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  • Collins cruising at Illinois Women’s Open Jul 30, 2014 12:06 AM
    Mistwood’s recently renovated course has proven a tough challenge for the players in the 20th Illinois Women’s Open — with the exception of Emily Collins, that is.

  • McBride scores 16 as Stars beat Sky 92-74 Jul 30, 2014 12:05 AM
    Kayla McBride scored 16 points to lead a balanced offense and the San Antonio Stars rolled to a 92-74 victory over the Sky on Tuesday night. Danielle Adams had 14 points, Sophia Young-Malcolm added 12 and Shenise Johnson 11 for San Antonio (13-14). Jia Perkins scored 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting in her first game in a month.

  • Mike North video: Should Rose skip playing for U.S. basketball team Jul 30, 2014 9:57 AM
    So many NBA players who are worried about getting hurt are sitting out of playing for team USA, Mike North wonders if Derrick Rose should too.

  • Cubs win with catcher as a pitcher in record long game Jul 30, 2014 10:44 AM
    Both the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies ran out of relief pitchers in a marathon game. The Cubs used a catcher — and won. “It’s really cool to get a chance to do this,” said John Baker, who scored the winning run in the bottom of the 16th inning after pitching a scoreless top half.

  • Riley speaks out, insists Heat will be competitive Jul 30, 2014 6:44 PM
    One of the last things Miami Heat President Pat Riley told LeBron James before free agency began this summer was that he would be selling potential players on the notion of playing alongside a four-time NBA MVP. And James never made him think otherwise, Riley said — until roughly the same moment that the entire world was made aware of his plan to go home.

  • Cubs catcher/pitcher gets beer shower after longest game Jul 30, 2014 11:00 AM
    “I got beer, chocolate milk, I got hair gel, I got shampoo, I got body wash and I got some more beer,” Cubs backup catcher and winning pitcher John Baker said after Tuesday night's 16 inning marathon win over the Colorado Rockies. “Best shower I've ever taken.” It's the longest game by time in Cubs history.

  • Bosh signs 5-year, $118 million Heat deal Jul 30, 2014 5:38 PM
    Chris Bosh has signed his $118 million, five-year contract to stay with the Miami Heat. The team says Bosh signed the deal Wednesday. The sides agreed on the terms earlier this month, but the paperwork could not be completed because Bosh was on a lengthy international vacation and needed to undergo a physical before signing.

  • Who's played longer than Cubs record game? (Hint: Look south) Jul 30, 2014 10:57 AM
    Ever feel like you've been to a game that just won't end? That's what it felt like last night for Cubs fans, who sat through 6 hours and 27 minutes at the Cubs battled the Rockies in 16 innings until 1:27 a.m. But that's not the longest game in Chicago history. See who else has kept fans up late at night.

  • Nadal out of 2 tournaments because of right wrist Jul 30, 2014 5:42 PM
    Rafael Nadal withdrew Wednesday from U.S. Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati because of a right wrist injury, putting in doubt his status for a title defense at the year’s last Grand Slam tournament. The second-ranked Nadal plays left-handed, but he uses a two-handed backhand.

  • Mundy first-team Bears safety, at least for a day Jul 30, 2014 9:42 PM
    The competition for the starting spots at free safety and strong safety on the Bears' defense is wide open, and on Wedneday former Cowboy Danny McCray got a chance to work with the first team, paired with Ryan Mundy, who started nine games for the Giants last season. McCray replaced rookie Brock Vereen, who teamed with 14th-year veteran Adrian Wilson on the second team, but coach Marc Trestman said it was too early to read much into the day's moves.

  • White Sox allow 6 in 1st, lose 7-2 to Tigers Jul 30, 2014 10:51 PM
    Max Scherzer pitched seven impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers scored six runs in the first inning en route to a 7-2 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday night. Nick Castellanos hit a three-run homer in the first and added an RBI single in the seventh for the Tigers, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Scherzer (13-3) allowed a run and five hits. He struck out six and walked one.

  • Cubs’ Baker enjoys his moment in historyc Jul 30, 2014 10:07 PM
    Cubs catcher John Baker was still enjoying the attention he received for being the winning pitcher in Tuesday night's marathon against the Rockies. Baker came on in an emergency role and acquitted himself well. He said the text messages kept pouring in long after the game was over.

  • No trades yet, but plenty of White Sox news Jul 30, 2014 11:52 PM
    With the nonwaiver trade deadline looming, Wednesday was a quiet day on the trade front for the White Sox. But there was plenty of other news involving Avisail Garcia and Matt Lindstrom, Nate Jones and Carlos Rodon.

  • Bears’ Marshall touts Cutler as MVP candidate Jul 30, 2014 10:21 PM
    Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall says Jay Cutler is a changed man, and he considers the quarterback an MVP candidate because of his dedication and commitment to the team.

  • Sky’s Delle Donne could be back Thursday night Jul 30, 2014 10:09 PM
    Sky star forward Elena Delle Donne could make a return to the WNBA on Thursday in a home game against the New York Liberty. Delle Donne, who has missed 17 of 26 games while battling a flare-up of her Lyme disease, has been practicing for the last week and will be a game-time decision.

  • 7 things to know about Cubs' longest game ever Jul 30, 2014 2:00 PM
    Cubs pitcher John Baker is believed to be the first Cubs position player, at least as we tradtionally think of them, to earn a victory as a pitcher. Baker was the unlikely hero in Tuesday night's 16-inning victory over the Rockies in the longest game in terms of time in Wrigley Field history.

  • Some good (shutout), some bad (another tie) Jul 31, 2014 12:25 AM
    Clearly, a drastic move had to be made. Another might be coming. The Chicago Fire went to a new pairing at central defense Wednesday night, getting a 0-0 draw against Vancouver as a result at Toyota Park.

  • Cubs keep dealing, acquire lefty Doubront from Boston Jul 31, 2014 12:12 AM
    The Cubs did not wait for Thursday's nonwaiver trading deadline to continue wheeliing and dealing. The acquired left-handed pitcher Felix Doubront from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named. They also acquired a minor-league pitcher from the Dodgers to complete the trade for Darwin Barney.

  • Cougars drop fifth straight Jul 30, 2014 11:52 PM
    For the first time all season, the Cougars saw a losing streak reach five games. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers handed the visiting Cougars their 11th shutout of the season with a 2-0 victory Wednesday night at Fox Cities Stadium.

  • Boomers rally for 7th straight win Jul 30, 2014 10:26 PM
    The Schaumburg Boomers established a franchise record Wednesday night by claiming a seventh consecutive victory, rallying past the host Traverse City Beach Bums 12-9.

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