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In a rehearsal room on the fifth floor of the Civic Opera House in downtown Chicago, seven children sit in a row of green chairs, reading sheet music. They look like regular elem...(full article)

Chris Sale is baseball's worst nightmare: the player with no comps. Scouts like to give their bosses comparable players, if only to give a general outline as to who he resembles. S...(full article)

If the Chicago Bulls didn’t exist, NBA commissioner Adam Silver would have to invent them. As this team rests its star players for a fresh start in the NBA postseason, as that te...(full article)

Sitting in the home dugout of the Triple-A Charlotte Knights’ brand-new stadium Friday, a few hours before he would throw out a first pitch that was amusingly off-line, I asked t...(full article)

It's 8:21 a.m., way too early for a mix of jazz, '80s wedding-reception music and Anita Baker. But this is Brian Kelly's office, and hell, he can jam as he pleases. Apparently hi...(full article)

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Every year, Forbes comes out with its valuations of Major League Baseball franchises, but what the magazine reported on Friday was far more interesting: the possibility that Warren...

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Blanked Since 1908, Cubs Selling Future

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Cubs Need Players, Not a Goofy Mascot

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Stars in the Stands at Notre Dame

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Marmol Out as Cubs' Closer

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Blackhawks Hold Edge in Talent

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Notre Dame Stumbles Down Stretch

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Difficult Loss for Northwestern

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Irish Win 9th Straight in Big East

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Rose Exposes Knicks' Backcourt

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Deng Vows to Play Through Pain

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Bulls' Deng Out With Wrist Injury

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Without Rose Bulls Dropped by Grizz

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DePaul Hands Pitt 4th Straight Loss

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Hawks' Carcillo Suspended Indefinitely

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Hot-Shooting Irish Burn Pitt

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Hamilton Stellar in Chicago Debut

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Blackhawks Tie Wild for Best Record

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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?

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Long To-Do List to Fix Team

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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

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Francona Wrong Fit for White Sox?

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White Sox Likely Spot for Francona

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