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Blackhawks routed by Coyotes as forwards fail to help out undermanned defense

The Hawks have now lost six of their last eight games — and an incredible five of those six losses have come in blowout fashion, with final deficits of three or more goals.

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Football Trivia 100

Answer our daily football trivia question for your chance to win awesome prizes.

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Michael O’Brien’s high school basketball notebook

Analysis, highlights and scores from the best games of Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019.

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Antione Bloxton, Darrion Jones step up late to lead Bogan over Corliss

It is almost mid-December and the Bengals are undefeated and have already beaten Morgan Park and Simeon. They beat the Wolverines by 22 points on the road.

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Recounting Dylan Sikura’s five-day whirlwind, including first two Blackhawks appearances this season

From Friday to Tuesday, Sikura might’ve been the busiest athlete in the world.

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For Blackhawks, finally healthy Olli Maatta is functionally the new Calvin de Haan

De Haan is "likely" out long-term with his shoulder injury, so Maatta will step into a very similar role in the Hawks’ lineup.

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MLB, players union agree to testing for opioids

Marijuana will be removed from the list of drugs of abuse and will be treated the same as alcohol as part of changes announced Thursday to the joint drug agreement between MLB and the players’ association.

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Agent Scott Boras gets money flowing back into baseball

Boras will likely wind up negotiating in excess of $1 billion worth of major league contracts before the winter ends.

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Angels, Anthony Rendon reach $245 million, 7-year deal

Rendon will join three-time MVPs Mike Trout and Albert Pujols on a team that’s made just one postseason appearance in the past decade.

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Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn accidentally knocks referee unconscious during celebration

"I went and told him after the game that I was sorry. He didn’t seem mad at me," Cockburn said.

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Tiger Woods is only bright spot as U.S. team trails at Presidents Cup

International captain Ernie Els got solid performances from Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen and remarkable play from his rookies that led to a 4-1 lead after the opening session.

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10 former NFL players charged with defrauding healthcare program

Prosecutors allege the players targeted the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan, which provides tax-free reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical care expenses.

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Bears nominate WR Allen Robinson for Walter Payton Man of the Year

The award, named after the former Bears great, recognizes philanthropy and on-field excellence.

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Stripers in Tennessee bring Fish of Week honors

Mike Plass and Larry Brezinski catch the stripers, including one for Fish of the Week, in Tennessee.

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Blackhawks’ injuries offer Adam Boqvist opportunity to secure full-time NHL job

With Duncan Keith and Calvin de Haan both likely out for weeks, the door is wide open for the Blackhawks’ top defensive prospect.

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Aaron Rodgers has ‘Li’l Green Bay’ on right side of Bears-Packers rivalry

Whether he’s at Piggly Wiggly or on the field, Rodgers relishes his role as the ultimate Bears slayer and gets a chance Sunday to end their playoff hopes.

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Dave Martinez: Nationals to draw on Cubs’ 2017 disappointment in championship defense

"I learned a lot about what to do, how to come out of that and what we need to do," said Martinez, whose final season with the Cubs, under Maddon, was the 2017 season that started flat and finished with an exhausted team.

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Status No?! How the Cubs might default to standing pat this winter — and what it might mean

Even as top free agent third baseman Anthony Rendon agreed with the Angels on a seven-year megadeal, Kris Bryant’s trade market remained in a holding pattern as the Cubs wait to make desired moves.

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Bulls beat Hawks in a laugher as the education of Coby White continues

The Bulls rookie took notes on Trae Young’s game in the 136-102 win, and while he admittedly has a much different skill set, White wants to be considered that same type of threat at point guard.

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Michael O’Brien’s high school basketball notebook

Analysis, highlights and scores from the best games of Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019.

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North Lawndale beats Farragut as both teams move on from last season’s brawl

North Lawndale beat visiting Farragut 76-67 and the game finished without incident. The teams and coaches met a few days before the game to make sure everything would proceed smoothly.

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Now that there’s clarity with Otto Porter’s injury, Bulls moving on

The veteran’s foot fracture is still a blow to the starting unit, but coach Jim Boylen has a Plan A and Plan B, and one could include veteran Thaddeus Young playing some small forward.

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Maturing Anthony Miller ready for takeoff

After emerging from the doghouse, the second-year wide receiver has 24 receptions for 313 yards and a touchdown in four games. "I don’t think he’s done," WR coach Mike Furrey said. "He still has a lot more room to grow."

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Green Bay, Lambeau Field and all that’s right about the Bears-Packers rivalry

A massive 81,441-seat stadium plopped in the middle of a neighborhood of regular folks. It’s absolutely wonderful.

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Nomar Mazara penciled in at right field for White Sox

Those expecting the Whte Sox to follow the Yasmani Grandal signing with a similar deep-pockets pursuit of better options than Mazara very well could be disappointed.

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Truth hurts: Mitch Trubisky motivated to ‘play quarterback’ this time

The Bears QB had no answer after the Packers took away his running game and made him beat them with his arm. "I want to play better," he said. "Got a great opportunity to do that this week."

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Commissioner Rob Manfred says MLB is ‘flexible’ on eliminating minor-league teams

MLB has proposed cutting 42 of its 160 affiliates, citing concerns over the quality of facilities, travel and salaries for players.

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Pro golfer Tommy ‘Two Gloves’ Gainey arrested as part of prostitution sting

The 44-year-old was one of 124 arrested as part of the investigation titled "Operation Santa’s Naughty List."

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Packers expect Bears DL Akiem Hicks to play Sunday

The Bears hope Akiem Hicks will come off injured reserve in time for Sunday’s game. The Packers, meanwhile, are planning on it.

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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers recounts Bears legend Brian Urlacher’s vulgar audibles

Rodgers and Urlacher had a competitive and friendly personal rivalry over the years, and the Green Bay quarterback told a funny story about it Wednesday.

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Firearm deer harvest down, despite better second season in Illinois

Firearm deer harvest in Illinois dropped from 2018, despite a better second season.

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‘Halas Intrigue’ Episode 64: The Viper stops by

The guys discuss Mitch Trubisky’s growth, the Bears’ relevance and Hawk Harrelson.

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Vision quest: Bears RB David Montgomery ‘starting to see it the way I need to see it’

The rookie running back’s vision, which the Bears praised upon trading up to draft him in the third round, has adjusted to the speed and violence of the NFL.