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CHICAGO | Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said Thursday that the league is not looking to schedule more Friday football games, except on Thanksgiving and Labor Day weekends.
GLENDALE, Ariz. | The stark reminder of how far the White Sox fell last season was on a wall behind Chris Sale as he fielded questions in a hallway at the team's spring training complex.
GLENDALE, Ariz. | John Danks is feeling rather carefree these days.
EVANSTON, Ill. | All Terone Johnson could think about were his friends back on campus when he heard about the shooting at Purdue.
CHICAGO | Chairman Tom Ricketts insisted there will be a day when results replace promises and headlines focus on victories for the Cubs.
LAKE FOREST | There will be no shortage of eyes on Jay Cutler this week, even with Aaron Rodgers returning to the field.
LAKE FOREST | The Bears let a chance to wrap up the NFC North slip away. No sense dwelling on it now.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. | For Lance Briggs, it was a helpless feeling.
LAKE FOREST | The Bears control their playoff destiny and their best defensive player appears to be on track to return this week.
LAKE FOREST | Quarterback Jay Cutler looks just about ready to play for the Bears. For linebacker Lance Briggs, the wait might go on.
CHICAGO | Jason Garrett wasn't interested in a history lesson.
CHICAGO | Carlos Boozer scored 27 points, and the Bulls beat LeBron James and the Miami Heat 107-87 on Thursday night.
DEKALB, Ill. | Rod Carey could have been on the golf course. As alternatives go, this isn't bad.
CHICAGO | Veteran slugger Paul Konerko is returning to the Chicago White Sox.
EVANSTON, Ill. | Losses keep piling up for Northwestern, and they're getting more brutal by the week.
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.
EVANSTON | The idea that Northwestern and Michigan would be meeting in a marquee matchup vanished long ago, their lofty expectations buried under a pile of losses.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. | Given the path he followed, it would be perfectly understandable if Bears quarterback Josh McCown was feeling rejuvenated.
EVANSTON, Ill. | Northwestern made a sweeping change by hiring Chris Collins in the offseason and sent out a loud message in the process.
CHICAGO | The Cubs are set to hire San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria as their manager, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. | Bears quarterback Jay Cutler's status for this week's game against Detroit will likely come into clearer focus today as he recuperates from a groin injury.
CHICAGO | Dump Jay Cutler, go with Josh McCown?
CHICAGO | Cleveland Melvin realizes he's running out of time. He's not losing hope, though.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. | Their quarterback is out. Their star linebacker is out.
CHICAGO | Welcome back, Derrick Rose. Welcome back to title contention, Bulls.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. | New Bears coach Marc Trestman was trying to learn all he could about quarterback Jay Cutler in the early going.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. | On the surface, this would seem like an easy one for the Bears. They're trying to get back to winning against a team that hasn't won a game all season.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. | Bears receiver Brandon Marshall understands he's going to turn heads when he speaks out, given his well-publicized struggles with mental illness.
EVANSTON, Ill. | Carlos Hyde ran for a career-high 168 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 4 Ohio State rallied to beat No. 16 Northwestern 40-30 Saturday night and extend the nation's longest win streak to 18 games.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. | As if Calvin Johnson didn't pose enough problems, Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman is facing another hurdle as the Bears prepare for the Lions — a groin issue.
CHICAGO | Coming off a big win, Illinois really had a chance to open some eyes.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. | Marc Trestman's debut as an NFL head coach was such a success that the Bears want to do it all over again.
EVANSTON | Trevor Siemian sees no reason Northwestern can't open up the passing game. Here's his evidence.
LAKE FOREST | Two thoughts struck tight end Martellus Bennett almost as soon as he met new Bears coach Marc Trestman.
As much as he enjoyed that run to the Orange Bowl last season, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch wanted to make one thing clear — it's over. Time to move on.
EVANSTON, Ill. | One big hurdle is out of the way. Plenty remain.
CHICAGO | The Cubs were on their way to salvaging the second game after dropping the opener, right until the ball popped out of shortstop Starlin Castro's glove.
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. | Jay Cutler is aware quarterbacks are cashing in around the NFL. He also realizes he'll have to wait for his big payday.
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. | If Jay Cutler wants a new contract from the Chicago Bears, it looks like he'll have to wait until the end of the season.
CHICAGO | Big changes hit the Bears with the force of a winter wind in Chicago. Now, it's time to see how all the moves play out.
CHICAGO | Even at his lowest point, Edwin Jackson kept believing he would somehow turn his season around.
CHICAGO | Had he accepted a trade last season, Alfonso Soriano might have played for a champion.
CHICAGO | Jeff Samardzija's troubles started as soon as he stepped on the mound, and the Cubs couldn't bail him out.
DEERFIELD, Ill. | Bulls general manager Gar Forman insisted it was his call to let Tom Thibodeau's top assistant go and downplayed the idea there's friction with the coach.
CHICAGO | Early leads weren't safe and late advantages weren't, either. It all added up to two jarring losses for the White Sox and one long, crushing doubleheader sweep.
CHICAGO | It's been five years since the Bulls hit the jackpot in the lottery and used the golden ticket to grab Derrick Rose with the No. 1 pick.
CHICAGO | Much as they would love to get big contributions from Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks have shown they can win even when their biggest stars aren't lighting up the scoreboard.
CHICAGO | Victor Oladipo mentions the late nights at the gym, the wear and tear on his key card, and he's quick to point out he's just a tad unusual, too.
DEERFIELD | The next time he suits up for a game, there's a good chance Derrick Rose will actually be in a uniform and not in a jacket and slacks.
CHICAGO | The suggestion that he's a flopper drew a grin as wide as his wingspan from LeBron James.
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