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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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Fire Matt Nagy? Fire Ryan Pace? Fire himself? George McCaskey has a lot of options

With the Bears’ abysmal record in the post-Ditka era — seven playoff appearances and four playoff victories in 28 seasons — at some point George McCaskey has to consider that McCaskey family leadership is part of the problem.

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Michael O’Brien’s final 2021 Super 25 high school football rankings

Four contenders vie for the top spot.

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The ‘Vooch’ isn’t broken, but the Bulls need to get the big man 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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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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Saturday’s high school basketball scores

All the scores from around the area.

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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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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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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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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.

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Nikola Vucevic helps Bulls break bad habits in his homecoming

Coach Billy Donovan was getting a bit concerned with his players’ production in third quarters lately, but that problem was fixed temporarily in Orlando, where the Bulls throttled the Magic on an emotional night for Vucevic.

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Bulls guard Coby White scores 20 points in win over Magic

White seems to be finding his rhythm after missing almost five months. His performance in Orlando was eye-opening on both ends of the floor.

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Blackhawks notebook: Adam Gaudette put on waivers; attendance rising

Gaudette, who hasn’t played since Nov. 9, entered this season with high hopes but never found a consistent spot in the lineup.

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Former Bears star Dan Hampton arrested in Indiana

​​Hampton, the former Bears defensive lineman who became a Pro Football Hall of Famer, was arrested last Saturday on suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Winfield, Indiana, the Lake County (Indiana) Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday.

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Blackhawks beat Blues as grinding identity continues to develop

The Hawks rallied from two goals down Friday to beat the Blues 3-2 in overtime, allowing only nine shots on goal after the first intermission.

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Big Game Hunting: Michigan-Ohio State, Illinois-Northwestern on rivalry-tilt Saturday

There are Big Ten teams that just have a way of making their rivals all kinds of miserable on the last Saturday of November.

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Bears’ Roquan Smith hurt during his ‘best year’

Bears coach Matt Nagy hopes inside linebacker Roquan Smith won’t need an injured-reserve stint. But even if he has to miss a game or two with a hamstring injury suffered Thursday, the Bears will suffer.

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Wilmington powers through Nashville to win Class 2A

Wilmington lineman Nick Sanford describes his team’s offense simply and effectively. You can almost feel yourself allowing rushing yards while listening to him.

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Francesco Ricciardi leads Notre Dame past Kenwood in Prep Bowl

Ricciardi ran for two touchdowns in the first half and then stopped two Kenwood drives with interceptions as the Dons cruised to a 35-6 win at Gately Stadium in the 91st Prep Bowl.

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Matt Nagy denies George McCaskey interference in Fields-Dalton decision

The Bears’ head coach reiterated that Justin Fields will start when he recovers from cracked ribs he suffered against the Ravens. That’s his call — and always has been, he said.

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Convicted of corruption, former Brazil Olympic boss gets jail term

Carlos Arthur Nuzman was on the International Olympic Committee when his colleagues were allegedly bribed in the vote that awarded the 2016 Games to Rio de Janeiro over several cities, including Chicago. Nuzman will remain free while he appeals.