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Bulls’ frontcourt players feel the depth is just fine

Projected starting power forward Patrick Williams is on the mend from an ankle sprain, but even if he isn’t healthy to start the season, his teammates feel there’s more than enough help at the position.

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Big Game Hunting: A joyous reunion for Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly against Cincinnati?

Also: Arkansas-Georgia, Mississippi-Alabama, Michigan-Wisconsin, Northwestern-Nebraska picks and more.

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Bulls guard Alex Caruso hopes to bring toughness to a team that needs it

The former Laker knows all about doing the dirty work to win games. He never would’ve gotten consistent playing time without his defense and toughness.

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White and yellow bass on the Chain O’Lakes, other species, too, with memories from Phil Piscitello

White and yellow bass were good on an outing with Phil Piscitello and Mike Jackson on the Chain O’Lakes; and biologist Frank Jakubicek provided a broader perspective on the Chain.

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Bears coach Matt Nagy’s search for ‘the whys’ leads him to brink of firing

As Nagy’s offense sinks below Marc Trestman’s, he says, "It’s time to fight." The Bears are fighting for their season, but he’s also fighting for his job.

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Holding advance of invasive carp: A ride-along seeing contract netters manning the front lines

A ride-along with Illinois assistant fisheries chief Kevin Irons and Aquatic Nuisance Species program manager Brian Schoenung to watch contract netters of invasive carp gave much to consider.

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Stone-cold outlook: College handicapper says bet with your head, not your heart

When placing wagers, it’s about numbers, not teams.

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Quarterback Jack Coan faces former team when Notre Dame plays Wisconsin at Soldier Field

Coan will see lots of familiar faces when he lines up against his old school.

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Big Game Hunting: Notre Dame or Wisconsin? QB play will say it all at Soldier Field

Also: Illinois, Northwestern picks and a pair of prime-time "favorites."

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Health of Bulls forward Patrick Williams is one key for start of camp

The Bulls announced Friday that Williams would be sidelined four to six weeks with a severe ankle sprain, and the hope is he returns with the same aggressiveness he displayed on the offensive end this summer.

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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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A look back at the Sky in the postseason

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

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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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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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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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Chicago’s Catch Co. on the go: From Series B funding to its first acquisition to the Bassmobile

Chicago-based Catch Co., the fishing brand, content and commerce platform, has had quite the year from Series B funding to its first acquisition to the Bassmobile.

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Polling Place: How confident are you that the Bears will beat the Bengals? Um, not so much

Sure, the Bengals have a shot to walk out of Soldier Field with a "W." Who doesn’t?

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Big Game Hunting: Purdue-Notre Dame, Alabama-Florida, Northwestern-Duke; more

The Boilermakers and Irish played 69 seasons in a row — and then it stopped after 2014. College football keeps trending toward the unromantic like that. It’s a shame.

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Notre Dame kicker Jonathan Doerer comes up big in key moment

Doerer’s mental work pays off as he nails Irish’s first game-winning kick since 2016.

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Chicago outdoors: Hummingbird, monarchs, Patrick McManus on smoked fish, Chain O’Lakes muskies

A beautifully captured hummingbird photo, lots on monarchs, Patrick McManus on smoked fish and muskies released on the Chain O’Lakes are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors.

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What are NWSL, CBS really saying with poorly scheduled championship game?

The absurd local start time of 9 a.m. shows the lack of respect for women’s sports.

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Vegas bookmaker Dave Sharapan is back from the brink

He’s sharing lessons in life and betting after nearly succumbing to a blood clot in his brain.

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Why 2022 should be the Fire’s focus soon

With the playoffs highly unlikely, the Fire would be better served to start prioritizing 2022.

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Bulls exec Arturas Karnisovas is proving to be a man of his word

The team’s executive vice president of basketball operations said after last season that mediocrity was a thing of the past. He then went out and completely flipped the roster. What does that mean for the new-look Bulls? They better get it done.

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Ex-Cub Kris Bryant gets lost — and then kind of loses it — in return to Wrigley Field

"This place is home," Bryant said before the start of a three-game series between the 90-win Giants and the 65-win Cubs. "It always will be."

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Big Game Hunting: Iowa State gets a belated shot at Iowa; Ohio State welcomes Oregon

The Cy-Hawk game will be close, low-scoring and, considering how wide-open college offenses have become, an old-schooler’s delight.

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Testing a foldable kayak: An afternoon trying out the Oru Inlet and sharing father-son time at Mazonia

For apartment dwellers or those with compact cars, the Oru Inlet, a foldable kayak, is the answer at a price as an afternoon of testing at Mazonia State Fish and Wildlife Area showed.

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Chicago outdoors: Swallowtail caterpillars in parsley, Woodsy Owl, WI wild rice, Chicago River loach ID

A photo of a swallowtail caterpillar in parsley, a Woodsy Owl anniversary, poor outlook for Wisconsin wild rice and an ID of the Chicago River loach are among the notes from around the Chicago outdoors.

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Will middle-of-the-pack Red Stars fulfill their championship goals?

Midfielder Sarah Woldmoe says the team is striving for consistency in a highly competitive playoff race.