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  • A defensive-minded Chicago Bulls team will have to slow down a Washington Wizards that averaged 100 points per game this season. The two temas open the first-round of the NBA playoffs on Sunday at the United Center.

    Bulls can handle Wizards’ offenseApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    With the NBA playoffs ready to begin, Mike North expects the Chicago Bulls defense to contain the Washington Wizards and win the series 4-2. The two teams open their best-of-seven game series on Sunday in Chicago.

     
  • Mike North video: Can the Bulls win the East?Apr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Since January, the Chicago Bulls have been playing the best ball in the East Division. Mike North wants to know how far can they go in the playoffs.

     
  • Mike North video: Is baseball instant replay working?Apr 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Mike North thinks baseball instant replay should go away. It is slowing down the game even more, and so far the calls haven’t been very accurate.

     
  • Now 84 years old, Arnold Palmer still commands attention whenever he steps on a golf course, as he did at last week’s Masters Tournament at Augusta National.

    Looking back on a childhood hero — Arnold PalmerApr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Mike North sees Tiger Woods hitting the opening honorary shot at the Masters someday just like Arnold Palmer, North's childhood hero, did during this year’s Masters.

     
  • Mike North video: Brewers on a rollApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Chicago teams are doing OK right now, but no one expected the Milwaukee Brewers to be on a nine-game winning streak. Is this just a fluke, or are the Brewers for real?

     
  • Stevenson’s Jalen Brunson and Whitney Young’s Jahlil Okafor, right, talk after Whitney Young’s victory in the Class 4A state semifinal at Carver Arena in Peoria. Okafor, the No. 1 player in the nation, will play for Duke next season.

    Colleges in Illinois losing the hoops raceApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Illinois colleges are failing to convince the best Chicago area basketball stars to play for them, and Mike North wonders when it will change. Will schools here always be doormats?

     
  • The Cubs’ Mike Olt rounds third after hitting a solo home run off Pirates starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez, back left, in the second inning Thursday in Pittsbuurgh.

    Positive starts for Cubs, White Sox — for different reasonsApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Even though the Chicago Cubs are 1-2 on the season, Mike North sees some promise. And except for poor attendance for the Chicago White Sox, their 2-1 record also looks encouraging.

     
  • Final Four selectionsApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Final Four selections

     
  • While there was plenty of excitement in Pittsburgh for the start of the season, Mike North can't get excited about the prospects for Chicago's two MLB clubs.

    What promise does Chicago’s baseball season hold?Apr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    As Mike North looks ahead to the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox season, he doesn’t see a very promising finish for either team.

     
  • Former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen should be a big help to a Bears defense that struggled last season. If the Bears stay healthy, Mike North believes they'll make the playoffs.

    With DE Allen, playoffs in play for BearsMar 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    The acquisition of defensive end Jared Allen looks like it will help heal an ailing and broken Chicago Bears defense, and Mike North looks for them to make the playoffs if they stay healthy.

     
  • Mike North video: Three teams to watch out for in Sweet SixteenMar 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    With another big weekend of NCAA basketball almost upon us, Mike North looks for Tennessee, Stanford and Virginia to move on.

     
  • Mike North video: Will the NFL be overexposed?Mar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    If the NFL adds more games during the week, Mike North thinks Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban might be right in saying the NFL will implode in 10 years because of overexposure.

     
  • Tiger Woods, here chipping to the 13th green at Augusta National last spring, may have to skip the Masters due to a sore back.

    Letting Hester go didn’t make the Bears betterMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Atlanta Falcon fans are thrilled to have former Chicago Bears kick returner Devin Hester on their NFL roster, and Mike North knows why they are so excited. Losing Hester, he says, didn't make the Bears better.

     
  • Mike North video: CBS takes NCAA tourney television coverage to new levelMar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    CBS has elevated its game and made the NCAA tournament a must watch as opposed to the days when a viewer would miss a last second shot because the network switched to another game.

     
  • Will Phil Jackson, now in charge of the New York Knicks as team president, be able to convince Carmelo Anthony, left, to stay with the franchise?

    Jackson has arrow pointing up for struggling KnicksMar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Phil Jackson’s new deal as the President of the New York Knicks is a well deserved opportunity and Mike North believes he will succeed.

     
  • Mike North Video: No Illinois College BB in TourneyMar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    With all the Illinois college basketball teams we have from DePaul to Northwestern to Bradley to Illinois, it’s disappointing none of them can make the NCAA tournament. Mike North thinks NU will be the first to get there.

     
  • One of Mike North’s favorite college basketball players this season is Creighton’s Doug McDermott, who is coached by his father, Greg McDermott.

    NCAA Tournament begins a perfect sports trifectaMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Mike North picks his winners for the upcoming NCAA men's basketball tournament, and he explains why he believes we're heading into the best time of year in sports.

     
  • Mike North Video: Losing Peppers is Bears gainMar 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    As the Green Bay Packers acquire Julius Peppers from the Chicago Bears, Mike North isn’t too worried since his better days are behind him especially at $17 million a year.

     
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith was able to convinced Josh McCown to leave the Bears and join his offense.

    For Bears and McCown, it’s a lose-lose dealMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    As Josh McCown leaves to go to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mike North thinks it’s a lose-lose for the Bucs and the Chicago Bears because Josh won’t have the success there he had here, and the Bears lost a solid backup QB.

     
  • Mike North video: Jeter, Woods and ManningMar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    The media loves to pound a topic and Mike North thinks by the end of the year, we will be tired of three stories- Derek Jeter's retirement, Tiger Woods' injuries, and Peyton Manning being the greatest quarterback of all time.

     
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