10:23 PM EDT, Wed October 01, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times 22 mins ago

Nikola Mirotic impresses Joakim Noah, Tom Thibodeau

Center Joakim Noah isn’t easily impressed. From labeling the Miami Heat “Hollywood as hell’’ a few years back to doing very little in promoting Cleveland as a hot destination spot, Noah’s comments are usually of the backhanded variety. That wasn’t the case Wednesday, especially when rookie big man Nikola Mirotic was brought up. “He’s pretty good . . . he’s really good,’’ Noah said of the 6-10 stretch forward. “And he adds a different...

Jared Allen returns to practice

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Jared Allen's streak of 113 consecutive starts ended Sunday when he missed Chicago’s loss to the Green Bay Packers because of pneumonia. But the five-time Pro Bowl defensive end returned to the practice field Wednesday, saying, “Hopefully, I’ll be back up by this weekend” as the Bears prepare to face the Carolina Panthers. Allen said he felt sick during Chicago’s win over the New York Jets on Sept.

Marshall (ankle) has full participation

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears received encouraging news on the health front Wednesday with the return of five previously injured/ill starters to the practice field in advance of Sunday's road game in Carolina. Headlining the group is wide receiver Brandon Marshall (ankle), who's been battling a sore ankle since Week 1 that's limited his production the two weeks to three combined catches versus the Jets and Packers. Marshall practiced without restrictions on Wednesday for the first time in recent memory.

Noah working through knee injury

CHICAGO -- Joakim Noah doesn't pull punches. In order to get a straight answer from the Chicago Bulls All-Star center, media members are required to ask a fully-formed, thoughtful, question. Anything less than that and Noah usually gives a half-hearted answer. To his credit, the emotional center can be one of the most honest quotes in the league when he feels like it. Wednesday's media session provided the latest example of that. As Noah continues recovering from arthroscopic left surgery in May, he was asked if he is now "100 percent" healthy heading into the season.

Super Joe among D-backs candidates

Nam Y. Huh/Associated PressEx-Met Joe McEwing, now a coach with the White Sox, will interview with the Diamondbacks. NEW YORK -- Ex-Met Super Joe McEwing is among the people who will interview for the vacant Arizona Diamondbacks managerial position. McEwing has ties to Tony La Russa, who is now running the D-backs. McEwing is currently the third-base coach for the Chicago White Sox. Other candidates who will get interviews include Sandy Alomar Jr.

Bears first-quarter report card: B-

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Before getting into thick of Chicago's next matchup at Carolina, let's first take a look at the team's first quarter report card after a 2-2 start: Quarterback Jay Cutler has completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. He’s shown more discipline and better command of the offense, but costly turnovers have been an issue. If Cutler maintains his current level of efficiency, he’ll set a career high in passer rating for the second-consecutive season.

Will Theo's plan for Cubs in 2015 work?

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein's year-end press conference on Tuesday went about as you would think. The Cubs are in a "compete and development" mode. It means they have a very outside chance at the postseason in 2015, but it's better than the past few seasons which had no chance of ending well. They are only in the second part of a three-part plan. Developing their talent is still the priority. Here's a few statements by Epstein worth analyzing: Theo: "We're going to be competing while we continue to develop young players.

Mirotic opening eyes in camp

CHICAGO -- Tom Thibodeau is not an easy man to impress. The veteran coach has lived and breathed basketball his entire professional life so it's not often Thibodeau goes out of his way to praise young players early on, especially rookies making their first appearance on an NBA stage. But Nikola Mirotic is not your average rookie. The 23-year-old has been playing professionally in Europe for years and has already started opening eyes in his first few days with the Chicago Bulls.
Northwest Herald 8 hours ago

All-22 scouting report of the Panthers

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Bears add speedster Teddy Williams

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears signed cornerback Teddy Williams to the active roster off the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad on Wednesday and waived linebacker Terrell Manning. Williams (6-foot-1, 207 pounds) played in 10 games over two seasons with Indianapolis (2012) and Arizona (2013), contributing on offense at receiver, on defense at cornerback and on special teams. Williams came into the league with the Dallas Cowboys in 2010 and spent the majority of that season and 2011 on the team’s practice squad.

Hawks still need to decide on Teravainen

CHICAGO -- A lengthy discussion about Teuvo Teravainen is coming for the Chicago Blackhawks. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and general manager Stan Bowman will likely sit down later this week to determine what they want to do with the 20-year-old Teravainen, the organization’s top prospect. Bowman and Quenneville said coming into the season Teravainen’s play would determine whether he made the NHL team out of training camp. So far, he hasn’t played much in the preseason.

Take 'em or Leave 'em: Vote on White Sox

Which White Sox players should be back in 2015? ESPN Chicago's Doug Padilla makes his picks and you can too. Check out his picks and vote for your own here.
Chicago Sun-Times 9 hours ago

Not buying Cubs, Theo’s song and dance

RICK TELANDER: But there was Epstein, three seasons into his task of making the Cubs and their ballpark relevant, telling us forcefully, “A message has been sent around the league. This place is going to get really interesting for a long time.’’ Is it?
Habs will give youngsters a chance against Blackhawks

Habs will give youngsters a chance against Blackhawks

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien will give some of the team’s young prospects a chance to strut their stuff during Wednesday night’s preseason game against the Blackhawks in Chicago (8:30 p.m., RDS, TSN Radio 690). Forwards Jacob De La Rose, Gabriel Dumont, […]

Bears keeping eye on Brandon Marshall's health

  ESPN Bears reporter Michael C. Wright discusses the recent struggles of Brandon Marshall.

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