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  • White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, at right with hitting coach Greg Walker before Thursday night's game against the Twins, is going to the All-Star Game next Tuesday.

      White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, at right with hitting coach Greg Walker before Thursday night's game against the Twins, is going to the All-Star Game next Tuesday.
    Associated Press

 
 

Paul Star:

Paul Konerko gets voted into the All-Star game, and that's a beautiful thing, but if that's the highlight for the White Sox in 2011 things could get ug-ly.

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He'll tumble for ya:

Forget the Home Run Derby or that the game is being played to determine homefield advantage in the World Series.

The best part of all-star weekend is getting to see that highlight of Tommy Lasorda displaying his ballet-like grace while trying to avoid a flying bat during the 2001 game.

Question:

What's your favorite memory of the Viktor Stalberg era?

Amazing:

Heading into their weekend series at Pittsburgh, it's looking as if the Cubs will go the entire first half without winning three games in a row.

To put that in perspective, the 2006 Cubs team that finished 66-96 had four such winning streaks in the first half and finished the season with eight.

Enjoy.

Settle down:

If the lockout keeps the Bears from playing the Rams in the Hall of Fame game and we miss out on the starters playing at least two full series, there's gonna be hell to pay.

Nah, not really.

Just when you thought you were out:

They drag you back in with the Roger Clemens trial.

Wednesday, July 13:

It's the day after the All-Star Game and the day before the start of the second half of the baseball season and it's officially the most boring day in sports.

Unless of course you want to catch up on all the fascinating lockout updates.

Prospect heights:

The core is tan and really, really rested, and now it has a physical and more mature cast surrounding it.

Good times ahead for the Blackhawks.

Dreams do come true:

Pyeongchang. Yes!

No, really, it's not so bad:

The Cubs' upbeat attitude in the face of adversity is making Linda Kollmeyer look like a Gloomy Gus.

And in the cleanup spot :

Fans entering Chase Field for the All-Star Game will get to see one of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's chain gangs picking up trash.

Brilliant:

Less than a week until we get our Peter Alliss fix at the Open Championship!

He's baaaack:

With little fanfare, Preakness winning jockey Jesus Castanon (Shackleford) has begun riding again at Arlington Park again.

Castanon, 38, finished fourth in the AP jockey standings in 2010.

Painful:

What was tougher to watch this week: Cubs vs. Nationals or White Sox vs. Royals?

And now:

The Sox are hosting the dreaded Twins while the Cubs go up against the Pirates, who lately have been the Cubs' personal version of the Twins. Ugh.

Mercy!

What in the name of Jerry Pate was Thomas Levet thinking?

The French golfer withdrew Wednesday from the British Open after being ruled out for six weeks with a broken shin.

And how did he break his shin?

Jumping into a lake to celebrate winning the French Open.

The quote:

"I think it's the silliest thing that players have done over the years, I really do," Colin Montgomerie on golfers' penchant for jumping in lakes.

mspellman@dailyherald.com

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