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AL HAMNIK: Popovich's Spurs ready for another NBA title run

AL HAMNIK: Popovich's Spurs ready for another NBA title run

The NBA will open for business Tuesday and already Gregg Popovich is in midseason form, bless him.

October 21, 2014 6:30 pm
Gregg Popovich

Gregg Popovich

San Antonio Spurs coach and Merrillville graduate Gregg Popovich enters his 18th season with five NBA championships.

October 21, 2014 3:22 pm

AL HAMNIK: James "Jim" Dye thrived at Griffith courts in its hey-day

Griffith's outdoor courts were mecca for the area's best high school and college players.

October 20, 2014 5:30 pm
AL HAMNIK: Bears are destined to break our hearts

AL HAMNIK: Bears are destined to break our hearts

CHICAGO | The Bears, top to bottom, are like a bad marriage. You stay together for the kids and because you have a lot invested in the family.

October 19, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

Photos

AL HAMNIK: Colts special teams are certainly that

AL HAMNIK: Colts special teams are certainly that

It seems like such a simple task. Kick the ball 10 yards and then jump on it like it's a gold bar.

October 18, 2014 4:00 pm
Pat McAfee

Pat McAfee

Colts punter Pat McAfee leads the NFL this season with three recovered onside kicks.

October 17, 2014 11:04 pm
Football Team Investigation

Football Team Investigation

Students arrive to the Oct. 7 Board of Education meeting the day after the football season was canceled in Sayreville, N.J. over allegations of bullying, intimidation and sexual harassment among players.

October 14, 2014 3:29 pm
AL HAMNIK: Thibodeau to keep foot on the pedal

AL HAMNIK: Thibodeau to keep foot on the pedal

CHICAGO | Tom Thibodeau is so stubborn. He could be on the top floor of a burning building, with the crowd below yelling "JUMP!" and he'd take the stairs down out of spite.

October 13, 2014 7:15 pm Photos

Photos

AL HAMNIK: Lakeshore Classic vying to be a destination event in NW Indiana

AL HAMNIK: Lakeshore Classic vying to be a destination event in NW Indiana

Chuck Hughes loves his city. He worries about it like a wayward son. He wants the best for Gary and its youth.

October 11, 2014 5:30 pm
Junior Bridgeman, Chauncey Billups

Junior Bridgeman, Chauncey Billups

Former NBA greats Junior Bridgeman, left, and Chauncey Billups stand outside a Wendy's in the St. Louis area. Bridgeman is Wendy's second largest franchisee, while this is Billups' first restaurant venture.

October 10, 2014 10:58 pm
AL HAMNIK: Bulls' Mirotic cut from same cloth as Toni Kukoc

AL HAMNIK: Bulls' Mirotic cut from same cloth as Toni Kukoc

Bulls fans are going to love Nikola Mirotic. What a refreshing new face in professional basketball and sports in general.

October 07, 2014 7:30 pm
Nikola Mirotic, Kevin Seraphin

Nikola Mirotic, Kevin Seraphin

Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic drives past Washington Wizards center Kevin Seraphin in Monday night's preseason game at the United Center.

October 07, 2014 6:08 pm

AL HAMNIK: NBA East may have crowded dance floor

CHICAGO | Many of the major "books" in Las Vegas have the LeBron James-enriched Cleveland Cavaliers and Derrick Rose's improved Bulls as favorites to win the Eastern Conference.

October 06, 2014 7:45 pm
AL HAMNIK: Bulls' E'Twaun Moore wants kids to focus on a plan

AL HAMNIK: Bulls' E'Twaun Moore wants kids to focus on a plan

The sad headlines continue. The news is depressing. Eventually, we become numb to what's happening around us and barely glance at these stories.

October 04, 2014 5:45 pm
E'Twaun Moore participating in Bulls Media Day

E'Twaun Moore participating in Bulls Media Day

Bulls rookie and former E.C. Central and Purdue star E'Twaun Moore takes part in media day Monday.

October 02, 2014 8:21 pm
AL HAMNIK: Bears need 'quick amnesia' moving forward

AL HAMNIK: Bears need 'quick amnesia' moving forward

LAKE FOREST | Excuses are like the obnoxious brother-in-law who stops by for a "short" visit and brings a U-Haul.

October 01, 2014 5:00 pm
AL HAMNIK: Cutler not alone in Bears' blame game

AL HAMNIK: Cutler not alone in Bears' blame game

CHICAGO | Jay Cutler may as well stick his jaw out and invite the critics to punch away.

September 28, 2014 6:15 pm
AL HAMNIK: Pro football must regain the public's trust and respect

AL HAMNIK: Pro football must regain the public's trust and respect

I dashed into a local food establishment for a quick bite last week and immediately was approached by a father and his young son, neither of whom was smiling.

September 20, 2014 5:30 pm
AL HAMNIK: E.C.'s Moore a good insurance policy for the Bulls

AL HAMNIK: E.C.'s Moore a good insurance policy for the Bulls

This is the perfect fit, like pizza in college, Italian loafers on the Magnificent Mile, Jose Abreu batting cleanup.

September 16, 2014 7:00 pm
E'Twaun Moore

E'Twaun Moore

Former Orlando Magic reserve and East Chicago native E'Twaun Moore will give the Bulls additional depth at guard.

September 16, 2014 4:35 pm
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