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Bulls Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Lonzo Ball and Lauri Markkanen | Bleacher Report

Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen plays during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 21, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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The offseason conversation in Chicago has been dominated by Lonzo Ball and a potential deal to bring him to the Bulls, but what is the likelihood the current New Orleans Pelican actually suits up in the Windy City next season?

Who will be there if and or when he arrives?

Two new reports shed some light on both of those topics.

    

Lonzo to Bulls Barring “Major Hiccup”

Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes (h/t ABC-7’s Mark Schanowksi) reported on NBA TV’s Free Agency Special that unless there is a “major hiccup” in negotiations, Ball is expected to work out a deal to become a member of the Bulls. 

Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported a deal between the two worth four years, $80 million has drawn mutual interest.

Ball recorded his best field goal (41.4), three-point (37.8) and free throw (78.1) percentages last season, and though his stats

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Madden NFL 22 Releases Schedule for Ratings Reveal of Top Positions | Bleacher Report

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Player ratings for the Madden NFL 22 video game are set to debut as part of “Madden Ratings Week” on ESPN beginning Sunday. 

EA Sports announced Wednesday select positions will be highlighted each day along with members of the “99 Club”—the players who’ve achieved the highest possible overall rating in this year’s game, who’ll be revealed on Get Up each day.

Here’s a look at the complete schedule for the other ratings:

             

Sunday (July 25)

Kickoff Special at 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

             

Monday (July 26)

Top 10 wide receivers with Chad Johnson on First Take

Full wide receiver ratings on SportsCenter

              

Tuesday (July 27)

Top 10 defensive linemen with Vince Wilfork on First Take

Top 10 edge rushers on SportsCenter and NFL Live

              

Wednesday (July 28)

Top 10 running backs with Marshawn Lynch on First Take

Full running back ratings on SportsCenter and NFL Live

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2021-22 NHL Schedule to Be Released Thursday on ‘SportsCenter’ | Bleacher Report

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The Tampa Bay Lightning just won their second straight Stanley Cup on July 7, but the NHL is already turning its attention to the upcoming season.

Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press cited a source from ESPN PR and noted the league will announce the 2021-22 regular-season schedule on Thursday during the 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter.

It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that the league is wasting little time focusing on the start of next season as it attempts to return to normalcy with the schedule. After all, the 2019-20 campaign was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to a truncated 2020-21 season that started later.

The divisions were realigned in an effort to minimize travel during the pandemic, which reshaped the playoff picture.

There are still remaining questions about what the upcoming season will look like,

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Bears Rumors: Allen Robinson Not Expected to Receive New Contract Before Tag Deadline | Bleacher Report

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It appears as though Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson is down to two options: Play the 2021 season under the $17.8 million franchise tag or hold out. 

According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Bears and Robinson “are not expected to reach a long-term extension.”

On Sunday, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler predicted during an appearance on SportsCenter that Robinson would play out this season on the tag (h/t Alex Seats of 247Sports.com):

“Talks have been pretty slow. There’s a decent chance he plays this year out on the tag, They’re going to leave the door open for talks in the final days and hours and sort of hope for the best, but there simply has not been much momentum. I’m told Robinson is ready to try to put up big numbers this year and try to smash free agency in 2022. He’s

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