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Bears Working to Counter Issues of Depth

Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune answers your questions: “Depth seems to be a key issue for NFL teams in playoff contention every year.  Where do you see the biggest depth risk for the Bears?  Wide receiver, offensive line or linebacker? – Pat G., Ortonville, Mich.” “Depth is a factor but from where I sit it’s overblown. Victories on Sundays are typically determined by elite players. One scout a long time ...

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Fire’s U.S. Open Cup Match Drowned, Defeat Riverhounds 2-1

In a match that lasted just 49 minutes due to a rain delay and ultimate cancellation, the Fire defeated the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2-1 Wednesday in Chicago's first match of the tournament. Midfielder Grant Ward opened the scoring for the Fire in the 22nd minute.  For Ward, it was the Tottenham Hotspure loanee's first goal with the Fire. The Fire extended the lead to 2-0 in the 40th minute when midfielders J ...

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World Cup: Americans Open With 2-1 Win Over Nemesis Ghana

Although Mexico may be the United States' biggest rival in soccer, Ghana has become the team to beat come the World Cup.  In 2006, Ghana defeated the Americans 2-1 in the final match of the Group Stage to kill their hopes of advancing to the Round of 16.  The U.S. managed to make it there in 2010, only to be beat by Ghana in added extra time. After having been eliminated by the African side in two straight ...

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The Limited Use of Statistics and Other Points of View

Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune answers your questions: “Right tackle seemed to me to be the weakest of the all the offensive starting positions in 2013. I believe an upgrade there would significantly improve the offense. Are they satisfied with Jordan Mills’ potential or is it possible they would look at Kyle Long or Eben Britton there with Brian de la Puente at right guard?  Mills looked OK to me for a ...

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Tough Love for Lance Briggs and Other Points of View

Dan Pompei at the Bleacher Report provides us with a little more insight into wide receiver Brandon Marshall’s role with the team. “What is less known [than his prowess as a receiver] is Marshall has been a positive influence on others, including tight end Martellus Bennett. Last season when Bennett wasn't seeing a lot of passes thrown his way, it was Marshall who got in his ear and helped him deal with his ...

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Optimism Reigns and Other Points of View

Here’s an excellent question for Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune: “If the draft is how you build a franchise, then why is there not more coverage of a teams’ scouts? I don't mean fluff or assassination jobs, just journalism 101. How many current Bears scouts gave Jerry Angelo advice? How does the Bears’ scouting department stack up with the rest of the NFL and NFC North? – Kirk, Chicago” “Most teams make ...

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Shipp Shines As Fire Fall To Sounders

The Chicago Fire have never beaten the Seattle Sounders.  Barring a U.S. Open Cup or MLS Cup match-up, they'll have to wait until at least 2015. Things looked bleak for the crowd of 16,416 at Toyota Park after Seattle forward Obafemi Martins scored a brace in the first-half.  Martins had started the scoring in the 31st minute and scored on a penalty in the 38th minute after Fire defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtad ...

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Fire Notes and Sounders Match Preview

Tomorrow, Saturday, June 7 will mark the Fire's last match before the World Cup break in the team's first season under head coach Frank Yallop.  The game will start at 7:30 p.m. CDT at Toyota Park in suburban Bridgeview, Illinois. The Sounders bring with them a collection of familiar faces and former Fire players including defender Jalil Anibaba, forward Chad Barrett and midfielder Marco Pappa.  Designated ...

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Chicago Cubs draft Kyle Schwarber

Despite a need for a pitching, the Chicago Cubs decided to go another route and draft Indiana C/OF Kyle Schwarber with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 MLB draft. After seeing Brady Aiken and Carlos Rodon get picked before the Cubs were up, they decided to save some money for the next few rounds and draft under slot. In 2014, Schwarber hit .348 with 13 home runs and 45 RBIs in 57 games. The Cubs love pow ...

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Fire Battle to Scoreless Draw in Colorado

With a total of two shots on target in the 90 minutes, Wednesday's match between the Chicago Fire and the Colorado Rapids was hardly an offensive duel.  In the third minute of extra time in the second half, Rapids midfielder Dillon Serna chipped a shot that hit the crossbar - inches away from finding the net - but was called offside. The Fire entered the match without starting striker and 2013 MVP Mike Mage ...

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