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  • Believe it or not, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is not a sure thing for American League Rookie of the Year. Not the way Masahiro Tanaka is pitching for the Yankees.

    Pattern says White Sox a .500 teamJun 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Barely past the midpoint of the season, the White Sox have displayed again just how quickly things can change, as White Sox Insider Chris Rongey explains in this week's column.

     
  • Should Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, left, get a spot in the 2014 All-Star Game? Len Kasper believes the selection process needs to change if the result is going to determine home field for the World Series.

    Good time to revisit All-Star Game and festivitiesJun 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    With the All-Star Game and its surrounding activities approaching in a couple weeks in Minneapolis, Cubs Insider Len Kasper shares a few thoughts on the format, the Futures Game, the Home Run Derby, and why he wants to see an Old Timers All-Star Game in the mix.

     
  • Fast start lifts Boomers to 10-1 winJun 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Schaumburg Boomers scored 8 runs in the first inning and erased a five-game losing streak with a 10-1 victory over the host Evansville Otters on Sunday. The Boomers sent 13 men to the plate in the first inning

     
  • Right now, first baseman Anthony Rizzo is the leading indicator of where team president Theo Epstein is taking the Cubs. And this season, things are looking up, especially after last season.

    This pendulum has swung Rizzo’s wayJun 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    In the latest update on the Anthony Rizzo-Andrew Cashner trade, the pendulum has swung in favor of Rizzo, the Cubs and Theo Epstein. Stay tuned for futher developments.

     
  • Brockmeyer hits for cycle in Cougars’ winJun 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    When Cael Brockmeyer sent a flyball to right-center, the main focus was if the ball was going to be caught or not. The idea of the Cougars catcher completing a cycle was an afterthought, but it turned out to be the highlight and difference in the game. Brockmeyer’s 2-run homer gave the Cougars (8-2, 53-27) a 9-7 victory over the Beloit Snappers (2-8, 32-48) Sunday at Pohlman Field.

     
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  • White Sox’s Jose Abreu is congratulated in the dugout after he hit his second home run of the night off Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey during the seventh inning of their baseball game Friday in Toronto. Abreu is tied for the league lead in home runs and is a bona fide slugger.

    Breaking down Cubs, Sox standouts so farJun 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    By the time the All-Star Game comes, on Tuesday, July 15, the White Sox will have played 96 of their 162 games, and the Cubs 94. You’ll be inundated with midseason reports. So since the Sox have played 82 and the Cubs 80, allow me to get the jump. This week we look at upside since Opening Day.

     
  • Otters rally to down BoomersJun 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Schaumburg Boomers failed to hold three different leads as the Evansville Otters rallied to a 9-8 decision in 10 innings. Starter Hunter Ackerman carried a no-hit bid into the sixth as he retired the first nine batters of the game and recorded five consecutive strikeouts at one point. The no-hitter ended on a two-run homer in the sixth. Evansville added two in the seventh to grab a 4-3 lead. Ackerman worked six innings and struck out seven while allowing just two runs on two hits.

     
  • Schwarber’s big day powers CougarsJun 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Kane County Cougars relied on the long ball and it paid off in a big way. The Cougars hit 4 home runs in a 10-2 victory over the Beloit Snappers. Kyle Schwarber had one of his best performances for the Cougars (7-2, 52-27), as he finished with 5 RBI on 4 hits, including a seventh inning grand slam. Schwarber added a solo shot in the third inning.

     
  • Carmelo Anthony figures to be wooed by Houston, Dallas, the Lakers, Miami and the Bulls as the NBA’s free agency period gets underway Tuesday. Will he choose one of those teams or simply elect to stay in New York with Phil Jackson and the Knicks?

    Bulls’ pitch to Anthony begins TuesdayJun 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    After all the preparation and speculation, the Bulls can officially being their recruiting pitch to Carmelo Anthony at midnight Tuesday. This process is both simple and complicated, but here are the three steps to the Bulls getting it done.

     
  • FILE - In this April 23, 2014 file photo, Miami Heat’s LeBron James (6) high-fives Chris Bosh (1) after the Heat defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 in Game 2 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Miami. At left is Dwyane Wade. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that James has decided to opt out of the final two years of his contract with the Heat and become a free agent on July 1. Opting out does not mean James has decided to leave the Heat, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the four-time NBA MVP nor the team had made any public announcement. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

    Wade, Bosh tell Heat they will become free agentsJun 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    The “Big 3” have all made the same big decision. And now, it’s up to the Miami Heat to keep their star trio happy. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh told the Heat on Saturday that they are opting out of their contracts and will become free agents on Tuesday — the same decision that LeBron James revealed earlier in the week. Also Saturday, Udonis Haslem told the Heat that he will not pick up his $4.6 million option for next season.

     
  • Colombia's Cristian Zapata, left, and goalkeeper David Ospina celebrate after the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, June 28, 2014. Colombia advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-0 win over Uruguay. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, pool)

    Colombia beats Uruguay 2-0 at World CupJun 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    James Rodriguez scored one of the best goals of the tournament and then added a second to put Colombia into the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time with a 2-0 win over Uruguay on Saturday. Rodriguez gave his team the lead with a stunning long-range volley on the turn in the 28th minute and netted the second from close range shortly after the break as Colombia dominated a Uruguay side that sorely missed banned striker Luis Suarez.

     
  • The White Sox’s Dayan Viciedo, right, celebrates his three-run home run with teammates Adam Dunn, left, and Jose Abreu during Saturday’s game in Toronto. The White Sox beat the Blue Jays 4-3.

    Viciedo homers, White Sox beat Blue Jays 4-3Jun 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer, Chris Sale pitched seven innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Saturday. Chicago won back-to-back games for the first time since winning two straight over San Francisco on June 17 and 18. It had dropped 11 of 14 before the consecutive victories.

     
  • The Blackhawks have traded forward Brandon Bollig to the Calgary Flames for a third-round selection in the NHL draft. Bollig agreed to a three-year contract extension in March. He had seven goals and seven assists while playing in 82 games this season, and then had an assist in 15 playoff games. The Blackhawks used the draft pick, No. 83 overall, to take forward Matheson Iacopelli

    Blackhawks trade Bollig to Calgary, draft 4 more playersJun 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Blackhawks have traded forward Brandon Bollig to the Calgary Flames for a third-round selection in the NHL draft. Bollig agreed to a three-year contract extension in March. He had seven goals and seven assists while playing in 82 games this season, and then had an assist in 15 playoff games. The Blackhawks used the draft pick, No. 83 overall, to take forward Matheson Iacopelli.

     
  • Cougars stop Snappers in 10 inningsJun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Kane County Cougars put in a little extra work, and the result was a 3-2 victory in 10 innings over the Wisconsin Snappers in Midwest League action at Pohlman Field on Friday.

     
  • Boomers blow 4-run lead, drop fourth straightJun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Schaumburg was unable to hold a 4-run lead and fell 10-7 to the Evansville Otters in Frontier League action Friday night, the Boomers’ fourth straight loss.

     
  • Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu is congratulated in the dugout after he hit a solo home run off Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Friday, June 27, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Thornhill)

    Abreu star of the White Sox showJun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jose Abreu powered the White Sox to a vital win at the midpoint of the season, and moved more than halfway toward breaking a home run record. Abreu hit two solo homers, Alexei Ramirez added a two-run blast and the White Sox survived a shaky ninth inning to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 Friday night for their second win in nine games. "Today was a very important win, especially the way we've been playing," Abreu said through a translator.

     
  • Creighton’s Doug McDermott, left, is more than a scorer, according to Bulls writer Mike McGraw.

    Just what do the Bulls have in McDermott? Jun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Even though most everyone on the Bulls roster is in limbo pending the summer's free agent chase, Creighton's Doug McDermott seems to be a mutual fit. How will the high-scoring forward fare against NBA defenders?

     
  • Aaron Ekblad pulls on a Florida Panthers sweater after being chosen first overall in the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 27, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Panthers take Ekblad with No. 1 pick in NHL draftJun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Florida Panthers selected defenseman Aaron Ekblad with the first pick in the NHL draft Friday night. The 6-foot-4, 214-pound Ekblad played for Barrie in the Ontario Hockey League. He is the first defenseman to go No. 1 since St. Louis took Erik Johnson in 2006.

     
  • Ryan Kesler didn’t want to wait around while the Vancouver Canucks rebuild. He wants to win a Stanley Cup now, and the Anaheim Ducks believe they’re on the way after landing the star center. Anaheim acquired Kesler from the Canucks on Friday in a draft-day trade for center Nick Bonino, defenseman Luca Sbisa and the 24th overall pick. The Blackhawks were said to be in the mix for Kesler right up until the end.

    Vancouver’s Kesler lands in Anaheim, not ChicagoJun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Ryan Kesler didn’t want to wait around while the Vancouver Canucks rebuild. He wants to win a Stanley Cup now, and the Anaheim Ducks believe they’re on the way after landing the star center. Anaheim acquired Kesler from the Canucks on Friday in a draft-day trade for center Nick Bonino, defenseman Luca Sbisa and the 24th overall pick. The Blackhawks were said to be in the mix for Kesler right up until the end.

     
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