7:34 AM EDT, Tue September 02, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times 8 hours ago

Adam Dunn a somewhat valuable player

Adam Dunn sometimes excited and often frustrated White Sox fans in his nearly four years with the team before being traded to the Athletics on Sunday. The excitement came from home runs, of course, where Dunn was fifth in the American League with 41 in 2012 and fourth with 34 last season. This season he has had less playing time, with 435 plate appearances through Sunday’s games after 649 in ’12 and 605 in ’13, and his home-run rate is down to 4.6 percent of...
Chicago Sun-Times 8 hours ago

Cubs say thanks to Jackie Robinson West players

The Cubs loaded up the Jackie Robinson West players with bats, personalized Cubs jerseys and other swag as they hosted the returning U.S. champs from the Little League World Series. But JRW’s success and celebrity might do far more for the Cubs and the rest of baseball, the way the team played this season and the way it made baseball look cool again to a generation of kids. “I already got a few calls about kids playing baseball,” JRW manager Darold Butler...
Chicago Sun-Times 8 hours ago

White Sox’ Alexei Ramirez merits recognition for superb defense

Jose Abreu is a clear favorite to add the American League Rookie of the Year Award to his All-Star selection when the season ends. But the honor that would mean as much to the White Sox is the one that has eluded the team’s other Cuban All-Star, shortstop Alexei Ramirez. The Gold Glove is within reach for the veteran Ramirez, who leads AL shortstops with a .983 fielding average, committing only 10 errors in 606 chances. Some believe the Gold Glove is overdue, just...
Chicago Sun-Times 8 hours ago

Bears safeties Chris Conte, Ryan Mundy in limbo

Two safeties returned to practice, but their roles remained in limbo. Chris Conte had limited work Monday, his first day back since suffering a concussion Aug. 22 against the Seahawks. Presumed starter Ryan Mundy returned, too, after suffering a head gash in the same game. Coach Marc Trestman said the Bears will wait and see before naming starters, suggesting Wednesday as the earliest date. Conte played only 22 preseason snaps — all in Seattle — before the...
Chicago Sun-Times 9 hours ago

Playing kids can be double-edged sword for Cubs

The Jackie Robinson West Little Leaguers took the field a few minutes before the Cubs’ game against the Brewers on Monday, getting a standing ovation from the Wrigley Field crowd as they settled into their positions. The crowd wasn’t quite as ­enthusiastic when the kids left the field so the older kids in Cubs ­uniforms could take over. Maybe someday. For now, the Cubs bask in moments like they had in the second and sixth innings, when touted prospect Jorge...
Chicago Sun-Times 10 hours ago

Derrick Rose has no pain in Spain

Derrick Rose is healthy. Two games into FIBA World Cup pool play, and the face of the Bulls franchise is without a noticeable limp. That’s the good news. Great news, actually. Is he the player that had spectators oohing and aahing at the start of the USA Basketball trials in Las Vegas in late July? No, but that doesn’t diminish his last five weeks. This always has been about building a mindset for Rose, letting him know he still can dominate. He did that in Las...
Chicago Sun-Times 10 hours ago

Bears confident defense will be better when games count

Hold your fire. After a miserable 2013 season and an unimpressive 2014 preseason, the Bears’ defense is in the crosshairs of fans, media and other dubious critics. And rightfully so. The Bears finally have an NFL-quality offense that should strike fear in even the best opponents. If the defense sabotages a playoff berth again, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, coach Marc Trestman and general manager Phil Emery will pay the price — in varying degrees of scorn and...
Northwest Herald 10 hours ago

Hub Arkush: Now it's for real

There was an air about Halas Hall on Labor Day morning. The feeling was thick on the walk from the parking lot to the media room, on the practice fields and in the locker room.

Jorge Soler stays hot despite brief injury scare

A festive Wrigley Field crowd turned quiet momentarily Monday after rookie sensation Jorge Soler, standing in foul territory off third base, was drilled in the right thigh by a line drive hit by Welington Castillo in the sixth inning.
Chicago Tribune 11 hours ago

Jorge Soler stays hot despite brief injury scare

A festive Wrigley Field crowd turned quiet momentarily Monday after rookie sensation Jorge Soler, standing in foul territory off third base, was drilled in the right thigh by a line drive hit by Welington Castillo in the sixth inning.
Chicago Tribune 12 hours ago

Bears sign long snapper Cain

The Bears on Monday filled their long-snapper vacancy by signing Jeremy Cain for a third stint with the team.

Bears sign long snapper Cain

The Bears on Monday filled their long-snapper vacancy by signing Jeremy Cain for a third stint with the team.
Chicago Tribune 12 hours ago

Luckman ahead of McMahon, Cutler as best Bears QB

The Pro Football Hall of Fame displays more busts of Bears greats than any other team. But there is only one enshrined quarterback, Sid Luckman, who threw his last pass 64 years ago. Since then, there has been no shortage of Bears quarterbacks who were busts, but not of the Hall of Fame...

Luckman ahead of McMahon, Cutler as best Bears QB

The Pro Football Hall of Fame displays more busts of Bears greats than any other team. But there is only one enshrined quarterback, Sid Luckman, who threw his last pass 64 years ago. Since then, there has been no shortage of Bears quarterbacks who were busts, but not of the Hall of Fame...
Shannon Ryan / Chicago Tribune 13 hours ago

Beckman wants Illini to pick up pace from get-go

CHAMPAIGN — There are tangible lessons in football, such as tackling techniques and the best way to catch a pass. But how does a coach drill into players the subtle idea of starting a game with crispness?

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