6:12 AM EDT, Sat October 25, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times 4 hours ago

Dan McGrath: Extreme reactions, gullibility are givens with these Bears

I’ve picked two of their seven games correctly, and you’re coming to me for insight on the Bears? Unwise. Let’s move along, folks; nothing to learn here. I might know very little, but I have spotted a familiar, recurring pattern: a total lack of perspective among the Faithful. Every time the Bears win, it’s 1985 all over again, only better — there’s no containing this new-age Marc Trestman offense. Matt Forte is Sweetness with better hands, and that...
Chicago Sun-Times 4 hours ago

Title-hungry Bears veterans know turnaround has to start now

The Bears’ locker room had hushed 20 minutes after last Sunday’s loss, and defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff sat in front of his locker, pondering a championship and how many more chances he’ll have to reach one. ‘‘For some of us, that window’s closing,’’ the 11-year veteran said. Ratliff let out a long sigh, knowing the Bears were running out of time to right their season. ‘‘It’d be nice to leave this thing with a ring on my hand, to put it...
Chicago Sun-Times 4 hours ago

Sunday preview: After Brandon Marshall’s fit, Bears don’t see what the fuss is about

Bears guard Matt Slauson played with the New York Jets during the Mark Sanchez era. The fallout from Brandon Marshall’s locker-room rant was just another week to him. ‘‘This has been nothing compared to what I’ve dealt with in the past,’’ Slauson said. ‘‘I’m proud of this team. They haven’t let any of the outside stuff come in. We’ve stayed just as close as any other week.’’ While the residual impact of Marshall’s rant was the story of...
Chicago Sun-Times 5 hours ago

Sunday playbook: Bears’ offense must pass the Belichick test

The Bears’ glut of offensive talent gave New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick plenty to talk about this week. There was outright adoration for running back Matt Forte. Even kicker Robbie Gould, who was described by Belichick as “one of the best, most-accurate guys in the league,” received some love. But that love will be expressed in tough ways on Sunday. No coach knows how to effectively neutralize a team’s weapons better than Belichick. And Bears...
Chicago Tribune 5 hours ago

Joe Maddon would be perfect fit as Cubs manager

Driving along I-57 in the 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle he just bought at a car dealership in New Lenox, Joe Maddon commented to his passenger how much he loved coming to Chicago.

Joe Maddon would be perfect fit as Cubs manager

Driving along I-57 in the 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle he just bought at a car dealership in New Lenox, Joe Maddon commented to his passenger how much he loved coming to Chicago.
Chicago Sun-Times 6 hours ago

Preseason ends with loss, but Tom Thibodeau is just getting started

ST. LOUIS — It would have been nice if coach Tom Thibodeau could have wrapped up the Bulls’ preseason with a nice little  bow. Not a chance. Not with so many questions coming out of the Bulls’ 113-112 loss Friday to the Minnesota Timberwolves in their preseason finale. The Bulls completed exhibition play 4-4 after blowing a 13-point lead at the Scottrade Center. ‘‘Right now, you’re gathering information to make decisions about everything,’’...
Chicago Sun-Times 6 hours ago

Ex-Rays manager Joe Maddon, Cubs said to have mutual interest

SAN FRANCISCO – How close are the Cubs to a World Series? On Friday, they were a big part of the buzz at AT&T Park that overshadowed the pivotal Game 3 between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals – with all indications pointing to Joe Maddon heading to Chicago after his sudden resignation as the Tampa Bay Rays manager early in the day. Multiple sources close to Maddon and the Cubs suggest the Cubs are the front-runners for the services a guy who...

Thibodeau: Bulls have a lot of work to do after preseason finale

ST. LOUIS -- The bad outweighed the good for Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau in his team’s final preseason tune-up on Friday. The good was represented by Bulls guard Derrick Rose playing a preseason-high 31 minutes, 37 seconds and again being aggressive offensively, finishing with a game-high 27 points. Center Joakim Noah also played a preseason-high 31:58 to go with 6 points, 17 rebounds and 9 assists. The bad came in the form of the Bulls committing 18 turnovers, allowing 35 first-quarter points, being outscored 30-21 in the fourth quarter, blowing a 13-point lead in the game’s...
Chicago Sun-Times 7 hours ago

Fans angry, but Fire boss Andrew Hauptman has support

When retiring midfielder Logan Pause received a standing ovation as he left the Fire’s 2014 finale Friday against the Houston Dynamo in the 78th minute, it created a positive memory for the season. Unfortunately, warm moments have been rare for the Fire, who ended their season with a 2-1 victory, thanks to a stoppage-time goal by Florent Sinama-Pongolle. They missed the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five seasons, and fan anger has gotten more  intense,...
Chicago Sun-Times 8 hours ago

Week 8 question marks include Brandon Marshall, Darrelle Revis and Lance Briggs

Three days after discussing his outburst in the wake of the Bears’ loss to the  Miami Dolphins on Showtime, receiver Brandon Marshall blasted the media for asking him about it. He even used the words ‘‘rant’’ and ‘‘tirade,’’ joking it would be the only sound bite used Friday. ‘‘That’s sexy. It sells papers. It boosts ratings,’’ he said. ‘‘But that’s b.s. And you guys know that.’’ Then what is it? ‘‘Whatever you wanted to...
Chicago Sun-Times 9 hours ago

Brandon Marshall says he’s using frustration as ‘fuel’

Receiver Brandon Marshall’s locker-room rant after the Bears’ loss Sunday to the Miami Dolphins wasn’t just the emotion of the moment. It still lingers. And that’s just how he wants it. ‘‘It’s fuel,’’ Marshall said Friday. ‘‘You’ve got to take that frustration and use it as fuel. I’m going to be frustrated until we run a few [victories] in a row. That’s the good thing about playing in professional sports: You can let the negative stuff...

Royals claim White Sox's Sierra

CHICAGO – The Kansas City Royals haven’t been too busy with the World Series to look toward the future, claiming outfielder Moises Sierra off waivers Friday from the Chicago White Sox. A portion of the Royals’ success this season can be credited to a solid defense, especially in the outfield. Moises’ strengths are his outfield range and throwing arm, both of which helped to earn him playing time with the White Sox this past season.

Konerko named co-winner of Clemente award

CHICAGO – Paul Konerko might have retired at the end of September, but he had one last honor to collect Friday. The White Sox’s team captain was named co-winner of the 2014 Roberto Clemete Award along with the Philadelphia Phillies’ Jimmy Rollins. It is the first time there have been co-winners of the honor, which is given to players for contributions both on and off the field. Sportsmanship and community involvement are two of the primary criteria for the award.

Derrick Rose: Patrick Kane pushes me

ST. LOUIS -- Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose made it clear Friday that there’s a mutual respect between him and Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane. Rose and Kane will both look to put on a show at the Scottrade Center in the next few days as the Blackhawks and Bulls both happen to be in St. Louis at the same time. The Bulls play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday and the Blackhawks face the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. Kane, a basketball fan, has often spoken highly and been supportive of Rose over the years.

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