Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ One-year college requirement for basketball good for everyone but players ]]> Lead story image

Jabari Parker’s decision Wednesday to turn pro had all the suspense of a sunrise. I knew he was leaving Duke, you knew he was leaving Duke and your pet goldfish knew he was leaving Duke. It was the right move. And if the silly rule that requires all players entering the NBA draft to be at least 19 and one year out of high school hadn’t been in effect, he would have turned pro out of Simeon last year. That would have been the right move, too. Instead, we keep up the charade of college being the proper destination for … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:37:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Why Blackhawks will repeat as Stanley Cup champs ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: The Blackhawks are about to go on another roll. Can you feel it? No, not that. That’s your feet attempting to thaw. I’m talking about a team that knows how to do this, that has the rare ability to turn it on when necessary. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:01:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Masters co-leader Jordan Spieth’s game speaks volumes ]]> Lead story image

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The kid isn’t oblivious. He knows where he is, how old he is, the weight of the moment, the meaning of it all. Still, the thought bubble above his head seems to be, ‘‘And?’’ It must be great to be like this, to squint at what you’re not supposed to do and say you don’t see it that way. That’s how it is for Jordan Spieth, who finds himself tied for the Masters lead heading into the final round Sunday. He might be 20, but he’s 50 in dogleg years. ‘‘Sunday is about seeing how I can … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:36:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bubba Watson goes on birdie binge to lead Masters by three ]]> Lead story image

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Of all the things that can smother a person, a green jacket wouldn’t immediately come to mind as an obvious instrument of suffocation. You’ve won the Masters, wowing the crowd with a ridiculously daring shot on the second playoff hole, and you have a name, Bubba, that brings a smile to the face of anyone with a heartbeat. What could possibly go wrong? Nothing, really. And everything. Bubba Watson won that green jacket in 2012, then spent the next year basking in it and dealing poorly with it. There are worse ways to go through life than … ]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:15:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy: 3 for the crowd at Masters ]]> Lead story image

AUGUSTA, Ga. — If you had the pleasure and terror of being 20 yards ahead of Patrick Reed on the eighth hole Thursday, then you know what a golf ball sounds like when it’s moving at Mach 1. It sounds a bit like an angry snake, but mostly it sounds like you made a smart decision by ducking behind a tree. Reed, a cocky 23-year-old, had pulled his drive into the pine straw on the par-5 and was looking to A) get the ball on the fairway and B) hit the bejesus out of it. As choices go, A) was … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:43:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ No Tiger at Masters? No worries ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: There’s something liberating about a Masters without Tiger Woods. I think. ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:08:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Spending-challenged Cubs, White Sox set to stink again ]]> Lead story image

MORRISSEY: Welcome to Kansas City. Welcome to our small-market baseball city. Or, this being March Madness, welcome to our mid-major programs, the Cubs and the White Sox. ]]> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:34:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bears signing of Jared Allen puts foot on gas ]]> Lead story image

MORRISSEY: With the Jared Allen signing, the Bears are headed in the right direction and at interstate speeds. A poor defense should be significantly better in 2014. Give General Manager Phil Emery credit. He identified the Bears’ weaknesses and did something about it. ]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 02:25:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Give Teravainen chance to grow before anointing him next star ]]> Lead story image

MORRISSEY: If I’m reading fans’ expectations correctly, the headline in the Sun-Times on Saturday should have been, ‘‘Teravainen needs to be like Superman!’’ Let’s stop with the nonsense. ]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:35:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Double standard exists for Bulls, Blackhawks in playoffs ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: The Hawks must win the Cup again for the season to be a success. The Bulls need to win a first-round series and do well in a second-round series for the city to speak glowingly of the plucky team that refused to die. ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:59:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rockford’s Fred VanVleet was snubbed by local schools but stars for Wichita State ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: A little more than a year ago, I received an email from Joe Danforth, a Rockford policeman who wanted to tell me about his stepson the basketball player. ]]> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:27:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Let’s hear it for Wichita State Nation! ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: With the NCAA tournament about to start, we are so grateful to be watching a team the networks haven’t shoved down our throats for years that we dissolve into tears of joy at the mere idea of a Wichita State. ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 06:26:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ We’ll know if Josh McCown’s magic was real ]]> Lead story image

MORRISSEY: Josh McCown will be one of the most intriguing stories going into the 2014 NFL season: Did a journeyman quarterback finally, miraculously discover himself and his skills at 34, or was it a head coach’s sharp mind that made the quarterback stand out? ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:26:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Brian Urlacher using his new Fox Sports job to criticize Bears ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: We’re finding out with Brian Urlacher that the healing process is not helped when the former athlete is handed a microphone on a regular basis. ]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 06:28:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Joakim Noah turns regular-season win into passion play ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: Joakim Noah was born for this kind of game. Born to live and die with every possession. ]]> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:56:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Vitali Klitschko illustrates leadership comes from more than sports ]]> Lead story image

Vitali Klitschko’s awesome nickname as a boxer, ‘‘Dr. Ironfist,’’ wouldn’t seem to be a handle you’d want if you were a possible presidential candidate. Certainly not in Ukraine, which has lived under the heavy hand of an unyielding government for years. But the nickname fits perfectly as the opposition leader and his countrymen dig in against Russian president Vladimir Putin, who is trying to grab Crimea from Ukraine. As anti-government protesters stood their ground in January in Independence Square in Kiev, Klitschko spoke to them more like Mel Gibson in ‘‘Braveheart’’ than ‘‘Dr. Ironfist.’’ ‘‘Tomorrow we will go forward together,’’ … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:35:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ MORRISSEY: Yeah, the score was 1-0, but Canada blew out the U.S. ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: This was a fast, methodical demise, if there is such a thing, and as the game wore on, it became apparent that there was no way out for Team USA. ]]> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 06:18:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Drama-filled game a giant letdown for Russians ]]> Lead story image

MORRISSEY: The Russian fans wanted it more. No, please, don’t be insulted. You couldn’t possibly have wanted this as much as these people did, even as you pawed at a buzzing alarm clock early Saturday morning and wiped the sleep from your eyes. ]]> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:15:02 -0500