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Pioneer Press football playoff pairings

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No one has been able to stop quarterback Ray Niro, whose dual-threat play keeps opposing defenses guessing. The Broncos' defense isn't quite as lofty but has got the job done every week. The Titans have enjoyed a resurgence this season…

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Justin Jackson's 'wow' play boosts Northwestern in OT victory over Iowa

As Northwestern's victorious players emerged from the locker room Saturday, several drew cheers from the assembled friends and family north of Ryan Field. And yet the man who saved the Wildcats with a herculean effort in overtime barely…

Saturday, Oct 21

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Cubs reportedly fire longtime pitching coach Chris Bosio

Chicago Tribune

Cubs president Theo Epstein discusses the team's offseason plans on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune). Paul SullivanContact ReporterChicago Tribune. The Cubs have fired longtime pitching coach Chris Bosio, an apparent…

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Reputation restoration: Bears rebuilding defense and rediscovering pride

Vic Fangio would be the last person to declare the Bears defense fully restored. Heck, they could hoist the Lombardi Trophy, and his mind would throb at whatever imperfections they overcame to do so. The 59-year-old coordinator is content…

Five key questions facing the Cubs this offseason

Chicago Tribune

The Cubs' fast elimination from the National League Championship Series showed there's work to be done. Here are five questions entering the offseason: 1. Where does the starting pitching come from? Not from the minor leagues before 2019.…

Bobby Portis makes public apology before Bulls drop home opener

Bulls forward Bobby Portis apologizes for his actions during an altercation with teammate Nikola Mirotic on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune). K.C. JohnsonChicago Tribune. Apologizing in his first public comments…

Brian Kelly on Notre Dame's 49-14 win over No. 11 USC: 'We want more'

This was the definition of a statement victory. No. 13 Notre Dame dominated 11th-ranked USC offensively and defensively. And the Trojans hurt themselves on special teams. It all added up to a 49-14 blowout triumph for the Irish on Saturday…

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Cardiac Caravan: Mount Carmel rallies from 27-14 deficit to stun Providence

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Facing a 27-14 deficit at halftime Friday night, Mount Carmel coach Frank Lenti had a simple message for his team in the locker room. Don't give up. The Caravan took those words to heart and rallied for a thrilling 35-34 Catholic League…

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Cubs coming to grips with Jake Arrieta's possible departure

As he walked off the mound at Wrigley Field for possibly the last time in a Cubs uniform, Jake Arrieta tipped his cap to the roaring fans. "Hopefully, it's not a goodbye; it's a thank you, obviously," Arrieta said after a standout effort…

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'Pretty Boy Assassin' Mitch Trubisky impressing Bears with his composure

Can Mitch Trubisky continue showing growth against another talented defense? After making his first road start and salvaging his first NFL win on Sunday, Trubisky should have added confidence as he welcomes the Panthers to Soldier Field.…

Friday, Oct 20

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'He really could be anything': Giannis Antetokounmpo is about to take over the NBA

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Giannis Antetokounmpo stood on the court inside the Milwaukee Bucks' sparkling new downtown practice facility Thursday afternoon, discussing his performance against the Boston Celtics the night before in Milwaukee's season opener.…

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Saturday's matchup, prediction: USC at Notre Dame

Last meeting: Adoree' Jackson scored three touchdowns to lead USC to a 45-27 victory on Nov. 26, 2016, at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Jackson scored on a 55-yard punt return, 52-yard catch and 92-yard kickoff return.

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Bears vs. Panthers: Will the Bears win a 2nd straight game for 1st time since 2015?

Key matchups, players to watch, predictions and more for Sunday's Bears-Panthers game at Soldier Field. Jump higher: Mitch Trubisky has completed only 20 of 41 passes (48.8 percent) through two starts. Hardly a stat line to get excited…

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Anton Forsberg fine in goal but Blackhawks fall 2-1 in overtime to Oilers

Normally the Blackhawks don't have a morning skate on the second day of back-to-back games, especially if they traveled the night before. But after the Hawks put on what coach Joel Quenneville called a "brutal" effort in a loss to the…

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Raptors run over Bulls 117-100 in season opener

Chicago Tribune

From the first day of training camp, executive vice president John Paxson said this season's Bulls won't be judged by wins and losses but by effort and competitiveness. Two days after that competitiveness crossed a line with a Bobby Portis…

Milestone night for Quincy Pondexter comeback with Bulls

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Quincy Pondexter didn't mince words when asked for his lowest moment between last playing in the NBA on April 25, 2015 — guarding Stephen Curry in the playoffs to boot — and Thursday night. "Being in the hospital about to die," Pondexter…

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USC's Sam Darnold poses toughest test to date for Notre Dame pass defense

Pick a 2018 NFL mock draft, any mock draft, and Sam Darnold's name will be near the top of the list. The redshirt sophomore quarterback has been the centerpiece of USC's revival, taking over as the starter in the fourth game last season…

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Free-agent-to-be Jake Arrieta: ‘I did my best and I left it all out there’

As he walked off the mound at Wrigley Field for possibly the last time in a Cubs uniform, Jake Arrieta tipped his cap to the roaring fans. “Hopefully, it’s not a goodbye; it’s a thank you, obviously,” Arrieta said after a sterling effort…

Thursday, Oct 19

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In his 16th season, Panthers' Julius Peppers still producing at a high level

The Panthers' Julius Peppers celebrates his sack of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz in the first half Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Charlotte, N.C.. (Mike McCarn / AP). Dan WiedererContact ReporterChicago Tribune. The sequence was all too…

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Foul-tip call stuns almost everyone — but Dodgers voice calls fans 'cranky'

Cubs manager Joe Maddon, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and Cubs' Javier Baez and Willson Contreras discuss the foul ball call that got Maddon ejected in Game 4. (Colleen Kane/Chicago Tribune). Phil RosenthalContact ReporterChicago Tribune.

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NLCS Game 5 pitching matchup: Clayton Kershaw vs. Jose Quintana

Clayton Kershaw was hoping he wouldn't have to pitch Thursday. The Cubs are hoping history repeats itself from the last time they faced the Dodgers left-hander for the second time in a league championship series. Kershaw, owner of three Cy…

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Lauri Markkanen is the last power forward standing after Bulls' infighting

Lauri Markkanen is getting a crash course in the NBA. The rookie is the Bulls' starting power forward for Thursday's season opener against the Raptors because Bobby Portis broke two bones in Nikola Mirotic's face with a punch, concussing…

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Don't hit the panic button, the Dodgers are in a good spot with Kershaw on the mound in Game 5

Cody Bellinger took the final big swing, yet somewhere down the right-field line he stopped running, stared at the sky, and rubbed his head as if lost. Chris Taylor had the final slide, yet when he stood up at second base, he was swarmed…

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Home-plate umpire Jim Wolf on controversial NLCS foul ball call: 'I was dead wrong'

Huddled with three umpires in the eighth inning Wednesday night at Wrigley Field, Cubs manager Joe Maddon was fuming. Yelling-face-to-face, pointing-fingers-in-their-chests, eventually-ejected fuming. It turns out home-plate umpire Jim…

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Healthy cornerback Kyle Fuller coming off one of his best games as a Bear

The Bears began practicing Wednesday for Sunday's home game against the Panthers, which represents a chance for them to win consecutive games for the first time since November 2015. Here's what we learned at Halas Hall: Kyle Fuller earned…

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Bulls' task for season: mend physically, emotionally after Mirotic-Portis fight

Even with teams projected to lose often, the day before the season opener is typically one of optimism and hope, filled with words of anticipation about the journey ahead. Executive vice president John Paxson admitted that practice film…

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World Series repeat bid is history as Cubs end season with NLCS Game 5 loss to Dodgers

After Javier Baez swung and missed at a 56-foot curveball that catcher Austin Barnes retrieved up the first-base line Thursday night, the Cubs' erratic second baseman was resigned to giving Barnes a fist bump as he was tagged for the final…

Wednesday, Oct 18

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Gymnast McKayla Maroney alleges sexual abuse by team doctor

Two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney has accused former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar of molesting her for several years, starting when she was 13. (Oct. 18, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly…

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Nikola Mirotic out with two broken bones in face after being punched by teammate Bobby Portis

Chicago Tribune

The young, hungry and competitive nature the Bulls sought after choosing to rebuild crossed a line Tuesday when Bobby Portis punched Nikola Mirotic in the face during a practice altercation. Mirotic, who had won the starting power forward…

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9 pivotal moments from Cubs' 6-1 loss in Game 3 of the NLCS

Chicago Tribune

The Tribune's Mark Gonzales and Paul Sullivan break down the Cubs' NLCS Game 3 loss to the Dodgers on Oct. 17, 2017. Paul SkrbinaContact ReporterChicago Tribune. Here are nine pivotal moments from the Cubs' 6-1 loss to the Dodgers in Game…