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CHICAGO | Rick Renteria knew all about Chris Coghlan's career numbers against Bud Norris, and felt he was playing too well to take him out of the lineup.
CHICAGO | Rookie Kyle Hendricks pitched 7 1-3 innings of six-hit ball in his third consecutive win, and the Cubs cooled off Wily Peralta and the Milwaukee Brewers with a 3-0 victory on Tuesday night.
JOLIET | Mark Ruffalo had a big smile on his face as he signed ticket stubs and posed for pictures at Chicagoland Speedway. A steady stream of fans approached the actor from all angles, but he made it look as if it was a small party with a bunch of old friends.
JOLIET | Chase Elliott held off Trevor Bayne to win the Nationwide Series stop at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday night.
Sure, it was great for a couple days. The cheers for Derek Jeter. The power of Giancarlo Stanton. The excellence of Mike Trout in the American League's 5-3 victory.
CHICAGO | Arismendy Alcantara is making a strong case to stay with the Cubs.
CHICAGO | The Detroit Tigers will have to wait at least another day to try to snap out of their recent funk.
CHICAGO | Nate Jones is throwing again after back surgery, and Matt Lindstrom has exchanged the cast on his lower left leg for a walking boot.
CHICAGO | Anthony Rizzo stayed at the plate for an extra second as his towering drive headed toward right field. The big first baseman just wanted to make sure it was fair before he got started on one enjoyable trip around the bases.
CHICAGO | Andre Rienzo faced Derek Jeter three times, and it did not go very well for the young right-hander.
CHICAGO | John Danks patted Zach Putnam on his right shoulder as he walked by his locker. There was nothing more to say.
CHICAGO | Darwin Barney hit a long drive to left in the second inning, and Junior Lake went deep in the third. It looked as if the Cubs were headed for a big day at the plate.
CHICAGO | While Los Angeles and Anaheim settle their second-round series with a Game 7 showdown, the Blackhawks are resting and looking for ways they can play even better in the Western Conference final.
CHICAGO | Jonathan Toews had a rebound goal early in the third period, and the Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Sunday night to take a 3-2 series lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
CHICAGO | Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and Mike Olt homered, and the Cubs stopped a four-game slide with a 12-5 victory over the White Sox on Thursday night.
CHICAGO | Gordon Beckham homered for the second straight night and Paul Konerko had a big three-run double, leading the White Sox to an 8-3 victory over the sliding Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
CHICAGO | Ryan Raburn hit a tiebreaking, two-run single with two outs in the seventh inning, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 12-6 victory over the White Sox on Saturday.
CHICAGO | The historic home opener for the Cubs looked like so many of their April games at Wrigley Field over the years.
Stephen Strasburg leads a deep rotation in Washington. Matt Holliday and St. Louis are back again. And the loaded Los Angeles Dodgers think it's their time to shine.
Some of the young arms have arrived, and a few more will make it to the majors this summer. Either way, there are a lot of promising pitching prospects poised to impact the playoff races in 2014.
CHICAGO | Roman Josi had three assists, Ryan Ellis scored in the third period, and the Nashville Predators beat the Blackhawks 3-2 on Friday night for their third consecutive win.
CHICAGO | Marc Gasol had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies used their stout defense to beat the Bulls 85-77 Friday night.
CHICAGO | Andrew Shaw and Jonathan Toews had two goals apiece, and the Blackhawks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-1 on Thursday night.
CHICAGO | The fast start for the New York Rangers was erased by the Blackhawks in a couple minutes during the first part of the second period.
CHICAGO | Forget Patrick Kane's flashy moves and Jonathan Toews' steady play. Same for the rest of the talented forwards on the Chicago Blackhawks.
CHICAGO | There was a long slap shot, and then a nifty wraparound and a short-handed score off a 2-on-1 break. Once the Chicago Blackhawks started rolling, Ray Emery never stood a chance.
CHICAGO | Jonas Hiller and the Anaheim Ducks finally grabbed another shootout win. Against a good team, too.
CHICAGO | Kari Lehtonen had a season-high 47 saves, Antoine Roussel converted a penalty shot in the third period and the Dallas Stars snapped the Blackhawks' six-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night.
CHICAGO | The Blackhawks' top line of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa is proving to be quite a challenge for the rest of the NHL these days.
CHICAGO | Forget about the neck stiffness that almost postponed Derrick Rose's homecoming. Forget about all those missed shots, too.
CHICAGO | Valtteri Filppula scored in the shootout and the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks on Saturday night.
CHICAGO | Three-year-old Nolan Kogut made his first visit to Wrigley Field last Sunday and his father, Kevin, carefully handled a certificate heralding the occasion while his son shouted "Go Cubs!" long before the start of the game.
CHICAGO | The last time the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, the team was dismantled during the offseason and a frustrating title defense ended in the first round of the playoffs.
CHICAGO | The Cubs finally brought their bats to Wrigley Field on Tuesday night. They just couldn't find them at the end of the game.
CHICAGO | Nebraska has won at least nine games in each of the last five seasons. Only Alabama, Boise State and Oregon can say the same.
CHICAGO | Bill O'Brien thinks he can do a better job of managing the clock. He wants to improve his communication with his coaches in the press box. Then there are the adjustments for recruiting, practice and team meetings.
CHICAGO | Illinois lost its last nine games last year, including a 50-14 loss at Northwestern to conclude the dismal 2-10 season.
JOLIET | Sam Hornish Jr. has been coming to Indianapolis for a long time. His mother went to the Indianapolis 500 when she was eight months pregnant.
JOLIET, Ill. | Joey Logano held off Sam Hornish Jr. to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday.
JOILET, Ill. | Just as predictable as the weekend fender bashing is the awkward conversation a few days later.
CHICAGO | When Rocky Wirtz took over the Chicago Blackhawks six years ago, they were among the worst teams in the NHL.
CHICAGO | Long after the celebration was over, Marian Hossa finally made it home and managed to fall asleep around 3 a.m. The Chicago star woke up a few hours later, roused by a noisy neighbor.
CHICAGO | When it comes to power plays in the Stanley Cup finals, the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins might just prefer to keep going with everyone on the ice.
CHICAGO | When the Blackhawks were in deep trouble in the second round of the playoffs, they used desperation to their advantage and pulled off a big comeback in an already impressive season.
CHICAGO | From the infield to the outfield, the White Sox are playing much better defense than they did during their listless start. And it's no coincidence that the wins are coming in bunches now.
CHICAGO | Practice was long over when Joel Quenneville was stopped by two young boys waiting to get on the ice. They asked if he would sign their sticks, and the former NHL defenseman happily obliged.
DEERFIELD, Ill. | It started with the flu, and turned into a hospital stay. There were terrible headaches and weakness. Just walking was a chore.
CHICAGO | There were the four double plays, one in every inning from the fifth to the eighth. Mix in a wild pitch, an error and a shaky outing from a usually reliable reliever, and that was enough.
CHICAGO | This was the wild Carlos Marmol, and the Cubs were unable to escape the jam created by the erratic reliever.
CHICAGO | A year ago, Brandon Saad was just a footnote when he made his postseason debut for Chicago against the Phoenix Coyotes. He skated for just over 10 minutes in two games and picked up his first career NHL point on an assist, but the Blackhawks were eliminated in the first round.
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