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  • Boomers host ‘Human Interaction Night’ July 26 Jul 22, 2014 6:59 PM
    Leave the phone at home (or at least turn it off) for the Schaumburg Boomers’ “Human Interaction Night” at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 26 when the defending Frontier League champions square off against the Traverse City Beach Bums.

     
  • Who knew Maddux would be such a freak? Jul 22, 2014 8:30 PM
    Sunday encapsulates the Cubs' 106 years of futility when Greg Maddux joins Lou Brock in baseball's Hall of Fame. Maddux is a physical freak and this franchise always bets on the wrong freak.

     
  • Maddux admits he’s nervous for HOF weekend Jul 22, 2014 8:29 PM
    I’ve never known Greg Maddux to be nervous about anything, but he admitted Tuesday that he’s nervous because he’s about to do something he’s never done before.

     
  • Harrelson a big part of Thomas, La Russa’s careers Jul 22, 2014 10:37 PM
    With Frank Thomas and Tony La Russa being inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend, there will definitely be a strong White Sox presence in Cooperstown. Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson will both be there to enjoy it.

     
  • Cubs cut ties with Barney, then take it to Padres Jul 22, 2014 10:50 PM
    The Cubs made another break with their recent past Tuesday, when they designated second baseman Darwin Barney for assignment. They also committed to their future by affirming that Arismendy Alcantara would see a lot of playing time, both at second base and in center field.

     
  • Cubs say Barney, Baez moves not connected Jul 22, 2014 10:50 PM
    The move of minor-league prospect Javier Baez from shortstop to second base and Tuesday's cutting of Darwin Barney from the big-league roster are not connected, said Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer. The GM said the organization wants all of their young players to become more versatile.

     
  • Rizzo hits 2 homers as Cubs beat Padres 6-0 Jul 22, 2014 10:10 PM
    Anthony Rizzo hit two home runs and Kyle Hendricks pitched seven innings in his return from the minor leagues on Tuesday night, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 6-0 victory over the San Diego Padres that snapped their five-game losing streak. Rizzo staked Hendricks to a 2-0 lead in the third inning with a solo homer.

     
  • Ackerman solid in Boomers’ victory Jul 23, 2014 12:02 AM
    The 2013 Frontier League Champion Schaumburg Boomers opened a road series at Florence with a 5-1 win on Tuesday night. Hunter Ackerman bounced back in a big way, working 7 shutout innings. Ackerman did not allow a hit until the fourth inning and finished with 5 strikeouts. Jordan Dean handed Schaumburg a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly in the second to score Tyler Sciacca, who finished with 2 hits in the contest. Joe De Pinto drilled a 2-run homer in the seventh to extend the lead, his first with the team. De Pinto tallied 3 hits as the Boomers collected 11.

     
  • Bulls sign backup point guard Brooks Jul 22, 2014 4:57 PM
    Aaron Brooks is the next point guard looking to revive his career under Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. Brooks officially signed with the Bulls on Tuesday for a one-year deal likely worth $1.15 million.

     
  • Royals break out for 7-1 win over White Sox Jul 22, 2014 11:13 PM
    Adam Dunn went 2 for 4 with a solo homer for the White Sox, but the Southsiders still lost to Kansas City 7-1 Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

     
  • Fowles helps Sky edge Fever 60-57 Jul 22, 2014 10:28 PM
    Sylvia Fowles had 21 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots to help the Chicago Sky beat the Indiana Fever 60-57 on Tuesday night, snapping a six-game losing streak. Epiphanny Prince added 13 points for the Sky, who had lost 13 of 16.

     
  • Struggling Sky gets much-needed win Jul 22, 2014 11:20 PM
    The Chicago Sky wants to put an end to what has been a painful and frustrating season thus far. Tuesday's 60-57 win over arch-rival Indiana is a good start.

     
  • Scouting report Jul 21, 2014 1:01 AM
    Scouting report: White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals

     
  • Bourbonnais prepares to feed hungry Bears and fans Jul 21, 2014 11:50 AM
    You might not think local businesses would be happy about the prospect of hulking Bears roaming town, but when those bears are the kind that wear helmets and play at Soldier Field it is a different story. In Bourbonnais, as the Chicago Bears are getting ready to start training camp, restaurants are particularly excited about seeing all those hungry players and the hungry fans that come down to watch them prepare for the season.

     
  • Cougars swept by Great Lakes Jul 21, 2014 10:01 PM
    Joey Curletta did all the damage for Great Lakes on Monday, but it was just enough to finish a sweep over the visiting Kane County Cougars (19-11, 64-36) with a 3-1 victory.

     
  • Sale pitches Sox past Royals Jul 21, 2014 10:13 PM
    Chris Sale pitched seven effective innings in his first outing since the All-Star break and Adam Dunn had two RBIs and scored a run to lead the White Sox to a 3-1 victory over the slumping Kansas City Royals on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Sale (9-1) wasn’t at his best, allowing seven hits and a walk in seven innings, but he worked out of jams in the fourth and sixth innings. He struck out eight and now has allowed three runs or less in 14 of his 15 starts this season. Jake Petricka pitched the ninth for his fourth save. Dunn went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks as the White Sox for the fourth time in six games. Danny Valencia went 1-for-2 with a RBI for Kansas City, which has dropped four straight and seven of eight. The Royals had a team meeting before the game, but couldn’t turn around their fortunes as they dropped two games below .500 (48-50). Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie (5-9) gave up three runs on five hits in six innings to get the loss. He had been 4-0 against the White Sox with the Royals before Monday. The White Sox took a 2-0 lead in the first inning as the first four batters reached base. Adam Eaton singled, Alexei Ramirez was hit by a pitch and Jose Abreu reached on an error by Valencia at third base to load the bases. Dunn then singled up the middle against the shift — essentially hitting the ball to the normal shortstop position — to score both Eaton and Ramirez. The Royals trimmed the lead in half in the fourth. Alex Gordon singled with one out, stole second and then scored on a two-out single by Valencia. The next batter, Alcides Escobar, doubled down the left-field line and it appeared the score would be tied, but Valencia was nailed at the plate as left-fielder Alejandro De Aza and Ramirez got the ball to catcher Tyler Flowers for the putout to end the inning. The White Sox regained the two-run edge in the sixth as Dunn scored on a sacrifice fly by Gordon Beckham to make it 3-1. NOTES: Royals 1B Eric Hosmer was scratched about an hour before game time with a right hand contusion. He was hit on the hand with a pitch by Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester in Sunday’s game at Fenway Park. ... White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper is suffering from vertigo and missed a second straight game on Monday. Bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen took his place. ... K.C.’s Salvador Perez was back in the lineup after sitting out Sunday with a groin strain. He originally was going to catch but switched to DH when Hosmer was scratched. “He feels much better,” manager Ned Yost said. “He’s not a speed demon to begin with. It’s still probably going to affect him a little bit running, but he can catch and swing and do everything else.” ... Abreu doubled in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. ... LHP Bruce Chen (1-2) takes on Scott Carroll (4-5) in the second game of the series.

     
  • Iowa pitchers ready to contribute to Cubs Jul 21, 2014 9:26 PM
    The I-Cubs are in healthy shape, atop the Pacific Coast League’s American Northern Division with a 54-47 record through Sunday. Starting pitchers Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada made the all-star team, while Dallas Beeler, and lefties Chris Rusin and Eric Jokisch also have pitched effectively. With the Cubs’ trade of ace Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland on July 4, the big-league team has a couple of starting-rotation slots open for the second half of the season. Unlike the last couple of seasons, however, the Cubs appear to have depth at Class AAA to utilize.

     
  • Ventura can’t say enough about White Sox’ ace Jul 21, 2014 11:47 PM
    Chris Sale was brilliant again Monday night in his first start since pitching in his third All-Star Game. The White Sox' ace is also a legitimate Cy Young candidate, but all Sale cares about is winning games and contending for the playoffs.

     
  • Carroll showing positive signs for White Sox Jul 21, 2014 11:44 PM
    The White Sox have used five right-handed starting pitchers this season, and they've combined to go 12-19 with a 5.77 ERA. If his last two starts are any indication, Scott Carroll is getting his game back on the right track.

     
  • Special challenges ahead for Bears special teams Jul 21, 2014 7:54 PM
    The turnover in personnel on Bears special teams will create more than the ususal amount of questions in that phase of the game as Marc Trestman's team reports Wednesday to Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais for the start of training camp (first practice on Friday). Bob LeGere answers the key questions facings the special teams unit.

     
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