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December 1, 2016 View email in browser
 

Finally.

We’ve got a few pieces of good baseball news. 1. The Commissioner’s Trophy came by the Tribune for a visit today, and boy, is it shiny. 2. MLB labor deal, done! And 3. The deal included this fun development: The All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series, thus killing Bud Selig’s brainchild after a 2002 tie. The change would have come in handy for the 2016 Cubs, but (checks notepad) they still won the World Series. Now that players and owners have made a deal, Steve Rosenbloom wants to know when the Cubs and White Sox will make theirs. Perhaps, for a certain ace whose name rhymes with Chris Sale? Don’t hold your breath, writes Paul Sullivan. Hey, maybe newcomer Jon Jay can pitch. You don’t know. OK, you might know. But the Cubs are big fans of his.

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Bears down

Another day, another Bear to the injured reserve. Today, it’s Jay Cutler, who will have surgery on his torn labrum. Other injury updates: Kyle Fuller, better. Kevin White, out for sure. Sigh.

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Hot topic

49ers’ Colin Kaepernick “knew that backlash was going to come” but “I’ll continue on my path as I have planned.” More pressing for the Bears, how to defend vs. the quarterback.

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Welcome home

The good vibes from a 4-2 trip faded in a sluggish 96-90 loss to the Lakers. One bright spot, per David Haugh: Dwyane Wade is turning into the best free-agent pickup in the post-MJ era.

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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

Ryan Hartman plays with grit, scores greasy goals and wears shin pads. Who does he think he is, Andrew Shaw Jr.? Tonight: It’s Quenneville vs. Quenneville (7:30 p.m., CSN).

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Can we talk?

NCAA football officials are professionals. And yet they are the only group that is rarely asked to be accountable. What’s up with that? Asking for a friend (Jim Harbaugh).

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