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Roquan Smith, Bears’ defense turn back the clock

With Smith’s 53-yard pick-6 leading the way, the Bears responded to a lackluster performance against the Rams with four takeaways and four sacks — reminiscent of the 2018 defense that dominated the league.

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Sky head into single-elimination playoff game with a win over last-place Fever

The Sky host the Wings Thursday at 7 p.m.

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Tony La Russa says Yoan Moncada is ‘the whole package’ as a hitter

Moncada extended his on-base streak to 28 games Sunday. During that stretch, he’s hitting .327 with two home runs and eight doubles.

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Cubs infielder Nico Hoerner wants to finish strong after injury-filled season

"When this year is done, there will be a lot to reflect on," Hoerner said.

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Patrick Wisdom breaks Kris Bryant’s rookie home-run record in Cubs’ victory

Wisdom crushed his 27th homer of the season in the eighth inning of a 6-4 victory against the Brewers.

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Lukas Reichel begins Blackhawks career, but Hawks prospects lose twice to Wild

Hawks prospects lost 3-2 on Friday and 4-3 in a shootout Sunday, although the experience mattered more than the results.

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Michael O’Brien’s Super 25 high school football rankings for Week 5

There’s a major shakeup in the top 10, and four new teams join the rankings.

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Four Downs: News and notes from Week 4 in high school football

Brother Rice is for real, Palatine is back, the Fox Valley Super Bowl looms and a scheduling rant.

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High school football: Week 5 schedule

The complete area schedule for Week 5.

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Bears’ Week 2 inactives vs. Bengals: Jason Peters (quad injury) back at left tackle

Defensive tackle Eddie Goldman remains out, and the Bears made a change at nickel corner.

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Chicago outdoors: Dragonfly, urban monarch haven and salmon as a canary

A neat dragonfly photo, a photo and note about a North Side monarch haven and a comment on California salmon as a canary are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors.

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NU’s comeback comes up short at Duke

Backup QB Andrew Marty leads Wildcats’ rally before late injury.

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Lance Lynn has given White Sox all they’ve wanted

Despite the loss Saturday to the Rangers, he has been a force on the mound and off.

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Homers sink Cubs in 6-4 loss to Brewers

Manny Pina’s solo home run in the eighth inning broke a 4-4 tie in the Cubs’ 6-4 loss on Saturday.

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Cubs’ David Ross still trying to grow as manager as second season nears finish line

"I evaluate the people below me, the stuff I need to evaluate, and let the people above me evaluate me," Ross said. "If I’m doing a good job, they’ll keep me around. If I’m not, we all know what happens."

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Girls flag football off to a successful start in CPS

Around 400 athletes from 21 schools have signed up to play in the Public League’s debut season for girls flag football.

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Kaleb Miller’s breakout game helps Nazareth beat Notre Dame

Kaleb Miller ran for two touchdowns and 105 yards to help the Roadrunners earn their first win of the season.

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Brian Kelly ties Knute Rockne as No. 12 Notre Dame holds off Purdue

Kyren Williams scored two long touchdowns, the second a 51-yard run with 6:05 left, as the Irish earned their 26th straight victory at home.

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Tony La Russa sticking with six-man rotation at least through road trip

La Russa didn’t manage the White Sox on Saturday. He was serving a one-game suspension as a result of the Sox plunking Angels star Shohei Ohtani on Thursday.

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Bears put rookie LT Larry Borom on injured reserve

Borom was the backup to Jason Peters, but both were injured in the opener. While Peters is expected to start Sunday against the Bengals, Borom will miss at least three games.

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Veteran point guard is definitely the Sky’s strong ’Sloot

With the team since 2011, record-setting Vandersloot is the heart and soul of the franchise.

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A look back at the Sky in the postseason

The team’s playoff history has many chapters, but no title.

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White Sox manager Tony La Russa has done this clinching thing before — and cares only about the ring

We don’t seem to recognize La Russa for the Hall of Fame thing these days. It bears repeating.

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Fire looking for ways to draw fans to Soldier Field

When the Fire moved to Soldier Field after the 2019 season, owner Joe Mansueto set a target of 25,000 fans per game at the lakefront venue. Since pandemic-related capacity restrictions were lifted in July, the Fire haven’t come close to that mark.

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Finishing the season with a kick

Try this week’s baseball quiz while we enjoy the stretch run to the postseason.

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NBA 2K22 review: The Franchise Mode is as good as ever ... sorry, Zach

The best sports-gaming franchise has done it again, improving the game play, the story mode and, more important, the franchise mode, which takes gamers deep into the workings of an organization.

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A payday at the races for Justin Mustari

Des Plaines’ Mustari won big at the National Horseplayers Championship thanks to a long shot.

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Loyalty test: Notre Dame’s Jack Kiser comes from a Purdue family

"If you dig into my family history," Kiser said recently, "I have a lot of gold-and-black blood through the pipeline."

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Bulls big man Marko Simonovic will headline several key camp battles

With the Bulls prepared to open fall camp in just over a week, the rookie will have a chance to throw his name in the hat and try to add some much-needed depth to a fragile frontcourt. He won’t be alone, either.

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Blackhawks’ Kirby Dach, healthy at last, hopes intensive summer training leads to explosive season

With his wrist 100% healed since the beginning of August and his skating strength refined by another summer with his longtime trainer, Dach feels confident entering his third year with the Hawks.

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Bears vs. Bengals: What to Watch 4

Bengals rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, who had five catches for 101 yards against the Vikings — including a 50-yard touchdown — will challenge a Bears secondary that struggled vs. the Rams.

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Bears’ defense vows to atone for egregious coverage errors

Tashaun Gipson and the Bears’ defense pledge to reassert themselves Sunday vs. the Bengals. ‘‘It’s a collective situation that we take ownership of."

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Snap decisions: What Justin Fields’ plays mean for the Bears’ future

As the Bears prepare to play Fields for a few more snaps Sunday against the Bengals, the Sun-Times talked to former coaches, coordinators and players about the benefits and pitfalls and what to expect.