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AL HAMNIK: Rebooted Bulls not thinking Grant Park rally just yet

AL HAMNIK: Rebooted Bulls not thinking Grant Park rally just yet

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.

July 19, 2014 5:15 pm
AL HAMNIK: Hobart's Steve Balash fighting against a cowardly foe

AL HAMNIK: Hobart's Steve Balash fighting against a cowardly foe

Steve Balash is a lifelong Hobart guy and you know all about these Brickies. They're born making a fist.

July 15, 2014 7:00 pm
AL HAMNIK: Melo's 10-day shopping spree nothing more than ego trip

AL HAMNIK: Melo's 10-day shopping spree nothing more than ego trip

 Carmelo Anthony lied. What, you're surprised?

July 14, 2014 5:30 pm
AL HAMNIK: Meet 2 local ladies living life to the X-Treme

AL HAMNIK: Meet 2 local ladies living life to the X-Treme

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.

July 12, 2014 5:30 pm
AL HAMNIK: Callahans already planning a second 9-1-1 Slugfest in Hammond

AL HAMNIK: Callahans already planning a second 9-1-1 Slugfest in Hammond

The black eyes are no longer purple and puffy. The fat lips have healed. The bloody noses have stopped.

July 08, 2014 5:15 pm Photos

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AL HAMNIK: Hammond's 'terrific trio' went the distance for 39 years

AL HAMNIK: Hammond's 'terrific trio' went the distance for 39 years

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.

July 07, 2014 6:15 pm
AL HAMNIK: Mariners strive for 'Mac' attack mode

AL HAMNIK: Mariners strive for 'Mac' attack mode

CHICAGO | White Sox manager Robin Ventura says Seattle Mariners' counterpart Lloyd McClendon has a "fun" side.

July 05, 2014 9:45 pm Photos

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AL HAMNIK: Bulls' draft pick Doug McDermott has some red flags

AL HAMNIK: Bulls' draft pick Doug McDermott has some red flags

I feel like the event planner who wished for rain.

June 28, 2014 5:30 pm
AL HAMNIK: Pierre Thomas won't let fear knock him off his game

AL HAMNIK: Pierre Thomas won't let fear knock him off his game

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.

June 24, 2014 6:30 pm Video Photos

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AL HAMNIK: 'Mello' learning glory trumps dollars in today's NBA

AL HAMNIK: 'Mello' learning glory trumps dollars in today's NBA

We all want to leave some sort of legacy.

June 23, 2014 5:15 pm
AL HAMNIK: VU's Bryce Drew preparing to rock and throw

AL HAMNIK: VU's Bryce Drew preparing to rock and throw

You've seen the sequence over and over.

June 21, 2014 6:00 pm
Bryce Drew, with baseball

Bryce Drew, with baseball

Valparaiso University men's basketball coach Bryce Drew shows his "form" in preparation for the July 5 Mariners-White Sox game when he'll throw out the first pitch.

June 18, 2014 5:03 pm
AL HAMNIK: Glenn Robinson III out to show he's an all-around guy

AL HAMNIK: Glenn Robinson III out to show he's an all-around guy

Glenn Robinson III spent Monday in Memphis, suitcase opened but not unpacked, having just worked out for the Grizzlies.

June 17, 2014 6:00 pm
AL HAMNIK: Spurs, Popovich give new meaning to the word 'dominate'

AL HAMNIK: Spurs, Popovich give new meaning to the word 'dominate'

There was a conspiracy among some media this NBA season that was neither funny nor professional.

June 16, 2014 7:30 pm Photos

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AL HAMNIK: Fech family up to par on their commitment to each other

AL HAMNIK: Fech family up to par on their commitment to each other

How's this for a Father's Day gift?

June 14, 2014 5:15 pm
AL HAMNIK: VanderMeer hoping overseas savvy will impress NBA teams

AL HAMNIK: VanderMeer hoping overseas savvy will impress NBA teams

Scott VanderMeer has seen more of the world than American Tourister.

June 10, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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AL HAMNIK: King James a threat to crown Spurs once again

AL HAMNIK: King James a threat to crown Spurs once again

With all apologies to Skip Bayless, "my" San Antonio Spurs are in deep trouble now.

June 09, 2014 6:00 pm
AL HAMNIK: Mitch McGary's engine starting to regain its roar

AL HAMNIK: Mitch McGary's engine starting to regain its roar

You can't fake it or bluff your way through the NBA.

June 07, 2014 5:15 pm Photos

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Diane, Joe Stahura, HOF photo

Diane, Joe Stahura, HOF photo

Diane Stahura and husband Joe display an autographed photo of former Cubs star Ryne Sandberg from the 2005 Hall of Fame induction weekend.

June 03, 2014 8:47 pm
Joe Stahura's souvenir bat

Joe Stahura's souvenir bat

Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura, holding a bat signed by Indiana's mayors, poses alongside wife Diane in front of sports photos of prominent Chicago athletes.

June 03, 2014 8:38 pm
Joe, Diane Stahura with game tickets

Joe, Diane Stahura with game tickets

Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura and his wife, Diane, pose with just some of the tickets they have from games they've attended at all 30 major league baseball stadiums.

June 03, 2014 8:31 pm
AL HAMNIK: McClendon's Mariners continue taking baby steps

AL HAMNIK: McClendon's Mariners continue taking baby steps

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.

June 03, 2014 7:30 pm Photos

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AL HAMNIK: Popovich has come a long way from hooping at the Griffith courts

AL HAMNIK: Popovich has come a long way from hooping at the Griffith courts

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.

June 02, 2014 6:45 pm
AL HAMNIK: Marshall, Cutler must deliver breakout seasons for the Bears

AL HAMNIK: Marshall, Cutler must deliver breakout seasons for the Bears

LAKE FOREST | The Bears "family" was there for Brandon Marshall's Thursday news conference at Halas Hall. It was an upbeat, festive mood.

May 24, 2014 6:15 pm

AL HAMNIK: Sports is a game, life is cold reality

America, land of opportunity.

May 20, 2014 6:15 pm
AL HAMNIK: Bears won't be kicking themselves over this draft pick

AL HAMNIK: Bears won't be kicking themselves over this draft pick

There is an Ed Farmer line about towering home runs that could apply to new Bears' punter Pat O'Donnell.

May 19, 2014 6:45 pm
AL HAMNIK: A heavenly reunion for 2 local football legends

AL HAMNIK: A heavenly reunion for 2 local football legends

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.

May 17, 2014 5:00 pm

AL HAMNIK: Jared Tomich facing the fight of his life in court

Contacts are a writer's life blood.

May 13, 2014 6:30 pm
Emerald ash borer photo 2

Emerald ash borer photo 2

The trunk of an ash tree at Wicker Park Golf Course has been rotted through by Emerald ash borer infestation.

May 13, 2014 12:13 am
Emerald ash borer photo 1

Emerald ash borer photo 1

Portions of a tree infected by the Emerald ash borer are shown along the No. 4 hole at Wicker Park Golf Course.

May 13, 2014 12:09 am

AL HAMNIK: Bears take the quick path to a promising season

Good character is like intelligence. You can't fake it.

May 12, 2014 5:30 pm
AL HAMNIK: Pacers' Larry Bird adjusting to NBA fishbowl existence

AL HAMNIK: Pacers' Larry Bird adjusting to NBA fishbowl existence

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.

May 10, 2014 5:45 pm
AL HAMNIK: Pacers' collapse will cost many jobs when season ends

AL HAMNIK: Pacers' collapse will cost many jobs when season ends

The Pacers are coming apart like a cheap suit.

May 06, 2014 6:00 pm
AL HAMNIK: 2014 draft a limited buffet for Colts' GM Ryan Grigson

AL HAMNIK: 2014 draft a limited buffet for Colts' GM Ryan Grigson

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.

May 05, 2014 6:15 pm
AL HAMNIK: McLegends game scores big time with kids, fans

AL HAMNIK: McLegends game scores big time with kids, fans

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.

May 03, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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AL HAMNIK: Outmanned Bulls can't deny the inevitable

AL HAMNIK: Outmanned Bulls can't deny the inevitable

CHICAGO | There is extreme disappointment here, a strong feeling of betrayal, for the less-informed Bulls fans.

April 29, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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AL HAMNIK: Some Magic that never grows old

AL HAMNIK: Some Magic that never grows old

GARY | Can Donald Sterling be that stupid?

April 28, 2014 8:30 pm Video Photos

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AL HAMNIK: Ron Kittle still hitting it out of the park for White Sox

AL HAMNIK: Ron Kittle still hitting it out of the park for White Sox

CHICAGO | The caller, a life-long baseball fan, sounded confused: "What the heck happened to Ron Kittle? He still live around here?"

April 26, 2014 6:00 pm

AL HAMNIK: Too late for Chicago Bulls' training camp re-do

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.

April 21, 2014 7:45 pm
AL HAMNIK: NBA playoffs cancel out labels & tags

AL HAMNIK: NBA playoffs cancel out labels & tags

CHICAGO | It's not shameful to be the underdog. Ask David. Ask Goliath when he finally wakes up.

April 20, 2014 7:00 pm
AL HAMNIK: Thibodeau's MVP on Bulls is the entire team, who else?

AL HAMNIK: Thibodeau's MVP on Bulls is the entire team, who else?

CHICAGO | So, what do we really know about the Bulls after an 82-game regular season?

April 19, 2014 5:15 pm
AL HAMNIK: Jimmer gives Bulls an added glimmer of hope

AL HAMNIK: Jimmer gives Bulls an added glimmer of hope

CHICAGO | If they ever erected an NBA statue to Jimmer Fredette, he'd have pigeons on each shoulder.

April 15, 2014 7:45 pm
AL HAMNIK: Magic's Moore quite 'reserved' in his role

AL HAMNIK: Magic's Moore quite 'reserved' in his role

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.

April 14, 2014 7:30 pm
AL HAMNIK: 'Coach Nick' made it a joy to play football at Andrean, Whiting

AL HAMNIK: 'Coach Nick' made it a joy to play football at Andrean, Whiting

It costs nothing to be nice, to make others smile with a sense of humor that entertains without offending.

April 12, 2014 5:15 pm
AL HAMNIK: GR3, Mitch McGary, Branden Dawson need more college credit

AL HAMNIK: GR3, Mitch McGary, Branden Dawson need more college credit

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.

April 08, 2014 5:30 pm Photos

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AL HAMNIK: Region coaches help give NBL Finals a push

AL HAMNIK: Region coaches help give NBL Finals a push

Picture this, if you can.

April 07, 2014 5:15 pm
AL HAMNIK: Hammond 9-1-1 slugfest a real lovefest

AL HAMNIK: Hammond 9-1-1 slugfest a real lovefest

HAMMOND | They held a boxing card at the Hammond Civic Center Saturday night and a love-in broke out.

April 05, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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AL HAMNIK: These ring tones sweet music to 'Slugfest' promoters

AL HAMNIK: These ring tones sweet music to 'Slugfest' promoters

Would you step into the ring, in front of a large crowd, and trade punches with basically no fight experience?

April 01, 2014 6:15 pm Photos

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AL HAMNIK: Jimmy Butler serving up some prime 'D' for Bulls

AL HAMNIK: Jimmy Butler serving up some prime 'D' for Bulls

CHICAGO | For a free autographed Tornike Shengelia game jersey, who is Jimmy Butler's closest friend on the Bulls this season?

March 31, 2014 5:30 pm
AL HAMNIK: Jason Wille now the IHSAA's bulldog

AL HAMNIK: Jason Wille now the IHSAA's bulldog

INDIANAPOLIS | Imagine running a day-care center, at full capacity, by yourself.

March 29, 2014 7:15 pm
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