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Former Bulls coach Jim Boylen to lead USA Basketball in World Cup qualifiers

"To have this opportunity to represent my country in the November FIBA World Cup qualifying games is truly humbling," Boylen said.

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Knee surgery ends season for Illinois LB Jake Hansen

Hansen’s 12 forced fumbles made him the NCAA’s active career leader and ranked second on the Illinois all-time chart behind Simeon Rice’s 13. He led the nation with 14 takeaways over the 2019-20 seasons.

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Kofi Cockburn’s return fuels expectations for Illinois

With Cockburn back, Illinois should have the firepower to compete for the Big Ten title again.

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Northwestern, Chris Collins hope to get back on winning path

After four straight losing seasons, the Wildcats look to put the brakes on the skid and start building some momentum again.

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Thriving Goode enjoying success in 2021

This calendar year, Goode is 11-2 with conference titles in the Illini Big Shoulders in the spring and the Illini Great Lakes in the fall.

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Wolf River: White bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, well, you name it, in a flow of wonderful conversation

Fishing got off to a slow start but turned great with multiple species during a day on the Wolf River with Bruce Zolna and guide Bill Stoeger.

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After empty season, Blackhawks’ event presentation crew adapts to fans’ return to United Center

From adding players’ song suggestions to the playlist to bringing back the popular "Orchard" intro video, the Hawks’ fan events and experiences team has revamped the in-game presentation.

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Blackhawks unravel against Islanders in home opener

The Hawks remained winless through four games after a 4-1 loss spoiled what, through the first two periods, looked like a better effort.

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Bulls hoping impressive defensive showing in preseason has legs

It was only four games, but the Bulls finished with the top defense in the preseason. Does that carry weight when the games matter?

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Championship parade, rally mark turning point for Sky, WNBA in Chicago

Since 2006, the Sky have fought to gain a foothold in the hearts and minds of Chicago basketball fans, largely to no avail. On Tuesday, Chicago celebrated its first professional basketball championship since 1998, marking a huge leap for the franchise and for women’s sports in the city.

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Bears’ WRs still looking for chemistry with QB Justin Fields on scramble plays

They’re off-script, but extended or broken plays could turn into big gains for the Bears with Fields’ strong arm and their wide receivers’ speed

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Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report: Trout, crappie, lake trout, bass, white bass and fall feeding

The opening of Illinois’ fall inland trout season, crappie fishing building inland and big lake trout on Lake Michigan lead this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

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Bears OLB Robert Quinn on reserve/COVID-19 list, in question vs. Buccaneers

Quinn is having one of the best seasons of his career with 5.5 sacks in the first six games.

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Fans, team celebrate Sky’s WNBA title: ‘I think it’s going to make the city a little happier’

Fans gathered in Millennium Park and along the Michigan Avenue parade route to celebrate the team’s first title.

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WNBA fines Mercury $10,000 for violating media access rules

The fine is the biggest in league history for a media infraction.

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The anomalies of Illinois’ inland trout: A big trout comes to Jesus Arellano on opening weekend

Jesus Arellano (Jesus312Fishing) caught a notably big trout from Axehead Lake on the opening weekend of Illinois’ fall inland trout season.

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Ready or not, point guard Lonzo Ball is pushing for a Bulls run

The Bulls are poised to pick up the pace and try to be "Showtime," the Midwest version, but Ball is still learning his teammates, and his teammates are still getting accustomed to his tempo. The opener Wednesday in Detroit will be a good test run.

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1st-and-10: Bears better brace for the best of Tom Brady

After getting taunted by Aaron Rodgers, the Bears now face a red-hot Brady, who surely has vengeance on his mind after his costly brain cramp in the Bucs’ 20-19 loss to the Bears last year.

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Sky championship parade and rally: Photos from the celebration

The Sky players and their fans have been having a good time celebrating the franchise’s first championship Tuesday in Chicago.

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South Carolina tops women’s basketball preseason Top 25

Dawn Staley and South Carolina are back in a familiar spot: No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 women’s basketball poll.

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Sky bring arena door Diana Taurasi smashed after Game 4 on stage at championship rally

Taurasi, the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer, reportedly smashed in the door after the Sky’s Game 4 victory.

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St. Rita puts on a show at Pangos

Each October in LaGrange, the Pangos All-Midwest Camp brings together many of the top freshmen and sophomores in the state and throughout the Midwest.

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Sky’s Allie Quigley had the best day ever — after the championship and before the parade

For the record, Quigley spent approximately zero time thinking about attempting to defend the Sky’s first title.

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For Sky’s Courtney Vandersloot, Allie Quigley, winning WNBA title was extra special

Vandersloot and Quigley have been with the organization through the departures of Sylvia Fowles in 2015 and Elena Delle Donne in 2017.

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Bliss is it: Courtney Vandersloot, Allie Quigley are a couple of champions

The simple fact of being pro athletes married to each other, with all the societal, political and work issues it can bring up, is an elephant in the room that will sit there silently until it drifts away with understanding and, finally, irrelevance.

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Bears coach Matt Nagy says, ‘We need to score more’; but how?

The Bears’ offense has plunged below where it was the last two seasons and ranks near the bottom of the NFL in most categories. Nagy knows it needs to be fixed, but it’s not clear he has the answers in his fourth season.

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Christian Howe’s annual fall-color report: From southern Cook County to Iron County, Michigan

As has become a tradition, Christian Howe gives a report on fall color and other parts of the wild world from southern Cook County north into Iron County, Michigan.

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Akiem Hicks, Khalil Mack injuries bear watching

Both defensive stars were valiant in overcoming injuries to play against the Packers — and each sacked Aaron Rodgers. But Hicks appeared to tweak a groin injury on his sack and played only 24 of 59 snaps.

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Cheers to an unforgettable fourth quarter that won the Sky their first WNBA title

Chicago loves champions, and — most of all — we love a powerful comeback.

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Entering home opener, reeling Blackhawks focus on playing a more ‘boring game’

Starting Tuesday against the Islanders, the Hawks want to play a more patient, less risky style to limit opponents’ counterattacking opportunities.

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Cubs introduce new general manager Carter Hawkins

"As I began making calls around the league this summer, one name came up every time. And that was Carter Hawkins," president Jed Hoyer said.

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Justin Fields still waiting to take that giant leap

Bears coach Matt Nagy sees signs of progress in the rookie’s decision-making that eventually will accelerate his progress. "Once he keeps getting that better and better, the athletic stuff of making plays and making throws is gonna come."