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Irish's Big Decision Not Their Most Crucial

Three plays on Saturday illustrated just how spoiled Notre Dame is at quarterback entering the 2016 season, in case you may have forgotten what Malik Zaire is capable of. While he ...

As the Cubbies Turn

After yet another ho-hum 8-1 victory to move the Chicago Cubs to 8-1 on the year, manager Joe Maddon was asked whether he feels like he's just pushing a bunch of buttons that happe...

Reinsdorf Only Fooling Himself in Chicago

At 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, the Bulls issued a 107-word statement on behalf of Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. The Bulls had just completed a season as disappointing and dysfunctional as an...

MJ Would Go to Lengths to Beat W's

Homer lives in Portland, Ore., and is a Trail Blazers season-ticket owner, but his NBA heart belongs to the Bulls. He grew up on the North Side and was a Public League All-Star in ...

Warriors Bust Out of Bulls' Shadow

They got to 73 audaciously, uproariously and from such deep distance that you wondered if Stephen Curry & Co. could even see the end goal from where they were on Wednesday....

Cubs Not Thinking Series or Bust

When the Cubs steamrolled the Angels in the season opener Monday night, the celebrations already were flowing across social media platforms and, presumably, in most late-night esta...

Epstein Has Evolved Into a Sage

MESA, Ariz. — Fourteen years ago, he was unknown, just a face attached to a résumé: Theo Nathaniel Epstein. Yale ’95, worked on the school paper, earned a degree in American ...

Cubs' '16 Outlook Ranges From 1st to Cursed

Optimism is usually found in abundance among Chicago Cubsfans during the spring, and 2016 will be no different. But this year there’s good reason for it: Their favorite team is ...

Stanley Cup Champs Self-Immolating

Duncan Keith acted selfishly. Alternate captains cannot pull garbage like that. Keith responded in an undisciplined manner. That’s some team leader at a time when his team stin...

Did We Miss Cubs' Championship Parade?

The optimism surrounding the Chicago Cubs is at once justifiable and inexplicable. Has there ever been a team around here with such high expectations before ever winning anything? ...

Samardzija Finally Finds Home With Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - If San Francisco Giants starter Jeff Samardzija believed in the hype more, and perhaps in himself less, he’d still be with the Chicago Cubs. If he truly trust...

Stats Say Cubs Are Ready to Contend

Last year, the Cubs barged to a remarkable 24-game improvement, going 97-75 in the tough NL Central. Given how young the roster was -- particularly in terms of position players -- ...

Do Trendy Cubs Deserve All This Attention?

Here is the thing: Other teams are noticing. One favorite pastime within the national pastime is to create chips on the shoulders, provide extra motivation over the toil of a long ...

Maddon, Cubs Set to Reverse the Curse

Through the years, there have been numerous fascinating ways to deal with the Cubs Thing. Denial has been the big one. That’s the first stage of grief, right? Cubs Thing? Wha...

Cubs Can Bid Silent Goodbye to Series

Forget the Sports Illustrated cover jinx. Worry about the mime jinx.   You haven’t heard of the mime jinx? I hadn’t either until the Cubs trotted out a mime Tuesday to “ente...

Maturity Edges Stupid in LaRoche Saga

Among all the upsets this weekend, perhaps the most surprising was the way perspective came up with a win in the White Sox’s March madness over the Adam LaRoche embarrassment...

L'Affair LaRoche Reeks of Adolescence

After hearing White Sox ace Chris Sale eviscerate executive vice president Kenny Williams and seeing his teammates react to restrictions on 14-year-old Drake LaRoche's clubhouse pr...

Don't Feel Bad for LaRoche

You start here with Adam LaRoche, who decides to walk away from the White Sox and baseball and a $13 million contract because the White Sox won’t allow him to take his 14-year ol...

LaRoche Decision Extends Past Baseball

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If Adam LaRoche hadn’t hit .207 with 12 home runs, 44 RBIs and a WAR of negative-0.8 last year, and hadn’t struggled with back problems during spring training, do you think for...

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LaRoche Nothing More Than a Quitter

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A Call for Compromise

In our hot-take world, you're a kid-hating monster if you suggest that slugger Adam LaRoche perhaps has overstepped his bounds by bringing his son to work every day. And if you sid...

Kid Stuff: LaRoche, White Sox Clash Over Son

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LaRoche to Walk Away From $13 Million

The whole story will come another day, when Adam LaRoche decides that it's time to tell it. But on Tuesday we learned about LaRoche's surprising decision: He was "stepping away" f...

NBA Lottery Could Be Bulls' Best Ticket

Ninth place in the Eastern Conference stinks. Eighth place equals four or five or six more games, an exercise in futility in which nemesis LeBron James puts them out of the NBA pla...

Cubs Chasing 'Holy Grail of Baseball'

MESA, Ariz. -  Hall of Famers Billy Williams and Ryne Sandberg felt it. So did Cy Young winner Rick Sutcliffe and modern icon Kerry Wood. And every manager from Leo Durocher to Do...

Bulls' Troubles Are All Over Court

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Fowler Cements Cubs as Favorites

In a wild morning that ranks as one of the most notable sports surprises since the return of Roger Clemens to the Bronx and the Manti Te'o saga in college football, the Chicago Cub...

It's Hard to Buy a World Series Title

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After Years of Heartbreak, Chicago Ready for Joy

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The Real Value of a Notre Dame Education

Long before Steve Elmer chose Notre Dameas his college destination to play football and continue his education, he discussed with his parents the sport serving as a vehicle that c...

3 Teams Who Lead Majors in Confusion

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RB Forte Just What Patriots Need

Matt Forte joined the NFL in 2008. Since then, he's logged 12,718 yards from scrimmage --the most among all NFL players in that span. And he's available for hire this off...

Irish Springing Intense QB Battle

Head Coach Brian Kelly will once again be evaluating two potential starting quarterbacks during spring practice this offseason. Last year, Everett Golson and Malik Zaire battled f...

Same Old Maddon, and How Cool Is That?

Joe Maddon, former Rays manager (you might recall), was in the parking lot at Ava, the Italian restaurant he co-owns on South Howard Avenue, not far from his home on Bayshore Boule...

While Cubs Bulk Up, NL Central Snoozes

The Chicago Cubs are the consensus best team in baseball. They have the reigning Cy Young and Rookie of the Year. They're young and rich, with a roster that's dealing with more of ...

Latest Injury May Be End for Noah

Just two years ago, Joakim Noah was the heart, soul, engine and face of the Bulls, serving as a wildly energetic backline protector for the league’s No. 2 defense and a main ...

Cubs-Cards Finally Comes Into Its Own

Shortly after the Cubs were swept by the Mets in the National League Championship Series, Tom Ricketts met with Theo Epstein to go over the team's offseason wish list. At the end, ...

Cubs Win! Offseason, That Is

Some will tell you it's bad luck to win the offseason. Sets a club up to fail. Burdens it with expectations. On the other hand, what's the alternative? As one of baseball's wise me...

What's Up With Jimmy Butler?

In case you missed it, Jimmy Butler scored 40 points in the second half against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, breaking Michael Jordan’s Bulls record for points in a half. Ye...

Notre Dame-Ohio State a Faded Memory

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Once upon a time, misty dreams of an Ohio State-Notre Dame football game stirred the souls of every Buckeyes player and fan. It’s no fairy tale. After the B...

Cubs' Rizzo Delivers in Debut

Eric Karros once said every player should spend one year as a Cub to experience the feeling of playing every day at Wrigley Field. Anthony Rizzo, now in his third organization at ...

White Sox Take a Risk on Youkilis

Ken Williams was smiling Sunday afternoon. The White Sox general manager seemed revved up, if not totally revived, by the Kevin Youkilis trade. Maybe it was just the idea of making...

Bulls Survive With Tough Defense

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Marmol Out as Cubs' Closer

Cubs manager Dale Sveum made it official Friday morning: Carlos Marmol is no longer the closer out of the bullpen. The two met in Sveum’s office before Friday’s game ag...

Cubs Manager Fed Up With Marmol

One day after he talked about his patience as a manager, Dale Sveum reached his limit with combustible closer ­Carlos Marmol. The Cubs manager appears on the verge of demoting ...

Humber Far From Perfect vs. Red Sox

The drama ended with the first batter, and now the only suspense in Philip Humber's life is when wife Kristan delivers the couple's first child in the immediate future. In his firs...

What Next for Canucks, Blackhawks?

Although fans always want a coach, player or general manager to be sacrificed after a disappointing playoff result, the truth is there is more right than wrong with Vancouver. Co...

The Bulls Are Just Fine (Kind of)

Without Derrick Rose, and with Luol Deng struggling to pull off double-duty on both ends of the court, of course the Chicago Bulls were going to be no match for the Miami Heat on...

Heat's Defense Smothers Bulls

In a physical, final regular-season meeting between the Eastern Conference’s two best teams, the Heat defeated the Bulls 83-72 on Thursday at American Airlines Arena. If it...

Blackhawks Tie Series With Coyotes

Patrick Sharp merely chuckled when asked if the Blackhawks practice scoring with six attackers on the ice. The Hawks seem to have perfected the art of late-game heroics as for the ...

Rose Struggles; Bulls' Bench Shines

This time, The Shrug came more out of exasperation than celebration. When Derrick Rose's jumper finally found bottom with 7 minutes, 1 second left in the third quarter, ending a ...

Blackhawks Hold Edge in Talent

The neutral zone will be clogged. Offensive-zone entries will be denied or chased down. The crease will be boxed out. And the Phoenix Coyotes will rely on goalie Mike Smith to do...

Notre Dame Stumbles Down Stretch

Unable to make the winning plays down the stretch, and unable to hold a 12-point second-half lead, the Irish crumbled in a 67-63 loss at Greensboro Coliseum.“I think we ha...

Blackhawks Can't Pin Down Goalie

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville says he likes having to make tough choices with his roster, but he probably wishes that didn’t apply to his goalies for the third year in ...

Bulls Send Knicks to 6th Loss in Row

Carmelo Anthony was disgusted by what he deemed a lack of hustle exhibited by his teammates Monday night against the Chicago Bulls before reaching one important conclusion. &ldqu...

Magic Get Rare Win Over Elite Team

This is a win the Orlando Magic will remember for a long time. After they squandered a second-quarter lead of 18 points and let a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter slip a...

Cubs' Samardzija on Mission to Start

After throwing three scoreless innings against Kansas City in his spring debut Wednesday, Jeff Samardzija agreed with Dale Sveum that he's "on a mission" to win a starting spot. ...

Difficult Loss for Northwestern

Was it too much to ask? Was it too much to hope that just one time -- this time -- would be Northwestern's turn as fate's chosen beneficiary? Was it too much to think that maybe,...

Irish Win 9th Straight in Big East

The big, burly Jack Cooley emerged in the paint to deflect the hopeless Jabarie Hinds' shot, Hinds' sixth miss on a Wednesday night that saw him whiff on eight of his nine attemp...

Blackhawks Need to Make a Deal

When Blackhawks rookie forward Jimmy Hayes set up Marcus Kruger's game-winning goal in an invigorating 2-1 victory Tuesday night over the Red Wings at the United Center, admit it. ...

Northwestern Faces Must Win

On the eve of 11th-ranked Michigan's visit to Evanston on Tuesday night, Northwestern coach Bill Carmody did his best to shoot down the idea that this was the biggest game in Wildc...

Bulls Make Statement vs. Celtics

With the NBA's best record, the Bulls know they can beat anybody. Still, there are moments in any season where statements must be made. And, having dropped five of their last six ...

Blackhawks Snap 9-Game Skid

Music blared and smiles were flashed in the Blackhawks' dressing room after a game for the first time in nearly a month. The Hawks' long North American nightmare ended Thursday nig...

Blackhawks Drop 9th in Row

No doubt looking for a little luck, coach Joel Quenneville wore a tie with shamrocks and four-leaf clovers on it as the Blackhawks sought to end their mind-numbing losing skid. Wha...

Oilers' Gagner Nets 8 Points

Hats off to Sam Gagner. The Edmonton Oilers forward not only registered his second NHL hat trick, he added an exclamation point by finishing with four goals and four assists in a...

Rose Exposes Knicks' Backcourt

Amar'e Stoudemire was suddenly back to playing the way he did in the pre-Carmelo Anthony days. His jumper was smooth and his drives usually ended with dunks. “He looks more e...

Deng Vows to Play Through Pain

Hardened by past questions about his toughness and buoyed by the Bulls' championship potential, an upbeat Luol Deng will try to play through a torn ligament in his left wrist that ...

Bulls' Deng Out With Wrist Injury

Changing the official prognosis from "day-to-day" to "week-to-week," Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed Tuesday that Luol Deng suffered a torn ligament in his left wrist. ...

Hawks' Kane Breaks Out of Slump

The heavy snow blanketing the area and snarling traffic wasn't the only reminder of Chicago for the former members of the Blackhawks now playing for the Panthers. The 2010 Stanley ...

White Sox Have Identity Problem

The Chicago White Sox are Jerry Reinsdorf’s car, and his whims tend to dictate how it’s outfitted. Last season, Reinsdorf was in go-for-it mode, so he went full &ldqu...

Young Blackhawks Proving Worth

With the kind of play the Blackhawks are getting from their young players, the future looks very bright. The present is pretty illuminated as well. The Hawks vaulted to the top of ...

Martz Decides to Retire

Former Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz has decided to retire from coaching. "It's time," he told the Sun-Times. Martz didn't elaborate on his decision. But he'll turn 61 i...

Without Rose Bulls Dropped by Grizz

The Memphis Grizzlies shot 54 percent and ended the Chicago Bulls' five-game win streak with a 102-86 victory in Monday's matinee, which Derrick Rose missed because of more trouble...

Cubs Remaking Roster

The new Cubs administration has reached the three-quarters mark of its fertile first 100 days in (front) office and has been nothing short of aggressive with its reformist platfo...

DePaul Hands Pitt 4th Straight Loss

DePaul handed Pitt its fourth consecutive loss tonight, a 84-81 setback at Allstate Arena. The loss marks the longest losing streak during Jamie Dixon's nine seasons as head coac...

Hawks' Carcillo Suspended Indefinitely

Because of an apparent left leg injury, no one was sure Tuesday when Daniel Carcillo would return to the Blackhawks lineup. The injury probably is the lesser of his worries. Carcil...

Blackhawks Cap Big December

One shot. That’s what Detroit Red Wings standout forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg combined for ­Friday against the Blackhawks at the United Center. It embod...

Hot-Shooting Irish Burn Pitt

That wasn't Notre Dame's burn offense on display Tuesday night in a Big East Conference opener at Joyce Center. That was merely the Fighting Irish's young players burning Pitt at...

Hamilton Stellar in Chicago Debut

Point guard Derrick Rose agreed to a five-year, $94 million contract extension on the same night he took the floor with the new wingman the Bulls hope can help him get the only t...

Blackhawks Tie Wild for Best Record

John Scott didn't believe it when first told he was voted second star of the Blackhawks' convincing 4-1 victory over the Ducks on Friday night, but there was the hulking defenseman...

Cubs to Pursue Fielder?

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Bears Would Be Wise to Sign Orton

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Hurricanes End Skid With Shutout

Cam Ward picked up the shutout Friday and the Carolina Hurricanes' goalie was named the game's first star. As Canes defenseman Bryan Allen put it, "He was our calming influence." B...

Sandberg on Way as Manager?

Now that chairman Tom Ricketts has pulled off the biggest coup in recent Cubs history, could his next trick be to pull a Hall of Famer out of a hat? With sources saying Wednesday...

Long To-Do List to Fix Team

Finding a landing spot for Carlos Zambrano won't be at the top of Theo Epstein's to-do list in Chicago. But dealing with him will be one of Epstein's most important tasks as the Cu...

Cubs Stint Will Define His Legacy

Theo Epstein's days in the Boston Red Sox' front offices are over, and for good this time. Epstein agreed on a five-year deal reportedly worth nearly $20 million with the Chicago...

Fire Interested in United's Ferdinand

Chicago Fire want to make Rio Ferdinand the new David Beckham of Major League Soccer. The American team are desperate for a high-profile English player to enable them to compete ...

Francona Wrong Fit for White Sox?

Ask most in the know to describe White Sox board chairman Jerry Reinsdorf in one word, you can bet “loyal’’ will be a frequent response. That’s why the of...

White Sox Likely Spot for Francona

If the White Sox have designs on making Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona their successor to Ozzie Guillen, one important door has been opened. Francona has had enough of his...

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Starter Mat Latos continues strong

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