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Sports Notes: Briggs Status Uncertain, Kane Status Uncertain, Quade and Sandberg Duo?, So Sayeth Ditka

By Chuck Sudo in News on Oct 15, 2010 2:30PM

2010_10_14_DITKA.jpg Briggs Status Uncertain: Lance BRigg's right ankle injury that sustained against Carolina kept him out of practice for a second straight game, leading to speculation as to if he'll play against the Seahawks Sunday. Head coach Lovie Smith said that Briggs usually heals late in the week, but didn't say if backup linebacker Brian Iwuh would start in place of Briggs. The linebacker play of Briggs, Urlacher and Pisa Tinaisamoa has been one of the main reasons the Bears have jumped to a 4-1 start.

Kane Doubtful For Columbus: Patrick Kane missed practice yesterday and did not make the flight to Columbus for tonight's game against the Blue Jackets. In other Hawks news, Coach Joel Quenneville reiterated his faith in Marty Turco as the number one goalie. Here's hoping Turco returns the favor with a win tonight.

Who WIll Be Cubs Manager?: Will Carroll of announced yesterday that Jim Hendry was set to name Mike Quade the permanent Cubs manager, with Ryne Sandberg as bench coach. NO response from the Cubs. Why not just bring back the College of Coaches?

Brewers Interested In Cora: ESPN Chicago is citing sources as saying the Milwaukee Brewers have requested permission to interview White Sox bench coach Joey Cora for their manger job. Cora is one of Ozzie Guillen's most trusted lieutenants and his hands on approach was largely credited for the development of Alexei Ramirez and Gordon Beckham as a double play combo, and the rebound of Alex Rio from a terrible 2009 season.

Ditka - "No Sympathy" for Sterger: Just when a local connection couldn't be made regarding the alleged photos of Brett Favre's penis sent to former Jets employee Jenn Sterger, along comes Mike Ditka. Speaking with Miami-based sports columnist Dan LeBatard on Le Batard's ESPN radio show Wednesday, Da Coach shot from his surgically replaced hip, said that he had no sympathy for Sterger and questioned the timing of the release of the photos and voicemails on the popular sports blog Deadspin. Apparently, Ditka, like many men of his age, equates posing for Playboy as not being able to sue for sexual harrassment (never mind that Sterger never did). Regardless of how the photos came out, the NFL has an obligation as an employer to investigate the allegations as to whether the dangling participle in the photos is, indeed, Favre's.