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Wednesday, Dec 13

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As he pushes for NFL rushing title, Bears' Jordan Howard ready to 'play freely' after nagging injury

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Dowell Loggains could see a switch flip in Jordan Howard. In the first half of a 33-7 victory over the Bengals on Sunday, the Bears’ second-year running back failed to gain the yard needed for a first down on second-and-1. As he came to…

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Mike McCarthy: Packers' Aaron Rodgers preparing to play this weekend

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Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says quarterback Aaron Rodgers is getting ready to play against the Carolina Panthers this weekend. Rodgers was medically cleared to return from a collarbone injury on Tuesday night. Rodgers missed the…

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Seeing a slimmer Kyle Schwarber is believing Cubs should hold on to him

Without saying a word, Kyle Schwarber told the Cubs, “Keep me.” The outfielder showed up at baseball’s winter meetings in Orlando, Fla., at least 20 pounds lighter and noticeably leaner, the strongest statement yet about his future. It was…

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Bears Q&A: Does Mitch Trubisky have accuracy issues? Could John Fox actually return?

The Tribune's Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly. Is Devin Hester a first-ballot Hall of Famer? — @PierceCallaghan What options does Kyle Fuller have with the Bears having not picked up his fifth-year option? Can he go to any…

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Ex-NFL player Larry Johnson grapples with violent urges and memory loss. He thinks it's CTE.

Former NFL running back Larry Johnson poses for this photograph in his Fort Lauderdale, Florida, home in early November. Johnson is convinced he's living with CTE and battling self-destructive impulses. (Andrew Innerarity / For The…

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Shohei Ohtani reportedly has injured ligament in pitching elbow

Japanese two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani, whose signing with the Los Angeles Angels last week was hailed as a game-changer for that franchise, reportedly has an injured ligament in his pitching elbow that, while not considered immediately…

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Air Ahron: Ulis stands taller, plays with confidence as Marian tops St. Rita

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Marian Catholic's Ahron Ulis is nearly unrecognizable. The 6-foot, 175-pound Ulis has grown two inches in height and added 20 pounds of muscle. That's not the only difference, however. The sophomore point guard's game has vastly improved,…

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Cubs finalize Brandon Morrow deal and sign rehabbing left-hander Drew Smyly

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer discusses signing rehabbing pitcher Drew Smyly and reliever Brandon Morrow. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune). Mark GonzalesContact ReporterChicago Tribune. General manager Jed Hoyer was firm in his assessment…

Game-changing Devin Hester deserves place in Hall of Fame

As much as Devin Hester altered the ways opponents schemed for the Bears on special teams before the end of his rookie season, Dave Toub had a feeling one thing wouldn’t change in Super Bowl XLI. The opening kickoff. In a special teams…

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Devin Hester retires: 'Hopefully next time I see y'all it’ll be in Canton'

Devin Hester’s ridiculous career reached its end zone Tuesday. The former Bears returner announced his retirement from football by publicizing a lengthy farewell statement on his Twitter account. “Hopefully next time I see y’all it’ll be…

Tuesday, Dec 12

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NFL Network, ESPN suspend 5 analysts over sexual misconduct suit

NFL Network and ESPN have suspended five analysts, including Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk and Donovan McNabb, in response to a former NFL Network employee's lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct by several men when she worked there, pending…

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Mitch Trubisky returns home to Ohio and enjoys his best day as a pro

With Bears wide receivers catching more flak than footballs this season, Kendall Wright seized a rare opportunity to enjoy a little redemption. “You guys said we had no wideouts, but now you want to talk?’’ Wright kidded Sunday in a bubbly…

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'Shalieve': As Ryan Shazier recovers from his spinal injury, Steelers' cleats send a message

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Ryan Shazier, the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker who suffered a scary spinal injury in the Monday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals, remains hospitalized, with his teammates planning to pay tribute to him in Sunday night's game…

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Eagles QB Carson Wentz tore his ACL and is out for the year

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Eagles star quarterback Carson Wentz has a torn left ACL and will miss rest of the season and playoffs, coach Doug Pederson confirmed. Wentz, a favorite in the NFL MVP race, had an MRI on Monday that revealed the severity of the injury.…

Cubs look to solidify closer situation with Brandon Morrow, while not ruling out return of Wade Davis

The Cubs knew the odds were stacked against them in their pursuit of Shohei Ohtani. Now they hope to gain some stability in their search for a closer. They could learn as soon as Tuesday night whether their two-year, $21 million deal with…

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'I'll be better when this is done': Zach Miller reflects on long road back after knee injury

Bears tight end Zach Miller speaks to reporters on his return to Halas Hall on Dec. 11, 2017, and his first media availability since suffering a severe left leg injury on Oct. 29 against the Saints. (Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune). Dan…

Monday, Dec 11

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Giancarlo Stanton didn't want to be part of the Marlins' rebuilding, says Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter says when his ownership group took over the Miami Marlins in October, he thought Giancarlo Stanton would be with the team in 2018. Stanton says Marlins officials threatened to keep him for the rest of his career. In the end,…

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Hawk Harrelson sees 'wonderful decade' ahead for Chicago baseball, but he still won't go to a game at Wrigley

The start of the regular season is 3 ½ months away, but White Sox announcer Ken Harrelson was gushing about the talent acquired by the Sox in the past 13 months and the glory days ahead for both Chicago teams. Harrelson elaborated Monday…

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After 8 surgeries, Zach Miller emotional and thankful in his return to Halas Hall

Bears tight end Zach Miller speaks to reporters on his return to Halas Hall on Dec. 11, 2017, and his first media availability since suffering a severe left leg injury on Oct. 29 against the Saints that almost required his leg to be…

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Fantasy football Week 14 top takeaways: It's not easy being a QB in green

Now is a nice time to have a piece of the Chargers offense. Philip Rivers has a host of tasty options, Keenan Allen is doing nothing but racking up 100-yard games, Hunter Henry has firmly put Antonio Gates in his rearview mirror and Melvin…

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10 thoughts on the Bears' 33-7 win over the Bengals

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10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears put together their most complete effort of the season in a 33-7 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium, snapping a five-game losing streak. 1. I thought for sure when the…

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Eddie Jackson's big day for Bears: ‘Best birthday gift you could ask for’

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Eddie Jackson turned 25 Sunday, and the Bears rookie safety felt pretty good about how his birthday turned out. Jackson had an interception and forced and recovered a fumble in the Bears’ 33-7 victory over the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium…

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Mitch Trubisky's TD run adds shine to sparkling performance vs. Bengals

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Mitch Trubisky sprinted across the goal line, flicked his right wrist and the ball fluttered to the ground. A simple celebration for an easy touchdown. Where the heck was this all season? It was tempting to wonder that Sunday as the Bears…

Texans QB Tom Savage returned to game after concussion

Houston quarterback Tom Savage was cleared to re-enter Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers for one series after sustaining a concussion, raising questions about the NFL's procedure for evaluating such injuries during games.…

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Stanford becomes first school to win men's and women's soccer national titles in same season

Sam Werner ripped off his shirt, raced the length of the field and was smothered by a swarm of Stanford teammates. Even for a budding dynasty, that championship feeling isn't getting old. Werner scored in the second overtime to lead…

Sunday, Dec 10

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Bears no-shows a plea to George McCaskey for systemic change

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Tribune reporters Dan Wiederer and Rich Campbell preview the Bears' matchup vs. the 49ers in Week 13. David HaughContact ReporterChicago Tribune. “Here is what Mr. McCaskey needs to hear: It's been seven years since the Bears made the…

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Extended minutes and growing confidence have Kris Dunn on a 7-game tear

Kris Dunn loves to shop. “You can find me on Michigan Avenue for sure,” Dunn said. “You can find me in Wicker Park. I’m all over the place. It’s not going to be hard to bump into me.” But no matter where the Bulls guard went as he learned…

Cubs reach 2-year deal with reliever Brandon Morrow

The Dodgers' Brandon Morrow pitches against the Astros in Game 6 of the World Series on Oct. 31, 2017. (Harry How / Getty Images). Mark GonzalesContact ReporterChicago Tribune. In their latest attempt to upgrade their pitching staff, the…

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Shohei Ohtani shines in the spotlight of stardom during Angels introduction

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So the reasons Shohei Ohtani signed with the Angels remain a mystery, hidden somewhere behind his boyish smile and camouflaged by his polite diction. There were no major revelations at Ohtani’s introductory news conference Saturday, as the…

David Nwaba continues to make an impact at both ends

Other players have produced better statistics, but David Nwaba’s averages of 13 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 blocks in 31.5 minutes have proved plenty impactful as the Bulls posted consecutive victories for the first time this…