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Despite his own battle with advanced cancer, Stanislaw “Stan” Kij made it a point to wish other patients well....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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I’ve picked two of their seven games correctly, and you’re coming to me for insight on the Bears? Unwise. Let’s move along, folks; nothing to learn here. I might know very little, but I have spotted a familiar, recurring pattern: a total lack of...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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The Bears’ locker room had hushed 20 minutes after last Sunday’s loss, and defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff sat in front of his locker, pondering a championship and how many more chances he’ll have to reach one. ‘‘For some of us, that window’s...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Zenon Grzegorczyk, 51, admitted to trying to buy grenades, AK-47s and pistols for pals in his homeland of Poland. Then he told undercover federal agents he wanted to hire them to kill six people he blamed for breaking up his marriage....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Bears guard Matt Slauson played with the New York Jets during the Mark Sanchez era. The fallout from Brandon Marshall’s locker-room rant was just another week to him. ‘‘This has been nothing compared to what I’ve dealt with in the past,’’...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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So how would a pair of huge-framed Joe Maddon eyeglasses fit in historically with the massive goggles worn by Cubs legend Harry Caray? Just about perfectly. Particularly if the recently opted-out manager of the Tampa Bay Rays comes to the Cubs and leads...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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The Bears’ locker room had hushed 20 minutes after last Sunday’s loss, and defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff sat in front of his locker, pondering a championship and how many more chances he’ll have to reach one. ‘‘For some of us, that window’s...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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I’ve picked two of their seven games correctly, and you’re coming to me for insight on the Bears? Unwise. Let’s move along, folks; nothing to learn here. I might know very little, but I have spotted a familiar, recurring pattern: a total lack of...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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The Bears’ glut of offensive talent gave New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick plenty to talk about this week. There was outright adoration for running back Matt Forte. Even kicker Robbie Gould, who was described by Belichick as “one of the best,...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO — Jeremy Guthrie pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning, Lorenzo Cain drove in an early run off Tim Hudson and made a pair of nifty catches, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Friday night to take a 2-1...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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When retiring midfielder Logan Pause received a standing ovation as he left the Fire’s 2014 finale Friday against the Houston Dynamo in the 78th minute, it created a positive memory for the season. Unfortunately, warm moments have been rare for the...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO – How close are the Cubs to a World Series? On Friday, they were a big part of the buzz at AT&T Park that overshadowed the pivotal Game 3 between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals – with all indications pointing to...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Taylor Rooks knew her father played football at Illinois but she had no idea that his game-winning run against Ohio State was forever burned into the memories of Illini fans until she enrolled herself. “I didn’t realize he was that cool or that good...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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These are 23 (more) facts, tried and true, about the widening world of sports TV: 1. When Vin Scully began broadcasting Dodgers games in 1950, the average lifespan of a U.S. man was 65.6 years. In 2015, Scully will begin his 66th year broadcasting Dodgers...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Three days after discussing his outburst in the wake of the Bears’ loss to the  Miami Dolphins on Showtime, receiver Brandon Marshall blasted the media for asking him about it. He even used the words ‘‘rant’’ and ‘‘tirade,’’ joking...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Receiver Brandon Marshall’s locker-room rant after the Bears’ loss Sunday to the Miami Dolphins wasn’t just the emotion of the moment. It still lingers. And that’s just how he wants it. ‘‘It’s fuel,’’ Marshall said Friday. ‘‘You’ve...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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The 10 things I’ll be looking for in Week 9 action Saturday: 1. Illinois doesn’t merely struggle to stop the run; coach  Tim Beckman’s team is historically bad at it. The Illini are at the bottom of the Big Ten in too many defensive categories...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Jonathan Toews corralled a skittering puck with one hand, then dangled his way through the legs of an unwitting Kris Versteeg, who was stretching on the ice during the Blackhawks’ morning skate Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee. After a quick spin,...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Ford’s new aluminum-sided F-150 will be a lot lighter and more efficient when it goes on sale later this year. But for now it’s a serious drag on profits. Net income dropped 34 percent to $835 million in the third quarter, largely due to the cost...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Procter & Gamble plans to remove its batteries and make Duracell a stand-alone company. The world’s largest consumer products maker, which acquired Duracell in 2005, has been trimming its product lineup to focus on its top performers. After it...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Chiquita shareholders have rejected plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes that would have made the world’s largest banana supplier. Chiquita Brands International Inc. said Friday that the shareholders didn’t approve a revised transaction...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Friday, October 24, 2014
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From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Friday, October 24, 2014
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RICK TELANDER: Jay Cutler was at his weeniest Thursday in his news conference at Halas Hall....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Friday, October 24, 2014
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The child, who vomited once while aboard the plane, was discharged from the University of Chicago Medical Center.
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Cynthia Barnes was a drug addict who supported her habit by turning tricks. She also was a mother, sister and a daughter who had the potential to turn her life around, her loved ones believed. But Barnes never got that second chance after she was thrown...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Chicago Public Schools still has too many schools for the number of children who live in the district and should plan better when opening new charters to avoid being “highly hypocritical,” said one of the school board members who voted to shutter...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Friday, October 24, 2014
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A day after a federal judge was appointed to monitor hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation, two state Republican senators raised questions about whether those fired are working in other state positions, and insinuated there may be “corruption”...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Since the sale window opened Oct. 1, the average number of drivers opening new I-Pass accounts has nearly doubled — from an average of 350 a day before the sale to about 650 currently, officials said Thursday....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Towers management is warning residents it won’t tolerate any shenanigans on Nov. 2, the day the famed high-wire walker is planning to do his thing in Chicago....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Jay Cutler defended his checks, then answered a checklist of questions — about Brandon Marshall and leadership, comments from ex-teammates and his own radio silence — midway through the most tumultuous week of the Bears’ season. Cutler said he...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Friday, October 24, 2014
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The Bears’ bell cow was seated in the corner of Halas Hall’s media room Thursday, waiting patiently to take the place of the quarterback at the podium. It’s time to feed him. Seven games into a season marred by inconsistency on offense, it’s...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller, who suffered hand and hip injuries in the loss to the Dolphins last week, practiced on a limited basis Thursday and could play Sunday against the Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Fuller had his broken right hand wrapped...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Friday, October 24, 2014
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The Bears’ stunning loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday discombobulated everybody from fan to groundskeeper. We know what it did to wide receiver Brandon Marshall — turned him into a raging Chucky doll stuck on the word, “Unacceptable!’’ I...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Friday, October 24, 2014
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NASHVILLE — Add another team to the gantlet. The Nashville Predators appear to be for real. As if the Central Division weren’t imposing enough to begin with. Nashville beat the Blackhawks at their own game Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena, outshooting...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Ohio State is 29-3 overall — and 18-0 in Big Ten regular-season play — since Urban Meyer boarded the ship and took the controls in Columbus. Just think about that the next time you find yourself assuming the 2014 conference championship is Michigan...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Suspended cornerback KeiVarae Russell has indicated he’d like to return to the Notre Dame football team for 2015. And Thursday, he wrote on Instagram that wide receiver DaVaris Daniels “likely” has similar plans. “Pleased to hear that he is now...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Tight end Martellus Bennett channeled his inner Tom Thibodeau on Wednesday — “DYJ: Do your job,” he said — when preaching consistency after the Bears’ loss against the Dolphins and subsequent locker-room blowup. “When you’re facing adversity,...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Even with seven preseason games and close to 30 hours of practice on tape, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau doesn’t have an answer about whether rookie forwards Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic will be in his rotation when the regular season tips off next...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Midfielder Logan Pause gets it. Every time Pause puts on a Fire jersey, he sees it as a privilege. He knows the pride and emotion the badge and colors evoke from the team’s fans. Those are things the retiring Pause never has taken lightly during his...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Get instant updates all season long, and join the discussion as the Blackhawks look to make another run at the Stanley Cup....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Notre Dame added another top-notch linebacker to its Class of 2015. Tevon Coney, a four-star recruit from Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) High School, orally committed to play for the Irish Thursday. The 6-foot, 221-pound inside linebacker is ranked No. 11...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A combination of strong company earnings and encouraging economic reports, both in the U.S. and Europe, gave the stock market another day of solid gains on Thursday....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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ADAM L. JAHNS: It’s a bizarre week to debate whether Bears quarterback Jay Cutler can, will be or already is an elite quarterback....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Mementos from the career of Olympic hero Rulon Gardner, including a USA Wrestling robe and a commemorative ring, will be auctioned off Saturday in Salt Lake City....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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JEFF AGREST: Torches are being passed in NFL backfields, some by design, some by necessity....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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STEVE GREENBERG: Is the end nigh for Illinois football coach Tim Beckman? We’ll know better after the homecoming game Saturday against Minnesota in Champaign....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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U.S. stocks rose sharply Thursday, driven by encouraging earnings from companies including Caterpillar, 3M and General Motors. Investors were also encouraged by some positive manufacturing news out of Europe....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Is the end nigh for Illinois football coach Tim Beckman? We’ll know better after the homecoming game Saturday against Minnesota in Champaign. A victory would lift the Illini to 4-4, keeping their bowl hopes alive, however faintly. A fourth consecutive...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Summer vacations were good for American Airlines. With passengers paying a record amount for every mile and most seats filled, American earned an all-time best $942 million in the June-through-September third quarter....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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United Airlines appears to be hitting its stride after struggling to make a 2010 merger pay off. The airline’s formula is lower fuel prices and more revenue for every mile that passengers fly....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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