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Jabari Parker would like to develop his mark vs. Carmelo, Durant

If Jabari Parker could take Carmelo Anthony’s NBA career right now, I wonder if he’d do it. Eleven seasons for Anthony so far. No major injuries. More than $130 million earned from the Nuggets and Knicks alone, with every reason to believe he’ll come close …


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Lincoln-Way West going the extra mile


After suffering a heartbreaking overtimes loss to Joliet Catholic in a Class 5A quarterfinal playoff game last season, Lincoln-Way West has put in extra work in the offseason to complete it’s state title run. read more...

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Jabari Parker leaves Duke for NBA with ‘class’


On a day that was as big as any athlete could have — in this case, Jabari Parker deciding to leave Duke early and declare for the NBA Draft — the former Simeon star continued to keep everything in perspective.

‘Old school’ approach works for St. Xavier softball


With a pair of ace pitchers and an airtight defense, St. Xavier has locked down ­opposing offenses this softball ­season. That’s just the way the ­Cougars planned it. “We’re really old-school in that we rely on pitching and defense,” said Myra Minuskin, in her 14th …

Overlooked Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees gets chance to impress Bears


The Bears’ Halas Hall isn’t a foreign or intimidating place to Tommy Rees. The Notre Dame quarterback has roamed its grounds before.

Rees, who played at nearby Lake Forest High, was there “a bunch” when his father, Bill, worked for the team in the late …

Matt Farrell signs with Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — High school point guard Matt Farrell has signed a letter of intent to play at Notre Dame this fall. Notre Dame coach Mike Brey described the 6-2, 170-pound Farrell from Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., as extremely skilled with a tremendous worth …

Union questions upstage Northwestern’s spring football game


RICK TELANDER: Northwestern’s spring football game Saturday was interesting. Lightning and thunder were everywhere. There also was turbulence in the air.

Quarterbacks the focus of Notre Dame spring game


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame finished spring camp the same way it started it: without a definitive starter at quarterback. In their final opportunity to showcase their progress, Everett Golson and Malik Zaire put up big numbers Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium. Zaire completed …

Some Northwestern players say they are unclear on key unionization issues

Getting a preliminary count on the unionization vote by Northwestern players slated for April 25 would make even the country’s best pollsters dizzy. Those who have chosen to speak have indicated they will vote against unionization. No one knows whether that group represents an outspoken …

QB hope Wes Lunt makes poor first impression in Illini spring game


CHAMPAIGN — If this was the beginning of the Wes Lunt era, it couldn’t have gone much worse. ◆  Play 1: Lunt’s pass was tipped as he released it and should have been intercepted. ◆  Play 2: Lunt’s pass never had a chance to be …

Notre Dame Stadium to switch to artificial turf


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Athletic director Jack Swarbrick tried to come up with a solution to keep a grass playing surface at Notre Dame Stadium. He said there wasn’t one. Swarbrick announced Saturday that the university will switch to FieldTurf at the iconic stadium. ‘‘Everybody …

Spring football highlights: Ohio State


COLUMBUS, Ohio — With several of his best players either injured or held out of Ohio State’s spring game, coach Urban Meyer had to look at the progress of individuals instead of the big picture. “I’m not trying to evaluate an offense. Who cares?” Meyer …

Spring football highlights: Nebraska


LINCOLN, Neb. — Coach Bo Pelini cradled a cat in his arms as he walked out of the tunnel and raised it over his head like that scene from the “Lion King.” No, spring games at Nebraska aren’t like those strictly business affairs of yesteryear …

Spring football highlights: Iowa


WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa’s coaching staff has at times raved about its crop of redshirt freshman wide receivers. Hawkeyes fans in central Iowa on Saturday got to see why the unit appears to have such a bright future. Newcomer Andre Harris caught a …

Spring football highlights: Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Danny Etling is the Purdue football team’s returning starting quarterback. Fellow sophomore Austin Appleby has been pushing him this spring during practice. And freshman David Blough threw the only touchdown pass during Saturday’s Gold and Black spring game in Ross-Ade Stadium. …

Spring football highlights: Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Tre Roberson watched Nate Sudfeld dazzle Indiana’s coaches all spring. It was Roberson’s turn Saturday. The junior quarterback ran 65 yards for one touchdown, threw 16 yards on a scramble for another and hooked up with Shane Wynn for completions of 56 …

Spring football highlights: Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — It is down to a two-man race now for the starting quarterback job at Wisconsin, and one of the candidates didn’t even take a snap at the Badgers spring game. Incumbent Joel Stave watched from the sideline Saturday after being shut down …