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  • Bears’ Marshall touts Cutler as MVP candidate Jul 31, 2014 8:44 AM
    Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall says Jay Cutler is a changed man, and he considers the quarterback an MVP candidate because of his dedication and commitment to the team. “This is a different person. I don’t know this new guy," Marshall said. "I don’t know this new Jay Cutler. Maybe his new name is like Joshua or something, just a totally different guy.”

     
  • McHenry County might restrict horse racing Jul 30, 2014 7:55 PM
    Horse racing soon may be allowed only in a few places in McHenry County. The county board is expected to vote Tuesday on a proposed unified development ordinance that includes new restrictions for horse racing events in unincorporated areas. The change would mean races won’t be allowed in farm areas where they are typically held. The move has riled area stable owners who have spent years fighting such a ban. “The idea is to have horse racing in the country ... where the people can go for a picnic,” said Silvia McLain, owner of Tomlin Stables on Tomlin Road in Marengo.

     
  • No trades yet, but plenty of White Sox news Jul 30, 2014 11:52 PM
    With the nonwaiver trade deadline looming, Wednesday was a quiet day on the trade front for the White Sox. But there was plenty of other news involving Avisail Garcia and Matt Lindstrom, Nate Jones and Carlos Rodon.

     
  • Bears trying different combinations at safety Jul 31, 2014 5:31 AM
    The competition for the starting spots at free safety and strong safety on the Bears' defense is wide open, and on Wednesday former Cowboy Danny McCray got a chance to work with the first team, paired with Ryan Mundy, who started nine games for the Giants last season. McCray replaced rookie Brock Vereen, who teamed with 14th-year veteran Adrian Wilson on the second team, but coach Marc Trestman said it was too early to read much into the day's moves.

     
  • Mayfly madness on the upper Mississippi Jul 31, 2014 12:26 PM
    Midsummer mayfly emergences caused their usual mayhem along many areas in the upper and lower Midwest, and particularly along the upper Mississippi River drainage recently. Mike Jackson has more in this week's outdoors notes, which includes a local fishing update.

     
  • Some good (shutout), some bad (another tie) Jul 31, 2014 12:25 AM
    Clearly, a drastic move had to be made. Another might be coming. The Chicago Fire went to a new pairing at central defense Wednesday night, getting a 0-0 draw against Vancouver as a result at Toyota Park.

     
  • Cougars drop fifth straight Jul 30, 2014 11:52 PM
    For the first time all season, the Cougars saw a losing streak reach five games. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers handed the visiting Cougars their 11th shutout of the season with a 2-0 victory Wednesday night at Fox Cities Stadium.

     
  • White Sox allow 6 in 1st, lose 7-2 to Tigers Jul 30, 2014 10:51 PM
    Max Scherzer pitched seven impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers scored six runs in the first inning en route to a 7-2 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday night. Nick Castellanos hit a three-run homer in the first and added an RBI single in the seventh for the Tigers, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Scherzer (13-3) allowed a run and five hits. He struck out six and walked one.

     
  • 7 things to know about Cubs' longest game ever Jul 30, 2014 2:00 PM
    Cubs pitcher John Baker is believed to be the first Cubs position player, at least as we tradtionally think of them, to earn a victory as a pitcher. Baker was the unlikely hero in Tuesday night's 16-inning victory over the Rockies in the longest game in terms of time in Wrigley Field history.

     
  • Cubs’ Baker enjoys his moment in historyc Jul 30, 2014 10:07 PM
    Cubs catcher John Baker was still enjoying the attention he received for being the winning pitcher in Tuesday night's marathon against the Rockies. Baker came on in an emergency role and acquitted himself well. He said the text messages kept pouring in long after the game was over.

     
  • The Hall of Fame hit a home run this year Jul 29, 2014 5:30 AM
    Mike North knows the 2014 Cooperstown inductees wouldn’t be left off too many baseball rosters.

     
  • ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Forssander Cherishes Harper Experience Jul 29, 2014 7:24 AM
    Although Harper softball player Amanda Forssander only played for the Hawks for one season (2013), she relished the opportunity to compete at the college level. In her only season, the Prospect High School grad hit over .300 and earned Team MVP honors while playing catcher, first base and outfield for the Hawks.

     
  • Stories of athletes named in NCAA lawsuit Jul 29, 2014 9:09 AM
    Ten head-injury lawsuits filed against the NCAA were consolidated into one federal class-action suit in Chicago, where a settlement was announced Tuesday. In all of the lawsuits combined, dozens of plaintiffs who said they suffered concussions playing contact sports in college are named. Here are some of their stories.

     
  • North Dakota State picked to win Missouri Valley football crown Jul 29, 2014 2:16 PM
    Three-time defending national champion North Dakota State is picked to win the Missouri Valley Football Conference title. The poll of league coaches, media and sports information directors released Tuesday shows the Bison with 24 out of 39 first-place votes and 370 points.

     
  • 2015 Lakeside Legends 9-14U Tryouts are Starting Jul 29, 2014 3:08 PM
    Lakeside Legends of Batspeed Academy, Northern Lake County and Southeastern Wisconsin's Elite Baseball Developmental Program will be starting tryouts for it's 9-14U programs.

     
  • Youth baseball fundraiser: Jul 29, 2014 4:15 PM
    Lake Villa Township Baseball hosts its inaugural golf outing and silent auction Friday, Sept. 12, at the Antioch Golf Club, 40150 Route 59, Antioch.

     
  • Rec Park plays host to Legion state tourney Jul 29, 2014 4:56 PM
    The American Legion baseball state tournament is returning to the Northwest suburbs. Beginning Wednesday at Lloyd Meyer Field at Recreation Park in Arlington Heights, six teams from across the state will battle for the Illinois Legion state championship. And keeping with tradition, there will be no admission and the pass-the hat custom will take place at each game. Three teams from the Northwest suburbs will be battling in the double-elimination tournament that begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Arlington Post 208, Barrington Post 158 and Northwest Legion Post 690 will compete, with play continuing each day through Saturday. The title game will be at either 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. Saturday.

     
  • $1.2 million may go to family of athlete shot by cop Jul 29, 2014 6:31 PM
    Chicago could pay $1.2 million to the family of a high school athlete who was fatally shot by an off-duty police officer. The city council’s finance committee on Tuesday approved the settlement in the 2009 shooting of 17-year-old Corey Harris. The entire city council will vote Wednesday.

     
  • Boomers sweep six-game homestand Jul 29, 2014 10:01 PM
    The Schaumburg Boomers swept the homestand with an 8-2 victory Tuesday over the Lake Erie Crushers. For the Boomers, who own a league-best 26-7 home record, it was the first 6-0 homestand in franchise history.

     
  • NBA, Clippers eager for Sterling out, Ballmer in Jul 29, 2014 5:43 PM
    The NBA and the Los Angeles Clippers are ready to move on, even if Donald Sterling wants to keep fighting. Move on to Steve Ballmer, who paid a record price for the team and is now a step closer to finally owning it. The Clippers are a potential powerhouse team next season, with two All-Star players and one of the league’s best coaches. The only thing that could’ve messed it up was ownership.

     
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