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  • Big Ten title not out of the question for Northwestern

    CHICAGO – With over half the starters returning on both sides of the ball, Northwestern has its sights set on a Big Ten title. “If your goals aren’t to win your division and win your conference, then why are you doing this?” noted head coach Pat Fitzgerald. “But, I think that it is a process and that it is a culmination of the season. If you’ve got your focus on the destination instead of the process to get there, then […]

  • Lovie Smith preaches patience in Illini football rebuild

    CHICAGO – Rebuild it and they will come. That’s the hope for the Fighting Illini football program after a 3-9 start to the Lovie Smith era. It may be unfair to judge Smith on last year’s slow start. He inherited the roster. He didn’t get much prep time. And it was his maiden voyage as a head coach in the college ranks. This season may not be any easier. A good chunk of the Illini’s most talented players are gone. […]

  • Report: Derrick Rose joining Cavaliers on one-year deal

    CLEVELAND – Derrick Rose is moving on, again. According to multiple reports, the former MVP is leaving New York to join the Cavaliers on a one-year, $2.1 million deal. Free agent Derrick Rose has reached an agreement on a one-year, $2.1 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources tell ESPN. — Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 24, 2017 Derrick Rose has committed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers and completed his physical exam today, league sources tell The Vertical. — […]

  • Brave Has No Limits at Special Olympics State Qualifier

    BENSENVILLE, Ill. – Normally, our Lexus Long Drive features involve a look at a new golf course or a tip from the great Peter Longo. This week it’s even better. Josh Frydman has the story from White Pines.  

  • Moncada hits 4 RBI, Royals beat White Sox 7-6

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alcides Escobar keeps getting clutch hits after a sluggish start to the season. Whit Merrifield’s sacrifice fly in the 10th inning scored Escobar to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 7-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night. Escobar led off the 10th with a single. He also doubled and scored in the second. He is hitting .336 in his past 35 games to raise his average from .178 to .236. “It’s exciting […]

  • Sharp focus on Stanley Cup run at Blackhawks Convention

    CHICAGO – For the tenth year in a row, Hawks fans from around the country flocked to Chicago for the annual Blackhawks Convention. There were new faces, old faces, and even some old new faces. But, no Stanley Cup for the second straight season After getting bounced out of the postseason in the first round again, the Hawks are sharpening their focus on a deep playoff run. “Last year we might have fooled ourselves with how good we were during […]

  • Cubs surprised but happy to bring Quintana into the fold

    BALTIMORE – Fans may still be divided on which side of town won the deal, but the Cubs are thrilled to have Jose Quintana on their staff. The Cubs’ arms could use a bit of a boost after finishing the first half with 4.66 ERA. “It’s not just about plugging holes. It’s about really reinforcing the whole thing,” noted Cubs skipper Joe Maddon. “There’s baseball courage involved on both sides, trading across city boundaries or within the city boundaries. But […]

  • Bulls sign Antonio Blakeney to two-way contract

    LAS VEGAS – The breakout star of the Bulls’ Summer League earned himself a contract. 🖊✅ #Bulls sign Antonio Blakeney to a two-way contract! Official Release: https://t.co/U4zflRAtfe pic.twitter.com/VbM7BedqrB — Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) July 14, 2017 Antonio Blakeney signed a two-way deal with the Bulls, which means he can play for the team’s G-League affiliate and spend up to 45 days in Chicago, not including any time prior to the start of Windy City’s training camp or the conclusion of their […]

  • Kyle Long helps kids eat, out of boot for Bears camp

    CHICAGO – Kyle Long is using his last bit of free time before Bears training camp for a good cause. The Pro Bowl offensive lineman hosted a charity dinner at Steak 48 Sunday to benefit Blessings in a Backpack. The non-profit organization is close to Long’s heart. It aims to feed 62 percent of children across the U.S. who rely on free or subsidized school meals by sending them home with backpacks filled with meals that require little to no […]

  • Brent Sopel helps kids play defense, lets guard down about dyslexia battle

    VERNON HILLS, Ill. – Hockey is getting faster and more skilled with a growing emphasis on scoring. Somebody has to play defense, though. Brent Sopel anchored the blue line in the NHL for more than a decade, most notably for the Blackhawks during their first Stanley Cup run. Now he’s helping the next generation of defenseman hone their craft at his Academy of Defense hockey camp at The Glacier Ice Arena in Vernon Hills. “I know what forwards are trying […]