Jon Lester keeps things close as Cubs walk-off Indians in 10 innings

AP Photo/Mark Black Lester allowed two runs in five innings in the Cubs’ 3-2 victory. Javy Baez delivered the game-winning single with two outs and two strikes. Starting pitcher Jon Lester felt like he figured something out before his last start against the Brewers, and those corrections in his mechanics allowed him to throw six […]

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The Vikings Were More Complicated Than You Might Think

Public fascination with the Vikings runs high these days, with several current television series available for bloody binge-watching. But the Vikings have never really gone out of fashion, whether as pure entertainment or because of their real historical importance. Periodically, scholars remind the public that the people we call Vikings did not think of themselves […]

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A’ja Wilson for M.V.P., and More W.N.B.A. Awards Picks

Talent in the W.N.B.A. runs so deep that many teams have bench players who would start on other teams. With some of the league’s most familiar faces sitting out or having received medical exemptions for this season because of the coronavirus pandemic, under-the-radar players have seized their increased minutes as opportunities to shine. And while […]

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QB controversy? What QB controversy? Mitch Trubisky leads Bears to come-from-behind victory.

Mitch Trubisky runs for a first down during the fourth quarter of the Bears’ 27-23 victory over the Lions on Sunday. | Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images He throws three fourth-quarter touchdown passes against the Lions to shut down talk of Nick Foles … for now. The sound of Chicagoans banging their heads against walls […]

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Chiefs open NFL season with 34-20 victory against Texans

Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs shows the peace sign as he runs off the field following the team’s win against the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium on September 10, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. | Jamie Squire/Getty Images Patrick Mahomes threw for 211 yards and three touchdowns, Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran for 138 […]

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Yu Darvish-Trevor Bauer II doesn’t go Cubs way as they fall to the Reds, 3-0

AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski Darvish allowed more than two runs in a start since for the first time since July 25 in Wednesday’s 3-0 loss to the Reds. Yu Darvish-Trevor Bauer II was bound to be eventful as two of the best starters in the National League faced off for the second time this season. The […]

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Analyzing the Bears’ 53-man roster

Khalil Mack runs a drill at Halas Hall last month. | Photo by Nam Y. Huh-Pool/Getty Images Ranking the Bears’ position groups after they trimmed their roster to 53 players on Saturday. Ranking the Bears’ position groups after they trimmed their roster to 53 players on Saturday: 1. Outside linebacker Starters: Khalil Mack, Robert Quinn […]

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Tiz the Law is a big favorite in a Kentucky Derby unlike any other

Kentucky Derby entry Tiz the Law runs during a workout at Churchill Downs, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5th. | Darron Cummings/AP In a Derby postponed four months because of the coronavirus, Tiz the Law is the biggest favorite at 3-5 odds since 1989. LOUISVILLE, […]

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Offense can’t seize opportunities as Cubs fall to Pirates in series finale

AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar The Cubs scored just two runs despite having the lead-off man on base in four different innings in Thursday’s 6-2 loss. They had their chances in Thursday’s 6-2 loss to the Pirates, but after two big offensive performances, the Cubs’ lineup wasn’t able to keep the success going for a third […]

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Twins snap 6-game losing streak, drop White Sox into first-place tie

White Sox reliever Jimmy Cordero allowed the Twins’ second and third runs in a 3-2 White Sox loss Tuesday. (AP) | AP Photos Eloy Jimenez’ two-run double in first is only offense White Sox can muster. First baseman Jose Abreu wouldn’t have objected to the White Sox front office adding a pitcher before the trade […]

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Bears camp: Robert Quinn, Cordarrelle Patterson absent from practice

Chicago Bears wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson runs with a ball during an NFL football camp practice in Lake Forest, Ill., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) ORG XMIT: OTKNH122 | AP Photos Outside linebacker Robert Quinn was not in attendance during the portion of practice open to the media. Neither was running back/wide […]

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Bears camp: Team adds RB depth

FIU’s Napoleon Maxwell runs for a touchdown against New Hampshire last year. | Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images The Bears signed rookie running back Napoleon Maxwell. Down to only three healthy running backs — plus Cordarrelle Patterson — after David Montgomery’s groin injury, the Bears added a rookie rusher Monday morning. They signed Napoleon Maxwell, […]

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COVID-19 trouble signs: More ICU beds filled in Illinois as state reports 1,707 new coronavirus cases

Nurse practitioner Capri Reese runs to respond to a code blue in the intensive care unit at Roseland Community Hospital on April 28. The patient, an 80-year-old man with COVID-19, later died. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times Officials said 390 coronavirus patients were hospitalized in intensive care units, well within capacity but still the highest number […]

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Trump Pardons Jon Ponder, a Convicted Bank Robber

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday pardoned a man convicted of robbing a bank in Nevada who now runs a nonprofit for prisoners, shortly before the Republican National Convention entered its second night. The White House announced the pardon of the man, Jon Ponder, in a seven-minute video in which the president called Mr. Ponder’s […]

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Long balls bite Kyle Hendricks and Cubs again as Jose Abreu’s three-homer night lifts White Sox

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Hendricks allowed two home runs in 5 1/3 innings in the Cubs’ 7-4 loss to the White Sox on Saturday. Kyle Hendricks saw what the White Sox’ lineup could do after it slugged six home runs in the Cubs’ 10-1 loss Friday. The Cubs’ ace was able to keep the […]

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Cubs, White Sox good at the same time? Here’s a wacky idea: Let’s keep it that way

Eloy Jimenez of the Chicago White Sox yells as he runs the bases after hitting a two run home run in the 9th inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 18, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) | Getty Oh, what this crosstown rivalry could be if winner vs. […]

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Dodgers extend winning streak to seven in an old-fashioned pitching duel

After a night of haymakers in a game with combined 20 runs, the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium was a battle of soft jabs and ducked blows. There was no score after five innings, and the game was tied 1-1 at the seventh-inning stretch. Starters Tony Gonsolin and […]

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Defense big reason for Cubs’ success early in season

Center fielder Albert Almora Jr. has saved the Cubs two runs so far this season. | David Banks/AP Through their first 19 games, the Cubs stood fourth in the majors with a .731 defensive-efficiency percentage, meaning they had converted 73.1 percent of balls in play into outs. Starting pitching has received much of the credit […]

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Cubs drop Game 1 of doubleheader against the Cardinals as losing streak moves to four

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images Cardinals score two runs in the seventh inning to defeat Cubs 3-1. Kyle Hendricks allows three runs over 6 1/3 innings. It was up to starter Kyle Hendricks to try to play stopper in Game 1 of Monday’s doubleheader against the Cardinals, but the Cubs ace came close as the […]

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Democratic convention speakers: What to know about Bernie Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a progressive who has two failed presidential runs under his belt, will try to convince his far-left supporters to embrace presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden at the Democratic National Convention on Monday night. BERNIE SANDERS’ CNN INTERVIEW INTERRUPTED REPEATEDLY BY SKYPE RINGTONE Sanders has a 10 p.m. ET speaking slot on Monday, the first […]

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Rapid Testing Is the New Velvet Rope

Dr. Asma Rashid, who runs a members-only medical concierge service in the Hamptons, has received some of the most sought-after party invitations this summer. “We’ve gone to these private, private, private events, where they have me sign a ‘nothing you see in this house can be leaked’ document,” she said. “This is still a party […]

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