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Luckily, Phil Jackson still has a few NBA friends in high places that he can deal with. There’s Steve Kerr in Golden State and John Paxson in Chicago, who came to Phil’s rescue...(full article)

It's time for the Chicago White Sox to trade Chris Sale. I hate writing that sentence. Sale is exactly the type of pitcher you want: He's great, he is signed to a team-friendl...(full article)

Sunday was a monumental day in the sports world. Dustin Johnson was brilliant down the stretch at the U.S. Open, closing out his first major championship as his closest competitors...(full article)

School’s out for summer. NFL players and coaches have dispersed for a six-week vacation before training camps open in late July. Tom Brady is still suspended, Ryan Fitzpatrick is...(full article)

Now that the Big 12 and Sun Belt have approved conference championship games, all 10 FBS conferences will have a title game by 2018, creating a more similar path to the College Foo...(full article)

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Theo Epstein is arguably the best baseball executive going and in the conversation among the best ever — a Hall-of-Fame point that will be galvanized should he steer the Cubs fro...

Quick-Strike Chisox Got Their Man

Talk to executives around baseball and they will tell you that trade talks really don't start up until after the amateur draft, which this year will be June 9. Every time I hear th...

Why Cubs Have Great Shot at Breaking Curse

"I think the 100 thing, at some point in my career, would be cool to be part of, but it doesn't mean you're going to win the World Series. I'd rather us just play good baseball, an...

Upper Crust Baked to Perfection

At the end of the last NBA season, we ranked the 67-win, champion Golden State Warriors as the third-best team in the history of the league. It’s not easy to follow...

Cubs Latest to Embrace 'In Theo We Trust'

Consider this your periodic reminder: "Theo" comes from a Greek word meaning "god." God Epstein, the Cubs president of baseball operations and former Red Sox general manager, must ...

Notre Dame a Tempting Pick for Playoff

1. Brian Kelly's best coaching job Kelly's Fighting Irish suffered a little bit of bad turnover luck, lost their starting running back in the first week of the season, lost their q...

High-Flying Cubs Should Sweat Mets, Nats

The Chicago Cubs are the best team in baseball. At roughly the one-quarter mark of the 2016 season, that should be a fairly uncontroversial statement. You can point to the numbers...

Cubs Aren't Chicago's Only Hot Team

There’s been a lot of attention on the Chicago Cubs because of their torrid 25-8 start, but there’s another team in the Windy City that’s been hot as well and not receiving n...

Cubs Will Have to Dig Deep for Arrieta

Nobody in their right baseball mind doubts that Jake Arrieta represents the right guy for the Cubs, but trying to sign him to a long-term contract remains tricky. As smooth as the ...

Life Ends Just Shy of New Beginning

I will always remember my last conversation with Greg Bryant. We spoke of football and life and second chances. He shared his deep affection for the game, his eagerness for a fresh...

Cubs Making a Powerful Statement

Special baseball teams don't come around very often, which is a relief insofar as "special baseball teams" is kind of a smuggish, unpleasant-looking phrase. "Special" is one of tho...

Happiest Place on Earth Is Chicago

CHICAGO—There is West Addison Street and there is Clark Street and there is Waveland Avenue. Somewhere within the grid that they circumscribe is the happiest place on Earth right...

Cubs Show Blueprint on How to Beat Harper

The Cubs won, 4-3, in walk-off fashion over the Nationals Sunday with a Javier Baez home run in the 13th inning. The win completed a four-game sweep for the Cubs in a series...

Key Upperclassmen Set to Break Out

The NFL Draft is over, and annual spring scrimmages have already been played which means college football teams are officially ready to begin preparing for next fall. And, of c...

Cubs' Start One For the Record Books

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Cubs Can Take Page From Leicester City

The sporting world was mesmerized by Leicester City's clinching of the prestigious Barclays Premier League title Monday. And because a certain National League squad hasn't won the ...

Arrieta on PED Talk: "Some People Are Idiots"

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Arrieta Better Than Kershaw? No So Fast ...

Jake Arrieta was one strike from his second no-hitter in as many seasons, one strike from the 15th no-hitter in Chicago Cubs history, one strike from being the first pitcher to ...

2nd No-Hitter in Arrieta's Historic Run

Believe it or not, National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta was more dominant Thursday night than his Cubs offense that slugged five home runs and produced an 18-hit atta...

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Almost every sportswriter I know loves to romanticize about the old days — when being a beat writer allowed you to get to know the people you covered on a meaningful level. You d...

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

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Reinsdorf Only Fooling Himself in Chicago

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MJ Would Go to Lengths to Beat W's

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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

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Epstein Has Evolved Into a Sage

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Cubs' '16 Outlook Ranges From 1st to Cursed

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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?

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Samardzija Finally Finds Home With Giants

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Stats Say Cubs Are Ready to Contend

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Maddon, Cubs Set to Reverse the Curse

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Cubs Can Bid Silent Goodbye to Series

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Maturity Edges Stupid in LaRoche Saga

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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...

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...

LaRoche Decision Extends Past Baseball

Before this week, Adam LaRoche was known to baseball fans as so many things: first baseman and designated hitter, more than occasional slugger of home runs, a well-traveled veteran...

Weak Bat Real Reason for LaRoche's Exit

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LaRoche Nothing More Than a Quitter

Why were White Sox players so rabidly defending Adam LaRoche when he walked out on them? I mean, he’d rather quit than try to win. He’d rather quit on his teammates than try to...

Things Get Ugly in Chisox's Clubhouse

Adam LaRoche and his 14-year-old son Drake aren’t with the White Sox anymore; the first baseman walked away from the team on Tuesday after Kenny Williams asked him to reduce Drak...

A Call for Compromise

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Kid Stuff: LaRoche, White Sox Clash Over Son

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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

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Bulls Survive With Tough Defense

The challenges have kept coming all season. The Bulls erased an 11-point deficit with 4 minutes left in the season opener to beat the Lakers on Derrick Rose's game-winner. They nav...

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

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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

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White Sox Have Identity Problem

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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

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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

During the CBS broadcast of the Bears game Sunday, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms talked about how Lovie Smith believes this is his best Bears team. If the Bears believe they were close ...

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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