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CHICAGO | It might not be reason to break out in dance, but seeing Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau smile for extended periods of time is so refreshing.
Steve Balash is a lifelong Hobart guy and you know all about these Brickies. They're born making a fist.
Carmelo Anthony lied. What, you're surprised?
I once wrestled a black bear at Southlake Mall. His name was Victor. He stood 7 feet tall, weighed 600 pounds and his breath could stop a train.
The black eyes are no longer purple and puffy. The fat lips have healed. The bloody noses have stopped.
There is room for others on the big stage. That's what makes sports so appealing. It's not a snooty, private club with VIP parking only.
CHICAGO | White Sox manager Robin Ventura says Seattle Mariners' counterpart Lloyd McClendon has a "fun" side.
I feel like the event planner who wished for rain.
Admit it. You love watching the National Football League because it's a brutal ballet of uncanny skill, bloodlust and fingernails-in-the-couch drama.
We all want to leave some sort of legacy.
You've seen the sequence over and over.
Glenn Robinson III spent Monday in Memphis, suitcase opened but not unpacked, having just worked out for the Grizzlies.
There was a conspiracy among some media this NBA season that was neither funny nor professional.
How's this for a Father's Day gift?
Scott VanderMeer has seen more of the world than American Tourister.
With all apologies to Skip Bayless, "my" San Antonio Spurs are in deep trouble now.
You can't fake it or bluff your way through the NBA.
Lloyd McClendon is like the high school driving instructor whose students can't wait to get their licenses and take off for the big city, eager to impress.
The stringbean with the ruddy complexion could play. Nice jumper. Good ballhandler and defender. And he was passing the ball to open teammates, long before Chris Paul's crusade.
LAKE FOREST | The Bears "family" was there for Brandon Marshall's Thursday news conference at Halas Hall. It was an upbeat, festive mood.
America, land of opportunity.
There is an Ed Farmer line about towering home runs that could apply to new Bears' punter Pat O'Donnell.
Blue-collar Whiting is one of those cozy cities where high school athletes often play three or four sports because the school is so small and coaches must share.
Contacts are a writer's life blood.
Good character is like intelligence. You can't fake it.
As his Pacers were busy shoveling dirt on the suffocating Wizards in Game 3 of Friday night's playoffs, ESPN cameras caught team president Larry Bird behind the team bench.
The Pacers are coming apart like a cheap suit.
General manager Ryan Grigson is credited with resurrecting the Indianapolis Colts franchise, but the Highland native insists it's a team effort from everyone in the building.
HIGHLAND | Green Bay Packers' fans can rest easy. Mike Neal, their talented defensive end/linebacker, was a no-show Saturday and that elated Cheesehead Nation.
CHICAGO | There is extreme disappointment here, a strong feeling of betrayal, for the less-informed Bulls fans.
GARY | Can Donald Sterling be that stupid?
CHICAGO | The caller, a life-long baseball fan, sounded confused: "What the heck happened to Ron Kittle? He still live around here?"
DEERFIELD | Tom Thibodeau was visibly upset after Monday's practice, his answers shorter than usual, his face not quite as red as a ripened tomato. Not yet.
CHICAGO | It's not shameful to be the underdog. Ask David. Ask Goliath when he finally wakes up.
CHICAGO | So, what do we really know about the Bulls after an 82-game regular season?
CHICAGO | If they ever erected an NBA statue to Jimmer Fredette, he'd have pigeons on each shoulder.
CHICAGO | E'Twaun Moore was an Indiana All-Star, the first player in 20 years to lead Purdue in both scoring and assists, and originally a second-round pick of the Boston Celtics.
It costs nothing to be nice, to make others smile with a sense of humor that entertains without offending.
No one asked me, but our college stars Glenn Robinson III, Branden Dawson and Mitch McGary should wait another year before jumping to the NBA.
Picture this, if you can.
HAMMOND | They held a boxing card at the Hammond Civic Center Saturday night and a love-in broke out.
Would you step into the ring, in front of a large crowd, and trade punches with basically no fight experience?
CHICAGO | For a free autographed Tornike Shengelia game jersey, who is Jimmy Butler's closest friend on the Bulls this season?
INDIANAPOLIS | Imagine running a day-care center, at full capacity, by yourself.
Ryan Grigson loves his job as general manager of the Colts, with its suffocating pressure, long hours and incredible demands.
CHICAGO | Frank Vogel is just too calm.
Pete Trgovich is a guy who feasted in the basketball buffet line, sampling everything with delight.
I ask Indiana and Purdue basketball fans to be straight up with me. Is it time for a coaching change?
CHICAGO | They say the uniform makes the man in the military.
It's hard to find fault with the Indiana Pacers' 48-17 record as of Saturday, which includes a league-best 30-4 at home.
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