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  • Some Bears playing for their jobs vs. Browns Aug 27, 2014 7:40 PM
    With most, if not all, of the Bears' starters resting Thursday night in the preseason finale against the Browns in Cleveland, it's a great opportunity for players battling for roster spots to get one last chance to make an impression.

  • Epstein explains why Soler was brought to the bigs early Aug 28, 2014 12:05 AM
    Once again, the Cubs felt the time was right. Just as they did with infielder Javier Baez earlier this month, the Cubs went ahead and called up outfielder Jorge Soler from Class AAA Iowa. However, team president Theo Epstein put the brakes on talks that the Cubs' grand plan has been accelerated.

  • Is Cutler less effective than his backups? Aug 26, 2014 5:18 AM
    Mike North says it seems to him that the Chicago Bears backup quarterbacks do as well as the expensive starter, Jay Cutler. North is wondering just how well Cutler will do this year.

  • White Sox trio offers hope for future Aug 26, 2014 11:20 PM
    The White Sox lost another game Tuesday night, 8-6 to the Indians in 10 innings at U.S. Cellular Field, but they did have Adam Eaton, Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia back on the field for the first time since early April.

  • Whoa! Sky upset No. 1 seed Dream with 20-point rally Aug 26, 2014 11:51 PM
    Despite trailing by 17 early in the fourth quarter, the Chicago Sky weren't ready to give up on their season. Instead, they kept their focus and pulled off the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in WNBA playoff history. Elena Delle Donne scored 17 of her 34 points in the final period, including the winning jumper with 8.4 seconds left, as the Sky rallied from 20 points down to beat the Atlanta Dream 81-80 on Tuesday night and advance to the Eastern Conference finals. "I just know that when we were in huddles and I was talking to the team, everyone had that look in their eye like we were not done yet — we were not ready to go home," Delle Donne said.

  • Bouchard on track again with victory at U.S. Open Aug 26, 2014 4:54 PM
    Back on the Grand Slam stage, Eugenie Bouchard returned to her winning ways. The seventh-seeded Bouchard routed Olga Govortsova 6-2, 6-1 on Tuesday in the first round of the U.S. Open. The last time she played at a major tournament, the 20-year-old made history: the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam final.

  • Sox losing streak hits 7 Aug 26, 2014 11:25 PM
    The White Sox lost another game Tuesday night, this one an 8-6 decision in 10 innings to the Indians. Before the game, Sox general manager Rick Hahn said more changes are in store prior to the 2015 season.

  • Cubs' Wood gets first win since June Aug 26, 2014 11:53 PM
    Travis Wood pitched six innings of two-hit ball against his former team for his first win in two months, leading the Cubs to a 3-0 victory over Johnny Cueto and the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Arismendy Alcantara hit a two-run shot and Anthony Rizzo connected for his 30th homer for the Cubs, who have won four in a row for the first time since June 30-July 4.

  • U.S. beat Slovenia in basketball exhibition, Rose has 3 points Aug 26, 2014 7:23 PM
    Mike Krzyzewski’s big men had barely finished pushing around Slovenia when he was asked how they would match up with Spain’s imposing frontcourt. “I’m not going to compare. I haven’t seen Spain play,” Krzyzewski said. “If we play Spain, it’s a long way away. So I’m just concentrating on U.S. and trying to get better.”

  • Why was Beckham a bust with White Sox? Aug 26, 2014 9:22 PM
    Expected to be a star player with the White Sox for a decade or more when he first arrived, Gordon Beckham quickly went bust and the second baseman was traded to the Angels last week. Beat writer Scot Gregor explains what went wrong.

  • Cubs prospect Soler to join team Wednesday Aug 26, 2014 10:42 PM
    The Cubs continue to press the accelerator down on their grand plan. The latest example came late Monday when they got set to call up outfielder Jorge Soler from Class AAA Iowa. The 22-year-old Soler is expected to make his major-league debut in Wednesday night’s game against the Reds in Cincinnati.

  • Bears’ coaches have tough call to make on Conte Aug 26, 2014 8:41 PM
    Safety Chris Conte is expected to miss the preseason finale Thursday night because of a concussion, so coaches will have just a handful of snaps from one game to evaluate the fourth-year veteran, who is coming back from off-season shoulder surgery. Final cuts are due at 3 p.m. Saturday.

  • Bears' Lynch out to make most of final opportunity Aug 27, 2014 5:33 AM
    On Thursday night in Cleveland against the Browns, former NIU quarterback and Hesiman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch gets his final preseason opportunity to prove to Bears coaches that he belongs on the 53-man roster -- which will be decided by Saturday afternoon -- or at least on the practice squad.

  • Matthews wins 3rd Vuelta stage, takes lead Aug 25, 2014 4:26 PM
    Michael Matthews of Australia sprinted to victory on a hot and sunny third stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Monday to take the overall lead of the three-week grand tour.

  • Broncos kicker apologizes for suspension Aug 25, 2014 7:04 PM
    A contrite Matt Prater apologized to the Denver Broncos and their fans for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy by drinking beer, resulting in a four-game ban to start the season.

  • Bucs bringing in Incognito for a visit Aug 25, 2014 7:05 PM
    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trying to determine if Richie Incognito is a good fit for their struggling offensive line. Coach Lovie Smith confirmed Monday he was going to meet with one of the central figures of the bullying scandal that engulfed the Miami Dolphins last season.

  • U.S. goalie has a book deal Aug 25, 2014 4:36 PM
    American soccer hero and international celebrity Tim Howard has advanced to the next round of fame: a book deal. Howard has penned a memoir that will be published Dec. 9 by HarperCollins Publishers. The publisher said Monday that “The Keeper” will be available in adult and young adult editions.

  • Murray cramps, Djokovic coasts at U.S. Open Aug 25, 2014 11:56 PM
    Spinning in 70 mph second serves and grabbing at his hamstrings, Andy Murray gritted his way through cramps to win his first-round match against Robin Haase in five sets at the U.S. Open. Top-seeded Novak Djokovic breezed past U.S. Open novice Diego Schwartzman 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

  • Cubs’ Rondon gaining attention with every save Aug 25, 2014 7:16 PM
    Amid the hype and hoopla over Javier Baez's arrival and the anticipation of more prospects arriving, one under-the-radar player has been relief pitcher Hector Rondon, who has stepped up and run with the job as Cubs closer. “Yeah, I’m really happy for getting 20 saves,” Rondon said. “I’ve not experienced being in that position. I say thanks to the organization and to the manager giving me an opportunity.”

  • Daily fantasy football creates big-dollar industry Aug 25, 2014 7:19 PM
    When lawmakers carved out an exemption for fantasy sports in a 2006 law targeting online poker, no one predicted that it would spawn an online gambling operation that may someday rival the millions wagered daily in Las Vegas sports books.

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