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Friday, May 25

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Bucks' Sterling Brown tells ABC: 'I get mad every time I watch' police video

A day after the Milwaukee Police Department released footage of a January interaction with Bucks guard Sterling Brown, several NBA players reacted on social media with the hashtag “#StandwithSterling.” Brown, meanwhile, told ABC News…

Thursday, May 24

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White Sox's Welington Castillo suspended 80 games after testing positive for Erythropoietin

White Sox catcher Welington Castillo was suspended 80 games without pay on Thursday for violation of baseball’s drug testing rules. MLB said Castillo tested positive for Erythropoietin (EPO), a performance-enhancing substance. “I was…

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Celtics beat Cavaliers 96-83 in Game 5 to take lead in East finals 3-2

LeBron James is tired. The young Boston Celtics seem to be getting stronger. Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points — his ninth 20-point game of the postseason — and Boston beat Cleveland 96-83 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the…

If it's the Indians, then it's Joe Maddon overmanaging

Indians reliever Andrew Miller said he knew what Joe Maddon was going to do, and sure enough, Maddon ordered Javier Baez to lay down a squeeze bunt that Miller easily — easily – turned into a 1-2 putout of Anthony Rizzo at the plate late…

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NBA defends quest for 'integrity fee' payment in sports bets

The NBA is defending its quest to receive part of the money that states or gambling companies take in as part of legal sports betting. On Wednesday, New Jersey's state Senate president called on all 50 states to reject so-called "integrity…

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Donald Trump: NFL owners 'doing the right thing' on national anthem policy

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President Donald Trump is claiming victory following the adoption of a new NFL policy that could bring disciplinary action for players who kneel or make other protests during the national anthem. "You have to stand proudly for the national…

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NFL owners approve new anthem policy: stand or stay in the locker room

Stand or stay out of sight. Looking to quell a national debate that was sparked by Colin Kaepernick, stoked by President Trump and some say chipped away at the very popularity of America's game, NFL owners approved a new policy Wednesday…

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Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby shine in Game 7 to help Capitals beat Lightning 4-0

Alex Ovechkin lifted the Prince of Wales Trophy, spun around and set it back down on a table. The rest of the Capitals joined him for a team photo after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the Eastern…

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Welington Castillo’s PED suspension a setback for White Sox rebuild

Welington Castillo was conducting a postgame TV interview after Tuesday night’s White Sox win when Yolmer Sanchez interrupted and dumped a bucket of Gatorade over his own head. The Sox were trending upward for the first time this season,…

06

Life isn't easy for Cubs at top of baseball's food chain

Adam Plutko wasn't exactly a name that rolled off the tongue of Cubs players before Wednesday night's game against the Indians at Wrigley Field. The 26-year-old Indians right-hander was making only his second career start, and unless you…

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Reports of Welington Castillo's impending PED suspension overshadow White Sox's 11-1 win over Orioles

Reports that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended for 80 games for using a performance-enhancing drug put a damper on a 11-1 win against the Orioles on Wednesday. Dominican journalist Américo Celado S. first reported that…

04

Mitch Trubisky excited about what Anthony Miller brings to Bears wide receivers group

The Bears returned to Halas Hall for their second week of organized team activities. Here’s what we learned as offensive players and coaches spoke to the media Wednesday. Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky said he thinks rookie wide receiver…

If public perception changes on Kevin White, it will be because of his play, not his words

Perhaps Kevin White knows that even a profound monologue on his readiness for a breakout season won’t change public perception until he can show his ability to stay on the field. Perhaps he’s just tired of the narrative of working back…

Yoan Moncada has untapped power from right side, Rick Renteria says

When Yoan Moncada hit a sacrifice fly off Orioles reliever Richard Bleier in the eighth inning Tuesday night, he did more than just drive in the tying run and set the stage for a comeback victory. He showed some power while batting from…

03

Fenwick grads, cousins Robert Spillane and Ryan Smith sign with NFL teams

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Robert Spillane (left) and Ryan Smith played football together at Fenwick. The two cousins are the grandsons of Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Lattner, and both signed NFL contracts in May. (Rob Hart / Chicago Tribune) Rich Mayor Contact…

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NFL's new anthem rule requiring players to stand shows owners support social activism only on their terms

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Nobody should be surprised when a league that polices how high players wear their socks limits how far they can go to express their convictions. Yet the NFL outdid itself with the absurdity of a new rule announced Wednesday that requires…

Wednesday, May 23

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Is an NBA All-Defensive team in Bulls guard Kris Dunn's future?

The NBA announced its All-Defensive teams Wednesday, and no Bulls received votes — about as unsurprising as a Jimmy Butler selection. Butler, whom the Bulls traded to the Timberwolves in June, landed on the second team for the fourth time.…

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The Warriors' unbalanced roster is catching up with them at the worst possible time

The Golden State Warriors have four All-Stars, all of whom are comfortably among the top 20 players in the NBA. That talent advantage has allowed them to cruise through virtually the entire past two seasons unchallenged, leading to an NBA…

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'The biggest game of our life': Capitals brace for Game 7 vs. Lightning

Alex Ovechkin's beard has never been fuller, his hair never grayer. He arrived at the Washington Capitals' Tampa hotel in a bright blue suit, less than 24 hours removed from a bruising 3-0 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Capital One…

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Danica Patrick to host the ESPYs, where she first met boyfriend Aaron Rodgers in 2012

The ESPYs apparently have been very good to Danica Patrick. The Roscoe, Ill., native revealed that she’ll be the first woman to host ESPN’s sports awards show, and that she met boyfriend Aaron Rodgers at the same event in 2012. The…

Make the White Sox watchable: Bring up Eloy Jimenez once the arbitration date passes

The White Sox have cornered the market on playing nondescript games before tiny crowds. Before they rallied late Tuesday night to take down the Orioles, the Sox played another buzz-free game before about 12,500 fans at Guaranteed Rate…

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The big question for the Cubs: Can Manny Machado pitch?

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In a Yu Darvish-like outing Tuesday, Cubs starter Tyler Chatwood walked six and allowed four hits while failing to make it out of the third inning, a nice homage from one free-agent arm to another. Chatwood leads the majors with 40 walks…

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Cubs' Tyler Chatwood destined for an adjustment in mechanics: 'I'm fighting myself'

Tyler Chatwood pitched well enough in high school to become a second-round pick in the 2008 draft, and his talents in six seasons with the Angels and Rockies were enough to convince the Cubs to sign him to a three-year, $38 million…

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James Harden scores 30 as Rockets even series with Warriors at 2 games apiece

James Harden scored 30 points, Chris Paul had 27 and the Houston Rockets sustained the latest second-half flurry by Stephen Curry, evening the Western Conference finals at two games apiece with a 95-92 victory Tuesday night. Curry scored…

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Cubs try to ignore local media's obsession with Manny Machado

Manny Machado Week entered Day Two on Tuesday, and no one seemed to be enjoying the hoopla as much as the Orioles themselves. A Baltimore Sun headline on Machado Watch read “Orioles teammates play along as Manny Machado is greeted in…

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NFL discussing possible steps to deal with anthem protests

The NFL approved a new owner for the Carolina Panthers, passed a rule to eject players who hit with their helmets, and took steps to spice up the kickoff. Still to be resolved: a much more contentious issue. What to do, if anything, about…

Albert Almora Jr. won't try to recruit good friend Manny Machado to Cubs

Albert Almora Jr. said he hopes to have lunch Wednesday with Miami childhood friend Manny Machado, but Almora won’t put on a recruiting blitz for the Cubs. “When we talk, we talk about family, his wife, my son and wife — that’s it,” Almora…

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Helmet hits will lead to ejections under new NFL rule

The NFL has passed a new rule for this season that says any player who initiates contact with his helmet is subject to ejection after an in-game video review that will be decided in New York. Al Riveron, the league's head of officiating,…

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Star recruit Romeo Weems picks DePaul over Michigan State and Michigan

DePaul received a surprising commitment Tuesday from four-star forward Romeo Weems, the top-ranked recruit in Michigan who picked the Blue Demons over in-state powers Michigan State and Michigan. The Blue Demons have a history of being…

NFL owners approve sale of Panthers from Jerry Richardson to David Tepper

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NFL owners approved the sale of the Carolina Panthers from Jerry Richardson to billionaire hedge fund manager David Tepper. The owners' ratification vote came Tuesday as they began their two-day spring meeting at an Atlanta hotel. It was…