Chicago Sports News

Cubs Q&A: How serious is interest in Manny Machado? Do you like 'Careless Whisper'?

Chicago Tribune News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:10

The Tribune’s Mark Gonzales answers questions about the Cubs’ inability to drive runners home from second base with nobody out, the White Sox’s affordability to sign a marquee free agent and trade rumors around Manny Machado.

Is anyone else tired of every leadoff double being stranded at second...

The graybeard Cavaliers have turned experience into their best weapon against the Celtics

Chicago Tribune News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 09:25

After making yet another record-setting night look routine, LeBron James baby-talked with his 3-year-old on FaceTime.

"You're having noodles again?" James cooed into his cell phone.

Eating pasta for dinner certainly could not have been more exciting than his Monday night in Game 4 of the Eastern...

Brett Favre says he went to rehab 3 times to fight addictions

Chicago Tribune News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 09:15

Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre says he made three trips to rehabilitation centers during his career to fight his dependence on painkillers and alcohol.

Favre told Sports Illustrated he took as many as 14 Vicodin at one time during the 1995 season in Green Bay.

The former Packers star said...

Plaque makes Brandi Chastain look like Gary Busey or Jimmy Carter, per social media

Chicago Tribune News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 09:05

Social media is finding little to like about the likeness on a plaque honoring retired soccer champion Brandi Chastain.

The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in San Francisco unveiled the plaque on Monday night. Chastain diplomatically said "it's not the most flattering. But it's nice."

On Twitter,...

A closer look at the Bears defense

Chicago Tribune News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 07:43
Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast with Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer. Listen below or subscribe and listen on iTunes | Stitcher | Google Play Rich and Dan break down the Bears defense - a defensive pod-gress report, so to speak (1:44), set over/unders for Rich's trip to the ballpark...

We interrupt this Cubs season for a 2016 flashback

Chicago Tribune News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 07:40

The 2016 season is a piece of Cubs history, a moment in time placed in a drawer that’s periodically opened to remind us it actually happened.

But as the calendar flips and the championship roster gets smaller and smaller with each new year, you wonder what might have been had the old gang stayed...

Do the White Sox really think Manny Machado would want to play for a team like theirs?

Chicago Tribune News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 06:30

You know what’s worse than the White Sox not getting any better?

The Sox not getting any smarter, that’s what.

Bad and stupid is no way to go through the American League, even the AL Central.

But bad and stupid were on display against the Orioles on Monday night, although it might be more accurate...

Baseball’s weirdest uniforms get shredded in ‘Winning Ugly’

Chicago Tribune News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 06:15

Where were the baseball fashion police in the 1970s and ’80s when we really needed them?

“Once upon a time,” writes sports design expert Todd Radom, “the Padres looked like tacos, the Astros wore tequila sunrises and the White Sox swathed themselves in leisure suits.”

Looking back at some of those...

Mike Ditka to speak at benefit for shuttered Indiana college that used to host Bears preseason camps

Chicago Tribune News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 06:00

Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka is helping out a now-shuttered northwestern Indiana college that once hosted the Bears' preseason camps.

Ditka will be the featured speaker at a June 9 fundraiser benefiting the renovation of a former St. Joseph's College campus building.

That building would...

Manny Machado, the ideal Cub, handles hoopla over arrival like superstar he is

Chicago Tribune News - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 19:05

About 20 Chicago media members filed into a crowded Orioles clubhouse Monday to see the most intriguing baseball player in the city this week.

A smart-aleck teammate greeted us.

“He’s Manny Machado, not Prince Harry,’’ the Orioles player shouted.

Maybe not, but if Machado keeps it up, the 25-year-old...

Steve Stone talks White Sox prospects

Chicago Tribune News - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:23
Welcome to the weekly Deep Dish Baseball podcast, hosted by Teddy Greenstein and featuring Mark Gonzales, Paul Sullivan and other Chicago Tribune writers. Subscribe and listen to Deep Dish Baseball on iTunes | Stitcher | Google Play Teddy talks to White Sox broadcaster Steve Stone about the team's...

Lots of buzz about Manny Machado, but Cubs have bigger issues

Chicago Tribune News - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:10

In reminiscing about the 2016 World Series, manager Joe Maddon noted the Cubs nearly went to the Fall Classic three consecutive seasons.

“We have raised the bar, and it’s wonderful,” Maddon said. “The word ‘pressure,’ I think that’s wonderful, but we’re not at the zenith of our games. We’re not,...

Expansion Vegas Golden Knights advance to Stanley Cup Final

Chicago Tribune News - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 18:25

The Vegas Golden Knights are going to the Stanley Cup Final — with a chip on their shoulder.

"Everybody on this team has something to prove," Ryan Reaves said. "We call ourselves 'The Golden Misfits' for a reason. We're doing a good job of proving everybody wrong."

Reaves scored the winning goal,...

White Sox's Reynaldo Lopez wins over manager, stifles Rangers with 8-inning gem

Chicago Tribune News - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 17:55

Rick Renteria strolled to the mound Sunday with an open hand and an open mind. After misfiring with his 101st pitch to issue a 3-2 walk, White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lopez would have to convince his manager to let him keep the baseball.

“You need to have conviction if I'm going to leave you...

Yu Darvish shows progress, aggressiveness to earn first victory as a Cub

Chicago Tribune News - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 17:15

There were checkpoints throughout the Cubs’ recent 4-2 trip, from Jose Quintana’s ability to rebound from a poor start to Ian Happ’s resurgence at the plate.

But Yu Darvish might have taken the biggest and most-anticipated strides toward finally becoming a dependable and dominant member of the...

U.S. tops Canada 4-1 to claim bronze at hockey worlds

Chicago Tribune News - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 13:00

The United States topped Canada 4-1 to claim the bronze medal at the world ice hockey championship on Sunday.

Chris Kreider led the U.S. with two goals.

Forward Nick Bonino scored the winner on a rebound during a power play in the final period. Anders Lee and Kreider added empty-net insurance goals...

Without World Cup, U.S. men's national team goes young for friendly vs. Bolivia

Chicago Tribune News - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 10:55

Had the United States qualified for the World Cup, as it had done every four years since 1990, the roster announced Sunday for an upcoming friendly would have been packed with internationally seasoned players preparing for soccer's ultimate test next month in Russia.

But because of last fall's...

NBA draft prospect Trae Young tries to bury bust-or-boom talk with buckets

Chicago Tribune News - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 06:40

There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground when it comes to Oklahoma guard Trae Young.

Much like his shot chart, which eschews the midrange attempts while being heavy on 3-pointers and daring darts to the rim, the diminutive guard’s game splits opinion in disparate fashion: He’s either going to...

Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa reportedly retiring: ‘I will not play hockey anymore’

Chicago Tribune News - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 18:30

When Marian Hossa stunned Blackhawks fans and the hockey world in June by announcing he would sit out the 2017-18 season because of a skin disorder, there was little doubt he had played his last NHL game.

Hossa confirmed that Saturday, telling Slovakian news outlet Novy Cas he is retiring after...

Kevin Pendergast represents side of legal gambling story easy to overlook

Chicago Tribune News - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 18:05

A couple of years ago, Kevin Pendergast decided to tell his two young sons about the unsavory part of his past as a convicted sports gambler who spent two months in a federal prison.

Better the boys — now 8 and 10 years old — heard the story from their dad than on Google or the playground.

“It...