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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Milestone night for Ahonen, Lake champ Warren Sep 30, 2014 11:13 PM
    Warren boys soccer coach Jason Ahonen has added another memorable achievement to a growing list. A state champion with the Blue Devils two seasons ago, Ahonen watched his team pick up its fourth North Suburban Lake title under his guidance — and this on the night he also earned his 100th career victory. Warren got past Libertyville 3-1 on Tuesday in Gurnee, completing an unbeaten 6-0 spurt through the Lake Division for the Blue Devils (12-2-4). They will host Round Lake in the NSC championship game Oct. 9.

  • Rosado’s goal keep Hersey’s East hopes alive Sep 30, 2014 10:34 PM
    With 100 minutes of soccer fast approaching, Darren Llewellyn admits he began to think how a draw would likely dash the hopes of his club in the MSL East race. “We couldn’t be 2-1-4 after tonight — we would be done for,” said the Hersey coach. But roughly at the same time those thoughts were racing through Llewellyn’s mind, Huskies senior Luis Rosado ran onto a loose ball from Jack Rasmussen’s wicked strike. Rosado steered in the game-winner to stun host Elk Grove (4-7-2, 1-7-0) and keep the Huskies’ divsional hopes alive after its 1-0 victory Tuesday night.

  • This time Naperville Central, Lake Park are even Sep 30, 2014 10:20 PM
    It hasn’t taken long for Lake Park and Naperville Central to establish a DuPage Valley Conference rivalry on the soccer field.

  • Palatine’s Kawai impresses as Barrington clinches in MSL West Sep 30, 2014 10:19 PM
    With a week and a half left before all 12 teams compete in the Mid-Suburban League girls tennis tournament, Barrington (14-5) hosted Palatine (9-12) for a divisional faceoff on Tuesday. Barrington clinched yet another MSL West title by defeating the Pirates 6-1 in a matchup offering a potential preview of the conference championship matchup at No. 1 singles: Fillies junior Michelle Linden and Pirates freshman Asuka Kawai. In the aftermath of the match, Kawai’s teammates crowded the exit with their arms extended as she ran through a Palatine tunnel. Kawai (17-0) remained undefeated after notching a 7-5, 6-4 victory.

  • Crystal Lake South upends Cary-Grove Sep 30, 2014 9:21 PM
    Crystal Lake South grabbed control of the wheel right from the outset in a key showdown at Cary-Grove on Tuesday and after a 3-1 win the Gators find themselves in the driver’s seat of the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys soccer race. The loss snapped the Trojans’ 11-game win streak.

  • St. Charles East’s depth sinks St. Charles North Sep 30, 2014 9:03 PM
    St. Charles East’s girls tennis team may not feature any top-32 individual players this season but depth appears to be on its side. Thanks to a singles sweep from Olivia Gapuz, Kelsey Straumann and Haley Jeanes, the Saints (8-5, 4-1) scored a decisive 5-2 triumph over cross-town rival St. Charles North (5-5, 2-3) in their annual Upstate Eight Conference River Division dual match Tuesday afternoon at St. Charles East.

  • It all comes together for NSC champ Vernon Hills Sep 30, 2014 8:03 PM
    The Vernon Hills boys golf team became the first squad from the North Suburban Conference’s Prairie Division to claim the overall league title on Tuesday. And the entire Cougars clan celebrated with a giant group selfie featuring both the conference and divisional hardware outside the clubhouse at Willow Glen Golf Course in Great Lakes. Vernon Hills posted a top score of 297, 5 shots better than Lake Forest (302) and 7 ahead of Stevenson (304) in the NSC meet.

  • Rice fits Stevenson’s Cashaw nice Sep 30, 2014 11:21 PM
    The white “Rice 52” jersey with blue numerals and red trim that Connor Cashaw slipped on for his Texas-sized announcement fit almost to a T. No surprise. The Stevenson senior guard would seem a perfect fit for any basketball team. He’s able to play second fiddle to a megastar, able to dominate during stretches in a game, able to shoot from the perimeter, drive the lane, rebound and defend, able to rise to the occasion in big games.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Williams: Sox aren’t that far away from contending Sep 30, 2014 8:08 PM
    Executive VP Kenny Williams says the White Sox are closer to becoming contenders than most might think. If the Sox do hope to get back to the playoffs in 2015, they have to fill multiple holes. “We’re a lot closer than the record indicates,” Williams said just before the Sox finished the current season at 73-89. “With a few tweaks here and there, you know we’ve got to shore up the bullpen, another right-hander starter wouldn’t be a bad thing. (General manager) Rick and (Hahn) I have had ongoing conversations for quite some time.

  • Bulls’ rookies know playing time won’t come easy Sep 30, 2014 9:29 PM
    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau supplied a grim outlook on Tuesday -- no team since the 1975 Warriors has won an NBA title with two rookies in the playing rotation. The Bulls can either buck that trend behind Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic or sit them down, which isn't likely.

  • EIU joins Garoppolo hype with jersey offer Sep 30, 2014 6:30 PM
    It didn’t take long for New England Patriot quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s alma mater to take advantage of the buzz around the quarterback’s first NFL appearance. Eastern Illinois University on Tuesday said it will give replica Garoppolo No. 10 jerseys to fans who join the school’s Panther Club for $250 or increase their current donation levels by at least $150.

  • Mikaelian, Libertyville climb to the top in NSC Sep 30, 2014 10:27 PM
    Even the best golfers top a shot, say, once a year. “I do it more often than you’d probably think,” Libertyville’s Simone Mikaelian said with a sheepish laugh. On Bonnie Brook Golf Course’s par-3 No. 3 Tuesday, Mikaelian topped her tee shot, which landed in the bottom of a pond. She carded a rare double-bogey. The best golfers, however, don’t lament topped shots, other bad ones or bad holes. By the end of the North Suburban Conference meet, Mikaelian was the top golfer, topped shot and all. Her 80 earned her the inaugural Marlene Miller medalist honor, as the sophomore finished 1 stroke better than senior Annette Yandall, who was the only golfer representing Wauconda. Led by the 5-foot-3 Mikaelian and other all-conference rounds from Megan Sturonas (88, sixth), Katherine Stegman (93, 10th) and Jessica Lovinger (95, 16th), Libertyville capped off a perfect NSC season by capturing the conference championship with a 356. Stevenson (372), which lost its dual meet against Libertyville on a sixth-score tiebreaker, was second. Lake Forest (377), Vernon Hills (381) and Mundelein (394) completed the top five.

  • St. Charles East sweeps Geneva Sep 30, 2014 10:08 PM
    Something had to give when Geneva and St. Charles East’s girls volleyball teams put their undefeated Upstate Eight Conference River Division records on the line Tuesday in St. Charles. It ended up being Geneva’s record that gave, and how convincingly the Saints did it had their home gym buzzing long after their straight set win. St. Charles East scored the final six points of Game 1 to win 25-22, then never trailed in a dominating 25-15 victory in Game 2. The win puts St. Charles East (16-5, 4-0) in the River lead by a half game over Geneva (16-3, 4-1). The Saints have two matches left against St. Charles North and Larkin.

  • Wheaton North wins a thriller Sep 30, 2014 9:59 PM
    Only one could win Tuesday’s long DuPage Valley Conference battle, but both teams could take away something to hang their hats on.

  • Anderson makes it look easy at DuPage Valley tournament Sep 30, 2014 9:43 PM
    To Aurora golfers it is simply known as “The Park.” But Kelly Anderson is threatening to make the back nine at Phillips Park Golf Course her own personal domain.

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