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If the Bears didn’t replace Mitch Trubisky on Sunday, when would they ever?

They’re stuck in a dilemma of their own making — playing with someone who, at least right now, might be the worst regular starting quarterback in football.

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Red Stars finally take next step, reach first NWSL championship

The Red Stars broke through in their fifth consecutive semifinal game, beating the Portland Thorns 1-0. They’ll play in their first NWSL championship Sunday against the North Carolina Courage in Cary, North Carolina.

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Bears defense bucks up, then wears down

Propping up woeful offense seemed to take a toll in the second half, when the Saints gained 249 yards and scored 24 points in 36-25 victory

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Three takeaways from Bears’ 36-25 loss to Saints in Week 7

Teddy Bridgewater and Latavius Murray did as they pleased against the Bears’ defense. Offensively, there was little to like outside of always-solid Allen Robinson.

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Matt Nagy had two weeks to fix the Bears, and this is what he came up with?

The final score in the loss to the Saints was 36-25, which is about as deceiving as can be. It would suggest actual competition. The Bears finished with 17 rushing yards on seven carries.

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Two years after NHL debut, Wolves goalie Dylan Ferguson wins first AHL appearance

Ferguson made 35 stops to lead the Wolves to a 3-2 shootout win over the Milwaukee Admirals.

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Saints bring Bears to their knees in 36-25 demolition at Soldier Field

It was total humiliation Sunday for a team that thought of itself as a Super Bowl contender. The Saints exposed the Bears as frauds.

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Cordarrelle Patterson takes kickoff 102 yards for Bears TD

The Bears needed a spark, and Cordarrelle Patterson delivered.

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All systems go for Mitch Trubisky vs. Saints

QB will start after missing Raiders game with shoulder injury; Bilal Nichols (hand), Ted Larsen (knee) also active for Saints

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Four Downs: News, notes and observations from Week 8

Nazareth now has the state’s longest winning streak, Elgin or East Aurora will make the playoffs and more.

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‘From Morgan Park to Vilas County,’ an outdoors report from Christian Howe

Christian Howe gives a complete outdoors report – fall colors, muskie, suckers shortage, duck movement, buck rut – from Morgan Park on Chicago’s South Side to Vilas County in northern Wisconsin.

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Altuve’s walk-off homer lifts Astros to World Series

Houston will play the Nationals starting Tuesday

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Wolves lose second straight to Tyler Sikura, IceHogs

Separated by just 70 miles, the Wolves and IceHogs are seeing each other 12 times this season. The rivalry has had moments that went viral for their ferocity, but it’s also been incredibly even.

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Glenbard West beats Hinsdale Central in overtime on Nic Seifert’s third TD

Both teams entered undefeated. The victory gives No. 5 Glenbard West the West Suburban Silver conference title.

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Bulls forward Chandler Hutchison still is surrounded by health questions

He has been on the shelf with a hamstring injury since the start of camp, but where will the minutes come from even when he is set to return?

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Illini 24, No. 6 Wisconsin 23: Congrats, Lovie Smith! Now about that bowl game …

It was Smith’s biggest "W" since the Bears topped the Seahawks in the 2010 NFL playoffs. That’s the last time Smith, in his fourth season at Illinois, won a postseason game of any sort. How ’bout it, Illini? Beat Purdue, handle horrendous Rutgers and — yep — knock off Northwestern, and you’re in.

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Bears vs. Saints: What to Watch 4

Likely Allen Robinson vs. Marshon Lattimore matchup could force Bears to spread it around a little more than they have in the passing game

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North Side Cooper’s hawk, Illinois trophy bucks, largest mushroom, first-time duck hunt: Notes, Chicago outdoors

A North Side Cooper’s hawk, Illinois trophy bucks, the largest mushroom and a first-time duck hunt are among the notes around Chicago outdoors.

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NBA Eastern Conference preview: It won’t be easy for the Bulls

Offseason upgrades by several teams could mean Bulls keep waiting for long-awaited playoff spot.

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Wolves excited to show their Pride

For the first time, the Wolves are hosting Pride Night. The team is donating $5 from every Pride Night ticket sold to the Center on Halsted, the Chicago Gay Hockey Association has pregame ice time, and LGBTQ wrestler Kiera Hogan will perform the ceremonial puck drop

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This You Gotta See: Bears-Saints, Notre Dame-Michigan, Bulls open regular season

Like a bridge over troubled water, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has stepped in for injured Drew Brees and led the Saints to victory in each of his four starts. In related news, we’re afraid to Google "Teddy Bridgewater" and "bridge over troubled water" lest we find out just how many times that bit has been tried.

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Fire might get new look next season

The team’s current logo might be dated, but making a popular change could be tricky because of attachment fans have to the present badge.

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Team chemistry helps Red Stars reach fifth straight semifinal

Sunday, they play host to the Portland Thorns, who are 10-1-9 all-time against the Red Stars.

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Would Cubs have won World Series without Joe Maddon? ‘We’ll never know,’ Angels’ new skipper says

"I want to believe I had something to contribute to it," says Maddon, who talked with the Sun-Times about his new gig in an old haunt, why he succeeded in the pressure-cooker Cubs job where others failed and why he "loves" the idea of David Ross replacing him as the Cubs’ manager.

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Back from injury, Bulls swingman Denzel Valentine wants to prove he has staying power

After sitting out all of last season with an ankle injury, Denzel Valentine wants to show he has staying power.

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Injured Sky forward Jantel Lavender finds opportunity in misfortune this offseason

Jantel Lavender has played in 17 consecutive professional seasons, and she was planning to make it 18 this winter before she had foot surgery in August.

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Corey Crawford hopes denser schedule will help him find elusive rhythm

The Blackhawks’ strange early-season schedule finally entered a stretch of regular games Friday. That will lead to more starts for Crawford moving forward.

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The unhappiest winning team in the NFL? Bears say it’s too early to get stressed

The Bears have performed below their expectations, and it has been a rough couple of weeks. But at 3-2, they’re emphasizing patience over succumbing to frustration.

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IceHogs take lead in rivalry series with 3-2 victory over Wolves

Rockford scored three times in the first period and made the lead stand up. The teams meet again at 7 p.m. Saturday at Allstate Arena.

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Blackhawks recall rookie center Kirby Dach from conditioning stint after three AHL appearances

Dach registered zero points and seven shots on goal with the Rockford IceHogs.

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How the Super 25 fared in Week 8

Results for all the ranked teams.

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Nazareth shuts out Notre Dame

The star quarterbacks took backseats to the defenses on Friday in Niles as the No. 3 Roadrunners beat the No. 8 Dons 21-0.