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PATRICK FINLEY: Coach Marc Trestman on Monday defended his team’s decision not to blitz Aaron Rodgers often, even if, after a historically dominant performance, it’s hard to imagine the Bears’ defense could’ve done any worse. ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:29:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hard to believe Michigan’s Brady Hoke ]]> Lead story image

STEVE GREENBERG: Please excuse me as I try like hell to stop just short of calling Michigan coach Brady Hoke and athletic director Dave Brandon liars. ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:01:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ FIRST-AND-10: 10 thoughts on the Bears ]]> Lead story image

FIRST-AND-10: This one’s on Marc Trestman. We’re past the point of blaming Jay Cutler for every Bears offensive flaw. Plus, nine more thoughts after Bears’ loss to the Packers: ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Brain group says NFL concussion settlement ‘deeply flawed’ ]]>

A national brain injury group says the proposed payout scheme for NFL concussion-related injuries is “deeply flawed.” ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ If Derrick Rose stays healthy, then Bulls can compete with LeBron, Cavs ]]> Lead story image

For most of his life, Derrick Rose didn’t have doubters, other than the people who doubted whether he could jump over a backboard, and they should have known better. Now he has skeptics in bulk. It’s understandable that there are fans who have lost faith in the Bulls’ star guard. A player has two serious knee injuries and plays only 49 games in three seasons, there are going to be trust issues. This might not change many hearts and minds around town, but Rose certainly isn’t doubting himself. The guy who asked, “Why not me?’’ for the MVP award before … ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:23:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ EIU joins Jimmy Garoppolo hype with jersey offer ]]> Lead story image

CHARLESTON, Ill. — It didn’t take long for New England Patriot quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s (gah-RAH’-puh-lohz) alma mater to take advantage of the buzz around the quarterback’s first NFL appearance. Eastern Illinois University on Tuesday said it will give replica Garoppolo No. 10 jerseys to fans who join the school’s Panther Club for $250 or increase their current donation levels by at least $150. The rookie quarterback replaced the struggling Tom Brady Monday night in the Patriots’ 41-14 loss to Kansas City. Garoppolo threw for a late touchdown. Garoppolo so far is known mostly as the handsome Brady’s handsome backup. But … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:18:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ 5 Cubs moments to remember in 2014 ]]> Lead story image

The Cubs didn’t play a lot of (any?) meaningful games on the way to their second straight last-place finish and fifth consecutive losing season. But that didn’t stop them from piling up the headlines and head-scratchers. Five to remember: Manny the mentor (May 25) Cubs team president Theo Epstein, the guy who finally ran malcontent slugger Manny Ramirez out of Boston six years ago when the Red Sox couldn’t tolerate him anymore, shocked the sports world by hiring Ramirez as a player/coach for Class AAA Iowa. “This is not a PR move, at all. This is purely a baseball move. … ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:30:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Paul Konerko was terrific player, but he likely won’t make Hall of Fame ]]> Lead story image

With the last swings of his illustrious career Sunday, Paul Konerko has departed as one of the most productive offensive players in White Sox history. By offensive wins above replacement, there’s a clear top three in Hall of Famers Frank Thomas (74.4), Luke Appling (70.6) and Eddie Collins (66.9). Konerko, with a 34.3 oWAR since coming to the Sox from the Reds in 1999, is in the next cluster, just behind Minnie Minoso (39.7) and Nellie  Fox (34.5). There was a time when Konerko’s 439 home runs would have meant certain entry into the Hall of Fame, but that time … ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:52:15 -0500