Long shots? The Cubs don’t give a [blank]. Sometimes, it’s better to be an underdog

Kris Bryant is greeted after a home run. | Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images These aren’t the 2016 Cubs. These are the 16-to-1 Cubs. And they’re just crazy enough to believe they can go all the way. The ’dog days are here again for the Cubs, and can we just be honest about this? It’s […]

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Bears replace QB Mitch Trubisky with Nick Foles

Nick Foles warms up before the Giants game. | Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Mitch Trubisky was 13-for-22 for 128 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He has a passer rating of 71.8. ATLANTA — After Mitch Trubisky’s third-quarter interception Sunday, Matt Nagy had enough. The Bears coach switched to veteran Nick Foles after Trubisky […]

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Cubs clinch National League Central title

Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images The Cubs clinch the NL Central crown with the Brewers’ 3-0 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday. Their last division title came back in 2017. The Cubs have clinched the National League Central title with the Brewers’ 3-0 win over the Cardinals on Saturday. The Cubs’ last division title came […]

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Polling Place: When dust settles at G-Rate, will Cubs or White Sox have taken series?

The Cubs and White Sox each need a winning weekend. | David Banks/Getty Images This crosstown series definitely has some serious implications. Soon, all of baseball’s playoff teams will wipe their slates clean and begin finding out what autumn has in store for them. Heartbreak? Glory? Maybe even a hit or two? You know who […]

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Cubs crush five homers as the offense leads the way in blowout win over the White Sox

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Kyle Schwarber, Willson Contreras, Javy Baez and Victor Caratini each homered in Friday’s 10-0 victory over the White Sox. Finding pitches to drive hasn’t been the Cubs’ struggle this September. Doing damage with those pitches has been another story. They’ve feasted in the past on fastball counts or situations with […]

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Bears QB Mitch Trubisky eyes lights, cameras, play-action

Mitch Trubisky throws Sunday against the Giants. | Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Through two games, the Bears have proof-of-concept that play-action works. Trubisky now needs to make them dangerous when they run it. It’s not natural for quarterbacks — particularly those, like Mitch Trubisky, who grew up in the shotgun — to turn their […]

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Facebook bans political profile pictures on its internal social network

Facebook has reportedly banned its employees from using political images as their profile pictures on its internal social network. The policy is one of several new rules Facebook instituted this week governing how staffers communicate on its Workplace platform amid concerns that discussions there were getting too political, according to reports. Facebook workers will now […]

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White Sox reinstate left-handers Aaron Bummer, Carlos Rodon

The White Sox reinstated pitcher Aaron Bummer on Thursday. | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images White Sox designate Steve Cishek, Ross Detwiler for assignment to make room for Carlos Rodon, Aaron Bummer. With four games left in the regular season, the White Sox reinstated left-handers Aaron Bummer and Carlos Rodon Thursday. To make room on the roster, […]

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Anthony Rizzo homers in back-to-back games, but offense continues to scuffle

Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images Rizzo homered in his first at-bat in the Cubs’ 2-1 loss to the Pirates on Wednesday. The Cubs’ recent power outage has been a head-scratcher, and something that has been a strength of the team for a good part of the season has eluded it for much of September. ‘‘Home […]

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The choices are in the mail? Nearly a quarter of a million ballots to start hitting Chicago mailboxes

Mailboxes sit outside of a New Jersey post office in August. | Theo Wargo/Getty Images file Statewide, nearly 1.8 million people have requested to vote by mail as of Tuesday, said Matt Dietrich, a spokesman for the Illinois State Board of Elections. Given the state’s numbers, it’s likely that a third of the vote will […]

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Bears’ Danny Trevathan sees playing time plummet

Danny Trevathan celebrates the Bears’ win in Detroit. | Rey Del Rio/Getty Images Sunday against the Giants, Trevathan played less than half the Bears’ snaps – 48 percent. The Bears drastically reduced inside linebacker Danny Trevathan’s playing time Sunday, one week after he appeared a step slow and almost gave up the game-winning touchdown. Trevathan […]

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Giants star Saquon Barkley carted off with knee injury

Saquon Barkley was the second pick of the 2018 draft. | Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images Giants star running back Saquon Barkley was carted to the locker room in the second quarter after hurting his right knee Sunday at Soldier Field. Giants star running back Saquon Barkley was carted to the locker room in the […]

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Polling Place: How will Bears QB Mitch Trubisky fare in Week 2 against the Giants?

Mitch Trubisky had a big fourth quarter for the Bears in Detroit. | Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images Will he crush it? Will he get crushed? Or somewhere in that shaky in-between? Mitch Trubisky was benched before halftime of the season opener by countless Bears fans on social media. That’s probably going to happen when […]

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Bears’ Khalil Mack: ‘Everything has to be better’

Khalil Mack is in his third season with the Bears. | Stacy Revere/Getty Images Only three teams gave up more Week 1 yards than the Bears, who allowed 426. Khalil Mack entered this season saying that last year’s disappointment wasn’t good enough. The Bears’ opener wasn’t, either. The defense gave up 23 points to the […]

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Will Bears’ Mitch Trubisky turn a corner, or hit the wall?

Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky rallied in Week 1. | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images For a quarterback who struggles to be consistent from quarter-to-quarter, one week certainly seems to have no affect on the next. That’s what makes Sunday’s game against the Giants so intriguing. If John DeFilippo knew the secret formula that solved inconsistency in football players, […]

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847 CPD vacancies under microscope to chip away at $1.25 billion city budget shortfall

A Chicago Police Department graduation ceremony at Navy Pier in 2017. | Getty Images Mayor Lori Lightfoot has, so far, resisted the movement to de-fund the police But that doesn’t mean the Chicago Police Department’s $1.7 billion budget will be spared. The Chicago Police Department has 847 sworn vacancies that could be reduced to chip […]

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Moving Mitch Trubisky under center part of Bears’ new identity

Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky takes a snap Sunday. | Nic Antaya/Getty Images Mitch Trubisky has always been a shotgun quarterback. He might not be any more. Mitch Trubisky has always been a shotgun quarterback. He wasn’t under center often at North Carolina or Mentor (Ohio) High School or, really when he played middle-school football. He […]

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With two weeks left in the shortened season, the postseason starts now for the Cubs

Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images The Cubs are attempting to play their best baseball of the season before the playoffs come. They showed that in Tuesday’s 6-5 victory over the Indians. With two weeks left in the regular season, it feels like the postseason has already started for the Cubs, who have played tight games […]

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Cubs’ Alec Mills celebrates no-hitter with dinner from one of Chicago’s iconic pizza joints

Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images Mills’ wife, Paige, ordered the right-hander a celebratory pizza from popular Chicago restaurant, Pequod’s, after his no-hitter against the Brewers on Sunday. Cubs’ starter Alec Mills will forever be a part of MLB history after tossing a no-hitter in Sunday’s 12-0 win against the Brewers, and while the moment was […]

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After strong Week 1, ‘there’s no telling’ what Bears rookie class can do

Jaylon Johnson celebrates deflecting the last pass of the game Sunday. | Nic Antaya/Getty Images For a class that didn’t have a first-round selection, Bears rookies played a huge role in their 27-23 win against the Lions. Darnell Mooney wasn’t nervous to play his first NFL game. He was barely even hyped up. For the […]

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Cubs’ starting pitching must carry team across finish line with 12 games left

Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images The Cubs received quality starts from four of their five starters last week. Just like at the beginning of the shortened season, they’ll have to get great starting pitching to seal the deal. Just 12 games remain on the Cubs’ regular-season schedule, and with the offense still trying to find […]

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Was season-opening performance a wild Mitch or a strike?

Watching Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky can be a maddening experience. | Nic Antaya/Getty Images With Trubisky, as with most quarterbacks, it’s always a crapshoot. What is it that drives us crazy about Mitch Trubisky? Silly question. We all know what it is. The bad, bad, OK, tease, then . . . good! It’s tough to live that […]

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Bears TE Jimmy Graham: ‘I guarantee’ I’ll make more plays

Jimmy Graham reaches for a ball Sunday. | Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images By the time Jimmy Graham caught a two-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter Sunday, he’d been targeted four times without a reception. DETROIT — By the time Jimmy Graham caught a two-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter Sunday, he’d […]

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Bears recycle Thanksgiving play for Anthony Miller TD

Anthony Miller catches the go-ahead touchdown Sunday. | Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images If Mitch Trubisky’s game-winning touchdown pass to Anthony Miller looked familiar, it was. DETROIT — If Mitch Trubisky’s game-winning touchdown pass to Anthony Miller looked familiar, it was. Sunday, Miller ran a go route out of the right slot, catching a 27-yard […]

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Cubs’ Alec Mills no-hits the Brewers for 16th no-hitter in franchise history

Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images Mills’ no-no is the first Cubs’ no-hitter since Jake Arrieta no-hit the Cincinnati Reds on April 16, 2016 MILWAUKEE – If you asked anybody who would be the Cubs’ starting pitcher to throw a no-hitter, 10 times out of 10, the answer would likely be anyone but Alec Mills/ But […]

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Bears QB Mitch Trubisky struggles in first half vs. Lions

Mitch Trubisky struggled in the first half Sunday. | Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images While Trubisky did not take a sack or throw a first-half interception, the Bears failed to convert a single third down on six tries. He threw an incomplete pass on fourth down, too. DETROIT — The Bears didn’t fix their quarterback […]

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