4:43 AM EDT, Fri April 25, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times 4 hours ago

This NFL draft will have no end for the Bears

Leading up to the NFL draft, which begins May 8, the Sun-Times will take a position-by-position look at the Bears’ needs and which players might be available to fill them. The Bears have 34.5 million reasons not to select a defensive end high in the draft — or at all. That’s the number of guaranteed dollars the team doled out to three defensive ends this offseason, hoping to fix a pass rush that finished tied for last with 31 sacks. But first, the carnage: The...
Chicago Sun-Times 5 hours ago

Smoother sailing in Thibodeau’s system, with Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah on board

Don’t expect Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau to go to New York. Not this summer or any time soon. He won’t be sniffing around his old stomping grounds in Minneapolis this offseason, and he’s not Hollywood enough for Los Angeles. He’s a Bull — and not just because he has a contract for three more seasons or because this was the team that gave him his first chance to be a head coach. It’s because Thibodeau also picked the Bulls. ‘‘When I was an assistant, I...
Chicago Sun-Times 5 hours ago

Kevin Gregg awaiting closer call

It was right about this time last year that the Cubs finally got their closer situation under control and stabilized the back end of their bullpen. This year? Yeah, right. Did you see Jose Veras in that low-pressure outing Thursday, helping turn a 3-1 game into a 5-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks? Or Pedro Strop walk two of the first three he faced in the ninth Wednesday on the way to a blown save? As the Cubs added extra arms to a maligned and beleaguered...
Chicago Sun-Times 5 hours ago

Cubs will see if ex-teammate Matt Garza can ‘kick their teeth in’

The way the Cubs have hit, and the way ex-teammate Matt Garza talked about wanting to “kick their teeth in,” maybe it wasn’t the worst thing in the world — for their dental health at least — that the Cubs aren’t smiling as they head to Milwaukee for the weekend, jaws clenched. As if the National League Central wasn’t already tough enough for the last-place Cubs with three 2013 playoff teams in it, the other guys in the division — Garza’s Brewers...
Chicago Sun-Times 6 hours ago

Injuries have given Viciedo, Semien opportunity to step in and step up

DETROIT — Losing Avisail Garcia to a season-ending shoulder injury April 9 was a major blow for the White Sox but a big break for Dayan Viciedo. Losing Gordon Beckham to an oblique injury was bad news for the Sox and their second baseman, but it gave Marcus Semien an opportunity to play every day. Both have made the most of it. Semien, 23, held his own at second base, has shown a flair for dramatic long balls and has driven in 13 runs, the most by a major-league...

Garza trade revisited in Milwaukee

CHICAGO -- If the Chicago Cubs want to turn the page on the final two games of their just-completed homestand, there’s no better way than to take on the first-place Milwaukee Brewers and former Cub Matt Garza on Friday night in Milwaukee. The Cubs traded Garza last season to the Texas Rangers, in a deal Rangers general manager Jon Daniels since described as one that could “haunt him.” That’s because Garza didn’t pitch very well for Texas, then left as free agent for a four-year, $50 million deal with Milwaukee.
Northwest Herald 6 hours ago

Jackson is solid, but not good enough for Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) — Edwin Jackson registered his first quality start and worked into the seventh inning for the first time this season.
Chicago Tribune 6 hours ago

Second time around good for Courtney Hawkins

White Sox's top pick from 2012 draft showing high potential in 2nd season at high Class A Winston-SalemDETROIT — The White Sox sent outfielder Courtney Hawkins back to high Class A Winston-Salem to start the season because they thought it would be best for his development.

Good reports on Kris Bryant and Corey Black

While rehabbing, pitcher Jake Arrieta was impressed with talent and attitude of couple of Cubs' top prospects in Double ABased on the performances of Corey Black and Kris Bryant, it's not unreasonable to believe the Double-A Tennessee players could reach the majors in 2015.

Hawks win to take 2-1 series lead on Pacers

ATLANTA -- Indiana Pacers forward Lance Stephenson had just hit a 3-pointer to cut the Atlanta Hawks' lead to four with 7:30 to play in the fourth quarter. He followed it up by forcing a turnover on Atlanta's next possession, but slipped and lost the ball out of bounds. It's been that kind of stretch for the unraveling Pacers. And the upstart Hawks took full advantage.
Chicago Tribune 6 hours ago

At Wrigley Field, the party should be over

As bad as Cubs are, it's really ridiculous to celebrate ballpark's rich tradition ad infinitum while product playing in it is so poorThe question of when to best end a party always is tricky.

At Wrigley Field, the party should be over

As bad as Cubs are, it's really ridiculous to celebrate ballpark's rich tradition ad infinitum while product playing in it is so poorThe question of when to best end a party always is tricky.

Wolves have playoff work cut out for them on road

Wolves need at least one victory at Rochester in 1st 2 of 5-game set before getting home ice advantage rest of seriesIt's time for the Wolves to look forward, not back. But it must be tempting for the team to reflect on what they accomplished during the regular season.
Chicago Tribune 7 hours ago

Paul Konerko slowly adjusting to limited role

After playing full time for so long, he believes he's getting better coming off bench with only one shot to do some damageDETROIT — Paul Konerko said this week that it has been an adjustment to find a groove in his part-time playing role, in which he has logged just 23 at-bats over 12 games and four starts.
Ottawa Citizen 7 hours ago
Locked in tight series, Blackhawks, Blues prepare for Game 5

Locked in tight series, Blackhawks, Blues prepare for Game 5

One more game, and the Chicago Blackhawks will have linchpin defenceman Brent Seabrook back in the lineup.

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