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For Bears' Cutler, It's Change or Else

Mike Freeman, Bleacher Report

Count on It: Yankees Will Get a Pitcher

Joel Sherman, New York Post

The Unsettling Idea of Cubs as Winners

Rich Cohen, Wall Street Journal

There are many Jay Cutler stories, but this one, which happened when Cutler was in Denver, is one of the most Cutlerian of them all.  Stories seem to follow Cutler, and if the...(full article)

Hissing at Notre Dame football is like howling at the Yankees, spitting at the Cowboys or kicking the Lakers. If you’re not a fan, Notre Dame bashing is something you’re comp...(full article)

This is one of those moments when it does not matter what Brian Cashman says, which is that he is more likely not to make a trade than make one between now and Friday’s non...(full article)

The countdown of the best 100 teams in college football history concludes with the top 25. And nobody proved to be deeper and more powerful against strong opponents than the best t...(full article)

The Chicago I grew up in was a place of distinction. Everyone was boasting. All the time. We had the biggest, deepest, grandest and most storied everything. Tallest tower—Sears. ...(full article)

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Pathetic White Sox Should Blow It Up

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Champion Hawks Have Cap Troubles Ahead

The Chicago Blackhawks won their third Stanley Cup in six years after Monday's clinching victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. They are the most dominant team in the NHL. But tha...

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Blackhawks' Cups Better Than a Dynasty

The surest sign there are no true dynasties in the NHL’s salary-cap era is that the second a contender for the title emerges, it has to be broken up. The Chicago Blackhawks’...

Why Joe Maddon Bats His Pitcher 8th

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The Blackhawks have seen enough of Tampa. They have no interest in returning to the humidity, the electric lightshow inside Amalie Arena, and the horde of characters — &ldq...

Kelly's Whining Takes Irish Off Pedestal

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Rose Exposes Knicks' Backcourt

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Hamilton Stellar in Chicago Debut

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Blackhawks Tie Wild for Best Record

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Hurricanes End Skid With Shutout

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Sandberg on Way as Manager?

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Cubs Stint Will Define His Legacy

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