available at † As part of a promotion for Pepsi Max, Carlos Pena will sign autographs and pose for photos from noon to 2 p.m. today at the Jewel store at 5343 … ]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 15:03:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fowles No. 5 in WNBA jersey sales ]]> Lead story image

Sylvia Fowles is among the WNBA’s elite. The Sky center certainly is when it concerns most popular jerseys. She ranks No. 5 based on sales from October to June at Atop the list is top draft pick Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx. Former track star Marion Jones, who plays for the Tulsa Shock, debuts at No. 6. “I think it’s pretty cool that we’re seeing more and more Sky fans out there,” Fowles said. “I’m amazed how many people are wearing my number.” … ]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 15:03:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Quick Hits: Lingerie football, Bieber and more ]]> Lead story image

In the never-ending quest for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, Quick Hits would like to let the faithful readers (and even the less-than-faithful) know: The Lingerie Football League Bliss will hold an open tryout from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Bridgeview Sports Dome. Now to clip and save and put in the Quick Hits Pulitzer portfolio. For those desiring a little more LFL excitement today, there’s Ange Yangas of the Bliss. She stars in a 30-second promo at It’s something of a tease for a video shot recently at Toyota Park, where the Bliss will play … ]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 15:03:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hot wives needed to ignite the Fire ]]> Lead story image

Manchester United will be coming to town for a match with the Fire on July 23 at Soldier Field. Last year, global powerhouse AC Milan came to Chicago and played the Fire in a friendly at Toyota Park in Bridgeview. The only thing that was missing was a Fire victory — and AC Milan wives and girlfriends. So naturally, Quick Hits wondered before Fire owner Andrew Hauptman had crossed the t’s and dotted the i’s on the ManU match contract whether it had a clause that would encourage WAGs to journey across the Atlantic. A Coleen Rooney (wife of star … ]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 13:48:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cubs film about dreams ]]>

It might be . . . it could be . . . Another Cubs movie? Yes. But not just another Cubs movie. Tim Sheridan — the public-address announcer at HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., where the Cubs play their home exhibition games — is hoping to complete his film “Boys of Spring.” “Intended to come out in January at Cubs Convention if all goes right,” he told Quick Hits on Wednesday during a visit with the HoHoKams on their annual business trip to Chicago. Sheridan started his PA duties in 1984. “That was a great spring start,” he said. “It hooked me into being … ]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 13:49:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Quick Hits: Anna, Victoria’s Secret models & more ]]> Lead story image

If the New York Yankees fan who caught Derek Jeter’s home run for the shortstop’s 3,000th hit has to pay taxes for gifts he received for returning the ball, he will have help. Chicago-based MillerCoors — more specifically, Miller High Life — has offered to make the situation less taxing for Christian Lopez by writing a check to the IRS, if needed. “Miller High Life believes you should be rewarded for doing the right thing, not penalized,” Miller High Life brand manager Brendan Noonan said Wednesday. “We want to recognize Christian Lopez, and in turn everyone like him, for doing … ]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 16:18:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Quick Hits: Erin Gray, Kate Upton & more ]]> Lead story image

Erin Gray is going to have her day in the sun. OK, another one. The professional volleyball player will be in town for the Corona Light Wide Open on July 30-31 at North Avenue Beach and will hold a volleyball camp there July 29. ‘‘I can’t wait to come back to Chicago and give back to the very place I fell in love with volleyball,’’ the Orland Park native said. Gray, 34, and partner Jenn Snyder will conduct a camp for kids (1-2 p.m. for children 8-11 and 2:45-3:45 for 12 and older near the pro courts. Cost, which includes … ]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 13:39:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fan who returned Jeter ball may owe IRS ]]> Lead story image

Remember that New York Yankees fan who caught Derek Jeter’s 3,000th career hit — which happened to be a home run — and received some goodies in exchange for the ball?There might be a catch to that catch. Christian Lopez didn’t auction the ball off. He simply returned it to Jeter. In appreciation, Lopez received three bats, three balls and a jer sey, all autographed by Jeter. Lopez also received four box se ats at Yankee Stadium’s president’s box for the rest of the season .Lopez, who owes $150,000 in student loans, also may owe $14,000 to the IRS for … ]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 02:14:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ CSN to put Hawks Convention on the air ]]> Lead story image

For those who can’t make it to the opening ceremonies of the Blackhawks Convention on Friday (and if you don’t have tickets for the sold-out event, forget it), Comcast SportsNet will show the festivities beginning at 5 p.m. Included will be player introductions, singing of the national anthem, a video montage and more. ◆ Also Friday for Hawks fans, tickets to the fourth annual Blackhawks Training Camp Festival will go on sale at 10 a.m. Buy tickets ($5 each) at, Ticketmaster locations or by calling (800) 745-3000. The festival will be held Sept. 17 at the United Center, with … ]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 02:14:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Quick Hits: Jennie Finch, Kate Upton & more ]]> Lead story image

The Bulls will hold tryouts Saturday at the United Center for the IncrediBulls, the entertainment team that exhibits enthusiasm and has been known to shoot T-shirts into the crowd. Applicants must be 18 or older. Auditions will start at 9 a.m. Applications are available at and must be filled out before arrival. Information also is available by calling (312) 455-4000. † Bears Hall of Fame inductee Richard Dent is the scheduled speaker for the Retired Professional Football Players of Chicago Celebrity Golf Outing on July 19 at Bolingbrook Golf Club. Cost is $400 per golfer; dinner only is $100. … ]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 15:45:15 -0500