Another Native American mascot controversy washed away by the wave of progress

The clock tower of Lane Tech College Prep in Chicago, IL. | Colin Boyle/For the Sun-Times Many of my former classmates don’t like it, but Lane Tech College Prep has voted to get rid of its “Indians” name and mascot. It was time for a change. After Alvin Elton died of the coronavirus in March […]

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Polling Place: Are CFB coaches, administrators doing all they can to keep players safe?

How resolutely will Illinois’ Lovie Smith and his fellow college coaches look after players? | Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images There certainly are those who believe college football simply won’t — and perhaps shouldn’t — happen in 2020. Meanwhile, ill-fated or not, the sport marches on. There certainly are those who believe college football simply […]

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Kawhi Leonard will not play for Clippers vs. Trail Blazers

Clippers star Kawhi Leonard will not play in his team’s game Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers, according to a person with knowledge of the situation but not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Leonard has not played on consecutive days this season, his first with the Clippers, because of injury management and left […]

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Pitchers Are Creatures of Habit. A Season of Chaos Is Testing Them.

Of all the elements that make baseball distinctive, nothing compares to pitching. In what other team sport does the most influential player spend most of the schedule resting? Training for the treacherous job of throwing overhand repeatedly, at high speeds, requires careful calibration and strict routines. And then there is 2020, when quarantined pitchers are […]

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Red Stars supporters group, Chicago Local 134 doubles membership growing right alongside the NWSL  

Yuki Nagasato embraces fans of the Red Stars supporters group, Chicago Local 134 following a match at SeatGeek Stadium.  | Daniel Bartel/ISIPhotos.com NWSL supporters groups are growing with the league, and for the loyal fans who’ve been there since the beginning, it’s impossible to describe the sense of pride associated with that growth. Before the […]

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Robert Beric eager to play in front of Fire fans… when that’s possible

Robert Beric celebrates scoring during the Fire’s game against Seattle last month in Reunion, Florida. | Getty Signed over the winter, Beric’s five Fire games have not been in Chicago. Striker Robert Beric is the type of figure who builds strong relationships with fans. He’s just waiting for the chance to play in front of […]

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Chicago outdoors: Giant swallowtail, families and charters, new boat sales, and yellow jackets

A giant swallowtail photographed at the Cook County forest preserve. | Credit: Emil Baumbach A giant swallowtail photo, families and charters, new boat sales and first yellow jackets are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors. Notes come from all around Chicago outdoors. FIELD NOTES WILD OF THE WEEK Emil Baumbach delivers his usual wonderful […]

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Column One: They’re Olympic gold medalists. But this U.S. team was forged in tragedy

When Adam Krikorian wakes up Saturday, it will be just another day — the first on a well-earned vacation to visit family in Northern California. If everything had gone right, Krikorian likely would have spent the day in Japan, coaching the U.S. women’s water polo team to a third consecutive Olympic title. The U.S. was […]

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Horse racing newsletter: Travers sets the stage for Kentucky Derby

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter, as Santa Anita pushes its fall meeting back a week. Newsletter Off to the races Get the latest news, analysis, results and charts with John Cherwa’s definitive Horse Racing newsletter. You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. […]

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Bears’ Dave Ragone must sideline attachment to Mitch Trubisky as Nick Foles arrives

Ragone (right) had been Trubisky’s (left) quarterback coach since he was drafted. | AP Photos Ragone had been Trubisky’s only quarterbacks coach in the NFL until Matt Nagy made a few changes this offseason. Ragone has to shift out of being “a Mitch guy” and help the Bears make a clear-eyed decision on their starter […]

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Bear Hugs and Bubbles: Why Some N.F.L. Players Opted Out

When she is old enough, Philadelphia Eagles receiver Marquise Goodwin will teach his daughter, Marae, to put family first. He will say that she should prioritize the people she loves most when making decisions. He will share his own choice, made five months after she was born: He will sit out the 2020 N.F.L. season. […]

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Corey Seager sustains injury in Dodgers’ victory over Giants

Corey Seager was healthy. That’s it. That was the secret behind his success early in this unprecedented season. Behind all those squared balls off his bat. Behind his improved mobility at shortstop. Sure, he was stronger, but he returned to his peak — maybe even established a new one — because, above all, he was […]

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Troublesome outing for Griffin Canning too much for Angels in loss to Rangers

Mike Trout homered again on his birthday, but Robinson Chirinos drove in two runs without a hit and the Texas Rangers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Angels on Friday night. Trout turned 29, and homered for the fifth time in the seven big league games he has played on […]

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Troublesome outing for Griffin Canning too much for Angels in loss to Rangers

Mike Trout homered again on his birthday, but Robinson Chirinos drove in two runs without a hit and the Texas Rangers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Angels on Friday night. Trout turned 29, and homered for the fifth time in the seven big league games he has played on […]

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Sparks can’t keep pace with Aces down the final stretch in loss

A’ja Wilson scored 26 points with 11 rebounds and Angel McCoughtry added 24 and the Las Vegas Aces beat the Sparks 86-82 on Friday night. Wilson — who recorded her fourth consecutive double-double — finished 11-of-19 shooting and scored 12 in the decisive final stanza. Wilson scored on 4-of-5 possessions in just under three minutes […]

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Hernández: Target of Tyler Skaggs’ indictment is Eric Kay, but ‘others’ are most troubling

The word hangs in the air like a curveball that doesn’t break — “others.” That particular six-letter combination appeared seven times in an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint filed against Eric Kay, the former Angels communications director, charged Friday with fentanyl distribution in connection with the overdose death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs. The […]

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Cardinals-Cubs Series Is Postponed After More Virus Cases

ST. LOUIS — The three-game series between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis at Busch Stadium was postponed Friday night after two more Cardinals players and a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus. Major League Baseball announced that the whole weekend set was off. Hours earlier, M.L.B. had said that Friday night’s game had […]

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Washington N.F.L. Owner Dan Snyder Sues Media Company for Defamation

Daniel Snyder, the owner of the Washington N.F.L. team, has accused an online media company of accepting payment in exchange for publishing defamatory rumors, including one that Snyder was named on a list of sexual offenders maintained by Jeffrey Epstein, the sex criminal and financier. In a lawsuit filed Friday in New Delhi and in […]

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White Sox beat Cleveland, still expect Eloy Jimenez to improve in outfield

Eloy Jimenez can’t make the play on an inside-the-park home run by Christian Yelich on Thursday. | AP Photos The questions about Jimenez’s ability in left field grew louder after Thursday’s loss to the Brewers when he misplayed a Christian Yelich fly ball into an inside-the-park home run. The White Sox still expect Eloy Jimenez […]

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Fans managing to get a peek at PGA Championship, one hole at a time

Some of the best holes at Harding Park don’t have tee boxes, bunkers, or even greens. They’re the perforations in the fence fabric surrounding the golf course, makeshift peep holes that give fans a free and fleeting glimpse of a PGA Championship that’s otherwise closed to the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Clusters of curious […]

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Graduate transfer Paul Grattan could reinforce UCLA’s thin blue line

UCLA has another big reason to get excited if there’s a college football season. He stands 6 feet 4, weighs 295 pounds and could significantly bolster the Bruins’ interior offensive line. His name is Paul Grattan, a graduate transfer from Villanova who announced Friday on Twitter that he was headed to UCLA. “Feeling like the […]

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Rams receiver Cooper Kupp ready to impress entering contract year

To prepare for training camp, Rams receiver Cooper Kupp performed a variety of exercises and drills so that he could report in top shape. Climbing fences to find usable turf for workouts during a COVID-19 pandemic became part of his regimen. “Getting kicked off just about every field here in Thousand Oaks, which was fun,” […]

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Blackhawks notebook: Kirby Dach translating strong training camp into playoff success

The Hawks out-chanced the Oilers 24-22 and outscored them 4-1 with Dach on the ice in the qualifying-round series. On Dec. 29 of this season, rookie center Kirby Dach played 20 minutes, 32 seconds in the Blackhawks’ 3-2 shootout victory against the Blue Jackets. Heading into his first playoff run this summer, that was the […]

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Blackhawks fans anxious for playoff hockey: ‘We’re playing with house money’

Chicago Blackhawks fans Jim Moore (left) and Tony Vittal enjoy a drink Friday at WestEnd before the Blackhawks play the Edmonton Oilers. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times Fans enjoy a little bit of normal as the Chicago Blackhawks advance in the NHL playoffs. It was like 2015 all over again. The Chicago Blackhawks vying for a chance […]

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Blackhawks eliminate Oilers, reach round of 16 in Stanley Cup playoffs

The Blackhawks advanced to the next round of the NHL playoffs after beating the Oilers on Friday. | AP Photos Corey Crawford had his best game of the playoffs, and Dominik Kubalik scored the game-winning goal with 11:30 left as the Hawks won 3-2 to win the series in four games. For the first time […]

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