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Harlem Globetrotters star Curly Neal dies

By John Marshall AP Basketball Writer Fred "Curly" Neal, the dribbling wizard who entertained millions with the Harlem Globetrotters for parts of three decades, has died. He was 77. The Globetrotters said Neal died in his home…

Sports Illustrated launches coronavirus podcast

Staff Report NEW YORK -  Maven Media Brands and Sports Illustrated announce the launch of Coronavirus + Sports, a free podcast sharing candid stories of how the global COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the world of sports. Hosted by Luis…

Five RPS 205 players earn first-team All-NIC-10 honors

Staff Report ROCKFORD – Rockford Public Schools teams took three of the top four spots in the NIC-10 boys basketball race and that success was reflected in the all-conference voting. Five of the 10 players named to the first team were…

March Sadness: No NCAA brackets

By Eddie Pells AP National Writer For all those who dreamed the impossible — making it a whole month without getting a single game wrong in the bracket — this is your year. Everything else about the NCAA Tournament that won't happen…

IHSA cancels all winter sports tournaments

Staff Report BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced on March 12, 2020, that it has canceled its remaining winter State Series postseason tournaments, which include Boys Basketball, Scholastic Bowl,…

March Madness: NCAA tournaments canceled due to COVID-19

By Ralph D. Russo AP College Sports Writer The NCAA canceled its men's and women's basketball tournaments on Thursday because of the spread of coronavirus, putting an abrupt end to the season less than a month before champions were to…

Hockey: AHL suspends 2019-20 season amid COVID-19 pandemic

Staff Report SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - With the health and safety of our players, officials, staff and fans of primary importance, the American Hockey League has announced the suspension of play until further notice, effective immediately,…

Coronavirus: NHL suspends season

Staff Report NEW YORK - The NHL will pause the 2019-20 regular season due to the concerns of the coronavirus, the league announced Thursday. The NHL has 189 games remaining, including 10 scheduled for Thursday. The regular season was…

Lost in the Bears’ Flo

By: Robert Zeglinski Contributor Rushing the passer well is a touchy subject amongst NFL circles. Common convention maintains that pressures are more valuable than sacks because pressures are easier to create. They're m ore plentiful.…

The Bears’ linebacker paradox

By: Robert Zeglinski Contributor A linebacker was once viewed as the end-all, be-all cog of a defense. Where top-tier pass rushers wreaked havoc on the edges, where cornerbacks and safeties hemmed in the sidelines and boundaries, it was…

IceHogs edge Stars in shootout

Staff Report CEDAR PARK, Texas - Gabriel Gagne tallied two goals and Dylan Sikura scored in the shootout to push the Rockford IceHogs past the Texas Stars 3-2 at the H-E-B Center here Wednesday. After a scoreless overtime period, the…

The Bears’ Combine credo means nothing

By: Robert Zeglinski Contributor Public intelligence agencies are notorious for their secrecy. Outfits like the CIA and FBI are deliberate in what information they share, and what they deem classified. There are rigid factors to…

Blackhawks trade Gustafsson, Lehner

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - The Chicago Blackhawks made three roster moves before Monday's 2 p.m. NHL trade deadline. The fist trade sends Erik Gustafsson to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a third-round pick in…