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  • Runners dodge zombies for charity in Grayslake Oct 12, 2013 6:03 PM
    When does a light sprinkling of rain actually enhance a sporting event? One example would be Saturday’s inaugural Dead Last 5K Zombie Run in Grayslake to benefit The Oasis teen center. “We like the somber notion of it,” said Grayslake High School District 127 Superintendent Catherine Finger, a founding member of The Oasis and the creator of Saturday’s fundraiser.

  • Suburban runners: Boston not deterring us from Chicago Marathon Oct 11, 2013 4:23 PM
    Runners vow not to let the Boston Marathon bombings scare them away from the Chicago Marathon on Sunday. Likewise, Chicago Marathon organizers vow to make the large, world-renowned marathon as safe as possible. “I haven’t met a soul yet that says, ‘I’m not doing it (because of Boston),’” said Christine Kickels, a reference librarian at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. “If anything, it’s spurred more people to run it.”

  • Globetrotters return to Rosemont Oct 1, 2013 6:30 PM
    Tickets for the Harlem Globetrotters' "Fans Rule" World Tour show on Friday, Dec. 27, at the Allstate Arena go on sale to the public on Monday, Oct. 7.

  • Watson: No need for Ryder Cup wild-card picks Sep 24, 2013 1:22 PM
    GLENEAGLES, Scotland — Tom Watson’s first move as U.S. captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup was reducing the number of wild-card picks from four to three. If he had his own way, he’d have none. “If you really look at it, the purist form of Ryder Cup would be no picks, no captain’s picks, 12 players who qualify,” Watson said. “That’s the way I qualified ... you had 12 players and no picks. Maybe that’s the way it should go back to.” If that had been the case at Medinah last year, Europe probably wouldn’t have returned home with the trophy. Ian Poulter — one of two wild-card selections — helped Europe rally from 10-5 down. No wonder Paul McGinley reaffirmed Europe’s commitment to two wild cards as the rival captains chatted at an often-jovial news conference at Gleneagles on Tuesday. They were celebrating the “Year To Go” mark for the 2014 tournament at the Scottish course. Europe is looking to win the biennial competition for the eighth time in the last 10 meetings. McGinley thinks the difference between the teams will be “so slight and so small,” just like in Medinah when Jose Maria Olazabal’s visiting team prevailed 14½-13½. “At the risk of repeating myself, I really see this as, again, boxing parlance, two heavyweights going toe-to-toe, 15 rounds,” McGinley said. “I know we are on home soil, but I know it’s going to be a very formidable package that Tom is going to pose to us, and I know ... that’s what makes it so enthralling.” For the United States to break Europe’s recent stranglehold, Watson needs 14-time major winner Tiger Woods to transfer his winning form on the PGA Tour to the Ryder Cup. The top-ranked player has struggled to produce his best golf in the team competition, winning the Ryder Cup just once — in 1999 — since his debut in 1997. He only won half a point at Medinah and tied Raymond Floyd for most losses in foursomes (8). However, Watson considers Woods pivotal for the team next year. “Tiger has a sense about him and in talking to Davis (Love III), he was very much a leader at Medinah,” Watson said. “We need him to be a leader. There’s not a question about that. “I don’t care who you are, if you don’t look up to Tiger Woods, what he’s accomplished in his career and say, ‘I want to play like Tiger Woods,’ you don’t know what you’re talking about.” Qualifying for the Ryder Cup began a month ago in Europe. American qualifying will start Oct. 10 with the Open in San Martin, Calif. Watson will return to the United States where he will look at samples of the team uniform for the Ryder Cup before monitoring player performance at the Presidents Cup in Ohio next month. McGinley will compete in the Dunhill Links Championship at nearby St. Andrews.

  • Spellman’s Scorecard: Minor red flag on Trestman Sep 19, 2013 10:34 PM
    Things have gotten off to such a strong start for Bears coach Marc Trestman, but one thing he said this week sent up the red flag. That and much more in Spellman's Scorecard.

  • Citation issued for concealed gun at BMW tourney in Lake Forest Sep 17, 2013 5:25 PM
    A Westmont man was charged with attempted obstruction of justice after attempting to bring a concealed weapon to a PGA Golf Championship in Lake Forest Monday. The misdemeanor charge could be increased after the Lake County State's Attorney's Office gets clarificationon on the concealed carry law, part of which was deemed unconstitutional in Illinois.

  • Donald’s strong finish boosts his confidence Sep 16, 2013 3:57 PM
    After a difficult season, Luke Donald rediscovered his game this week on Conway Farms, his home course, and now the 35-year-old former No. 1 golfer is headed to Atlanta for the Tour Championship. His 67-66 finish at Conway Farms boosted him into a four-way tie for fourth place in the BMW Championship and elevated him from 54th to 29th in the FedEx Cup rankings.

  • Zach Johnson rallies to win BMW Championship Sep 16, 2013 4:50 PM
    Zach Johnson won the rain-delayed BMW Championship on Monday and now has a chance to win something bigger. Johnson rolled in two birdie putts over the closing holes at soggy Conway Farms and closed with a 6-under 65 for a two-shot victory over Nick Watney, giving him one of the top five seeds for the Tour Championship next week and a clear shot at the FedEx Cup and its $10 million prize.

  • Putter betrays Furyk again as Johnson takes BMW Sep 16, 2013 7:54 PM
    Jim Furyk’s problems with the putter cost him yet another tournament as Zach Johnson came from behind on Monday to steal the BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest.

  • Man arrested at BMW Championship Sep 16, 2013 10:29 PM
    A man was arrested Monday morning at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club for attempting to bring in a concealed firearm, Lake Forest police said. The man was stopped by security at the main entrance of the event, which was rained out Sunday and finished Monday instead.

  • Conway Farms good bet to host BMW again Sep 16, 2013 10:20 PM
    After a year's hiatus while the BMW Championship heads to Cherry Hills in Denver, all signs are pointing to the tournament returning to Conway Farms in 2015 after a solid week-long run in Lake Forest .

  • Woods still steamed about ‘oscillated’ incident Sep 14, 2013 6:38 PM
    Despite firing a 66 on Saturday to put himself right in the hunt at the BMW Championship, Tiger Woods was still a little miffed that he wasn’t sitting at 11-under instead heading into Sunday’s final round.

  • Furyk takes 1-shot lead at BMW Championship Sep 14, 2013 6:02 PM
    Jim Furyk put his 59 behind him with a round that was 10 shots higher Saturday in the BMW Championship in Lake Forest. Now all he wants is a trophy. Furyk recovered from a sluggish start with three birdies in a five-hole stretch around the turn. A three-putt bogey from 30 feet on the par-5 18th forced him to settle for a 2-under 69 and a one-shot lead over Steve Stricker.

  • Garcia, Woods all business at BMW; Kuchar fires 61 Sep 14, 2013 3:34 PM
    If the thousands of fans ringing the first tee box and lined up five-deep along both sides of the fairway were expecting to see some fireworks prior to the much-anticipated Saturday morning pairing of Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms, well, they had to be a little disappointed.

  • Bears, Illini, BMW golf, Riot Fest: How to avoid the traffic Sep 14, 2013 8:00 AM
    It’s a punk-rock, golf championship, Bears, Sox, Illinii. racing-palooza of a weekend. What could possibly go wrong with the traffic? Here’s how to get around with all the football, baseball, Geico 400 NASCAR race and Riot Fest planned.

  • Furyk stays steady, keeps lead at BMW Sep 14, 2013 7:49 PM
    Jim Furyk knew it wasn’t going to be easy. After all, how in the world do you follow up a round of 59? He knew early on he had his work cut out for him. As early as Friday night, in fact. Just minutes after his record-tying round had ended, Furyk admitted he already was thinking ahead to Saturday’s third round.

  • Furyk's 59 makes history at BMW Championship Sep 13, 2013 11:20 PM
    The only story on a day full of great storylines was Jim Furyk and that magic number. The number 59. But even a half an hour after his on-course magic, the ever low-key Furyk admittedly was having trouble grasping what he had just accomplished. So was his caddie. “All I can say is it was a very special round of golf, very special,” Fluff Cowan said.

  • Nervous Furyk exorcises some demons Sep 13, 2013 9:04 PM
    There was history made at Conway Farms late Friday afternoon in the BMW Championship, as Jim Furyk shot only the sixth 59 ever on the PGA Tour. The man who won the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup in 2010 is also tied at 11 under with Brandt Snedeker for the BMW lead. “It’ll sink in later,” said the typically mild-mannered Furyk on Friday evening.

  • BMW Championship ties up traffic in Lake County Sep 13, 2013 1:53 PM
    The BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest is drawing plenty of fans today — including some spending hours in traffic tie-ups that also ensnared other drivers trying to navigate around Lake County. In phone calls and on Twitter, fans reported long backups around the venue, especially on Route 60 and St. Mary’s Road approaching the parking area at W.W. Grainger Inc. at Everett Road in Mettawa.

  • BMW Golf Tourney also a boon to Evans Scholarship Fund Sep 12, 2013 2:47 PM
    The BMW Conway Farms Golf Tournament is one of the main fundraisers for the Chick Evans Scholarship Program, which provides four-year college scholarships for caddies who have a financial need and have good greats and high ACT scores. Three of this year's winners, including twins from Elk Grove Village and a student from Waukegan, talk about what the scholarship means to them.

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