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Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler and Dwayne Wade Nominated for 2016-2017 Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award

Jen DeSalvo, WLS-AM 890

(CHICAGO) Congratulations go to Chicago Bulls Forward Jimmy Butler and Guard Dwayne Wade for being nominated for the 2016-2017 Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente! This award is given to a superior individual who shows commitment off the court by making a positive difference within the community.

The award is given out throughout the entire year with an overall award for the season given in June. Butler received the Community Assist Award for April 2017 in addition to the Seasonlong nomination.

In a news release issued by the Chicago Bulls, President and COO Michael Reinsdorf asserted, “Jimmy and Dwyane have both been incredible leaders in our Chicago community, so it comes as no surprise that they have been recognized for their amazing work in leading the young people of Chicago. We are incredibly honored and proud to have these two men setting an example on how to reach out and make a real difference.”

Butler has continued to support Chicago youth by working with the After School Matters program. Butler has also been very active with the team’s community partner Youth Guidance, including hosting a leadership conference for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and has participated in conversation circles with Youth Guidance’s Becoming a Man, a program that promotes thinking slower reduces violent-crime arrests by 50%, improves graduation rates by 19%.

Dwane Wade returned to Chicago prior to the season after being part of the Miami Heat franchise since 2003. With him, he brought the concept to launch a community program to tell the positive stories of Chicago students doing good in their communities. “Spotlight On” shines “a spotlight on these young people and has done so by creating opportunities throughout the season for the students to stay engaged and connected to their city.”

The two need votes from Chicago Bulls fans in order to clinch the 2016-2017 title. Beginning Wednesday, April 26 and running through Friday, May 5, the Chicago Bulls are encouraging fans to support Butler and Wade by voting on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #NBACommunityAssist and #JimmyButler and/or #DwyaneWade.

There are no limits to the number times a fan can vote. Here are a few ways to vote:

  • On Twitter, tweet using #NBACommunityAssist and #JimmyButler and/or #DwyaneWade. Retweets count as votes.
  • On Facebook, comment on a post from the league affiliated account (Chicago Bulls, NBA or NBA Cares) using #NBACommunityAssist and #JimmyButler and/or #DwyaneWade.
  • On Instagram, post a photos using #NBACommunityAssist and #JimmyButler and/or #DwyaneWade in the description. Two important notes: only unique posts will be included in the vote and commenting on a post using the hashtags does not qualify as a vote.

The winner will be announced at the NBA Awards Show on Monday, June 26. The NBA and Kaiser Permanente will donate $25,000 to the winner’s charity of choice. Fans can find additional details at www.nba.com/communityassist.

2 brothers, career criminals, charged in Nykea Aldridge’s slaying


Derren Sorrels (left) and Darwin Sorrels Jr. (right) | Chicago Police


(CHICAGO) Career criminals Darwin and Derren Sorrells decided to open fire on a stranger Friday afternoon in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood on the South Side. They missed their target, but their bullets allegedly struck 32­-year-­old Nykea Aldridge in the head.

The mother of four had been pushing a stroller at the time cradling Da’Kota, the baby she had given birth to less than four weeks earlier. Now, the moment when Aldridge crumpled to the ground beside her baby’s stroller has been captured on surveillance video, the prosecutor told Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois.

Meanwhile, authorities filed murder charges Sunday against the Sorrells brothers. And Bourgeois glowered at them before he ordered them both held without bail, calling the pair “a threat to public safety.”

The men are accused of committing the murder that has become the latest stain on a city with an unrelenting death toll. Aldridge was the cousin of Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade, and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump quickly seized on her murder in a tweet as a reason “African­-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!” He later offered his condolences.

On Sunday, the city learned the names of the two men accused of gunning her down. Darwin Sorrells, 26, and Derren Sorrells, 22, are recent parolees now charged with first-degree murder and attempted first­-degree murder. Derren Sorrells is an unemployed father of two, records show. Darwin Sorrells has one child and works as a fork­-lift driver, an attorney said.

Darwin Sorrells has the Chicago skyline tattooed on his left hand, records show. “God” is tattooed on Derren Sorrells’ right.

“They chose this lifestyle,” Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said Sunday. “But they continue it because we continually show them that there is no consequence and they’re going to keep doing it until we show them that we are serious.”

Johnson told reporters he’s “so sick of every weekend talking about the murders that happen in the streets,” and he called again for increased penalties against repeat gun offenders.

The Sorrells brothers took aim Friday at a driver who had been hired to deliver several women from the suburbs to the 6300 block of South Calumet, authorities said. One brother made “eyes” with the driver, CPD spokesman Frank Giancamilli said. He didn’t know “what to make of him,” and he decided to go get his sibling.

The Sorrellses later began to harass the driver, who ran north on Calumet, a prosecutor said. Meanwhile, Aldridge happened to be walking south on Calumet, having just registered one of her children at a nearby school. That’s when the brothers allegedly opened fire, missing the driver but shooting Aldridge in her right arm, right eyelid and the back of the right side of her head.

“She was just another mother who wanted her children to get a good education, just like any parent would,” Johnson said.

The driver ran, hid and called police. He cooperated with investigators and has no criminal background, police said.

Meanwhile, not only does surveillance footage show the brothers armed at the scene, they gave videotaped statements to detectives.

Darwin Sorrells allegedly implicated his brother as the shooter, and Derren Sorrells admitted he pulled his trigger multiple times, the prosecutor said.

This is not the first time Darwin Sorrells has faced an attempted murder charge, records show. But he beat the last one in 2009 and was instead sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison for aggravated battery. Records show he still managed another conviction in 2011 for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, landing a five­-year prison sentence then. He was sentenced again in 2014, that time landing a six­-year sentence for possession of a stolen vehicle and illegal gun possession. Still, records show he managed parole six months ago.

Derren Sorrells, the younger brother, has a shorter rap sheet. He earned a two­-year prison sentence on an escape charge in 2013, and a six­-year sentence that same year for aiding in the sale or possession of a stolen vehicle.

Records show he was paroled Aug. 12.

That was 11 days after Aldridge’s daughter was born.

And exactly two weeks before Aldridge would be murdered.

— Chicago Sun-Times

Trump links death of Dwyane Wade’s cousin to black vote

By Eugene Scott, CNN
Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that tragedies like the death of NBA star Dwyane Wade’s cousin are one of the reasons African-Americans will vote for the Republican nominee.
“Dwayne Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!” he tweeted, misspelling Wade’s first name.
Trump later deleted the tweet and posted an update with Wade’s name spelled correctly.
He later added, “My condolences to Dwyane Wade and his family, on the loss of Nykea Aldridge. They are in my thoughts and prayers.”
Aldridge was fatally shot by a stray bullet Friday afternoon while pushing a stroller down a street in Chicago’s South Side. The child was not injured and two suspects were taken into custody.
Trump also commented on Aldridge’s death Saturday at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa.
“Just yesterday, the cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade, a great guy Dwyane Wade, was the victim of a tragic shooting in Chicago,” he said. “It breaks all of our hearts to see it. It’s horrible. It’s horrible and it’s only getting worse. This shouldn’t happen in our country. It shouldn’t happen in America.”
“So we send our thoughts and prayers to the family and we also promise to fight for a much, much better tomorrow,” Trump added.
Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, criticized Trump for his response, saying the only appropriate response to Aldridge’s death was sympathy.
“We just ought to be extending our sympathy to the family. That’s the only reaction that is appropriate right now and maybe a sadness about this gun violence issue,” the vice presidential candidate told reporters in Miami Lakes, Florida. “You see something like this and it’s just, we should redouble our efforts to really adopt and promote smart strategies on that. But the sympathy issue is the one that ought to be our strong first reaction.”
Other Democrats — including Clinton — have criticized Trump’s tone and rhetoric about African-American issues as insensitive and have questioned his commitment to black voters. A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows Clinton beating Trump 91%-1% among African-Americans.
Trump has cited violence in American inner cities as a reason why he believes African-Americans should vote for him.
“I say this to the African-American community: Give Donald Trump a chance. We will turn it around,” Trump said at a rally in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday. “We will make your streets safe so when you walk down the street, you don’t get shot, which is happening now. That’s what’s happening now.”
The Trump campaign announced earlier this week that it is planning a concerted effort to reach out to minority voters. The campaign plans to visit diverse and urban communities, where they will focus on an economic and job growth.
Trump has taken to Twitter after past tragedies when he believes they confirm ideas he’s proposed in his speeches. In the wake of the Orlando terrorist attack in June, Trump tweeted, “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!”


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89 WLS Sports Pre Game Show – Friday, July 19th – Producer’s Log

Hot day in Chicago but a cold season for Chicago baseball. Chuck Garfien, host of White Sox Pregame Live and Postgame Live on Comcast Sportsnet, joined Lou, Roe, and Richard to talk about what the White Sox can expect coming up in the second half of the season. 

We had some unexpected news when Dwayne Wade's ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches, was in Daley Plaza with a sign stating, "NBA Miami Heat Star Mother of His Children on the Street." She joined the guys on-air to tell them why she was out on the street.

View the picture here: Siohvaughn Funches on the street?

Listen to the podcast of her here: http://www.stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=1201&c=9991&f=1648591

Later, Jim Litke joined the show live from across the pond in Scotland. The British Open is heading into the weekend with Tiger Woods one shot back.