MTAF Morning News – Thursday July 14

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The second half of the baseball season is ready to kick off and for soccer fans, the U.S. Women’s team will have your attention on Sunday afternoon. After an exciting second half on Wednesday, the U.S. beat France 3-1 and will face Japan in the World Cup finals at  2:45 p.m. ET.

The Americans last won the title in 1999 and have never left the World Cup with anything less than a third place finish.

Golf fans will have to watch another tournament without Tiger Woods and unfortunately new fan favorite Rory McIlroy is struggling in the first round of the British Open today. Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn is the leader at 5-under 65  while McIlroy is 2-over at the 13th hole (at the time of this writing).

And for sports fans who missed the ESPYs, the Dallas Mavericks cleaned up with honors for the Best Team, Best Coach (Rick Carlisle), Best NBA Player and Best Male Athlete for Dirk Nowitzki.

Ryne Sandberg Wants to Be A MLB Coach

Back in Chicago, I just saw the Chicago Cubs are trending on Yahoo News with negative press but perhaps a more interesting story is one that popped up on Wednesday. Fan favorite and Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg, who was passed over for Mike Quade’s job last year, was interviewed on the local radio show, Waddle and Silvy Show. He said he’d still be interested in either coaching the Cubs or any other MLB team.

That doesn’t come as a surprise.

Sandberg has had success as a minor league coach. Last season while managing the Iowa Cubs, he was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year. This season he is the manager of the Lehigh Valley Triple-A affiliate of the Phillies; the team is currently in first place in the International League North.

Should the Cubs have gone with Sandberg?  Maybe. Fans may have shown more support for the team under Sandberg; however, Quade isn’t the Cub’s main problem. There’s lots of problems.

White Sox Look for Strong Second Half

The White Sox will open the second half with a series against the first place Detroit Tigers. The team believes they’re still contenders (only 5 GB) and with underachieving performances by Adam Dunn, Alex Rios, Juan Pierre and Gordon Beckham, these guys will need to step it up.  Disappointing pitcher Jake Peavey, who returned home during the break for physical therapy, was scheduled to start on Sunday against the Tigers but he may be pushed back to Tuesday.

They may have a long road to go.

The Hall of Fame Game Isn’t Looking Good

With NFL fans, owners and players anxiously waiting for CBA negotiations to end and the preseason to begin, it’s looking less likely the Chicago Bears will play their Aug. 7 Hall of Fame game. The team is scheduled to open training camp on July 22 and in addition to having enough time to prepare, they’ll still need to sign 19 rookies and free agents, complete their roster and oh yea, practice together.

Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz on Wednesday that the Bears could be ready for the Hall of Fame game in one day if necessary. Martz noted these types of games don’t include game plans or game preparation but they’re really an opportunity for reviewing personnel. Bears’ star Devin Hester disagreed and said he thought the players would need a week and a half to prepare.

The NFL has yet to make a decision on the game.

Derrick Rose Not Playing in the Philippines

Rumored to participate in two NBA exhibition games in the Phillipines, Derrick Rose’s agency said on Wednesday that the Chicago Bulls NBA MVP will not not be playing. The final roster for the exhibition will be announced on Friday but Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant are supposedly playing.

 

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