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NEW YORK — Forty-five million dollars can buy a lot of things these days. As Carmelo Anthony learned on Wednesday, victories aren’t necessarily one of them. The perennial All-Star had a tough decision to make over the summer: Play for the Bulls and leave $45 million on the table or sign a $124 million contract as a free agent and return to the Knicks. For the 48 minutes the Bulls and Knicks went at it at Madison Square Garden in the opener, it looked like a bad decision. Thanks to 22 points from Taj Gibson, the Bulls dismantled Anthony and … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:13:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ MVP Bumgarner carries Giants to World Series title; earns 5-inning save in Game 7 ]]> Lead story image

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The San Francisco Giants had the Kansas City Royals right where they wanted – leading them by a run in Game 7 of the World Series, with series MVP Madison Bumgarner warming up in the bullpen. Nearly untouchable and certainly unflinching in two stellar starts in Games 1 and 5, Bumgarner pitched on two days rest in relief and showed Royals manager Ned Yost that he can pitch in relief, too, tossing five scoreless innings to close out the Giants 3-2 win in Game 7 Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium. “Bumgarner’s a great starting pitcher,’’ Yost said … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:09:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Joe Maddon, Cubs historic deal announcement could come Thursday ]]> Lead story image

The Cubs were poised to make their biggest free-agent splash in the Theo Epstein era Wednesday night, closing in on a multiyear deal to hire Joe Maddon as their manager, according to several sources. With the conclusion Wednesday night of the World Series, an announcement was expected as early as Thursday for the two-time American League manager of the year, who last week exercised an opt-out clause in his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. Sources on both sides of the talks disputed a report late Wednesday calling a deal “done,” saying negotiations were ongoing and an agreement on contract … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:38:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hey, Bears: Grass isn’t always greener than turf ]]> Lead story image

Bears coach Marc Trestman missed his cue. The slipshod condition of Soldier Field’s grass surface during the Bears’ loss Oct. 19 to the Miami Dolphins — with players on both teams slipping and falling — led to the inevitable question for Trestman last week: Does the condition of the surface affect his game-planning? It was Trestman’s opportunity to lobby Bears ownership and the Chicago Park District to end years of stubbornness and install an artificial surface that would — to put it in terms general manager Phil Emery can appreciate — give Trestman’s teams the best chance to win. Instead, … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:40:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Veteran Brad Richards has yet to find his niche with Blackhawks ]]> Lead story image

OTTAWA — Brad Richards is a highly accomplished hockey player. He’s won a Stanley Cup and a Conn Smythe Trophy. He’s been an All-Star. He’s been one of the highest-paid players in hockey. But a month into his Blackhawks career, the 34-year-old Richards is almost like a rookie — trying to get his bearings, trying to relearn the game, trying to impress coach Joel Quenne-ville and trying to earn more ice time. “Right now, I’m trying to put together good shifts when I’m out there, and trying to buy into what Joel wants, and hopefully that will grab his attention,” … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:10:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fantasy football: Name brands don’t always pay off ]]> Lead story image

A wise man once told me points are points. It doesn’t matter where they come from, as long as you have them. Sometimes owners need to remove a player’s name from roster decisions and focus on production. Names come with preconceived notions; numbers don’t. Here are some statistical comparisons of players that might surprise you. We’ll call them players A and B before revealing their names and what the comparison means (points are standard scoring). Quarterback A: Last four games, 1,128 passing yards, nine touchdown passes, 71 points. Quarterback B: Last four games, 1,043 passing yards, five touchdown passes, 52 … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:01:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Notre Dame players not fretting over College Football Playoff ranking ]]> Lead story image

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Jaylon Smith’s phone died Tuesday night. So the Notre Dame linebacker didn’t find out where the Irish stood in the College Football Playoff selection committee rankings until Wednesday morning. Wide receiver Corey Robinson also first learned of the rankings Wednesday after talking to his roommates. While national pundits and fans debate whether the committee “got it right” by placing the Irish at No. 10 in the rankings released Tuesday, the players shrugged off the news. “I know how good my teammates are. I know how good this team is,” Robinson said Wednesday. “We have all the … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:46:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ 4 Downs with Mike Ditka on Bears: ‘It’s the worst defense I’ve seen in a long time’ ]]> Lead story image

Coming into the season, the expectations were very high for the Bears. They’re 3-5 and in total disarray heading into the bye week. Who’s to blame for this mess? ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:25:25 -0500