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SportShorts for Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013


Girardi ‘torn’ on
talking with Cubs

As of Monday, Joe Girardi was yet to respond to the Yankees’ offer of a new contract and a raise, in part, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report, because he is “torn” between the Yankees and formally discussing an opportunity with the Cubs.

The Yankees’ offer bumped up Girardi’s $3 million salary, and reportedly could go as high as $15 million over three seasons, if Girardi hits his incentives. But the Cubs have floated the suggestion they will top whatever the Yankees offer.

Girardi is under contract until Nov. 1. The Yankees have yet to allow another team permission to speak with him, and do not intend to do so. But reports from Chicago insist there has been back-channel communication between the Cubs and Girardi’s camp.

Cubs, Sweeney agree to 2-year contract

The Chicago Cubs and outfielder Ryan Sweeney reached a 2-year, $3.5
million agreement Tuesday.

Sweeney, 28, batted .266 with six home runs and 19 RBIs in 70 games last season. The lefty – who plays all three positions – missed more than 2 months because of a rib fracture.

Braves boycott Jones’ first pitch

In reaction to him picking the Dodgers to eliminate Atlanta in four games during a radio interview, the Braves forced Chipper Jones to throw the first pitch in the series opener to the team’s mascot.

Los Angeles did, in fact, finish off Atlanta in four Monday night.


Chiefs to work out Bears pick Blanchard

Former Bears quarterback Matt Blanchard was in Kansas City on Tuesday preparing to have a workout and potentially sign with the Chiefs.

Blachard, a Lake Zurich native who starred at UW-Whitewater, received an injury settlement from the Bears after suffering a broken left hand in the third preseason game.

Blanchard underwent surgery and was given
full medical clearance Monday.

Colts’ Bradshaw to season-ending IR

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw was placed on season-ending injured reserve by the Indianapolis Colts, and is expected to undergo surgery.

Bradshaw was injured against San Francisco on Sept. 22, and visited multiple specialists to determine if he would elect to have surgery or try to play again this season.


No timetable on Kill’s return to sideline

Minnesota defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys filled in on Tuesday’s weekly Big Ten coaches call for coach Jerry Kill, who is recovering from a seizure that caused him to miss Saturday’s game at Michigan.

Claeys said he is not certain when Kill, a former Northern Illinois coach who is resting at home and taking medication, will return to work. The Gophers are idle Saturday.

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