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Saving grace of a big lake trout: Lakers save the day when blanked on smallmouth bass in downtown Chicago

Tim Prokop and his son Cameron had their day of fishing smallmouth bass on Saturday saved by lake trout, especially the big one earning Fish of the Week honors caught by Cameron.

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Halas Intrigue Episode 200: A big ball of depressing

Is there still any point to the Bears’ season?

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Bulls’ DeMar DeRozan continues carving up opponents from midrange

There’s no deadlier scorer in the fourth quarter in the NBA right now than DeRozan, and what’s even more impressive is that he’s doing it with the midrange jumper, which has become a lost art.

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Michael O’Brien’s Super 25 high school basketball rankings for Dec. 5, 2021

Two new teams join the rankings, and Kenwood has moved up.

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Soldier Field sloppy, Bears sloppier in loss to Cardinals

The afternoon was emblematic of their season — sloppy, maddening and rife with self-sabotage. And their next humiliation lurks around the corner with a visit to the Packers.

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Kyler Murray shows Bears what they need to do

The multithreat quarterback was a model of efficiency Sunday in leading the Cardinals to a 33-22 victory. Now it’s up to the Bears to develop Justin Fields the same way.

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Card trick: Andy Dalton throws 4 picks in Bears’ loss

Andy Dalton’s first interception came only three plays into Sunday’s game, a joyless exercise. His second one, thrown later in the first quarter, sealed the game.

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With DeMar DeRozan in the protocol, undermanned Bulls beat Denver

DeRozan went through the morning shootaround like a normal day, but found out hours before the game with the Nuggets that he was headed for the health and safety protocol. He is currently the third player in the protocol, as the Bulls still thump the Nuggets.

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Illinois tops Iowa 87-83 to move to 2-0 in Big Ten

Kofi Cockburn scored 17 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds, and the Illini scored 24 points from the free-throw line to hold off the Hawkeyes.

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OK, now I’ve heard it all

Or maybe I haven’t if I’m wearing one of the Bears’ less-than-trusty headsets.

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Bulls guard Alex Caruso out at least a week with a bad hamstring

Caruso has been dealing with the injury for a few games, and tried powering through it in the Brooklyn win on Saturday. Now the plan is to shut him down and re-evaluate him next week.

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High school basketball schedule for Dec. 6-Dec. 12

The full schedule for this week.

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Monday’s high school basketball scores

All the scores from around the area.

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Matt Nagy, Bears getting exactly the season they should’ve expected

Everything has gone as expected for the 4-8 Bears. The formula of a castoff quarterback plus a shaky offensive line plus a coach who can’t get his own offense working plus an eroded defense with glaring holes in the secondary equals a bad team.

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Sunday’s high school basketball scores

All the scores from around the area.

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Bears coach Matt Nagy plans to keep OT Teven Jenkins on bench — for now

Jenkins made his NFL debut against the Cardinals, but it was on special teams, and coach Matt Nagy indicated he plans to stick with Jason Peters at left tackle going forward.

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Bears RB David Montgomery stays upbeat despite string of losses

"Ain’t gonna be no moping around," Montgomery said after the Bears fell 33-22 to the Cardinals.

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Takeaways from Bears’ loss to Cardinals

Only 10 days after hurting his hamstring against the Lions, inside linebacker Roquan Smith started and led the Bears with eight tackles. He has been their leader in that category in all but two games this season.

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Top-ranked Glenbard West beats Glenbrook South, passes its first test

Due to factors beyond their control, the Hilltoppers had never experienced a truly memorable high school basketball moment until Sunday in Norridge.

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Lions get first victory, top Vikings 29-27

The Lions (1-10-1) ended a 15-game winless streak that lasted 364 days since winning at Soldier Field last season, giving first-year coach Dan Campbell his first victory with the franchise.

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No. 2 UConn tops No. 24 Notre Dame

Sonia Citron had 19 points to lead Notre Dame, which had its final lead at 10-9 in the first quarter.

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Notre Dame will take on Oklahoma State in Fiesta Bowl

The Fighting Irish (11-1) finished fifth in the final College Football Playoff rankings.

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Northwestern defeats Maryland in Big Ten opener

Pete Nance led Northwestern with 17 points and 10 rebounds — nine on defense.

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College Football Playoff is set: Alabama vs. Cincinnati, Michigan vs. Georgia

Fourth-seeded Cincinnati becomes the first team to break through college football’s glass ceiling and reach the CFP from a non-Power Five conference.

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Saturday’s high school basketball scores

All the scores from around the area.

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Bears LB Roquan Smith active vs. Cardinals

Smith injured his hamstring on Thanksgiving against the Lions. He didn’t practice Thursday or Friday but participated in Friday’s practice in a limited fashion.

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Cardinals QB Kyler Murray to play vs. Bears

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed his participation to NFL Network on Sunday morning.

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Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane enjoying plentiful ice time while waiting for scoring burst

Kane’s body has held up better than he expected while averaging over 22 minutes per game under Derek King.

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Michigan steamrolls Iowa 42-3 in Big Ten title game, all but wraps up berth in playoff

Hassan Haskins ran for two touchdowns in the second half for the No. 2 Wolverines and broke a school record in the process.

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Makeshift defense holds its own, but Blackhawks fall to Rangers

Seth and Caleb Jones kept afloat a unit missing Jake McCabe, Connor Murphy and Riley Stillman in a 3-2 loss.

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With big second-half run, Bulls beat Nets for second time this season

It looked like a going-through-the-motions game for the Bulls in the first half, then things flipped midway through the third quarter. And just like that, they pulled off one of their more impressive victories of the season.

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This You Gotta See: Bears host Cards, Bulls visit an old friend, CFB Playoff four revealed

We’re all such suckers. Of course Alabama is the new No. 1. Why didn’t we see it coming?