Most popular Sun-Times sports stories of 2017

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Here’s a list of the most popular sports stories from 2017. | Images courtesy of Associated Press and Getty Images

There was arguably no team more hyped up in Chicago than the Cubs who were coming off a World Series championship season. So it’s not surprising that seven of the top 10 sports stories on the Chicago Sun-Times website were Cubs related.

The Cubs and Bears were the two most read about teams in 2017, according to Sun-Times data. While the Bulls, Blackhawks and White Sox trailed shortly behind.

You have clicked and read, and now here are our 10 most popular stories of 2017, according toSun-Timesanalytics:

1. Cavs players now telling Jimmy Butler to stay away from suddenchaos

June 21

Our most read story of 2017 was a scoop about players steering Jimmy Butler away from joining the Cavaliers after the former Bulls star was reportedly eyeing Cleveland as a potential landing spot. Butler made it clear togeneral manager Gar Forman and vice president of basketball operations John Paxson that he wanted to stay with the Bulls during their rebuild, but he was ultimately traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for three players.

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2. Crosstown shocker: Cubs acquire José Quintana from Sox inblockbuster

July 13

In a shocking blockbuster move, the Cubs landed trading-block prize Jose Quintana from the White Sox on Thursday for a four-player package that includes their top two prospects. It was unclear who immediately won the trade. The Cubs added a solid pitcher to bolster their rotation, while the White Sox added two prospects to help with their rebuild.

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jose Quintana, left, visits with his former pitching coach Chicago White Sox’s Don Cooper before a baseball game between the two Chicago teams, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Chicago. | Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jose Quintana, left, visits with his former pitching coach Chicago White Sox’s Don Cooper before a baseball game between the two Chicago teams, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Chicago. | Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press

3. The story behind those uniforms Cubs will wear tonight vs.Pirates

June 17

The Cubs opened a series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Fans quickly noticed that the Cubs were wearing different uniforms. On June 14, the Cubs and Pirateswore powder-blue to raiseawareness about prostate cancer during Father’s Day weekend. The following game, the Cubs wore the uniforms once worn by Chicago Negro league team the Leland Giants — named after owner-manager Frank Leland.

4. Cubs, Addison Russell react to domestic-violence accusation

June 8

Addison Russell and the Cubs released separate statements after the Chicago Sun-Times first reported that Major League Baseball plans to investigate the domestic violence allegations made against the Cubs shortstop. Russell called the accusations against him “false and hurtful.”

Melisa Russell took to Instagram late Wednesday and wrote that Addison cheated on her. The post has since been deleted. | Melisa Russell/Instagam

Melisa Russell took to Instagram late Wednesday and wrote that Addison cheated on her. The post has since been deleted. | Melisa Russell/Instagam

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5. Ditka on America’s race issues: ‘No oppression in the last 100years’

October 10

Mike Ditka’s appearance on Westwood One’s Monday Night Football pregame show with Jim Gray before the Vikings-Bears game quickly took a turn for the worst.One would have thought Ditka — a proud supporter of President Donald Trump — would’ve talked about the potential he saw in Bears rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky, but instead he delved into the national anthem protest controversy.

At one point, Ditka said: “There has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of. Now maybe I’m not watching it as carefully as other people.”

Mike Ditka attended a panel discussion on concussions in the NFL hosted by the City Club of Chicago last month. | Santiago Covarrubias/Sun-Times

Mike Ditka attended a panel discussion on concussions in the NFL hosted by the City Club of Chicago last month. | Santiago Covarrubias/Sun-Times

Read the reaction and fallout here.

6. Sammy Sosa’s latest look has the Internetbuzzing

July 13

Maybe no baseball player this side of Barry Bonds changed his appearance more than Sammy Sosa during his playing days. Since his retirement, though, Sosa’s countenance has undergone some drastic changes.  Those that don’t see him on a day-to-day basis might even go so far as to call the makeover alarming, and that was the case after an interview for ESPN Deportes about the All-Star Home Run Derby where he looked drastically whiter.

Michael Capponi, Sammy Sosa and Gideon Kimbrell attend InList’s 2nd Anniversary Party Celebrating Moishe Mana’s Birthday, Presented By Stoli on November 30, 2016 in Miami, Florida. | Romain Maurice/Getty Images

Michael Capponi, Sammy Sosa and Gideon Kimbrell attend InList’s 2nd Anniversary Party Celebrating Moishe Mana’s Birthday, Presented By Stoli on November 30, 2016 in Miami, Florida. | Romain Maurice/Getty Images

7. Man sues MLB, Cubs after blinded in left eye by foul liner atWrigley

October 9

After the impact of a foul ballbroke five bones and tore a hole in a sinus,John “Jay” Loos sued the Cubs and MLB for the injuries he sustained while attending a ballgame in April.

“I don’t want anybody to have to go through what I’ve been going through,” Loos said Monday, urging the Cubs and all teams in the league to extend protective netting the length of the dugouts on each side of the field.

A lawsuit was filed against Major League Baseball and the Chicago Cubs on behalf of John “Jay” Loos, 60, who permanently lost the sight in his left eye when a foul ball hit him Aug. 29 at Wrigley Field. Loos spoke to reporters Monday morning with his atto

A lawsuit was filed against Major League Baseball and the Chicago Cubs on behalf of John “Jay” Loos, 60, who permanently lost the sight in his left eye when a foul ball hit him Aug. 29 at Wrigley Field. Loos spoke to reporters Monday morning with his attorney Colin Dunn, left. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

8. Just another Cubs-Sox game as Anthony Rizzo, John Lackey jaw indugout

July 26

After John Lackey gave up a two-out, two-run double to White Sox pitcherCarlos Rodonin a frustrating second inning, he could be seen bumping Anthony Rizzo as he passed him in the dugout. Rizzo and Lackey then engaged in a brief, animated discussion that for a moment looked heated. Lackey explained the altercation after the game.

Cubs starting pitcher John Lackey lets umpire Jordan Baker have it Friday at Wrigley Field. | Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press

Cubs starting pitcher John Lackey lets umpire Jordan Baker have it Friday at Wrigley Field. | Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press

9. Miguel Montero after Cubs cut him: ‘People can’t handle thetruth’

June 28

Miguel Montero took responsibility for ripping pitcher Jake Arrieta for his slow delivery to the plater after the Nationals dominated the Cubs in June. But he didn’t back down from what he said.

“Sometimes people can’t handle the truth,” Montero said. “That’s my biggest issue. I’m just straightforward, man, a straight shooter. I’m not going to say you’re pretty when you’re ugly.”

Jake Arrieta and Miguel Montero often worked well together during their time as a Cubs battery. The pitcher invited his former catcher out for a beer during Friday’s Cubs victory over Montego’s new team, the Blue Jays. (AP/David Zalubowski)

Jake Arrieta and Miguel Montero often worked well together during their time as a Cubs battery. The pitcher invited his former catcher out for a beer during Friday’s Cubs victory over Montego’s new team, the Blue Jays. (AP/David Zalubowski)

Soon after Montero was designated for assignment by the Cubs and then picked up by the Toronto Blue Jays.

10. Finally the reveal: Here are Cubs’ first-ever World Seriesrings

April 13

Believed to be the priciest in baseball history, the Cubs revealed their first-ever World Series rings in April. The rings, which were designed with input from players, feature 108 diamonds — marking the 108 years between World Series titles for the Cubs.

The Cubs’ World Series ring | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Cubs’ World Series ring | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

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Our top Blackhawks story: Marian Hossa out for 2017-18 season; skin disorder could endcareer

June 21

Blackhawks fans were shocked when news broke in June that Marian Hossa would miss the 2017-18 season and his career could be over because of what he called a “progressive skin disorder” and what team doctor Michael Terry described as the “dramatic nature” and “decreasing effectiveness” of the medication he has been taking.

Marian Hossa will sit out the 2017-18 season, and likely beyond, with a skin disorder. (AP Photo)

Marian Hossa will sit out the 2017-18 season, and likely beyond, with a skin disorder. (AP Photo)

Our top White Sox story: No, Cubs, no: Harrelson says he’ll never go back toWrigley

August 6

Ken “Hawk” Harrelson sounded off on Wrigley Field and made it clear that he’ll never return to the North Side ballpark “ever.”

“I’ll tell you this much: I’ll never go back to Wrigley Field again,” Harrelson said in August. “Worst press box, worst booths for television. It’s a joke; it really is. And so Jason [Benetti] is getting ready for those three at Wrigley. I will never step foot in that ballpark again. Ever.”

Ken “Hawk” Harrelson. | Michael R. Schmidt/Sun-Times

Ken “Hawk” Harrelson. | Michael R. Schmidt/Sun-Times

Our top Bears story: Bears’ Zach Miller has emergency surgery to fix artery inknee

October 30

Bears tight end Zach Miller suffered a gruesome knee injury after landing wrong after jumping in an attempt to catch a touchdown pass. Miller was immediately transported to a hospital and underwent emergency surgery to save his leg from amputation.

Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller (86) taken off the field on a cart, after injuring his leg in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. Miller hurt his leg on an apparent touchdown re

Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller (86) taken off the field on a cart, after injuring his leg in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. Miller hurt his leg on an apparent touchdown reception that was overturned on review. | Butch Dill/Associated Press

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