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Jan. 3, 2016: His Bears future uncertain, Matt Forte reflects on his career

How about Matt Forte? Bears coach Lovie Smith wondered that aloud on the night of Sept. 7, 2008. Forte had just run for 123 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in his NFL debut, an upset victory over the Colts. At Smith's news conference, he was still trying to process a talent that went on to...

Fantasy Football

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The Night Before a Fantasy Football Championship

'Twas the night before a fantasy football championship and as your running back takes it to the house, You’re checking the waiver wire, anxiously clicking your mouse. The majority of your roster is in need of emergency care, Jamaal Charles and Le'Veon Bell are injured, and the waiver wire is bare....

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College sports

  • Notre Dame's V.J. Beachem will return for senior season

    Notre Dame's V.J. Beachem will return for senior season

    V.J. Beachem declared for the NBA draft three weeks ago. On Sunday, the Notre Dame junior declared his declaration void when he announced he would withdraw from the draft and return to South Bend, Ind., for his senior season. The 6-foot-8 forward utilized a new rule that allows college players...

  • Ex-Loyola basketball players say Sheryl Swoopes' coaching methods behind mass transfers

    Ex-Loyola basketball players say Sheryl Swoopes' coaching methods behind mass transfers

    In the summer of 2013, less than four months after beginning her first coaching job at Loyola, Sheryl Swoopes gathered her team at a campus theater to watch an ESPN documentary about her emergence as one of the best women's basketball players ever to compete, as well as her trials with finances...

  • Northwestern, Illinois help a strong Big Ten draft class

    Northwestern, Illinois help a strong Big Ten draft class

    Not that long ago, Dan Vitale was a two-star recruit from Wheaton-Warrenville South without a true position or Big Ten offer. Scout.com ranked him 139th among defensive backs, ESPN.com listed him 260th among receivers. He accepted Northwestern's offer on the spot, hugging coach Pat Fitzgerald in...

More sports news

  • Illinois to select new mascot; Chief Illiniwek backers 'not going to stop'

    Illinois to select new mascot; Chief Illiniwek backers 'not going to stop'

    Having banned Chief Illiniwek in 2007 amid protests and in response to an NCAA edict, Illinois will select a new mascot for the university, interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson announced Monday. The university is not changing the Fighting Illini nickname for its sports teams. Wilson said in a statement...

  • 'Space Jam' sequel starring LeBron James to be directed by Justin Lin

    'Space Jam' sequel starring LeBron James to be directed by Justin Lin

    Justin Lin is in talks to direct “Space Jam 2” for Warner Bros., with LeBron James attached to star. The original starred Michael Jordan, who teamed up with the Looney Tunes cast to battle a group of aliens in an epic basketball game. Lin and Andrew Dodge are penning the script. Charles Ebersol...

  • Ex-Bear Antrel Rolle: Practice field played a part in season-ending injury

    Ex-Bear Antrel Rolle: Practice field played a part in season-ending injury

    Antrel Rolle's time with the Bears lasted a little more than 13 months and included only seven games played. Rolle suffered a high ankle sprain in early October against the Raiders, causing him to miss the next two games. Then, on the Friday afternoon before the Week 11 game against the Broncos,...

  • Former Bears player Desmond Clark: Vernon Hills school has 'racist culture'

    Former Bears player Desmond Clark: Vernon Hills school has 'racist culture'

    A week after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, former Chicago Bears player Desmond Clark said he thinks he could have won the case against him if he had taken it to trial. Clark said in an interview this week that a series of racially charged incidents against his family...

  • Leicester City, with 5,000-1 preseason odds, wins Premier League title

    Leicester City, with 5,000-1 preseason odds, wins Premier League title

    Leicester City secured an incredible first Premier League title without playing on Monday after second-place Tottenham drew 2-2 at Chelsea. Leicester was playing in the second tier only two years ago, came close to be relegated again last year and started this season as 5,000-1 outsiders for the...

  • A horse is a horse, of course, but what are they thinking on Derby day?

    A horse is a horse, of course, but what are they thinking on Derby day?

    It was the biggest race before the Kentucky Derby, and undefeated colt Nyquist was leading as he headed into the homestretch at Gulfstream Park in the Florida Derby. Jockey Mario Gutierrez decided to employ a different tactic. He asked the horse to run wide, losing ground, so his chief rival, undefeated...

  • NFL Draft picks love to say 'great'

    NFL Draft picks love to say 'great'

    The players selected in the NFL draft usually are overcome with emotions right after they're called onstage. They're also all about saying the right things, even if those words often are the same as everyone else's. Below is a word cloud gleaned from the press conferences of 18 of the NFL Draft's...

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