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  • Bryant, Schwarber impressive after promotionsJun 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber made impressive debuts after their promotions in the Cubs' minor-league system. Bryant homered in his first game for Class AAA Iowa, and Schwarber had a single in his debut for the Kane County Cougars.

  • Kane County Cougars fans will get to see former Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber, right, when he joins their team this week. Schwarber was promoted from Class A Boise by the Cubs.

    Cubs promote top picks Bryant, Schwarber Jun 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    After missing out on Kris Bryant last year, fans of the Kane County Cougars will get to see Kyle Schwarber this season. The Cubs announced Tuesday that Schwarber, their first-round draft choice this season out of Indiana University, has been promoted from short-season Class A Boise to the Class A Cougars of the Midwest League.

  • Hughes hopes to be voice of Cubs for a long timeJun 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    One of the most frequently asked questions about the Cubs' impending new radio deal is whether play-by-play man Pat Hughes and analyst Ron Coomer would go along from WGN to WBBM. The answer is yes, and Hughes said Tuesday he embraces the change.

  • The Cubs pick fourth in Thursday evening’s amateur draft, and general manager Jed Hoyer has seemed perfectly sincere this week when he has said that pick is a mystery, even to him.

    Hoyer: Cubs still working on their draft boardJun 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Cubs have the fourth overall pick in Thursday's amateur draft. With no clear-cut favorites to go 1-3, general manager Jed Hoyer said the Cubs have narrowed their focus to about a half-dozen candidates and that debate has been going on internally about whom to pick.

  •  Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward possibly swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Bob Bowman, the swimmer’s longtime coach, told The Associated Press on Mondaythat Phelps is entered in three events — the 50- and 100-meter freestyles and the 100 butterfly at his first meet since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26.

    Olympic great Michael Phelps ending retirementApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016. The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26.

  •  After struggling with financial difficulties, the Chicago Slaughter have canceled their upcoming 2014 season, triggering Sears Centre management in Hoffman Estates to begin searching for a new team that would be ready to play in 2015.

    Chicago Slaughter cancels season at Sears Centre Jan 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Chicago Slaughter indoor football team has canceled its scheduled 2014 season at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, potentially leaving the door open for a completely new franchise to operate there in 2015. And with the simultaneous resting of the Chicago Rush at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, this winter is likely to be the first season since 2001 without any arena football in the Chicago-area market, Sears Centre General Manager Ben Gibbs said.

  • Hoffman Estates Redhawks advance in Orlando Dec 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Hoffman Estates Redhawks will move on to the second round of the Pop Warner Junior Midget Division playoffs Tuesday after shutting out the Loveland Titans of Colorado 28-0 Saturday afternoon in Orlando. The Redhawks will take on the Northeast Pride of Arizona in Tuesday's game beginning at 12:15 p.m.

  • Mike North video: Northwestern playing scaredNov 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald is coaching not to lose. The Wildcats need to play more aggressively, and change their attitude and tactics if they want to succeed.

  •  Space helmets worn by the grounds crew in the early years of the Houston Astrodome are lined up Saturday in front of drawings of former Houston Astros players at the Reliant Center in Houston. A sale and auction of Houston Astrodome furniture, appliances, Astroturf and staff uniforms was held Saturday. The Astrodome was the world’s first multipurpose domed stadium and was once home to the Astros and the Oilers.

    Astrodome sale features turf, lockers, space helmets Nov 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    Opened in 1965, the Astrodome was the world’s first multipurpose domed stadium. It was home to the Astros and the Oilers. But no professional sports team has played there since 1999 and has been closed to all events since 2009.

  • Grading the Bears: Week 3 Sep 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    Grading the Bears: Week 3

  • Sharing a moment that was three generations and 41 years in the making, former Little League Baseball World Series player Peter Vargulich, left, of St. Charles, and his father and former coach Tom Vargulich, right, cheer on Tommy Vargulich, 16. Tommy became the third generation to play on that famous field with his participation Saturday in an exhibition game featuring young people with disabilities.

    St. Charles family keeps Little League world series traditionAug 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    When Tommy Vargulich of St. Charles played with his suburban team in Saturday's Challenger exhibition game for athletes with mental or physical disabilities, he became the third generation of his family to take part in the Little League Baseball World Series. "This is a great connection between me and my dad and now Tommy,” says Tommy's father, Peter Vargulic, who played on that same field in 1972 with his father, Tom, coaching.

  • Coach Mark Johnson of West Dundee steadies Ryan Santiago, 10, of Lake in the Hills during a Challenger League team practice. Catching is Ed Hayes of Elgin, whose son, Will, 11, plays in the league for kids with special needs.

    Local Challenger team will play in Little League World SeriesJul 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    From among 900 teams worldwide, 15 members of a suburban Challenger league - an all-inclusive team of players with special needs - will get to take part in the Little League World Series in Williamsport Pa. next month.

  • Batavia High School students Ryan Pawlowski, left, and Andrew Martinez have created and built “The Wifflot,” a Wiffle ball field complete with a fence, scoreboard, outfield advertising and an American flag.

    Batavia entrepreneurs take 'Wifflot' to next level May 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    In the summer of 2010, two Batavia teens created a small Wiffle ball field off Hart Road in Batavia. “The Wifflot” is going to big leagues this summer. Andy Martinez and Ryan Pawlowski have used their love of the game and business acumen to take their regulation field to the next level. “I love it. I'll be honest,” Pawlowski said. “Looking out my bedroom window every day and seeing this masterpiece, it's a great feeling.”

  •  Cubs manager Dale Sveum is looking for his team to compete at a higher level this season.

    Sveum’s steady hand guides way for Cubs Feb 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    Dale Sveum is entering his second year as manager of the Cubs. Sveum steadily guided the Cubs through a disastrous 61-101 last year, but it's easy to see why team president Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer hired him: He speaks their language.

  •  The Chicago Bliss football team, which wore lingerie during its first two seasons at the Sears Centre, is returning to the Hoffman Estates arena this spring with a different style of uniform. The team will play home games April 19 and May 10.

    Chicago Bliss, former lingerie football team, returning to Sears Centre Jan 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    After a two-year absence, the Chicago Bliss women’s football team - which previously played in lingerie - will be returning to the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates for two home games this spring. Tickets have already gone on sale for 9 p.m. games on Friday, April 19 and Friday, May 10.

  •  Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews says he’s ready to get back on the ice. “I’m excited to play hockey again, although it’s bittersweet because a lot of damage was done to our game,” Toews said via text.

    Hawks’ Toews excited about end to NHL lockout Jan 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews echoed the sentiments of many Sunday when discussing the end to the NHL lockout. "I'm excited to play hockey again, although it's bittersweet because a lot of damage was done to our game," Toews said via text. "As players we need to keep showing out fans we care. We might have a long road ahead of us there, but for now it's great to know we'll be back on the ice very soon."

  • Many Sosa artifacts at Cooperstown Jan 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    Even though former Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa may not gain election to the Baseball Hall of Fame, he still has a presence in Cooperstown. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has a number of artifacts from Sosa's storied career.

  • BASA executive director stepping down after 20 years Jun 8, 2012 12:00 AM
    For someone who never played soccer, Joanne Snyder has made a huge impact on the sport in the Northwest suburbs. Snyder is stepping down later this month as executive director of the Barrington Area Soccer Association, ending a 20-year run with the organization. Her last day is June 29.

  • Boomers fan Anthony LaPiana, 10, of Elmhurst gets his shirt signed with others.

    Schaumburg Boomers a hit with 5,000 fans May 26, 2012 12:00 AM
    The return of professional baseball to Schaumburg — after a nearly two-year hiatus — proved to be as successful in the stands as it was on the field Friday night. A crowd of more than 5,000 mostly orange-clad fans cheered the Schaumburg Boomers on to their first home victory, beating the Florence Freedom 5 to 2.

  • Schaumburg Boomers owner to co-own another team May 18, 2012 12:00 AM
    On the very day the Schaumburg Boomers baseball team began its inaugural season on the road, owner Patrick Salvi Friday announced that he'd become a partner in a collegiate baseball team on the East Coast — the Martha's Vineyard Sharks.

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