Daily Archive : Friday July 29, 2011


    Crowd members at the DuPage County Fair get to release the ducks at the start of each race and the person with the winning duck gets a prize.

    Ducks take their marks at DuPage County Fair

    Given his last name, Robert Duck could either stay away from waterfowl or embrace his feathered friends. Duck chose the latter and brings his Great American Duck Race to the DuPage County Fair.

    Heavy rains from storms that battered the suburbs soaked the DuPage County Fair, which fair organizers say kept attendance down.

    'Ring of fire' caused suburbs to get all this rain

    Meteorologists call the weather pattern that produced this week's nasty storms a “ring of fire.” It occurs when a high-pressure system lingers in the southeast U.S. Heavy storms then ride along the edges of that stationary system. The storms, which brought much of northern Illinois under a tornado watch overnight Thursday, dropped 0.76 inches at O'Hare Airport, bringing the month's...


    Delta planes collide backing out of gate

    Two Delta planes collided while on the ground at O’Hare International Airport Friday evening, said Delta spokeswoman Chris Kelly Singley.No one was injured when Flight 2207 to Minneapolis and Flight 1777 to Atlanta had a “taxiway incursion,” Singley said.

    The ground was muddy and wet on Friday inside the first beer and wine tent at the DuPage County Fair. Organizers believe that inclement weather is one of the reasons for a lower than anticipated attendance.

    New beer garden rounds out DuPage fair experience

    DuPage County fair goers now have something other than Lemon Shake Ups to wash down their elephant ears and turkey legs this year. "We're looking forward to having a beer with our corn dog," said attendee Deb Klein. For the first time the fair is hosting a beer and wine tent, open from noon until 10 p.m.


    Lightning strikes Palatine apartment building

    Lightning struck the roof of a Palatine apartment building Friday morning, causing a small fire.

    Kristin Ackmann/kackmann@dailyherald.com On behalf of the Village of Sugar Grove and the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry, village president Sean Michels(cq), named Lil Adams the Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year, at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil on Friday. Lil has been a resident of Sugar Grove for forty-four years, and runs the Sugar Grove Township Community House voluntarily.

    Sugar Grove honors Community House leader

    Lil Adams has been a devoted volunteer in Sugar Grove for the last 44 years, whether it was helping at her children's school, serving at the Community House or working at the annual Corn Boil. She was named Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year Friday.


    Grayslake police get raises in new contract

    Graysake village board members have approved a five-year contract with the village's police union that provides officers with annual raises. Mayor Rhett Taylor hailed the deal.


    Arlington Heights man sentenced to probation for drug possession

    Nicholas Eich, of Arlington Heights, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to 24 months probation Friday in Rolling Meadows.

    Lake Zurich police released new details Friday about the vehicle they’re searching for in connection with a July 22 hit-and-run that killed 18-year-old Gabriella “Gabby” Drozdz, right, and injured friends, Vanessa Fitts, left, and Rosie Fitts, center.

    New details on van in Lake Zurich fatal hit-and-run

    Police released photos Friday of what they believe is the vehicle involved in a hit-and-run crash last week that killed an 18-year-old Lake Zurich woman. Lake Zurich police Cmdr. Kevin Finlon said investigators are now looking for a two-tone GMC Safari or a Chevy Astro van in connection with the July 22 crash.

    Riley, 10, manages to walk in her flippers while showing her costume Friday at the dog and cat show at the Algonquin Founders’ Days festival in Towne Park. Riley, owned by Alyssa Kirkpatrick, 12, of Algonquin, worked on the scuba costume for more than a month. This is the second time Riley has been in the best costume competition and has won both times.

    Cats, pooches have fun too at Algonquin festival

    Fifteen to 20 pets competed in the Dog & Cat show on Friday at Founders' Days Festival in Algonquin. The festival runs through Sunday July 31 at Towne Park just west of routes 31 and 62 in downtown Algonquin. Free shuttle bus service from St. Margaret Mary’s School to the historic village hall every 20 minutes starting at 5 p.m. Saturday.

    John Boehner leaves the House Chamber Friday after House passage of his debt-limit legislation that was rewritten overnight to win the support of conservative holdouts.

    House approves debt bill; Senate rejects it

    In an unforgiving display of partisanship, the House approved emergency legislation Friday night to avoid an unprecedented government default and the Senate scuttled it less than two hours later.

    DuPage County Sheriff’s deputies continued to remove items from this Addison house after evicting the owners. Five people who showed up to protest the eviction were arrested.

    Addison woman’s eviction leads to protest, arrests

    Before Luz Smedbron was set to be evicted from her Addison home Friday morning, she received a phone call from someone she didn’t know. “He said they wanted to protest the eviction, and they didn’t care if they got arrested,” Smedbron said.

    Images from Friday at the Dupage County Fair in Wheaton.

    Images: Friday at the DuPage County Fair
    Friday at the DuPage County Fair featured duck races, midway attractions, and much more.


    Metra train kills pedestrian in Naperville

    A Metra train struck and killed a pedestrian in Naperville Friday afternoon. The accident caused several cancellations and delays.


    Man convicted of murder in Chicago bank robbery

    David Vance was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Tramaine Gibson, who was shot after he was unable to open a vault during a robbery of Illinois Service Federal Savings and Loan in 2007.


    Quinn vetoes changes to insurance bid process

    Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed a bill that could’ve changed the way Illinois awards health insurance contracts for state employees. Quinn said Friday that Senate Bill 178 would have limited “transparency, competition and fairness” in the state’s procurement process.


    Des Plaines man faces cocaine charges

    A Des Plaines man was charged with delivery of a controlled substance after prosecutors say he sold 2.7 grams of cocaine to an undercover Streamwood police officer for $160,


    Fox Lake fire holds fundraiser for rare transplant

    Fox Lake Volunteer Fire Department will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Melissa Kick from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3. Kick, 33, of Mundelein, has been fighting Cystic Fibrosis since birth and now needs a rare double-lung transplant. Estimates are her transplant will cost up to $60,000.


    Gurnee to vote on police contract

    Gurnee village trustees are scheduled to vote Monday on whether to approve a new one-year police union contract. The contract, if approved, would be retroactive to May 1 and run to April 30, 2012.


    Schaumburg seeking 2011 Miss Septemberfest

    Applications for Schaumburg's Miss Septemberfest 2011 scholarship pageant are due back to the Prairie Center for the Arts on Friday, Aug. 5.


    Crespo holds town hall in Hoffman Estates

    State Rep. Fred Crespo, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, will host a town-hall meeting of the summer from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the Hoffman Estates Police Department, 411 W. Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates.


    Schaumburg celebrates National Night Out Tuesday

    The Village of Schaumburg is participating Tuesday, Aug. 2, in National Night Out, a program whose goal is to strengthen ties among neighbors, and to develop a partnership between the community and police department to work together against crime.


    Baggo contest at Barrington National Night Out

    Barrington's third annual community safety expo will be held in conjunction with National Night Out Against Crime from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 at Citizens Park on Lake Zurich Road. The Barrington High School wrestling team will have a booth there for a Baggo Tournament.

    Michael Quinn

    North Aurora cop to be honored for rescue

    A North Aurora police officer will be commended by the village board Aug. 1 for pulling a man out of a burning vehicle.


    Fox Valley police reports

    Luis Orosco, 31, of the 300 block of Triggs Avenue, Elgin, faces several drug charges after police pulled him over Thursday evening for riding a bicycle without any lighting on it. A subsequent search at Kimball Street and Grove Avenue found two small bags of cocaine, a bag of marijuana and a drug scale in his pants pockets — reports said police searched Orosco because he had alcohol on his...


    Police reports

    A resident of the 0-99 block of Mayflower Drive in Batavia reported an intruder at 11:51 a.m. July 28. The suspect broke a basement window and damaged the front door. He is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, 170 pounds, tattooed on an arm, with short black hair. He was wearing a white tank top and dark shorts.

    After an unprecedented run as Lake County’s top lawyer, State’s Attorney Michael Waller announced he won’t be seeking re-election next year.

    Waller won’t seek re-election

    Ending an unprecedented run in the office of Lake County State’s Attorney, Michael Waller announced Friday that he will not seek re-election next year. Waller will have served 22 years and three months as the county’s top prosecutor when his current term ends, more than 10 years longer than any other person to hold the office.


    Des Plaines man gets 30 months probation for meth lab

    A Des Plaines man charged with running a methamphetamine lab in his basement pleaded guilty to the charge this week in Skokie. Matthew A. Weber Mixon, 26, was sentenced to 30 months probation and ordered to pay $1,795 in fines.


    Palatine man gets five years for groping young girl

    A Palatine man who sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl two months after he received probation probation for another sexual assault, was sentenced to prison this week. Douglas E. Medrano, 21, was sentenced to five years in prison for kissing and groping the minor child and attempting to push her into his apartment.


    MCC adjunct salaries up 45 percent by 2014

    Members of McHenry County College’s adjunct faculty union will get 45-percent raises on average during the next four years under a new contract approved by the board on Thursday. The contract covers about 180 faculty members and will kick in next month.

    Some scientists say if Asian carp establish a foothold in the Great Lakes, they could unravel the food web by gobbling plankton needed by smaller fish that feed prized sport varieties such as walleye and trout.

    Feds to step up hunt for Asian carp near Chicago

    Federal officials announced Friday that they will begin intensive monitoring of waterways near Lake Michigan next week after genetic material from the invasive Asian carp showed up in a third consecutive round of testing. Crews will use electric jolts to stun fish, sweep the waterway with half-mile-long nets and conduct additional sampling in Lake Calumet and the Calumet River near Chicago.

    Former Cicero Town President Betty Loren-Maltese served 6½ years in prison for fleecing taxpayers of more than $12 million in a mob-related insurance scam

    Betty Loren-Maltese’s home sells at auction

    The home of corrupt former Cicero mayor Betty Loren-Maltese was sold at auction for $87,000 as the government attempts to recoup some of the money she owes.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel promised not to fix the budget by raising taxes, by cutting police on the streets or by relying on one-time measures, such as raiding reserve funds

    Mayor says Chicago faces $635M budget deficit

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday he won’t raise taxes to fix a budget deficit estimated at more than $635 million because taxpayers already feel “nickeled and dimed.”

    On Monday, Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the Illinois Dream Act, which supporters say will help children of immigrants, both legal and illegal, go on to college.

    Quinn to sign Dream Act for scholarship money

    A spokesman says Gov. Pat Quinn will sign a bill to allow the children of immigrants, both legal and illegal, to get private college scholarships and enroll in state college savings programs.


    Hoffman Estates cop placed on leave

    Hoffman Estates police have place officer Dave Eggers on leave as state police investigate him. Details remain sketchy, but it appears to be related to his duties as a member of the Kane-Cook Auto Task Force.

    Keith Nygren

    Former McHenry Co. deputy continues push for investigation of Nygren

    A judge gives Zane Seipler another chance to argue that a special investigator is needed to investigate McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren. Seipler claims Nygren used county money and resources for his re-election campaign; Nygren has not been charged with wrongdoing.

    Legendary agriculture reporter Orion Samuelson addresses the crowd at the Lake County Fair on Friday after receiving a lifetime achievement award. Samuelson told young farmers at the fair to “dream big.”

    Orion Samuelson gets award at Lake County Fair

    Legendary agriculture reporter Orion Samuelson received a lifetime achievement award from the Lake County Fair on Friday, while telling young farmers to "dream big." Samuelson spoke almost solemnly about county fairs.


    Schaumburg woman guilty of unlawfully possessing a prescription pad

    A Schaumburg woman found with a dentist's prescription pad following a traffic stop pleaded guilty to a felony.


    Woman pleads guilty to suburban salon thefts

    The second of two women charged in a botched burglary spree of tanning salons in Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect and a Mount Prospect beauty salon pled guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 24 months probation.

    Patrick Spence of Naperville First place photo.

    The DuPage County Fair Photography Shoot-Out Contest
    Nineteen participants competed in the first Photography Shoot-Out contest at the DuPage County Fair. They had one hour to take photographs in one of four categories: food, animals, carnival and family. Then the images were judged, and the top three photographers were awarded cash prizes and gift certificates from P.J.'s Camera.


    Mold found at second Lake Zurich school

    Mold was discovered this summer at Seth Paine Elementary School in Lake Zurich, but it's being removed and shouldn't affect the start of the school year. It is the second Lake Zurich District 95 school to have mold problems in recent years.

    Malcolm Brown

    Man charged in Carol Stream heroin death

    Prosecutors say a Chicago man could face drug-induced homicide charges for his role in the apparent heroin overdose of a man found dead Thursday in Carol Stream. Malcolm Brown, 23, was ordered held today on $500,000 bail.

    Daniel Kellogg

    Campton Hills police: Convict tried to sell home that wasn’t his

    A man who recently was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to motor vehicle burglaries at a St. Charles fitness center is in trouble again. Campton Hills police are looking for Daniel R. Kellogg, who is accused of trying to sell a home that wasn't his and stealing two cars, one of which is a Corvette. "We can't find him," said Campton Hills Chief Daniel Hoffman.


    Lombard soccer field space in high demand

    A new soccer club in Lombard wants to play its home games this fall on Lombard Park District fields, but a park district policy against renting soccer fields to outside groups stands in the way. While the club’s founder says the park district is turning down rental money he’s willing to pay, the park district says not enough game times are available to allow rentals.


    Homemade firework explodes in man’s hand in Lake Zurich

    A 19-year-old man was injured earlier this week when he blew off parts of his hand while trying to build a "cricket" firework out of gun powder and an empty carbon dioxide cartridge, authorities said. No charges have been filed.

    National Weather Service Meteorologist Ben Deubelbeiss works in the weather center of the FAA Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora.

    Images: Inside the FAA’s Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora
    Behind the scenes at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control facility in Aurora where air traffic controllers keep a watchful eye on inbound and outbound flights to the Chicago area, including O'Hare and Midway airports.


    Elgin baseball showcase to sharpen skills

    The Westminster Warriors will offer a free baseball showcase at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Westminster Christian High School, 2700 W. Highland Ave. in Elgin.

    Air Traffic Controller Brad Wilcko of Oswego works on simulated flights in the training room in the Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora.

    Inside the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora

    Go behind the scenes with air traffic controllers at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, where employees handle nearly 3 million inbound and outbound flights each year into O'Hare and Midway airports.


    Civil trial over reputed Edwards sex tape delayed

    A judge has delayed the civil trial involving a purported sex tape featuring former presidential candidate John Edwards until 2012.


    Jeffs defends polygamy during sex assault trial

    SAN ANGELO, Texas— Polygamist religious leader Warren Jeffs has broken hours of silence in a West Texas courtroom with a lengthy sermon defending plural marriage as a constitutional freedom.


    Fox Valley troupe’s ‘Annie’ benefits Mooseheart
    Fox Valley Repertory Performing Arts Academy will stage “Annie” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, and Wednesday, Aug. 3, and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, on the Pheasant Run Resort Mainstage. Donations to the free performance benefit Mooseheart.

    Little City artist Joe Flasch explains his work to Dianne Martia at a reception for the “Clean House: The Artists of Little City” exhibit.

    Your news Little City artists exhibit talents Artists from Little City’s Center for the Arts attend a reception for the“Clean House: The Artists of Little City” exhibit running through Sept. 1 at the Health in the Arts Clinic Gallery
    Little City artists were in attendance for the artist reception on Friday, July 15, for their “Clean House” exhibit at the Health in the Arts Clinic Gallery in Chicago. Guests enjoyed the evening while the artists were there to discuss their work.

    Venustiano Calderon

    Glen Ellyn restaurateur charged in $500,000 cocaine deal with cops

    Bail was set at $1.5 million today for a Glen Ellyn restaurant owner accused of negotiating a $500,000 cocaine deal with undercover police officers. "I didn't have money to pay bills," Venustiano Calderon told a judge.

    Gregory Williamson

    Guilty plea in North Aurora attack

    An Aurora man is sentenced to four years probation for forcing his way into his former girlfriend's home in North Aurora in January and punching her. Gregory D. Williamson, 26, also is fined nearly $3,800, ordered to go to weekly domestic violence counseling and serve 200 days in jail.

    Norval Nelson of Elgin, a former frogman in the U.S. Navy during World War II, will be memorialized on Sunday. In his later years, he raised money from his wood crafts to send supplies to troops overseas.

    Elgin WWII vet to be remembered

    The family of World War II veteran Norval Nelson will hold a memorial service on Sunday in Elgin. It would have been his 93rd birthday. The NAVY will present his family with a burial flag.

    St. Charles Unit District 303 wants to rid itself of the Little Woods facility to save money. In return for giving it to the city, the school district wants eight years of free police presence in its two high schools.

    St. Charles district trades Little Woods in exchange for police

    St. Charles Unit District 303 plans to trade the district's Little Woods facility to the city of St. Charles in return for eight years of police presence in local high schools.“The district has for some time been wanting to close off our Little Woods facility,” D303's CFO said.


    Ready for ‘Amazing Race'? Try Fox Valley version first

    Lovers of the TV series "The Amazing Race" are invited to join the Fox Valley Park District for an adventure a little closer to home. On Saturday, Aug. 6, the park district's third annual amazing race event dares teams to take on some of the toughest challenges Aurora has to offer.


    Extremists flocking to Facebook for recruits

    When the English Defense League sprang to life two years ago it had fewer than 50 members.

    Scott Andersen will serve as Palatine’s new fire chief, succeeding Bob Falardeau. Village leaders will make the appointment official Monday night.

    Palatine mines own ranks for new fire chief

    Palatine Deputy Fire Chief of Operations Scott Andersen, a 45-year-old Palatine resident who has climbed the leadership ranks of his department, will replace retiring Fire Chief Bob Falardeau begining Monday, village officials say. Falardeau spent more than 31 years with the Palatine department, the last two as chief.

    Vi and Robert Gordon stand with their new totem pole carved from a tree that was struck by lightning twice. The pole celebrates the Gordons' annual Mugwump party for family and friends, now in its 42nd year.

    Naperville man to hold 42nd Mugwump festival this weekend

    The Naperville man who created the Mugwump music festival outdoes the legendary Woodstock: He's held Mugwump every single year. “When this whole party started 42 years ago we all wondered what they were thinking, but the whole thing is just great," a neighbor says.


    Toyota expected to post big loss for 1Q

    Toyota's first quarter results, expected Tuesday, are likely to be glum as the Japanese automaker has already warned first half profit will be minimal due to production disruptions from the March quake.

    Grove Central Station is a new restaurant opening in Elgin in the former location of Mad Maggie's. They'll have a soft opening this weekend in time to catch the Art and Soul on the Fox crowd with the grand opening set for Labor Day weekend.

    New restaurant to open Saturday in Elgin

    Grove Central Station will have a soft opening this weekend during Art and Soul on the Fox/Passeggiata. The new business, at 51 S. Grove Ave., in Elgin, will one day be home to a full restaurant, bar, night club and pool hall but will start with just food throughout August.

    Citizens for a Better Sugar Grove protest the firing of Sugar Grove Library Director Beverly Holmes Hughes before Thursday’s library board meeting.

    Sugar Grove Library board gets an earful over director’s firing

    Protesters did not get what they wanted from the Sugar Grove Library board Thursday night. The four trustees who voted to fire its director, Beverly Holmes Hughes, July 14, did not resign. And nobody on the board explained the firing, despite repeated requests from members of the audience. About 60 people attended.


    Fox River Grove to ask voters for sales tax increase

    Fox River Grove plans to ask residents for a sales tax increase in order to help spur future downtown redevelopment. If the referendum question is approved in March, that would bring the total sales tax in Fox River Grove from 7 to 7.25 percent, amounting to an additional $120,000 or so per year in revenues to the village, officials said.

    Emily Witt, 14, of Bartlett, breaks five boards held by Kate Zabat, 14, at last year’s Bartlett National Night Out in a demonstration put on by the Ko’s Yong In Team Tiger marital arts.

    Bartlett celebrates National Night Out in a big way

    Bartlett has planned three days of events for the village’s 18th annual National Night Out celebration.The events run from 6-10 p.m. Friday, July 29; continue with block parties 3-10 p.m. Saturday, July 30; and conclude 4-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2.

    Seven years ago Naperville’s Judd Kendall VFW post hosted the Cruisin’ for the Troops Car Show. The event has since morphed into the widely successful Rockin’ for the Troops concert held in mid-July.

    Naperville VFW rallies support for troops with car show

    With the help of Naperville small businesses, the sleek curves and bright colors of antique cars roll into the Judd Kendall VFW post. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 30 vintage car enthusiasts are invited out for an afternoon of automobiles and fundraising for two military charities.

    Michelle Britzke of Delevan, Wi leads her open class grand champion shorthorn at the Lake County Fair in Grayslake Thursday.

    Images: Thursday at the Lake County Fair
    The third day of the 83rd Annual Lake County Fair Thursday at the fairgrounds in Grayslake. Events include sheep shearing, truck and tractor pull, the new Lake County Fair queens, 4-H animal judging, and more.

    Vibrant cone flower shot at Exner Marsh.

    Images: Photo contest finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of July 25th.

    The Ferris Wheel spins in the evening sky.

    Images: Wednesday at the Lake County Fair
    The second day of the 83rd Annual Lake County Fair in Grayslake Wednesday with events including Motocross, Carnival rides, the 4H Sheep Show and more.


    A.J. Pierzynski (12) gets high-fives from teammate Carlos Quentin after hitting a 2-run home run during the seventh inning against Boston on Friday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    White Sox continue to dominate Red Sox

    Thanks to another solid start from Gavin Floyd and A.J. Pierzynski's decisive 2-run homer in the seventh inning, the White Sox continued their inexplicable mastery over the Red Sox Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.


    Elgin gets shot at state Legion title

    Elgin rallied twice in the ninth inning to beat Alton 4-3 and Mattoon 6-3 on Friday and get a chance to play for the American Legion state championship today. Elgin needs to beat Rock Island twice starting at noon.

    Cubs manager Mike Quade argues a call at the plate with home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn in the seventh inning Friday.

    Hendry won’t blow up Cubs

    Blow it up? That kind of talk goes around whenver the Cubs have a poor season, such as 2011. GM Jim Hendry said Friday in St. Louis that he has no intention of moving players who can help the club in the future.


    Rush flipping over big finish

    Offensive lineman Antonio Ficklin back-flipped his way down the field, celebrating the Chicago Rush’s 54-51 win over the Dallas Vigilantes in the first round of the AFL playoffs in Rosemont on Friday night.

    Casey McGehee is tagged out by Starlin Castro after being caught in a rundown during the second inning Wednesday.

    Castro, Barney get first crack at batting 1-2

    Cubs manager Mike Quade put youngsters Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney at the top of the lineup Friday against the Cardinals. He also talked about right fielder Tyler Colvin needing patience at the plate.

    Mike Quade argues a call at the plate Friday with home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn in the seventh inning.

    Garza struggles in Cubs' 9-2 loss

    ST. LOUIS — Chicago right-hander Matt Garza is glad July is finally coming to a close.He ended a respectable month with a six-run outing against the Cardinals in the Chicago Cubs' 9-2 loss on Friday night.Garza finished the month 0-2 with four no-decisions and a 3.82 ERA in six starts."I'll just keep going, there's no other way to do it," he said. "Every five days, I'll be ready,"Garza rolled through the first three innings against St. Louis before running into trouble in the fourth. He gave up three successive hits including a three-run homer to David Freese that gave the Cardinals a 3-1 lead."They beat me on one pitch," Garza said. "I thought I had good stuff. He guessed right. Chalk it up as one of those days."Pujols led off the fourth inning with a double. After Holliday singled, Freese hit a three-run homer into the left-center field bleachers for a 3-1 St. Louis lead.Garza (4-8) retired six of the next seven batters before running into trouble in the sixth when he was lifted with the bases loaded and two outs.Matt Holliday scored on a a one-out single by Yadier Molina. After getting Jackson to pop out with the bases loaded, Garza gave way to James Russell to face Corey Patterson. Theriot pinch-hit for Patterson and hit a ball down the third-base line and Aramis Ramirez dove for the ball, knocking it into foul territory, scoring two runs for a 6-1 lead.It was Theriot's first pinch-hit in three chances this year and snapped an 0 for 14 hitless streak."Sloppy, three physical mistakes that hurt us," Chicago manager Mike Quade said. "The total package wasn't good. It's been so difficult for us to score runs, especially lately. It's tough."Albert Pujols got his 2,000th hit and Edwin Jackson pitched seven innings in his debut with St. Louis.David Freese hit a three-run homer and Ryan Theriot, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the sixth, drove in three runs on two hits.In his 10th season, Pujols is 263rd overall on the major league hit list. He's the fifth Cardinal to get 2,000 hits in a career. He is the 12th quickest player to 2,000 hits in history, taking 1,650 games.Pujols joined Stan Musial (3,630), Lou Brock (2,713), Rogers Hornsby (2,110) and Enos Slaughter (2,063) as the only Cardinals to get 2,000 with the franchise.His eighth-inning double down the third-base line off Carlos Marmol capped a 2 for 5 and drove in a run.Quade decided to have Marmol pitch to Pujols even though first base was open."The place would have gone nuts had we put him on," Quade said. "I thought it was a hell of a challenge.""The place would have gone nuts had we put him on," Quade said. "I thought it was a hell of a challenge."Pujols stood on second base and waved his helmet in appreciation of the standing ovation by 42,042 fans at Busch Stadium after recording his 2,000th hit. The Cubs waited, giving Pujols his moment."I think if they would have kept going I think a couple of drops would have come out of my eyes," Pujols said. "To be able to share this moment with them is incredible. Hopefully, I can continue to do it the rest of my career."Jackson, a right-hander was dealt Wednesday in a three-team deal from the Chicago White Sox to the Toronto Blue Jays and then to the St. Louis Cardinals.Jackson (8-7) gave up seven hits and two walks. He was won four of his last five decisions. Jackson has allowed three earned runs in 22 innings, winning his last three starts.The Cardinals have won their last five games against the Cubs. The last time they won five straight over Chicago was in 2000. The loss sank the Cubs, losers of four straight, to 22 games below .500, their low-water mark of the season. In those four consecutive losses, Chicago has been outscored 14-6.


    Sky scouting report

    Scouting report: Sparks at Sky

    Matt Forte talks with reporters at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., on Friday. Coach Lovie Smith said Forte is “in the best shape I’ve seen him in.”

    Forte decides to report

    BOURBONNAIS — Fourth-year running back Matt Forte, who is fifth in the NFL with 4,731 yards from scrimmage since he joined the Bears but is scheduled to make a base salary of just $550,000 this year, admits he thought about a training camp holdout.“It was a consideration,” he said. “I had to weigh my options. I thought about it. “But it never benefits a player or a team for somebody to hold out. It’s not a good deal on either end. I kind of got my mind put to ease by (Bears general manager) Jerry (Angelo). He had been in talks with my agent since the end of the lockout (on a contract extension) and even before that, and he assured us repeatedly that a deal would get done. “Where I’m from and how I was raised, when somebody gives you their word that goes a long way.”So Forte was on campus Friday afternoon, looking more jacked-up and ripped than ever before.Coach Lovie Smith noticed that, but he chose to ignore the possibility of a holdout.“What I saw was Matt Forte in about the best shape I’ve seen him in,” Smith said. “Ready to go and as excited as he’s ever been. Speculation? I don’t get into a lot of that, I kind of go on what I see. I see him there with the rest of the guys excited about some of the moves we’ve made and excited about having a great year.”Get over it: Six months later, quarterback Jay Cutler is still being asked about the sprained knee that sidelined him in the NFC championship game, and the criticism he received for not finishing the game.“I didn’t read that much,” he said. “I kind of got away for a little bit. A lot of my toughness and everything else was questioned, and that’s all new to me. It’s never been an issue for me. I didn’t really know how to react to it, and I know anyone who has ever played with me or coached me has never questioned that, and I know the guys in the (Bears) locker room aren’t going to. “You can’t get caught up in that stuff. You’re gonna have stuff coming at you left and right, and you’re going to have to take it as it is and move on.”Cutler was another player who impressed coach Lovie Smith with his fitness and his dedication. Smith said he expects Cutler to be more of a leader in his third season with the Bears.“Every year you start off talking about the quarterback, what he has to do,” Smith said. “Jay realizes that. Jay Cutler was the first guy here. There has to be one guy who is the first guy to show up to camp. “He’s in the best shape he’s ever been in in his life. We’re expecting a lot from him.”He’s the man: Unrestricted free agent linebacker Nick Roach, who has started 30 games the past three seasons, was re-signed to a two-year deal for $4.5 million. And he wasn’t signed to be a backup as someone reported, to the displeasure of coach Lovie Smith.“One of you guys put in the paper this past week that we were looking for Nick Roach as a backup,” Smith said. “That’s definitely not the case. Nick Roach is a starting linebacker for us. He’s our starting Sam (strong-side) linebacker, and he’ll back up the Mike (middle linebacker) position. He can do an awful lot for us.”Money talks: First-round pick Gabe Carimi’s four-year deal is for $7.06 million, including a $3.63 million signing bonus. Second-rounder Stephen Paea’s four-year contract is for $3.69 million and includes a $921,000 signing bonus. Even if they agreed to terms earlier, free agents could not officially ink contracts until Friday at 5 p.m., which is when the Bears made it official with incumbent nose tackle Anthony Adams (two-year deal), former Jets bust defensive end Vernon Gholston (one year), ex-Cowboys wide receivers Sam Hurd (three years) and Roy Williams (one year), punter Adam Podlesh (five years, $10 million), linebacker Nick Roach, tight end Matt Spaeth (three years) and fullback Will Ta’ufo’ou (one year).


    Sox’ Rios quietly accepts demotion

    Alex Rios was back on the bench during the White Sox' win over the Red Sox Friday night. The slumping center fielder politely declined to discuss his situation.

    After being cut by Dallas, veteran wide receiver Roy Williams will join the Bears and his former offensive coach, Mike Martz.

    What will Bears look like?

    Without the benefit of an off-season weightlifting program, or a single day of organized team activities (OTAs) or minicamp, followed by a frenetic free-agency feeding period, no one is really sure what the Bears have. That’s especially true on offense. Not even the coaching staff can be certain, as they prepare for today’s first practice of any kind in more than six months. Some familiar names have departed and some new players will step into key positions. But, for now, uncertainty is the watchword. “I’m anxious to see what we become,” coach Lovie Smith said Friday evening. “As I talk to you right now, you’ve seen some of the players about as much as I have lately. It’s about getting out on the football field and going to work. We’re going to learn new things about some of the new players, and even some of our other players. Normally we would have gone through an entire off-season. But we’ll catch up.” The Bears fell a game short of the Super Bowl last season, but the offense was shaky at best, so quarterback Jay Cutler was asked if he’s got something to prove this year.“Yeah, this whole team does, not just me,” Cutler said. “We fought tooth and nail last year, and I think everyone kind of has a sour taste in their mouth. Offensively we’ve got to get a lot better. The defense carried us all year. They were a Super Bowl defense. They had enough to make it happen. Offensively, we’ve got to catch up to them.” Cutler and Co. will have to do so without the receiving skills of tight end Greg Olsen, who was traded to the Panthers. He will be replaced by unrestricted free agent Matt Spaeth, the ex-Steeler who was officially signed Friday after agreeing to terms earlier in the week. Those moves portend a tweaking of the offensive scheme, with the tight ends less involved as receivers and the wideouts needing to pick up the slack. And once again the offensive line is in transition. Six-time Pro Bowl center and unrestricted free agent Olin Kreutz had yet to sign anywhere. Teammates were optimistic he would be in camp shortly to provide an anchor for a group desperately in need of one. The Bears are hoping first-round pick Gabe Carimi upgrades the O-line, but it has yet to be determined where he will line up in practice today. “Tackle,” was Smith’s reply when he was asked, but the ambiguity was understandable. “I’m not trying to run away from your question, but we’ve never been on the field with Gabe,” Smith said. “We think he can play both positions. But we have a spot in mind for him, and we’ll just let him go out there and tell us. We let them all tell us exactly where they need to play.” Sans Kreutz, starting right guard Roberto Garza will be snapping the ball to Cutler this afternoon. If that’s a permanent solution, it creates a domino effect at the other positions in a group that needs to jell sooner rather than later. “(That’s) important,” Smith said. “We want to do it as soon as possible. It’s always good to get a group of five together and let them start working, but sometimes it doesn’t work like that.” The signing of former Pro Bowl wide receiver Roy Williams is potentially one of the biggest improvements on an offense that was 30th in total yards and 28th in passing yards last season. But if Cutler doesn’t have better protection than he did last year, when he was sacked more than anyone in the NFL, it won’t matter who his receivers are. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Williams caught 146 passes for 2,148 yards and 12 touchdowns in two years with the Lions when Mike Martz was his offensive coordinator.

    Gordon Beckham gets hit by a pitch thrown by Boston Red Sox's Tim Wakefield during Friday night's game.

    Floyd, Pierzynski pace White Sox in over Boston

    Gavin Floyd outpitched Tim Wakefield, A.J. Pierzynski hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 on Friday night.Chicago's seventh straight victory over Boston and 14th in the last 16 games between the teams denied the 44-year-old knuckleballing Wakefield his 200th career win.Floyd (9-9) won his third straight start. He gave up a run and three hits in seven innings, including a homer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and ran his career record against the Red Sox to 6-0.Wakefield (6-4) also allowed three hits in seven innings. But his wild pitch in the sixth helped set up the tying run on Paul Konerko's sacrifice fly. And he walked Carlos Quentin to start the bottom of the seventh before Pierzynski drove his fifth homer of the season into the right-center field seats to give the White Sox a two-run lead.Matt Thornton pitched the eighth and Sergio Santos the ninth for his 22nd save in 25 games.The Red Sox played without major league RBIs and batting average leader Adrian Gonzalez, a late lineup scratch with a stiff neck. Dustin Pedroia went 0 for 4 and his 25-game hitting streak was snapped.Saltalamacchia worked a 3-2 count off Floyd before hitting his ninth homer to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead in the third.The Red Sox threatened in the sixth, loading the bases as Marco Scutaro beat out an infield single and Jacoby Ellsbury and David Ortiz walked before Floyd threw a called third strike past Kevin Youklis.Wakefield held the White Sox hitless through 3 2-3 innings before Adam Dunn singled in the fourth, and Chicago didn't get another hit until Juan Pierre had a bunt single to start the bottom of the sixth. Switch-hitting Omar Vizquel, batting right-handed against the right-handed Wakefield, sacrificed before Pierre made third on a wild pitch. Konerko then delivered his sacrifice fly to left.Notes: Reliever Jason Frasor, acquired in a trade with Toronto on Wednesday, said he was ecstatic to join the White Sox and be in a pennant race. A Chicago native who has family in the suburbs, Frasor said he wasn't sure what his role would be. He didn't expect to land back in his hometown. "It's nice to be wanted. I think when get traded they always ask, 'Why did I get traded, why me?' I don't feel that way. ..." Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said he told 44-year-old Vizquel if he keeps playing the way he has for the White Sox he could go another three years in the majors. Vizquel was batting .271 before starting at third base Friday night and the 11-time Gold Glove winner is still a slick fielder, making a couple of nice plays. Guillen also lauded Vizquel's influence on younger players. ... Saltalamaccchia's homer was Boston's 68th on the road this season. ... Youklis, moved from third to first after Gonzalez was scratched, made a nice diving stop on Alejandro De Aza's grounder in the fourth. ... Wakefield is now 7-13 in his career against the White Sox.

    Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez said Friday that he wants to remain with the team.

    Let him be clear: Ramirez wants to stay

    Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez reiterated Friday that he wants to remain with the Cubs. He also clarified comments he made Thursday that some may have interpreted as Ramirez wanting out.


    Scouting the Women’s Premier Soccer League championship
    An at-a-glance look at the Women's Professional Soccer League championship this week in Lisle:

    Jackie Santacaterina, left, of Geneva, and Naperville native Michele Weissenhofer are hoping to lead the Chicago Red Stars into the championship game of the WPSL tournament this weekend in Lisle.

    Red Stars fighting the good fight — for free

    Jackie Santacaterina and Michele Weissenhofer are among the local players hoping to help the Chicago Red Stars re-enter professional women's soccer next season. They're competing - for free - in the Women's Premier Soccer League playoffs this weekend at Benedictine University in Lisle.

    Illinois football coach Ron Zook says his team has earned the right to play eight home games this fall.

    Zook not about to apologize for 8 home games

    Nobody in the Big Ten boasts an easier schedule than Illinois this fall.The Illini join Michigan as the only schools with eight home games. But while the Wolverines have four road games against 2010 bowl teams, Illinois goes only to Penn State.If you think Ron Zook plans to apologize for a comparatively cozy slate, then you didn't notice Illinois' recent non-conference slogs.During a media roundtable session Friday at McCormick Place, Zook made a point of reaching into his suit-jacket pocket and retrieving a folded sheet filled with numbers from an Illini-centric blog.“In the last three years, our non-conference (FBS opponents' collective) record was 80-28,” Zook said. “Northwestern's was 27-81. You can say what you want to say: That's a big difference there.”The rest of the Big Ten schools were bunched between 64-44 (Ohio State and Purdue) and 40-68 (Indiana).“Everybody says, ‘How do you get eight home games?' ” said Zook, who lost four straight openers against Missouri in St. Louis. “I think we've earned that right to play eight home games.”Because the Illini open with five home games and don't face a big-name Big Ten team until Ohio State shows up on Oct. 15 — and there's always a chance Illinois could play in the inaugural Big Ten title game on Dec. 3 — Zook intends to pace his players through the year.“Everything we've done,” Zook said, “from our first meeting on Jan. 17 has been with the idea in mind that, from the middle of October to the middle of November, we have to be a fresh team.“We let the Michigan game (on Nov. 6) get us beat in the Minnesota game (the following week). Part of that was we were tired. We were mentally tired.”Among Zook's remedies? Pushing practice starts back 90 minutes to 7:30 a.m. and limiting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase's practice throws.“Tom Moore, who was Peyton Manning's coach with the Colts, they used to have to do the same thing,” Zook said. “It was like a pitch count.”O'Toole time: Celebrated freshmen quarterback Reilly O'Toole, who led Wheaton Warrenville South to back-to-back IHSA state titles, made a big impression when he arrived on campus in June.In this case, big wasn't a compliment.“He came in and we were calling him ‘Pillsbury Doughboy,' ” Zook said. “His body fat (percentage) was way up. He has worked so hard. He's down where it's OK now. That tells me that the work ethic is there.“He's a lot better athlete than I think some people may think. Even (strength coach) Lou (Hernandez) said that when we went over everybody on Wednesday.“The athleticism that he has shown Lou (during summer workouts), he's pretty excited about it.”O'Toole enters Illinois' opening practice as the No. 3 quarterback behind incumbent Scheelhaase and sophomore Miles Osei (Prospect).He said it: In retrospect, Ron Zook wonders whether Illinois benefited from playing in the 2008 Rose Bowl.“If you go back and you look, probably one of the things that hurt us — in my tenure at the University of Illinois — the most was going to the Rose Bowl our third year.“As much as we tried to tell (the players) that we're not (elite) yet, they were hearing but they weren't listening.“Then, all of a sudden, we actually regressed. I mean, it retarded our progress because we had, on paper, probably a better team the next two years. We almost had to start over a little bit. I think that's what last year was.”


    Fukudome in Indians’ lineup

    CLEVELAND — Kosuke Fukudome picked up 13 games in the standings in one day.That’s why the 34-year-old outfielder waived his no-trade clause and agreed to Thursday’s deal that sent him from the Chicago Cubs to the Cleveland Indians for two minor leaguers.“The Indians are competing for first place,” he said after taking batting practice with his new teammates prior to Friday night’s game with Kansas City. “It’s great motivation for me to play for a team in the pennant race. This is something I really wanted to do.”The Indians trail Detroit by 1½ games in the AL Central while the Cubs are 14½ games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central.Fukudome, who starred in Japan from 1999-2007, batted sixth and played right field Friday. His presence created quite a stir at Progressive Field. Several Japanese reporters and photographers were on hand to chronicle every move he made from hitting in the batting cage to catching fly balls. Fukudome also travels with his personal translator, Hiro Aoyama.Fukudome, a left-handed hitter, is batting .273 with three homers and 13 RBIs in 87 games this season. He has drawn 46 walks and has a .374 on-base percentage.The Indians hope Fukudome can help their struggling offense, which was no-hit by the Angels’ Ervin Santana on Wednesday, and is playing without the injured Shin-Soo Choo and Grady Sizemore. Cleveland has lost six of seven and has scored 13 runs in that span.“He makes us better immediately,” Indians manager Manny Acta said. “He’s a professional hitter. That’s all I want.”The Cubs received outfielder Abner Abreu and right-hander Carlton Smith in the trade.Indians general manager Chris Antonetti is looking to add more offensive help before Sunday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline.“These guys are non-stop working,” Acta said of the efforts Cleveland’s front office is making on the trade front. “We’ll see. It’s a very complicated process.”Acta said Choo, who broke his left thumb after being hit by a pitch on June 24, might begin taking batting practice in a week to 10 days.


    Simpson, de Jonge share lead at Greenbrier Classic

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Brendon de Jonge rode a wave of Hokie fever to a share of the second-round lead at the Greenbrier Classic.De Jonge shot a 3-under-par 67 Friday and was tied with Webb Simpson at 7 under midway through the tournament.Among those failing to advance to weekend play were Phil Mickelson, whose streak of making 17 straight cuts ended, and defending champion Stuart Appleby. Both finished 3 over, missing the cut by two strokes.With shouts of encouragement all around him, de Jonge, a former Virginia Tech golfer, is flourishing for the second straight year at The Greenbrier resort, less than two hours from his college stomping grounds.“It’s a little bit of adrenaline,” de Jonge said. “Keeps you going. It’s always a little pick-me-up if you’re struggling a little bit. It’s fun. It’s nice to hear `Go Hokies’ on every tee.” De Jonge has played the Old White TPC course many times and he finished third in last year’s inaugural tournament at 17 under. It was one of three third-place finishes in 2010 that helped him earn a career-best $2.2 million. The native of Zimbabwe is the tour leader in birdies, yet admits he needs to work on eliminating the bogeys. His only one Friday was a three-putt on No. 11.“I think the biggest thing is just getting out of my own way,” de Jonge said. “It’s very, very difficult to win out here. It’s difficult to win anywhere. Staying in your own routine, I guess, is the best way to put it.”Simpson couldn’t get any momentum going until he made three birdies on the back nine and shot 68.The former Wake Forest golfer is playing less than five hours from his old campus. He grew up in North Carolina and moved to Charlotte earlier this year. His own cheering section will get a bit bigger on Saturday.“I told my wife today I’m going to go out and be in the lead, so you’ve got to come for the weekend,” Simpson said.Both Simpson and de Jonge are chasing their first career victories. The tournament champion will earn a spot in next week’s Bridgestone Invitational.Like last year, when Appleby came from a seven-stroke deficit and shot 59 in the final round to win, it’s anyone’s tournament. Thirty-five players were within five shots of the lead entering the third round.Simpson and de Jonge were the only two of the top 10 from the first round to break par in the second. The cut was three shots higher than last year. First-round leader Trevor Immelman made just two birdies, shot 70 and was at 6 under.Looking for his first win since the 2008 Masters and less than two years removed from wrist surgery, Immelman isn’t thinking about how far he has come if he can advance to Bridgestone.“It would be fantastic,” he said. “And I’d love to be there. But (it’s) the furthest thing from my mind.”Tied at 5 under were Scott Stallings (65), Michael Letzig (66), Gary Woodland (70), Brian Davis (64) and Derek Lamely (70). Lamely was tied for the lead before a stretch of three bogeys and a double-bogey over seven holes. Canadian Chris Baryla made five birdies in an eight-hole stretch in his morning round to rocket to the top of the leaderboard at 8 under, then made triple-bogey on the par-4 sixth. He shot 69 and was in a group of six at 4 under.Australian Steven Bowditch moved to 6 under after an early birdie, but had a double-bogey and three bogeys on his final four holes to fall to even par.NOTES: Brett Wetterich eagled the par-4 first hole to help him advance to the weekend at even par. ... Garrett Willis had six birdies in his round but made the cut on the line after needing three shots to get out of a fairway bunker on the par-4 11th and making an 8. ... Chris Kirk, who had his tour-best streak of 10 straight below-par rounds snapped with a 71 on Thursday, started another one with a 69 Friday. ... Michael Sim withdrew before the second round with a shoulder injury. Michael Putnam withdrew during the round with an injured wrist.


    AP Source: Cam Newton agrees to deal with Panthers

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. — No. 1 draft pick Cam Newton has reached an agreement with the Carolina Panthers, according to a person familiar with the situation.The person spoke with The Associated Press Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been publicly announced. According to several media reports, Newton has agreed to a four-year, $22 million deal.The office for Newton’s agent, Bus Cook, would not comment on an agreement being reached.Newton was seen Friday evening driving into the back lot of the Richardson Physical Activities Building and entering the offices that serve as team headquarters for Carolina’s training camp at Wofford College.Panthers coach Ron Rivera had said earlier Friday that he expected the former Auburn quarterback to be at Wofford when Carolina held its first practice session on Saturday. Also earlier Friday, general manager Marty Hurney said the sides were making good progress on an agreement.The Heisman Trophy winner may be the biggest financial casualty of the NFL lockout.The new collective bargaining agreement sets a rookie wage scale for first-year players. Last year’s No. 1 draft pick, Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, signed a six-year, $78 million contract with the St. Louis Rams last summer. Newton would’ve been in for a likely even better payday if not for the lockout. At Auburn, Newton took snaps out of the shotgun in a spread offense where he had opportunities to run and pass for big yardage. He threw for 30 touchdowns and rushed for 20 more in the Tigers’ 14-0 title-winning season.Newton will have to move under center and scramble less in offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski’s offense“I don’t think it’s going to be a problem for me. I think it’s just timing more than anything,” Newton said last May. “Just repetition as far as me knowing what I have to do, knowing the assignment, the alignment and what everybody’s doing on that particular play.”Newton has had Chudzinski’s playbook since April 29, when a judge temporarily lifted the lockout. Panthers receiver Steve Smith said he was impressed with Newton’s skills he saw during private workouts the two have had before labor peace was reached. Another Panthers rookie from Auburn, receiver Darvin Adams, called Newton a “natural born leader.” Newton will be looked at to bring stability to a position where the Panthers struggled greatly last season. Carolina was last in several NFL categories and finished with the fewest points in team history. Rivera said Newton would battle for the starting job with the quarterbacks in camp, last year’s starter Jimmy Clausen and Tony Pike. General manager Marty Hurney didn’t rule out bringing a veteran quarterback to add depth during camp. Newton was the focus of an NCAA investigation. The governing body ruled that his father, Cecil, had sought money from Mississippi State when Cam Newton was being recruited out of junior college. The quarterback signed with Auburn and was deemed eligible after a one-day suspension when the NCAA’s reinstatement staff found he didn’t know about the pay-for-play scheme. He was cleared to play in the SEC and national championship games.


    Colts expect QB Manning to miss start of camp

    INDIANAPOLIS — The pain in Peyton Manning’s neck will keep him off the practice field early next week.Indianapolis still isn’t sure how long it will take to get the four-time MVP back.Colts coach Jim Caldwell said Friday that the Colts will be cautious with their franchise quarterback, who had neck surgery in May, and will not push him too hard. Camp opens Monday at Anderson University.“Obviously, he’s not ready right now, but nobody works harder and is more dedicated than him,” Caldwell said. “When he’s ready, we’ll turn him loose.”Caldwell did not provide a timetable for Manning’s return though he did say he expected Manning to report to camp -- if he has a contract.It’s the second time in four years the Colts will open camp without Manning.In 2008, Manning missed all of training with an infected bursa sac in his left knee, which required two surgeries. He struggled during the first half of the season, but led the Colts to nine straight wins to make it back into the playoffs.He also had neck surgery in March 2010 but recovered and did not miss any practices at camp.The only other time Manning has missed even a portion of training camp was in 1998, when he was out one week before signing his first contract.Teammates said they aren’t concerned that Manning won’t be throwing right away.“I’ve told him to be as cautious as he needs to be because the last time I checked, we don’t count preseason games,” Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday said. “I can tell you this, there’s not a player that works harder than he does.”The questions about Manning’s health have been increasing ever since he had the surgery.In June, Archie Manning, Peyton’s father, said his son’s rehab wasn’t going as quickly as expected. A month later, at the family’s annual passing academy, Peyton Manning barely threw and said he was being cautious with his rehab because lockout rules prevented him from working out with Colts team trainers.Last week, team owner Jim Irsay acknowledged Manning might not be ready when practices begin Monday, a position he reiterated just hours after the lockout ended.“You don’t want him doing too much too soon and you don’t know on recoveries,” Irsay said. “A lot of times eight weeks is enough. But to get a full recovery, it’s going to be a little longer in this case.” While the trainers are monitoring Manning’s progress, Caldwell said the coaches have not had a chance to see Manning and he’s not sure when they will.Manning is still locked into negotiations for a long-term contract that could keep him in Indy for the rest of his career. In February, the Colts tagged Manning as their exclusive franchise player, meaning he would make about $23 million this season if he signed the one-year offer. Until he signs one or the other, Manning couldn’t practice anyway.Irsay has promised to make Manning the highest-paid player in league history, but even he acknowledges that’s a very high price with a salary cap slated at $120.3 million. Indy hopes that by lowering Manning’s salary cap number, they will be able to sign more of their free agents.The team also confirmed Friday that it had agreed to new deals with kicker Adam Vinatieri and safety Melvin Bullitt. On Thursday, the Colts also lost linebacker Clint Session to Jacksonville, which signed him to a five-year deal worth more than $29 million.Indy also signed its first draft pick, fourth-round choice Delone Carter, a running back from Syracuse. His agent, Hadley Engelhard, said Carter signed a standard four-year deal with league minimum base salaries. The Colts are still trying to re-sign two key veterans: running back Joseph Addai and left tackle Charlie Johnson, two players who would help protect Indy’s biggest investment.


    Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha Signs 5-Year Deal With Philadelphia

    Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha signed a five-year contract today with Philadelphia, the Eagles said in a news release, spurning the New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers.Asomugha, 30, a four-time All Pro selection during his eight-year career with the Oakland Raiders, was considered the top free agent available this year.The Jets had hoped Asomugha would create a Pro Bowl cornerback tandem with Darrelle Revis on a team that had the American Football Conference’s fourth-stingiest passing defense last season.“He’s the best cornerback in the league,” Revis told reporters in a July 27 conference call. “Me and him as a tandem would be unbelievable.”The NFL and its players ended a 4 1/2-month lockout July 25 with agreement on a 10-year labor accord. The Jets already re- signed 2009 Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Santonio Holmes and added kicker Nick Folk. Current Jets free agents include wide receiver Braylon Edwards and cornerback Antonio Cromartie.Asomugha was selected No. 31 by the Raiders in the first round of the 2003 draft. He became a starter in 2005 and the following year had 11 passes defended and eight interceptions, tied with three others for third in the NFL.The Lafayette, Louisiana, native has just three interceptions over his last four years, all Pro Bowl seasons, as opposing quarterbacks avoided throwing to his side of the field. Last season the Raiders’ defense allowed a league-low 249 completions and 189.2 passing yards per game, second to the San Diego Chargers.Man of YearIn 2009, Asomugha won the Byron “Whizzer” White NFL Man of the Year award, given by the league’s players association to the player who best served his team and community. That same year, Asomugha joined former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative University to discuss the importance of global service and student activism. He also paid more than $10,000 to take 10 high-school students from the East Oakland Youth Development Center on a trip to New York City.Teams began cutting players yesterday from training-camp rosters. The Jets cut 40-year-old quarterback Mark Brunell and waived cornerback Will Billingsley and guard Marlon Davis, the team said today in an e-mailed release. Brad Smith, who played with the team from 2006 to 2010, was signed by the Buffalo Bills.

    Bears defensive end Julius Peppers, left, will have tackle Anthony Adams on the defensive line again this season as Adams has signed a two-year deal to stay with the Bears.

    Bears agree to terms with DT Adams

    :Unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Anthony Adams has agreed with the Bears on a two-year deal, which he will be able to sign at 4 p.m. today. The eight-year veteran has played the past four seasons with the Bears, starting 36 games.

    First-round draft choice Gabe Carimi, center, will join Bears general manager Jerry Angelo, left, and head coach Lovie Smith at training camp Saturday in Bourbonnais. Carimi signed a four-year deal on Friday.

    Bears sign OT Carimi to 4-year deal

    First-round pick Gabe Carimi has agreed to a four-year contract with the Bears in time to participate in the first practice of training camp at 2:30 Saturday afternoon.


    It's back to work for Tiger Woods

    Tiger Woods returns to golf under a new set of circumstances. He no longer has the caddie he employed for the last 12 years, having fired Steve Williams a month ago. He no longer is among the top 20 in the world, his lowest ranking since Allen Iverson was an NBA rookie. And he might not even be eligible to play on the PGA Tour after a couple of weeks.

    Rumblings swirling around the racetrack are that Arlington Park — using the Churchill Downs model — will request a handful of weekend night racing cards for the 2012 season when it submit a dates request to the Illinois Racing Board today.

    Arlington Park pushing for horseraces at night?

    Arlington Park, the place that has been under the spotlight since changing surfaces, alienating its top horse owner and fighting for slots, now wants to have night races on some weekends.

    Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Sam Hurd reportedly has agreed to join the Bears.

    Report: Bears pick up second Dallas receiver

    According to several Internet reports, the Bears have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent wide receiver Sam Hurd, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys and the Northern Illinois University Huskies.


    Fielders fall to Edmonton, 1-0

    The Lake County Fielders (27-27) dropped the first game of a four-game series in Edmonton against their division rivals Thursday evening. With stellar pitching performances on both sides, it was a Fielders' defensive mishap that allowed the only run of the game to cross the plate.

    After being cut by Dallas, veteran wide receiver Roy Williams reportedly has signed a deal to join the Chicago Bears and reunite with his former offensive coach, Mike Martz.

    Report: Bears get veteran receiver Williams

    It's already been a busy morning for the Bears.According to ESPN, they have reached an agreement with former Pro Bowl wide receiver Roy Williams, who was cut Thursday by the Cowboys. The Bears have also reached agreement with second-round draft pick Stephen Paea and third-rounder Chris Conte.


    Rupert Murdoch's critics say he has focused too much attention on expanding his empire with little regard for Wall Street's chief measure of success: a rising stock price.

    Will a chastened Murdoch prove good for News Corp?

    For long-suffering shareholders of News Corp., there may be a silver lining in the phone-hacking scandal: A chastened Rupert Murdoch. A sort of real-life Citizen Kane, the 80-year-old CEO has amassed dozens of newspapers and TV businesses around the world. To politicians and pundits, the power of his media holdings elicits a mix of awe and fear.

    A plan filed with the Federal Communications Commission Friday by six phone companies would bring broadband service to nearly all Americans within five years.

    Phone companies present rural broadband plan

    AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and four other telecom companies are offering a proposal to overhaul the $8 billion federal phone subsidy program to pay for high-speed Internet connections in rural and other underserved areas. They say the plan would bring broadband service to nearly all Americans within five years.

    James Murdoch had said he stood by his testimony but would provide a written response to follow-up questions.

    James Murdoch asked to clarify hacking testimony

    British lawmakers on Friday demanded that James Murdoch clarify why testimony he gave to a parliamentary committee probing the phone hacking scandal conflicted with a statement from two former executives. Murdoch, deputy chief operating officer of media giant News Corp., and his father, tycoon Rupert Murdoch, testified about the widening allegations of phone tapping and bribery at the Murdoch-owned News of the World tabloid.

    The patent transfers between Google and IBM cover a range of technologies, many of which have little to do with Google’s Internet search and advertising business.

    Google buys about 1,000 IBM patents

    Google Inc. has bought about 1,000 pending and issued patents from IBM Corp. in its quest to shore up its defenses against suits by other technology companies, according to documents filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


    Regulators close small banks in Virgina, South Carolina

    Regulators on Friday shut down two small banks in Virginia and South Carolina, boosting to 60 the number of U.S. bank failures this year. The pace of closures has slowed, however, as the economy has stabilized and banks work their way through the bad debt accumulated in the Great Recession. By this time last year, regulators had shuttered 108 banks.

    As of Oct. 1, AT&T will limit speeds for the 5 percent of its customers with “unlimited” data smartphone plans who clog the airwaves the most.

    AT&T to throttle data speeds for ‘unlimited’ hogs

    AT&T Inc. said Friday that it’s going to start limiting speeds for the 5 percent of its customers with “unlimited” data smartphone plans who clog the airwaves the most. The measure will take effect Oct. 1, AT&T said, and is intended to alleviate congestion on the network.

    High gas prices might be less a burden in the U.S. economy if car manufacturers can obtain fuel consumption targets.

    New auto fuel standards: 54.5 average mpg by 2025

    President Barack Obama and automakers ushered in the largest cut in fuel consumption since the 1970s on Friday. The agreement pledges to double overall fuel economy to 54.5 mpg by 2025. “This agreement on fuel standards represents the single most important step we have taken as a nation to reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” Obama said.

    Knuckleheads Tavern on First Street in downtown Elburn has requested the village allow liquor sales at 11 a.m. instead of noon on Sundays.

    Elburn may loosen Sunday liquor law

    Elburn may let bars and restaurants serve liquor an hour earlier on Sunday mornings, especially so NFL football fans can get their party on before the games kick off at noon.


    Stocks sink as the debt limit debate drags on

    The word of the day in financial markets: Anxious. Stocks plunged early Friday after a dismal report on economic growth added to traders' fears that the U.S. might default on its debt.


    Chevron 2Q profit jumps 43 percent

    Chevron Corp. said Friday that proift juped 43 percent in the second quarer as higher oil and gasoline prices made up for a decline in oil production.


    Itasca's Arthur J. Gallagher acquires Potter-Holden

    Itasca-based Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. said it has acquired Potter-Holden & Company in Atlanta, Georgia. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    The hydro-eletric body mount is among the products manufactured by Tenneco Inc, of Lake Forest.

    Tenneco 2Q profit rise on higher sales

    Lake Forest-based Auto parts maker Tenneco Inc. said Friday that its second-quarter profit rose 25 percent on a jump in sales, boosted by the continued recovery of the automotive industry.

    A see-through Pontiac built by General Motors for the 1939-40 New York World's Fair is going on the auction block this weekend.

    1939 see-through 'Ghost car' headed for auction

    A see-through Pontiac built by General Motors for the 1939-40 New York World's Fair is going on the auction block this weekend.

    Workers seeking employment create resumes and look for open positions on lap tops provided by USAJobs at a job fair for space workers and those workers that lost jobs due to the end of the space shuttle program in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

    Economy growing at slowest pace since recession

    The economy likely grew in the first half of the year at the slowest pace since the recession ended, and the second half isn't looking much better.


    Mazda expands Virginia plant

    Mazda North America has added a new production line at its plant in Chesterfield County. The new line will rebuild automatic transmissions for the company's Mazda3 and Mazda5 model vehicles.


    Work transfer costing NE Indiana factory 175 jobs

    An auto parts supplier is transferring production from a northeastern Indiana factory to plants to Tennessee and Kentucky, a move that the company says will at least temporarily put up to 175 people out of work.


    Oil below $97 as US debt limit deadline nears

    Oil prices fell below $97 a barrel Friday as U.S. leaders failed to agree to lift the government debt limit just days from a deadline, leaving investors to consider worst-case scenarios if a default occurs.

Life & Entertainment


    How to clear a clogged drain, the D-I-Y way

    It's funny when a toilet overflows in the movies, isn't it? But in real life, it's rarely anything to laugh about. And neither is a clogged sink or floor drain. Here are a few suggestions for how to clear a clogged drain without too much drama.

    Nim Chimpsky is the focus of the upcoming documentary “Project Nim.”

    Summer movies monkey around

    Monkeys and apes are everywhere this summer, from Crystal, the crazy capuchin in the comedy “The Hangover II” to the bromance between Kevin James and the Nick Nolte-voiced silverback gorilla in “Zookeeper.”

    “It's been a crazy way to reinvent myself,” Heidi Fleiss says of Animal Planet's one-hour special “Prostitutes to Parrots,” which airs at 9 p.m. Sunday.

    Animal Planet finds a home for Heidi Fleiss

    She's been a prostitute to the stars and done a stretch in the slammer among other things. Now Heidi Fleiss is starring in her own one-hour special Sunday on Animal Planet called “Heidi Fleiss: Prostitutes to Parrots.”

    Chicago cop Abby Kowalski (Rachel Carpani), left, gets a new partner (Marissa Ramirez) and an assignment to internal affairs in Lifetime's “Against the Wall.”

    Family dynamics generate arresting cop drama for Lifetime

    A Chicago detective's assignment to Internal Affairs infuriates her father and brothers -- all beat cops -- in Lifetime's new drama "Against the Wall."

    Oprah's new series, "Own Your Life," will recycle episodes of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" as a "classroom" intended to help viewers improve their lives.

    Winfrey to host series recycling 'Oprah'

    Oprah Winfrey is repackaging her now-ended daytime talk show to make it a key part of the lineup for OWN, her struggling cable channel. Winfrey said Friday she will host the new series that will recycle episodes of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to help viewers improve their lives.

    Paul McCartney will play two shows this weekend at Wrigley Field.

    Music notes: McCartney graces Wrigley Field

    Rock legends don't get much bigger than former Beatle Paul McCartney, who's playing two shows at Wrigley Field Sunday and Monday. McCartney will certainly play classic Beatles songs and much more.

    Homes along Thornbury Court in Deer Park are in the Dover Pond neighborhood, where residents enjoy open space and a more rural atmosphere.

    Neighborhood profile: Dover Pond in Deer Park

    A small subdivision with East Coast charm, Dover Pond, features semi-custom homes in a partially wooded setting, rolling hills and open space. The open, rural feel of Dover Pond attracted Barbara and Stephen Nordquist to the Deer Park neighborhood 22 years ago when Arlington Heights began getting too crowded for them.

    Owner Angela Ventrella scoops bubble gum-flavored gelato at Il Giardino del Dolce in St. Charles.

    Gelato spots drawing business in suburbs

    Gelato is gaining popularity in the U.S., and suburban gelato lovers have noticed it's become easier to find the creamy, luxurious treat close to home. “It's got that ‘wow' factor,” says Chris Pitaro, general manager of Gelati of Naperville.

    “The Triple Agent: The Al-Qaeda Mole Who Infiltrated the CIA” by Joby Warrick

    Riveting 'Triple Agent’ a must-read for spy junkies

    Author Joby Warrick shows he's done his homework in “The Triple Agent,” which details a botched CIA operation in Afghanistan that claimed the lives of seven agency employees in what is one of the worst intelligence debacles in the history of the CIA.

    The eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, Zara Phillips, will marry England rugby stalwart Mike Tindall Saturday.

    Queen's granddaughter set to wed rugby standout

    Britain will celebrate its second royal wedding of the season Saturday, with equestrian star Zara Phillips — eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II — taking center stage as she marries England rugby stalwart Mike Tindall.


    Andy Dick to stand trial on W.Va. sex abuse counts

    A West Virginia judge ordered actor-comedian Andy Dick on Friday to stand trial on felony sexual abuse charges stemming from a nightclub incident last year.

    Relive the hits of Elvis Presley in a new DVD collection.

    Elvis Presley — from music to movies

    Elvis Presley fans should check out a new DVD of his performances, as well as some of his films.


    Book notes: ‘St. Charles Tall Tale’ author hosts signing in Geneva

    Local author Faly Colaizzi signs copies of her book “Haunted Nights at Drumheller Castle, a St. Charles Tall Tale” from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Villa Verone Restaurant in Geneva.

    Fleet Foxes play the Chicago Theatre on Friday, Sept. 30.

    Tickets on sale: July 29-Aug. 5
    Tickets go on sale for classical star Lang Lang, R&B legend Aretha Franklin, the 2011 tour of "So You Think You Can Dance" and more.


    The nation’s housing: Case of the walking homebuyers

    WASHINGTON -- Are homebuyers walking away in droves from the contracts they’ve signed? Or are they essentially fouling out of the game, unable to close deals because of financing and credit issues?


    Home inspector: Water pipes make mysterious clanking

    Q. The pipes in my walls make weird clanking noises. The place is about 15 years old, but I moved in recently. Whenever I wash the dishes or use the bathroom sink, I hear pounding sounds, like someone is punching the walls. And late every night, when all is quiet, I hear the same sounds, without even runnng the water. I know this is not normal because I’ve lived in many houses, and none of the others had this problem. What is going on in my home? Can I do something about it now, or do I have to wait for some kind of catastrophe?


    About Real Estate: How to get your home on a TV show

    There a few simple steps that owners can take to improve their chances of having their home featured on one of the growing number of real-estate-related television programs.


    Car club calendar
    Daily Herald's calendar listing of car shows, cruise nights and monthly car club meetings.

    Hey Jimmy headlines in St. Charles' Lincoln Park on Thursday, Aug. 4.

    Concerts: July 29 to Aug. 5
    Hey Jimmy stars in a free evening concert on Thursday, Aug. 4, in Lincoln Park in St. Charles.

    The Ferris wheel lights up the night sky at the Lake County Fair.

    Weekend picks: County fairest of them all

    So many fairs, so little time. See all that the Lake County and DuPage County Fairs have to offer this weekend. From demolition derbies to rodeos to carnivals to live music — the possibilities are endless.

    Rhoda Williams (Brit Marling) glimpses a potentially parallel universe in “Another Earth.”

    Actors lift low-budget ‘Another Earth'

    The possibility that there's another version of you out there provides the mind-teasing premise of “Another Earth.”

    A group of teens and a nurse must work together when aliens hit a South London housing project in “Attack the Block.”

    Teens take on aliens in giddy ‘Attack the Block'

    On paper, it might not sound like it would work: a mash-up of alien-invasion thriller and teen-stoner comedy. But “Attack the Block” is a giddy blast, remaining faithful to both of its points of origin while offering something new.


    Night life events: New owners at Dylan's Pub

    Dylan’s Pub in West Dundee welcomes new owners, Robert and Carol Aalund, and now offers new daily drink specials.



    The strange death of domestic policy

    Health entitlements are great liberal achievements, and preserving them is an effective political appeal. But maintaining these past achievements in their current form may preclude the possibility of significant future achievements in the promotion of equal opportunity.


    What the Oslo killer ‘wanted’ doesn’t matter

    What did not change was the apparent need to put the rampage into a political frame and ask irrelevant questions. The question isn’t what the suspect wants but what he needs, which would appear to be a cell and lots of medication.


    Hard to find any virtues of this party
    Amazingly enough, this political party has managed to convince many middle class Americans, the very group they are in the process of destroying, to vote for them.


    Error shouldn’t have been published
    A letter was printed from reader who accused President Obama of lying about the military service of his father. She is mistaken.


    Don’t cut trains or raise fares
    There will always be some people who must take Metra. The rest of us have options.


    Walk in a teacher’s shoes, then set policy
    Earlier this month our governor decided to scrap the state writing test to save $2.4 million. This is a very small savings in the overall cost of education and a perfect example of the kind of leadership that has dragged down public schools.


    Government has ability to pay its bills
    There is money there. The argument is really about how the money is going to be spent or how much more money is going to be spent.


    Greed of some weighs heavily on others
    It is those who caused the problem that should pay — in higher taxes and/or penalties and less “incentives.” Not only do those people and entities not deserve them, they do not even need them.


    Keeping up with Joneses in Dist. 203?
    is the school board approving raises that far exceed that of the taxpayer through a process of complex thinking and how it will affect student performance, or on the more impetuous basis of keeping up with the Joneses?


    Obama confirms he’s a whiny liberal
    Obama's hand-wringing and whining is truly symptomatic of the liberal project in America. He proceeded to even further reduce his credibility as our leader by caving in to accusatory rhetoric, cover-your-butt finger pointing and the sky-is-falling dialogue. He showed us that he truly is a liberal; that is, no concrete solutions, only critique of reasoned ideas from others which may differ from his political agenda.


    States are red, but heat turning us Blue
    The Republicans’ stubborn denial of global warming must really gladden their hearts these days. All the states are Red. But then the heat’s turning us Blue.


    Speed tables can’t replace crossing guards
    Letter to the Editor: The Carpentersville village board is considering using speed bumps or speed tables to replace the school crossing guards it laid off. With the cost of a speed table to be $5,000 to $10,000 plus the labor and the infamous cost overrides that anything the government gets involved in comes with, anyone with any common sense can see that this proposal is preposterous.


    I’ll pay more if all pay something
    Letter to the Editor: Every citizen should have a stake in the game even if it is only a minimum of 10 percent of their income or they should forfeit their right to vote until they had a year where they paid some taxes and had a stake in the game.


    The problem is spending, not revenue
    The debt ceiling has nothing to do with Social Security. The president is trying to scare the seasoned citizens. You will get your checks.


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