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November 15, 2016 View email in browser

Last call

The annual Circus Trip is now a thing of the past. The scheduling quirk that sent the Bulls and Blackhawks out of Chicago for two weeks and brought Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will end after its run this month. And Disney on Ice, which forces the teams to take another extended trip in February, will have its UC shows condensed to a one-week run beginning in 2018. Sorry, kids. Tonight, the Blackhawks kick off a seven-game road trip in Winnipeg (7 p.m., CSN), having won eight of nine games. And the Bulls open their six-game jaunt in Portland (9 p.m., WGN), where Jimmy Butler looks to back up his words with strong play. Doug McDermott didn’t travel with the team (concussion symptoms), so when will he join the Bulls?

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Bottom line

The Bears can’t depend on Alshon Jeffery, writes David Haugh. Not now after he was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s PED policy. And perhaps not in the future.

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Who said it?

“I think we had good plans really in all three phases.” Nope, not Marc Trestman. Yup, it was John Fox. And that’s a problem, writes Steve Rosenbloom. Because Exhibit A & Exhibit B.

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You go, we go

So then what does it mean for the Cubs if Dexter Fowler goes? As expected, the free agent is testing the market after a superb 2016 season. Award watch 2016: Cubs’ Cy Young dudes.

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Jose Abreu is opting for salary arbitration in the hopes of receiving more than the $34 million in his White Sox contract over the next three seasons. We’ll take the leftovers, thanks.

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Senioritis

With two games to go in his Illini career, QB Wes Lunt looks back: “It’s gone by really fast. … I’m just going to enjoy it.” Speaking of fast, Northwestern’s John Moten IV.

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