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Bulls great Toni Kukoc discusses his road to the Hall of Fame

The three-time NBA champion was "overwhelmed" with the news that he is a member of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021.

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Pirates second baseman Rennie Stennett — part of MLB’s first all-Black starting lineup — dies at 72

On Sept. 16, 1975, Stennett became the only player in the modern era to go 7-for-7 in a nine-inning game when hit four singles, two doubles and a triple in a 22-0 victory over the Cubs.

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Country music star Jimmie Allen to sing national anthem at Indianapolis 500

Allen will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before drivers are called to their cars May 30 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Fastball to face leaves Mets’ Kevin Pillar with multiple nasal fractures

In a frightening scene that shook both teams, Pillar was drilled square in the nose by a 95 mph pitch from Braves reliever Jacob Webb with the bases loaded in the seventh inning Monday night.

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Cubs spoil Jon Lester’s return to Wrigley Field with 7-3 victory

The former Cubs left-hander allowed five runs and eight hits in 5 1⁄3 innings for the Nationals.

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South suburban native Brandon Johnson transfers from Minnesota to DePaul

The athletic, blue-collar 6-8 forward is heading to DePaul to play for first-year coach Tony Stubblefield next season.

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White Sox’ Jose Abreu will miss series against Twins

X-rays were negative, and an MRI exam showed the ankle inflammation. He is expected to return for the Yankees series this weekend.

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Bulls’ Zach LaVine on extension: ‘I definitely want what I deserve’

If the All-Star guard was willing to sacrifice salary to try to build a winner, that wasn’t conveyed Monday. LaVine sounded like he wants a max deal — and not the one that’s available this offseason.

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Bob Baffert won’t be allowed to run horses in New York pending Kentucky Derby probe

Baffert will temporarily not be allowed to stable any horses at Belmont Park, Aqueduct and Saratoga or run any of his horses at the New York Racing Association’s tracks. That ban includes races at Belmont Park, with the Belmont Stakes coming up June 5.

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Bulls bosses answer questions about the trade gone wrong this season

On paper, it seemed that the March 25 trade-deadline deal that brought Nikola Vucevic to the Bulls to team with Zach LaVine was a home-run swing. But the Bulls didn’t reach their goal of making the playoffs and could be without a first-round pick on top of it. Explain away, Arturas Karnisovas.

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Albert Pujols signs major-league deal with Dodgers

The Dodgers began Monday with a whopping 13 players on their injured list after losing World Series MVP shortstop Corey Seager over the weekend to a broken hand.

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Broncos’ Kelly Kleine becomes NFL’s highest-ranking female scouting executive

Kleine, who worked with Broncos first-year general manager George Paton for nine years in Minnesota, will have scouting duties and manage several departments, the team said.

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Packers add Kurt Benkert to quarterback depth chart

Benkert signed with the Atlanta Falcons in 2018 as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia. He spent the 2018 and 2020 seasons on Atlanta’s practice squad and was on injured reserve in 2019.  He has never appeared in an NFL regular-season game.

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Chicago teams want residents to take their shots

The Cubs, White Sox, Sky, Red Stars and other Chicago sports teams are part of a Chicago Department of Public Health campaign encouraging COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Full-blown boycott pushed for Beijing Olympics

A coalition representing Uyghurs, Tibetans, residents of Hong Kong and others issued a statement Monday calling for the boycott, eschewing lesser measures that had been floated like "diplomatic boycotts" and further negotiations with the IOC or China.

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High school basketball notebook: 12 takes from Joe Henricksen

The shot clock is coming, recruiting is opening up and more.

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Taft football coach John Tsarouchas steps down

Tsarouchas, who played high school football at Taft and came back to coach there for 10 years — leading the program the past five years — resigned last week.

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Jeremiah Paprocki becomes Cubs’ first African American public-address announcer

Paprocki made his debut at Wrigley Field on Monday when the Cubs faced the Nationals.

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Gary DeCesare returns to the Catholic League as seven schools hire new high school basketball coaches

De La Salle, Fenwick, Waubonsie Valley, Marist, Conant, Prospect and Lincoln-Way West have made hires.

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From Naperville to Knoxville to L.A. and back again: Candace Parker is home

The new Sky phenom spent 13 years with the Sparks in L.A., but her superstardom had its roots in Naperville.

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Marv Albert will retire from broadcasting after NBA Eastern Conference finals

Albert, known for his signature "Yes!" call, has broadcast 13 NBA Finals and 25 All-Star Games for NBC and Turner, along with the Dream Team’s romp to the gold medal in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

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Bulls finish season with victory against Bucks

Despite the result, the Bulls missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season and have plenty of work to do during the offseason.

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Jose Abreu caps weekend with scamper home to deliver win for White Sox

The last moment of Sunday’s game wrapped up an eventful three days for Abreu, whose teammates lauded him all weekend for his toughness, leadership and resilience.

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Jon Lester, Kyle Schwarber back at Wrigley? Let ’em hear you, Cubs fans — good and loud

This You Gotta See: Cubs get the Nationals and Cardinals, White Sox get the Twins and Yankees, and the NBA and NHL postseasons get rolling.

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Quick start still leaves Justin Fields long way from first start

"I know for everybody the biggest question is, When is that going to happen?’’ coach Matt Nagy said. "As time goes by and we see how things go, we’ll know, and we’ll all see it and feel it."

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Kyle Hendricks spins a gem in Motown as Cubs take series from Tigers

Hendricks allowed one run and eight hits and struck out eight in eight-plus innings in the Cubs’ 5-1 victory.

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Upstart WR Chris Lacy earns offseason roster spot after strong tryout: source

The Bears had Lacy, an undrafted player in the 2018 class, participate in rookie minicamp and will sign him before OTAs.

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Adam Eaton goes yard, then ducks for cover

Before Sunday’s game, Eaton was hitting .154 in May. But he was glad to "put the ball in play with some type of authority" in the series finale against the Royals.

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Bears CB Thomas Graham will get a chance; will he be ready?

The former Oregon cornerback can make an impact right away. The Bears cut two-time Pro Bowl player Kyle Fuller and nickel cornerback Buster Skrine.

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Former Cubs ace Jon Lester ready to make his return to Wrigley Field

Lester was 77-44 with a 3.64 ERA with the Cubs after signing a six-year, $155 million deal after the 2014 season.

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Bears OLB Charles Snowden is not your typical undrafted rookie

Teams always like to think they’ve struck gold with undrafter free agents, but in Snowden’s case, some analysts expected him to be a third-round pick.

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Bulls great Toni Kukoc entering the Hall of Fame with the 2021 class

Kukoc proved to be a dominant force both overseas and when he finally joined the Bulls in the NBA, and on Sunday it was announced that he would be put into the Hall in a ‘21 Class that also included Paul Pierce, Chris Webber and Chris Bosh.

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WATCH: Michael Jordan turns mean in ‘SNL’ parody of ‘The Last Dance’

Host Keegan-Michael Key zings MJ’s drive to win by recalling his hallway bet with a security guard, a highlight of last year’s Bulls docuseries.