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  • Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (5) is averaging 14.2 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game this season, just down slightly from his career averages of 16.7 ppg and 9.8 rpg.

    Overpaid Boozer adds a lot of value to the BullsMar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Carlos Boozer might seem overpaid at $15 million a year, but Mike North still sees his presence as invaluable to the Chicago Bulls and is satisfied with what Boozer does bring to the table.

  • Comedian Tommy Johnagin performs at Zanies locations in Chicago and Rosemont.

    Weekend picks: 'Last Comic' finalist Tommy Johnagin in townMar 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Comedian Tommy Johnagin draws from his personal life for his standup at Zanies this weekend. Casting Crowns teams up with Laura Story and the band For King and Country for an evening of contemporary Christian music at the Sears Centre Arena. And zombie fans won't want to miss the Walker Stalker Convention at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

  • Former Illinois star Rashard Mendenhall, here dragging the Packers’ Pat Lee into the end zone on an 8-yard touchdown run for the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV, has decided there are better things in life than “putting his body at risk for the sake of entertainment.”

    Applauding Mendenhall’s wise decisionMar 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Rashard Mendenhall's retirement from the NFL at age 26 over concern for his overall health should indicate to people that the University of Illinois educates common sense into its students. “It’s disturbing that people are questioning my sanity for giving up the money,” Mendenhall wrote.

  • Miami’s Michael Beasley goes up for a shot during the fourth quarter Sunday, but Bulls center Joakim Noah has other ideas. Noah finished with 5 blocks.

    Noah provides just the right imbalance for BullsMar 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    As a conglomerate of Bulls' players from the past, Joakim Noah imbalances the court in favor of his team. He did it again Sunday to help the Bulls beat the Miami Heat.

  • Madeleine Doubek

    Still time for courage, specifics in governor's raceMar 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Guest columnist Madeleine Doubek: There are no profiles in courage in the Illinois governor race. I'm not surprised and I probably should know better than to be disappointed, but I am. The level of discourse and detail in this all-important race is about an inch deep.

  • San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick reportedly believe he should be paid as much as Jay Cutler.

    Bears let Hester go, but what about Tillman?Mar 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    With Chicago Bears kickoff return specialist Devin Hester gone, will the Bears be able to sign star cornerback Charles Tillman? Mike North sure hopes so.

  • The Cardinals had no problem bringing Mark McGwire, left, back into the family, so it’s about time the Cubs did the same for Sammy Sosa.

    No good reason to keep Sosa awayMar 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Tom Ricketts was asked on the radio what he called "a really good question." The really good answer would have been that he'll invite Sammy Sosa back into the Cubs' family.

  • Adam Dunn was the victim of some good-natured ribbing from his White Sox teammates Tuesday upon his return from the Academy Awards, and maybe there was a purpose to that ribbing.

    Maybe White Sox just showing Dunn their supportMar 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Making fun of Adam Dunn's failings shouldn't be fun for White Sox fans anymore. Hearing that teammates laughed with him instead of at him when he returned from the Oscars was encouraging for the 2014 season.

  • Javier Baez can’t come up with a ball hit by Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain on Sunday. Baez could be a mid-season call-up, but Mike Imrem wishes the Cubs would just let him begin the season with the big club.

    Baez should start season with big clubMar 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Cubs' prospect Javier Baez hit a home run in the Cactus League on Monday. Surely the fan clamor for him to start the season in the major leagues instead of the minors will heat up again.

  • Since Derrick Rose earned the NBA MVP trophy three years ago, he has undergone two knee surgeries. Mike North calls Rose’s $17 million a year contract an albatross around the Bulls’ necks.

    Injuries have reduced D-Rose’s role to a bobblehead promotionMar 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    As I was watching the Bulls game the other night, announcer Neil Funk read a spot for Derrick Rose bobblehead night — scheduled on March 24. The promotional night was brought up on Twitter, with some good-natured joking and ribbing — including tweets like, “Will Rose be wearing a Team USA jersey?” Or, “Will the bobblehead be in street clothes?”

  • Newly signed guard Jimmer Fredette makes his Bulls debut Sunday against the Knicks at the United Center.

    School’s in session for Bulls’ FredetteMar 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Bulls provided Jimmer Fredette with more of an education in professionalism during his first game here than many NBA players receive in their entire basketball careers.

  • Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has a $68 million contract that comes with a lot of pressure for a 27-year-old rookie.

    Sox fans hoping Abreu is worth his contractFeb 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Expectations are high for the first baseman Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox, and Mike North hopes Abreu proves he is deserving of his $68 million contract.

  • No matter the source, it’s just offensiveFeb 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    The N-word is an issue being debated among black people but that doesn't mean an older white guy is disqualified from having feelings on the subject.

  • Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has a few words on the sideline during Sunday’s loss to the Heat at Miami.

    Thibodeau situation sounds like Harbaugh’sFeb 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    There are myriad similarities between Jim Harbaugh's situation with the 49ers and Tom Thibodeau's with the Bulls. Is either destined to finish out his current contract with his current team?

  • This collision at home plate in 2011 would now be subject to a new rule. The rule, 7.13, was adopted by MLB and the players’ association on a one-year experimental basis, the sides said Monday. The umpire crew chief can use the new video-review system to determine whether the rule was violated.

    What’s next for baseball? Aprons as chest protectors?Feb 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Another element of sports manhood is being tampered with as baseball experiments with further regulating home-plate collisions. What's next, putting aprons on catchers instead of chest protectors?

  • Plenty of NFL team appear intereted in talking with quarterback Josh McCown (12), who can sign once free agency begins March 1.

    Odds not looking favorable for McCown’s returnFeb 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    After a good year as a backup quarterback for the Chicago Bears, it looks like there is plenty of interest by other NFL teams in Josh McCown, including Tampa Bay’s new coach, Lovie Smith. Mike North shares his thoughts in today's column.

  • Jason Collins has signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets and is the first active openly gay player in the NBA.

    Collins joining Nets won’t take focus off of SamFeb 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Brooklyn Nets signed Jason Collins to a 10-day contract, making him the first openly gay man in one of North America's four major team sports. However, that won't take the focus off of Michael Sam in the NFL.

  • Rob Karr

    Banks dropping the ball on credit card fraudFeb 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Guest columnist Rob Karr: It is disappointing to see banks trying to blame retailers and other businesses when the banks designed, implemented and continue to support a system universally blamed by security experts as one of the biggest reasons for data breaches. It is time for consumers and businesses to demand the banks have the same concern for their U.S. customers they have had for their customers in the rest of the world and implement the more secure chip-and-PIN system.

  • Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (5) grabs a rebound in front of Toronto’s Patrick Patterson and Joakim Noah during Wednesday’s NBA game in Toronto.

    With Bulls playing hard, Thibs deserves more accoladesFeb 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau deserves some NBA Coach of the Year votes for what he has done with his team, and Mike North believes they might earn a first-round home series in the playoffs.

  • Zealousness and tolerance can coexistFeb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Writing a letter to the editor ought not be an act of personal bravery. We are not some emerging Third World revolutionary autocracy. Ah, but, sadly, sometimes ...

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