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Fire Strike Early, Tie Home Opener 1-1 with New York

The Fire did not waste any time Sunday before finding their first home goal of the year, as midfielder and captain Jeff Larentowicz headed home rookie midfielder Harrison Shipp's corner kick in the sixth minute.  Dax McCarty would tie the game in the twenty-first minute, but neither team would find the back of the net again as the Fire and Red Bulls finished the match in a 1-1 draw. While the Fire failed to ...

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Fire Acquire Grant Ward on Loan from Tottenham Hotspur

The Fire announced Saturday the team had acquired Grant Ward on loan from Tottenham Hotspur for the remainder of the remainder of the season. "Grant is a young, technically-gifted player," Fire Head Coach and Director of Soccer Frank Yallop said in a press release. "I watched him play in England, and throughout our preseason training camp, Grant consistently proved that he has what it takes to do well in ML ...

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Chicago Bears release Earl Bennett

Earl Bennett's time in Chicago is officially coming to an end. ESPN's Jeff Dickerson is reporting that the Bears will release the wide receiver after he declining a pay cut the team offered him. Bennett was due $2.5 million this season. Bennett essentially became the fifth option in the Bears offense after the emergence of second-year wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and the signing of tight end Martellus Benne ...

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Chicago White Sox Preview: Garcia anchors outfield

As the White Sox move into the 2014 season, they will be welcoming in a few new faces. Among those new faces is the newly acquired outfielder Adam "Spanky" Eaton. Eaton comes to Chicago as one of two trades completed over the off season completed by General Manager Rick Hahn. Eaton brings the Sox a former top 100 prospect, along with a young, speedy lead off option that this team can desperately use. Along ...

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Bulls Show 76: A Tale of Two Bulls

  It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Listen in as Ricky & Nillz dissect a polarizing week for the Bulls that featured a blowout loss to the Spurs, but a dominant win against the Rockets. We also talk Boozer, Jimmer, and who'd be the most favorable 1st round playoff match-up for the Bulls. Bulls Show 76: A Tale of Two Bulls You can always follow us @TheBullsShow and subscribe to al ...

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Young Fire Lineup Earns Point at Timbers

FT: Portland Timbers 1 - 1 Chicago Fire Portland Timbers forward Gastón Fernández tipped in a rebound off of Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson in the 79th minute, tying the game the Fire had led for 59 minutes at one goal a piece. Without Mike Magee in the lineup for the second straight week, youngsters such as Notre Dame product Harrison Shipp and Santos Laguna import Benji Joya found their way into the startin ...

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Chicago Cubs Preview: Starlin Castro needs to have a big year

The Cubs head into this season with great talent at the shortstop position. Starlin Castro looks to be the starter on opening da, but top Cubs prospect Javier Baez could be waiting in the wings if Castro struggles. We have all heard of the core pieces for the Cubs future. Now it's only a matter of time before they get here and the Cubs have to figure out where to play them. One of those stars is Baez who co ...

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Illinois keeps their NCAA tournament hopes alive with win against Indiana

Just five weeks ago, Illinois lost eight straight games in the Big Ten, a collapse that few teams in the nation could overcome. The Fighting Illini have won six of their last nine games since the losing streak and also since freshman Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill were added to the starting lineup. Nunn and Hill have gotten most of the praise for the team’s resurgence. On Thursday, it was two juniors who ca ...

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Chicago White Sox Preview: How good can Abreu be?

For the last 16 seasons first baseman, Paul Konerko, only occupied the position but quickly become one of the faces of the franchise. After a dismal season in 2013, Konerko announced he would return for his final season as a backup. With the decision being aided by the signing of Cuban phenom Jose Abreu, the White Sox will have very deep depth at the position. With Konerko and Adam Dunn returning from the 2 ...

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Why Can’t the Bears Be About the Money? Because It’s All About the Money.

As DeMarcus Ware disappears from the list of free agents, the question presents itself:  how can teams like the Denver Broncos continue to sign high priced veteran free agent after free agent while the Bears are already bumping their heads up against the cap?  Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune provides the answer - in part:   "The Bears have a snug salary-cap situation but have mechanisms to create mor ...

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