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  • Cubs starter Jake Arrieta walked one and struck out 10 before giving up his first hit with two outs in the eighth inning Monday night. He left to a standing ovation from Red Sox fans.

    Cubs pitcher Arrieta has another night to rememberJul 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    It's been quite some roll for Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta. Last week at Wrigley Field, he took a perfect game into the eighth inning. Monday night at Fenway Park, he had a no-hitter until Stephen Drew singled with two outs in the eighth inning. Arrieta got the win as the Cubs beat the Red Sox 2-0.

     
  • Not enough White Sox fans — young or old — have been making a trip to the ballpark this year. The Sox rank 28th in attendance.

    Disconnect with Sox fans hurting attendance at CellJul 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Ranked 28th in average attendance, the White Sox are coming a forgotten team in Chicago, says Mike North. They have two huge stars in Jose Abreu and Chris Sale, but there's a disconnect with the fan base that needs to be fixed.

     
  • McLeod likes where he’s at with CubsJun 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Cubs scouting and player-development boss Jason McLeod said Monday in Boston that he has taken himself out of the running for the vacant general manager's job with the San Diego Padres. For McLeod, the Padres are the hometown team, but he said this was not the right time.

     
  • The Bulls have to make it impossible for Carmelo Anthony to choose any destination but Chicago.

    Bulls need a splash, and Anthony is just thatJun 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    No excuses this time. The Bulls need to make a splash. Management has identified Carmelo Anthony as that guy and has to figure out a way to close the deal to get him. Something has to happen that identifies Chicago as a destination again for premier NBA players, yet we’re already being told that nothing can be done if a player wants to stay where he is or wants to go someplace other than Chicago.

     
  • Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, drafted by Boston, says he still has friends in the Red Sox organization.

    Fenway trip a bit of a homecoming for Cubs’ Rizzo, HoyerJun 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    For Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and GM Jed Hoyer, this week's series in Boston marks a pair of homecomings of sort. Rizzo originally was drafted by the Red Sox while Hoyer worked in Boston under current Cubs president Theo Epstein.

     
  • Mike North video: What has happened to Wimbledon?Jun 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Mike North thinks Wimbledon isn't what it once was, and tells you what he watched instead.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Cubs president Theo Epstein feels strongly about both of his homes — Chicago and Boston — and of the history of both teams.

    For Cubs' Epstein, connections with Boston are realJun 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Cubs are in Boston for an interleague series this week against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. For Cubs president Theo Epstein, the series is personal. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles sat down with Epstein recently for a question-and-answer session that touched on all things Boston and Chicago.

     
  • Kristufek’s Arlington selections for June 29Jun 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Joe Kristufek's selections for June 29 racing at Arlington International.

     
  • There's a perception in some circles that Bulls and White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf is all about winning and throw away millions by eating contracts. Daily Herald columnist Barry Rozner says that perception is just dead wrong and totally unfair.

    Reinsdorf's cheap? What a bunch of Bull Jun 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Bulls and Jerry Reinsdorf continue to fight the narrative that they are cheap. But it's always wrong and intrinsically damaging to both Reinsdorf and the Bulls.

     
  • Darwin Barney, left, looks to first after forcing out Washington's Anthony Rendon at Wrigley Field on Saturday.

    Renteria not unhappy with Barney despite .201 averageJun 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    With Emilio Bonifacio on the disabled list since mid-June, the Cubs have given second baseman Darwin Barney more playing time. Manager Rick Renteria said he likes Barney's Gold Glove-caliber defense and added that his approaches at the plate have been better of late.

     
  • Brandon Bollig mixes it up with Kings left wing Dwight King during the first period in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals in June. Bollig was traded to the Flames on Saturday.

    Hawks trade Bollig to create cap spaceJun 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    It wasn’t the blockbuster deal that some may have been anticipating, but the Blackhawks did make a trade on Day 2 of the draft Saturday in Philadelphia, swapping rugged winger Brandon Bollig to Calgary for the Flames’ 83rd pick in the draft.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Dallas Beeler allowed no earned runs in his major-league debut Saturday at Wrigley Field.

    Rookie shuts down Nationals; Samardzija sees ERA balloon in DB lossJun 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Cubs' future and their immediate present were on display Saturday in a doubleheader loss to the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field. During the day, rookie Dallas Beeler made his big-league debut and turned in a quality start. At night, Jeff Samardzija had another rough June outing.

     
  • Nick Schmaltz pulls on a Chicago Blackhawks sweater after being chosen 20th overall during the first round of the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 27, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Hawks deal, grab SchmaltzJun 27, 2014 12:00 AM

     
  • John Baker watches his 3-run double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Friday.

    Big day for Baker, CubsJun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    With the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh, John Baker took a swing at a pitch that curved just a little too far. The ball zipped down the line and into the right-field corner. The double capped off his first 3-hit game of the season and combined with Jason Hammel’s 5-hit performance to power the Cubs to a 7-2 win over the Nationals on Friday at Wrigley Field. “I had to contain a smile,” Baker said. “I kind of feel the same way right now as I would have had I gone 0-for-4, but we still won 7-2."

     
  • This is a 2014 photo of Dallas Beeler of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. This image reflects the Cubs active roster as of Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Beeler thrilled to start Game 1 SaturdayJun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Cubs could have gone with any number of pithers to start the first game of a doubleheader Saturday. They settled on right-hander Dallas Beeler, who will make his major-league debut after being called up from Class AAA Iowa. The best advice Beeler got from Iowa teammates? Breathe.

     
  • Cubs outfielders Justin Ruggiano, left, Chris Coghlan, center, and Ryan Sweeney right, celebrate after the Cubs defeated the Washington Nationals 7-2 on Friday. The Cubs are 21-17 since May 17, but playing above .500 baseball will be difficult if — as expected — the team makes a flurry of trades before July 31.

    When will Cubs get out of spin cycle?Jun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    This season for the Cubs is playing out much like the previous two in the regime of club president Theo Epstein: Bullpen problems hurt the team at the start before getting fixed. The starters pitch well, but only to be attractive to other teams. Will the pattern change at midseason?

     
  • Kristufek’s Arlington selections for June 28Jun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Joe Kristufek's selections for June 28 racing at Arlington International.

     
  • Patrick Sharp is available in trade talks because general manager Stan Bowman and the Blackhawks always are looking for ways to remain near the top of the NHL.

    Draft offers Blackhawks a chance to dealJun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    The reality is you can't have everything when so few players eat up so much of the cap. The answer to improving the Blackhawks' roster -- and getting Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane signed -- might be in moving a popular player off the roster, perhaps even for a very high pick in the draft.

     
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