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Polling Place: Belief in George McCaskey and the Bears this offseason is … not very strong

Is a self-proclaimed "fan" qualified to lead a team without a general manager or coach into its football future?

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After lockout, look out for Cubs

When the market is reactivated, expect the team to make an upgrade at shortstop and add veterans to the bullpen.

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Chicago outdoors: Black fox, William Faulkner & hunting, long-staying white pelican, long-tailed weasel

A question on a suburban black fox, William Faulkner and hunting, long-tailed weasels and a long-staying American white pelican are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.

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Notre Dame’s Legion of Dome

Irish men’s basketball coach Mike Brey goes all out to get students to attend games.

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After making difficult choice, new Fire defender Rafael Czichos eager to live his dream in MLS

As happy as Czichos is to join the Fire, he did have to sacrifice something to make the move by leaving FC Köln.

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Baseball quiz: 75 and counting

With that many days left till baseball openers, here’s something to keep your head in the game.

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White Sox need Jimenez to ‘go back to being Eloy’ in 2022

"I feel like I was there, but at the same time, I wasn’t," Eloy Jimenez said of his injury-shortened, up-and-down 2021 season.

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Circa Sports Survivor has NFL bettors living week to week

Bet on it: The big-stakes survival pool is a nerve-racking experience for a trio of young gamblers.

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How does WNBA follow up on historic 25th season?

Free agency starts Saturday as the league looks to keep the momentum going after its milestone season.

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Bulls lose Zach LaVine to injured left knee, get embarrassed again at home

LaVine was forced to the locker room in the first quarter and has an MRI exam scheduled for Saturday. His absence, however, won’t fly as an excuse for the blowout loss to the Warriors.

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Injuries pile up at power forward for Bulls

Coach Billy Donovan doesn’t think playing undersized personnel at that spot has led to all the injuries, but he realizes the team lacks depth at the position. His hope is help will be on the way soon, starting with Alex Caruso.

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Anna Simpson and her world of fishing: The Cicero woman keeps going fishing all over the place

Anna Simpson has had quite the life, including fishing around the world, and she is going strong nearing her 79th birthday.

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Chicago outdoors: Really late night crawlers, kayak sailfish, suburban buck, recapping IDNR 2021 classes

Really late night crawlers on New Year’s Eve, a first sailfish from a kayak, a photogenic suburban buck and recapping the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ safety classes in 2021 are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.

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Former Phillips star Jahleel Billingsley looks to add another championship ring with Alabama

Current Phillips coach Joe Winslow, who was the Wildcats’ offensive coordinator during Billingsley’s prep years, said there has been a buzz around the school as players make plans for a viewing party on Monday.

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Expand your understanding of why growing the College Football Playoff isn’t a good thing

Out with the "old" model — a competitive failure as it is — and in with a new one that potentially adds eight more teams that have utterly zero chance of winning the title? Exciting stuff.

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Polling Place: Bears are just about there — what happens with Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace?

We already know most of you hope to see the Bears start over with — at the very least — a new GM and a new coach. But what do you think is going to happen?

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Baseball quiz: How are you managing?

Here’s a new year’s resolution for you: Manage to do better on our quizzes, starting with this one about managers.

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Re-signing starters is where free agency needs to begin for Sky

Keeping the championship core together is the goal.

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Notre Dame’s Nate Laszewski has shot to be great

Former Irish star LaPhonso Ellis wants Laszewski to raise his game after pep talk last month.

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For sports bettors, the virus is now a known unknown

Bet on it: The question of player availability has weighed heavily on gamblers when deciding where to put their money.

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Bulls win ninth straight, but coach Billy Donovan still wants better

In earning his 300th career victory — the Bulls’ ninth in a row — Donovan doesn’t want his team focusing on the wins as much as establishing better habits.

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Bulls star DeMar DeRozan teaches chemistry class at Illinois

Rather than relaxing on a night off, DeRozan made the trip to Champaign to support teammate Ayo Dosunmu, whose number was being retired by the Illini. Coach Billy Donovan wasn’t the least bit surprised.

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Family-affair shovelnose sturgeon: Nephew & uncle catch pending Illinois records on Rock, some perspectives

Troy Gustafson and his uncle Marty Gustafson caught pending Illinois-record shovelnose sturgeon from the Rock River weeks apart this fall; here’s some perspective on the catch and the place of shovelnose in Illinois.

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Polling Place: Which Chicago sports story was your favorite of 2021?

Respondents weighed in on that and other matters heading into the new year.

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Chicago outdoors: Elegant perch fishing description, winter redpoll, Mel Johnson’s buck, suburban eagle

A vivid description of perch fishing at 87th, Mel Johnson’s world-record buck, a suburban bald eagle and a winter redpoll are among the notes from around Chicago and beyond.

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Three New Year’s resolutions for the Fire

From finalizing a site for their training facility to continuing to rebuild bridges with alumni, the Fire have plenty to do in 2022.

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A ‘Rocket’ shot in Kentucky Derby

Bet on it: Rocket Dawg was derailed in the Gun Runner Stakes, but there might be time to fix what went wrong.

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Notre Dame’s Houston rockets to stardom

After considering a transfer, safety Houston Griffith stayed with the Irish and has been a key part of their stellar secondary.

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Enjoy some old baseball trivia for the new year

We can’t think of a better way to look forward to 2022 than to look back at some milestones of baseball seasons past.

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A look back at Sky’s championship-season highlights

To mark the new year and the Sky’s hopes to repeat as champions, here are highlights from the 2021 season.

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A look back at Chicago sports in 2021

Chicago sports fans went through all the extremes in 2021 — and only some of them were related to the pandemic.

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The Ryan Pace Ledger: Arrow pointing down

A look at Pace’s 30 biggest moves in seven years as the Bears’ general manager tells the story: He has had some hits (Mack, Hicks, Roquan), but big misses at quarterback (Trubisky, Glennon, Foles) and head coach (Nagy) push the scale into the negative.

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Bulls’ DeMar DeRozan has knockout power, beats Pacers at the horn

Very little was going right for the Bulls on either end of the floor in Indiana on Friday, but the veteran forward made it right in the closing seconds, hitting a one-legged running jumper as the clock ran out.

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Big Game Hunting: Brand-new Notre Dame coach will turn ‘D’ loose vs. Oklahoma State

Marcus Freeman has the goods — and the pass rushers — to beat veteran Mike Gundy in the Fiesta Bowl. Also: Rose, Sugar, Outback and Citrus picks.

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Decisions looming as Bulls get closer to full strength

Alex Caruso and Lonzo Ball could return next week, bringing the Bulls’ backcourt back to full strength. So what will happen with the minutes handed out to Coby White, who has been playing well lately, and Ayo Dosunmu?

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Rich Komar’s last Tinley Park Fishing Show: He reflects on his years as manager, earns high praise

Rich Komar and his team built the Tinley Park Fishing Show, as a fundraiser, into a powerhouse among Chicago-area outdoors shows. Now he is done, and it’s time for his memories and his due.