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Just admit it: You miss Ozzie Guillen. Oh, sure, you’ve fooled yourself into believing life is better for the White Sox without all the noise. You’ve convinced yourself the newfound tranquillity on the South Side is just what everyone needed. In your eyes, Guillen in any other ZIP code is a good thing. Then again, denial is the first stage of grief. Guillen will be at Wrigley Field on Tuesday for the first time as the manager of the Miami Marlins. And before he takes one step onto the field at the Friendly Confines, he knows what awaits his homecoming. … ]]> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 07:07:58 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13795050-452/ozzie-guillen-will-be-at-wrigley-this-week-and-he-has-a-few-scores-to.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13795050-452/ozzie-guillen-will-be-at-wrigley-this-week-and-he-has-a-few-scores-to.html <![CDATA[ Now we’ll learn if White Sox have what it takes to win ]]> Lead story image

JOE COWLEY: Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera was discussing the first-place White Sox, the team he and his teammates are pursuing in the American League Central, and was doing his best to say all the right things. That’s when he paused and smiled. ‘‘Let’s see how they finish,’’ he said. ]]> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:59:19 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13722044-452/now-well-learn-if-white-sox-have-what-it-takes-to-win.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13722044-452/now-well-learn-if-white-sox-have-what-it-takes-to-win.html <![CDATA[ The revel is in the details for reborn White Sox, Ken Williams ]]> Lead story image

JOE COWLEY: Paul Konerko’s brain doesn’t work like most major-leaguers’. Hearing him is often like listening to a philosophy professor and not a first baseman for a big-league team. Sixteen years in The Show has been his classroom. So heading to the All-Star Game for a sixth time, Konerko was more than well versed in what to expect from reporters. ]]> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 06:43:38 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13706979-452/the-revel-is-in-the-details-for-reborn-white-sox-ken-williams.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13706979-452/the-revel-is-in-the-details-for-reborn-white-sox-ken-williams.html <![CDATA[ Underappreciated Starlin Castro overshadowed by Anthony Rizzo ]]> Lead story image

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Somewhere among the mob of cameras, microphones and recorders was the latest phenom. At least that’s what the poster above the table read: Bryce Harper. Big, bold letters. It was tough to get near the Washington Nationals’ 19-year-old outfielder, let alone ask him a question during the National League’s All-Star media session Monday afternoon, but you had to trust he was there. After working through the Harper traffic, you had to go past four tables, make a left at Cole Hamels, then pass three more tables to catch another phenom. Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, 22, the … ]]> Sat, 11 Aug 2012 06:24:05 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13690058-452/underappreciated-starlin-castro-overshadowed-by-anthony-rizzo.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13690058-452/underappreciated-starlin-castro-overshadowed-by-anthony-rizzo.html <![CDATA[ All-Star Game format flawed, but AL victory might help White Sox ]]> Lead story image

Paul Konerko is no longer in the business of trying to make sense of the All-Star Game format. He let go of that idea years ago. The concept that the winner of what is supposed to be a midseason exhibition game receives home-field advantage for the World Series in October is still a head-scratcher in the 30 clubhouses around the majors. All you can do as a player is embrace it — or be really good at faking it. Either way, Konerko is looking at the All-Star Game as a business trip. That’s a lot easier to do for a … ]]> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 06:28:55 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13666790-452/all-star-game-format-flawed-but-al-victory-might-help-white-sox.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13666790-452/all-star-game-format-flawed-but-al-victory-might-help-white-sox.html <![CDATA[ Chris Sale has what it takes to be Sox’ ace ]]> Lead story image

Ask White Sox All-Star left-hander Chris Sale about his success this season, and the conversation quickly turns into a series of baseball clichés. Sale, 23, will praise the defense behind him, the run support, heck, the heavens above for making the wind blow in all day. But when you bring up his few stumbles, that’s when Sale’s true personality comes out. And that’s when you realize that a big chip can fit comfortably on such scrawny shoulders. “Yeah, I take it personally,’’ Sale said when asked to describe the one-on-one battles against hitters. “How can’t you? “I don’t think anyone … ]]> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 12:15:11 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13592075-452/chris-sale-has-what-it-takes-to-be-sox-ace.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13592075-452/chris-sale-has-what-it-takes-to-be-sox-ace.html <![CDATA[ Bulls must do what they can to keep center Omer Asik ]]> Lead story image

JOE COWLEY: Ever wonder what the NBA’s going rate for a 7-foot, third-year player from Turkey is? One who averaged 3.1 points and 5.3 rebounds last season? The Bulls found out Sunday, when reports had the Houston Rockets offering Asik — a restricted free agent — a three-year deal worth in the neighborhood of $25 million. ]]> Sat, 04 Aug 2012 06:25:09 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13551284-452/bulls-must-do-what-they-can-to-keep-center-omer-asik.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13551284-452/bulls-must-do-what-they-can-to-keep-center-omer-asik.html <![CDATA[ Greg Olsen wishes Matt Forte, Bears well, but he’s happy with Panthers ]]> Lead story image

It was the quietest roster move Chicago had seen in quite some time. In fact, it went  unnoticed in many corners  Saturday. Tight end Greg Olsen reunited with running back Matt Forte. Gotta love the freedom of putting kickball teams together. No salary cap, no franchise tag, no offensive coordinator deciding a talented tight end isn’t necessary in his offense these days. ‘‘Oh, no, this is serious,’’ Olsen said. ‘‘We’re the two-time champions and looking for a three-peat.’’ Olsen, now with the Carolina Panthers because of more Bears backward thinking, was in town to host the Kicks for a Cure … ]]> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 10:41:51 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13508483-452/greg-olsen-wishes-matt-forte-bears-well-but-hes-happy-with-panthers.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13508483-452/greg-olsen-wishes-matt-forte-bears-well-but-hes-happy-with-panthers.html <![CDATA[ Kevin Youkilis gives White Sox stability, doesn’t ensure division title ]]> Lead story image

MINNEAPOLIS — Sunday was filled with tears, memories and a hint of regret. Monday was filled with the unapologetic musk of Adam Dunn. “I took it out of his bag,’’ Dunn said matter-of-factly when asked where he got the No. 20 Boston Red Sox jersey that Kevin Youkilis wore in his last game with the team. So you stole it? “That’s a little harsh,’’ Dunn said with a look almost resembling that of a small child who has been caught in a lie. Harsh? No, harsh was the amount of sweat that Dunn seeped into the jersey, hitting relievers on … ]]> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 06:26:43 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13410786-452/kevin-youkilis-gives-white-sox-stability-doesnt-ensure-division-title.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13410786-452/kevin-youkilis-gives-white-sox-stability-doesnt-ensure-division-title.html <![CDATA[ Is Bears’ Matt Forte as good as he thinks he is? ]]> Lead story image

JOE COWLEY: Matt Forte thinks he’s an elite running back in the NFL — at least among the top five. That’s the money he wants, and that’s the money he thinks he deserves from the Bears. Someone is lying to Forte. Or maybe Forte is lying to himself. ]]> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 06:33:48 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13338817-452/is-bears-matt-forte-as-good-as-he-thinks-he-is.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13338817-452/is-bears-matt-forte-as-good-as-he-thinks-he-is.html <![CDATA[ This isn’t over: Those who enabled Sandusky must be held accountable ]]> Lead story image

JOE COWLEY: There is no longer side-stepping legality with terms like “alleged’’ and “the accused,’’ when describing Jerry Sandusky. No, the former Penn State defensive coordinator can now wear the label he so deserves: The monster of Happy Valley is caged. Finally. ]]> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 09:54:38 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13358139-452/this-isnt-over-those-who-enabled-sandusky-must-be-held-accountable.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13358139-452/this-isnt-over-those-who-enabled-sandusky-must-be-held-accountable.html <![CDATA[ Jake Peavy is the guy to give White Sox a kick in the pants ]]> Lead story image

JOE COWLEY: Jake Peavy’s fastball might be down a few ticks on the radar gun, but he still brings his mouth with the best of them. And what’s nice about Peavy’s boots-to-butts talk these days is it resonates in the clubhouse more than it has in the past. ]]> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 07:37:05 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13311531-452/jake-peavy-is-the-guy-to-give-white-sox-a-kick-in-the-pants.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13311531-452/jake-peavy-is-the-guy-to-give-white-sox-a-kick-in-the-pants.html <![CDATA[ Alex Rios ‘in a better place’ after a lost 2011 season ]]> Lead story image

EXCLUSIVE: The details from last July are a bit diverse, depending on which player’s account you listen to. The conclusion? That’s where all the stories line up. “Alex was going to kill Kenny Williams that day,” one White Sox player recently insisted. ]]> Sat, 21 Jul 2012 06:33:15 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13292168-452/alex-rios-in-a-better-place-after-a-lost-2011-season.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13292168-452/alex-rios-in-a-better-place-after-a-lost-2011-season.html <![CDATA[ Why did NBC not air the most damning part of Jerry Sandusky-Bob Costas interview? ]]> Lead story image

NBC isn’t on trial. Thankfully for the peacock network, blatant ignorance isn’t a crime. But shame on them for not airing the entire November interview with former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, in which the coach admitted, “I didn’t go around seeking out every young person for sexual needs that I’ve helped.’’ Maybe, just maybe, a comment like that might be important in a case against Sandusky, in which he is accused of repeatedly abusing 10 young boys over a 15-year period. Thank goodness sanity could still make it pertinent. A Pennsylvania prosecutor contacted an NBC News lawyer on … ]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 06:28:46 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13272524-452/why-did-nbc-not-air-the-most-damning-part-of-jerry-sandusky-bob-costas-interview.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13272524-452/why-did-nbc-not-air-the-most-damning-part-of-jerry-sandusky-bob-costas-interview.html <![CDATA[ Cubs-White Sox loses luster, not to mention Dempster-Sale tilt ]]> Lead story image

JOE COWLEY: Welcome to the death of a rivalry. The term “rivalry” is used loosely anyway. Considering the definition of the word is “competition for the same objective or for superiority in the same field,” the rivalry has been dead for several years. It was killed after the 2008 season, with the Sox becoming the dominant force in the series. ]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 06:19:10 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13248742-452/cubs-white-sox-loses-luster-not-to-mention-dempster-sale-tilt.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13248742-452/cubs-white-sox-loses-luster-not-to-mention-dempster-sale-tilt.html <![CDATA[ Theo Epstein’s success with Red Sox doesn’t ensure success for Cubs ]]> Lead story image

Will Middlebrooks is just the latest poster child for what Theo Epstein can do with a few scouting visits, a laptop and a fifth-round draft pick. Before Middlebrooks was picked by the Boston Red Sox in the 2007 draft, there was Jonathan Papelbon in 2003 and Dustin Pedroia in ’04. And few in Red Sawx Nation can forget the 2005 draft, in which Epstein — then the team’s general manager — drafted Jacoby Ellsbury 23rd overall, Clay Buchholz 42nd and Jed Lowrie 45th. “I think Theo’s a smart guy, obviously,’’ Middlebrooks, the Red Sox’ up-and-coming, 23-year-old third baseman, said Friday. … ]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:46:10 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13209091-452/theo-epsteins-success-with-red-sox-doesnt-ensure-success-for-cubs.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13209091-452/theo-epsteins-success-with-red-sox-doesnt-ensure-success-for-cubs.html <![CDATA[ Pierzynski might be ‘most hated player,’ but he’s a winner, too ]]> Lead story image

Boone Logan didn’t like A.J. Pierzynski. Hated him, as a matter of fact. The former White Sox reliever spent three seasons on the South Side caught somewhere between promise and mediocrity. At last check in 2011, Logan still had a deep disdain for what Pierzynski put him through. Here’s what Logan didn’t know, however: There was a clubhouse full of Sox veterans lined up to give ‘‘Big-League Boone’’ — that’s what his teammates called him — a kick in his big-league ego. Pierzynski was just the one that had no problem carrying it out. The Sox were playoff contenders in … ]]> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 15:32:30 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13169231-452/pierzynski-might-be-most-hated-player-but-hes-a-winner-too.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13169231-452/pierzynski-might-be-most-hated-player-but-hes-a-winner-too.html <![CDATA[ Decision against Manny Pacquiao a death knell for boxing ]]> Lead story image

JOE COWLEY: The split-decision that awarded Timothy Bradley Jr. the welterweight title on Saturday night over Manny Pacquiao was so visibly wrong in a sport where so much wrong has taken place over the last 15 years. The “Sport of Kings” was pronounced dead. ]]> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 10:38:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13096170-419/decision-against-manny-pacquiao-a-death-knell-for-boxing.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/cowley/13096170-419/decision-against-manny-pacquiao-a-death-knell-for-boxing.html