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  • Big Ten West teams step up against East teams Oct 1, 2014 6:20 AM
    One of the prevailing notions heading into the season was that the Big Ten East could end up being a lot better than the West. It didn’t look that way last weekend. Though it was clearly a small sample size, Saturday’s performances were encouraging for a newly-created division fighting for respect.

  • Playoff managers hit, miss on contesting calls Oct 1, 2014 6:18 AM
    For Buck Showalter, Don Mattingly and every other manager in these playoffs, it promises to be a most challenging postseason. This is the first October in which skippers can contest an umpire’s call. Nearly everything is subject to replay review, except for balls and strikes, but managers only get one challenge per game if they’re wrong.

  • McIlroy backing Clarke for next European captain Oct 1, 2014 6:18 AM
    Rory McIlroy is backing Darren Clarke as the next Ryder Cup captain for Europe. McIlroy was among influential voices who threw support behind Paul McGinley when Europe was choosing a captain for Gleneagles. McGinley pushed all the right buttons as Europe sailed to victory over the Americans last week.

  • Notre Dame faces first tough test against Stanford Oct 1, 2014 6:19 AM
    Ninth-ranked Notre Dame is about to face its stiffest challenge this season. After beating four teams with a combined record of 7-11, with none of those opponents’ victories coming against Power Five conference teams, the Fighting Irish (4-0) on Saturday host 14th-ranked Stanford (3-1), which has the nation’s top-rated dense. The Cardinal also has beaten the Irish four of their last five meetings.

  • Michigan State, Nebraska have gaudy offensive numbers Oct 1, 2014 6:28 AM
    No. 10 Michigan State is off to a historic start on offense and faces another high-scoring team in No. 19 Nebraska to open Big Ten play on Saturday night. Michigan State (3-1) has scored 201 points through four games, best in school history. The Cornhuskers (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) are averaging 45.4 points per game.

  • Mundelein High officials to talk future of the district’s golf course Oct 1, 2014 5:30 AM
    A decade after Mundelein High School officials bought a local golf course to potentially use as a second campus, board members and administrators will meet Wednesday to discuss the site’s future.

  • Elgin’s strides continue with win over Streamwood Oct 1, 2014 1:43 AM
    History shows a trying four-year administration tends to age a leader prematurely. Fourth-year Elgin girls volleyball coach Scott Stewart can relate somewhat. Stewart was 29-years-old when he took over the struggling program. The first setter in Larkin boys volleyball history in 1998, he worked for four seasons in the Elgin girls and boys olleyball programs until 2011, when he inherited a girls varsity team that finished 3-33 in 2010. Without the benefit of many club volleyball players — for example, there is only one club-trained player on the Elgin varsity this season — Stewart has slowly brought the Maroons back to respectability, though it has not been easy.

  • Mike North video: South Carolina giving 4-year scholarships Oct 1, 2014 10:04 AM
    South Carolina is now going to give four-year scholarships for college athletes. Mike North was surprised to know that hasn’t always been the case.

  • Rozner: Cubs, Girardi might be a match in fall of 2015 Oct 1, 2014 5:22 AM
    Joe Girardi loves managing the Yankees, his family's happy and he's making huge dollars. The timing was simply wrong in the fall of 2013. But the way things are shaping up, the math might produce a different result in the fall of 2015.

  • Wheeling’s martial arts hall-of-famer Sep 30, 2014 9:30 AM
    Master of Martial Arts: Wheeling Instructor Earns Hall-of-Fame Honors

  • Halfway home, breaking down playoff possibilities Sep 30, 2014 9:42 AM
    It seems like I say this every year about this time — and here I go again. I can’t believe how fast time is flying. Last weekend (at halftime to be precise) marked the official halfway point of the high school football regular season.

  • Images: Prep Sports Images of the Week Sep 30, 2014 1:01 AM
    See some of the best images of the week in high school sports. Daily Herald photographers this week covered girls swimming and diving, girls tennis, cross country, and more.

  • Thibs to see Rose easing way back into form Sep 30, 2014 9:29 PM
    Coach Tom Thibodeau thinks Derrick Rose is showing more patience in his second recovery from knee surgery. Rose, though, had little patience for a repetitive question after Tuesday's first practice of training camp.

  • Coaches use large network to watch for injury Sep 30, 2014 6:46 PM
    The sideline is often the worst place to watch a football game. Even for the head coach standing front and center, getting a good look at what is happening on the field can be difficult. Behind the coach can be 100 players and dozens of assistants and staffers packed into an area 50 yards long, all zipping from play to play. How is a coach supposed to look for injuries in all that activity, and still run his team? With plenty of help.

  • NFL says Abdullah should not have been penalized Sep 30, 2014 10:11 AM
    The NFL said Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception. Spokesman Michael Signora wrote in an email Tuesday that “the officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression, and as a result, there should have been no penalty on the play.”

  • Royals return to playoffs in dramatic fashion Oct 1, 2014 6:39 AM
    It had been 29 years since the Kansas City Royals had last been to the postseason — nearly three decades spent mostly in baseball’s backwater, a small-market organization on a shoe-string budget trying in vain to compete with the big boys. On Tuesday night, they returned to the game’s grand stage in dramatic fashion.

  • Epstein: Our goal is the NL Central title next year Sep 30, 2014 9:53 PM
    While Cubs president Theo Epstein wasn't afraid Tuesday to say that the team could compete for a division title next year, he said the organization will not "bail" on its young players or abandon its long-term plan.

  • Bears’ Bennett just getting started Sep 30, 2014 9:54 PM
    Martellus Bennett's career-best, 9-catch, 134-yard performance against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday may be just a sampling of what's to come in the future from the Bears' tight end.

  • Football Focus Week Six Preview Sep 30, 2014 10:01 PM
    See the preview of week six as Joe Aguilar visits the Lancers of Lake Park to discuss their playoff chances behind Division I recruit Antonio Shenault.

  • Change in the air for North Central Sep 30, 2014 10:49 PM
    North Central’s football team has had an emotional week. Days after the team lost its first regular-season game in almost two full years, coach John Thorne announced he will step down at the end of the calendar year.

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