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Manny Machado, the ideal Cub, handles hoopla over arrival like superstar he is

About 20 Chicago media members filed into a crowded Orioles clubhouse Monday to see the most intriguing baseball player in the city this week. A smart-aleck teammate greeted us. “He’s Manny Machado, not Prince Harry,’’ the Orioles player…

Lions and coach Matt Patricia won't be punished by NFL for 1996 sexual assault arrest

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Neither the Detroit Lions nor their new coach, Matt Patricia, will face discipline from the NFL related to his 1996 arrest for sexual assault, which surfaced about three months after the team hired him in February. The league said Monday…

Capitals rough up Lightning to force Game 7 in East final

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Facing elimination at home, the Washington Capitals looked determined to hit everything that moved in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final. "I apologized to him," Smith-Pelly said. "I said sorry. He didn't seem to care." Sorry, not sorry…

LeBron James scores 44 as Cavaliers even series with Celtics

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LeBron James knows the path to the NBA Finals better than anyone in today's game. And unless the Boston Celtics do something soon, he'll get there again. James bullied his way to 44 points, surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop a postseason…

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'Nothing' is best prescription for Nicky Delmonico's broken hand

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Normally, as the expression goes, you would say Nicky Delmonico has little to do but twiddle his thumbs, but that’s the last thing the White Sox would want him to do with his broken right hand. Delmonico suffered a fractured third…

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Olympian sues USA Swimming, saying it failed to protect her from former coach's alleged sexual abuse

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Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith sued USA Swimming on Monday, alleging the sport's national governing body knew her former coach sexually abused her as a minor and failed to protect her while shielding him. Kukors Smith alleges Sean…

Rick Renteria: 'Maybe we do have a Manny Machado within our grasp'

Manny Machado came to play baseball at Guaranteed Rate Field. Incidentally, some team named the White Sox planned to do so as well. The fact that a herd of TV cameras rushed out of the Sox clubhouse Monday afternoon to catch up with the…

IceHogs forward Victor Ejdsell willing, ready to answer the call

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It isn't very easy getting Victor Ejdsell on the phone, not that he isn't willing to talk. It's just that the Swedish forward wasn't sure how much time he would be spending in North America and hasn't upgraded his cell phone plan. “It has…

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Lots of buzz about Manny Machado, but Cubs have bigger issues

In reminiscing about the 2016 World Series, manager Joe Maddon noted the Cubs nearly went to the Fall Classic three consecutive seasons. “We have raised the bar, and it’s wonderful,” Maddon said. “The word ‘pressure,’ I think that’s…

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Vegas Golden Knights are four wins from the NHL’s 'Miracle On Ice'

The Vegas Golden Knights won a spot in the Stanley Cup Final. The expansion Vegas Golden Knights. This is as NHL as it gets. A year ago, this team didn’t even have a team, and now this team will have a chance to win sports’ toughest trophy…

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Spurs replacing dance squad with a 'family-friendly' coed 'hype team'

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They were there for all five of the San Antonio Spurs' NBA championship runs, dancing in the aisles, performing during halftimes, trying to liven up the crowd. From the early days of David Robinson to what might have been Kawhi Leonard's…

LeBron James on plans to build statue of him in Akron: 'It would be cool'

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LeBron James may go from idolized to immortalized in his hometown. A GoFundMe account has been established with a goal to raise $1 million to sculpt and erect a life-size statue of James in Akron, where he began his basketball career…

Roger Goodell details NFL's stance on sports gambling after ruling

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says Congress should enact uniform standards for any states that plan to legislate sports betting. Goodell detailed the league’s position in a statement Monday that reiterated the NFL’s stance that legalized…

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Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana get extra days off before facing Giants

This time neither Kyle Hendricks nor Jose Quintana can blame the weather. Because of two scheduled days off this week, Hendricks and Quintana will get extra rest before their next starts Friday and Saturday, respectively, against the…

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We interrupt this Cubs season for a 2016 flashback

The 2016 season is a piece of Cubs history, a moment in time placed in a drawer that’s periodically opened to remind us it actually happened. But as the calendar flips and the championship roster gets smaller and smaller with each new year…

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Cubs' Kris Bryant rebounds from beaning in a big way

Kris Bryant enjoyed a rare day off Sunday despite playing some of his best ball of the year after getting beaned four weeks ago. Bryant completed the Cubs’ recent six-game trip hitting .435 (10-for-23) with three doubles and three walks.…

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Chicago baseball saw four exciting starts this weekend, but Yu Darvish's meant the most

Debate which weekend pitching performance meant the most for Chicago’s baseball teams until Steve Stone runs out of wisdom, but everyone can agree that back-to-back starts on both sides of town carried great significance for the Cubs and…

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Rival players support seeding Serena Williams at French Open: 'She's someone who the tour was missing'

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Several of Serena Williams' biggest rivals believe that the 23-time Grand Slam champion deserves more than just a guaranteed spot in the French Open draw. Williams, who is expected to play in her first major since returning from maternity…

Ex-NBA star Antoine Walker's comeback trail takes him down the talk show route

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In a hipster Humboldt Park radio studio, former NBA player Antoine Walker is in the next phase of his rehabilitation tour. For his talk show, “SouthSide Heat,” he mixed it up with former Illinois star and NBA player Stephen Bardo. “I’m…

Monday, May 21

Sweden beats Switzerland to retain world ice hockey title

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Sweden capped a victorious run through the ice hockey world championship by edging Switzerland 3-2 on Sunday in the final after a penalty shootout to successfully defend its title. Forward Filip Forsberg scored the decisive goal in the…

Ed Carpenter takes top starting spot at Indy 500 for 3rd time

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Ed Carpenter and Danica Patrick got exactly what they needed in qualifying Sunday. Now comes the hard part: Finding a way to victory lane next weekend. After crashing Roger Penske's front-row party by claiming his third Indianapolis 500…

Time for the Manny Machado watch to go into overdrive in Chicago

Five observations from the week in baseball: The Manny Machado watch moves to Chicago on Monday when the Orioles come to town to begin a four-game series with the White Sox. Cubs fans are licking their chops in anticipation of President…

Sunday, May 20

Cubs' Ian Happ starts at third as Kris Bryant gets rest against Reds

Ian Happ will start at third base for the second time in his major-league career Sunday when the Cubs try to take the final game of their series against the Reds. Happ, who is 5-for-9 with four runs, two doubles, a triple, two homers, two…

Lucas Giolito, Jose Abreu drive 5-3 White Sox victory over Rangers

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A trio of young White Sox starting pitchers produced a reel of mostly lowlights in their last run through the rotation. But Lucas Giolito delivered a needed pitching pick-me-up Saturday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. One night after the…

Cubs say Amir Garrett went a bit too far in celebrating strikeout of Javier Baez

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Cubs manager Joe Maddon thought Amir Garrett’s celebration after striking out Javier Baez was reminiscent of an animated musical. Baez took exception and ignited a bench-clearing scrum. “If you’re going to show somebody up, at least man up…

Cubs' Ian Happ extends hitting streak to 6 with HR, Cubs lead 2-0 in 5th

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Ian Happ has found his hitting stroke that deserted him after hitting a home run on the first pitch of the 2018 season. Happ, who went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and home run in the first game of a doubleheader, smacked a home run to…

Saturday, May 19

Cubs fall to Reds 5-4 in extra innings; Javier Baez involved in bench-clearing spat

Cubs second baseman Javier Baez and Reds reliever Amir Garrett were the centerpieces of a bench-clearing spat Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader. Garrett struck out the slumping Baez and yelled while staring directly at Baez, who…

Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa reportedly retiring: ‘I will not play hockey anymore’

Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa reportedly is calling it a career. Hossa, who did not play last season because of a progressive skin disorder and the severe side effects of the medication used to treat it, told Slovakian news outlet Novy…

Cubs take 3-0 lead after rain delay, Jason Heyward activated

The start of Friday night's game between the Cubs and Reds at Great American Ball Park was delayed by one hour, 33 minutes due to rain. But the Cubs immediately pounced on Reds starter Homer Bailey to take a 3-0 lead entering the bottom of…

Former Duke star Wendell Carter Jr.'s right to point out pay hypocrisy of NCAA

Like any good son, Wendell Carter Jr. smiled and defended his mother. “My mom is my mom,” the former Duke star said Friday at the NBA draft combine. “She has her opinions and she doesn’t mind sharing them.” Kylia Carter has been a vocal…

Friday, May 18

Takeaways would elevate the Bears defense from good to great

The Bears’ 2017 highlight reel is disappointingly short and largely uninspiring. Such is the nature of a five-win season that got the coach fired. There are, though, a few plays justifiably entrenched in Chicago’s collective memory. Ones…

Mo Bamba, Michael Porter Jr. exude confidence as Bulls watch at NBA draft combine

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Past the consensus top-four picks of Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Marvin Bagley III, at least one of Mo Bamba, Michael Porter Jr. or Trae Young will be on the board when the Bulls use their No. 7 pick in the June 21…

Former Proviso East star Jevon Carter hopes defense catches NBA scouts attention at combine

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As a senior at Proviso East, Jevon Carter drew interest mostly from mid-major programs. “I had to separate myself,” he said he told himself. That’s when Carter said he firmly dedicated himself to becoming a ferocious defender. It helped…

NBA teams value draft combine interactions even though some top players are no-shows

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NBA scouts, general managers, coaches and team presidents sat in two rows of folding chairs around the court at the Quest Multisport Gym on Thursday at the NBA’s annual scouting combine. Some clacked away on the keyboards of their laptops,…

Thursday, May 17

Bears Q&A: Could Bears trade for Jaguars' Dante Fowler? Will any Bears make the Pro Bowl this year?

The Tribune’s Brad Biggs answers your questions weekly. Everyone seems to think the Bears are an impact pass rusher away from being an elite defense. Sean Wagner-McGough of CBSSports dreamt of a trade for Jacksonville's Dante Fowler. Are…

With states free to legalize sports betting, do the pro leagues deserve a cut?

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In late January, NBA vice president Dan Spillane explained to the New York State Senate why the state, one day, should give the league some cash. In a joint effort with Major League Baseball, Spillane had come to testify about the prospect…

Eddie Jackson excited to have Bears defensive coaches back so he can build on rookie season

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The Bears continued organized team activities for the third day Thursday at Halas Hall. Here’s more of what we learned from defensive players and coach Matt Nagy this week. Continuity on defense is a major plus for second-year safety Eddie…

Bulls Q&A: Who will be the No. 7 pick? When is a playoff return feasible?

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In a bigger upset than good fortune smiling on the Kings, this mailbag features only one “Can the Bulls trade for Kawhi Leonard?” question. Based on John Paxson's pre-draft comments so far, it's easy to jump to the conclusion the Bulls are…