LAKE FOREST, Ill. | Devin Hester is done returning kicks in Chicago.
Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija throws during the first inning of a spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday in Mesa, Ariz.
Grounds crew members prepare the infield before the Arizona Diamondbacks play the Cubs in a spring training baseball game on Thursday in Mesa, Ariz. It was the Cubs' first Cactus League game in their new spring training facility.
MESA, Ariz. | Jeff Samardzija pitched two shutout innings before an overflow crowd in the Cubs' opener at their new stadium, a 5-2 loss to an Arizona Diamondbacks split-squad on Thursday.
Travis Wood was the Cubs' best starting pitcher in a 2013 season in which he went 9-12 with an ERA of 3.11 and a WHIP of 1.145 in 200 innings pitched.
MESA, Ariz. | The question of what went wrong was a familiar one for the Cubs last season.
The Eastern Conference's top team just got more imposing.
NEW YORK | The NFL's concussion settlement popped back into the national consciousness Tuesday — and it's no closer to being resolved — just as the league was set for a big couple of weeks.
This Oct. 1, 2013 file photo shows New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez arrivng at the offices of Major League Baseball in New York. Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and its players' union Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 seeking to overturn a season-long suspension imposed by an arbitrator who ruled t…
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady listens to a reporter's question Tuesday at the team's facility in Foxborough, Mass.
INDIANAPOLIS | Antoine Bethea enjoys a good chess match as much as the next guy — especially when the opponent is Tom Brady.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio | Luol Deng was surprised. His mom was shaken.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. | If the Bears make changes this offseason, it will not be at quarterback.
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, right, holds up a trophy as his son, Trey, left, looks on after the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship NCAA football game in Charlotte, N.C., Florida State defeated Duke 45-7. The No. 1-ranked Florida State held their final workout on campus Monday …
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher will remain with the program through 2018 after signing a three-year contract extension.
Former Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan delivers a statement at an NFL football news conference after being fired, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, in Ashburn, Va. Shanahan was fired after a morning meeting with owner Dan Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen at Redskins Park, a formality…
White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, left, and Reds general manager Walt Jocketty chat while leaving baseball's winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Thursday.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. | Baseball officials are up front about this: They want to ban home-plate collisions to guard their investments.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. | The Cubs obtained the right-handed outfield bat they needed, acquiring Justin Ruggiano from the Miami Marlins for lefty swinging Brian Bogusevic.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. | Quarterback Jay Cutler is out again and cornerback Charles Tillman won't be back unless the Bears make the playoffs. The way this season's going, that's no sure thing.
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