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Spring training: Baseball emerges from winter

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The crack of the bat at spring training camps replaced the sound of trash can lids banging in homemade YouTube videos as baseball emerged from its winter of cheating scandals and…

Usher in a new guard: Interior OL a Bears’ soft spot

By: Robert Zeglinski Contributor Offensive line construction, like offensive line play, is simple. A common convention of building a successful wall is working your way from the outside in. Tackles are placed at a premium. They are…

NBA changes All-Star 3-point contest

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer The NBA is changing the format to this season's 3-point contest at All-Star Saturday Night in Chicago by adding a pair of deep shots that will be worth three points apiece. That change means each…

Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs rally to win Super Bowl LIV

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes needed just the waning minutes of Super Bowl 54 to end a whole lot of frustration. A championship 50 years in the making for the Kansas City Chiefs.…

Kobe’s second act cut tragically short

By Tim Dahlberg AP Sports Columnist Kobe Bryant was barely a few years into his post-NBA life when it was suddenly cut short in a helicopter crash so unimaginable that we had to keep reminding ourselves it actually did happen. The…

The same, tired lessons of January

By Robert Zeglinski Contributor To most, January is a fresh start. It's a conscious acknowledgement of all the rights, wrongs, and missteps of the last 12 months. A representation of where one's life stands, and what must be, or could…

IceHogs shut out Wolves

Staff Report ROSEMONT, Ill. - Collin Delia made 34 saves and Gabriel Gagne notched a goal and an assist in his IceHogs debut as the Rockford IceHogs shut out the Chicago Wolves 2-0 at Allstate Arena Sunday afternoon. With the IceHogs…

Pro Hockey: Blackhawks recall Brandon Hagel

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The Chicago Blackhawks have recalled forward Brandon Hagel from the Rockford IceHogs, the clubs announced Friday. Hagel, 21, has skated in 38 games with the IceHogs this season, logging 21 points (13g, 8a). He…

IceHogs top Grand Rapids on road

Staff Report GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Chad Krys notched his first professional goal late in the third and Ben Youds and Joseph Cramarossa each scored in the shootout to lift the Rockford IceHogs over the Grand Rapids Griffins 2-1 at Van…

A Lazor’s precision: Bears’ Lazor must overcome history

By: Robert Zeglinski Contributor Coaching dynamics in the NFL are straightforward. They can be boiled down to a few succinct paths. There are first, of course, the nepotists, with regular rewards for their children (often not based…