Chicago Sports News

5 reasons for Cubs fans to root for the Brewers in the NLCS

Chicago Tribune News - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 10:50

The Brewers and Dodgers played one of the dullest postseason affairs in years Tuesday night, combining for 32 strikeouts while scoring only three runs on 15 hits over 13 innings in a 5-hour,15-minute Game 4 of the National League Championship series.

You couldn’t wait for it to end, and I’m guessing...

Jabari Parker will come off the bench for the Bulls in Thursday's season opener

Chicago Tribune News - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 10:40

It’s official.

Jabari Parker, who signed a two-year, $40 million contract in free agency, will come off the bench for Thursday’s season opener in Philadelphia.

Coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed the expected news before Wednesday’s final practice and tuneup at the Advocate Center. Hoiberg shelved the...

Can the Bears beat the Patriots on Sunday? Check the numbers.

Chicago Tribune News - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 09:15

Here’s a look at the Bears by the numbers as they prepare to face the Patriots at Soldier Field on Sunday (noon, CBS).

Against the Dolphins

950: Yards of offense by the Bears in their last two games. Against the Buccaneers and Dolphins, they had 10 touchdowns, 11 pass plays of 25 or more yards...

For Fred Hoiberg, this could be his last chance to prove he can coach the Bulls

Chicago Tribune News - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 07:40

To remove any ambiguity, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg met with Jabari Parker the day after demoting the $20 million hometown hero to a reserve role.

Hoiberg spelled out the importance of Parker to this Bulls season whether the enigmatic forward comes off the bench, as is likely, or starts. Whether...

Notre Dame's midseason report card: Offense, defense, special teams, coaching

Chicago Tribune News - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 07:30

Notre Dame won its first three games largely on the strength of its experienced defense.

Coach Brian Kelly realized the offense needed a spark.

A quarterback switch, with Ian Book replacing Brandon Wimbush, has elevated the offense and made the fourth-ranked Irish (7-0) a legitimate College Football...

Christian Yelich calls Manny Machado a 'dirty player.' Machado says he is just playing baseball.

Chicago Tribune News - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 07:25

Manny Machado is not making many friends this postseason, and the Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop does not seem to mind.

In the 10th inning of the Dodgers' 2-1 win on Tuesday night, Machado was running through first base when his left foot hit the leg of Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar. Aguilar,...

Bulls Q&A: Will Fred Hoiberg's offensive vision finally come true? Is there potential for a 'point forward'?

Chicago Tribune News - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 07:15

There’s one day before the Bulls’ regular-season opener. Do you know where your win prediction is?

I’m excited about this team, even with the Lauri Markkanen injury. There’s going to be nights where they struggle as young teams typically do. There are going to be other nights where they allow a...

Bears Q&A: Do future opponents have a template for slowing the pass rush? Why has Jordan Howard fallen out of favor?

Chicago Tribune News - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 06:30

Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly.

Do future opponents now have a template on how to mitigate Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks’ pass rush? — Rich B., Fort Myers, Fla.

No. It’s not like the Dolphins did anything previous opponents did not try. They just did it better and in the case of Mack...

The Manny Machado issue: Do the Cubs want to spend $300M on a guy who won't always hustle and plays dirty?

Chicago Tribune News - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 06:25

Quick, someone tell Manny Machado that playing dirty and refusing to hustle is no way to go through baseball.

That’s especially true when you’re going to ask teams, such as the Cubs, for hundreds of millions of dollars in free agency.

If the last two games of the NL Championship Series are an indication,...

Which Big Ten football coaches could survive going 0-12? Here’s a ranking.

Chicago Tribune News - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 06:00

The USA Today story popped onto our Twitter feeds Sunday: “Nebraska would owe Scott Frost as much as $26 million if the school decides to terminate …”

The reaction was universal: Get real. Are Aaron Rodgers’ buyout figures coming next?

The story, though, made me wonder: Which Big Ten coaches could...

Were the Bears’ defensive struggles Sunday just a blip? Tom Brady and the Patriots will help the evaluation

Chicago Tribune News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 17:50

Bears safety Eddie Jackson said he is “100 percent” certain Sunday’s second-half defensive performance in a 31-28 overtime loss to the Dolphins was a “blip,” an outlier that doesn’t change what the unit ultimately will be this year.

That sentiment will be put to a true test Sunday at Soldier Field,...

Lovie Smith: 'Sometimes divorce is good' — Illinois tight end Louis Dorsey says he is leaving the team

Chicago Tribune News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 15:35

Illinois tight end Louis Dorsey announced Monday night that he is transferring from the program.

“I’m thankful for my opportunities to play here at the University of Illinois,” he tweeted. “Unfortunately I have decided it is in my best interest to transfer and continue my career elsewhere. Thank...

Joe Maddon's agent rips media speculation on Cubs manager's future: 'You guys fired everything up'

Chicago Tribune News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 12:05

The Joe Maddon Farewell Tour is off to a rocky start and already in danger of being canceled.

When we left Maddon last two weeks ago at Wrigley Field, the Cubs manager left for his offseason vacation on the heels of a 13-inning loss to the Rockies in the National League wild-card game, ending a...

Fantasy football week 7: Start Sony Michel and sit Sam Darnold

Chicago Tribune News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 08:10

No Aaron Rodgers. No James Conner. No Tyler Lockett.

The Packers, Steelers and Seahawks are all idle in Week 7. By the way, the Raiders are off, too, so you won’t get to pick on their defense.

But there are still plenty of good options to exploit and pitfalls to avoid.


Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles...

Meet the 2018-19 Bulls

Chicago Tribune News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 06:26

Photos of the Chicago Bulls 2018-19 roster ahead of the season opener.

Every Bears touchdown scored during 2018 season

Chicago Tribune News - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 06:15

Photos of every Bears touchdown scored during the 2018 season.

Bear Download podcast: All 3 phases fail at key times in loss to Dolphins

Chicago Tribune News - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 01:00
Bears reporters Dan Wiederer and Rich Campbell break down the team's Week 6 loss to the Dolphins.