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Carlos Rodon building confidence in quest to be elite White Sox starter

Carlos Rodon wasn't keen to relive the July afternoon at Wrigley Field, but the White Sox left-hander, now in his third major-league season, recalled that his frustration was at an all-time high. After recovering from left biceps bursitis,…

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Joe Maddon anticipates fine after ejection in 7-6 win over Reds

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Cubs manager Joe Maddon expects to be fined after his ejection, subsequent actions and comments Wednesday night in the ninth inning of a 7-6 win over the Reds. "I don’t know what to say about that call," said Maddon, who was irate that a…

Yasiel Puig lifts Dodgers to 5-4, walk-off victory over White Sox

Photos from the White Sox-Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. Colleen KaneContact Reporter. The White Sox closer-by-committee failed in its first test Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. Yasiel Puig…

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After cruising in 2016, Cubs can benefit from tight division race down stretch

"American Legion Week" hit a snag Wednesday when Cubs manager Joe Maddon admitted he wasn't monitoring the clubhouse doors to ensure his players didn't arrive before 4 p.m. for their 7:05 start against the Reds. The penalty for any such…

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Tommy Hawkins, 1st African-American basketball star at Notre Dame, dies

Tommy Hawkins, the first African-American basketball player to earn All-America honors at Notre Dame and who played for the Los Angeles Lakers during a 10-year NBA career, died Wednesday. He was 80. Hawkins died in his sleep at home in…

Cubs Kris Bryant calls Reds' Joey Votto 'the best player ever'

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Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant isn't shy about his admiration of Reds All-Star Joey Votto. "He's the best player ever," said Bryant, who was flattered this week when Votto told him his approach at the plate looked a lot better. "He's my…

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Mitch Trubisky stays level-headed in reviewing his growth after strong debut

A credible Halas Hall source made a firm assertion after Bears practice Wednesday in Lake Forest: Rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky has a long way to go to be ready to play at a high level in the NFL. That source? Trubisky himself, who…

Wednesday, Aug 16

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Mitch Trubisky says he has plenty of mistakes to fix after successful debut

It has been six days since Mitch Trubisky lit a spark in a football city that has been dormant with apathy and disappointment. Six days since his first impression generated a tidal wave of public support for him to be the Bears starting…

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The Falcons' new stadium has a Chick-fil-A, which won't be open for most Falcons games

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new home of the Atlanta Falcons football team and the Atlanta United soccer team, nears completion on Aug. 15, 2017. (David Goldman / AP). Matt BonesteelThe Washington Post. Seeing as how Chick-fil-A's…

Boys soccer preview: North Suburban Conference

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Must-see: Libertyville senior midfielder/forward Ryan Wittenbrink. The Indiana recruit is one of the best players in the state. He scored both goals as the Wildcats claimed the 2015 Class 3A state title and registered 19 goals and 11…

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Miguel Gonzalez’s unforgettable week: Birth of son, first start at Dodger Stadium

Before this week, Miguel Gonzalez’s greatest memories at Dodger Stadium were sitting in the upper deck or in the bleachers watching the Dodgers teams of the ‘90s. The White Sox right-hander topped that Tuesday night when he took the mound…

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Bears Q&A: Victor Cruz's likelihood to make roster, Mitch Trubisky's development and more

The Tribune's Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly. Is it a foregone conclusion Victor Cruz makes the team? It seems like there are a lot of bodies at WR they could take. Some with more special teams value too. — @lstanczyk27…

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Jerry Reinsdorf says he started rebuild to do what's right for White Sox fans

White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf has "no regrets" about starting his team's rebuilding process this season at age 81 and said he plans to be with the team as it morphs into a contender in the coming years. In an interview with USA Today…

'Hawk' Harrelson has a point about Wrigley Field, but in the end it doesn't matter

The latest salvo in the ongoing war between Ken "Hawk" Harrelson and the Cubs was fired Monday night on the internet when Anthony Rizzo hit a home run onto Sheffield Avenue. The Cubs' official Twitter account tweeted a highlight of Rizzo's…

Tuesday, Aug 15

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A shift to August would be huge for the BMW Championship

Paul Casey was the main attraction Tuesday at BMW Championship media day, joking on a Skype call from Arizona about his bridesmaid status in the event. Casey finished second in 2010 at Cog Hill and took silver again in 2016 at Crooked…

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10 takeaways after the NBA released their 2017-18 schedule

It may be August, but there are still plenty of reasons to talk about the NBA. The latest one came Monday evening, when the league released its schedule for the 2017-18 NBA season, allowing fans of all 30 teams to begin preparing when and…

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CTA trains running again, three hours after man jumps into path of train at Fullerton

Chicago Tribune

Red, Brown and Purple line trains were stopped at the Fullerton station for three hours during the morning rush Tuesday after a man jumped into the path of a train in an apparent suicide, according to police and fire officials. The body of…

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Cubs employ 4-man outfield alignment vs. Joey Votto. The result?

Cubs manager Joe Maddon discusses using a four-man outfield against Reds slugger Joey Votto and the team's 15-5 win on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune). Mark GonzalesContact Reporter · Cubs manager Joe Maddon pulled…

Bears training camp superlatives: Happiest camper, oddest twist and more

When the Bears reported to training camp, coach John Fox touted the most competitive roster they've had in his three seasons on the job. Almost three weeks later, it's not clear how that translates to their climb out of the NFC North…

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Cubs pound Reds 15-5 to start long stretch against last-place teams

Cubs manager Joe Maddon discusses using a four-man outfield against Reds slugger Joey Votto and the team's 15-5 win on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune). Mark GonzalesContact ReporterChicago Tribune. A stretch of 13 ...

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Stretch run another chance for Cubs manager Joe Maddon to prove his worth

Joe Maddon is one of the best managers in baseball, not to mention the only one in our lifetimes to lead the Cubs to a championship. Does Maddon bear any of the blame for this underachieving year, or is there nothing he could've done to…

Monday, Aug 14

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Bears dismiss Kyle Long from final practice of training camp for fighting

The Bears held their final practice of training camp Monday at Olivet Nazarene University. Before the moving trucks were packed and pointed back to Halas Hall, here are three things we learned: Kyle Long's explosive temper got him sent off…

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Cubs' bullpen going viral as pitchers dance the night away

If the idea is to dance like nobody's watching, the Cubs' relief corps has it down. Throughout the 2017 season, in their cavernous room underneath the left field bleachers of Wrigley Field, they've jerked and twerked, shimmed and shook,…

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Has Bears rookie Mitch Trubisky arrived earlier than expected?

Deonte Thompson's eyes bulged. The Bears receiver knew what he had seen. Sure, it was only one play in one exhibition game, one flash of brilliance during one August snapshot of Mitch Trubisky's rookie development. But man … Third-and-18…

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Florida suspends 7 players for opener vs. Michigan for reportedly misusing school-issued funds

Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway was among seven players suspended for the team's opener vs. Michigan. (John Raoux / AP). Scott AllenThe Washington Post. Florida's leading returning receiver, Antonio Callaway, and six other players…

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5 observations from Bears practice Sunday

The Bears were back in full pads Sunday morning for one of their most demanding practices of training camp. In fact, coach John Fox kept music pumping for the whole session, which he has rarely done since 2015. Not only was noise kept…

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Pressure mounting for Mike Glennon as Mitch Trubisky continues to stand out

The sample size from the exhibition opener was far too small for the Bears to consider a move with Mike Glennon. They weren't going to walk away from their starting quarterback after eight pass attempts, nor should they. Reality is Glennon…

Sunday, Aug 13

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Done deal: Notre Dame, Wisconsin will clash at Soldier and Lambeau fields

Chicago Tribune

Notre Dame and Wisconsin will make it official Monday during a news conference at the Under Armour store on Michigan Avenue: Their football series is on. Lambeau Field will host in 2020, Soldier Field in 2021. Two monster programs slugging…

Bears claim Roberto Aguayo off waivers to spark kicking competition

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Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo kicks a field goal against the Saints during the second quarter Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (Jason Behnken / AP). Rich CampbellContact ReporterChicago Tribune. The Bears practiced in full pads…

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Bears guard Kyle Long shaken by violence in hometown of Charlottesville

White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" clashed with counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Va., on the morning of Aug. 12, 2017, during a "Unite the Right" rally. A car plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters in the…