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  • Konerko on track to be back in Sox lineup this week Sep 14, 2014 4:50 PM
    Out since Sept. 2 with a fractured left hand, Paul Konerko was able to take some light batting practice on Saturday. Konerko expects to play for the White Sox on their upcoming road trip.

  • Harrison leads Pirates over Cubs Sep 14, 2014 4:06 PM
    Josh Harrison started Pittsburgh’s first triple play at home in 21 years and hit a tying two-run double in a six-run fifth inning Sunday that helped the Pirates rally past the Cubs 7-3. Edinson Volquez (12-7) improved to 4-0 in his last 10 starts for the Pirates, who began the day with a 1 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee for the NL’s second wild card. Pittsburgh improved to 14-5 against Chicago this year, winning all six series, and eliminated the Cubs from playoff contention. Chicago has not won the World Series since 1908 and hasn’t even reached the postseason since 2008. Chicago led 3-0 and put runners on first and second in the fourth when Matt Szczur grounded to third. Harrison started an around-the-horn 5-4-3 triple play, throwing to second baseman Neil Walker, who relayed to first baseman Andrew Lambo. Pittsburgh had not turned a triple play since April 12, 2009, against Cincinnati’s Edwin Encarnacion by left fielder Jack Wilson, second baseman Freddy Sanchez and first baseman Adam LaRoch. The Pirates had not accomplished the feat at home since Aug. 10, 1993, at Three Rivers Stadium against St. Louis by shortstop Jay Bell, second baseman Carlos Garcia and first baseman Kevin Young, who doubled up future Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith. Volquez allowed three runs — one earned — four hits and five walks in seven innings. He has his most victories in a year since winning 17 for Cincinnati in 2008. Jacob Turner (5-10) gave up seven runs, seven hits and three walks in 4 1-3 innings. Chicago went ahead in the second on a run-scoring throwing error by Volquez and John Baker’s sacrifice fly, then made it 3-0 in the third on Chris Coghlan’s sacrifice fly after catcher Russell Martin’s throwing error on Javier Baez’s steal of second. Walker hit his 20th homer in the fourth. After Harrison’s double, Travis Snider and Walker hit RBI doubles, and Gaby Sanchez and Gregory Polanco added run-scoring singles. TRAINER’S ROOM Pittsburgh OF Starling Marte played for the first time since he was removed Thursday with left elbow discomfort. He entered as a defensive replacement in the eighth. ... Chicago 1B Anthony Rizzo (lower back strain) and SS Starlin Castro (left ankle sprain) didn’t play. Rizzo is expected to return Monday while Castro hasn’t played since Sept. 2. UP NEXT Cubs: Chicago hosts Cincinnati in a three-game series, with LHP Travis Wood (8-12) opposing Reds RHP Alfredo Simon (14-10). Pirates: Pittsburgh continues its final homestand of the regular season with three game games Boston. RHP Charlie Morton is to start for the Pirates on Tuesday. Morton was placed on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 17 with right hip inflammation, two days after he lasted three innings against Washington. RHP Anthony Ranaudo is slated for Boston (3-2).

  • Twins avoid sweep, snap White Sox’ winning streak Sep 14, 2014 3:59 PM
    Jose Abreu homered for the second time in as many games Sunday, but it wasn't enough for the White Sox Sunday in a 6-4 loss to the Twins.

  • Newton, defense lead Panthers over Lions Sep 14, 2014 3:54 PM
    Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are back atop the NFC South. Newton made a successful return from a rib injury that sidelined him the first week, throwing for 281 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers’ 24-7 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. He completed 22 of 34 and overcame four sacks. Carolina started 2-0 for the first time since 2008 and took over sole possession of first place in the division after Atlanta lost to Cincinnati. Trailing 7-6 in the third quarter, the Panthers took advantage of back-to-back Detroit turnovers and scored on three straight possessions. Carolina’s defense, playing without Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy, had three takeaways and held the Lions scoreless in the first half one week after Matthew Stafford and company put up 35 points against the Giants. Hardy, convicted on two counts of domestic violence on July 15, was a surprise inactive. The Panthers decided not to play Hardy a day after the Minnesota Vikings announced they would deactivate Adrian Peterson, who was indicted on child abuse charges. Mario Addison filled in nicely for Hardy with 2 ½ sacks. Stafford threw for 291 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He was sacked four times. The Lions (1-1) took a 7-6 lead early in the third quarter when Stafford connected on a 1-yard touchdown pass to fullback Jed Collins, who bowled over NFL Defensive Player of the Year Luke Kuechly en route to the end zone. But the lead was short-lived. Newton bounced back leading the Panthers on an eight-play 72-yard drive and connected on his first TD pass of the season, a 14-yard strike to Jason Avant on a slant route. Thomas DeCoud tipped a deep ball from Stafford and Melvin White intercepted to set up Carolina’s next score. Rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who struggled with dropped balls all day, hauled in a one-handed grab along the left sideline. Stewart capped the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run and Newton threw to Jerricho Cotchery for a two-point conversion to put Carolina up 21-7. Jeremy Ross fumbled the ensuing kickoff Panthers kicker Graham Gano recovered the fumble. Gano then made his third field goal of the game for the final score. Wearing a thick flak jacket, Newton didn’t change the way he played. He scrambled from the pocket on one second quarter run and dived headfirst instead of sliding. He did the same thing near the goal line midway through the fourth quarter. The plays where similar to the preseason game against New England when the fourth-year quarterback broke free from the pocket and dove headfirst only to get kneed in the ribs by a Patriots player. That hit sidelined Newton for the season opener against Tampa Bay. The Lions failed to take advantage of their scoring opportunities with rookie Nate Freese missing two field goals, Joique Bell fumbling in Carolina territory and Calvin Johnson dropping a potential TD catch.

  • Boomers win 6-2 to even series Sep 14, 2014 10:01 PM
    The Schaumburg Boomers stole homefield advantage with a 6-2 victory over the River City Rascals on Sunday night to even the Frontier League championship series at a game apiece.

  • Bears roar back to beat 49ers Sep 14, 2014 11:06 PM
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Down big, Jay Cutler kept his poise on the road while Colin Kaepernick struggled in prime time. Cutler passed for three fourth-quarter touchdowns after much of Chicago’s starting defense went down, and the Bears beat the San Francisco 49ers 28-20 Sunday night to spoil their Levi’s Stadium debut. Cutler threw three TD passes to Brandon Marshall, two in the wild fourth quarter, as Chicago erased a 13-point deficit and quieted the sellout crowd. Cutler threw for two scores in a 27-second span early in the final period, aided by the gutsy play of a backup cornerback. Kyle Fuller made two late interceptions for the depleted Chicago secondary, and the first set up the go-ahead score. Kaepernick was hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for “inappropriate language” following Fuller’s first big play. That gave the Bears first-and-goal on the 3, and Cutler threw a 3-yard TD pass to Martellus Bennett as the Bears went ahead 21-20. Kaepernick threw three interceptions in all, lost a fumble and his cool, a far cry from his breakout start on the Monday night stage nearly two years ago in a rout of the Bears. Cutler sat out that night with a concussion. A sloppy game filled with 26 penalties 16 by the Niners and a crazy collapse overshadowed the fanfare of the regular-season debut for the sparkling $1.2 billion stadium. The Bears (1-1), in a stretch with six of eight games on the road, go home with some serious momentum despite injuries on both sides of the ball. Five key defenders are hurt: cornerbacks Sherrick McManis (quadriceps) and Charles Tillman (triceps), defensive end Trevor Scott (foot), safety Chris Conte (shoulder) and defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion). The 49ers (1-1) had a 17-7 halftime lead, but missed an opportunity to grab an early lead in the NFC West after the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks lost earlier in the day at San Diego. Michael Crabtree caught a touchdown pass on his 27th birthday and Frank Gore ran for a score but also had his 54-yard TD burst negated by Anquan Boldin’s costly holding penalty. Cutler helped the Bears get on the board with a 25-yard run late in the first half. He took a jarring hit from Quinton Dial with 56 seconds remaining, but stayed in the game and threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Marshall, who made a leaping, one-handed catch to pull the ball into his body as he fell into the end zone. What a way for Chicago to forget that bitter 23-20 overtime loss to the Bills at home in Week 1. San Francisco didn’t give the ball away once in a season-opening win at Dallas. In the first half, the 49ers outgained Chicago 197-93 and out-penalized the Bears 10-7 for 85 lost yards. The much-scrutinized field featured visible chunks of loose sod after new grass was laid for a third time since April. Kaepernick made his first career start against the Bears nearly two years ago, and then held onto the No. 1 job over Alex Smith. Cutler didn’t face the 49ers during a November 2012 Monday night game at Candlestick Park. A concussion to now-Chiefs QB Smith thrust Kaepernick into the spotlight that night, and he threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns as the Niners pounded the Bears 32-7. The 49ers were embarrassed at home for the second time in a month. They lost 34-0 in a rout by Denver in the first preseason game in the new stadium. Chicago’s patchwork offensive line looked shaky early with center Roberto Garza and left guard Matt Slauson each sidelined by ankle injuries. San Francisco tight ends Vance McDonald (knee) and Vernon Davis (ankle) were hurt as the 49ers lost a home opener for the first time under fourth-year coach Jim Harbaugh.

  • U.S. keeps rolling in Davis Cup matches at Sears Centre Sep 14, 2014 5:40 PM
    American John Isner won the final nine games and beat Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko 6-3, 6-0 Sunday on the final day of the Davis Cup World Group playoff at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. The U.S. had already won the first three matches to clinch the series, assuring a spot in the 2015 World Group.

  • Patriots bounce back to beat Vikings Sep 14, 2014 3:45 PM
    Tom Brady and the New England Patriots took advantage of Adrian Peterson’s absence. Matt Cassel’s four interceptions, too. Chandler Jones returned a field goal he blocked for a touchdown right before halftime, and Brady and the Patriots cruised from there for a 30-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Brady went 15 for 22 for 142 yards, one touchdown and no turnovers, and Cassel’s first start against his close friend and former mentor was a dud. Devin McCourty, Darrelle Revis, Logan Ryan and Dominique Easley all picked him off, setting up 17 points for the Patriots and prompting “Teddy! Teddy! Teddy!” chants from the crowd for rookie backup Teddy Bridgewater. Cassel finished 19 for 36 for 202 yards. Matt Asiata caught an early touchdown pass from Cassel but had only 36 yards on 13 carries in place of Peterson, who was shelved for the game after a charge of child abuse was levied against him Friday in Texas. His status for the rest of the season is unclear. The pass-run ratio last week for the Patriots was 60-20 in a shaky loss at Miami, but they established a much better balance here. Ridley carried 25 times for 101 yards, and Brady found a vulnerable target in Vikings second-year cornerback Xavier Rhodes, who was listed as questionable for the game because of a groin injury. He wasn’t able to keep up with Edelman, most glaringly on the possession right after the interception by Revis. Edelman, who also had a 34-yard punt return, had two first-down catches plus the wide-open grab in the corner of the end zone for a 17-7 lead. Edelman finished with six catches for 81 yards. One of the many hallmarks of success under Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been an ability to avoid consecutive losses. Over the last four years they’ve had only two losing streaks, of just two games apiece. The last time the Patriots lost the first two games of the season was 2001, when they went on to win their first of three Super Bowl titles. The Vikings sure started strong, finishing off a smooth opening drive with a 25-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Asiata after moving 80 yards in seven plays solely with Asiata and the tight ends. They forced a three-and-out, too, but the Patriots just needed one bad throw by Brady’s former backup to shift the momentum. Cassel’s heave to Jarius Wright hung in the air long enough for McCourty to snag it and bring the ball to the 1 after a 60-yard return. Ridley scored two plays later. Revis had Greg Jennings smothered for much of the game, and the five-time Pro Bowl pick grabbed an errant pass by Cassel early in the second quarter to set up the first of three field goals by Stephen Gostkowski. Then, after the Vikings got in position for a 48-yard kick by Blair Walsh that would’ve pulled them within seven points at the intermission, Jones powered through the line, stretched his arms out and batted down the ball. He picked it up in stride and headed for the end zone, effectively quashing the hope for a second-half comeback. The Dolphins rushed for 191 yards against the Patriots. But without Peterson, the Vikings finished with just 54 yards on 19 attempts. They were also the only team in the NFL last week to not allow a touchdown, but the defense regressed against Brady and the Patriots. He struggled badly against Cincinnati last season when Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was defensive coordinator for the Bengals, but Belichick and Brady had the decisive edge on this sun-splashed afternoon.

  • Packers beat Jets 31-24 Sep 15, 2014 12:14 AM
    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns, Jordy Nelson had a career-high 209 yards receiving and the Green Bay Packers rallied from an 18-point deficit for a 31-24 win over the New York Jets on Sunday. New York appeared to tie it with 5 minutes left on a 37-yard touchdown catch by Jeremy Kerley on fourth down — but it was negated because the Jets (1-1) called a timeout from the sideline just before the snap. The Packers (1-1) held on from there to avoid its first 0-2 start since 2006. Randall Cobb caught two short scoring strikes and a 2-point conversation that gave the Packers a 24-21 lead in the third quarter. Green Bay (1-1) went up 31-24 late in the third quarter when Nelson worked a double move on Dee Milliner for an 80-yard touchdown catch.

  • Bears Bites: It’s a whole new season Sep 15, 2014 5:04 AM
    Brandon Marshall pulled a Willis Reed, Kyle Fuller pulled a Wally Pipp and Jay Cutler pulled himself up from a brutal hit to rally the Bears back for an absolute must-win.

  • Imrem: Just like that, all is well for Bears Sep 15, 2014 11:36 AM
    Crisis? What crisis? The angst over the Bears' opening loss to Buffalo last week was soothed by a gutsy victory in the 49ers fancy new stadium.

  • Bears turn things around in a hurry to beat 49ers Sep 15, 2014 11:46 AM
    Just when it appeared the game would turn into a rout, the Bears' offense came to life. Then the defense delivered. It all added up to one of the most unlikely reversals of fortune in recent Bears history. The result was a 28-20 Bears victory that left both teams at 1-1.

  • Images: Downers Grove North at Glenbard West football Sep 13, 2014 5:23 PM
    Glenbard West hosted Downers Grove North Saturday, September 13 for Saturday afternoon football.

  • Brodner, Glenbard West pound Downers Grove North Sep 13, 2014 7:10 PM
    Sam Brodner ran Saturday like a man trying desperately to live the Glenbard West football team’s “Hitters” nickname to the fullest. Brodner ran for 2 touchdowns and 204 yards and the Glenbard West defense pitched a shutout in a 38-0 West Suburban Silver victory in Glen Ellyn.

  • Green leads Michigan over Miami (Ohio) Sep 13, 2014 8:12 PM
    In front of Michigan’s smallest home crowd in almost two decades, Derrick Green gave Wolverines fans something to feel good about. Green ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns, and Michigan overcame three first-half turnovers to beat Miami (Ohio) 34-10 on Saturday.

  • Boys soccer: Fox Valley roundup Saturday, Sept. 13 Sep 13, 2014 8:27 PM
    Boys soccer: Fox Valley roundup Saturday, Sept. 13

  • Tickets available for Dundee-Crown HOF banquet Sep 13, 2014 8:22 PM
    Tickets still remain available for the Dundee-Crown Athletic Hall of Fame banquet, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20 at Golf Club of Illinois in Algonquin.

  • Frank Torre dies at 82 Sep 13, 2014 4:18 PM
    Former World Series star Frank Torre, who helped put little brother Joe on a path that led to the Hall of Fame, has died. He was 82.

  • Prosecutor: Grand jury felt Peterson went too far Sep 13, 2014 2:08 PM
    A Texas prosecutor says a grand jury backed a child abuse charge against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after it spent several weeks reviewing “lots of evidence.” Montgomery County prosecutor Phil Grant said Saturday that parents are entitled to discipline their children, but that grand jury members felt Peterson went too far after they looked at the child’s injuries.

  • Atlanta Hawks apologize for racially charged comments Sep 13, 2014 2:16 PM
    The Atlanta Hawks have released an open letter of apology to the team, fans and city of Atlanta, saying the organization “did not do the right thing” to correct racially inflammatory words and innuendos. The apology, signed by CEO Steve Koonin, was released on Saturday, one day after the team announced general manager Danny Ferry was taking an indefinite leave of absence following his racially charged comments about Luol Deng.

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