Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Susannah Collins out at Comcast SportsNet ]]> Lead story image

Two days after an on-air flub went viral, Comcast SportsNet and reporter Susannah Collins have parted ways. CSN confirmed her departure to the Chicago Tribune but denied Collins’ mistake factored into her departure. Collins accidentally said the Blackhawks have had “a tremendous amount of sex” during the regular season. She quickly corrected herself and later tweeted, “Erm, yeah. I meant to say success. My apologies, got a little tongue tied. #ItHappens #Doh! … ]]> Fri, 03 May 2013 02:54:32 -0600 <![CDATA[ Cutler delivers in the clutch ]]> Lead story image

It looks like Jay Cutler is ­raising his game — at least on Valentine’s Day. His fiancée, Kristin ­Cavallari, tweeted a picture Thursday of flowers, a teddy bear and a ­balloon with the caption, “From my boys.” (Baby Camden presumably is the other boy.) Cutler’s Valentine’s Day gesture seems to be an improvement on his recent past. Cavallari revealed that Cutler sent her a ring in the mail for their second engagement. Last Friday on “Windy City Live,” she defended Cutler for the way he presented the ring. “We got engaged almost two years ago in April,” she said. “We … ]]> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 23:08:45 -0600 <![CDATA[ Danks’ fiancée finds her pitch ]]> Lead story image

While White Sox pitcher John Danks gets his arm ready in spring training, fiancée Ashley Monroe has been getting her voice ready for her first solo album. Monroe, 26, a member of the Pistol Annies, will release “Like A Rose” on March 5. Monroe spent her childhood in Knoxville, Tenn., where she immersed herself in all varieties of music, including country — she’s not-too-distantly related to members of the legendary Carter Family — rock, pop, rap and even opera. … ]]> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 23:08:45 -0600ée-finds-her-pitch.htmlée-finds-her-pitch.html <![CDATA[ Magic takes MJ over LJ in great debate ]]> Lead story image

A fter LeBron James became the first player to score at least 30 points and shoot over 60 percent in six consecutive games Tuesday, he let everyone know he’s no Michael Jordan . But that didn’t mean he was playing second fiddle. Instead, James laid claim to his own legacy.On Wednesday, James tweeted,  “I’m not MJ. I’m LJ.” This week, the MJ-LJ comparisons have begun again with Jordan turning 50 on Sunday. For years, Jordan was generally recognized as the greatest player ever. But in recent years, Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson have said James could end up surpassing Jordan. … ]]> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 13:46:27 -0600 <![CDATA[ ]]> Lead story image

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The annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is on the way, with Kate Upton once again its cover girl. The 5-10 Upton, 20, graces the cover of the 50th anniversary 2013 edition clad only in a white, fur-lined parka and bikini bottom. She is standing in Antarctica. Out of a dozen or so photos in which she appears, the cover shot ‘‘is the most clothes I’m wearing in the whole issue,’’ Upton said. ‘‘It was a sort of I-love-you from the editor: ‘I’ll let you wear a coat for this one.’ ” Despite the challenges of the assignment, Upton said it likely … ]]> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 06:48:58 -0600 <![CDATA[ No shortage of sarcastic ideas ]]> Lead story image

The Cubs are asking fans to design a logo  celebrating the 100th birthday of Wrigley Field in 2014, which means the Cubs are asking for abuse. Given that they haven’t won a World Series since woolly mammoths roamed the earth and that Wrigley hasn’t exactly been the epicenter of pleasant memories, I suggested various designs involving billy goats, trough urinals, Alex Gonzalez errors and ‘‘L’’ flags fluttering in center field after losses.I asked readers to get into the spirit of things. Most of you did. Here are some of your logo proposals: • ‘‘A picture of Wrigley with the saying, … ]]> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 21:46:28 -0600 <![CDATA[ Two College students were Super sneaks ]]> Lead story image

Super Bowl security was as effective as the Superdome power grid. That’s the main takeaway from a viral video that chronicles two Savannah State University students sneaking into the game last week. The young men recorded their undercover efforts and recently posted the clip on YouTube. They snuck past numerous security personnel to get into the stadium in time for Beyonce’s halftime performance. To start, they walked past more than a dozen police officers who were manning a street barricade, drawing almost no attention to themselves. It proves that acting like you belong is always an effective way of fitting … ]]> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 23:26:17 -0600 <![CDATA[ She gave Jay 2nd chance ]]> Lead story image

K ristin Cavallari , fiance to Bears quarterback Jay Cutler , spent a ­Saturday with the Sun-Times Splash team at Studio Paris (59. W. Hubbard) discussing her new shoe and jewelry lines and her life in Chicago with Cutler and baby Camden . “I didn’t know anything about football when I met Jay,” she says. “But now I won’t miss a home game.” Cavallari said she turned Cutler down the first time he asked her out, but changed her mind after bumping into him after a game: “I suddenly felt really nervous. He was so nice, and talked to my … ]]> Sun, 10 Mar 2013 06:38:40 -0600 <![CDATA[ Prospect in Florida hasn’t sold mom on college choice ]]> Lead story image

A recruit’s national signing day is not complete until his legal ­guardian signs on the dotted line. It’s called a national letter of intent. Every prospect needs to complete the form, apply his signature and fax it to his school of choice. It includes a space for his guardian, often a parent, to apply his or her signature.If the parent doesn’t sign, the letter is useless unless a player is over 21. Plantation, Fla., running back Alex Collins is learning this the hard way. Collins, a four-star prospect, gave a verbal commitment to Arkansas on Monday.One problem: His mom won’t … ]]> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 00:38:08 -0600 <![CDATA[ Former Purdue coach Gene Keady gets extreme makeover  ]]> Lead story image

Recognize this man? One of college basketball’s most iconic looks has undergone a 21st-century makeover. Look closely, and you might recognize a Big Ten legend. Out is the jet-black lacquered comb-over he sported on the sideline for years. In is an updated, bald-dome look that’s ringed with his natural gray hair. It’s like seeing Santa without his beard or Superman without his cape. It’s definitely an extreme makeover for 76-year-old former Purdue coach Gene Keady. He was spotted at the St. John’s-DePaul game Saturday at Allstate Arena. Keady has helped his former assistant and Red Storm coach Steve Lavin in … ]]> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 10:25:35 -0600 <![CDATA[ HOT CORNER: At least White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd is consistent ]]> Lead story image

While he is over .500 for his career, White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd is one of 10 pitchers to have lost 10 or more games in each of the last four seasons. Here are the members of this dubious club: 1. James Shields 2. Wandy Rodriguez 3. Justin Masterson 4. Derek Lowe 5. Francisco Liriano 6. Dan Haren 7. Jeremy Guthrie 8. Gavin Floyd 9. Kevin Correia 10. Bronson Arroyo Ideal piece for an Irish fan’s mantel Win or lose in the BCS title game, 5,000 Notre Dame footballs are on sale commemorating the Irish’s season. The $99 ball will … ]]> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 06:39:19 -0600 <![CDATA[ Three-time Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton admits to being a Las Vegas escort ]]> Lead story image

Three-time Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton says she coped with depression and a troubled marriage by turning to a life of prostitution. In a series of posts to her Twitter account, Favor Hamilton acknowledged working as an escort following a report Thursday on The Smoking Gun website about her double life. “I do not expect people to understand,” Favor Hamilton tweeted. “But the reasons for doing this made sense to me at the time and were very much related to depression.” The Smoking Gun said the 44-year-old athlete has been working for the last year for a Las Vegas escort service … ]]> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 10:07:31 -0600 <![CDATA[ HOT CORNER: Former NFL receiver Terrell Owens was ‘begging’ to play for Clippers ]]> Lead story image

After failing to make a football comeback the last few years, Terrell Owens wanted to take a shot at another league — the NBA. Clippers forward Blake Griffin told “The Dan Patrick Show” that the ex-NFL receiver was “begging” to play for the Clippers. “He was at our practice facility this summer, begging coaches for a 10-day contract,” Griffin said. Owens, 39, is not without a resume: He played college basketball for Tennessee-Chattanooga; had a brief tour in the defunct United States Basketball League; and, along with footballers Donovan McNabb and Antonio Gates, defeated retired NBA players Hakeem Olajuwon, Rick … ]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 23:18:23 -0600 <![CDATA[ Colt’s Bentley taken for a ride ]]> Lead story image

Indianapolis police said a hotel valet stole Reggie Wayne’s white 2007 Bentley on Saturday night and went for a joyride. The crime evokes the scene from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” in which valets take Cameron’s father’s car, forcing Cameron and Ferris to try to reverse the mileage. This valet wasn’t as sharp. He was arrested by police after he was found stopped in the middle of the street with “glassy eyes and slurred speech.” A hotel security guard said he saw a person matching the description of valet Gunner Belcher, 21, leave with the Bentley around 9:45 p.m. A police … ]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 23:09:39 -0600 <![CDATA[ Bieber Fever is allowed under NCAA rules ]]> Lead story image

“Bieber Fever is allowed under NCAA rules.” — NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn, after Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin told ESPN she returned a gift package sent to her by Justin Bieber because she feared it would violate her amateur status. Bieber sent Franklin the gift after hearing she liked his music. No word on what the Colorado High School Activities Association would say. Franklin has said she will swim during her senior season at Regis Jesuit High School. Hooray for Jeeray You don’t have to tell Nicole Jeray to make the most of every waking moment. The 42-year-old golfer from … ]]> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 22:02:06 -0600