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LAS VEGAS — Bulls rookie Doug McDermott admitted Tuesday that he was close to settling on a place in Chicago. And, yes, he’s more likely renting than buying. Smart decision. The Kevin Love-to-the-Bulls trade rumors have quieted to an almost complete silence, but a source said the team was still in pursuit, and that meant the package of Taj Gibson, McDermott and ‘‘other assets’’ was still on the table. The idea that newly signed forward Pau Gasol was guaranteed a starting spot in the lineup also was dismissed, which means the questions about how coach Tom Thibodeau would use Gasol, … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:35:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jon Bostic starts anew after marred rookie season ]]> Lead story image

BOURBONNAIS — After being buried in the rubble of a horrific defensive collapse last season, linebacker Jon Bostic is ready to re-establish himself as the post-Urlacher impact linebacker the Bears desperately need. ‘‘I’m back to playing football the way I’ve always been taught to play,’’ Bostic said. ‘‘So I’ll be able to play a lot faster than I did in the past.’’ Bostic was a second-round draft pick from Florida (50th overall) in 2013. His star fell precipitously after an impressive preseason built on two impact plays — a  51-yard interception return for a touchdown against Cam Newton and the … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:50:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jose Abreu hits 31st HR; White Sox pound Tigers 11-4 ]]> Lead story image

DETROIT — It’s good for Jose Abreu to have someone like Moises Sierra around. Abreu is an all-business, no-nonsense type who isn’t big on cars, jewelry or much of anything else besides baseball. A backup outfielder who keeps things loose in the dugout, the clubhouse and the field, Sierra is often responsible for the rare smiles Abreu flashes during games. “I try to do that with everybody,’’ Sierra said. “It’s good to keep us relaxed. With Jose, I do it a little more.’’ Abreu helped the Sox relax by going 3-for-4 with his major-league-leading 31st homer, a two-run double (his … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:04:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jed Hoyer expects some Cubs trade activity ]]> Lead story image

Cubs infielder Emilio Bonifacio drove in two runs with a homer in the fourth inning Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies. But did he drive up his trade value enough to trigger a deal that brings the Cubs a nice prospect before Thursday’s trade deadline? Outfielder Nate Schierholtz didn’t draw the right interest at last year’s deadline to inspire the Cubs to move him during a breakout season. But does his lame-duck status — and the recent injuries to outfielders in Atlanta and Washington — mean he’s more likely to get traded even during this down season? These are the … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:05:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ It’s DL, not Iowa, for Cubs reliever Neil Ramirez ]]> Lead story image

The strange case of reliever Neil Ramirez got stranger Tuesday, leading to more questions about how first-year Cubs manager Rick Renteria has handled the bullpen. General manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday that the Cubs decided to put Ramirez on the disabled list. Three days earlier, Renteria said Ramirez had been demoted to Class AAA Iowa to rest. Ramirez experienced soreness in his triceps after pitching Friday, said Hoyer, who expects the right-hander to spend no more than the minimum 15 days on the DL. ‘‘He’s going to be fine,’’ Hoyer said. ‘‘But it was probably the right way to handle … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:05:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Matt Lindstrom throws in simulated game ]]> Lead story image

DETROIT — From his viewpoint on the sidelines, reliever Matt Lindstrom has seen a largely inexperienced White Sox bullpen take its lumps. For the guy who was supposed to take the lead as the closer, it has been tough to watch. “It’s been frustrating for me,’’ Lindstrom said Tuesday. “To get another chance to close at the start of the season, I was very excited. I wanted to take that job and run with it.’’ Lindstrom, 34, who had saved 45 games in his career, was OK in the role with six saves and a 3.32 ERA, but he never … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:31:59 -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[ Tom Ricketts enjoys Cubs’ ‘good relationship’ with Kane County ]]> Lead story image

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts got his first look at his Class A affiliate in Kane County when he spoke at the Executives’ Club of Chicago luncheon Monday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva. The two-year player-development contract between the Cubs and Cougars expires at the end of the season. It was one of many subjects Ricketts talked about in the hourlong program that also featured new Cougars owner Dr. Bob Froehlich. ‘‘We’ve had a great experience with Kane County,’’ Ricketts said. ‘‘I like Dr. Bob a lot. I like the facility; we like the organization. It’s not really my … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:55:40 -0500