Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Cheating doper Lance Armstrong still has plenty of gall ]]> Lead story image

Disgraced cycling star Lance Armstrong was asked recently by sportscaster Dan Patrick if he could have won his seven Tour de Frances without doping. ‘‘Not in that era,’’ said Armstrong, who since has been stripped of those titles. ‘‘It was an arms race. . . . I don’t know about today. Not from the late ’80s to the mid-2000s.’’ Armstrong said he and his American racing team went over to Europe ‘‘for a knife fight. Lo and behold, the rest of them had guns.’’ So he, Tyler Hamilton, Floyd Landis and others armed up with bazookas. Every kind of performance-enhancing drug that … ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:35:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose should quit Team USA, save himself for Bulls ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: OK, Derrick, just stop. Quit Team USA and call it a day. Or a week. Or whatever. Rest your right knee. Rest your left knee. Rest everything. Have yourself cryogenically frozen and then thawed in two months, ready to play NBA basketball. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:25:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Little League World Series exploits exploited by TV ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: It’s too bad the Jackie Robinson West Little League team was roughed up 13-2 by a powerful Las Vegas team Sunday in a game halted after four innings by the mercy rule. ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:32:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tony Stewart learns lesson, but it’s too late ]]> Lead story image

Star driver Tony Stewart officially became NASCAR’s ‘‘bad boy’’ in 2001, when he spun out Jeff Gordon at Bristol Motor Speedway after Gordon had pulled a ‘‘bump-and-run’’ on him to finish higher in the race. Stewart was put on probation for his loony act, and his temper was firmly documented. Stewart and Gordon already had gotten into it in a 2000 crash at Watkins Glen International, and Stewart had been fined for his wild-eyed, X-rated tirade after the race. In time, Stewart would have altercations with reporters, with photographers, with Kurt Busch, on and on. En route, he racked up … ]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 16:16:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Notre Dame reputation tarnished again by academic scandal ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: Four Notre Dame football players, all likely starters — including a potential All-American in defensive back KeiVarae Russell — were dropped from the team Friday in the midst of an academic-fraud scandal. ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:46:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Michael Sam hasn’t brought dreaded ‘distractions’ to Rams ]]> Lead story image

TELANDER: Michael Sam, No. 96 in his white practice jersey and blue helmet, stretches with his teammates at the St. Louis Rams’ practice facility.Soon there are drills, and Sam blocks and sheds blocks with the other defensive ends.He touches men. He grabs them. He hits them. And no one dies. ]]> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 02:31:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Four sportswriters try a different angle ]]> Lead story image

What happens when sportswriters go to a ballgame as . . .  da-dum, da-dum (‘‘Jaws’’ music) . . . regular humans? This doesn’t happen very often. That is, sportswriters are constantly attending games as journalists, which means they sit in a press box, take nonstop, absurdly detailed, even insane notes, leave early to make it to the locker room in time to do interviews, never cheer, never drink, never really laugh, always keep one eye on the scoreboard, the other on the stat sheet, the other — the one in the middle of their gargoyle heads — on the deadline. So when Sun-Times writer-guys Mark … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:34:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Greg Maddux was small of stature, but had no limitations ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: Let’s call Greg Maddux’s march to the Hall of Fame a victory for little guys everywhere. ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:44:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong facing financial ruin ]]> Lead story image

There are few athletes, current or past, I dislike more than Lance Armstrong. I’m not talking about outright bad guys, such as O.J. Simpson — whom I spoke with several times before those unfortunate murders and always found to be cordial and helpful — or clearly troubled people, such as Albert Belle or Steve Carlton. No, I have an inner disgust for Armstrong not just because he cheated — and did it so well — but because he was so adept at playing the marketing, public-relations and vitriol game that he half-destroyed other people’s lives and nearly won it all. … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:42:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ NCAA to pay for concussion screening; time for personal relief ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: The NCAA has agreed to pay for concussion screening, medical monitoring and concussion awareness programs for college athletes. Now it’s time for the wounded former college safety to get some personal relief. ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:05:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ NCAA president Mark Emmert makes $1.7M to players’ 0 ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: Well, what new things do we know about the NCAA today? That it is a monster with so many probes, fingers and tails that it barely can control itself. ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:30:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Why Pau Gasol is a perfect fit for Bulls ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: The Bulls get 34-year-old 7-footer Pau Gasol. His contract is said to be starting at somewhere around $6.5 million, but forget about money and think about basketball. ]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:38:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Masahiro Tanaka’s apology for injury comes as charming surprise ]]> Lead story image

Twenty-five-year-old New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was sailing along this season, his first in the major leagues after starring in his native Japan, making his $155 million contract almost a bargain, in baseball economics. His 12-4 record with a 2.51 ERA in 18 starts made him a Cy Young Award contender. Some giddy folks thought he could be MVP of the entire American League. No more. Tanaka partially tore ligaments in his right pitching elbow and is out indefinitely. To me, it sounds like good ol’ American-style Tommy John surgery is in the offing. Maybe not. Maybe he’ll heal … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:26:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Our deadly Chicago far beneath NBA’s royalty: Telander ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: Chicago is worse than a war zone. In the 14 years the U.S. has been fighting in Afghanistan, we have lost a total of 2,233 troops. Chicago dwarfs that carnage. Just since 2009, there have been 2,418 homicides here. ]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 06:43:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hot-dog eating contest a disgrace to gluttons ]]> Lead story image

TELANDER: Veteran professional eater Joey Chestnut jammed 61 hot dogs and buns down his gullet in just 10 minutes there by the New York beach, earning his eighth consecutive ‘‘Mustard Belt.’’ Barf. ]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 06:38:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Carmelo, LaLa, LeBron and Lin—the NBA circus trip ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: Here’s what I’m thinking: By the time Carmelo Anthony ends his “Melo Over ’Merica’’ tour, he’ll weigh 300 pounds from all the steak dinners and hot air he’s eaten. ]]> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:08:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manny Ramirez’s ‘rebirth’ too little, too late and too bad ]]> Lead story image

TELANDER: This is what Manny Ramirez is: a man who knows very little about anything but hitting a baseball hard, who never planned for anything past hitting the ball hard, and when nobody needed him to do that task anymore, he could not bring himself to think it was over or that his jerky-ness of the past mattered. ]]> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 06:23:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hey Theo Epstein, Cubs fans are still waiting ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: I won’t bore you with Theo Epstein’s stats of deceleration, but the Cubs have lost 82 more games than they’ve won since he took charge after the 2011 season. ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:27:00 -0500