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  • Hectic two weeks ahead for WGA staffers Aug 27, 2014 12:01 AM
    This may well be the busiest two weeks in the Western Golf Association’s 105-year history. The Hotel Fitness Championship tees off Thursday at Sycamore Hills in Fort Wayne, Ind., and the WGA’s biggest event follows with a Sept. 4-6 staging of the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills in Denver.

     
  • Soler set for Cubs debut Aug 27, 2014 11:39 AM
    Another Cubs prospect is expected to make his major-league debut. Outfielder Jorge Soler officially will be recalled in time for Wednesday night's game at Cincinnati. He will join infielder Javier Baez, a top propsect who made his debut earlier this month.

     
  • Rozner: Would Cubs go fishing for Stanton? Aug 27, 2014 5:36 AM
    Barry Rozner says the Marlins will shop Giancarlo Stanton this winter and they are hoping the Cubs -- with the best farm system in baseball -- will be a buyer. The Cubs will have to at least listen when the Marlins call.

     
  • NFL suspends Browns star WR Gordon for 2014 season Aug 27, 2014 5:31 PM
    Josh Gordon’s wait is over, so is his 2014 season. The star wide receiver’s career is now in peril. The Cleveland Browns learned Wednesday that Gordon’s indefinite suspension by the NFL has been upheld and he will miss at least 16 games for another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. A repeat drug offender, Gordon had appealed the penalty, hoping it would be reduced so he could play this season.

     
  • Clippers sign Doc Rivers to 5-year extension Aug 27, 2014 5:48 PM
    Doc Rivers is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers for another five years. In Steve Ballmer’s first big move since taking over as the new owner, he gave Rivers a contract extension through the 2018-19 season.

     
  • Mike North video: Signs of Life on the North Side Aug 27, 2014 9:40 AM
    Mike North sees a light at the end the tunnel for the Cubs and thinks President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein has been making some great deals with the American League.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Union talk fades as Northwestern begins season Aug 26, 2014 4:32 PM
    Northwestern is coming off a disappointing 5-7 season and already hit hard by injuries and a key defection ahead of Saturday’s opener at home against Cal. On top of that, they spent the offseason at ground zero in the debate over whether college players should have the right to unionize. “It would be naive to think the guys have not been distracted at times. Will it be part of the narrative?”Fitzgerald asked, without waiting for an answer. “Yes, it will.”

     
  • 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.”

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Braxton Miller’s surgery set for Tuesday Aug 25, 2014 4:41 PM
    Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says standout quarterback Braxton Miller will have season-ending shoulder surgery Tuesday. Miller tore the labrum in his right (throwing) shoulder a week ago. The operation will be done by noted surgeon James Andrews.

     
  • Indiana making football games more fan-friendly Aug 25, 2014 4:44 PM
    Indiana is making football games more fan-friendly. On Monday, athletic director Fred Glass announced changes that will be in place this season. The most notable addition for Saturday’s season-opener against Indiana State will be the new 200-foot long “ribbon” board in the north end zone. Glass says it will provide more in-game information and entertainment. The board cost $300,000, roughly half of which was paid for by Indiana’s media rights partner, Learfield Sports. Fans parking in the Purple Lot will no longer contend with gravel after the school spent $6.8 million to pave the lot and add grass. Glass says the lot will actually add spaces rather than cut them, too. And when Maryland visits Sept. 27, cellphone users should benefit from a newly installed antenna that should upgrade connectivity.

     
  • 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.

     
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