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  • NHL Players’ Association Executive Director Don Fehr, left, International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel, center, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, right, answer questions at a news conference at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Offering a solution to NHL-Olympics dilemmaFeb 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Here's a solution to the NHL's Olympics dilemma: Drop out of the Winter Games and create a similar international event to be played in North America ... yes, still in the middle of the league's regular season.

  • Richie Incognito sure appears to be someone who needed help with the issue of bullying long before he reached the NFL.

    Maybe we have this bullying thing backwardFeb 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    The widespread concern is that bullying in the NFL will trickle down to the grade school, high school and college levels. Maybe the concern should be that bullying is trickling up from childhood to adulthood.

  • Cubs’ payroll is just bad mathFeb 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Cubs are dialing up a wrong number for their 2014 payroll at somewhere around $80 million. Too low? No, too high. Google “2014 Cubs payroll” and the computer screen can be heard giggling at the estimates: Mostly between $85 million and $78 million.

  • While Bears quarterback Jay Cutler received big support from his bosses in the form of a lucrative contract, former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo’s scouting report on the veteran QB was far from glowing.

    While Bears like Cutler’s game, Angelo not so muchFeb 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jerry Angelo and Jay Cutler aren’t the most popular figures in Chicago sports history. Angelo is viewed as a failed former Bears general manager and Cutler as the disappointing current Bears quarterback. So fans might have trouble picking sides after Angelo’s recent negative assessment of Cutler’s 2013 season

  • All-American linebacker Michael Sam could become the first openly gay active player in the NFL next season. The Bears surely could find a home for him on their roster.

    Bears could make history with this draft pickFeb 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Let it be the Bears. Why not? Why shouldn’t Michael Sam play here? Why shouldn’t we have a front-row seat for this social study? Sam is poised to become the first openly gay man to play in one of the United States’ four major team sports. For those of you wondering why this is a story at all, the word “first” explains it.

  • Give Cubs a gold medal for Pride Parade decision Feb 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Some issues at the Winter Olympics are bigger than the medal count. As indicated by the Cubs, of all people, the United States didn't have to go all the way to Russia to come out on top in one of the most important.

  • John Curtis High School football coach J.T. Curtis watches as Malachi Dupre signs his letter of intent for LSU in the high school’s gym on Wednesday’s National Signing Day.

    Sad to say, but signing day matters to me Feb 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Mike Imrem says the circus that has become national signing day in college football is disgusting. But yet he still woke up early and immediately tuned into it as if it mattered in the wide scope of world events?

  •  Will the Seattle Seahawks be lofting the Lombardi Trophy again and again this decade, or be like the 1985 Bears decades later regretting what might have been?

    Seahawks could learn something from ’85 Bears Feb 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Much of the chatter surrounding the 2013 Seahawks this week sounds familiar. They can only hope they fulfill their potential of repeating as champions and even becoming a dynasty better than the '85 Bears did.

  •  Purist Bears fans likely are shaking their heads as if they want nothing to do with outspoken Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman. But as Mike Imrem points out, it’s just like purist Bulls fans never would have accepted Dennis Rodman ... until he began helping them embark on winning three NBA titles.

    Sherman, play for the Bears? Never say never Feb 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    A lot of Bears' fans grew to really dislike Richard Sherman after his rant against an opponent on national television a couple weeks ago. But they would learn to love the Seattle cornerback if he came here as a free agent in a couple years, which is possible.

  •  Seahawks coach Pete Carroll holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after his team steamrollered the Broncos on Sunday night.

    Ah, for a coach with energy of a Pete Carroll Feb 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Can anyone around here remember when the Bears had a head coach like Pete Carroll with so much personality, infectious energy and a locker room culture that reflect those qualities? Me neither.

  • Denver Broncos head coach John Fox is bundled against the cold as he supervises a practice Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in Florham Park, N.J. The Broncos are scheduled to play the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, in East Rutherford, N.J.

    Bringing elements into play fine for Super Bowl Jan 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Maybe a cold-weather Super Bowl isn't such a bad idea after all. Rule changes threaten to take the macho out of the NFL, so battling the climate represents the last frontier of players proving their manhood.

  •  Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter is a spokesman for a proposed labor union that would like to represent college football players in their dealings with the NCAA.

    NU players organize to shine light on broken system Jan 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    University administrators have only themselves to blame for Northwestern football players petitioning to have a union represent them. The problem isn't that these athletes aren't paid. It's that so much more is being asked of them.

  •  New York Knicks forward Kenyon Martin (3) and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) defend Bulls center Joakim Noah on a rebound in a game earlier this season.

    Carmelo sure would add fun to the Bulls Jan 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    There should be no debate over whether to pursue Carmelo Anthony if he becomes a free agent. Of course the Bulls should try to acquire him, for entertainment purposes if no other reason. Rename the team the "Chimelo Bulls" if that's what it takes to land him.

  • Jose Abreu, one of the White Sox’ promising young stars, attended SoxFest over the weekend.

    Cubs vs. White Sox: Which team will be less unbearable? Jan 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Baseball's local convention season concluded Sunday without much conventional wisdom having been dispensed. All that's left before the actual season begins is making a logical conclusion as to whether the Cubs or White Sox will be less unbearable this summer.

  •  Japan's Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees agreed Wednesday to a $155 million, seven-year contract. In addition to the deal with the pitcher, the Yankees must pay a $20 million fee to the Japanese team of the 25-year-old right-hander, the Rakuten Golden Eagles.

    Chicago losing Tanaka no big deal — for now Jan 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    It's no big deal in the short term that the Cubs and White Sox lost out to the Yankees in the bidding for Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. However, the signal it sends for the long term isn't encouraging when it comes to Chicago's teams having to pay up for their own top players.

  •  Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts address the fans during the team’s annual convention last weekend.

    Cubs should know a contract is a contract Jan 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Cubs thought they had a difficult time getting out from under Alfonso Soriano's contract. That was nothing compared to the contract with rooftop owners, who probably wouldn't agree to a trade to New York like Soriano did.

  •  Here’s hoping the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks don’t keep all-pro cornerback Richard Sherman from being himself.

    Let Seahawks’ Sherman have his say, be his way Jan 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Cornerbacks usually aren't widely recognizable to casual sports fans but Richard Sherman is on his way to becoming one of the NFL's most famous players. Or is it one of the most infamous? And does it matter as long as his name is spelled correctly?

  •  Goalie Corey Crawford and the Blackhawks celebrate after their 3-2 victory in a shootout against the Bruins on Sunday at the United Center.

    Blackhawks continue to deliver all the right answers Jan 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Blackhawks must have been good taking mid-term exams in school because they keep coming up with the right answers. Several of the latest came in Sunday's shootuout victory over the Bruins.

  •  DePaul players celebrate after defeating beating Butler in an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, in Indianapolis. DePaul won 99-94 in double overtime.

    DePaul hoops worth watching again? Jan 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    DePaul basketball has won two straight exciting games and been watchable the past week for the first time in awhile. A tough test at No. 6 Villanova on Saturday will provide the next indication of whether the Blue Demons are progressing or merely teasing again.

  •  Clark, the first mascot for the Chicago Cubs, hugs children during his debut at Advocate Illinois Masonicís Pediatric Developmental Center in Chicago.

    Cubs’ mascot lets cynics swing for the fences Jan 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Cubs hung a pinata from Wrigley Field's upper deck, all but begging for cynical, skeptical, sarcastic swings to be taken. So here are some observations concerning the decision to employ a team mascot named Clark. For one thing, why Clark instead of Addison?

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