Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Preseason ends with loss, but Tom Thibodeau is just getting started ]]> Lead story image

ST. LOUIS — It would have been nice if coach Tom Thibodeau could have wrapped up the Bulls’ preseason with a nice little  bow. Not a chance. Not with so many questions coming out of the Bulls’ 113-112 loss Friday to the Minnesota Timberwolves in their preseason finale. The Bulls completed exhibition play 4-4 after blowing a 13-point lead at the Scottrade Center. ‘‘Right now, you’re gathering information to make decisions about everything,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘About how we’re going to play, who is going to play and all that. What works best for us? You can only base it on … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:36:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Week 8 question marks include Brandon Marshall, Darrelle Revis and Lance Briggs ]]> Lead story image

Three days after discussing his outburst in the wake of the Bears’ loss to the  Miami Dolphins on Showtime, receiver Brandon Marshall blasted the media for asking him about it. He even used the words ‘‘rant’’ and ‘‘tirade,’’ joking it would be the only sound bite used Friday. ‘‘That’s sexy. It sells papers. It boosts ratings,’’ he said. ‘‘But that’s b.s. And you guys know that.’’ Then what is it? ‘‘Whatever you wanted to call it,’’ he said to reporters. ‘‘You control the masses.’’ While we ponder what verbiage Marshall would prefer, here are 10 question marks for the Bears’ … ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:23:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa comfortable together, and it shows on ice ]]> Lead story image

ST. LOUIS — Jonathan Toews corralled a skittering puck with one hand, then dangled his way through the legs of an unwitting Kris Versteeg, who was stretching during the Blackhawks’ morning skate Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee. After a quick spin, Toews threaded a puck between Bryan Bickell’s legs some 20 feet away, knocking the puck Bickell had been handling clean off his stick. He threw his arms into the air and mockingly celebrated his trick shot. That’s the ‘‘grinder’’ on the Hawks’ first line, according to Patrick Sharp, who didn’t want to use the term but couldn’t think of a … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:36:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ex-Rays manager Joe Maddon, Cubs said to have mutual interest ]]> Lead story image

How close are the Cubs to a World Series? On Friday, they were a big part of the buzz at AT&T Park that overshadowed the pivotal Game 3 between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals – with all indications pointing to Joe Maddon heading to Chicago after his sudden resignation as the Tampa Bay Rays manager. ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:45:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Blackhawks fall after Neal’s hat trick; Predators proving they’re for real in Central ]]> Lead story image

NASHVILLE — Add another team to the gantlet. The Nashville Predators appear to be for real. As if the Central Division weren’t imposing enough to begin with. Nashville beat the Blackhawks at their own game Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena, outshooting and outworking them until a late third-period comeback attempt in a 3-2 victory as James Neal posted his fifth career hat trick. The win leaves the Predators as the only team left in the NHL without a regulation loss. “Give them credit,” Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said. “It’s a team we’ve got to respect and we’ve got to be … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:58:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kyle Fuller might play against Patriots ]]> Lead story image

Rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller, who suffered hand and hip injuries in the loss to the Dolphins last week, practiced on a limited basis Thursday and could play Sunday against the Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Fuller had his broken right hand wrapped but was able to catch the ball in drills. It’s the hip pointer that puts his status in doubt. “Kyle practiced the whole day and moved around well,’’ coach Marc Trestman said. ‘‘He said it went well. We’ll see how he feels [Friday], and we’ll continue to talk to him. “We certainly want him to feel comfortable playing and … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:50:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Thibodeau won’t say if rookies Doug McDermott, Nikola Mirotic will be in rotation ]]> Lead story image

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau doesn’t have an answer about whether rookie forwards Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic will be in his rotation when the regular season tips off next week in New York. ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:38:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tom Brady is elite; Jay Cutler is, well? ]]> Lead story image

ADAM L. JAHNS: It’s a bizarre week to debate whether Bears quarterback Jay Cutler can, will be or already is an elite quarterback. ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:24:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Joakim Noah admits knee has ‘ways to go’ ]]> Lead story image

Joakim Noah and his left knee were again front and center on Wednesday, as the two-time All-Star admitted, “I still have a ways to go.’’ How far? ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:58:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bryan Bickell acknowledges he has to be more physical more consistently ]]> Lead story image

You’ve read this one before. It’s the one about Bryan Bickell and the maddening difference between the mild-mannered regular-season guy who’s always in search of confidence and the postseason ­goal-scoring machine who’s always in search of a body to bruise. It’s a well-worn plot line, bordering on cliché, a constant point of discussion since Bickell’s breakout 2013 playoffs. Here’s the thing, though: Bickell’s tired of the story, too. ‘‘It’s something we’ve talked about a lot now,’’ Bickell said. ‘‘I need to bring that out more, not just in the playoffs. It can’t be just spurts.’’ So here we are again, … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:58:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Royals chase Peavy in Game 2, use five-run 6th to even World Series ]]> Lead story image

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals got to Jake Peavy — and everyone else from the Giants bullpen that manager Bruce Bochy threw at them — for five tiebreaking runs in the sixth inning, and Kansas City evened the World Series at a game apiece with a 7-2 victory Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium. A night after getting shut down by Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in a 7-1 loss, the Royals quickly fell behind in Game 2 on Gregor Blanco’s leadoff home run agains flamethrower Yordano Ventura. But Ventura held steady and took the Royals into the sixth inning tied at … ]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:34:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Antti Raanta answers call, makes 32 saves in 4-0 win over Flyers ]]> Lead story image

They got the quantity of shots, only this time they also got the quality. They drew penalties, only this time they capitalized. They made some pretty plays, only this time they also made some ugly ones. The Blackhawks are 4-0-1 after their 4-0 thrashing over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night at the United Center. But only now can they say they’ve played something close to a complete game. The reconfigured third line broke out for a couple of first-period goals, Patrick Kane scored two greasy goals on the much-maligned power play, Bryan Bickell snapped out of an early funk … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:48:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Giants pounce on Shields, Royals, take Game 1 of World Series 7-1 ]]> Lead story image

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Giants went on the attack early against James Shields, and Madison Bumgarner took care of the rest, holding the Kansas City Royals to one run on three hits over seven innings in San Francisco’s 7-1 victory in Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night. A home run by Salvador Perez with two outs in the seventh inning halted Bumgarner’s World Series scoreless innings streak at 21 and also stopped his postseason scoreless streak on the road at 32 2/3 innings, a major league record. The Perez homer was otherwise harmless, making it 7-1. Bumgarner … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:38:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Joakim Noah’s knee will be an ‘issue all season’ — source ]]> Lead story image

Those who know Joakim Noah often cite his warrior mentality. According to a member of the Noah camp, that mentality is about to be tested. “Jo’s [left] knee is going to be an issue all season,’’ the source said. “He has played through pain before with the plantar [fasciitis], but this is completely different, a different level.’’ The source wouldn’t go into detail on what exactly was the lingering issue with Noah’s knee, especially after he had exploratory surgery in May that was deemed minor. He was asked if Noah’s knee would be a problem beyond this season and said, … ]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:59:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Trestman cuts down on Cutler’s decision-making: Are big changes coming? ]]> Lead story image

Halfway through the game Sunday against the Dolphins, the Bears decided that less of Jay Cutler was a good thing. Matt Forte ran the ball only two times in the first half in part, coach Marc Trestman said Monday, because four other plays were turned into passes by Cutler. Two were changed at the line, he said, and two more were run/pass options in which Cutler chose to throw. “We threw it a little bit more early, but that wasn’t the plan,” Trestman said. “The plan was to kind of do it the way we did it in the third … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:58:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jermon Bushrod: Bears’ yelling at each other won’t go further ]]> Lead story image

The Bears’ screaming in the locker room Sunday was just that — no physical altercations — and doesn’t threaten the team’s cohesiveness, offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod said Monday at Halas Hall. Emotions can only undermine a team ‘‘when locker-room issues become public issues — and that’s not going to happen here,’’ Bushrod said. The Bears’ mood was still one of disappointment a day after their 27-14 home loss to the Miami Dolphins. ‘‘We just have to keep our eyes on the prize, and we can’t have a bunch of different opinions in our locker room because we have to stick … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:48:47 -0500