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Published: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:15:04 GMT

Last Build Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:15:04 GMT

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What drives Jonathan Toews? Let's start with the sleepovers

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:55:00 GMT

As a kid, Jonathan Toews threw the worst sleepovers.

Just ask Tyler Riel, a friend who went over to Toews' house one night on the southern end of Winnipeg.

Riel, then 11, was expecting the usual trappings of a night with buddies — video games, junk food and hockey on the rink Toews' dad Brian built....




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Remember, you can't spell 'Bulls' without B and S

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:43:00 GMT

It was late Wednesday night after a meaningless game against the 76ers to end a pathetic season punctuated by quitting players and inept coaching, and Bulls management wonks were showing how much the franchise hates you. 

Or if the Bulls don’t hate you, then they sniff at your very existence. 

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Starter Mat Latos continues strong run of White Sox pitching

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 04:03:55 GMT

MINNEAPOLIS — Mat Latos said he likes to think of the White Sox pitching staff as a "friendly competition." When one pitcher has a good night, the next one tries to top him.

So far, Latos has kept himself in that game. The right-hander gave up one earned run over six innings Thursday to help the...




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Breaking down the Bears' 2016 schedule

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 03:39:00 GMT

Time to free up your fall Sundays. And a couple of Monday nights. And a Thursday and Saturday too. The NFL’s regular-season schedule was released Thursday night, offering the Bears a detailed look at how they’ll march through their 2016 campaign.

So how difficult is the Bears’ road? What are the...




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Bulls management strongly backs Fred Hoiberg but its players not so much

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 01:11:00 GMT

Coach securely.

Despite acknowledging Fred Hoiberg's learning curve, that's one of the dominant themes Bulls management sent with Wednesday night's hastily announced postmortem of a season gone awry.

Two messages stood out:

• Top basketball executive John Paxson didn't rule out a total rebuild.

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Bears regular season schedule released

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 23:14:00 GMT

The suspense is over. The dates are set. On Thursday evening, the NFL drew back the curtain on its 2016 regular season schedule. And if you don’t have the time to dive in to the two-hour long analysis special on ESPN or the three-hour gabfest on NFL Network, we’ve got you covered.

The 2016 Chicago...




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Nobody in Chicago sports gets a bigger pass than Jerry Reinsdorf

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 22:33:00 GMT

At 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, the Bulls issued a 107-word statement on behalf of Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.

The Bulls had just completed a season as disappointing and dysfunctional as any in the franchise's 50-year history and Reinsdorf, as insulated as ever, responded with a paragraph. Reinsdorf apparently...




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Bears unveil preseason schedule with dates and times

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 19:15:00 GMT

The Chicago Bears have announced the dates and times for their four preseason contests, setting the stage for their march toward the regular season. The official docket:

Thursday, Aug. 11: Vs. Denver Broncos, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18: At New England Patriots, 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27: Vs. Kansas...


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Kobe Bryant's fantastic finish, as told on Twitter by his peers

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 18:07:00 GMT

Kobe Bryant put on quite a show in his final game before retirement Wednesday night at Staples Center. Because of the late start time, many of his fellow NBA players were able to catch the action.

They weren't disappointed, as Bryant put up 60 points to lead the Lakers to a 101-96 comeback victory...




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NFL draft preview: Wide receivers

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:37:00 GMT

As the NFL draft nears, we're taking a 10-day position-by-position look at what's out there and what the Bears need. Here's our assessment at wide receiver.

Bears status

On paper, at least, receivers Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White could be a dynamic pairing that threatens defenses all over the...




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Jake Arrieta named new face of SAXX Underwear

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:10:00 GMT

Not to be outdone by Jimmy Butler, Cubs ace Jake Arrieta has signed on to become the new face of SAXX Underwear. 

Arrieta will be part of SAXX's commercial brand campaign "Free to Move," will also consult for the brand on future designs.

"They have designed products specifically to fit my needs...




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Observations from Blackhawks' OT loss in Game 1

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:17:00 GMT

The collective mood of the Blackhawks after their 1-0 loss in overtime to the Blues in Game 1 Wednesday was about as happy as you might think.

The Hawks were without suspended defenseman Duncan Keith and goaltender Corey Crawford was making just his second start after recovering from an upper-body...




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Cubs, White Sox party like it's 1907

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:00:00 GMT

After a long, miserable winter, things are finally heating up in Chicago, thanks to our baseball teams.

The Cubs and White Sox have replicated their hot starts from 1907, the year after the first and only all-Chicago World Series.

The White Sox are 6-2 after Wednesday’s win in Minnesota. The ’07...




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5 things about Game 1 of Blackhawks-Blues

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 13:18:00 GMT

1. Sorry, but the Blackhawks had no reason to lose their playoff opener against the dreaded Blues on Wednesday, and here are some of the many reasons why:

The Hawks had most of the great scoring chances, a 13-5 advantage in high-danger opportunities, according to war-on-ice.com. Jonathan Toews...


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Blackhawks drop playoff opener 1-0 to Blues in overtime

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:44:00 GMT

The Blackhawks were without defenseman Duncan Keith, who was suspended for Wednesday night's playoff opener against the Blues.

Their goaltender, Corey Crawford, was making just his second start after coming back from an upper-body injury.

Being down their top defenseman and with their goaltender...




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Warriors win 73rd game, break 1995-96 Bulls' record

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:37:00 GMT

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors took their last shot at Michael Jordan and history and they swished it — for 73.

Down to their final chance at the record, the Warriors became the first 73-win team Wednesday night by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 125-104, breaking what many considered...




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Kobe Bryant scores 60 points in unbelievable farewell victory

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:24:00 GMT

Kobe Bryant went out with a Hollywood ending to his remarkable career.

Bryant scored 60 points in his final game Wednesday night, wrapping up 20 years in the NBA with an unbelievable offensive showcase in the Los Angeles Lakers' 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz.

He scored 23 points in the fourth...




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Wednesday's recap: Blues 1, Blackhawks 0, OT

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:10:00 GMT

David Backes scored 9 minutes, 4 seconds into overtime to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals Wednesday night at the Scottrade Center.

The Blues drew first blood in the best-of-seven series that will continue with...




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Bulls management vows to stay basic course, but there will be changes

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:03:00 GMT

Just more than 10 months after excitedly introducing Fred Hoiberg as Tom Thibodeau's successor amid championship expectations, Bulls management addressed reporters Wednesday night under far different circumstances.

A seven-season run of making the playoffs ended with a 42-40 season filled with...




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Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman gives a state of Blackhawks

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 01:38:00 GMT

 Hours before the Blackhawks began defense of their Stanley Cup championship with Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Blues on Wednesday night at Scottrade Center, general manager Stan Bowman met the media and discussed a variety of subjects.

Do you look at rookie Artemi...




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