<![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-usTue, 23 Jan 2018 20:11:06 -0600Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:11:06 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[12 of Last 13 Super Bowl Winners Have Worn White]]> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:48:39 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_00_00.Still002.jpg

The team wearing white has won 12 of the last 13 Super Bowls.

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<![CDATA[Proceeds From Eagles' 'Underdog' T-Shirts To Go to Philly Schools]]> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:24:45 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Underdog-Super-Bowl-Lead-Photo.jpg

After Eagles defensive end Chris Long called them out on Twitter, the NFL is now donating 100 percent of the proceeds from their Super Bowl “Underdog” t-shirts to Philadelphia schools.

Long and teammate Lane Johnson first donned dog masks to embrace their role as underdogs after the Eagles defeated the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round of the playoffs.

On January 15, Johnson announced on Twitter that he had debuted his own underdog t-shirt with all proceeds going toward Philadelphia Schools.

After the Eagles defeated the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game Sunday, another matchup in which they were favored against, the NFL Shop debuted their own Eagles underdog t-shirt. On Monday they promoted the shirt on Twitter while playfully suggesting to Long that it would go well with his underdog mask.

Both Long and Johnson responded by telling the NFL they should donate the proceeds from their shirt to Philadelphia schools as well.

On Tuesday, Long announced that the NFL would donate 100 percent of the proceeds from their shirt to Philadelphia schools, which the NFL later confirmed.

The lesson here? Sometimes calling someone out, even the NFL, can lead to positive results.



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<![CDATA[Ex-Minn. Hockey Player Dies After Incident at O'Hare Airport]]> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:36:17 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/11A+VO+ANDREW+CARROLL++-+00000000_30572309.jpg

A former college star and American Hockey League player died this week in an incident at O’Hare International Airport.

Andrew Carroll, 32, of Minnesota, was pronounced dead just before 3 p.m. Monday, after his body was found at the airport over the weekend, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Chicago police said officers responded to the scene around 4:30 a.m. Saturday after receiving a call of a “person down” and bleeding profusely in the outside lanes of Terminal 2.

Carroll had “trauma to his head,” authorities said.

He was initially taken to Resurrection Hospital in critical condition. Police said cameras near the incident revealed Carroll “jumped from the upper level roadway to the lower level roadway on his own accord.”

"The Chicago Department of Aviation offers it condolences to the Carroll family during this difficult time," the CDA said in a statement. "The Chicago Police Department is investigating this matter."

Carroll’s family said in a statement to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press they were “deeply saddened to share of the loss of Andrew, an amazing brother, son, uncle, nephew, cousin, teammate, mentor and friend who died tragically after a fall at the Chicago O’Hare Airport.”

Carroll played for the University of Minnesota-Duluth and followed his collegiate career by joining East Coast Hockey League and AHL teams, including the Hartford Wolf Pack.

“We are devastated and heartbroken by the news our former captain, Andrew Carroll, has passed away,” UMD Men’s Hockey tweeted Monday night. “Andrew was a driven student-athlete, loyal teammate, and selfless leader. Andrew Carroll exemplified Bulldog Hockey in every way, and it is clear how much he meant to this program by the outpouring of emotion we have received from his teammates and other alumni since we heard of the accident. We will miss you Ace!”

Players could be seen putting “AC” stickers on their helmets Monday night.

“Sending our deepest condolences to the family and friends of former Wolf Pack player, Andrew Carroll. You will truly be missed,” the Hartford Wolf Pack wrote.

Further information on what happened to Carroll wasn't immediately released. The medical examiner's office said autopsy results were expected Tuesday afternoon. 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 provides people in distress, or those around them, with 24-hour support. The Crisis Text Line allows people to text 741-741 to connect with crisis counselors. 



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<![CDATA[Lovie Smith Sporting New Look at U of I]]> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:16:40 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-855722738.jpg

It's the offseason for University of Illinois head coach Lovie Smith, and he's taking advantage of it by trying out a new look. 

Smith, who just completed his third season at the helm of the school's football team, attended the Illini's game on Monday night against Michigan State, and he was sporting something he's never sported on the sidelines before: 

A beard. 

Take a moment to prepare yourself before you see this: 

It's unclear if Smith will keep the beard through football season, but anything to change up the team's luck would likely be welcomed. The Illini went winless in conference play last season, and are 5-19 overall in Smith's two years in Champaign. 



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<![CDATA[Winter Olympics Snowboarding Judge Hails From Vermont ]]> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:40:42 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Olympic_Snowboarding_Judge_Hails_from_New_England.jpg

A Vermont man will help determine the medalists in some of the most thrilling events at the upcoming Winter Olympics.

Connor Manning, a native of Underhill, will serve as one of only a small handful of judges responsible for scoring athletes in the freestyle snowboarding events of Big Air, Half-pipe, and Slopestyle.

“I can’t wait to get there with the world’s best,” Manning said of his upcoming trip to the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Manning travels the world as a top judge for snowboarding competitions, evaluating difficulty, amplitude, execution, and variety of tricks.

The sport’s governing body has him working at the upcoming Winter Games as the U.S. judge for the three freestyle events.

“For me, this was one of the goals I’ve had since I got into snowboard judging—to make it to the top,” Manning told NBC 10 Boston. “So it’s a goal achieved, and dream come true.”

Manning said he grew up riding at Smuggler’s Notch and Stowe Mountain Resort, and used to compete himself. However, following an injury, he said he started focusing on judging. He still enjoys riding, especially when in his home state.

“It’s always trying to be objective,” Manning said of his work as a snowboarding judge. “I don’t really even think about nationalities or who’s dropping in. It’s a bib number for us. You don’t want to have any biases towards anything like that, because if you do, you’re kind of harshing someone else’s dream.”

And for Olympic fans who’ll watch along from home, Manning predicted snowboarding spectacles on TV that’ll wow the world.

“I expect an incredibly entertaining show this year,” Manning said.

Inside the Mt. Ellen terrain park at Sugarbush Resort Monday, high school snowboarder Seph Niquette of Williston said he is excited to watch the Olympics, especially knowing that Manning and athletes from his home state, including West Dover’s Kelly Clark, will be there.

“Vermont is going to be well-represented, and I love that,” Niquette said.

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<![CDATA[Will Gronk Be Cleared to Play in the Super Bowl?]]> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:02:41 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/173*120/GettyImages-908427976.jpg

The Patriots were able to overcome a 10-point fourth quarter deficit against the Jacksonville Jaguars yesterday without tight end Rob Gronkowski to advance to Super Bowl LII.

Will they have the four-time First Team All-Pro available when they take the field in Minneapolis in less than two weeks?

Gronkowski is in the league’s concussion protocol thanks to a hit he took from Jacksonville safety Barry Church in the second quarter of the AFC Championship Game. The play was a net 15-yard gain for New England, as Church was flagged for a personal foul penalty.

But Gronkowski didn’t return for the second half, leaving Tom Brady without his favorite target in the passing game.

Dr. Robert Cantu, of the Cantu Concussion Center, is a concussion expert who helped write the NFL concussion protocol and he says of those with a concussion, “the majority will recover in within usually two weeks. That’s why, most probably, Gronk will be back for the Super Bowl.”

According to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, there is optimism Gronkowski will be cleared in time to take on the Philadelphia Eagles. No further update has been given by the Patriots since Gronkowski was ruled out for the game in the third quarter on Sunday.

“We missed Rob,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said this afternoon to the Dale, Holley & Keefe program on WEEI. “Hopefully, he’ll be OK.”

Gronkowski had only one catch on three targets for 21 yards prior to exiting the contest.

Dwayne Allen was the only other tight end on the active roster for New England yesterday; for the first time since Week 1, Jacob Hollister was inactive and did not dress. Allen was not targeted once in the passing game on 39 snaps played.

“Yeah, I mean, you have to make some adjustments,” Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said of Gronkowski’s absence. “We always go into the game with a certain idea of how we want to try to play it. It certainly doesn’t always play out the way that you wanted it to or that you had hoped to or designed it to, but that happens in every game.”

After missing eight games in 2016, as well as the entire postseason, it was a relative return to health in 2017 for Gronkowski. He missed only one game due to injury this season, on a short week no less. New England’s Week 5 game in Tampa Bay was on a Thursday night, prompting the team to play it cautious with Gronk and a thigh injury he was nursing.

Gronkowski’s injury history is well-documented, especially in this piece by ESPN’s Mike Reiss. Through all of the ailments he’s suffered, however, a concussion is yet to result in him missing a game.

“It’s none of my business, I just keep doing my job and do what I can do,” Nate Solder said in the locker room this afternoon in regards to Gronkowski’s concussion.

In order to resume football activities, Gronkowski must be cleared via the NFL’s concussion protocol. This involves a five-step process that involves clearance from both a team physician and an independent neurological consultant, according to ESPN

The five steps are: 

1. Rest and recovery

2. Light aerobic exercise

3. Continued aerobic exercise/strength training

4. Football specific activities

5. Full football activity/clearance 

Should Gronkowski successfully clear the protocol, there’s no reason to think he won’t be ready to roll for Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4. 

Gronkowski was hobbled by an ankle sprain in the first Super Bowl appearance of his career, Super Bowl XLVI against the New York Giants. The Patriots lost that game, 21-17, as Gronkowski had only two catches for 26 yards. 

In Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks, a full-strength Gronkowski had six catches for 68 yards and a touchdown.



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<![CDATA[Will Any Players Take a Knee on Super Bowl Sunday?]]> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:20:37 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/patskneel2017.jpg

The teams are finally set. The pricey commercials are ready to go. The prop bets are being made and the Super Bowl party invites are going out. 

As Super Bowl LII approaches, nearly everything about the game has been mapped out. Even Justin Timberlake promises he'll be on his best behavior.

But what about the action on the field before the game even begins? What if the controversy that engulfed the NFL all of 2017 surfaces with millions tuned in to watch the New England Patriots play the Philadelphia Eagles?

What if one of the NFL players takes a knee during the national anthem?

Well, the question actually came up and was addressed earlier this month at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. NBC Sports executive producer Fred Gaudelli, who will produce Super Bowl LII, said if any players take a knee during the anthem the event would be covered live.

“The Super Bowl is a live event, just like 'Sunday Night Football.’ When you’re covering a live event, you’re covering what's happening. So if there are players that choose to kneel, they will be shown live," Gaudelli said. "I would say, probably since Thanksgiving, a lot of that has kind of dissipated and died down. It’s certainly possible it could happen again.”

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick initiated the protests in 2016 to bring attention to racial inequality and police brutality against minorities. That action not only proved divisive among the NFL and its fan base, but quickly spilled over into the political arena.

During a speech at a political rally in Huntsville, Alabama, in late September, President Donald Trump said, "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say get that son of a b------ off the field right now, out, he's fired, he's fired."

At the peak of the protests during the NFL season's third week, roughly 200 players knelt or showed some other form of discontent, according to the Associated Press. Protests died down each week after that.

Protesting at sporting events is hardly a new phenomenon. In 1968 U.S. Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos — after winning gold and bronze respectively in the 200-meter sprint — raised black-gloved fists during the medal ceremony at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. The moment became one of the most iconic sports images of the 20th century.

The Super Bowl is one the most-watched events globally. Just last year, 113 million viewers tuned in to see the Patriots mount a historic comeback to defeat the Falcons.

So if one of the players from either the Pats or Eagles decides the moment is right to reignite the kneeling protest, he could find himself written onto the pages of history.



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<![CDATA['I Was Stressed Out': Tom Brady Opens Up About Hand Injury]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:49:20 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-908470500.jpg

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady opened up about his mysterious hand injury during an interview on Monday morning.

Brady said almost nothing about the injury in the days leading up to Sunday's AFC Championship Game, even wearing gloves on both hands during practices and at a media availability to avoid having anyone see them.

But during an appearance on the "Kirk & Callahan" show on WEEI, Brady explained more about how the injury happened and exactly how bad it was. He said he wasn't sure when the injury first happened if he'd even be able to play in Sunday's game.

"I wasn't sure Wednesday night. I definitely wasn't sure," he said. "It didn't look good there for a little bit.

"It was pretty stressful," Brady added. "I was stressed out."

If it weren't for the black tape he wore on his hand during Sunday's game, you would have had a tough time telling that Brady was injured at all. He threw for 290 yards and two touchdowns against one of the NFL's top defenses, including his 54th career game-winning drive. The Patriots won the game 24-20.

"Everyone deals with injuries, but the timing and where it was probably wasn't the best thing in the world for a quarterback," Brady said. "But it is what it is."

Brady also confirmed reports that he received 12 stitches for a cut suffered in a collision during last Wednesday's practice. Several outlets have reported that he collided with running back Rex Burkhead.

"It was just a really good cut," he said. "We ran into each other and my thumb just got bent back.

"Fortunately, there wasn't the damage normally associated with that. I think we're very lucky."

Brady said the injury shouldn't impact him at all in the Feb. 4 Super Bowl matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles given that he has almost two weeks to heal up.

"As the game went on, it got better and better," he said. "It won't be a problem in a couple weeks."



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<![CDATA[Eagles Fans Celebrate After Super Bowl Berth]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:57:36 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_01_04_07.Still002.jpg

Philadelphia Eagles fans go wild after earning a trip to Super Bowl LII.

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<![CDATA[4-Time Olympian Kelly Clark Inspired by Tom Brady]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:16:57 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2018-01-10+at+12.48.04+PM.png

U.S. snowboarder Kelly Clark knows what it’s like to compete with the best despite being one of the oldest in the sport. It’s no surprise that she takes inspiration from NFL quarterback Tom Brady, who continues to excel with the New England Patriots despite his many years in the league.

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<![CDATA[US Olympic Team Unveils Opening Ceremony Uniforms]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:05:18 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/2018+Olympics+Opening+Ceremony.jpg

The U.S. Olympic team is heading to Pyeongchang, South Korea, in style with the coolest warming outfits at the opening ceremony parade on Feb. 9.

Ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani and bobsledder Aja Evans helped unveil the Polo Ralph Lauren-designed techwear uniform Monday on NBC's "Today" show. The innovative red, white and blue down parkas are embedded with wearable heating technology, giving athletes a jolt of toasty warm at the touch of a button.

"Ralph Lauren has effortlessly woven style and functionality into the opening ceremony uniform for the 2018 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams," Lisa Baird, U.S. Olympic Committee chief marketing officer told "Today." "The revolutionary design will keep American athletes warm as they proudly walk through the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony."

The uniforms' heating systems are made from electronic-printed conductive inks, which are printed in the shape of an American flag in carbon and silver ink, according to “Today.” The flag is connected to a battery pack that has three heat settings for athletes to choose from.

"The jackets are amazing," Alex Shibutani said.

The patriotic togs also features a slim jean with moto-inspired seaming, an intarsia-knit wool sweater, a navy wool ski hat with "Team USA" lettering, a USA-themed navy bandanna, brown suede gloves with fringe and beading and brown suede mountaineering boots with red laces.

Polo Ralph Lauren is the official outfitter of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams for its sixth Olympic Games. The closing ceremony uniform, which also reflects Polo's iconic all-American style, was unveilved in November.

The Polo Ralph Lauren Team USA collection is available in select Ralph Lauren retail stores, at RalphLauren.com and TeamUSAShop.com. A portion of the proceeds will go to the U.S. Olympic team.



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<![CDATA[Eagles' Triumph Should Give Bears' Fans Hope]]> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:02:16 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-908540610.jpg

Sunday night may have been another painful reminder for Chicago Bears fans that they aren’t in the NFL playoffs, but there is some good news that can be gleaned from the football world.

On Sunday, Doug Pederson and the Philadelphia Eagles thrashed the Minnesota Vikings to set up a showdown with the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52. Pederson, who joined the Eagles in 2016, served as the offensive coordinator under Andy Reid with the Kansas City Chiefs before being hired in the City of Brotherly Love.

Pederson also served as an offensive quality control coach and a quarterbacks coach with the Eagles under Reid.

For Bears fans, that obviously is a good sign, as new head coach Matt Nagy served as a coach under Reid for nearly a decade. He took over as the offensive coordinator in Kansas City in 2016, and also worked with Reid while he was in Philadelphia.

Pederson isn’t the only Reid disciple to find coaching success in the NFL recently. John Harbaugh, who won the Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in 2013, served as special teams coordinator and as a defensive backs coach under Reid with the Eagles for nearly a decade before being hired by the Ravens in 2008.

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera also worked with Reid during his coaching career, serving as a linebackers coach with the Eagles for five seasons. Rivera has led his team to the playoffs on four different occasions, including a berth in Super Bowl 50.

Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott, who served under Reid with the Eagles through the 2000’s, has also had some success in his career, leading the Bills to their first playoff berth in nearly 20 years when he brought them to the postseason this year.

With all of that success, Reid’s coaching tree is one of the NFL’s most expansive, and it should give Bears fans something to cheer about even as their team sits at home to watch the Super Bowl for the 11th straight year. 



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<![CDATA[Patriots, Eagles Advance to Super Bowl LII]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:43:05 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/eagles26.jpg

The Philadelphia Eagles will battle the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Eagles beat the Vikings in the NFC Championship game while the Patriots topped the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship.

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<![CDATA[Forsling Sent Down, Anisimov Expected to be Activated]]> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:58:05 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-891086880.jpg

The Chicago Blackhawks will get back one of their key forwards on Monday night, but they had to make a roster move to accommodate him first.

That move was made on Sunday, as the team has sent defenseman Gustav Forsling back to the Rockford IceHogs.

Forsling, who was a minus-4 in Saturday’s blowout loss to the New York Islanders, scored three goals and dished out 10 assists in 41 games this season, but with eight defensemen on the roster, he was sent down to clear the way for Artem Anisimov as he returns from injured reserve.

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Anisimov has not officially been activated from injured reserve, but is expected to be on the ice Monday when the Blackhawks take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at the United Center. Anisimov has been on IR since late December after sustaining an upper body injury against the Vancouver Canucks.

Anisimov is expected to center Alex DeBrincat and Ryan Hartman on Monday as the Blackhawks look to recover following back-to-back blowout losses. 



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<![CDATA[Patriots Battle Back, Earn Trip to Super Bowl LII]]> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:26:39 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/patswin1.jpg

Tom Brady and the Patriots were down 10 points to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth quarter but battled back to win the AFC Championship and earn a trip to Super Bowl LII.

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<![CDATA[Halladay Had Morphine in System When His Plane Crashed]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:25:25 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/179*120/roy+halladay+accidente++007.jpg

All-star Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay had traces of morphine and other drugs in his system when his experimental plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico in November, toxicology results showed.

The Pasco County, Florida coroner said Friday that test results found traces of three drugs in his blood at the time of the 40-year-old's death. Morphine, amphetamine, and a generic form of Ambien, a drug used to treat insomnia, were detected.

Halladay died in November when his two-seater ICON A5 amphibious plane nose-dived into shallow water off New Port Richey, Florida, which is near Tampa. The plane flipped over after hitting the water.

Witnesses told authorities the plane was climbing, diving, and flying close to the water surface shortly before impact.

Halladay died on impact. The coroner ruled the cause of death as blunt trauma.

Halladay, known as "Doc," pitched four seasons with the Phillies before retiring after injuries cut short his 2013 season. He won the 2010 National League Cy Young Award and pitched a perfect game while winning 21 games in his first season with the Phillies. He went on to pitch a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in the 2010 divisional series.

He started his career with the Toronto Blue Jays, winning the 2003 American League Cy Young Award, before he was traded to the Phillies ahead of the 2010 season.

Halladay picked up flying after retiring from Major League Baseball. He had about 700 hours of flight time after getting his license in 2013. He started flying the aircraft, which has wings that can be folded and a body that can float, a month before the crash.



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<![CDATA[Report: Pearl Jam Set to Return to Wrigley Field]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:30:15 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-591874916.jpg

The Chicago Cubs will welcome some big-time bands to Wrigley Field in 2018, and it appears that another group with strong local ties is joining that roster.

According to multiple reports, Pearl Jam’s official website accidentally leaked some of the band’s North American shows in 2018, and Wrigley Field appeared on the list twice, along with Seattle’s Safeco Field and Boston’s Fenway Park.

The band, who performed multiple sold out shows at the ballpark in 2016 and turned the concerts into a full length live album and documentary called “Let’s Play Two,” is apparently scheduled to play shows at Wrigley Field on Aug. 18 and 20.

Pearl Jam will apparently join the Foo Fighters, who will play at Wrigley in late July, Fall Out Boy, slated for an early September show, and Journey, who will join Def Leppard for a concert in mid-July.

There has been no official announcement from the band, and there is no indication on when tickets will go on sale. 



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<![CDATA[Jets WR Threatened to Sexually Assault Cop's Wife: Police]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:15:35 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/robby-anderson-diptych.jpg

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson allegedly threatened to sexually assault a South Florida police officer's wife early Friday after authorities said he was caught driving a Jaguar more than 100 mph.

Anderson, 24, also accused the arresting officer of trying to "ruin his fun" after the stop on North Flamingo Road in Sunrise about 2:15 a.m. on Friday, according to a police report. 

According to the report, the officer clocked Anderson's Jaguar going 105 mph in a 45 mph zone. The officer wrote in the report that the vehicle was all over the road, ran two stop lights and refused to stop when he began to pursue the car with lights and sirens on. 

Once the officer finally got the vehicle to stop, Anderson declined to answer any questions and asked for a lawyer, according to the report. The cop and another officer then detained the man and tried to put him in the car, but Anderson reportedly refused to obey their commands.


According to the report, Anderson threatened the officer's wife and his family once he was in the patrol car. He also allegedly bragged about how much money he had.

Anderson was arrested on multiple charges including resisting an officer without violence, fleeing or eluding a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, disobeying a red light and failure to drive in a single lane, records showed. He was booked into Broward County jail on $7,000 bond and was released Friday afternoon.

In a statement, a Jets spokesperson said the team was aware of the situation.

"This is a pending legal matter and we will have no further comment," the spokesperson said.

Attorney information for Anderson wasn't immediately available. But about 45 minutes before the arrest he tweeted, "I’m flaming right na man I swear."

It's the second arrest for Anderson in South Florida in the past year. He was charged with resisting an officer with violence after an alleged confrontation with a Miami police officer outside the Rolling Loud Music Festival in May.

A graduate of South Plantation High School, Anderson played college football at Temple before he was signed by the Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He finished the 2017 season as the team's leading wide receiver, with 63 catches for 941 yards and seven touchdowns.



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<![CDATA[Fall Out Boy to Headline Wrigley Field Concert]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:34:48 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-468751718.jpg

A big-time Chicago-area band will be coming home this summer to headline a concert at the Friendly Confines.

Pop punk group Fall Out Boy will headline a show at Wrigley Field on Saturday, Sept. 8, the band and the Chicago Cubs announced on Friday. The band will be joined by rock band Rise Against and rapper Machine Gun Kelly for the concert.

Tickets for the concert will go on sale Jan. 26 at 10 a.m., according to a press release.

It was also announced that Def Leppard and Journey will play a show at Wrigley Field on July 14, according to LiveNation and the Cubs. Tickets for the show will go on sale Feb. 3.

The Foo Fighters have already announced that they will play a pair of shows at Wrigley Field this summer. The first show on July 29 sold out quickly, so a second show on July 30 was added.

Last summer, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jimmy Buffett, Billy Joel, Green Day, and Lady Gaga were among the acts that performed at the Friendly Confines. 



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<![CDATA[Stunning Photos at the Norge Ski Club]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:43:05 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/norge+jump+thumb.jpg Ski jumpers have been taking off at the historic Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove since 1905.

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<![CDATA[Bears, Sox Have Fun With Kanye West's New Baby's Name]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:37:52 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kanye-west-and-kim-kardashian.jpg

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian made some serious waves when they announced they had named their daughter Chicago, and a few local sports teams were quick to react to the news.

The Bears, who are usually quick on the draw when it comes to commenting on the major stories of the day, had their own perfect reaction to the Kimye news: 

"Chicago Bears, est. 1920. Chicago West, est. 2018," their tweet read. 

This isn't the first time the Bears have had fun at someone else's expense on social media. In 2016, the Bears trolled the Chicago White Sox after they changed the name of their ballpark to Guaranteed Rate Field, sending a tweet that said "Breaking: Still Soldier Field." 

The White Sox also had some fun, mimicking Kim Kardashian's tweet revealing the name: 



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<![CDATA[Fire Trade Accam to Philadelphia]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:52:34 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6633390121.jpg

The Chicago Fire will be keeping Dax McCarty and Bastian Schweinsteiger in the 2018 season, but one key member of their club will be heading elsewhere.

Winger David Accam has been traded to the Philadelphia Union in exchange for $1.2 million in General and Targeted Allocation Money, the team announced Friday. 

Accam, who scored 33 goals in 78 career appearances with the Fire, was a big part of the reason the team made the playoffs last year, scoring 14 goals and dishing out eight assists as Chicago reached the postseason for the first time in five years.

 There had been speculation last season that Accam would leave the team, but the Fire picked up his 2018 option and opted not to transfer him before last summer’s deadline. Accam had also had issues with Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic last season, saying he was “disappointed” in the coach for leaving him off the MLS All-Star roster for the game that was played at Chicago’s Soldier Field. 



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<![CDATA[Cubs Announce Spring Training Broadcast Schedule]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:23:59 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-645639218.jpg

Chicago Cubs fans hungry for baseball this spring will certainly get their wish, as the team announced their broadcast schedule for their Cactus League schedule.

A total of six Cubs spring training games will be broadcast on television, including their first game against the Chicago White Sox on Feb. 27 in Mesa. 10 games will be aired on the radio, including their second spring game against the Texas Rangers on Feb. 24.

The remainder of the games will be livestreamed on the team's website.

Here is the full schedule of radio and television games for the Cubs this spring (televised games in bold)

Feb. 24: vs. Texas 670 the Score 2:05 p.m.

Feb. 27: vs. White Sox WGN-TV 2:05 p.m.

Mar. 3: vs. Cincinnati 670 the Score 2:05 p.m.

Mar. 4: at Arizona 670 the Score  2:10 p.m.

Mar. 7: at Cleveland WGN-TV 7:05 p.m.

Mar. 10: vs. White Sox 670 the Score 3:05 p.m.

Mar. 11: at Oakland 670 the Score 3:05 p.m.

Mar. 13: vs. San Francisco 670 the Score 9:05 p.m.

Mar. 17: vs. Cleveland WGN-TV/670 the Score 6:05 p.m.

Mar. 18: vs. Cleveland NBC Sports Chicago/670 the Score 3:05 p.m.

Mar. 24: vs. Colorado NBC Sports Chicago/670 the Score 9:05 p.m.

Mar. 25: at Kansas City WGN-TV/670 the Score 2:05 p.m.

The Cubs’ spring season will begin against the Milwaukee Brewers on Feb. 23, and will conclude with a pair of games against the Boston Red Sox in Florida on Mar. 26 and 27. 



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<![CDATA[Bulls, Sox Could be Left Without Radio Home]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:49:43 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-855712992.jpg

The Chicago Bulls and White Sox could soon be left without a radio home as Cumulus Media has announced plans to cancel long-term contracts with both teams.

The news came on Friday morning as the company continues to go through bankruptcy proceedings, according to Chicago media reporter Robert Feder. The teams, whose games air on WLS-AM in Chicago, later confirmed the news in a joint statement, and said they are pursuing an "amicable solution" to the issue. 

"The teams remain confident in fidning a radio broadcast solution for their fans and, together, the Bulls and White Sox are exploring all options for a new radio home," the teams said in a statement. 

U.S. Bankruptcy Court is scheduled to rule on the status of Cumulus’ contracts on Feb. 1. It's unclear if that means the White Sox would need to look for a new station for the 2018 season, or if the Bulls could potentially be left without a radio home for the remainder of their 2017-18 season, but what is clear is that the teams' long term contracts with the station are certainly in jeopardy. 

According to Feder’s report, Cumulus will also be looking to cancel contracts to buy WKQX 101.1 and WLUP 97.9 on the FM dial.

Previously, White Sox games had aired on 670 the Score on the AM dial, but the Chicago Cubs are now locked into a contract with the station. The Sox have also aired in the past on ESPN 1000, who currently holds no deals with local professional teams.

The Bulls also aired on ESPN 1000 in the past before signing their current deal with WLS.

The Chicago Blackhawks can currently be heard on WGN 720 AM, and the Chicago Bears air games on WBBM 780 AM. 



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<![CDATA[Tennell's Olympic Dreams Drove Her to Success]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:13:39 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-901702392.png

U.S. Olympian Bradie Tennell may have surprised the world when she qualified for Team USA at the upcoming Winter Olympics, but it wasn’t a shock to those closest to her.

“When she was young, I called her ‘Scrapper’ because she loved a challenge,” Tennell’s coach Denise Myers said. “I could throw anything at her and she would just go out there and fight for everything she wanted.”

The Olympic stage is what Tennell desperately wanted, and that’s exactly what she got after winning the U.S. Figure Skating Championship in early January.

“I can remember dreaming about it and being like ‘mom I wonder what it would be like to march in the Opening Ceremony with all those athletes and the cameras,’” she said. “And now I get to go live it. It’s crazy.”

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Tennell is one of three U.S. women who will be competing for gold in Pyeongchang this winter, a dream she has pursued since she began skating when she was just two and a half years old.

For Tennell’s mom Jean, years of sacrifice paid off when her daughter won the U.S. Championship and punched her ticket to the Winter Olympics.

“I just wanted to go down there and hug her,” she said. “Words cannot say how proud I am.”

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Tennell’s dream will become a reality when she competes in February, but for now, it all still seems like a wonderful dream.

“I wake up sometimes and I pinch myself,” she said. “I’m an Olympian now. It’s crazy. It’s everything I dreamed about.” 



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<![CDATA[Fast Facts About Olympic Figure Skater Bradie Tennell]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:06:45 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-879855720.jpg As Bradie Tennell gets ready to represent her country in the Winter Olympics, here are seven fast facts about her as she looks for gold in Pyeongchang.

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