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Chicago outdoors: Whooping cranes, Dan Gapen, crazy person asking about ice fishing, eclipse sequence

Six whooping cranes in Kankakee County, a note from the late Dan Gapen, a "crazy person" (me) asking ice on the Chain and a sequence of the lunar eclipse are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors.

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Lee Elder, 1st Black golfer to play Masters, dies at age 87

This past April, the Masters honored Elder by having him join Jack Nickaus and Gary Player for the ceremonial opening tee shots.

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DePaul rolls past Eastern Michigan to improve to 6-0

Javon Freeman-Liberty had 22 points and Nick Ongenda had 16 points

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Center Nikola Vucevic isn’t broken, but the Bulls need to get him going

Nikola Vucevic has had a rough month, and that was all on display in the loss to Miami. With the season a quarter of the way through, it’s now up to the coaching staff to figure out how to get him going if the Bulls want to be a threat in the postseason.

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The aftermath of a turbulent week at Halas Hall

Who’s to blame for the chaos regarding Matt Nagy’s job status? Will Matt Nagy survive the rest of the season? Answers to those questions and more in this episode of "As the Bears World Turns."

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No. 6 Notre Dame routs Stanford, awaits playoff fate

Jack Coan threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score and the Irish finished off the regular season with a 45-14 victory.

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Lockport beats Maine South to capture Class 8A crown

Running back Ty Schultz was the difference Saturday. The senior ran for more than 200 yards and scored two touchdowns.

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Bulls come up short in measuring-stick game vs. Heat

The Bulls had their chances in the third quarter, and even late in the fourth, but Miami showed them just how gritty playoff-caliber teams can be.

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Wheaton North dominates St. Rita to take Class 7A trophy

Quarterback Mark Forcucci and receiver Seth Kortenhoeven did most of the damage on offense for Wheaton North.

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Could Bulls VP Arturas Karnisovas address lack of size this season?

There have been some issues with the Bulls playing smaller, but for now, coach Billy Donovan was focused on fixing roster issues in-house. Then again, he also knows he has a very aggressive front office that is always evaluating.

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Fire on the prairie: Curative use of fire at the Forest Preserves of Cook County, bonus remotest spot

Tagging along and learning much on a prescribed burn with the Forest Preserves of Cook County; plus the bonus of going to the most remote spot in Cook Cook.

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This You Gotta See: Chance to beat up on ACC — again — is just what Big Ten needs

The Big Ten has lost its annual "Challenge" against the ACC only twice in the last 12 years.

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Illinois rolls over Northwestern to win Land of Lincoln Trophy

Brandon Peters threw for 242 yards and a touchdown and Chase Brown rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown in the Illini’s 47-14 victory Saturday.

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Cary-Grove shocks East St. Louis, wins Class 6A

Cary-Grove used its triple option to upset East St. Louis and Luther Burden, the top team and top player in the state.

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The unlikely MVP of the Bears’ 2021 season: OLB Robert Quinn

Quinn’s sack total is already the highest by a Bear since Khalil Mack in 2018 and ranks third in the NFL, trailing only the Browns’ Myles Garrett and the Steelers’ T.J. Watt. He has been everything critics said he couldn’t be.

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Breaking down the Bears’ bizarre week

The Sun-Times’ Patrick Finley analyzes the Bears’ eventful week.

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Fenwick beats Kankakee to win its first football state championship

The Friars beat Kankakee 34-15 to win the Class 5A state championship.

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Interim coach Derek King’s message getting through to Blackhawks

The offense isn’t scoring a lot at 5-on-5, and the standings still look grim, but the Hawks are getting some wins and at least developing some kind of identity under King.

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Checking in on Bears after most embarrassing week of Matt Nagy’s tenure

A look at several key issues as the Bears head into their final six games.

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Saturday’s high school basketball scores

All the scores from around the area.

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It’s an under year for Illinois football

The Illini have lulled opponents into low-scoring games, and that pattern will continue Saturday against Northwestern.

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Three realistic free-agent targets for the Cubs

Outfielder Michael Conforto is a coveted free agent, but is he a piece the Cubs could build with?

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Pair serves as advocates for others

Tracy Reed and Alex Echols hope to provide inspiration to those fighting cancer.

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Overlooked then, millionaires now 

These five local players had success in high school, but no one predicted their rise to NBA stardom.

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Fire hope history doesn’t repeat with new coach Ezra Hendrickson

The Fire haven’t had a truly successful coach since 2009, when Denis Hamlett’s contract wasn’t renewed.

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There’s no off in Sky players’ offseason

So much for savoring the WNBA title. Nine of the team’s 11 players have headed overseas to hone their skills.

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Danny Farquhar finds niche as pitching coach in White Sox’ farm system

"His coaching career came quicker than he would have liked because of the head injury," Chris Getz said, "but, man, we’re lucky to have him. He has a bright future."

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Injury opened door for Irish linebacker JD Bertrand, and now he leads team in tackles

His 86 tackles are nearly double Isaiah Foskey’s total as the Irish’s No. 2 tackler.

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Loyola tops Arizona State 77-59 in seventh-place game in Bahamas

Jacob Hutson scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Ramblers’ victory.

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DePaul stays unbeaten with 77-68 victory against Northern Kentucky

Javon Freeman-Liberty had 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Blue Demons improved to 5-0.

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Kofi Cockburn scores career-high 38 points as Illinois fights off Texas-Rio Grande Valley 94-85

Utah transfer Alfonso Plummer added 30 points, including six three-pointers, for the Illini.

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Jordan Anderson dominates as Joliet Catholic beats Sacred Heart-Griffin to win Class 4A

Illinois recruit Jordan Anderson set a Class 4A record with 306 rushing yards, and his team increased its record of state titles to 15.