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  • Mike North video: Bears’ defense needs to keep step with offense Jul 28, 2014 11:14 AM
    Since the teams in the NFC North division this year are all capable of putting up some numbers, Mike North thinks it will be more about which defense can stop the high scoring offenses the best.

     
  • Frank Thomas was head of the class at Cooperstown this year Jul 28, 2014 8:50 PM
    When it came to entertaining Hall of Fame induction speeches, Frank Thomas stole the show at Cooperstown on Sunday. White Sox beat writer Scot Gregor was there, and he says Thomas scored even more points by backing off his anti-steroids crusade.

     
  • Judge OKs record-setting $2 billion sale of Clippers Jul 28, 2014 9:18 PM
    Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In allowing the deal to go forward, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided Monday with Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, who negotiated the record sale after the NBA banned the 80-year-old billionaire for making offensive remarks about blacks.

     
  • Fitzgerald ready to get Northwestern back on track Jul 28, 2014 8:51 PM
    Heading into his ninth year in Evanston, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald has also gotten used to a tradition of often being mentioned as one of the league’s also-rans. “We’re not a preseason type of a place, I guess,” Fitzgerald said.

     
  • Fitzgerald: Union push unified Northwestern Jul 28, 2014 2:13 PM
    No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insisted there is no more unified team than his Wildcats. For that, he credits the players’ push to unionize. Fitzgerald said he’s “proud of the maturity” his players displayed as the story unfolded.

     
  • Kasper: Every broadcaster has to find comfort zone Jul 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    I am a preparation fiend. Anyone who knows me well will tell you that. And every year I try to tighten up and streamline that process, which can become onerous if you let it overwhelm you. The last thing you want to be thinking about once the game starts is, “Did I prepare properly for this game?” Ultimately, it comes down to comfort, and every broadcaster is different. I used to try to know every little detail about each player before we ever hit the air. But that takes an exorbitant amount of time and it also created some tunnel vision, making it more difficult sometimes to focus on the big storylines of the game.

     
  • Cubs work out trade for Barney to Dodgers Jul 28, 2014 11:00 PM
    The Cubs managed to get something for Darwin Barney after all. They traded the second baseman Monday to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with a cash consideration in exchange for a player to be named later. Barney was designated for assignment last week.

     
  • White Sox second to none at first base Jul 29, 2014 12:31 AM
    Historically, the White Sox have been known as a franchise successful at throwing the baseball. You won’t find many years over the last decade or so that would be considered thin pitching seasons. Usually, the Sox have excelled in that area. In fact, since 2003, no team in baseball has made more quality starts than they have. They’re good for 1,029 of them over that time. It’s rare that we go into a season with great concern over the pitching staff. More often than not, it’s a point of comfort.

     
  • Competition gets Houston, Mills fired up Jul 29, 2014 12:30 AM
    The head-to-head battle bewteen second-year offensive right tackle Jordan Mills and fifth-year defensive left end Lamarr Houston has been the most entertaining and physical matchup through the first four days of Bears training camp, and the competiton is making both players better.

     
  • Cubs’ Wada earns first big-league win Jul 28, 2014 11:16 PM
    With all the talk of the left-handed pitchers the Cubs will be facing this week, their own lefty did a pretty nice job Monday night in a 4-1 victory over the Rockies at Wrigley Field. Tsuyoshi Wada earned his first major-league victory by working 7 innings of 5-hit, 1-run ball.

     
  • Bears WR Wilson grabbing some attention Jul 28, 2014 8:43 PM
    After a rookie season spent mostly watching, Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson appears to be on the verge of becoming a major contributor in what has become one of the NFL's most explosive offenses.

     
  • Hall of Famer Gibson appreciates Big Frank Jul 28, 2014 7:44 PM
    None other than Bob Gibson believes Frank Thomas is one of the great hitters in the history of baseball. “There’s certain hitters who can spit on a pitch and say that’s a ball, and if he says it’s a ball it’s a ball,” Gibson said of Thomas. “His eye was that good. He said, ‘If it’s not my pitch, then I’m not swinging.’ He would take a walk. Frustrating for the pitcher."

     
  • Chicago gets rare chance to bask in Hall of Fame glory Jul 27, 2014 7:45 AM
    Baseball is supposed to distract us from the wars, chaos and tragedies. Sometimes, especially for Chicago fans, baseball merely adds to our burdens. But Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tony La Russa gave us something special. And today, they'll all enter the Hall of Fame.

     
  • Atlanta’s Cox pays tribute to division dynasty Jul 27, 2014 8:32 PM
    While Frank Thomas, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa were essentially alone, it was clear that the Atlanta group led by Bobby Cox was very much together in Cooperstown.

     
  • Glavine stays true to his past Jul 27, 2014 8:31 PM
    Tom Glavine left little doubt about how he wound up in the Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday. Said Glavine, “I was just taught certain things by my mother and father that stayed with me. Particularly, my mother.”

     
  • Twins edge White Sox 4-3 Jul 27, 2014 4:33 PM
    Sam Fuld hit a tiebreaking, two-run single off Javy Guerra in a three-run seventh inning, and the Minnesota Twins defeated the White Sox 4-3 Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep. Danny Santana had two RBIs for the last-place Twins, who won for just the 11th time in their last 30 games. Chicago led 2-1 in the seventh when Minnesota loaded the bases against Ronald Belisario (3-7) on walks to Josh Willingham and Eric Fryer around a single by Chris Parmelee. Guerra relieved and retired Eduardo Escobar on a foulout, and Santana hit a tying sacrifice fly just deep enough to left-center field. Fuld followed with a line-drive single up the middle and was thrown out at second when he tried to advance. Adrian Nieto homered in the eighth off Casey Fien, Nieto’s first in 76 career big league at-bats. All-Star Glen Perkins retired Gordon Beckham on a bases-loaded flyout for his 25th save in 28 chances. Jared Burton (2-2) pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Yohan Pino, who didn’t allow a hit until two outs in the fifth and wound up giving up two runs and four hits in six innings. Chicago rookie Jose Abreu had two hits, extending his hitting streak to 17 games, and drove his 79th run, second in the major leagues behind Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, White Sox starter Scott Carroll allowed one run and four hits in six innings, leaving after just 78 pitches. When Minnesota’s Oswaldo Arcia struck out ending the sixth, he snapped his bat over a knee, sending wood splinters flying around the batter’s box that were picked up by a batboy. Santana’s RBI triple in the third gave Minnesota its first lead of the series. Chicago went ahead in the sixth on Alexei Ramirez’s sacrifice fly and Abreu’s RBI double. NOTES: Twins 1B Joe Mauer (oblique) is to take batting practice at Target Field this week. Manager Ron Gardenhire wasn’t worried about setup for a Paul McCartney concert scheduled for Saturday getting in the way. “He’s going to hit it right through the drums,” Gardenhire joked. . Twins SP Kyle Gibson (back) is expected to start Tuesday against Kansas City. While Phil Hughes took a line drive off a knee on Thursday he doesn’t expect to miss a start. ... Ricky Nolasco (elbow) threw a bullpen session on Sunday. . Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.15 ERA) is slated to starts for the White Sox on Tuesday against Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez (7-4, 3.45). . Gibson (8-8, 4.19) faces James Shields (9-5, 3.58) as the Twins open a three-game series in Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

     
  • Cubs’ Hendricks continues to impress Jul 27, 2014 6:44 PM
    Cubs rookie pitcher Kyle Hendricks matched Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright almost pitch for pitch Sunday. Hendricks gave up a first-inning homer to Matt Holliday, and enabled the Cardinals to get out of Wrigley Field with a 1-0 victory and two of three in the series.

     
  • La Russa’s managerial roots started with White Sox Jul 27, 2014 6:17 PM
    Tony La Russa, who got his start managing the White Sox in 1979 and currently ranks third in all-time wins, was inducted into the Hall of Fame Sunday.

     
  • Maddux delivers one more brilliant outing Jul 28, 2014 5:40 AM
    Though his game was more refined in his prime than perhaps any pitcher in history, Greg Maddux never pretended to be as much off the field or in the clubhouse. Stripped of polish and pretense, Maddux — wearing a tie he said was still knotted from his daughter's party months ago — was Sunday just as he always has been. Quiet and resolute.

     
  • 'Emotional' Thomas takes his spot in Cooperstown Jul 28, 2014 5:39 AM
    An emotionally charged Frank Thomas thanked his parents to open his Hall of Fame speech on Sunday. By the time he was finished talking in Cooperstown, Thomas offered his thanks to countless coaches, teammates, trainers and even clubhouse attendants.

     
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