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Who makes the team? Handicapping the Bears’ roster after two preseason games

The Bears won’t reveal their true feelings until cut day. We’re under no such obligation.

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Antonio Brown returns to practice after ultimatum from Raiders GM

Brown has yet to take part in a full practice all training camp for the Raiders, missing time because of frost bite on his feet suffered in a cryotherapy accident in France and now over the helmet issue.

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Cubs and White Sox will open spring training schedule on Feb. 22

The teams will meet in spring training games on March 6 and March 13.

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Illinois hopes beer sales at football games will boost ticket sales

A Division of Intercollegiate Athletics compilation shows that Memorial Stadium was only about 56% full on average last year. That’s the worst in the Big Ten.

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Wisconsin reinstates wide receiver Quintez Cephus after sexual assault acquittal

University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank announced the decision Monday. The school says it obtained information that wasn’t provided during a student conduct review.

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Despite its disappointing end, Tiger Woods can look back on a successful season

Tiger Woods won his fifth Masters and 15th major tournament in 2019.

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Cubs finally win a road series. How do they get — and stay — hot from here?

Little Leaguers, including 10-year-old Chase Antinore of Batavia, N.Y., offered the Cubs their advice: ‘They need to just act like the road stadiums are just their stadium and, like, try to just act like it’s Chicago and try to do the same thing they do at their house.’

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Sky coach James Wade says Aces star Liz Cambage was ‘protected by the refs’

Coach James Wade was furious after the Sky’s 100-85 loss to the Aces on Sunday. And he didn’t hold back his thoughts on how poor the referees called the game.

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Red-hot Ivan Nova, who starts Monday vs. Twins, says he would return to Sox

Sox notebook: "I feel good here," Nova said. "If the opportunity presents [itself] to come back, I would."

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Even with Mike Trout taking the day off, Angels rough up Cease, Sox

Cease now has given up a home run in all eight of his big league starts, with two coming in each of his last two starts.

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Cubs president Theo Epstein: Demotion of Albert Almora Jr. about everyday at-bats, not mistake-prone play

"We were real clear that the option wasn’t punitive at all; it wasn’t reactive to anything," Epstein said.

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Guard Jamierra Faulkner not worrying about future with Sky

At 27, she’s suffered more injuries than most have in their entire career.

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First Chicago-area sports book coming soon — to Indiana

The Horseshoe Hammond Casino will start accepting sports wagers Sept. 4, as Illinois officials continue to hammer out regulations here.

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Star-crossed running back Cedric Benson earned respect in the end

The Bears’ first-round pick in 2005, who died at 36 in a motorcycle accident Saturday night in Austin, Texas, struggled in Chicago but still found success in the NFL.

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Justin Thomas holds on to win the BMW Championship at Medinah by three strokes

The top 30 advance to the Tour Championship. Masters champion Tiger Woods will not be among them to defend his title at East Lake.

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Bears notes: TE Trey Burton not there yet, but he’s progressing toward season opener

An update on arguably the Bears’ most irreplaceable skill player.

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Guard Kyle Long to return to practice after being punished for fight

"I know Kyle is extremely remorseful," Bears coach Matt Nagy said Sunday. "And now he has got to prove it. "

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Bears’ Eddy Pineiro wins kicker job for now, but he’s still on ‘thin ice’

There’s no certainty he’ll be around for the regular-season opener in 2 1/2 weeks.

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Bears cut kicker Elliott Fry

There’s no guarantee Eddy Pineiro will be the Bears’ Week 1 starter; the Bears figure to look at NFL kickers, both via the trade market and waiver wire.

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Former Bears RB Cedric Benson dies in motorcycle accident

Cedric Benson, the running back the Bears drafted fourth overall in 2005, was killed in a motorcycle accident on Saturday night. He was 36.

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No. 8 Naperville Central expects a lot of action from Sam Jackson

Junior Sam Jackson will move from receiver to quarterback and replace Sun-Times Player of the Year Payton Thorne.

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Goldfinch, mountain lion, Chicago eagles, Crazy Horse: Notes, Chicago outdoors

Goldfinches and eagles around Chicago, another mountain lion in Michigan and a pertinent Crazy Horse quote are among the notes around Chicago outdoors.

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Duck call: Bears’ long shot thinks big, plays big

Rookie CB Clifton Duck left Appalachian State early for a shot at the NFL — and he’s making his mark in preseason

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Battery of Lucas Giolito and James McCann has been a powerful one for Sox, who fall 6-5

"[McCann’s] unreal back there," Giolito said. "Every single game, every single pitch he’s into it 100 percent.’’

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Sox coach Allen Thomas takes field trip to watch his son play in Class A California League

Sox notebook: Mike Schur has unenviable task of following Bill Walton in broadcast booth

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In last home game for a month, Fire beat Union to stay in playoff race

Nemanja Nikolic scored twice, and the Fire earned a 2-0 victory despite Nicolas Gaitan’s red card.

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Cubs eke out ‘huge’ road victory against Pirates, brace for long, unusual day at Little League Classic

"Maybe it’s a good thing to break up our routine," said Kris Bryant, who atoned for two errors with a go-ahead home run in a 2-0 victory Saturday. "Obviously, [the normal routine] hasn’t been working for us on the road."

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Justin Thomas shoots a course-record 61 to take third-round lead at BMW Champinship in Medinah

Thomas is at 21-under 195, six shots clear of Tony Finau and Patrick Cantlay

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Refilling Cubs’ pen: Closer Craig Kimbrel to be activated from IL Sunday; Steve Cishek also close

Kimbrel has missed the last 13 games because of a knee issue. Cishek, a late-inning workhorse for two seasons, has been out for the last week with a hip injury but says he feels normal again physically and expects to return Tuesday.

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Richards’ Leshon Williams leads list of the Chicago area’s 10 best running backs

Area’s top runners include two who have committed to Big Ten teams.

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Bears QB Mitch Trubisky had better be ready because his preseason is probably over

Coach Matt Nagy is noncommittal about whether Trubisky will take another live-action snap before the regular-season opener.

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Matt Nagy punting on the preseason might hasten the end of NFL’s exhibition charade

Nagy made his name as a creative play-caller. But his call not to play anyone of consequence this preseason might have the most lasting effect on league policy.

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Who you gonna call? Ian Happ won’t say who’s on phone, but Cubs hope for slump buster

Happ’s top-secret red phone is on a dugout party line that includes unlimited long-distance calls for teammates.