Rick Tarsitano is a Sports Producer for WGN Evening News, WGN News at Nine and WGN News at Ten.

Covering the teams I grew up loving. Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. Doing the same with my kids, too. Life’s too short not to smile.

Recent Articles
  • Cubs cut ties with Addison Russell

    CHICAGO – The Cubs are letting Addison Russell walk. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein explained the decision in a statement. “We decided to non-tender Addison Russell today simply because the role we expected him to play for the 2020 Cubs was inconsistent with how he would have been treated in the salary arbitration process.” Russell batted .237 with nine home runs and 23 RBI in 82 games for the Cubs last year. He missed the beginning of the […]

  • Mick McCall out as Northwestern football offensive coordinator

    EVANTSON, Ill. – Northwestern is parting ways with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mick McCall. “Mick was one of the first hires I made when given the honor of leading this program, and has been a trusted colleague and loyal friend for almost my entire tenure,” said Fitzgerald. “He’s guided our offense through unquestionably one of the most successful periods in Wildcats history, with four bowl championships and nine postseason appearances. Mick recruited and coached great student-athletes and exceptional young […]

  • Duncan Keith hurts groin, Avalanche beat Blackhawks 5-2

    CHICAGO — Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and three assists, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Friday. J.T. Compher added a goal and two assists, and Cale Makar, Ryan Graves and Valeri Nichushkin also scored as Colorado started fast against listless Chicago in the first of a home-and-home set. Patrick Kane and Zack Smith connected for the Blackhawks, who have lost four of five (1-3-1). Duncan Keith left with a groin injury midway through the second […]

  • NHL investigates allegations former Rockford IceHogs coach used racial slurs

    BUFFALO, N.Y. — The NHL said Tuesday it is investigating allegations Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters directed racial slurs toward Akim Aliu when he and the Nigerian-born player were in the minors a decade ago. The NHL called the alleged behavior “repugnant and unacceptable.” The league added it will have no further comment until it looks into what happened more thoroughly. Aliu tweeted Monday that Peters “dropped the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room in my rookie year […]

  • Zach LaVine hits 13 threes, Bulls shock Hornets 116-115

    CHARLOTTE – A night after being pulled early in the first quarter, Zach LaVine could not be stopped. LaVine scored a career-high 49 points, becoming only the third player in NBA history to make 13 threes in a game. His final triple capped a dramatic last-minute comeback, overcoming an eight point deficit to beat the Hornets 116-115. Head coach Jim Boylen singled LaVine out in the Bulls lackluster start against the Heat Friday night, benching him for ‘three egregious defensive […]

  • Memorabilia maker creates Astros sign stealing scandal bobblehead

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Major League Baseball has widened its investigation of alleged sign stealing by the Houston Astros and will probe activity by the team over the past three seasons. After the conclusion of owners meetings Thursday, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said MLB will “investigate the Astros situation as thoroughly as humanly possible.” The probe includes the team’s firing of an assistant general manager during the World Series for clubhouse comments directed at female reporters, behavior the club at first […]

  • Mitchell Trubisky removed from Bears injury report, will start Sunday

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Mitchell Trubisky will start Sunday against the Giants. Trubisky practiced in full for the third straight day Friday. The Bears removed Trubisky from the injury report altogether five days after he was pulled in the fourth quarter of the Rams game with a hip pointer. The Bears (4-6) have lost five of six and are just about out of playoff contention after winning the NFC North at 12-4 in coach Matt Nagy’s first season. They were […]

  • Jose Abreu agrees to 3-year, $50 million deal with White Sox

    CHICAGO – Jose Abreu is extending his stay on the South Side. Abreu accepted a one-year, $17.8 million qualifying offer from the Sox last week. Friday, the 32 year-old three-time All-Star agreed to terms on a three-year, $50 million contract, which includes a $5 million signing bonus. “From the moment he stepped into the major leagues, José Abreu has been a leader on the field and in the clubhouse,” said Rick Hahn, White Sox general manager. “He has consistently delivered […]

  • Chicago Fire reveal new logo, tweaked name

    CHICAGO – The Chicago Fire will now be formally known as Chicago Fire Football Club or Chicago Fire FC. Replacing ‘soccer’ with ‘football’ was an important step for new owner Joe Mansueto. “As a Chicagoan, it was important to me that our new brand identity reflect the power of our city’s origin. I’ve always loved the Chicago Fire name. I think of the people who rolled up their sleeves and committed to rebuild what would become a world-class city, one […]

  • Christian Yelich takes shot at Yu Darvish on Twitter

    CHICAGO – Get ready for the Cubs and Brewers games to get a little more heated than usual, at least when Yu Darvish and Christian Yelich face off. As Major League Baseball ramps up its investigation into claims the 2017 Houston Astros stole signs electronically, rumors are starting to flare up about other teams who may have used similar methods. The Milwaukee Brewers are among those baseball blogs are taking aim at. Bleacher Nation tweeted videos and pictures of Yelich […]

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