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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

  • Clayton Thorson returns to Northwestern with more bite to his game

    Clayton Thorson returns to Northwestern with more bite to his game

    On vacation in South Carolina over the summer, Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson clutched a 4-foot-long shark around its neck tighter than a football on fourth-and-1 before he threw the fish back into the Atlantic Ocean. Few throws Thorson made last season as a redshirt freshman were any...

  • Illinois QB Wes Lunt a model of calm in often-tumultuous program

    Illinois QB Wes Lunt a model of calm in often-tumultuous program

    At Illinois, quarterback Wes Lunt is known as the calm constant. Despite the turmoil last season of coaching changes and scandal around the program, Lunt never appeared rattled by the situation, never got down on himself through an injury-marred 2014 season, never was brusque with teammates on...

  • Illinois football preview at a glance

    Illinois football preview at a glance

    Reason to believe: Lovie mania has taken over Champaign with the hiring of former Bears coach Lovie Smith. For the first time in eons, fans are excited about Illini football. More promise to attend games, which can only help create a home-field advantage. Reason to doubt: Illinois had only 19 sacks...

More sports news

  • 6 reasons we can't wait for the 2020 Olympics

    6 reasons we can't wait for the 2020 Olympics

    The 2020 summer Olympics in Tokyo could be pretty badass if the Rio closing ceremony is any indication. Japan, the epicenter of video games, gave us a glimpse as to how it will play on that reputation when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared from a fake tunnel dressed as Super Mario. The country...

  • Illinois minor leaguer sends grand slam into own truck windshield

    Illinois minor leaguer sends grand slam into own truck windshield

    A minor league baseball player in southern Illinois hit a grand slam only to find the ball smashed the windshield of his own truck. The Gateway Grizzlies of Sauget, Ill., say Brandon Thomas hit the homer during Sunday's game against the Joliet Slammers. The 25-year-old outfielder sent the ball...

  • MLB announces postseason schedule

    MLB announces postseason schedule

    Major League Baseball on Tuesday announced its postseason schedule, with the World Series beginning Oct. 25 at the American League ballpark. National League home dates for the World Series, Games 3, 4 and 5 (if necessary), are scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 28, 29 and 30. If the Series continues,...

  • Eddie Vedder climbs into Dennis Rodman's arms at Wrigley Field concert

    Eddie Vedder climbs into Dennis Rodman's arms at Wrigley Field concert

    Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has all of his Chicago sports bases covered. As the band performed "Black, Red, Yellow" Monday at Wrigley Field, former Bulls forward Dennis Rodman hopped on stage wearing his "91" jersey. "This is DRod calling. Guess what, brother? I'm looking for you and the boys...,"...

  • A look inside Ben Zobrist's Wrigleyville home

    A look inside Ben Zobrist's Wrigleyville home

    The daily commute is the curse of the working class, and there’s only one cure (other than quitting your job): live close to where you work. When Ben Zobrist signed a 4-year, $56 million deal with the Cubs in the offseason, he and his family decided to make their new home near Wrigley Field. Zobrist...

  • Super Mario's global appeal and the 2020 Olympics

    Super Mario's global appeal and the 2020 Olympics

    Take that, Pokemon. On Sunday, the Japanese prime minister turned up at the Olympics closing ceremonies to promote the 2020 Tokyo games dressed up as Mario, the eponymous hero of the popular video game series created in 1985. Who is Mario and how did he come by his global appeal? Here's a closer...

  • Day late worth wait for Charles Tillman's dive at Air and Water Show

    Day late worth wait for Charles Tillman's dive at Air and Water Show

    A lot of greats have passed through Soldier Field, but few Bears have passed over the stadium with nothing but thousands of feet of open air between them. Charles Tillman did just that inside a military plane Sunday while on his way to his drop zone at the Chicago Air and Water Show. There, the...

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