<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Sports]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago https://www.nbcchicago.comen-usFri, 20 Apr 2018 00:22:17 -0500Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:22:17 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[White Sox Trade Saladino, Acquire Thompson]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:34:04 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-831083868.jpg

The Chicago White Sox made a pair of transactions Thursday, acquiring outfielder Trayce Thompson from the Oakland A’s and sending Tyler Saladino to the Milwaukee Brewers.

The White Sox sent cash considerations to the A’s in the Thompson swap, and acquired cash considerations from the Brewers in exchange for Saladino.

Thompson, who was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers by the White Sox in a 2015 deal, was recently designated for assignment by the A’s after going 1-for-7 with a run in three games.

As for Saladino, the infielder had appeared in just six games this season for the White Sox, going 2-for-8 with a double and two runs.

The White Sox will next be on the field Friday night when they welcome the defending World Series champion Houston Astros to Guaranteed Rate Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. 

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<![CDATA[Bears Announce 2018 Schedule]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:05:18 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-830342928.jpg

The Chicago Bears will open their season against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 9, according to the NFL.

The Bears announced their full 2018 schedule on Thursday, and it features some tough opposition. The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will both travel to Soldier Field to play the Bears, and the Bears will play road games against the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills.

Here is their full 2018 schedule:

Week 1: Sept. 9 vs. Green Bay Packers 7:20 p.m.

Week 2: Sept. 17 vs. Seattle Seahawks 7:15 p.m. 

Week 3: Sept. 23 at Arizona Cardinals 3:25 p.m. 

Week 4: Sept. 30 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12 p.m. 

Week 5: Bye Week

Week 6: Oct. 14 at Miami Dolphins 12 p.m. 

Week 7: Oct. 21 vs. New England Patriots 12 p.m. 

Week 8: Oct. 28 vs. New York Jets 12 p.m. 

Week 9: Nov. 4 at Buffalo Bills 12 p.m. 

Week 10: Nov. 11 vs. Detroit Lions 12 p.m. 

Week 11: Nov. 18 vs. Minnesota Vikings 12 p.m. 

Week 12: Nov. 22 at Detroit Lions 11:30 a.m. 

Week 13: Dec. 2 at New York Giants 12 p.m. 

Week 14: Dec. 9 vs. Los Angeles Rams 12 p.m. 

Week 15: Dec. 16 vs. Green Bay Packers 12 p.m. 

Week 16: Dec. 23 at San Francisco 49’ers 3:05 p.m. 

Week 17: Dec. 30 at Minnesota Vikings 12 p.m. 

The Bears will also play five preseason games, including the NFL’s Hall of Fame game against the Baltimore Ravens. 

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<![CDATA[Reports: Bears to Open Season Against Packers]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:51:58 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-867891488.png

According to multiple reports, the Chicago Bears will open their 2018 season in primetime against their biggest rival.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune and Rob Demovsky of ESPN both report that the Bears will kick off the new campaign on Sept. 9 against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field with a nationally televised game.

The Bears have not opened a regular season in Green Bay since 2009.

The game will be part of the celebration for the Packers’ 100th season as a franchise. The Packers are also going to hold festivals and concerts at Lambeau Field as part of the celebration, which will span 16 months. 

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<![CDATA[Baez Celebrates Throwback Thursday With Epic Photo]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:15:43 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/baez+GettyImages-944429268.png

Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez always has a flair for the dramatic on the baseball diamond, but apparently he’s always had style off the field too.

In an epic “Throwback Thursday” post this week, Baez showed off his old look before he was a Chicago baseball star, and you have to see it to believe it:

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Baez has been one of the Cubs’ most consistent performers this season, with five home runs and 16 RBI to his credit. He is only batting .235, but his on-base percentage is over 100 points higher than that, and his 1.006 OPS is best on the team.

Baez and the Cubs will take on the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday afternoon. First pitch at Wrigley is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. 

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<![CDATA[Notre Dame Sets Football Showdown With Alabama]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:56:58 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages+72113811.jpg

Two of college football’s most storied programs are set to face-off, but fans will have to be patient as they wait for the showdown.

The University of Alabama and the University of Notre Dame announced Thursday that the football powerhouses will play against each other on Sept. 2, 2028 in South Bend, and then will take the field on Sept. 1, 2029 in Tuscaloosa in a home-and-home series.

The teams last played in the 2013 National Championship Game, as Alabama routed the Fighting Irish by a score of 42-14.

Overall, Notre Dame has a 5-2 record against Alabama in games between the schools. Their last regular season meeting took place in 1987, as the Fighting Irish romped to a 37-6 win in South Bend. 

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<![CDATA[White Sox to Eliminate Plastic Drinking Straws]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:18:50 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-901197078.jpg

The Chicago White Sox are embarking on an ambitious new plan to help reduce plastic waste at Guaranteed Rate Field this season.

The Sox announced that they will be teaming up with the Shedd Aquarium to eliminate single-use plastic straws from the ballpark for the rest of the season. According to the team, concession stands at the ballpark will no longer automatically give customers straws, but will provide biodegradable straws to fans upon request, the team said in a press release.

“We are thrilled to team up with Shedd Aquarium and help lead by example in the way of sustainability within our gameday operations,” White Sox Senior VP of Sales and Marketing Brooks Boyer said.

According to the team, the partnership hopes to keep more than 215,000 straws from being used at the ballpark. Straws are nearly impossible to recycle, according to Shedd Aquarium, meaning that every straw used in all of human history still exists in one form or another.

Representatives from the Shedd Aquarium will be at the ballpark on Earth Day when the Sox take on the Astros Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Ticket Broker Buys Naming Rights to Fire Stadium]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:17:15 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6634491121.jpg

Online ticket broker SeatGeek has acquired the naming rights to the home stadium of the Chicago Fire, the company announced Thursday.

The stadium, currently known as Toyota Park, will be known as SeatGeek Stadium once the current MLS season ends, the company said in a press release.

The Village of Bridgeview praised the new arrangement in a press release, saying that they are “thrilled” with the new name.

“We’re thrilled to align ourselves with SeatGeek as our new naming rights partner,” Mayor Steven Landek said. “We’re excited about SeatGeek making a meaningful and long-term investment in the stadium and our community.”

The area around the stadium is undergoing serious work, with a new Hampton Inn and Suites going up nearby, along with a variety of other businesses and restaurants, according to the press release.

The new naming rights partnership was orchestrated by W Partners, a sales and marketing firm funded by the Ricketts family, who owns the Chicago Cubs. 

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<![CDATA[James Defends Reporter Asking About Death of Erin Popovich]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:16:28 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/lebronpop.jpg

It was a raw moment caught on live television. Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James was asked his thoughts on the recently announced death of Erin Popovich, the wife of San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich. In very un-LeBron James fashion, he halted, cursed and fought back tears in composing a response. 

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James' stunned, emotional reaction had many on social media crying foul, believing TNT reporter Allie LaForce intentionally blindsided James with the question.

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But James says that couldn't be further from the truth. James said he was told he'd be asked about Erin Popovich before they went on camera, and that his emotions simply got away from him.

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"I'm not on social media right now, but I was made aware through some friends, through texts, that a question was asked to me postgame, and a lot of people feel like I was blindsided," James said on UNINTERRUPTED. "That is absolutely false. Allie LaForce told me that she was going to ask me the question and if it was OK."

"That was just my emotions coming straight from my heart about the late Erin Popovich," James continued in the video. "It's unfortunate, it's a tragic loss. My thoughts, my prayers once again go out to the Popovich family. To Gregg, to the Spurs family, to the whole Spurs fan base."

James also took a second to implore those on social media to lay off the reporter.

"Please get off Allie LaForce's back, because she followed the proper protocol and she warned me. Get off her back, man. She's very professional and she does a great job at her work."

The Spurs confirmed Erin Popovich's death Wednesday. The team didn't provide further details. The Popovichs have two children and two grandchildren. They met at the Air Force Academy in 1970s when he was an assistant coach for the Falcons. Erin's father, Jim Conboy, was Air Force's head athletic trainer.

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<![CDATA['We Have Your Back': Yankees Go To Bat for Bullied 10-Year-Old Girl]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:49:38 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/yanks+bullying.jpg

The New York Yankees are going to bat for a 10-year-old girl who shared a heartbreaking story on social media about years of bullying she’s endured at her Pennsylvania school.

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The New York Post reports 10-year-old Cassidy Warner posted a video on Facebook detailing the traumatizing stories of bullying she has gone through. In the video, the Scranton fourth-grader holds up sheets of paper with the harrowing messages of abuse written on them.

One sheet detailed how a group of kids came up to her at recess, hitting her, kicking her, pulling her hair, stepping on her and even spitting on her.

The video, along with her Facebook page, was taken down by the social media company because she is not 13 and doesn't meet the site's age requirement, according to her mother, Jenn Slater, who reposted the video on her own page. Slater also alleged in her post that her daughter was initially threatened by the school's principal to remove the video before the school district contacted Facebook to report Cassidy's page.

Slater pleaded with the Facebook community to share her daughter's story and help her "put a smile back on her face." The video racked up thousands of views and caught the attention of the New York Yankees.

The team’s official Twitter account shared Cassidy's video Wednesday along with a video of their own, mimicking the style of hers. The two-and-a-half minute video features 23 Yankees players and manager Aaron Boone holding up written messages of support.

"Hey Cassidy - we saw the video you made and from all of us here at the New York Yankees, we want you to know that you are not alone. We have your back!" the team wrote.

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It begins with starting pitcher CC Sabathia holding up a sign reading "My teammates and I wanted you to know that we care about you."

About 45 seconds into the video, first baseman Greg Bird holds up a sign that reads, "We may be older than you. We may be taller than you.” Then relief pitcher Dellin Betances finishes the message saying, “But we want you to know that we look up to you."

The video ends with Boone inviting Cassidy to meet the team.

Slater thanked the Yankees in a Facebook post, writing that she has "much respect" for the team and their gesture made her cry. 

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<![CDATA[NFL's Gronkowski Buys Stake in Horse Who Shares His Name]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:10:57 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/gronkhorse2.jpg

A horse named Gronkowski has been purchased, at least in part, by his namesake.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announced Wednesday that he had bought a substantial stake in Gronkowski, a 3-year-old colt that will be racing in the Kentucky Derby.

"This horse is a winner and I love a winner," Gronk said in a statement on his GronkNation blog. "When I heard about the racehorse being named after me, I started watching and got really stoked when he started winning. He's won his last three races and is now headed to the Derby. I'm all in: Welcome to the Gronk Family, Gronkowski the Horse!"

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Rob Gronkowski teamed with owner Phoenix Thoroughbreds Ltd. in a partnership arrangement for the horse ahead of the Kentucky Derby, which can be seen live on NBC on May 5.

"We are very excited to have this talented racehorse running in the Derby and to have Rob Gronkowski join our team,” said Phoenix's Tom Ludt. "His involvement only adds to our growing credentials worldwide and can help us introduce the best of horse racing to a whole new audience."

Gronkowski the horse comes from a line of racers. According to Phoenix Thoroughbreds, the horse's father, Lonhro, was named Australia's Racehorse of the Year for 2003-04, and his maternal grandfather, Lookin at Lucky, has twice been an American champion.

As Rob Gronkowski pointed out, even though it's the first derby for the racehorse, the tight end attended the Kentucky Derby in 2015 along with quarterback Tom Brady and other Patriots teammates.

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"I really can’t think of anything cooler than having a top-class Thoroughbred named after me," he said. "Except maybe having him win the Derby."

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<![CDATA[Sled Hockey Tournament Loaded With Inspiring Stories]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:39:09 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/thumbnail20.png

J.J. O’Connor was 16 years old when his life was changed forever, but thanks to a prestigious hockey tournament, he still remains close to the game he loves.

The Mount Prospect native is quadriplegic, meaning that he can’t play the game of hockey, but at the annual USA Disabled hockey Festival, held over the weekend in the western suburbs, he was able to share his love of the game with others in a special way.

“I’m living vicariously through these players,” he said. “The joy and the smiles they experience, I feel them inside.”

O’Connor played a significant role in bringing the tournament to the western suburbs. The tournament featured 80 sled hockey teams from three countries, and the players proved the only requirement to play hockey is passion.

“These players are showing they’re not different than any able-bodied, typical hockey players,” he said. “They have the same drive, passion, attitude, and competitiveness as anybody else.”

Few people represent that better than Rico Roman, a Purple Heart recipient who had his left leg amputated above his knee as a result of his vehicle striking an IED while driving south of Baghdad in 2007.

After the accident, Roman missed the brotherhood he had found in the army, but he soon rediscovered it on the ice.

“It gave me that again,” he said. “That was instantly taken from me when I was injured overseas, and I got that all back through hockey.”

Roman is a two-time Paralympic gold medalist, and he has served as an inspiration to countless sled hockey players that participated in the event.

“At school, they’re all asking us questions of ‘what do you want to do when you grow up,’ and I was like, ‘I want to be a USA Sled Hockey player and work for that team,’” student Xavier Virola said.

Roman says that he feels free from life’s stresses when he’s on the ice, and that’s exactly what O’Connor hopes that every single player feels on the rink.

“My goal is to have as many players enjoying the game of hockey that I love,” he said. “Regardless of where you come from or what your disability is, we want you to be able to enjoy the game of hockey.”

<![CDATA[Bears Single Game Tickets to Go On Sale Thursday]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:45:29 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-853001062.png

Chicago Bears single-game tickets for the 2018 season will go on sale Thursday night, the team has announced.

Tickets will go on sale at 8 p.m., one hour after the NFL releases its full 2018 schedule at 7 p.m. Central time.   

Fans will have an opportunity to buy tickets to all eight Bears home games for the 2018 season, as well as their home preseason games against the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills.

Fans who are on the team’s Season Ticket Priority List and season ticket holders will be allowed to purchase tickets for one regular season game and one preseason game in a special presale one hour before tickets go on sale to the general public.

Bears fans that have the team’s official mobile app will get a presale code to purchase tickets 30 minutes prior to the time they go on sale.

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<![CDATA[Forte, Hester to Ink 1-Day Contracts With Bears]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:31:20 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-83620215.jpg

The Chicago Bears will honor two of the greatest players in the franchise’s history on Monday, as Devin Hester and Matt Forte ride off into the sunset.

The Bears announced that they would sign both Hester and Forte to one-day contracts, allowing them to retire as members of the team where they enjoyed years of success.

Hester, who racked up 13 punt return touchdowns with the Bears during an eight-year run with the team, is one of the most successful kick returners in NFL history, and announced his retirement in December 2017.

As for Forte, he is one of the top rushers in Bears history, rushing for 8602 yards and 45 touchdowns in eight seasons with the team. He also caught 487 passes for 4116 yards and 19 touchdowns through the air, making him one of the best dual-threat backs in NFL history.

The Bears will hold an event Monday afternoon at Halas Hall to honor both players, and the team is holding a special auction on their app for fans to bid on an opportunity to attend the ceremony and to meet both players.

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<![CDATA[Nagy Discusses Howard Trade Rumors]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:01:51 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-8896592961.jpg

Rumors have swirled throughout the offseason that the Chicago Bears could potentially trade running back Jordan Howard, but new head coach Matt Nagy had some very strong opinions on the matter.

Nagy, whose system utilizes pass-catching running backs out of the team’s backfield, said that the team is prepared to make Howard the featured back in the team’s offense, even with his pass-catching issues.

“We’re going to use multiple backs,” Nagy said. “To sit here and say Jordan doesn’t fit this offense isn’t very fair.”

Howard caught 23 passes for 125 yards last season, but has 12 drops already in his NFL career. He has averaged 4.6 yards per carry in his career, and he has rushed for a total of 2435 yards in his first two NFL seasons.

Rumors about a Howard trade began when the Miami Dolphins were looking for a trade partner to unload wide receiver Jarvis Landry, and have intensified as the NFL Draft nears.

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<![CDATA[Cubs Rainout Ties MLB Record]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:24:26 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-685472438.jpg

The Chicago Cubs won’t be playing a game on Wednesday, but they still helped to tie a major league record.

According to the Associated Press, the rained out game between the Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals is the 25th weather-related cancellation in baseball this month, tying the all-time record for most cancellations in the first month of the MLB season.

Records have been kept for rainouts since 1986, according to MLB, and this year’s total tied the mark of 25 set during the 2007 season.

Wednesday’s game is the fifth that has been cancelled for the Cubs already this season. The team had a game postponed against the Cincinnati Reds on April 3, and has already had four games called off during their current homestand.

They will make up Wednesday’s game on Thursday afternoon against the Cardinals. 

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<![CDATA[McKayla Maroney Says Nassar Abused Her 'Hundreds' of Times]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:58:30 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/maroney-today.jpg

Since Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney accused former Dr. Larry Nassar of sexual abuse six months ago, the gold medalist is making her first public comments about the "hundreds" of times she says he abused her and the “big secret” she was forced to keep.

In an interview to be aired in full Sunday on “Dateline,” Maroney told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie that she was just 13 when she first visited the ex-USA Gymnastics doctor for an exam.

“He told me that he was gonna do a checkup on me. That was the first day that I was abused,” said Maroney, now 22.

Nassar worked for USA Gymnastics treating young athletes for nearly three decades. Though the organization said it fired him in 2015 and alerted law enforcement "after learning of athlete concerns," Nassar continued to work as a physician at Michigan State University through September 2016 and then shortly after was indicted on sexual assault charges and arrested for having thousands of images of child pornography. He pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography, as well as seven counts of sexual abuse, and is now serving his first sentence in an Arizona prison.

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Maroney was a member of the “Fierce Five” of American gymnasts who won the team gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. She also won the silver medal in the vault event, and a photo showing her on the podium looking disappointed sparked a “not impressed” meme.

The athlete is one of more than 200 people who has accused Nassar of abuse. She told Guthrie that he molested her “every time I saw him,” which she said was “hundreds” of times.

“He said that nobody would understand this and the sacrifice that it takes to get to the Olympics, so you can’t tell people this,” Maroney recalled. “He didn’t say it in a way that was mean or anything like that. I was actually like, that makes sense. I don’t want to tell anyone about this.”

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Maroney and her fellow gymnasts have also taken USA Gymnastics, MSU and the U.S. Olympic Committee to task, claiming that they turned a blind eye to Nassar’s misconduct and share some of the blame for the abuse. Earlier this week, Maroney said that the organizations only care about “money and medals,” adding that it “didn’t seem they cared about anything else.”

All three groups have made changes to their top leadership positions in the wake of Nassar’s abuse scandal. And the Michigan attorney general launched an investigation into Nassar’s time at MSU.

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Maroney said at the time her abuse felt like a “big secret,” but she is ready to speak out about it now.

“Doing what’s right is not always what’s easy, but I need to speak up for the girls and for the future,” she said.

Maroney’s full interview, “Silent No More,” airs on “Dateline” Sunday at 7 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Things You May Not Know About Chicharito]]> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:27:52 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicarito.jpg

Mexican soccer star Javier “Chicharito” Hernández has a family history of World Cup excellence. Learn some more about the striker that you may not know.

<![CDATA[Things You May Not Know About James Rodriguez]]> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:25:39 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jamesrod.jpg

Colombia's star soccer player James Rodriguez is one of the best players in the world. But how much do you know about James off the pitch?

<![CDATA[Things You May Not Know About Lionel Messi]]> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:23:23 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/messi8.jpg

Argentina's Lionel Messi has been dazzling soccer fans for years. But there are a few things you may not know about the superstar.

<![CDATA[Things You May Not Know About Neymar]]> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:20:22 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/neymar1.jpg

You've seen him dominate on the pitch, now learn a little more about the Brazilian star.

<![CDATA[Things You May Not Know About Cristiano Ronaldo]]> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:17:44 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ronaldop.jpg

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most electrifying soccer players in the world, but there may be a few things you don't know about the Portuguese star.

<![CDATA[White Sox Announce Make-Up Games Against Twins]]> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:35:16 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-73785389.jpg

The Chicago White Sox had three straight games postponed against the Minnesota Twins because of inclement weather in the Twin Cities, and the teams have announced when the games will be made up.

Friday’s game against the Twins has been rescheduled for June 5 as part of a traditional doubleheader, the Twins announced. The first game will start at 3:10 p.m., and the second game will take place immediately afterward.

The Saturday game will be made up on September 28 as part of a day/night doubleheader, with the first game starting at 1:10 p.m. and the second game will start at 7:10 p.m.

Finally, Sunday’s game will be made up on August 20, with first pitch scheduled for 6:10 p.m. at Target Field.

The three games are part of a wave of games that have been cancelled throughout the league as a result of bad weather. A staggering 24 games have already been postponed this season, including Monday’s Patriots Day game between the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox, and a divisional game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. 

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<![CDATA[Cubs Game vs. Cardinals Postponed]]> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:49:24 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/wrigley+field+sky+5+generic.jpg

The Chicago Cubs' game against the St. Louis Cardinals has been postponed due to weather, the team announced Monday. 

The game was postponed "due to the forecast for inclement weather throughout the day and wind chills in the 20s this evening," the team said.

The game will be made up at 12:05 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, as the first game of a split doubleheader at Wrigley Field. It will be followed by the regularly scheduled night game at 6:15 p.m., the team said.

Sunday's Cubs game also was postponed because of weather.

A Winter Weather Advisory was in effect for multiple Chicago-area counties until early Monday morning, though snow remained in the forecast for the day across the area.

Across the area light to moderate snow showers were set to continue through much of the day. Some of those showers will be met with wind gusts of up to 30 mph, which could reduce visibilities.

Tuesday looks to stay dry as temps warm into the mid-40s but the chance for rain returns Wednesday and Thursday.

<![CDATA[2018 Boston Marathon Winners]]> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:23:17 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE+Copy+01.00_00_11_23.Still006.jpg

Des Linden won the 2018 Boston Marathon, becoming the first American woman to do so since 1985.

<![CDATA[Brewers Troll Cubs Over Lack of Stadium Roof]]> Sun, 15 Apr 2018 16:58:10 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1903222.jpg

The Chicago Cubs were forced to cancel a game for the second time this season on Sunday, as snow and rain wiped out their planned game against the Atlanta Braves, and another team is trolling them because of the conditions.

The Milwaukee Brewers, who played in the retractable roof-equipped Miller Park, posted a photo of the ballpark with a caption aimed squarely at the Cubs (and a few other teams):  

“Not having a roof on your home sounds miserable in this weather,” the tweet read.

The Cubs, Reds, Tigers, Indians, Twins, and Royals were all tagged in the tweet, as they all had their games postponed due to inclement weather on Sunday.

The Cubs and Brewers have some history when it comes to weather and game cancellations, as the Brewers were furious at the Cubs last season after no rain fell following a postponement at Wrigley Field. 

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<![CDATA[Cubs Game vs. Braves Postponed]]> Sun, 15 Apr 2018 11:08:35 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-688379262.jpg

The Chicago Cubs' game against the Atlanta Braves has been postponed due to weather, the team announced Sunday. 

With rain, cold temperatures, and even snow in the forecast, Major League Baseball opted to cancel the game, which is the final one between the teams in Chicago this season. 

The Cubs announced that the makeup date for the game will be May 14, and all tickets to Sunday's game will be honored at that contest. 

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<![CDATA[Marathon a 'Come-Together Moment,' 5 Years After Bombings]]> Sun, 15 Apr 2018 17:20:21 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/marathon-set-up.jpg

Five years after the Tsarnaev brothers' bombs killed three people and wounded hundreds of others at the Boston Marathon, the finish line on Boylston Street is up, yellow daffodils line the sidewalk, an unofficial memorial to the lives lost is in place, and spectators have flooded the city for its rite of spring.

"I've grown up around here and it's just like Christmas Day," said 30-year-old Stephanie Carpenter, who with colleagues from New Balance, the maker of running shoes and athletic gear, was carrying pots of the daffodils to place along the storefronts and on the tables of outdoor cafes on Friday. "It's such a come-together moment for the city."

For Bostonians, there was little doubt that the race would continue after Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left two backpacks filled with explosives near the finish line in 2013, killing 8-year-old Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, 29, and Lu Lingzi, 23. The world's oldest marathon, and one of the most prestigious, it dates to 1897, when 15 runners entered the race and 10 completed it. The city reacted to the attack with the slogan, "Boston Strong" and a determination to be undeterred.

Thomas Grilk, the CEO of the race's organizer, the Boston Athletic Association, said he was not sure that passion for the race ran more deeply since the bombings because it had been there for such a very long time. Spectators haul out hoses when the temperature hits 100 degrees, hold out slices of oranges and ice cubes, even bring runners into their homes when necessary, he said. Then there's the 'Scream Tunnel" just outside Wellesley College on Route 135 where the students have been cheering on runners from the first race and especially after the first women were officially admitted to the race in 1972.

"When you have a race that's been run over the same course since 1897, you have families that generation by generation have been going," Grilk said.

Today, Tamerlan Tsarnaev is dead, killed in a shoot-out with police, and his brother, Dzhokhar, was sentenced to death. On Monday, Patriots Day, 30,000 runners will start the course from Hopkinton, Massachusetts, to Boston's Back Bay, with some half a million people expected to be lining the course.

Sandy Carey, a 46-year-old fifth-grade teacher from Syracuse, New York, will be running for the "261 Fearless: charity, started by the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, albeit unofficially. Kathrine Switzer managed to enter in 1967 with her initials, K.V., and finished, although a race official famously but unsuccessfully tried to wrest her number from her. 

The bombings made Carey want to run Boston, for the first time, even more than ever.

"I've always watched the Boston Marathon but after that it felt like something you had to do," she said.

She has competed in New York City's marathon three times, but "it's just a different vibe here," she said. "This is the granddaddy of them all."

Thirty-two-year-old Matt Newman, an academic researcher and soon to be admissions consultant, hopes to be at the starting line. He has injured himself, likely piriformis syndrome or spasms in his piriformis muscle in his buttocks.

"We're still holding out hope that my butt will cooperate," said Newman, who lives in Orange County, California, but is about to move to Boston.

He has run Boston twice before, finishing in 2 hours and 36 minutes in 2015 but dropping out halfway the next year because it was too hot. The year he did finish, he began to cry as neared the end of the race.

"And I wasn't crying because I was in pain but I was crying because it's incredible to be buoyed by all of these people screaming for you," he said.

Alison Batchelder, a 54-year-old stay-at-home mother of four who will be watching, said she had noticed differences since the bombing. People are more mindful and alert, as would be expected, she said.

"But it's still got that great energy," she said. "The city never lost its spark as a result. If anything they're more enthusiastic. It's sort of a 'They're not going to knock us down.'"

As this year's marathon weekend began, Tereska James was posing with her mother in front a Boston Marathon mural around the corner from the finish line. She will take a break from her job as a marketing executive to watch on Monday. Boston's determination to continue despite the attacks shows the hope that people have for the city and its unity in coming together for something that is wonderful, she said.

"It's amazing, just the amount of energy and excitement around the marathon and everything that goes with it," she said. "The ceremony. It's just infectious, so you want to be part of everything that's involved in it."

Thirty-five-year old Yilak Kebede, who was checking out the finish line, wondered if one of his countrymen from Ethiopia might win. The research fellow at Harvard University said he was struck by "the way the Bostonians respect the marathon."

"It's really nice, new to me," he said.

David O'Donnell, the senior manager of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, said he remembered the confusion immediately after the bombings as he and others struggled to understand what had happened and then the sounds of sirens.

"Police sirens, ambulance sirens, fire truck sirens, anywhere you were in the city, the background was just sirens," O'Donnell said.

He and his colleagues kept the Boston Common visitors center open as long as they could to help the 100,000 people in the city for the weekend. He said he felt numb, fearful that there would be other attacks, but also aware that he was an ambassador for the city. The city's endurance and resiliency was hardly a surprise given those are the very qualities that a marathon demands, he said. This year, Boston expects the race to bring in $200 million.

On Monday, O'Donnell will be at work about 200 yards from the end of the race, and at some point will stroll over to try to catch the first finishers coming through.

"We never worried that it would stop an annual world class event," he said.

Photo Credit: Noreen O'Donnell
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<![CDATA[Maddon Angry About Decision to Play in Bad Weather]]> Sat, 14 Apr 2018 20:50:48 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-944403256.jpg

The Chicago Cubs scored an epic comeback victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday afternoon, but manager Joe Maddon was still mad after the game.

Speaking to reporters after the Cubs came back from an eight-run deficit to win the contest, Maddon said that the weather conditions at the Friendly Confines were the “worst” he had ever experienced in his career as a manager.

“I thought the 2008 World Series game I participated in was the worst. It just got surpassed,” Maddon said. “This is not baseball weather. The elements were horrific to play baseball in. That is the worst elements I ever participated in in a baseball game. Ever.”

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Maddon also attributed the Braves’ wildness, which led to a slew of errors and mistakes, to the poor conditions, as rain fell throughout the game in a cold and blustery ballpark.

Despite his opposition to playing in those kind of conditions, Maddon said his complaints didn’t rise to the level of telling management that he wouldn’t want his players going out in those conditions.

“We’re going to do what we’re told to do,” he said.

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The weather isn’t supposed to be much better on Sunday, as poor conditions are on tap for the series finale at Wrigley Field. 

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<![CDATA[Wolves, IceHogs Set to Battle in AHL Playoffs]]> Sat, 14 Apr 2018 17:34:13 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/40739106434_9a478e6821_k.jpg

The Chicago Wolves will tangle with a familiar foe in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs, as they will take on the Rockford IceHogs.

The IceHogs, affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks, will take on the Wolves in the playoffs for the first time since 2008. In that series, the Wolves beat the IceHogs and ultimately won the Calder Cup championship later that summer.

The Wolves captured the Central Division title this season, and will have home ice advantage in the series when it begins on April 21 at Allstate Arena.

Here is the full schedule:

Game 1 - April 21: Rockford at Chicago 7 p.m.

Game 2 - April 22: Chicago at Rockford 4 p.m.

Game 3 - April 26: Rockford at Chicago 7 p.m.

Game 4* - April 29: Chicago at Rockford 4 p.m.

Game 5* - April 30: Rockford at Chicago 7 p.m.

*= if necessary

The winner of the series will take on either the Manitoba Moose or the Grand Rapids Griffins in the second round of the postseason. 

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<![CDATA[White Sox Invite Prince Harry, Markle to Ballpark]]> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 19:14:13 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/royal-couple.jpg

Normally the Chicago White Sox aren’t the biggest fans of Royals (sorry Kansas City), but in this case, they’re making a big exception.

Actress Meghan Markle, who attended Northwestern University, is reportedly in the Windy City this weekend as her wedding with Prince Harry rapidly approaches, and in a photo taken of the star, she is apparently wearing a White Sox cap.

Naturally, the Sox used the occasion as a chance to invite the future royal to Guaranteed Rate Field, and even made up some jerseys for the occasion:

Eagle-eyed observers will note that the jersey numbers, 5 and 19, stand for the date that the couple will be married later this year.

Markle’s official title has yet to be determined, but reports are swirling that she could become the Duchess of Sussex when the couple is wed in May. 

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<![CDATA[Report: Bears Sign Fowler to 1-Year Deal]]> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:53:33 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-845831960.jpg

The Chicago Bears have bolstered their depth at wide receiver, signing Bennie Fowler III, according to reports.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter says that the Bears signed Fowler to a one-year contract.

Fowler, who played for the Denver Broncos for the last three seasons, set career highs in targets, receptions, and touchdowns last season. He hauled in 29 catches for 350 yards and a trio of touchdowns in 16 games.

Fowler also made seven special teams tackles last season.

The Bears have made several acquisitions at wide receiver this offseason, signing Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel to new contracts. They also added tight end Trey Burton. 

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<![CDATA[Dez Bryant Released by Cowboys]]> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:18:08 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dezcut.jpg

Wide receiver Dez Bryant was released by the Dallas Cowboys. Bryant caught a franchise-record 73 touchdown passes in his eight seasons with the team.

<![CDATA[Maddon Provides Update on Rizzo Injury]]> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:19:31 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rizzo+GettyImages-859470670.png

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo remains on the disabled list, but fans got some really good news from manager Joe Maddon Friday.

According to the skipper, Rizzo is feeling better, and is on track to return to the team Monday when he is eligible to be taken off the disabled list.

“He’s doing really well,” he said. “I think he could play today if it was necessary and there weren’t the restrictions of the DL.”

Rizzo had been placed on the disabled list earlier this week, retroactively to April 6. That means he will be eligible to return to the lineup Monday when the Cubs host the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

Rizzo has been out of the mix with back tightness, and missed the final three games of the Cubs’ series against the Milwaukee Brewers before being placed on the DL.

Before Rizzo can come back, the Cubs will play a three game series against the Atlanta Braves beginning on Friday afternoon at the Friendly Confines. Albert Almora Jr. was a late scratch, and Ian Happ will lead off in his place. 

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<![CDATA[What Is the Triple Crown of Horse Racing?]]> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:44:12 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/triple+crown+pic.jpg

With everyone buzzing about the Triple Crown of Horse Racing, learn what it is and get to know the very few who have accomplished the feat.