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Outside of the Boilermakers, the Big Ten has had an almost nightmarish performance in non-conference play. Might as well start playing one another, then.
If the Bears do replace Matt Eberflus, look for another tame hire.
It’s OK that the Illini are missing out on the postseason. Nobody needed to see them play again.
For coaches such as Ryan Day, losing frequently to one heated rival separates good from great.
The public is worn down by relentless shenanigans — from the sports world to political gamesmanship, voter suppression, multiple alleged criminal conspiracies and even a mob attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Even with Chicago sports struggling right now, there’s still much to be grateful for on the landscape.
Now that it has become a foregone conclusion that LaVine won’t finish the season — or the year or maybe the month — in a Bulls uniform, the time has come to look at the other side of the coin. The non-basketball side.
Braun has a 6-5, bowl-bound team after a 23-15 win against Purdue, and the whole thing is a miracle.
Sun-Times sports columnist finishes decades-long passion project by publishing book of poetry for children
Michigan and its fans see their head football coach as a victim in the program’s sign-stealing scandal.
Basketball is having a moment in print. These books examine various figures and aspects of the hoops zeitgeist
Offensive player of the year is Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., defensive player of the year is Illinois defensive lineman Jer’Zhan Newton and freshman of the year is Purdue defensive back Dillon Thieneman.
The hall, not the players, decide which team emblem goes on the Cooperstown plaques.
Scores, highlights and more from Tuesday’s action.
Hunters give many reasons why they like using certain single-shot rifles, which are now legal for use in firearm deer seasons in Illinois.
The Panthers have a 68.7% chance of being the worst team, which would send the top draft pick to the Bears, but they face some wobbly opponents down the stretch.
The Hawks got some much-needed depth scoring in their 4-3 victory Tuesday against Seattle, but Beauvillier’s addition should help supplement the shorthanded forward group moving forward.
The season continued slipping away Tuesday — and in embarrassing fashion. The Celtics ran up the score on the Bulls in a 124-97 victory.
There was a fairly large student section on hand for an early-season, weeknight game. About half of the students were wearing shirts that read “We want Savage.”
“It’s been a tough couple of days,” Hawks general manager Kyle Davidson said several times over the course of a nine-minute news conference Tuesday.
MLB
The independent Oakland B’s (short for Ballers) hope to keep baseball alive in the city long after the major-league A’s move to Las Vegas.
With newly acquired defensive end Montez Sweat fueling a much-improved pass rush, the Bears’ defense has seven takeaways in the last two games, after getting just nine in the first 10 games. “I like where our defense is right now in a lot of ways,” coach Matt Eberflus said.
Kane reunites with former Hawks forward Alex DeBrincat on the resurgent Wings. It doesn’t appear he’ll be in their lineup against the Hawks on Thursday, but he’ll make his return to Chicago on Feb. 25.
Coach Matt Eberflus had just given out game balls to the entire team when Fields asked for a moment to address the Bears in the locker room Monday night.
Ice fishing finally getting underway in the Northwoods (maybe closer to home) and the continuation of perch fishing on southern Lake Michigan lead this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.
Bears cornerback Kyler Gordon said he expects to be ready to play in Week 14 after hurting his calf in coverage in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s 12-10 win against the Vikings.
They played him on 74% of their offensive snaps in the 12-10 win against the Vikings. Khalil Herbert, whom the Bears treated as their unquestioned starter at the start of the season, played only 21% of the snaps.
Meeting with the traveling media in Boston on Tuesday, Karnisovas acknowledged the struggles his roster is going through, insisting, “I’m not running from it. It’s my responsibility.’’
Here are 30 must-see regular-season games this season to put on the calendar.
Michael O’Brien and Joe Henricksen’s weekly breakdown of Illinois high school basketball.
Illinois deer hunters had a preliminary harvest of 53,348 in the first part of the firearm deer season, up slightly from 2022.
Hester has made the final round in each of the last two years, only to miss the Hall.
The shortstop, who struggled offensively in 2023, gets a one-year, $1.75 million deal.
Erin Savage heard the news she needed from Hinsdale Township School District’s lawyer on Tuesday morning. Her son Brendan is back on the boys basketball team. Savage sued the school district and several employees after Brendan was cut from the basketball team.