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How nutrition played a major role in Cubs pitcher Adbert Alzolay’s growth as a player

Alzolay didn’t always know what to eat, but with a little help from his wife, Diana Inzunza, he figured out nutrition could push him to new heights.

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Scoring at Wrigley Field not what it used to be

Baseball by the Numbers: The Cubs and their opponents are combining for only 88.8% as many runs in Wrigley as they are in Cubs road games.

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Cubs — .500 and ace-less — are going to Cleveland! OK, so it sounded better in 2016

This You Gotta See: Cubs-Indians, White Sox-Twins, the end of the line for the Blackhawks and Bulls and — here already? — season openers for the Sky and Red Stars.

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Leaving his Mark: Giangreco’s story plays out like no other

The longtime Chicago sports anchor has rubbed some people the wrong way, but he has delighted, informed and supported countless more.

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Medina Spirit trainer Bob Baffert won’t attend Preakness

"I don’t want to take away from the horses. I think it’d be a distraction if I went," Baffert said.

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Destination place someday, but Bulls playing for the now in latest win

Veteran Garrett Temple feels the new front office has sent a message to the rest of the league with its actions this season, but first things first, as the Bulls are still trying to push for a play-in spot after latest win in Detroit.

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Blackhawks beat Stars after welcoming fans back to United Center

The energy from the limited-capacity ‘‘sellout’’ crowd of 3,820 boosted the Hawks to three first-period goals en route to a 4-2 victory.

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Bears RB Tarik Cohen’s twin brother found dead

Tyrell Cohen is believed to died of electrocution while climbing a power substation in a Raleigh, N.C., Wake County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Eric Curry told reporters Sunday.

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Not much hard contact, but Kyle Hendricks takes loss against Pirates

His ERA sits at 6.23, in part because he is walking batters at the highest rate of his career and giving up about three times as many home runs per nine innings as he has before.

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Baseball-card fever hits Cubs’ clubhouse

Outfielder Jake Marisnick helped introduce the hobby to his teammates, and guys now are gathering around as new boxes and packs are opened before games.

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Yermin Mercedes’ bat perks up as White Sox defeat Royals to complete series sweep

White Sox (19-13) improve to season-best six games over .500

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Blackhawks notebook: MacKenzie Entwistle’s improved speed on display

Entwistle regained 10 pounds lost to COVID-19 while also becoming a better skater during his impressive season. Kirby Dach also learned from his brief 18-game season.

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Sky trade Gabby Williams to Sparks for rookie Stephanie Watts, rights to Leonie Fiebich

Williams will remain on the suspended list for the 2021 season to honor her commitments to the French national team.

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White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal more than happy to take his walks

There are those who would like to see White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal be just a little less selective and be a more agressive run producer but asking Grandal to change his approach at the plate would be a waste of time.

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Schooling in morel mushrooms: From a student learning to a teacher smartly observing, school is in

Addison Goolsbee found his first morel mushroom as an urban forager and Matthew Schultz delivers smart observations on spring forager, as befits a teacher.

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Blackhawks’ Pius Suter set up for summer raise after solid rookie season

With 24 points in 53 games, Suter is on track to finish fourth on the Hawks in scoring. His negotiations as a restricted free agent after just one season could be interesting.

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White Sox’ starting rotation stays on roll in 9-1 victory against Royals

Lance Lynn pitches five scoreless innings as Sox starters extend their streak without allowing a run to 25 1⁄3 innings.

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White Sox score eight runs in first vs. Royals

The Sox sent 13 batters to the plate, hit for the cycle as a team and saw the first three batters in their lineup go 2-for-2 — all in the first inning — against the Royals on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.

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Matt Duffy’s clutch single helps Cubs break .500 with 5th straight win

The 3-2 victory over the Pirates gave them a winning record for the first time since they were 10-9 on April 23.

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Cubs reliever Rex Brothers tells David Ross to give him a push when necessary

It’s common for players to be good at self-motivation, but few are willing to approach a manager and ask for an extra boost.

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Continuity only bringing more of the same for Fire, who lose 2-0 to Philadelphia

The Fire kept most of the 2020 team together, and so far the results look similar.

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The best play for the Bulls’ front office? No more snake oil

Very little can be gained from this season at this point, even if the Bulls were to reach the play-in game, but a whole lot can be lost. This front office needs to buck the trend of selling false hope to a fan base that has drunk it up for more than two decades.

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Red Stars assistant coach Scott Parkinson came to America and made it home

Parkinson, a new U.S. citizen, is working his way up women’s coaching ranks

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Sky training camp roster highlights WNBA’s need for expansion now

Ahead of the 2021 WNBA draft, commissioner Cathy Engelbert said when it comes to expansion it’s not a matter of if but rather when.

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‘Baby Gronk’ Michael Mayer has grown up in a hurry

After breakout freshman season, tight end will play lead role in Notre Dame passing game

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A Pack of possibilities thinking about where Aaron Rodgers will end up

Vegas sportsbooks join Bears fans in speculating whether the quarterback will play for a different team

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Philadelphia coach Jim Curtin believes in Fire brass

A former defender in Chicago, Curtin has helped execute a plan that looks similar to what the Fire are trying.

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Ranking the Blackhawks’ top 10 prospects after the 2021 season

Lukas Reichel and Henrik Borgstrom headline a list that experienced much turnover this season as prospects graduated to the NHL.

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Chicago outdoors: Coupled cranes, unique fishing bag, Indiana Dunes visitors, broad-billed hummingbird

A pair of sandhill cranes hooking up, a unique fishing bag on the Chicago River, record visitors to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and a broad-billed hummingbird on the Northside are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors.

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Justin Fields’ ‘it’ factor: toughness in big moments

Bears GM Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy have spent years talking about "multipliers" — players that make their teammates exponentially better.

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Carlos Rodon continues eventful White Sox week with six scoreless innings to beat Royals

In a week that’s seen the Sox lose Luis Robert and more questions emerge about Tony La Russa, Rodon’s first May start felt like his sterling April.

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With fans back in the United Center, Bulls beat up Celtics

Nikola Vucevic recorded his fourth career triple-double to lead a frontcourt that put in the dirty work against the Celtics.

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Bulls fans return to United Center

Chris and Karen Fisher traveled from St. Louis to the United Center to see the Bulls-Celtics game in person. Chris Fisher may be a lifelong Celtics fan, but he still holds a soft spot for Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.