Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ New top-secret Bears defense is no joke ]]> Lead story image

BOURBONNAIS — Getting any information about the details of ­defensive coordinator Mel Tucker’s scheme changes is like pulling teeth strapped with braces. Tucker’s playbook seemingly has ‘‘Top Secret’’ stamped on it. There are polite refusals. ‘‘I don’t want to get into any scheme things,’’ defensive backs coach Jon Hoke said. ‘‘There are a few subtle things, but nothing elaborate.’’ And there are jokes. ‘‘What have we changed?’’ linebackers coach Reggie Herring said. ‘‘Somebody gave you some bad info. A little wacky weed involved?’’ Still, everyone knows the changes are real, although not everyone can see them. Only so much can … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:55:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Emotional Frank Thomas shows heartwarming side in Cooperstown ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: Once the tears started, they never really stopped. And seeing as how they started the moment Frank Thomas stepped to the podium Sunday, there was a very good chance he was going to be at flood stage three minutes into his Hall of Fame induction speech. ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:56:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Reliever Ronald Belisario melts down in White Sox’ loss to Twins ]]> Lead story image

MINNEAPOLIS — Scott Carroll was taken out because of a blister, Ronald Belisario was taken aback over a bracelet and, just like that, a one-run lead disappeared for the White Sox in a 4-3 loss Sunday to the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Sox led 2-1 before Belisario, who was called on to start the seventh inning when Carroll was forced to exit after only 78 pitches, walked Josh Willingham on four pitches after plate umpire Jeff Kellogg made him remove a bracelet from his left wrist. Trainer Herm Schneider was summoned to remove the bracelet, which Belisario wears … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:57:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kyle Hendricks impressive despite loss against Cardinals ]]> Lead story image

The Cubs’ touted minor-league position prospects have the physical talent. But mental aptitude is the element that can be the difference for a gifted pitcher — as it was for the onetime Cub inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday. And as it could be for the young Cubs right-hander who was on the Wrigley Field mound as Greg Maddux was ushered into Cooperstown. ‘‘I’ve been asked about [Maddux] before,’’ Kyle Hendricks said. ‘‘He was one of the best pitchers of all time, and one of my favorites. He’s a guy I’d like to model myself after.’’ For now, … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:25:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ August won’t be an easy time for Cubs ]]> Lead story image

The next few days are clock-watching time in the majors as Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline nears. The Cubs could make another move to acquire more prospects, but the challenge now is more about trying to make what is left of the second half meaningful — and, at the least, avoid a 100-loss season. That makes August a difficult time; it’s too early to invite a flurry of call-ups and too soon to be motivated as spoilers. ‘‘I’m not trying to envision us in any particular place other than to make sure we have these guys push and just play the … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:25:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Raheem Sterling scores for Liverpool in dreary exhibition at Soldier Field ]]> Lead story image

Liverpool and Olympiacos don’t begin their regular seasons until next month. Olympiacos is the reigning Greek champion, and Liverpool is coming off a second-place finish in the English Premier League. The game Sunday at Soldier Field, part of the International Champions Cup, was only an exhibition with no bearing on those upcoming seasons. That’s probably a good thing for both teams after Liverpool’s 1-0 victory on Raheem Sterling’s fifth-minute strike. Neither team looked like it was at its sharpest. There were only three shots on goal, but six yellow cards were issued, and the teams combined for 32 fouls. For … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:56:42 -0500