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    Will injury slow Butler’s progress with Bulls?

    Until he was injured, Jimmy Butler was the Bulls’ best player in the NBA preseason, averaging 18.6 points per game.

    Oct 22, 2014 4:47 PM

    Jimmy Butler's sprained left thumb should be a minor injury. But it's tough to ignore memories of last year when Butler missed time in training camp with a bruised knee and never found his shooting stroke during the regular season. During the first five preseason contests this year, Butler averaged 18.6 points and shot better than 60 percent from the field.


    Darling pinching himself with call from Hawks

    Scott Darling

    Oct 22, 2014 5:17 PM

    Scott Darling’s weary smile and man-oh-man head shake following Blackhawks practice Wednesday morning said it all. That’s because the native of Lemont was still struggling to believe what happened 24 hours earlier … actually did happen.


    Bad vibe: Patriots hot, Bears not

    Quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots are enjoying a three-game winning streak as they prepare to take on the visiting Bears on Sunday. Brady’s career record at home is 98-16.

    Oct 22, 2014 8:08 PM

    After a slow start, the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady have regained the dominance they've shown for more than a decade with a three-game win streak. That's bad news for a 3-4 Bears team struggling to remain relevant in the playoff picture.


    Imrem: It’s time to add teams to baseball party

    Maybe by the time the Cubs or the White Sox are in the World Series again there will be 16 teams in the postseason instead of 10. Mike Imrem thinks there should be.

    Oct 22, 2014 10:14 PM

    Baseball's postseason has been so good that the new commissioner should propose adding playoff teams, series and games.


    Former Illini assistant coach remembered

    Pallbearers carry Wayne McClain’s casket as they leave the as they leave a celebration of life ceremony in Champaign on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. McClain, a former University of Illinois assistant basketball coach, who also attained legendary status as a high-school coach in Peoria, and beyond, died on Oct. 15. He was 60.

    Oct 22, 2014 8:28 PM

    It seems no one knew that former University of Illinois assistant basketball coach Wayne McClain had lung cancer until just before he died last week. Not even his brother Terry. “None,” Terry McClain said at the funeral Wednesday, shaking his head in disbelief.McClain’s death at 60 surprised the basketball community in the state of Illinois, where McClain also attained legendary status as a high-school coach in Peoria, and beyond.


    Schwarz: Knee injury puts Nyarko’s Fire future in doubt

    Chicago Fire forward Patrick Nyarko suffered a torn ACL and sprained MCL in his right knee Saturday that will sideline him 6-8 months.

    Oct 22, 2014 10:27 PM

    Patrick Nyarko has always been something of an iron man for the Chicago Fire, but he hasn’t had much luck this season.

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