Football Focus 2014

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  • Mike North video: ‘Big Game James’ disappoints Oct 22, 2014 10:56 AM
    After KC pitcher “Big Game James” Shields was shellacked in the first World Series game between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants, Mike North thinks his nickname might have to be changed.

  • Geneva’s Einck ready to take final swings at state Oct 22, 2014 9:47 AM
    It can get lonely sometimes when you play in singles competition on a high school tennis team. There is no partner nearby to help erase the memories of a poorly struck shot or to offer a congratulatory high five after hitting a baseline winner. Geneva’s Kirby Einck has played at the No. 1 singles position throughout her high school career. However, she has never really been alone on the court.

  • Talented Kawai swings into state tournament action Oct 22, 2014 8:08 PM
    As everyone prepared for the final weekend of the tennis season at the Buffalo Grove-hosted girls tennis state tennis tournament, Palatine freshman singles standout Asuka Kawai was training indoors at Schaumburg Tennis Plus. Kawai has made quite a first impression this season. Not only did she accumulate a 26-0 record to date, she also took home the MSL singles title and was crowned the Stevenson sectional champion last week. Her success to this point has placed Kawai as a 5-8 seed in the state tournament, which begins Thursday at Mid-Suburban League schools. To this point, she’s never lost a set in high school tennis.

  • Bad vibe: Patriots hot, Bears not Oct 22, 2014 8:08 PM
    After a slow start, the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady have regained the dominance they've shown for more than a decade with a three-game win streak. That's bad news for a 3-4 Bears team struggling to remain relevant in the playoff picture.

  • Dietz: Chasing points can leave owners out of breath Oct 22, 2014 8:11 PM
    Chasing the points in fantasy football normally doesn't work. Hot one week, gone the next. The solution to helping your team for the rest of the season is to identify players who may not be sexy but who can give you a steady stream of points week in and week out. John Dietz identifies those players this in this week's column.

  • Bulls voted against changing draft lottery Oct 22, 2014 4:57 PM
    NBA owners struck down a proposal to revamp the draft lottery. The new system would have given the worst teams less chance to earn the No. 1 selection. As it stands, the worst team hasn't won the top pick since Orlando in 2004.

  • Rozner: Bears' Trestman failing on football decisions Oct 22, 2014 5:26 AM
    The Bears are now flailing in the deep end. Lose this next game and the season is over at 3-5, with a 7-1 finish as likely as Marc Trestman joining the next season of “Archer," Barry Rozner says.

  • Brother vs. brother: Bears rookie Brock Vereen tries to stay focused Oct 22, 2014 8:09 PM
    The Vereen brothers, Bears safety Brock and Patriots running back Shane, could meet head-to-head, literally, in Sunday's game at Foxboro's Gillette Stadium.

  • Imrem: It’s time to add teams to baseball party Oct 22, 2014 10:14 PM
    Baseball's postseason has been so good that the new commissioner should propose adding playoff teams, series and games.

  • Fenton soccer team breaks out Oct 22, 2014 10:07 PM
    Glenbard South stayed with Fenton for the first half of Wednesday’s Class 2A St. Francis regional semifinal. The second half was a different story, though.

  • Bulls hoping Butler will recover quickly Oct 22, 2014 4:47 PM
    Jimmy Butler's sprained left thumb should be a minor injury. But it's tough to ignore memories of last year when Butler missed time in training camp with a bruised knee and never found his shooting stroke during the regular season. During the first five preseason contests this year, Butler averaged 18.6 points and shot better than 60 percent from the field.

  • Jacobs hoping its Halloween treat is a playoff game Oct 22, 2014 9:09 PM
    Jacobs football coach Bill Mitz doesn’t have anything against trick or treaters. It’s just that for the last 26 years he has rarely been home to hand out candy. Mitz is usually either coaching in or preparing his teams for the IHSA playoffs. His Stevenson teams made the playoffs 21 straight seasons from 1989-2009.

  • Addison Trail must move on without injured Rybarczyk Oct 22, 2014 5:17 PM
    Addison Trail senior quarterback Mike Rybarczyk saw his three-year varsity football career end in a tough way on Saturday when he went down with a first-half ankle injury in the Blazers’ 33-15 loss to Glenbard West.

  • Football Focus: Week Nine Preview Oct 22, 2014 5:38 PM
    Football Focus preview of week nine of the high school football season.Joe Aguilar visit Rolling Meadows where the playoff-bound Mustangs go for a conference title 3-peat in a game against Hersey. But the Huskies can clinch a playoff berth with a win of their own.

  • Girls volleyball: Scouting the MSL title game Oct 22, 2014 3:52 PM
    Ready for some girls volleyball? It's the 42nd edition of the Mid-Suburban League championship on Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the Ken Carter Gymnasium in Arlington Heights. East champion Hersey, the host, meets West champion Schaumburg. All-conference players will be honored at 6:20 p.nm.

  • Darling pinching himself with call from Hawks Oct 22, 2014 5:17 PM
    Scott Darling’s weary smile and man-oh-man head shake following Blackhawks practice Wednesday morning said it all. That’s because the native of Lemont was still struggling to believe what happened 24 hours earlier … actually did happen.

  • Former Illini assistant coach remembered Oct 22, 2014 8:28 PM
    It seems no one knew that former University of Illinois assistant basketball coach Wayne McClain had lung cancer until just before he died last week. Not even his brother Terry. “None,” Terry McClain said at the funeral Wednesday, shaking his head in disbelief. McClain’s death at 60 surprised the basketball community in the state of Illinois, where McClain also attained legendary status as a high-school coach in Peoria, and beyond.

  • Larkin, Streamwood will battle for regional soccer title Oct 22, 2014 10:46 PM
    Somehow, someway, Larkin defender Inno Simental had 5 assists alone on throw-ins heading into postseason play. And somehow, someway, Moises Raya managed his only goal of the season on a header off a throw-in. The boys soccer postseason calls for some unconventional ways of winning sometimes as both No. 2 seed Dundee-Crown and No. 3 Larkin would know very well in consecutive years, but the fact that Simental assisted twice on goals off throw-ins and Raya headed in the game-winning with 6:36 remaining of a 2-1 Royals win in a Class 3A Streamwood semifinal matchup Wednesday will definitely add to the tale that ties D-C and Larkin together in postseason action.

  • St. Charles North blanks Elk Grove Oct 22, 2014 10:31 PM
    Nick Graham’s third-minute strike helped turn the momentum toward St. Charles North early in Wednesday night’s opening-round match of the Elk Grove regional. Garrett Morgando later doubled the advantage as the North Stars posted a 2-0 victory over the host Grens (4-12-2) in Class 3A regional semifinal. The victory secured St. Charles North (11-5-4) a berth in the regional final on Saturday at 3 p.m. against No. 5 Rolling Meadows (10-7-3). Meadows defeated Addison Trail 3-0 in the second match at Elk Grove on Wednesday.

  • Schwarz: Knee injury puts Nyarko’s Fire future in doubt Oct 22, 2014 10:27 PM
    Patrick Nyarko has always been something of an iron man for the Chicago Fire, but he hasn’t had much luck this season.

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