Cutler signs two-year extension
It was only a matter of time before the Chicago Bears awarded a contract extension to quarterback Jay Cutler. The team announced Tuesday night that Cutler has agreed to a two-year extension, which locks up the franchise player through the 2013 season.
ESPN.com senior football writer John Clayton reports the deal is worth $30 million in new money, with Cutler receiving $20 million in guarantees. That new figure, combined with Cutler's existing contract, means the quarterback will collect roughly $50 million over the next five years.
Rose injury lingers on
The Bulls didn't practice Tuesday, so technically Derrick Rose didn't miss another session. But if they had taken the court, it would have been without their starting point guard yet again.
After testing his lingering right ankle injury by running on Monday, Rose reported some soreness on Tuesday morning and his activities were limited to weight training and getting treatment.
"They didn't want me running [Tuesday]," Rose said. "I told them it was a little bit sore from all the running I did [Monday]. We're just taking it day-by-day."
Tuesday's soreness was just the latest chapter in a frustrating healing process for Rose. He was encouraged Monday after he ran for about 20 minutes without pain, but discouraged that he woke up sore the day after.
"Yeah, it's definitely from the running, but I can play through it," he said. "I'll try to practice [Wednesday] early and, hopefully, I'll be playing on Friday [in the preseason finale].
"Hopefully, they'll let me practice. If not, I will be kind of upset, but I have to listen to [the medical staff]."
The soreness isn't a setback per se, but a sign that the healing process isn't complete just yet, which is an obvious concern to coach Vinny Del Negro.
"It all concerns me," Del Negro said. "It's the old cliché, day-to-day.
"We'll see how he feels [Wednesday]. We want to get the soreness and inflammation out of there. He's getting a little bit better every day, so we'll see how he feels and, hopefully, he can do something out there.
"If he can, great, and if he can't, then we'll monitor that."
The real refs are back? Thank you
No less an authority than the New York Times reporting that our long national nightmare is over. I think it's safe to let out a collective and much-needed "whew," considering the news.
Oh, you didn't hear?
The NBA and its referees are close to coming to an agreement that would allow them to call NBA games this season and for several years following.
Don't give a rip? Hate the zebras? Constantly upset at their bias? The star-driven calls? Hoping they'd just dump the whole lot of them and start over?
You fool. You absolute fool, who doesn't appear to watch many NBA games with a discerning eye.
Nobody seems to get the fact that, in spite of what that ref with the hair and the whistle and the whole thing just called, that these are the best in the world at a job that is pretty damned impossible. And that inviting a new series of crews into the league for only a moment's token notice would have just been a ridiculous and legitimacy-scarring operation.
Cuban sees 'common sense' steroid use
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says steroids could have a legal and useful place in sports -- as long as they are administered under a doctor's supervision to help athletes recover from injuries and there's no risk of long-term health effects.
"I'm not an expert in the subject, but if we get to the point where there aren't long-term negative health impacts, why wouldn't you do it?" Cuban said, according to Pittsburgh-area media reports.
Cuban, speaking at a University of Pittsburgh forum on Tuesday, addressed the topic when asked about Orlando Magic forward Rashard Lewis' 10-game suspension during last season's playoffs.
Had to include this since I have Amare on my team -