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December 22, 2016 View email in browser
 

Bulls, humbug!

Nobody expects the Bulls to call a Christmas Eve news conference, as they have been known to do, and fire their head coach. But, David Haugh writes, the past week has underscored the challenges Fred Hoiberg has faced since arriving for his first NBA head-coaching gig in June 2015 looking like an innocent from Ames, Iowa. Steve Rosenbloom also weighs in: Can Gar Forman explain why he built an old, slow and bad Bulls team?

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The official’s view

Should replay have overturned J.T. Barrett’s fourth-and-1 scamper in the Ohio State-Michigan game? Should Ohio natives have been allowed to officiate the game?

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His World Series moment

As Wayne Messmer sang the national anthem before World Series Game 5, his perspective was on solid footing — he was wearing the shoes he wore when he was shot in 1994.

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Clean sweep

Another year, another Illinois win over Missouri. The Illini won their annual Braggin’ Rights game on Wednesday with a 75-66 victory, their fourth win over the Tigers in as many years.

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2016 in review

Simone Biles and Michael Phelps dominated in Rio. LeBron James finally gave Cleveland a title. Look back at the top national sports stories from 2016. More: Best sports photos.

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