Daily Archive : Friday October 6, 2017

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    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives against New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, left, during the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Thunder's Big 3 lead way in 102-91 win over Pelicans

    Oklahoma City fans got their first chance to see All-Stars Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony play together since the Thunder acquired George and Anthony in trades

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    Cleveland Indians' Yan Gomes, second from left, is hugged by pitcher Josh Tomlin and mobbed by teammates after Gomes hit a game winning RBI-single in the 13th inning of Game 2 of baseball's American League Division Series against the New York Yankees, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Cleveland. Austin Jackson scored on the play. The Indians won 9-8. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

    Extra special: Indians edge Yankees 9-8 in 13, take 2-0 lead

    Indians rally from five-run deficit to stun Yankees 9-8 in 13 innings.

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    Iowa State QB Park takes leave from team for medical reasons

    Iowa State quarterback Jacob Park out against No. 3 Oklahoma on Saturday for undisclosed medical reasons

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    Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon watches from the dugout the final out of the fifth inning during in Game 1 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    LEADING OFF: NL teams continue series, AL arms get a rest

    LEADING OFF: NL teams continue series, AL arms get a rest

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    Images: Check out our 2017 Chicago Cubs player posters

    See posters featuring the 2017 Chicago Cubs players from the pages of the Daily Herald. After the team ended its 108-year title drought with a 2016 World Series win, the newspaper celebrated with full-page posters.

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    Huntley rolls past Crystal Lake Central

    Huntley toppled Crystal Lake Central 49-7 Friday night in Fox Valley Conference action.

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    Chicago Red Stars ready for third straight NWSL semifinals

    The Chicago Red Stars will face the North Carolina Courage in the NWSL semifinals on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

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    Not even Joe Maddon could keep Kyle Hendricks from being the star of Game 1 Friday night in Washington.

    Rozner: Cubs, Hendricks firmly in control

    Not even Joe Maddon could keep Kyle Hendricks from being the star of Game 1 Friday night in Washington.

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    With a victory in Game 1 of the NLDS, the Cubs stunned the Nationals. How can they keep momentum on their side in Game 2 on Saturday? Keeping Nationals leadoff man Trea Turner off the bases will be a good start.

    3 questions about Cubs leading into today's NLDS Game 2

    With a victory in Game 1 of the NLDS in the pockets of the Chicago Cubs, Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles looks at three questions leading into Game 2.

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    Naperville North’s Nick Calcagno, left, catches a pass in front of Naperville Central’s Branden Lindmark at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium in Naperville Friday.

    Naperville North bounces back, edges Naperville Central

    Naperville North’s football team held on for Friday’s 44-41 DuPage Valley Conference cross-town victory over Naperville Central at North Central College.

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    Prospect boots Wheeling

    Two field goals by junior Anthony Santangelo ended up making the difference in Prospect’s 12-7 victory over host Wheeling under sopping-wet conditions on Friday night.

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    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks dueled Washington Nationals star Stephen Strasburg pitch for pitch Friday night. The Cubs took advantage of a break, and captured Game 1 of the National League division series 3-0 at Nationals Park.

    Hendricks outduels Strasburg as Cubs take Game 1 of NLDS

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks dueled Washington Nationals star Stephen Strasburg pitch for pitch Friday night. The Cubs took advantage of a break, and captured Game 1 of the National League division series 3-0 at Nationals Park.

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    Montini clobbers DePaul College Prep

    Montini defeated DePaul College Prep in a Chicago Catholic League football game.

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    Schaumburg roars back for OT win at Conant

    Schaumburg’s football team was hoping to preserve its playoff hopes. And thanks to a trio of juniors and their performance at Conant on Friday, those hopes are alive and well.

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    Geneva takes care of Elgin

    Geneva kept its playoff hopes alive Friday night with a 28-6 Upstate Eight River win at Elgin.

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    Oak Park dispatches York

    Oak Park defeated York in a West Suburban Silver football game.

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    Riverside-Brookfield handles Fenton

    Riverside-Brookfield defeated Fenton in a Metro Suburban Conference Blue Division football game.

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    Hersey’s Luke Cecala greets his quarterback Owen Goldsberry after scoring a touchdown at Hersey on Friday.

    Hersey russes past BG

    Hersey relied on good old-fashioned offensive line fundamentals as the Huskies rushed for 266 yards to help the Huskies roll past Buffalo Grove 33-14 Friday in Arlington Heights.

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    Palatine picks its spots at Fremd

    On a night of tough, hard-hitting defensive efforts by both teams, some opportunistic offense helped Palatine win at Fremd.

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    Rolling Meadows lights it up at Elk Grove

    Willis Goodwin had the first two interception returns for touchdowns of his career (84 and 25 yards) while Tim Szylak had touchdown runs of 73, 60 and 19 yards to help Rolling Meadows to a 48-0 Mid-Suburban League East triumph at Elk Grove.

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    Bev Horne/borne@dailyherald.com Sam Singleton of Wheaton North football.

    Wheaton North claims ‘hugest win’ vs. Neuqua Valley

    Wheaton North earns its hugest win of the seasons

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    South Elgin’s Jaron Wells is brought down by Batavia’s Quin Urwiler Friday in Batavia.

    Images: Batavia vs. South Elgin football

    The Batavia High School football team hosted South Elgin High School on Friday, Oct. 6. Both teams entered the game undefeated at 6-0.

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    Big picks help St. Viator past St. Patrick

    Momentum shifted early in St. Viator’s 32-3 homecoming win over St. Patrick Friday night at Robert Morris Stadium in Arlington Heights.

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    Westmont surprises Lisle

    Westmont beat Lisle in an Interstate Eight Conference Small Division football game.

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    Naperville North’s Sean Doyle (26) goes airborne as he tackles Naperville Central’s Tommy Coyne at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium in Naperville Friday.

    Friday night takeaways

    A quick look at Friday night’s DuPage County football action.

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    Lake Zurich excels in all phases against Stevenson

    Quarterback Evan Lewandowski competed 13 of 16 passes as Lake Zurich (7-0) rolled to a 28-0 win over Stevenson in a North Suburban Conference showdown.

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    on Friday night in D.C., Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks more than Washington Nationals and Stephen Strasburg can handle. “This is as good as I’ve seen him,” manager Joe Maddon said of Hendricks, attributing it to a bit more velocity.

    Imrem: Hendricks has quietly become one of NL’s best pitchers
    Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks more than Washington Nationals and Stephen Strasburg can handle

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    Maine West gets to six in style at Vernon Hills

    A powerful running game and an unyielding defense brought playoff-bound Maine West a 21-0 victory at Vernon Hills on Friday night.

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    McHenry holds off Dundee-Crown

    Dundee-Crown fell to McHenry 38-25 Friday night in Fox Valley Conference action.

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    Wauconda grabs victory at Round Lake

    Wauconda’s football team is winless no more. The Bulldogs picked up their first victory of the season on Friday with a 40-18 decision at Round Lake in Northern Lake County Conference play.

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    Willowbrook clinches playoff berth

    Willowbrook defeated Morton in a West Suburban Gold football game.

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    Antioch’s Branden Gallimore pitches the ball against Lakes on Friday night in Lake Villa.

    Dream finish favors Antioch

    Antioch outlasted Lakes 34-31 in a Northern Lake County Conference showdown that lived up to the hype.

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    Grayslake North makes it four straight

    Grayslake North’s football team seems to be gathering momentum each week. The latest evidence came Friday against visiting Grant.

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    Talbert, Hinsdale South too much for Addison Trail

    Hinsdale South defeated Addison Trail in a West Suburban Gold football game.

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    St. Ignatius downs Aurora Christian

    Aurora Christian fell to St. Ignatius 28-12 Friday night.

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    South Elgin’s Jaron Wells is brought down by Batavia’s Quin Urwiler Friday in Batavia.

    Batavia tops South Elgin in battle of unbeatens

    Batavia defeated South Elgin 10-7 on Friday to hand the Storm their first loss and improve its record to 7-0.

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    St. Charles East handles Larkin

    St. Charles East shut out Larkin 35-0 Friday night in an Upstate Eight River game.

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    Burlington Central falls, now must win out

    Burlington Central fell to Woodstock North 17-7 Friday night in a Kishwaukee River Conference game.

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    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Jackson Behles of Lake Park football

    Lake Park knocks off Glenbard North

    Lake Park defeated Glenbard North in a DuPage Valley Conference football game.

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    Heartbreaking finish as Carmel falls short

    Fifty-three seconds. That’s all that separated the Carmel Corsairs from their first win of the football season on Friday night. Unfortunately for the Corsairs, it wasn’t meant to be in a 16-15 loss to the visiting Marian Central Hurricanes.

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    WW South rolls past Metea Valley for first win

    Wheaton Warrenville South defeated Metea Valley in a DuPage Valley Conference football game.

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    Loss leaves Waubonsie Valley in playoff mode early

    Lincoln-Way Central defeated Waubonsie Valley in a nonconference football game.

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    Jacobs rolls past Glenbard East

    Jacobs defeated Glenbard East in a nonconference football game.

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    St. Charles North blanks Streamwood for 6th win

    St. Charles North punched its playoff ticket Friday night with a 41-0 Upstate Eight River win over Streamwood.

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    Downers Grove South’s defense excels against Leyden

    Downers Grove South was carried on the shoulders of its dominant defense once again. Despite a sloppy night offensively, Downers Grove South outlasted Leyden 20-0 on a rainy night in Northlake to move one step closer to the playoffs. It was the third straight shutout for the Mustangs (4-3, 4-1).

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    Mark Black/mblack@dailyherald.com Glenbard South varsity football Quarterback Jack Crouch.

    Glenbard South beats St. Edward for 5th straight win

    Glenbard South won its fifth consecutive game, defeating St. Edward in a Metro Suburban Conference Blue Division football game.

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    Cary-Grove dumps Crystal Lake South

    Cary-Grove downed Crystal Lake South 41-14 in Fox Valley Conference action Friday night.

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    Libertyville marches in milestone win over Mundelein

    It was a very special occasion for host Libertyville when the Wildcats faced Mundelein in North Suburban Conference football action Friday night in the rain. And Libertyville put on quite a show on its centennial football homecoming game as the Wildcats stormed out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead before rolling into halftime with a 42-0 advantage.

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    Grayslake Central wins at North Chicago

    Grayslake Central’s football team pulled out a road victory to improve to 3-2 in the Northern Lake County Conference on Friday.

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    Warren displays winning combo against Waukegan

    A football coach’s best friends are a good defense and a great running game. Warren had both during a soggy homecoming contest with Waukegan on Friday night.

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    Napoerville Central’s AJ Deinhart carries the ball against Naperville North at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium in Naperville Friday.

    Images: Naperville Central vs. Naperville North football

    The Naperville North Huskies played the Naperville Central Redhawks for football at North Central College on Friday, Oct. 6, in Naperville.

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    Vegas Golden Knights left wing James Neal (18) scores a goal against Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. The Golden Knights won 2-1. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    Neal lifts Golden Knights to win in Vegas franchise debut

    James Neal scored twice in the third period Friday night, rallying the Golden Knights to a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars in the debut of the first major pro sports franchise in Las Vegas

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    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks sits in the dugout between innings in Game 1 of a baseball National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Hendricks outduels Strasburg as Cubs top Nats 3-0 in Game 1

    Kyle Hendricks outpitched Stephen Strasburg, and the Chicago Cubs opened defense of their first World Series title in 108 years by beating the Washington Nationals 3-0 in Game 1 of their NL Division Series

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    West Aurora spanks West Chicago

    West Aurora became playoff eligible Friday night with a 48-6 Upstate Eight Valley win over West Chicago.

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    Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras reacts to catching a pop-up in foul territory, hit by Washington Nationals Jayson Werth, for the final out in Game 1 of baseball’s National League Division Series, at Nationals Park, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington. Chicago won 3-0.

    Images: Chicago Cubs over Washington Nationals, 3-0 in Game 1 of the NLDS

    See action between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals in Game 1 of the NLDS at Nationals Park in Washington Friday.

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    Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Connecticut, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Ferguson throws for 7 TDs, Memphis routs UConn 70-31

    Riley Ferguson threw for 431 yards and seven touchdowns, four of them to his favorite target Anthony Miller, as Memphis routed UConn 70-31

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    Buffalo Grove’s Matt Prawica hauls in a late second-quarter touchdown as Hersey’s Vince Carso defends.

    Images: Buffalo Grove vs. Hersey football

    The Hersey High School football team hosted Buffalo Grove High School on Friday, Oct. 6, in Arlington Heights.

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    United States' Christian Pulisic (10) gets past Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo (1) to score a goal during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    US back on track for World Cup, Pulisic leads rout of Panama

    Christian Pulisic scored just eight minutes in, then split the defense to set up Jozy Altidore for the first of the forward's two goals and put the United States back on track for next year's World Cup with a 4-0 rout of Panama

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    Lakes’ players celebrate with Chance Mogdans-Hoeller (13) after Mogdans-Hoeller returned a fumble for a touchdown.

    Images: Lakes vs. Antioch football

    The Lakes Eagles hosted the Antioch Sequoits for football action on Friday, October 6 in Lake Villa.

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    SC State scores 28 straight in 35-14 win over Morgan State

    Trey Samuel ran for 153 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries and South Carolina State scored 28 unanswered points in a 35-14 victory over Morgan State

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    Steven Stamkos has key assist, Lightning beat Panthers 5-3

    Steven Stamkos set up the go-ahead goal in his return from a right knee injury and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 5-3 in the season opener for both teams

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    Columbus Blue Jackets' Pierre-Luc Dubois, left, celebrates his goal against the New York Islanders during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    Newcomer Panarin, rookies help Columbus rout Islanders 5-0

    Pierre-Luc Dubois scored in his NHL debut and Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 5-0 victory over the New York Islanders in the season opener for both teams

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    Veteran pitcher John Lackey has made the Chicago Cubs’ roster for the National League division series against the Washington Nationals.

    For Chicago Cubs’ Maddon, keeping Lackey was about bullpen flexibility

    Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said roster decisions about the pitching staff were about flexibility out of the bullpen.

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    Boys soccer: Punctually, Barrington wins MSL finale at Conant

    Barrington put an exclamation point on its second consecutive Mid-Suburban West boys soccer title with a hard-fought 3-1 victory Friday night in the rain at Conant.

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    Oklahoma QB Mayfield dominant heading into Iowa State game

    Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield dominant heading into Iowa State game

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    Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) gets a hug from left wing Ondrej Palat (18), of the Czech Republic, after Point scored against the Florida Panthers during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Steven Stamkos has key assist, Lightning beat Panthers 5-3

    Steven Stamkos set up the go-ahead goal in his return from a right knee injury and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 5-3 in the season opener for both teams

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    Jon Lester started Game 1 for the Chicago Cubs in all three rounds of the playoffs last year. After hitting some bumps this season, Lester gets the ball in Game 2 of the National League division series Saturday vs. Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals.

    Lester hoping arrow points up in Game 2 NLDS start for Cubs

    Jon Lester started Game 1 for the Chicago Cubs in all three rounds of the playoffs last year. After hitting some bumps this season, Lester gets the ball in Game 2 of the National League division series Saturday vs. Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals.

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    Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad celebrates his first goal of the first period with Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Richard Panik Blackhawks home opener against the Penguins. The Blackhawks showed the entire NHL just how dangerous their offense might be this season when they scored 10 goals Thursday vs. Pittsburgh. And it’s one subtle line adjustment by Joel Quenneville late in training camp that may end up being the key to this revolution.

    Subtle line change pays massive dividends for Blackhawks

    The Blackhawks showed the entire NHL just how dangerous their offense might be this season when they scored 10 goals Thursday vs. Pittsburgh. And it’s one subtle line adjustment by Joel Quenneville late in training camp that may end up being the key to this revolution.

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    After practicing on back-to-back days for the first time since he suffered a bruised knee in the season opener, Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford could be back in the starting lineup for Monday night’s game against the Bears at Soldier Field. Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio says preparation is the same regardless of whether it’s Bradford or backup Case Keenum taking the snaps.

    No matter who Vikings start at QB, Bears D will be prepared

    After practicing on back-to-back days for the first time since he suffered a bruised knee in the season opener, Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford could be back in the starting lineup for Monday night’s game against the Bears at Soldier Field. Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio says preparation is the same regardless of whether it’s Bradford or backup Case Keenum taking the snaps.

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    Sluggish Iowa hosts struggling Illinois in border rivalry

    IOWA CITY, Iowa — For the first time in nine years, Iowa is 0-2 in the Big Ten.What a perfect time for the Hawkeyes to host Illinois.Iowa (3-2, 0-2) couldn’t have asked for a better situation ahead of its bye week than facing the Fighting Illini (2-2, 0-1) on Saturday — at least on paper.The Hawkeyes are surprisingly just 12th in the Big Ten in rushing offense, but Illinois is last in the league in rushing defense. The Illini are also last in the conference in scoring at just 17.8 points per game, while Iowa is allowing less than 13 points a game at home.The Hawkeyes throttled Illinois 28-0 in Champaign a year ago, and they enter Saturday’s game as an 18-point favorite despite averaging just 14.5 points a game in the Big Ten.But Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz wasn’t too pleased with how his team looked in last weekend’s 17-10 loss at Michigan State.“Just overall developing a kind of confidence and grit it takes to be successful home or away (is key). But that was our first away game in Big Ten, and I don’t think handled the whole thing very well,” Ferentz said.Illinois has also dropped two straight, by an average of 23 points, to South Florida and Nebraska, prompting coach Lovie Smith to give quarterback Jeff George Jr. a shot at starting against the Hawkeyes.Here are some of the key factors to consider as these border rivals prepare to meet at Kinnick Stadium:NEXT GEORGE INIf George’s name sounds familiar, that’s because it should. His father Jeff was the first pick in the NFL draft out of Illinois and had a long career as a quarterback in the pros. But the younger George has completed just 50 of 118 passes with five TDs and seven interceptions in his career. “He’s next in line,” Illinois coach Lovie Smith said. George replaces Chayce Crouch, who threw just one TD pass in four games this season.IOWA’S DEFENSELost amid Iowa’s two-game skid is the fact that its defense has played well. The Hawkeyes have allowed just 19 points a game in losses to Penn State and Michigan State and are among seven Big Ten teams who enter the weekend with under 20 points allowed per game.Defensively they’re “not going to do an awful lot. But just enough in what they believe in, a commitment to what they can do well and what they can do to win. It’s going to be that type of a Big Ten game,” Smith said of Iowa.ILLINOIS STRUGGLESThe Fighting Illini, on the other hand, are paying the price for playing so many young guys on defense. Six different true freshmen have already made starts on that side of the ball for a unit that has let up more yards per game than anyone in the Big Ten.KEY NUMBERSIowa quarterback Nate Stanley has 12 TD passes, good for 10th nationally. ...Illinois has started 11 true freshmen overall, most of any team in the country. ...The Hawkeyes’ starting linebackers have combined for 99 career starts and rank first, second and third on the team in tackles. ...The Illini have blocked three kicks in four games, the best total in the nation.HE SAID IT“We’ve had some that have been really close, long foul ball is what most defensive backs call those things. But that’s just one aspect of improvement that we need to make, and hopefully we’ll start connecting on a few of those. I like the fact that we’re throwing it down there. I like the fact that we’ve been close, and at some point you’ve got to start executing it though.” — Ferentz on Stanley’s lack of touch on deep passes this season.

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    FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 file photo, Penn State’s Saquon Barkley (26) looks to stiff arm Pittsburgh’s Avonte Maddox (14) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa. Penn State coach James Franklin sees the talent Northwestern has and the success the Wildcats have experienced under Pat Fitzgerald. Running back Saquon Barkley keeps padding his Heisman Trophy resume. (AP Photo/Chris Knight, File)

    Penn State’s Franklin sees possible trouble in Northwestern

    EVANSTON — Penn State coach James Franklin sees the talent Northwestern has and the success the Wildcats have experienced under Pat Fitzgerald.That’s why he sees potential trouble for the Nittany Lions.No. 4 Penn State looks to remain unbeaten and in line for a playoff spot when it visits Northwestern on Saturday.“I think whenever you’re at an academic school like Northwestern ... everybody just likes the story to be that you don’t have the same type of athletes,” said Franklin, who coached Vanderbilt before taking the Penn State job in 2014. “I don’t know if I necessarily would agree with that.”The Nittany Lions (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) have been rolling along, racking up more points and yards than any other team in the Big Ten except Ohio State. They are also allowing a league-low 9.4 points.Running back Saquon Barkley keeps padding his Heisman Trophy resume. Trace McSorley so far is the Big Ten’s leading passer.Four of Penn State’s wins were by at least comfortable margins. The exception came at Iowa two weeks ago, when Juwan Johnson caught a 7-yard TD pass as time expired to give the Nittany Lions a 21-19 victory.Yet if Franklin is feeling a little uneasy, the reasons go beyond his 0-3 record against Northwestern (2-2, 0-1). That includes two losses coaching Penn State.“I think they are a blue-collar (team), hard-nosed, tough, smart and talented in my opinion, and that’s why they are a tough out because they have all the necessary ingredients to be successful,” he said.Northwestern finished strong after a 1-3 start last year and finds itself hoping to do the same this time. The Wildcats lost 33-24 at Wisconsin last week after a rally came up short.Here are some things to know as the Nittany Lions try to stay unbeaten while the Wildcats look to pull off a surprising win:DO IT ALLTops in the nation at 243.6 all-purpose yards per game, Barkley has been doing it all for Penn State. He has scored rushing, receiving and return touchdowns, and he ran back the opening kickoff 98 yards for a score against Indiana last week.“He’s got great vision, he’s got great balance, he’s got great speed, and he’s got great toughness,” Fitzgerald said. “Amazing vision, and he’s just durable, he’s tough. And then he catches the ball the same way; he returns the ball the same way.”RECORD IN REACHWith 4,402 yards rushing, Northwestern’s Justin Jackson needs 83 to tie Damien Anderson’s school record.“Everyone keeps bringing it up a lot,” he said. “Our goals as a team are to win the Big Ten West and obviously last week wasn’t what we wanted.”Jackson ran for 25 yards against Wisconsin after missing practice all week because of a leg injury.“He’s obviously a really good running back,” Penn State defensive end Ryan Buchholz said. “He has good size and speed for that offense, and the offensive line moves really well.”GESICKI UPDATEStar tight end Mike Gesicki apparently will be available for Penn State. Franklin said he expects him to play after he left last week’s game with an upper body injury. He exited after taking a hard hit following a short reception in the second quarter against Indiana.TOUGH STRETCHPenn State is off next week. After that comes a tough combo: The Nittany Lions host Michigan on Oct. 21 and visit Ohio State on the 28th.SHAKY HANDNorthwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson completed a career-high 29 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns against Wisconsin. But he also got picked off twice. Thorson has almost as many interceptions (five) as touchdown passes (seven).

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    No. 21 Notre Dame looks to keep running at North Carolina

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Notre Dame has leaned on its running game to spark a turnaround from a four-win season. Now the 21st-ranked Fighting Irish bring one of the nation’s best ground attacks to face a North Carolina run defense that has struggled for stops.Notre Dame (4-1) enters Saturday’s game at UNC ranked second nationally with 20 rushing touchdowns, third in yards per carry (7.14) and seventh in rushing yards per game (301.4). Those numbers are all up significantly from last season, and coach Brian Kelly points to that success as a reason why the Irish has been one of the nation’s best red-zone offenses, too.“I think it has a lot to do with the running of the football and then what we’re setting up off of the run, more so than trying to take shots on first down in the end zone,” Kelly said. “We’re staying ahead of the chains there.”Junior running back Josh Adams has led that attack, ranking third nationally by averaging 131.6 yards per game. Quarterback Brandon Wimbush — whose role is in question Saturday due to a foot injury — is second at better than 80 yards per game.Compare that production to 2016, when Notre Dame averaged just 163.6 yards rushing and had 18 touchdowns on the ground for all last season. The Irish averaged about 31 points per game, roughly 10 points fewer than this season.“I think as an offense, I think we know we can do more,” Adams said. “I think we have guys that want to do more. We’re never just satisfied with where we’re at. We always want to do better. We always want to improve. I don’t think we’re even close to being at the level we know we can be at.”Notre Dame could be set for a big afternoon against North Carolina (1-4), which ranks 112th nationally by allowing nearly 222 yards rushing per game. The Tar Heels surrendered 403 yards rushing to Georgia Tech’s triple-option attack last week.“You’re going to have to do the best job we can,” UNC coach Larry Fedora said. “We’re going to have to be very disciplined in our gaps. Our guys are going to have to get off the blocks and our guys are going to have to get multiple hats to the ball. We need to create turnovers and limit their possessions.”———Here are some other things to know about Saturday’s Notre Dame-UNC game:WIMBUSH’S STATUS: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has said he won’t name a starting quarterback until kickoff as starter Brandon Wimbush deals with a right foot strain. Wimbush has been limited in practice while sharing reps with Ian Book. SURRATT’S DEVELOPMENT: Redshirt freshman quarterback Chazz Surratt has seized control of the starting job for the Tar Heels, though they’re coming off their worst performance (247 yards) of the season at Georgia Tech. The Tar Heels could use more of Surratt’s big-play ability through the air and on the ground.BANGED-UP TAR HEELS: North Carolina has an injury problem. The Tar Heels had 13 players listed on last week’s injury report as being out with season-ending injuries, including starters such as receiver Austin Proehl and linebacker Andre Smith. MISSING MOMENTUM: The Tar Heels have been struggling dating to the final month of last season. North Carolina has lost seven of nine games since beating Georgia Tech last November, which was the program’s last win against a power-conference opponent.TURNOVER EDGE: Notre Dame has a clear edge on opponents when it comes to dealing with turnovers. The Irish is plus-6 in turnover margin this season, has scored 70 points off 11 turnovers by opponents and allowed just three points off their five turnovers.

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    There has been plenty of backlash toward Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton after the comments he made to a female reporter during a news conference earlier this week. But the comments from other women about the topic were just as disappointing, columnist Patricia Babcock McGraw says.

    Babcock McGraw: Newton’s comments forgivable, but women’s general response is not

    Cam Newton’s comments to a female reporter this week were disappointing but the comments from other women about the topic were even more so. Why do women have such a tough time supporting other women, in sports and in general?

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    The Dallas Stars and Vegas Golden Knights line up for a moment of silence for shooting victims in Las Vegas before an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    Stars, Golden Knights honor Las Vegas victims before opener

    The Dallas Stars formed a line next to players from the Vegas Golden Knights to honor victims of last weekend's mass shooting before the debut of the first major pro sports franchise in Las Vegas

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    Denny Hamlin poses with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Denny Hamlin takes pole for NASCAR Cup race at Charlotte

    Denny Hamlin won the pole for the NASCAR Cup playoff race Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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    Houston Astros’ George Springer (4) and Jose Altuve (27) celebrate after they scored on teammate Carlos Correa’s double in Game 2 of baseball’s American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Houston.

    Astros rout Red Sox, take 2-0 ALDS lead

    Carlos Correa homered, doubled and drove in four runs, Jose Altuve got two more hits and the Houston Astros hammered the Boston Red Sox 8-2 Friday to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the AL Division Series.

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    Houston Astros' George Springer (4) and Jose Altuve (27) celebrate after they scored on teammate Carlos Correa's double in Game 2 of baseball's American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Correa, Altuve, Astros rout Red Sox 8-2, take 2-0 ALDS lead

    Carlos Correa homered, doubled and drove in four runs, Jose Altuve got two more hits and the Houston Astros hammered the Boston Red Sox 8-2 to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the AL Division Series

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    FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 file photo, Charlotte Hornets guard Nicolas Batum, of France, (5) holds the ball against Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Washington. Charlotte Hornets guard Nic Batum says some basketball fans from France are happy that he has a torn ligament in his left elbow and will be out a minimum of six to eight weeks, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

    Hornets' Batum says some French fans celebrating his injury

    Hornets guard Nic Batum says some basketball fans in his native France are happy he tore a ligament in his left elbow and will miss a minimum of six to eight weeks

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    Maple Leafs acquire goalie Pickard from Golden Knights

    The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired goalie Calvin Pickard from the Vegas Golden Knights for forward Tobias Lindberg and a sixth-round pick next year

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    FILE- In this May 14, 2010 file photo, a Qatari woman walks in front of the city skyline in Doha, Qatar. The U.S. military says it has halted some military exercises with Gulf countries over the ongoing diplomatic dispute targeting Qatar. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

    Qatar World Cup head say blockade poses 'no risk' to event

    Qatar World Cup organizers say they are overcoming the obstacles to construction posed by the regional blockade and insist there is "no risk" to the FIFA tournament being staged in 2022

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    Steelers' Brown gets top spot in AP's wide receiver rankings

    Steelers star Antonio Brown is No. 1 in The Associated Press rankings of the NFL's best wide receivers

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    Spain players celebrate at the end of the World Cup Group G qualifying soccer match between Spain and Albania at the Rico Perez stadium in Alicante, Spain, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Spain won 3-0 and qualified for the 2018 tournament finals. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

    Spain makes it to World Cup; Serbia unable to clinch a spot

    Spain has secured its 11th straight World Cup appearance aided by Italy's home draw against Macedonia

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    Injured Jets Matt Forte, Kony Ealy to miss Browns game

    Jets running back Matt Forte, defensive lineman Kony Ealy will miss Browns games with injuries

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    LaFleur an overlooked conduit in Rams' surging offense

    Matt LaFleur an overlooked conduit in Rams' surging offense

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    Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) runs away from Washington Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland (26) during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

    Ravens' Smith, Redskins' Breeland fined $18,231 for hits

    Baltimore linebacker Za'Darius Smith and Washington cornerback Bashaud Breeland have been fined $18,231 by the NFL for hits in last weekend's games

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    Deep coaching ties between No. 6 Washington, California

    Deep coaching ties between No. 6 Washington and California coach Justin Wilcox

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    No. 14 USC ready to rebound against Oregon State

    No. 14 USC ready to rebound against Oregon State

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    Derek Carr's role Sunday still uncertain for Raiders

    Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was limited for a second consecutive practice, leaving his status uncertain

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    FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2015, file photo, Nebraska head coach Mike Riley follows the game from the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin in Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska hosts No. 9 Wisconsin on Saturday and No. 10 Ohio State on Oct. 14. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

    No. 9 Badgers looking to continue dominance over Nebraska

    No. 9 Wisconsin, riding a 4-game win streak over Nebraska, is looking to continue dominance over Cornhuskers

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    FILE - In this March 7, 2012, file photo, Peyton Manning speaks during a news conference in Indianapolis. At halftime of Sunday’s Oct. 8, 2017, game against San Francisco, Manning will become the first player from the franchise’s Indianapolis era to have his jersey retired. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

    Colts ready to celebrate Peyton's place in Indy's hearts

    Peyton Manning won big on the football field in Indianapolis

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    Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts runs the ball against Mississippi during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

    No. 1 Alabama visits Aggies after steamrolling 2 SEC teams

    Texas A&M has sweated out two close Southeastern Conference wins

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    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez smiles during a media availability before Game 1 of baseball's National League Division Series, at Nationals Park, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington. Gonzalez is scheduled to start Game 2 for the Nationals. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Gonzalez Game 2, Scherzer Game 3 for Nats; Harper bats 2nd

    Two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer is scheduled to pitch Game 3 of Washington's NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs

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    Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, right, and center Jake Guentzel react after Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad scored his third goal of the night,p during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 10-1. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Shaky starts overshadow Cup rematch for Penguins, Predators

    Pittsburgh and Nashville are in no mood to revisit last spring's Stanley Cup final when the two-time defending champion Penguins host the Predators

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    FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2016, file photo, Washington Capitals' Nathan Walker (79) controls the puck against St. Louis Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game, in Washington. Walker is set to become the first Australian player to dress in an NHL game when he makes his debut Saturday night against the Montreal Canadiens.(AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

    Caps' Walker set to become first Australian to play in NHL

    Capitals forward Nathan Walker is set to become the first Australian player to dress in an NHL game

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    Kings' Harry Giles rehabs knees, out until at least January

    Kings rookie Harry Giles out until at least January as he rehabs surgically repaired knees

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    Beijing Olympics organizers prepare 3 Alpine skiing courses

    Organizers of Alpine skiing at the 2022 Beijing Olympics are creating three different courses on two separate mountains

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    Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after defeating John Isner of the United States during a men's singles quarterfinal match of the China Open tennis tournament held at the Diamond Court in Beijing, China, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    Top-ranked Rafael Nadal advances to China Open semis

    Top-ranked Rafael Nadal moved into the semifinals of the China Open by beating sixth-seeded John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (0)

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    Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, right gets a laugh out of JR Smith during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Cleveland, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. James did not play in the Cavaliers 109-93 loss to the Hawks. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

    LeBron to miss 2nd exhibition game with sprained ankle

    LeBron James will miss Friday night's exhibition game against Indiana with a sprained ankle sustained last week

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    Defender Ricardo Carvalho convicted of tax fraud in Spain

    Former Chelsea and Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho has been convicted of tax fraud in Spain

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    Japan's Yuya Osako scores a goal in the last half during a friendly soccer match against New Zealand in Toyota, central Japan Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. (Yohei Kanesashi/Kyodo News via AP)

    Kurata scores late as Japan beats New Zealand 2-1

    Yuya Osako and Shu Kurata scored second-half goals as Japan beat New Zealand 2-1 in a friendly

Business

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    John Krol

    WhirlyBall continues to grow in popularity
    An interview with John Krol, marketing director at WhirlyBall.

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    David Miller

    Chef operates catering company and new Naperville venue
    The element of surprise awaits you.Founded in 2017 by Chef David Miller, longtime Naperville resident and business owner, Elements is a Naperville premier venue located in the heart of historic downtown Naperville, occupying the entire second floor of stunning Hotel Indigo Naperville Riverwalk.Elements Executive Chef Zachery Rogers, creates recipes that dazzle from locally sourced vendors. Whether you are hosting a wedding reception, corporate function or social event, Elements offers complete on-site service to create the most memorable event you and your guests will cherish for years to come.Features• 4,200 square foot banquet room with 250 seating availability plus 3,000 square feet of meeting and pre-reception space• Organic, contemporary design with open air spaces, ribboned hard woods and elements of flowing water surround• Complete menu planning, private tastings, full service bar, wait staff and day of event coordination• 18 by 18-foot solid wood Dance floor and staged space for a DJ or live entertainment• 500 bottle cellared wine collection on-site• 158 guest rooms and suites with attached hotel parking and valet services• Overlooking the riverwalk and surrounded by hundreds of shops, The Naper Settlement and numerous unique places in walking distancePassion leads: Chef Zac Rogers’ culinary talents are shown throughout elaborate menu design and meticulous plate presentations.Serving: Elements is the premier venue for entertaining your guests, from wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners to social galas and corporate functions.Custom catering to every degree.Founded in 1996 by Chef David Miller, Chef by Request has proudly catered to thousands of corporate companies and social clients throughout the Chicago suburbs, offering the best in gourmet food, professional service staff and full event planning. Their creative talent all begins in their state-of-the-art catering facility based in Lisle, where their passion is to exceed expectations with creative menu design and service execution like no other in the business.Features• One-on-one consultations• Private tastings with their executive chef• On-site preparation• Professional service staff and full service bar• Extensive rental service and expert event coordination• Award winning cuisine and service• Venue selections and site visits• Custom and theme menusWhat’s hotChef inspired authentic theme menus, trendy wide variety of appetizers and a culinary approach to seasonally inspired use of fresh ingredients.ServingChef By Request serves Chicagoland’s surrounding suburbs with on-site catering in your home, office or at a preferred venue. Visit their website to select from a large selection of top notch venues throughout the city and suburbs.AwardsBest of Naperville Caterer 6 years in a row, Small Business of The Year — Naperville Chamber of Commerce, The Knot Best of Weddings, Weddingwire Couple’s Choice, TLC 4 Weddings Episode Winner.Location: 5100 Academy Drive, Suite 200, Lisle, IL 60532Booking: aingle@chefbyrequest.com, (630) 493-4300Visit: ChefByRequest.com

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    MARY PATCHIN

    Going beyond the budget for your meeting
    Conveniently located “Just Beyond the City Limits” the Chicago Southland is home to 62 south and southwest suburbs.

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    Kellogg is buying protein bar RXBar for $600 million. The company that started in a Glen Ellyn basement four years ago.

    Glenbard West alums sell power bar company RXBar to Kellogg for $600 million

    Kellogg is spending $600 million to buy protein bar maker RXBar, a company started four years ago in a suburban basement by four Glenbard West High School alums.

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    The former First Baptist Church of Batavia was demolished to make way for the One North Washington project.

    Batavia alderman skeptical on a fix for One North Washington plan

    Batavia aldermen and Shodeen Inc. are set to meet Wednesday over stalled One North Washington project.

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    Amita Health opening outpatient facility in Carol Stream

    A former Kmart along North Avenue in Carol Stream will be transformed into a 25,000-square-foot outpatient facility designed to provide services in a retail-like setting.

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    GE's CFO, other execs leaving the company

    General Electric says CFO Jeffrey Bornstein will be leaving the company at the end of the month, the latest executive shuffle at the industrial conglomerate this week

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    No happy hours for Naperville bars

    Happy hour drink specials won’t be a part of the Naperville bar scene anytime soon as the liquor commission voted to keep in place a local ban that prevents such discounts.

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    Naperville resident Monica Bennett, owner of O’Brien’s Pedal Pub, wants to begin offering tours of downtown Naperville on a large multiperson bicycle, and she is requesting the ability to allow riders to bring their own beer. The city’s liquor commission is considering the request and plans to discuss it again next month.

    Will Naperville allow BYOB for a Pedal Pub in town?

    The Pedal Pub trend is coming to Naperville and the owner of the new business hopes it will be able to offer BYOB to guests as they ride through the city’s downtown.

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    Puna Chocolate Co. co-owner Teri Hagerott-Potter shows what fermented and dried cocoa beans look like before roasting. The Wauconda business uses a roaster, left, that can process a six-pound batch in 10 minutes.

    Chocolate shop opens in downtown Wauconda

    A store selling Hawaiian chocolate has opened in downtown Wauconda.

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    US Commerce Department slaps more duties on Bombardier

    U.S. Commerce Department slaps more duties on Canada's Bombardier

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    Sparton shareholders approve merger with Ultra Electronics

    Schaumburg-based Sparton Corp.’s shareholders this week approved the company’s merger with Ultra Electronics Holdings plc and Ultra Electronics Aneira Inc.

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    Krusinski Construction Company in Oak Brook is partnering with new client MedProperties Group on an innovative facility for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab located in Burr Ridge.

    Krusinski Construction breaks ground on rehab center

    Krusinski Construction Company in Oak Brook is partnering with new client MedProperties Group on an innovative facility for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab located in Burr Ridge. The company recently broke ground on the project.

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    The Downers Grove Golf Club remains a treasured regional golf course after 125 years. The site that was chosen to build the first Chicago Golf Club was a 60-acre stock farm owned by A. Haddow Smith. A.H. Smith was a Lanarkshire golfer who had immigrated in 1890 to the United States from Musselburgh, Scotland.

    What Downers Grove has to offer
    What Downers Grove has to offer

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    Review of Dakota Access oil pipeline to extend into spring

    The Army Corps of Engineers says it likely will take until next April to finish court-ordered additional environmental study of the Dakota Access pipeline

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    Baird & Warner purchased Century 21 Kreuser & Seiler Ltd., located in downtown Libertyville.

    Baird & Warner buys Century 21 Kreuser & Seiler in Libertyville

    Baird & Warner said it purchased Century 21 Kreuser & Seiler Ltd., located in downtown Libertyville.

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    Netflix shares stream to all-time highs

    Shares of Netflix are streaming to new highs a day after announcing its first true price hike in years.

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    The Aldi store, at 400 W. North Ave. in Villa Park, celebrated its grand reopening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    Villa Park Aldi opens remodeled store

    A remodeled Aldi grocery store opened Thursday in Villa Park.

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    Kellogg to buy protein bar maker RXBar for $600 million

    Kellogg says it is buying the maker of protein bar RXBAR, just days after the cereal company hired a former vitamin executive as CEO

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    FILE, In this Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 file photo, a woman casts her ballot at a school assigned to be a polling station by the Catalan government at the Gracia neighborhood in Barcelona, Spain. The ballot boxes arrived from France in the dead of night, were stored in homes and improvised hidey-holes, and then secretly shuttled to polling stations across Catalonia right under the nose of police. (AP Photo/Bob Edme, File)

    How Catalonia separatists pulled off vote despite crackdown

    How Catalonia separatists pulled off vote despite crackdown by Spanish police

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    Germany sees strong growth in factory orders in August

    German factory orders rose sharply in August, driven by foreign demand but also with solid domestic growth, in a strong sign for the country's industrial activity

Life & Entertainment

Discuss

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    Steve Rauschenberger

    America needs to hear about resurgence of manufacturing industry

    Guest columnist Steve Rauschenberger: Today is National Manufacturing Day, and I wish to dispel misperceptions of American manufacturing.

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    The beverage-tax fight
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Recently, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed a sweetened beverage tax that would add a “penny-per-ounce” tax to many drinks our families purchase when grocery shopping.

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    Why I stopped going
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: I’ve noticed more than a few letters lamenting that the NFL doesn’t discipline players protesting by “taking a knee.”

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    America greater than symbols
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: Thirty years ago, I had “USA” tattoo plastered on my arm because of youth and pride. It’s still my only tattoo.

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    Out in the open
    A Vernon Hills letter to the editor: In his post “Shame on the NFL for permitting protests,” Keith Gray writes: “If Mr. Kaepernick wanted to attend a sporting event representing nobody other than himself and not stand for the national anthem, I doubt anyone would give it another thought.

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    Needing foregiveness
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: In sports, when the Star Spangled Banner is played, all should stand and give thanks.

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    Protesters are abiding by Constitution
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: I have been reading with great interest in recent days letters to the editor regarding the taking of the knee and other signs of protest from people involved with the NFL.

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    Don’t let them play ‘til they show respect
    A Huntley letter to the editor: This national anthem thing is a travesty in our nation and is a mockery to, not only America, but to all the men and women who served in the military and even died, allowing these athletes the freedom to make millions of dollars.

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    Wheaton College players should repent
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: After reading about the five Wheaton College football players who face felony charges related to a hazing incident that occurred in 2016, I was sad and angry.

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    Today’s Opinion Page editorial cartoon
    Today’s Daily Herald Opinion page editorial cartoon

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