<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Sports]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usTue, 22 Aug 2017 10:09:44 -0500Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:09:44 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Baseball Teams Schedule Games to Coincide With Solar Eclipse]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:55:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/minorleaguebase.jpg

Baseball fans in more than a half-dozen cities are heading to ballparks to watch the solar eclipse as teams look to cash in with game-day viewing parties.

Minor league teams from Oregon to South Carolina have scheduled games Monday to coincide with the total eclipse as it streaks across the United States.

In Nebraska, the Lincoln Saltdogs will wear special eclipse jerseys and stop their game to watch the full eclipse at 1:02 p.m. The team says it has sold tickets to buyers from as far away as the United Kingdom and Germany.

Other teams hosting events include the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, Idaho Falls Chukars, Bowling Green Hot Rods, Nashville Sounds, Greenville Drive, Columbia Fireflies and Charleston RiverDogs.

No big league games are scheduled to coincide with the eclipse.



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<![CDATA[Chicago Blackhawks Tickets Go on Sale Monday]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:01:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Sky5+Morning+630+-+06494120_28549135.jpg

The Chicago Blackhawks will start their regular season this October, and soon fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to games at the United Center. 

The Blackhawks announced that regular season tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday. Tickets will be available on the team's website and by calling Ticketmaster, according to a press release. 

The United Center will host 41 home games in the 2017-18 season, starting with the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 5. The Blackhawks will welcome the Nashville Predators, who swept them out of the postseason, to Chicago on Oct. 14 and Oct. 27. 

Other notable dates on the schedule include the first-ever visit of the Vegas Golden Knights, who will play in Chicago on Jan. 5. The St. Louis Blues will play the Blackhawks on Mar. 18 and Apr. 6, and the Detroit Red Wings will make their yearly visit to the U.C. on Jan. 14. 

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<![CDATA[Montero Tweets About Boos Upon Return to Wrigley Field]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:56:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-824286094.jpg

Former Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Montero made his return to Wrigley Field for the first time since being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this year, and he had plenty to say about the experience on his Twitter account.

Montero, who was traded to the Blue Jays after criticizing pitcher Jake Arrieta earlier this season, was mostly positive about what he got to experience at Wrigley.  

He had a message for the fans that booed him during his first plate appearance at the Friendly Confines on Friday:

Montero also took time to thank fans for their support while he was with the Cubs:

Montero appeared in all three games against the Cubs, racking up four hits, a double, and a home run in the series. Unfortunately for him, the Blue Jays were swept by the Cubs in the three-game series at the Friendly Confines. 



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<![CDATA[Predators' Mascot Nails Blackhawks With Insult Tweet]]> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 21:44:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-669632864.jpg

The Chicago Blackhawks were swept out of the playoffs by the Nashville Predators, but that wasn't enough humiliation for the Predators' mascot apparently. 

On Sunday, the Blackhawks posted a tweet about single-game tickets going on sale this week, and the Predators' mascot Gnash had a painfully true rebuttal on tap: 

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It's hard to formulate a response to the tweet, as the Predators limited the Blackhawks to just three goals in a four-game sweep during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Predators then rode that momentum all the way to the Cup Final before losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins. 



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<![CDATA[Toews Not One of NHL's Top Centers, New Ranking Says]]> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 20:11:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/toews+blackhawks.png

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has three Stanley Cups and two Olympic gold medals on his resume, but those impressive accomplishments didn’t help him in a new ranking of the top centers in the NHL.

According to a new ranking released by NHL Network, Toews is the 12th-best center in the league right now. Toews, who will be entering his 11th NHL season this fall, scored a career-low 21 goals and dished out 37 assists last season, and he saw his team get bounced from the Stanley Cup playoffs in just four games in the spring.

Two centers from the Central Division made the list ahead of Toews, as Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin (eighth) and Winnipeg Jets center Mark Schiefele (tenth) both finished ahead of the Blackhawks’ captain.

Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid topped the list, followed by a pair of Pittsburgh Penguins as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin rounded out the top three.

Toronto Maple Leafs sensation Auston Matthews and Washington Capitals star Nicklas Backstrom rounded out the top five. 



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<![CDATA[Trubisky's Mom Posts Adorable Pic of QB on His Birthday]]> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:57:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trubisky+halas.png

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky celebrated his 23rd birthday this weekend, and his mom marked the occasion by posting an adorable old photo on social media. 

Trubisky, who threw for 60 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' win over the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday, likely won't be the team's starter in Week 1, but his mom still has a special place in her heart for him anyway: 

The quarterback, the second pick in the NFL Draft back in April, is currently the Bears' third string quarterback behind Mike Glennon and Mark Sanchez on the depth chart. 


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<![CDATA[Avila Delivers Cubs a Wild Win Over Blue Jays]]> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:42:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-835985254.jpg

The famous Blue Angels repeatedly rocked Wrigley Field on Sunday afternoon, but it was the Chicago Cubs who drew the loudest ovation as they scored a stunning comeback win over the Toronto Blue Jays. 

The Cubs trailed by two runs going into the bottom of the 10th inning, but Alex Avila played the hero as his two-run single gave the team a 6-5 win over the Blue Jays and a three-game sweep in the series. 

Albert Almora Jr. had a three-run double in the third inning, and Kyle Hendricks pitched six innings and gave up three runs as the Cubs secured the victory. 

After the game went into extra innings, the Cubs gave up two runs in the top of the 10th, as Josh Donaldson scored after advancing to second on a strange errant throw from Avila. Norichika Aoki then drew a bases loaded walk off of Justin Wilson, and the Blue Jays seized a two-run lead. 

The game took an even stranger turn in the bottom of the inning as Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez both reached base on dropped third strikes. Schwarber scored on an RBI single by Ben Zobrist, setting the stage for Avila's heroics. 

The catcher lined a single to right field, scoring both Zobrist and Baez to secure the win and the sweep for the Cubs. 

The Cubs will have Monday off before embarking on a road trip, which will start in Cincinnati on Tuesday night. 



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<![CDATA[America Still in Turmoil a Year After Kaepernick's Protest]]> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:31:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kaepernickfeuerherd.jpg

What started as a protest against police brutality has mushroomed a year later into a divisive debate over the future of a football player who refused to stand for the national anthem and now faces what his fans see as blackballing for speaking out in a country roiled by racial strife.

Supporters of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick demonstrated outside the Los Angeles Rams' Aug. 12 preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys, part of calls for boycotts of the upcoming NFL season. Film director Spike Lee is promoting a rally on his behalf.

On the opposing end of a wide range of opinions, some fans say Kaepernick shouldn't have sat or kneeled during the national anthem, while others argue the quarterback's lack of a job is more about his talent.

The once-rising star and Super Bowl quarterback has been unemployed since March, when he opted out of his contract and became a free agent who could sign with any team. At least three NFL clubs have openly discussed the idea of signing him, but the embattled quarterback has yet to sign a contract with training camps well underway.

Just weeks away from the regular season, he has become a symbol of the clash of celebrity, sports and social issues as more people —including players, fans, politicians, team owners and pundits — invoke his name to debate thorny issues of patriotism and race. Other prominent NFL players have sat out or demonstrated during anthems this preseason, one saying his decision was bolstered by a recent white supremacists' rally in Virginia that turned deadly.

"There's a lot going on inside people's hearts right now," said Dan Rascher, a sports business professor at the University of San Francisco. "This may have been a catalyst for that even though it's not about Colin Kaepernick, but about our country and who we are."

Other players who joined Kaepernick in protest are still employed. Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins pledged to continue his protests this season, tight end Martellus Bennett signed a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers and linebacker Brandon Marshall stayed with the Denver Broncos even as he lost two endorsements for kneeling during the anthem.

Still, some fans say they believe Kaepernick has been passed up as punishment for his actions, which initially went unnoticed until the third preseason game last year.

The chorus gets louder every time a quarterback vacancy is filled on an NFL team, such as when the Miami Dolphins brought 34-year-old quarterback Jay Cutler out of a short-lived retirement to lead its franchise. Cutler was out of work — like Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III, and others — and planned to work as a television analyst before the Dolphins reunited him with coach Adam Gase.

"Either some owners and/or the NFL are punishing him for speaking out, or they've decided that it's best for business to sweep these valid issues under the rug in order not to upset fans who, in our opinion, don't have a valid reason to be upset about Colin Kaepernick being on their team," said Tim Clark, who is organizing boycotts of all 32 teams for the NFL's regular season opener.

Color of Change, an online civil rights organization, flooded Baltimore Ravens headquarters with telephone calls when the team didn't quickly sign him as it openly considered options to react to an injury. The Los Angeles chapter of the National Action Network, which demonstrated over the weekend, says it will boycott the Rams and Chargers games at Memorial Coliseum. A change.org petition calling for a season-long boycott of the NFL has collected more than 170,000 signatures.

"We understand the NFL is very important to you. We also understand the purpose of Colin Kaepernick's protest is FAR more important than any games you will ever watch," the petition said.

Elie Mystal, an editor at the "Above the Law" legal commentary website, agreed with the proposed boycotts.

"Kaepernick doesn't have a job because he spoke out about race," Mystal said. "That's the thing you're not allowed to do in our sporting culture and most of our popular culture, unless you're so over-the-top talented that they need you for winning."

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the anthem while Rams defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist during Saturday's game between the two teams.

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, Martellus Bennett's brother, sat during the singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" for the second straight week on Friday. He was joined by two teammates standing by him. Bennett said the death of a young woman protesting white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, underscored his decision.

"First of all, I want people to understand I love the military. My father was in the military. I love hot dogs like any other American. I love football like any other American, but I don't love segregation," he said. "I don't love riots. I don't love oppression. I don't love gender slander."

Some fans say Kaepernick has not been signed because he's had an inconsistent career. He played in the 2013 Super Bowl but faded in the seasons leading up to the protests, winning just three games in his last 19 starts.

He had two seasons where he was the starting quarterback for all 16 of his team's games, including the 2014 season that ended with San Francisco missing the playoffs. He suffered from a shoulder injury for half of 2015 and began the 2016 season as a backup, then started 11 games. The 49ers finished in last place for the second season in a row.

"Do these people (complaining) about Kaepernick going unsigned not understand that he sucks, and he's a liability/distraction?" tweeted Joe Patterson, a business management major at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Henry Schafer, executive vice president of Q Scores Marketing Evaluations, said Kaepernick's popularity has plummeted.

"He's very polarizing and much more in the consciences of the general population as well as sports fans and, creating, I would think, a pretty big dilemma for the NFL teams as to where he's going to go," Schafer said.

The fallout wasn't all negative: Kaepernick inspired a movement as high school athletes across the country kneeled during the anthem. Kaepernick had the 17th highest jersey sale in May and came in 39th in all merchandise from May through July 31. He's the only player in the top 50 in sales without a job.

Kaepernick, who is white and African-American, took a stand that was unpopular among many whites, which is what boxing great Muhammad Ali did when he refused to be drafted into military during the Vietnam war.

Ali was convicted of draft evasion, which was later overturned, banned from boxing and stripped of his heavyweight title.

It's uncertain how history will treat Kaepernick. But just as Ali was linked to the "black power" movement, Kaepernick has become linked with the Black Lives Matter movement, says Soyica Diggs Colbert, a Georgetown University professor who is writing a book on black movements.

"When we think about how Black Lives Matter as a political movement gets woven into sports," Kaepernick's certainly the key figure in that conversation, she said.



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<![CDATA[Five to Watch: Bears vs. Cardinals]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:47:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-830394358.jpg

The Chicago Bears will battle the Arizona Cardinals in the desert on Saturday night as they look to pick their first win of the preseason.

The Bears, who lost their first preseason tilt a week ago against the Denver Broncos, will be without some key players, as Jordan Howard and Kyle Long will be among nearly a dozen players sidelined with various injuries.

So which Bears players are worth keeping an eye on? Here are our five picks to watch in the game.

Connor Barth

With the waiver claim of Roberto Aguayo, the Bears signaled that their kicking job is up for grabs, and it will be up to Barth to show that he still can lay claim to it. He made every field goal he attempted in the first practice after Aguayo came to Chicago, but a big performance Saturday would send a clear signal.

Jonathan Bullard

With Mitch Unrein sidelined for the game, Bullard is going to have a chance to play some meaningful snaps on the defensive line. His athleticism is unquestioned, but he needs to showcase his talents in a big way Saturday if he wants to see more playing time this season.

Tarik Cohen

With Howard and Jeremy Langford both out of the lineup, Cohen is going to see a significant number of carries, and he could keep Langford buried on the depth chart if he can have a strong game against a tough Cardinals defense.

Kyle Fuller

Bryce Callahan is out of Saturday’s game, so Fuller could show that he still has what it takes to be an NFL cornerback against a tough set of Cardinals receivers. He has been working out on special teams as well as he tries to add versatility to his game, and the former first round pick will have a chance to really strut his stuff Saturday.

Hroniss Grasu

With Long out of the lineup, Grasu will likely get significant playing time at center, as Cody Whitehair will shift to left guard for Saturday’s game. Grasu is hoping to add depth and skill to the offensive line after missing all of last season, and with Whitehair occasionally struggling to get snaps to the quarterback, Grasu could establish himself as an attractive option if the Bears make changes on the line. 



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<![CDATA[David Ross Goes Skydiving at Air and Water Show]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:06:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/David+Ross+Skydive+8-19.png

Former Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross has appeared on “Saturday Night Live” and showed off his moves on “Dancing With the Stars,” but he added another item to his resume this weekend.

Ross, who was a member of the 2016 Cubs’ World Series title winner, jumped out of a plane to kick off Chicago’s Air and Water Show on Saturday morning. Ross jumped with the Golden Knights, and his thrilling jump was captured on video:

The Cubs had to get used to the Air and Water Show noise this week, as the Blue Angels repeatedly buzzed the stadium during games at Wrigley Field.

All of the noise hasn’t seemed to bother the Cubs lately, as they’ve picked up back-to-back wins against the Toronto Blue Jays. 



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<![CDATA[Jordan Howard Won't Play vs. Cardinals Saturday]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:34:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-626147908.jpg

Some of the Chicago Bears’ biggest stars won’t be on the field when they take on the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night.

According to the list of inactives released by the team, offensive lineman Kyle Long will not be playing, as he continues to progress slowly after offseason surgery. Long was thrown out of practice earlier in the week for fighting during the team’s last workout in Bourbonnais, and he did not participate in Thursday’s practice after visiting a doctor about his ankle earlier in the week.

Running back Jordan Howard was also not on the team plane to the desert after suffering a scratch on his eye during the team’s final walkthrough on Friday.

Linebacker Danny Trevathan, who had offseason surgery and has been progressing slowly during offseason work, also will not be on the field as he misses his second preseason game in a row.

Wide receivers Josh Bellamy and Markus Wheaton, linebackers Jonathan Anderson and Alex Scearse, defensive back Bryce Callahan, defensive linemen Mitch Unrein and Kapron Lewis-Moore, and running back Jeremy Langford also will be out of commission for the Bears as they take on the Cardinals.

The absence of Callahan could mean a big role for Kyle Fuller, who is looking to capture the potential that he showed during his collegiate career. Unrein’s absence could also open the door for an expanded role for Jonathan Bullard, who is entering his second year in the NFL.

Kick-off between the two teams is scheduled for 9 p.m., with first-team players expected to take the majority of the snaps in the first half of the game. 



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<![CDATA[Cardinals, St. Louis Group in Spat Over 'Rally Cat' Custody]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:52:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17222136197280.jpg

A custody battle is brewing in St. Louis over the now-famous cat that darted across the field during a Cardinals game against Kansas City. 

The feral feline who interrupted the Aug. 9 game while the bases were loaded, won the hearts of Cardinal fans when catcher Yadier Molina hit a home run on the next pitch after the delay, helping St. Louis win 8-5. The cat was credited with inspiring the grand slam, and dubbed "Rally Cat."

A grounds crew worker eventually caught the feisty feline, then lost it when he put the cat down to get treatment for bites.

The Cardinals released a statement hoping that the cat would be found so the team could “properly care for it.” A day later, the cat was found by the St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach (STLFCO), the animal organization that is currently caring for the feline.

Now, the ownership of the animal is in dispute, with the shelter and Watermon exchanging catty comments on social media. 

In a Facebook post Wednesday updating fans on Rally Cat's health status, the STLFCO said it had received "thousands of inquiries" about adopting the cat. The next day, Cardinals spokesman Ron Watermon told the St. Louis Post Dispatch that the center promised to give the cat to the team after a 10-day quarantine ends Monday.

The STLFCO fired back hours later, writing in a Facebook post that they made no such promise to Watermon and noting that making false statements goes against "The Cardinal Way."

"We have neither the PR staff nor the skilled volunteers to engage in a media dialog with Mr Watermon's old-school PR tactics, so this note will be all we have to say on his position," the statement read.

It goes on to say that the group contacted Watermon earlier in the week and "just now got a voicemail reply from him. Our Board Member team consists of non-paid volunteers who have full time jobs outside of STLFCO. Due to our many commitments and complex schedules, we told the Cardinals we'd be delighted to meet later this month, the first time the entire group can meet with them to discuss the situation."

Watermon responded to the STLFCO in an email to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, saying, "It is personally hurtful to me, irresponsible and, frankly, childish," Watermon wrote. "There is no need for the organization to personally attack me for doing my job."

Meanwhile, the team is planning a Rally Cat Appreciation Night at Busch Stadium on Sept. 10. Feral Cat Outreach said it hoped the cat will be well enough to attend the ceremony. But as the spat plays out, it remains to be seen whether the guest of honor will make an appearance.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.



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<![CDATA[Arrieta, Baez Help Cubs to Win Over Blue Jays]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:47:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-835268246.jpg

Jake Arrieta pitched into the seventh inning and allowed a run, Javier Baez homered and drove in three runs, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 on Friday in a rare interleague matchup.

Anthony Rizzo went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, Victor Caratini went 3 for 3, and Jason Heyward and Albert Almora Jr. each had an RBI single for Chicago.

Arrieta (13-8) allowed one run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings to win his third straight start. Wade Davis got the final three outs for his 25th save.

Ryan Goins had a two-run single and Kevin Pillar added an RBI double to highlight a three-run eighth for the Blue Jays. Miguel Montero, who began the season with the Cubs, went 2 for 4 with a run scored against his former team.




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<![CDATA[Video Game Weighs in on Bears' QB Controversy]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:37:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-830489702.jpg

There is plenty of debate going on right now about which player should be the Chicago Bears’ starting quarterback, but according to a new video game, the issue is pretty cut and dried.

According to the ratings in the new game Madden 18, Mitchell Trubisky is definitively the best quarterback on the Bears’ roster. Trubisky, the second-overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, is rated as a 77 overall in the new game, which hits shelves later this year.

While Mike Glennon isn’t all that far behind him, rating as a 74 in the game, the difference comes in a slew of ratings that Trubisky holds the advantage in.

In speed and acceleration, Trubisky holds a decided edge, rating as an 83 and an 87 respectively in those categories. That far outpaces Glennon, who rates as a 70 and a 76, respectively.

Trubisky is also far ahead of Glennon in agility (83 to 54), strength (71 to 59), and throw accuracy (85 to 75), and while the quarterbacks are tied with a 93 rating in throw power, Trubisky dominates in just about every category.

According to the video game, the best Bears’ player overall is offensive lineman Josh Sitton, who rates as an 89 in the game. Jerrell Freeman (88), Zach Miller (86), Cody Whitehair (86), and Jordan Howard (85) round out the top five. 



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<![CDATA[White Sox to Call Up Prized Prospect for Doubleheader]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:07:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-646064020.jpg

The Chicago White Sox will call up another one of their top prospects next week, as pitcher Lucas Giolito will make his team debut next week.

Giolito will be added to the team’s roster on Monday as their 26th man for a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field, the team announced Friday. He will make one of the starts against the Twins that day, although the team hasn’t announced who will start the other game.

Giolito, who was acquired from the Washington Nationals in a trade that sent Adam Eaton to the East Coast, has a 6-10 record with a 4.48 ERA in 24 starts with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights this season.

He has made four starts in the big leagues, posting an 0-1 record and a 6.75 ERA in six appearances for the Nationals last season.

Since the White Sox are allowed to add a player for the doubleheader, there won’t need to be a corresponding roster move to clear room for Giolito. 



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<![CDATA[Quarterback Depth Chart Unchanged, Fox Says]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:18:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/TrubiskyGlennon.jpg

Mitchell Trubisky may have been the Chicago Bears' most exciting player on the field in their first preseason game, but that hasn't impacted where he's at on their depth chart. 

According to head coach John Fox, Trubisky will still be the third quarterback to take the field when the Bears battle the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night. 

"I think I've answered that like 20 times, but yes," Fox said when asked about the quarterback rotation. 

Trubisky had a strong game against the Denver Broncos in his first appearance, completing 18-of-25 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown in the contest. Meanwhile, Mike Glennon, who will remain the team's starter this week, threw an interception and completed just two passes in eight attempts. 

Mark Sanchez will remain the team's second-string quarterback in the game after going 1-for-4 for four yards in his first game. 



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<![CDATA[Bears Sign Kelvin Sheppard]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:56:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-500237184.jpg

With Nick Kwiatkoski out of the mix with a concussion and Danny Trevathan still recovering from offseason surgery, the Chicago Bears bolstered their linebacker corps by signing Kelvin Sheppard on Friday.

Sheppard, who spent the 2016 season with the Giants, started 11 games last season in the Big Apple, registering 27 tackles and 20 assisted tackles as he appeared in all 16 games.

In a corresponding roster move, the Bears cut loose rookie linebacker Hendrick Ekpe.

Sheppard has bounced around the NFL in his six-year career, with stops in Buffalo, Indianapolis, and Miami before he landed with the Giants last season. He has appeared in 93 career games, with 238 total tackles and three sacks in his NFL career.

The Bears will next take the field on Saturday night when they battle the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale. 



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<![CDATA[Smith Discusses Players Kneeling During Anthem]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:13:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-612537608.jpg

One of the biggest controversies in the NFL revolves around the decision of players to sit or kneel during the National Anthem, and University of Illinois head coach Lovie Smith weighed in on that situation during a recent interview.

Speaking with Mad Dog Sports Radio, Smith said that he would be fine with his players if they chose to protest during the anthem, as numerous NFL players have done as a way of protesting racial inequality in the United States.

 “This is what I tell our players: you live in a society and you can’t avoid everything that’s happening in the world,” he said. “Be informed, and if you make a decision, be willing to stand by it.”

Smith’s comments come as players from around the NFL sit or kneel the anthem, after former San Francisco 49’ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began doing so last season.

Seattle Seahawks lineman Michael Bennett and Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch have continued protesting during the anthem this season, and Philadelphia Eagles defensive Malcolm Jenkins raised his fist during the anthem.

For Smith, he encourages his players to not only have a voice on social issues, but also to be an active participant in both the democratic process and in their communities.

“As a football player, you have a mike in front of you at all times, so if there’s an issue they want to address, they can do it at any time,” he said. “I encourage all our guys to vote and I encourage all our guys to be involved in what’s happening in our community.”

Smith is entering his second season as the head coach in Champaign, after his team went 3-9 in his debut season at the helm. 



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<![CDATA[Lester Heads to Disabled List With Shoulder Fatigue]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:44:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-680130608.jpg

That sound you heard was a giant sigh of relief from Wrigley Field, as the Chicago Cubs believe that Jon Lester’s injury is relatively minor.

Lester will go on the disabled list after leaving Thursday’s start with lat tightness, the team said on Friday. Everything in his arm is structurally fine, according to the team, but with the tightness and shoulder fatigue, he will be placed on the 10-day disabled list to rest and recover.

Manager Joe Maddon says that the team expects Lester to miss minimal time, telling CSN Chicago’s Kelly Crull that “it’s a 10-day gig, and we’ll figure it out after that.”

Relief pitcher Justin Grimm will also go on the disabled list, per the team. Pitchers Felix Pena and Rob Zastryzny will come up to replace the two players on the active roster. 



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<![CDATA[Montero Returns to Wrigley for First Time After Cubs Exit]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:30:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/MonteroArrieta.jpg

For the first time since his controversial remarks about Jake Arrieta got him a one-way ticket out of Chicago, Miguel Montero will be back in the Windy City on Friday as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Jays will play the Cubs in the first game of a three-game set beginning on Friday afternoon, and sure enough Montero is in the lineup against his former team, batting fifth and catching against the Cubs.

The man on the mound for the Cubs will be none other than Arrieta, who has had a dominant second half of the season and who will be looking to strut his stuff against the man that was so critical of him earlier this year.

Montero’s fate was sealed after a game earlier this season against the Nationals in which the Cubs gave up seven stolen bases. Montero ended up placing the blame on Arrieta, saying that the pitcher didn’t give him enough time to throw anyone out during the game.

“That’s the reason they were running left and right today, because they (Arrieta) were slow to the plate,” Montero said. “But when you really look at it, the pitcher doesn’t give me any time, so yeah, ‘Miggy can’t throw anyone out.’”

After Montero’s comments, the Cubs quickly designated him for assignment, and when he cleared waivers, he was traded to the Blue Jays.

“I told him I wasn’t mad at him,” Arrieta told media after Montero’s departure. “I didn’t see the comments and I don’t care what they were.”

Arrieta will pitch and bat ninth for the Cubs as they attempt to hold onto their slim lead in the National League Central race.  



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<![CDATA[Oakland Raiders' Sean Smith Charged With Assault: DA]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:35:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sean-smith-us.jpg

Oakland Raiders cornerback Sean Smith has been charged with assault, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday.

Smith allegedly beat his sister's boyfriend in Old Town Pasadena on July 4, prosecutors said. He's also accused of stomping on the victim's head in the alleged attack.

Smith faces one felony count each of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury, the District Attorney's Office said. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 29.

If convicted, Smith faces up to seven years in state prison, prosecutors said.

Smith was booked on Thursday and released after posting bail, according to the District Attorney's Office.

The case remains under investigation.

The Oakland Raiders have yet to return calls seeking comment. The team is scheduled to play a preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum.

No other information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Olympians Share Their Most Embarrassing School Memories]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:23:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT+EMBARRASSING+SCHOOL+THUMB2.jpg

From bad school pictures to awkward first day wardrobes, Team USA members can now look back on some of their most embarrassing school moments and laugh.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Host Impromptu Flash Mob at Daley Plaza]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:39:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17053143442658-toews-blackhawks-hat-trick.jpg

The Chicago Blackhawks are looking to get fans excited for the coming season, and to celebrate they hosted an impromptu flash mob at Daley Plaza Thursday. 

The Blackhawks, who will start their regular season on Oct. 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, unleashed their flash-mob on Daley Plaza to sing a rendition of "Chelsea Dagger," the team's iconic goal celebration song: 

Single-game tickets for Blackhawks games will go on sale Monday morning, the team announced this week. 



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<![CDATA[Rizzo Joins Exclusive Club With Grand Slam]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:05:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-831480164.jpg

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo blasted a grand slam in the first inning of Wednesday’s win over the Cincinnati Reds, and he joined a pretty exclusive club thanks to the long ball.

Rizzo’s home run was his 28th of the season, and marked the third time in his big league career that he’s hit a grand slam.

According to Cubs historian Ed Hartig, Rizzo became just the third Cubs player in history to hit a grand slam as the clean-up hitter in the very first inning of the game. In doing so, he joined Hank Lieber, who accomplished the feat in Sept. 1939, and Bob O’Farrell, who did it against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1923.

Unfortunately for the Cubs, they couldn’t celebrate the anniversary of another remarkable feat in style. According to Christopher Kamka of CSN Chicago, Wednesday was the anniversary of the only time in team history that they’d hit multiple grand slams in the same inning, as they hit two slams against Pittsburgh in the fifth inning of an 1890 game. 



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<![CDATA[Garcia, Anderson Help White Sox Make History]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:30:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GarciaAnderson+8-17.jpg

The Chicago White Sox may have had a tough time in their brief two-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers this week, but thanks to Tim Anderson and Leury Garcia, they at least made some history on the West Coast.

Anderson, who has struggled through large chunks of the season, came up big in the first inning of Tuesday’s game, blasting a lead-off home run to give the White Sox an early lead.

A day later, Garcia got to do the honors as the lead-off man, and he too hit a long ball as the very first batter in the game, notching a dinger off of Yu Darvish.

According to Christopher Kamka of CSN Chicago, Anderson and Garcia are now the only pair of teammates in White Sox history to hit lead-off home runs in back-to-back games:

Unfortunately for the White Sox, the lead-off home runs didn’t mean a whole lot. On Tuesday they were held scoreless through the rest of the contest, dropping a 6-1 decision, and on Wednesday they coughed up a two-run lead in the ninth inning and lost 5-4 thanks to Yasiel Puig’s walk-off double at Dodger Stadium. 



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<![CDATA[Bulls Projected to be Worst Team in NBA]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:06:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-497949518.jpg

After trading away Jimmy Butler and waiving Rajon Rondo, the Chicago Bulls have signaled they are ready for a rebuilding process, and a new projection suggests fans may be in for a long season.

According to ESPN Forecast’s projected standings, the Bulls are predicted to be the absolute worst team in the NBA in the 2017-18 season, with just 26 projected wins on the docket for the coming year.

The prediction isn’t all that surprising, considering that the team seems to be churning out every veteran piece that they had. Last year they dealt away impending free agent Taj Gibson, and this summer they’ve been even busier, shipping Butler to Minnesota and cutting Rondo loose after just one season with the team.

Now, there are reports that the Bulls are considering buying out veteran guard Dwyane Wade, who picked up his player option for the coming season.

If the Bulls were to finish with the worst record in the NBA, then they would have a 25 percent chance of winning the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery. They last owned the number one pick in the draft back in 2008, when they scored the winning combination despite having just a 1.7 percent chance of winning.

They ultimately used that pick on Derrick Rose, who won the 2011 NBA MVP Award with the team before knee injuries derailed his Bulls career. 



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<![CDATA[Maddon Blasts Umpire's Decision as 'Asinine' After Ejection]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:53:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-833182672.jpg

The Chicago Cubs notched an exhilarating victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night thanks to Javier Baez’s game-winning run, but manager Joe Maddon wasn’t around to see it.

That’s because Maddon was ejected from the game in the bottom of the ninth inning after a call went against Ben Zobrist at home plate. Zobrist, who was attempting to lay down a bunt with runners on first and second, was hit by a pitch, but first base umpire Chris Conroy ruled that he had attempted to bunt the pitch, and sent him back to home plate.

A livid Maddon sprinted onto the field and got into a heated argument with multiple umpires before being escorted back to the dugout.

“That call almost cost us the game,” he said. “Fortunately we were able to finish it. I’ve been playing good in the sandbox, but that was wrong.”

After the game, Maddon didn’t mince words, calling the decision “asinine” and blasting the umpires involved.

“I don’t even know what to say about that call. We’ve had different things happen, and I’ve been playing really good in the sandbox, and I’m not right now,” he said. “That call cannot be made under those circumstances. There’s no way that a hitter under those circumstances with the ball coming at his thigh could bunt through it and get hit in the thigh. That’s asinine.”

Maddon could potentially be fined or suspended, as he appeared to make contact with the umpire during the argument, but after the game he was more focused on getting calls right in the future.

“All these little minutiae need to be looked at because that impacted the game,” he said. “It’s bases loaded and nobody out, then it’s a different at-bat for Almora. Everything’s different. The world rotates differently at that point. To influence a game like that is wrong. He’s a good guy and a good umpire, but I’m not going to concede to guys like that. You can’t make that mistake like that.” 



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<![CDATA[Kris Bryant Gets Adorable Marriage Proposal]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:37:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bryant+proposal+2.png

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant may be off the dating market, but that didn’t stop one intrepid youngster from proposing marriage to him on Wednesday.

Bryant, whose Cubs are in the midst of their “American Legion” week, surprised patients at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge on Wednesday morning. Along with his wife Jessica, Bryant took photos with patients and visited with kids, and even received an endearing marriage proposal:

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“He said yes!” Julie exclaimed after meeting Bryant, who tied the knot earlier this year.

To her credit, Bryant’s wife Jessica loved the proposal, and even said she got invited to Julie’s house for sloppy Joe’s:

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During “American Legion” week, the Cubs are encouraged to go out in the community to do good deeds, and are told to stay away from the ballpark until the hours before game time. Outfielder Kyle Schwarber surprised firefighters with a new TV and PlayStation on Wednesday, and manager Joe Maddon will host his foundation’s annual boxing fundraiser on Thursday night in downtown. 



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<![CDATA[Watch: Photographer Hit in Groin After Ceremonial 1st Pitch]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:06:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-520535618.jpg

The ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park missed its target Wednesday night and gave a nearby photographer something to remember.

Red Sox fan Jordan Leandre’s pitch went off course and struck photographer Tony Capobianco in the groin.

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The photographer took the hit in stride and had a laugh about it on Twitter that night.

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Leandre was also in good humor after the humiliating pitch seen all over the world.

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<![CDATA[Cornelison Surprises Hawks Fans With Lunch-Time Tune]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:08:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-622092332.jpg

The Chicago Blackhawks are about a month and a half away from hitting the ice, but anthem singer Jim Cornelison is already in midseason form. 

This week, Cornelison surprised eaters on their lunch break at the Chicago French Market with a rendition of "Here Come the Hawks," and as you would expect, the classically-trained singer nailed the song: 

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For those hankering to hear Cornelison perform in person, the Blackhawks will get their preseason slate underway in a little over a month, as they'll take on the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sept. 21. 



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<![CDATA[Schwarber Pays Surprise Visit to Chicago Firehouse]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:45:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-821353776.jpg

Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber surprised a group of firefighters on Wednesday, as he popped into Engine 112 in the city’s North Center neighborhood.   

Schwarber, who visited the firehouse as part of his Schwarber’s Neighborhood Heroes program, brought along his dog Blue as he thanked firefighters for their service and made a donation to the department:

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Schwarber donated a 65-inch TV and a new Playstation to the firehouse, according to the Chicago-Sun Times. He also grilled out for the firefighters, making them brats and hot dogs at the station.

The Neighborhood Heroes campaign launched in May, with the stated purpose of giving back to police officers and firefighters. Schwarber has welcomed police officers to a Cubs game this season, and has spearheaded other initiatives as part of the program. 



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<![CDATA[Wade Voices Displeasure With 'NBA 2K18' Rating]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:26:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-651920092.jpg

Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade is entering his 15th NBA season, and despite his age, he still has plenty of fire left when it comes to defending his game.

In a Twitter post, Wade revealed that his player rating for NBA 2K18, the newest entry into the game franchise, is an 84. That is a solid score, but is significantly lower than his former Miami Heat teammate, and current Cleveland Cavaliers superstar, LeBron James has:

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“My face says it all,” Wade tweeted after it was revealed that James had been given a “97” rating in the game, which will hit stores later this year.

Wade is entering his second season with the Bulls after averaging 18.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in his first season with the team. Injuries limited him to 60 games last season. 



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<![CDATA[White Sox Top New Ranking of Best Fan Experience in Chicago]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:19:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_16238004229383-White-Sox-Guaranteed-Rate-Field.jpg

The Chicago White Sox haven’t been doing a lot of winning on the field this season, but there is one area where they are absolutely dominating: fan experience.

That is according to a new study released by J.D. Power and Associates, who ranked the fan experience in numerous major markets across the United States.

The White Sox were the top dogs in Chicago, beating out five other professional sports teams in the Windy City for the coveted top spot:

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The White Sox rank among the best in terms of Overall Satisfaction, Ticketing, Arriving at the Game, and Food and Beverage, according to the study. They were the only team to achieve that rating in five areas, with the Chicago Fire hitting the mark in three areas, according to the study.

The Fire ended up finishing second in the ranking, followed by the Blackhawks and Bulls.

The Chicago Cubs got good marks in Security, but they were listed as average or below average in every other area of the study.

The Chicago Bears finished in dead last in the rankings, as they only achieved an average rating in one area: ticketing. They were listed among “the rest” in the other six areas that the study ranked, including Game Experience and Leaving the Game. 



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<![CDATA[Soldier Field Tabbed as Possible 2026 World Cup Host]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:49:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-119682553.jpg

As part of a three-country bid to host the 2026 World Cup, the United States revealed the venues that could potentially host games if their bid is victorious, and an iconic Chicago stadium made the cut.

That stadium is Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears and home to some of the biggest soccer matches to be held in the United States.

The iconic venue is one of 37 United States stadiums listed on the initial bid. Canada, also part of the bidding process, has nine stadiums listed, and Mexico has three stadiums listed on the initial list, which will be pared down for the final bid in 2018, according to a press release issued by CONCACAF.

Soldier Field has hosted a slew of important soccer tournaments and matches, including games in the 1994 World Cup. The stadium also hosted the MLS All-Star Game in August, and has hosted the Gold Cup Final in 2013 and Copa America games in 2016.

Each stadium in the bidding process has to hold a minimum of 40,000 seats for group stage matches and at least 80,000 seats to be considered for the opening match and the World Cup Final. 

Ford Field in Detroit, Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, and Lambeau Field in Green Bay are all potential host sites listed in the bid, which won’t be made official until next year.

Next year’s World Cup will take place in Russia, while the 2022 event will be held in Qatar.



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<![CDATA[Bryant, Rizzo Signing Autographs in Chicago This Weekend]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:33:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6157602121.jpg

Chicago Cubs stars Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo will be signing autographs on Saturday evening, but if fans want to participate, they’re going to have to shell out some serious coin.

The autograph signing, which is being hosted by Fanatics Authentics, will feature both Cubs stars at the Radisson Blu hotel in downtown Chicago. The signing will get underway at 6:30 p.m., but fans will have to buy tickets to participate.

Just how much do those tickets cost? A cool $699 apiece.

The event is being billed as the first public signing that the two players have participated in since they helped the Cubs capture the World Series championship last fall.

The nearly $700 price tag will entitle the ticketholder to one autograph apiece from both Bryant, the 2016 National League MVP, and Rizzo, the man who caught the final out in Game 7 of the World Series. 



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<![CDATA[Five Most Intriguing Games on Bulls' 2017-18 Schedule]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:19:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-631411124.jpg The Chicago Bulls released their schedule this week, and we're highlighting the five most interesting games in the coming year. ]]> <![CDATA[Reinsdorf Reveals 'Classy' Gesture Cubs Made to Renteria]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:54:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-479833868.jpg

The Chicago Cubs gave championship rings to just about everyone connected to the organization after they won the World Series last year, but according to Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, they even gave rings to people no longer affiliated with the team.

In a wide-ranging interview with USA Today, Reinsdorf discussed his admiration for Ozzie Guillen and his desire to bring a championship back to the South Side, and he also revealed that the Cubs ponied up for a championship ring for a prominent White Sox employee: manager Rick Renteria.

“I thought it was pretty classy of them,” Reinsdorf told the newspaper.

Renteria was named the Cubs’ manager for the 2014 season, but he was relieved of his duties when the team hired Joe Maddon following the campaign.

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Despite his abrupt ouster, Reinsdorf says that Renteria never complained about his former employer.

“This guy is such a gentleman, even after he was fired, he never said anything about the Cubs. Not one time. He just won’t do it,” he said.

The Cubs also gave World Series rings to former G.M. Jim Hendry, who piloted the team to back-to-back division titles in 2007 and 2008, and to former manager Dale Sveum, who was hired by Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer before the 2012 season and was dismissed in 2013. 



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<![CDATA[Chicago Marathon Announces International Elite Field]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:43:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/marathon+2016+champs.jpg

Several international running stars will take part in this year's 40th anniversary Bank of America Chicago Marathon, including defending champions Abel Kirui and Florence Kiplagat, organizers announced Wednesday.

The strongest challengers taking on Kirui and Kiplagat, both of Kenya, will be current marathon and course record holder Dennis Kimetto, current half marathon world record holder Zersenay Tadese, and three-time Olympic gold medalist and the third-fastest woman in history of 42K Tirunesh Dibaba

“We wanted to put together a field this year that combined some of the best international and American athletes competing on the global stage today,” Bank of America Chicago Marathon Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski said in a statement. “We have our defending champions back, the marathon and half marathon world record holders and a woman who has stood on top of more podiums than anyone else in the field. I expect to see some great performances that will continue the longstanding tradition of elite racing in Chicago.”

Also joining the men's elite field are Shamrock Shuffle champion Stephen Sambu, Kohei Mastsumura, Yuki Takamiya, Chihiro Miyawaki, Ryoichi Matsuo and Jordan Chipangama. 

And also racing in the women's field are last year's third-place finisher Valentine Kipketer, Lisa Weightman, Karolina Nadolska, Madai Perez, Jessica Draskau Petersson and Rocio Cantara Rojas

The 2017 Chicago Marathon steps off Oct. 8. This year's event is expected to be one of the largest finisher fields in Chicago Marathon history.



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<![CDATA[5 Drugs Found in Tiger Woods' System After Fla. Arrest]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:14:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tiger_Woods_to_Enter_DUI_Offender_Program.jpg

Golf legend Tiger Woods had five different drugs in his system — including painkillers, a sleeping aid and the active ingredient in marijuana — during his Memorial Day arrest on suspicion of drunken driving near his south Florida home, a newly released toxicology report shows.

Woods had the active incredients of opioids Vicodin and Dilaudid in his system. He also tested positive for the chemicals active in Xanax and Ambien and marijuana, according to the report from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, first reported by ESPN.

Police did not say whether Woods had a prescription for the medication, including medical marijuana, which is legal in the state of Florida.

Woods was arrested May 29 after police in Jupiter found him asleep at the wheel of his car at an intersection near his home. He failed a field sobriety test and was unable to tell officers where he was at the time, but blew a 0.00 on a breathalyzer after being arrested.

One of the best golfers to ever play the sport, Woods told police he was taking several drugs after his fourth back surgery earlier this year. He later entered a clinic to deal with prescription drug dependency.

"As I previously said, I received professional help to manage my medications. Recently, I had been trying on my own to treat my back pain and a sleep disorder, including insomnia, but I realize now it was a mistake to do this without medical assistance," Woods said in a statement obtained by NBC News.

“I am continuing to work with my doctors, and they feel I've made significant progress. I remain grateful for the amazing support that I continue to receive and for the family and friends that are assisting me."

Last week, Woods entered a guilty plea to a charge of reckless driving and will enter a first-time DUI offender program that could result in the case being wiped off his record if he completes all requirements.



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