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Joe Maddon dealing with millennial Cubs? There’s a book for that.

Chicago Tribune News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 10:50

When Theo Epstein theorized at the general managers meetings that Joe Maddon would be re-energized communicating with the “ultra millennials” in the clubhouse, it seemed like just another clever throwaway line.

What is an ultra millennial anyway? Someone whose personality is extremely characteristic...

Bears playoff picture: Week 15 scenarios and your guide to scoreboard watching (and rooting)

Chicago Tribune News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 10:45

Not only did the Bears springboard themselves toward the playoffs on Sunday by beating the NFC-leading Rams, they got help from four — yes, four — other results in the conference.

Now they enter Week 15 needing only one victory in their final three games to clinch their first NFC North title since...

WGN-TV's Lauren Jiggetts learned from ex-Bear dad's hard knocks — and her own lumps in basketball

Chicago Tribune News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 10:30

“At forward for the Chicago Sky, from Harvard University, 6-1, Lauren Jiggetts …”

Or something like that.

For the daughter of retired Bears offensive tackle Dan Jiggetts and Karen Jiggetts, a high-school swimmer, Lauren’s future as a professional athlete seemed to be ordained.

So she thought.

“My...

Bulls Q&A: Will Jim Boylen be the coach next season? When does laughingstock status end?

Chicago Tribune News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 08:25

This has been quite the week. And this will be quite the lengthy mailbag. You’re welcome.

What’s your take on the mutiny? — Dubo, north suburbs

Calling it a mutiny is a little strong. As reported by multiple outlets, two or three players raised the possibility of getting the whole team not to show...

3 takeaways from the Blackhawks' 8th straight loss, including another horrible first period

Chicago Tribune News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 07:35

Fact or fiction: There are 50 games left in the season, and the Hawks will give up the first goal in every one of them.

Of course that’s not a fact but after they allowed three more first-period goals to the Jets — including the first goal of the game for the 11th straight time — it sure seems...

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

Chicago Tribune News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 07:05

Here’s a look at the Bears by the numbers as they prepare to host the Packers on Sunday at Soldier Field (noon, Fox-32).

Against the Rams

81: First-half points allowed by the Bears this season, best in the NFL.

28: Rushing yards by the Rams’ Todd Gurley on Sunday, his season low. It was his third-lowest...

Bears Q&A: What's up with Mitch Trubisky's accuracy? What's the preferred playoff path? Will injury affect Bryce Callahan's contract status?

Chicago Tribune News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 06:55

The Tribune’s Brad Biggs answers your questions weekly in his Bears mailbag.

What's up with Mitch Trubisky's accuracy? It was touted coming out of draft. Yes, he was off two weeks, cold, shoulder, but he has had issues with accuracy before being hurt as well with baffling off-line picks. What causes...

Which Bears will earn Pro Bowl invites? The case for — and against — 7 players.

Chicago Tribune News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 06:00

Late Sunday night, inside an exuberant Bears locker room, defensive end Akiem Hicks admitted he was still feeling the juice of a 15-6 upset over the Rams, a victory that rubber-stamped the Bears as one of the best teams in football. One of the best defenses for certain.

The Rams came to Chicago...

A catcher? A reliever? Bryce Harper? White Sox are still exploring free-agent waters

Chicago Tribune News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 18:15

The next step in the White Sox’s attempt to become a contender could be more significant than their acquisition Tuesday of pitcher Ivan Nova from the Pirates for minor-league pitcher Yordi Rosario and international signing bonus pool money.

For now, Nova, 31, provides the Sox with an innings-eating...

Bears cornerback Bryce Callahan has a broken bone in his left foot, reports say

Chicago Tribune News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 13:50

Bears slot cornerback Bryce Callahan has a broken bone in his left foot, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

Callahan left Sunday’s game against the Rams in the second quarter and didn’t return.

Bears coach Matt Nagy said Monday that Callahan was undergoing tests on his foot and he’d know more within...

That nasty Bears defense? It's an amazing safety net for a struggling QB.

Chicago Tribune News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 10:15

The true power of the Bears defense could be seen in the expressions of two young quarterbacks late Sunday night, two leaders processing a hard-to-believe result. Bears 15, Rams 6.

Jared Goff stepped to a lectern not far from the visitors’ locker room at Soldier Field looking as if he were about...

National buzz building for the Bears after they suffocate the Rams in prime time

Chicago Tribune News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 07:00

Knocking off the NFL’s best team will get some attention.

Holding that high-powered team to six points on national television while improving to 9-4 will get a lot of people talking.

The Bears are finding that out after Sunday night’s 15-6 victory against the Rams. Their impressive victory, thanks...