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So where exactly is Toews Lake?

So where exactly is Toews Lake?

Sunday, July 11, 2010
11:31 AM

By Chris Boden
CSNChicago.com

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger today announced - and revealed - where the lake named after the Blackhawks captain will be. Fill up the gas tank. If your vehicle can get there.

Toews was humbled and honored at the presentation at the legislative building, but admits he's never fished that far north. North, as in, 12 hours north of Winnipeg, about an hour north of the hockey hotbed of FlinFlon. The joke was now they had to build a road to get there. The lake is about a mile and a half long and a mile wide. It's an honor (or "honour") normally reserved for war casualties or descendants of the Queen. Selinger said his on-ice accomplishments and off-ice demeanor made him an exceptoio to those rules.

We write this frm the steps of City Hall, where the mayor will make special presentations and proclamations. About 500 people have shown up on Toews's Day with the Cup in his hometown. No Cup yet after Sharp had it in Thunder Bay. But the Conn Smythe Trophy is.

Under Center Podcast: State of the Bears: Defense

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Under Center Podcast: State of the Bears: Defense

JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Paul Aspan are back with their training camp preview of the Bears' defense, looking at if it's fair to expect this group to take a step back without Vic Fangio (2:00) or if it's possible to repeat as the league's No. 1 defense (10:00). Plus, the guys look at which players the Bears need to improve to remain one of the NFL's best defenses (15:15), debate if Leonard Floyd can be better (20:00) and look at the future of the defense as a salary cap crunch looms after 2019 (25:00). 

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: 

Yu Darvish finally has his first win at Wrigley

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Yu Darvish finally has his first win at Wrigley

Yu Darvish blew a 98 mph fastball by Yasiel Puig, pumped his fist emphatically twice and let out a primal yell as he walked off the mound while 37,260 fans at Wrigley Field backed him up with maybe the loudest "YUUUU!!!" chant of the season.

It was the final pitch he threw on the afternoon as he completely dismantled the Reds lineup in a 4-2 Cubs victory.

Since the All-Star Break, Darvish leads Major League Baseball in ERA — he hasn't allowed a run in 12 innings while striking out 15 and giving up only 4 hits and a walk. 

Oh yeah, and he finally picked up his first Wrigley Field win in a Cubs uniform...in his 28th start.

In both outings to start the second half, he took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and they're also the only two scoreless starts he has as a member of the Cubs (he gave up 0 earned run April 27 last year against the Brewers, but was charged with an unearned run).

The Cubs are now 5-1 since the All-Star Break and will carry a 2.5-game lead in the division into action Friday when the San Diego Padres come into town.