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    Indications point to Maddon, but Cubs mum

    All signs continue to point to Joe Maddon taking over as manager of the Cubs, but team sources indicated that no deal has been done.

    Oct 30, 2014 5:44 AM

    Although a report surfaced Wednesday afternoon saying the Cubs had hired Joe Maddon as their new manager, the Cubs and other sources were busy saying no deal was done. The Cubs and other teams have serious interest in Maddon, the former skipper of the Tampa Bay Rays.


    Bulls' strategy a success in season opener

    Pau Gasol shoots over the Knicks' Samuel Dalembert in Wednesday night's season-opening victory at New York. Gasol finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds in his Bulls debut.

    Oct 30, 2014 5:40 AM

    When Carmelo Anthony decided to stay in New York as a free agent, the Bulls moved on to their backup strategy. It worked like a charm in Wednesday's 104-80 win over the Knicks. The Bulls dominated inside behind Pau Gasol and Taj Gibson, and buried New York with their bench play.


    Hossa on cusp of impressive milestone

    Marian Hossa is 2 points shy of reaching 1,000 for his career.

    Oct 29, 2014 10:39 PM

    The one player who everyone will be watching closely when he hits the ice Thursday night at the Canadian Tire Centre will be Marian Hossa as he tries to reach the vaunted 1,000-point mark — he’s just 2 points away — in the same city where he began his remarkable NHL career.


    Bumgarner, Giants beat KC 3-2 to win World Series

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner, left, and catcher Buster Posey celebrate 3-2 win against the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Oct 29, 2014 11:49 PM

    Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants succeeded where no team had in 3 1/2 decades, winning Game 7 on the road for their third World Series title in five years. Punctuating one of the finest October performances in baseball history, Bumgarner came out of the bullpen to pitch five scoreless innings on two days' rest for his third win of the Series, and the Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in a championship pushed to the limit.


    Rozner: Cubs' pursuit of Maddon strictly business

    Business is business, and for the Cubs their pursuit of Joe Maddon, one of the top managers in the game, is good baseball business.

    Oct 30, 2014 5:47 AM

    It was cruel for the Cubs to leave Ricky Renteria hanging while they waited to see whether Joe Maddon wanted to manage in 2015, but this is business and in business people sometimes get a fastball to the ear flap.


    Imrem: Rose, Bulls pass all tests in opener

    Opening night proved to be a big success for Derrick Rose and the Bulls. Rose finished with 13 points and 5 assists in just better than 21 minutes on the floor.

    Oct 30, 2014 5:37 AM

    The focus was on Derrick Rose but there was so much more to the Bulls in their season opener against the Knicks in Madison Square Garden. Aaron Brooks backed up Rose at point guard, rookies Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic held their own, and most of all Taj Gibson looked like the best sixth man in the league.

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