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December 12, 2016 View email in browser
 

Hold on

When it mattered the most, the Bears weren’t sharp enough. Again. This week, they were done in by two late holding penalties, which swung the yardage (and momentum) back to the Lions late in the fourth quarter. “It’s all the little things,” said Matt Barkley after the 20-17 loss. “And when we beat ourselves with penalties or missed balls or dropped balls or misreads, those add up. And they catch you at the end when every little inch matters.” A week after redeeming himself, Josh Bellamy dropped the ball again – literally, writes David Haugh. But hark, there might be good news (or at least news) on the horizon. A. Alshon Jeffery is back after his four-game suspension. 2. There are rumors legendary NFL executive Bill Polian might want a new job, and what better team than the Bears? And C. A quarterback just threw his name into the NFL draft pool, and hey, we know a team who might be in the market. Now, back to shoveling snow (watch out for Bears’ penalty flags).

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Dear Santa (aka Theo)

Will the Cubs sign free-agent pitcher Tyson Ross? How will the Cubs replace Dexter Fowler in the clubhouse? Will Wade Davis bring his closing magic to Chicago? Time to open the mail.

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Hello, welcome

White Sox fans, have you met the new guys? Lucas Giolito: Eager for a “fresh” start. Yoan Moncada: Robinson Cano/Carlos Beltron, Part 2? Michael Kopech: More than just hair.

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Road trip

It’s airplane food for Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook as they join the Hawks for a 3-game trip. It’s a good sign for Toews, who said his back injury has been “frustrating.”

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Because packing is no fun

Taj Gibson is the longest tenured Bull. And he wants it to stay that way: “The basketball gods always reward you. Just stay the course.” Speaking of, Tom Thibodeau is coming to town.

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Tough task

Facing grim, sometimes misleading, violent crime statistics, Chicago college coaches are tasked with luring out-of-town players and keeping homegrown ones.

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Honor roll

Meet the 2016 Preps Plus football player of the year: Maine South’s Kevin Jarvis, who transformed from a gentle giant to a two-way beast. Also in: First-team offense and defense.

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