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Wrapping our heads around a wild sports weekend

July 22, 2012|RedEye

This weekend was full of ups and downs in sports, from the celebration of one legend's legacy to the further dilution of another. Meanwhile, the Bulls are on the verge of revamping their roster—no use sitting on their hands while Derrick Rose heals, right?

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Ron Santo

On Sunday in Cooperstown, N.Y., Ron Santo's family and friends—along with thousands of Cubs fans who considered him a friend even if they never met him—came to pay tribute to one of the toughest men to ever play baseball.

With former Cincinnati shortstop Barry Larkin also being inducted, fans in blue and red filled the hillside behind the Clark Sports Center awaiting the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Only one thing was missing.

With Santo dying of complications from bladder cancer in December 2010, after a lifelong battle with Type 1 diabetes that caused him to have both of his legs amputated late in his life, the posthumous induction was certain to be a bittersweet event for many.

But in her acceptance speech, Vicki Santo, Ron's widow, spoke of it as a joyous occasion.

"It was a spectacular journey frought with trials and tribulations, incredible lows and highs," she said. "Ron's life was never about the lows. It was always about the highs."

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Penn State football

If you're a Penn State football fan, you might want to get used to short seasons. The program and the school will be handed "corrective and punitive measures" by the NCAA on Monday. A high-ranking NCAA source said, "I've never seen anything like it," according to CBS News. ESPN reported the penalties will include deep scholarship cuts and loss of bowl eligibility for many years.

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Nazr Mohammed

We hope you're not too attached to center Omer Asik, because the Bulls this weekend were finalizing negotiations with veteran center and Chicago native Mohammed, league sources confirmed. Mohammed, 34, averaged 2.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game last season with Oklahoma City.

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Omer Asik

The Bulls were scheduled to receive Asik's three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet from Houston at their Vegas Summer League finale Sunday. But if Kirk Hinrich signs for $3 million to $4 million and guard Marco Belinelli signs for $1.9 million, it would be impossible to match Asik's contract and stay under the salary cap.

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Brett Myers

The White Sox quietly acquired the right-handed relief pitcher from Houston on Saturday. The Sox say rookie Addison Reed will remain their closer, even though Myers has converted 19 of 21 save chances this season. In that case, can they make him a starter?

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White Sox

The team has dropped six of seven games after being swept by Detroit over the weekend. The worst part is the Sox now reside in second place, though with two months left in the season, they're not out of the race permanently. The Cubs, on the other hand …

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