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  • Playoff managers hit, miss on contesting calls Oct 1, 2014 6:18 AM
    For Buck Showalter, Don Mattingly and every other manager in these playoffs, it promises to be a most challenging postseason. This is the first October in which skippers can contest an umpire’s call. Nearly everything is subject to replay review, except for balls and strikes, but managers only get one challenge per game if they’re wrong.

  • Rozner: Cubs, Girardi might be a match in fall of 2015 Oct 1, 2014 5:22 AM
    Joe Girardi loves managing the Yankees, his family's happy and he's making huge dollars. The timing was simply wrong in the fall of 2013. But the way things are shaping up, the math might produce a different result in the fall of 2015.

  • Williams: Sox aren’t that far away from contending Sep 30, 2014 8:08 PM
    Executive VP Kenny Williams says the White Sox are closer to becoming contenders than most might think. If the Sox do hope to get back to the playoffs in 2015, they have to fill multiple holes. “We’re a lot closer than the record indicates,” Williams said just before the Sox finished the current season at 73-89. “With a few tweaks here and there, you know we’ve got to shore up the bullpen, another right-hander starter wouldn’t be a bad thing. (General manager) Rick and (Hahn) I have had ongoing conversations for quite some time.

  • EIU joins Garoppolo hype with jersey offer Sep 30, 2014 6:30 PM
    It didn’t take long for New England Patriot quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s alma mater to take advantage of the buzz around the quarterback’s first NFL appearance. Eastern Illinois University on Tuesday said it will give replica Garoppolo No. 10 jerseys to fans who join the school’s Panther Club for $250 or increase their current donation levels by at least $150.

  • For now, NFC North still up for grabs Sep 30, 2014 5:18 AM
    The Detroit Lions lead the NFC North Division, but there is three-way tie for second place between the Packers, Vikings and Bears. But Mike North wants to know how long this logjam will last.

  • Bears’ Bennett just getting started Sep 30, 2014 9:54 PM
    Martellus Bennett's career-best, 9-catch, 134-yard performance against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday may be just a sampling of what's to come in the future from the Bears' tight end.

  • Epstein: Our goal is the NL Central title next year Sep 30, 2014 9:53 PM
    While Cubs president Theo Epstein wasn't afraid Tuesday to say that the team could compete for a division title next year, he said the organization will not "bail" on its young players or abandon its long-term plan.

  • Thibs to see Rose easing way back into form Sep 30, 2014 9:29 PM
    Coach Tom Thibodeau thinks Derrick Rose is showing more patience in his second recovery from knee surgery. Rose, though, had little patience for a repetitive question after Tuesday's first practice of training camp.

  • NFL says Abdullah should not have been penalized Sep 30, 2014 10:11 AM
    The NFL said Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception. Spokesman Michael Signora wrote in an email Tuesday that “the officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression, and as a result, there should have been no penalty on the play.”

  • Royals return to playoffs in dramatic fashion Oct 1, 2014 6:39 AM
    It had been 29 years since the Kansas City Royals had last been to the postseason — nearly three decades spent mostly in baseball’s backwater, a small-market organization on a shoe-string budget trying in vain to compete with the big boys. On Tuesday night, they returned to the game’s grand stage in dramatic fashion.

  • Bulls’ rookies know playing time won’t come easy Sep 30, 2014 9:29 PM
    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau supplied a grim outlook on Tuesday -- no team since the 1975 Warriors has won an NBA title with two rookies in the playing rotation. The Bulls can either buck that trend behind Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic or sit them down, which isn't likely.

  • Olympian Michael Phelps apologizes for DUI arrest Sep 30, 2014 6:56 PM
    Michael Phelps’ comeback has been sidetracked by more trouble away from the pool. The Olympic champion was arrested for the second time on DUI charges early Tuesday in his hometown of Baltimore, another embarrassment for a swimmer who came out of retirement this year with his sights set on competing at the Rio Games.

  • Mike North video: Busy sports weekend in Chicago Sep 29, 2014 10:44 AM
    Mike North caps off the weekend sports stories about Paul Konerko, the Bears loss, the NU victory, the Bulls, the Blackhawks and the Ryder cup.

  • Chiefs rout Patriots 41-14 Sep 29, 2014 10:32 PM
    Jamaal Charles returned from an injury to score three touchdowns, Tom Brady was picked off twice and the Kansas City Chiefs beat New England 41-14 on Monday night to hand Bill Belichick one of his worst losses as coach of the Patriots. Charles, who missed last week’s win in Miami with a sprained ankle, ran for 92 yards and a score. He also caught two short TD passes from Alex Smith, who finished with 248 yards and three touchdowns through the air. The Chiefs (2-2) ended a four-game skid at Arrowhead Stadium by handing the Patriots (2-2) their worst loss since losing to San Diego 41-17 in 2005. Along with throwing two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, Brady was strip-sacked by Tamba Hali to step up a field goal. Brady finished 14 of 23 for 159 yards.

  • Renovation work begins at Wrigley Field Sep 29, 2014 4:06 PM
    Hard hats have replaced baseball caps at historic Wrigley Field as the Chicago Cubs prepare to start a massive renovation project. On Monday the historic ballpark began looking like a construction zone. Nothing was torn down, but chain-link fencing ringed most of the park and construction crews were at work. The first phase of the $575 million project is to include new bleachers and seven outfield signs.

  • Rongey: Konerko send off was picture perfect Sep 29, 2014 4:55 PM
    While it was a difficult year for the White Sox, Chris Rongey says the Paul Konerko ceremony on Saturday and the last goodbye on Sunday were memorable performances all the way around.

  • Rozner: Bears’ depth, coaching tested again Sep 29, 2014 8:41 PM
    Yes, the Bears have been hit hard by injuries, but so have numerous other teams. It becomes a matter of coaches coaching and talent evaluators being able to evaluate. Are the Bears good enough at both?

  • Blackhawks send six players to Rockford Sep 29, 2014 11:26 AM
    The Chicago Blackhawks assigned six more players to their AHL club in Rockford on Monday, reducing their roster in Chicago to 30.

  • No rush, no fuss for Packers’ Rodgers Sep 29, 2014 8:42 PM
    The Bears played more zone coverage and blitzed less on Sunday in an effort to limit the effectiveness of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. It didn't work.

  • Surprising van Riemsdyk turning some heads Sep 29, 2014 8:46 PM
    Trevor van Riemsdyk’s play in prospect camp over the summer and then through training camp and the preseason has certainly turned some heads. “I think in every camp there is always a surprise or two. that’s definitely one area where we’re very pleased,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “I’m going to say surprised."

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