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The endgame for them could be the 2027 draft, not the next two. The JuJu Watkins/MiLaysia Fulwiley/Madison Booker/Mikaylah Williams/Hannah Hidalgo generational, unicorn lottery that will change the trajectory of several WNBA franchises.
They’ll play the entire AFC South before facing an NFC North foe for the first time — in Week 11. They have a stretch of three consecutive home games followed by three consecutive road games. What gives?
One side roots passionately for the league’s success. The other resents being told to root passionately for the league’s success.
For those who followed Boo Buie’s remarkable career with the Wildcats, it might be a bit surprising to see him on the NBA’s pay-no-mind list so soon after it ended — and in his own backyard, no less.
How good is he? Good enough that he might be bad coach–proof.
Instead of using it for a new stadium complex, how about we give that lakefront land to citizens to enjoy?
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Too many injuries and too much interference from the refs hurt what should be the highlight of basketball season — the playoffs.
Standard Media Group will invest in the network and help get it distributed. The content will come from Stadium, which is expected to keep its name when it converts to an RSN this fall.
ABC, ESPN+ series documents the joys, pressures of three stars during historic era for women’s college basketball.
None of the national experts has even talked with Underwood yet, he says, so their “way-too-early” rankings aren’t worrying him. Besides, the demands of a nonstop job create enough stress as it is.
The Bulls and executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas might not be able to get rid of LaVine’s max contract with a trade this offseason, but it won’t be from a lack of trying.
Despite the team’s poor record, Connor Bedard’s popularity and the team’s ticket-sales strategies have kept fans coming to the United Center. The Hawks ranked fourth in the NHL with 18,836 fans per game and have a season-ticket renewal rate of 96% this spring.
DeShields had 14 points, shooting 7-for-12 from the field, three steals and two rebounds in the Sky’s opener. It was her first game back in good health in two years.
One of only 13 pitchers to make 250 starts with the Cubs, Hendricks has made 253, and — after a loss Friday that dropped him to 0-4 with a 10.57 ERA — it’s fair for anyone to be asking if there should be a 254th.
Skenes, the No. 1 pick in the 2023 draft, was in complete control in his second major-league start, leading the Pirates to a 9-3 victory.
Scheffler’s attorney Steve Romines described the situation as a misunderstanding and told The Associated Press, “We will litigate the case as it goes.”
Happ’s strikeout rate has jumped this season. He’s still performing well against fastballs (.347 average) but is struggling against off-speed pitches (.114) and breaking balls (.093).
Infielder Braden Shewmake was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte.
That wafting aroma? It’s the sweet, sultry smell of glorious, inevitable victory. What, was that too much?
The team rejects comparisons to George Lucas’ abandoned vision for Chicago’s lakefront, but Bears execs say they’ve learned from it and studied other legal battles as they push a $4.7 billion stadium development plan.
How fishing and access is handled at St. Johns County Ocean & Fishing Pier leads to considering the role of fishing in Chicago’s lakefront ambience.
Hoerner went through a regular pregame warmup Thursday, testing his left hamstring as the Cubs evaluated his return timeline.
Automated ball-strike calls can add excitement and make umpires accountable, players say. But the system can also remove part of the human element from the game.
The Cubs opened a four-game series with the Pirates on Thursday.
From games, a gala and graduation, the Sky rookie is making the most of her unique, multidimensional experience.
Booker is expected to make about $4.2 million over four years.
Bears President Kevin Warren has rejected the 48.6-acre Michael Reese site, saying it’s too narrow and doesn’t work because the stadium would have to be built “over an active train line.”
From the opener at home against a rebuilding Titans team under a rookie head coach, Caleb Williams & Co. will have opportunities for early success. The toughest part of the schedule comes in the last eight games.
EA’s first college football game in more than a decade will launch for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S this summer.