Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Chris Conte out to silence critics ]]> Lead story image

Safety Chris Conte just wants to read and react, cover and tackle. His plan is to zone in on plays and zone out last season’s woes. “It was anything you can imagine,” Conte said of the threats he received on social media. “It’s unfortunate that my family and everybody had to see that stuff. It’s just the way the world is.” Conte’s first chance to shut that world up comes Friday against the Seattle Seahawks. It’ll be Conte’s first game since he had surgery on his right shoulder in March after his difficult 2013 season, which concluded with his blown … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:24:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fatigued Derrick Rose sits as Team USA routs Dominicans ]]> Lead story image

The two most scrutinized knees in Chicago put everyone on deep-breath alert again Wednesday. Bulls guard Derrick Rose was a late scratch for Team USA in its 105-62 exhibition victory over the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden. He has been sidelined with ‘‘general body fatigue’’ since a victory over Brazil at the United Center on Saturday night. Rose, who has had season-ending surgeries on both knees since the 2012 NBA playoffs, sat out both practices in New York but participated in the shootaround Wednesday morning and, according to one source, ‘‘moved very well.’’ It wasn’t well enough for USA … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:23:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ With Carlos Rodon hype building, White Sox fall 4-3 to Orioles ]]> Lead story image

A little more than two months after the White Sox selected him third overall in the June draft, Carlos Rodon seems very close to becoming a big-leaguer. Talking about Rodon’s just-fine debut at Class AAA Charlotte the night before, general manager Rick Hahn continued to speak Wednesday in glowing terms of a left-hander the organization views as a soon-to-be front-of-the-rotation starter. In the same breath, Hahn cautioned reporters about prematurely tracking Rodon’s path to a big-league debut, but this sounded like the parent who tells his kid there’s no guarantee he gets the driver’s license when he turns 16. C’mon. … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:23:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Staffing issue may have been responsible for Cubs ‘tarp gate’ ]]> Lead story image

A staffing decision by the Cubs’ stadium operations might have made as big a difference as any “mechanical’’ issue in creating the tarp-related mess Tuesday night that led to the historic decision Wednesday to uphold the San Francisco Giants’ challenge of what was originally ruled a rain-shortened Cubs victory. Sources said the Cubs ordered grounds-crew staffing reductions this week to cover recent “overages” in hours by the crew. The crew’s failure to quickly cover the field with the tarp during a sudden heavy shower in the fifth inning Tuesday night — and spillage while removing it — created unplayable field … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:23:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Who will replace Devin Hester for Bears? ]]> Lead story image

It was a different position at a different level, but kick returner Micheal Spurlock knows what it’s like to replace a legend. ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:46:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jose Abreu snaps HR drought, but White Sox still lose ]]> Lead story image

No one seemed to be panicking about Jose Abreu’s 0-for-August in home runs, but it was a significant drought for the star rookie who watched his American League lead disappear when the Orioles’ Nelson Cruz hit No. 32 at U.S. Cellular Field the night before. That dry spell finally came to an end during Abreu’s first at-bat in the White Sox’ 5-1 loss Tuesday to the Baltimore Orioles when he homered into the left-field seats against Chris Tillman for his first long ball since July 29, putting him in a tie for the major-league lead with Cruz and Giancarlo Stanton. … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:20:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Veteran mentor is high on Cubs’ shopping list ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — By now, anybody who follows the Cubs has heard the front office’s vow to aggressively pursue pitching over the next two winters to catch up to the quality of young Cubs hitters believed to be coming down the pipeline. But the idea of signing a big-shot pitcher such as All-Star lefty Jon Lester makes it easy to forget the other big need the Cubs’ top execs have identified: a veteran every-day player to help ease the pressure and transition of all the young guys expected to be on the 2015 roster. General manager Jed Hoyer said again … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:21:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Javy Baez hits another tape-measure HR in Cubs’ victory ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — Kyle Hendricks and two relievers held New York to four or fewer hits for the fifth straight game, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez homered, and the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 4-1 victory over the Mets on Monday. Hendricks (5-1) gave up just three hits in seven innings, allowing only Lucas Duda’s home run in the fourth. The rookie right-hander won his fourth straight start — yielding four earned runs over 29 1-3 innings. Neil Ramirez struck out two in a perfect eighth and Hector Rondon allowed a leadoff double but finished the four-hitter for his 18th … ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:15:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Orioles hit 3 homers in 8-2 win over White Sox ]]> Lead story image

Nick Markakis hit a two-run homer and prevented one with a leaping catch in right field, and Nelson Cruz and J.J. Hardy each added a solo shot to power the Baltimore Orioles past the Chicago White Sox 8-2 Monday night. Markakis was 3 for 5 with two RBIs and two runs, helping the Orioles increase their AL East lead to 7 1/2 games over the idle New York Yankees. Cruz hit his 32nd homer, passing White Sox rookie Jose Abreu for the American League lead. Cruz is tied with Mike Stanton of the Miami Marlins for most in the majors. … ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:40:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jackie Robinson West advances after wild comeback win ]]> Lead story image

Jackie Robinson West manager Darold Butler vowed his team’s hitting would re-emerge. ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:04:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Santonio Holmes next in line to be Bears’ No. 3 receiver ]]> Lead story image

MARK POTASH: Did receiver Earl Bennett curse the Bears on his way out of town? ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:16:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Starlin Castro a favorite of N.Y. media, fans ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — With all the hype surrounding super prospect Javy Baez’s first two weeks in the majors and all the angst over super-duper prospect Kris Bryant’s left big toe, it might be easy to forget the Cubs actually have a three-time All-Star already plugged into the long-term plans. “I don’t forget that he’s here,” manager Rick Renteria said of shortstop Starlin Castro. Neither have New York Mets fans and media, who got a couple more reasons to fawn over the object of their baseball desires Sunday in the Cubs’ 2-1 victory over the Mets that snapped a three-game losing … ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:19:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Conor Gillaspie’s grand slam lifts White Sox past Blue Jays ]]> Lead story image

The what-if game always can be a subplot to a season, though White Sox manager Robin Ventura doesn’t like to participate. Trying to evaluate what the Sox would’ve been like with a healthy Avisail Garcia, Adam Eaton, Matt Lindstrom and Nate Jones all season is a fruitless venture. But learning how to deal with those unplanned circumstances is very much a part of his reality. ‘‘You remember seasons like this as a player,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘But as a manager, it’s important for these guys [to learn] that if somebody gets hurt, you keep playing. ‘‘You realize how important guys are, … ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:21:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Adoring Bulls fans turn UC into Rose Bowl ]]> Lead story image

Missed two-handed breakaway dunks can be forgiven. On Saturday, any Derrick Rose misstep was tolerated. Rose was back at the United Center with Team USA, and that was the only thing that mattered to the hometown fans. What he did or didn’t do against Brazil in Team USA’s 95-78 victory was mostly irrelevant. Rose, who had seven points, had to move from the middle of the introduction line to the end so that he could be announced last amid a thunderous standing ovation. Then Rose came to halfcourt to thank the fans and use the exhibition as a platform to … ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:35:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bears roll dice, sign WR Santonio Holmes ]]> Lead story image

With an already gaping hole at No. 3 wide receiver only getting larger since Marquess Wilson suffered a broken collarbone two weeks ago, the Bears took a low-risk roll of the dice and signed 2009 Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes to a one-year contract Saturday. To make room for Holmes, the Bears cut kickoff returner Eric Weems, whose struggles at wide receiver in the first two preseason games put a spotlight on the dearth of proven receivers behind Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall. Holmes worked out for the Bears the day after Wilson suffered the injury, but they instead signed … ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:37:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bears cut returner Eric Weems ]]>

Replacing Devin Hester has ­become as difficult as tackling him in the open field. Eric Weems had his chances in two preseason games — six kickoff returns for 139 yards and two fair catches on punts — and the Bears apparently weren’t impressed. Weems was cut Saturday to make room for wide receiver Santonio Holmes. “We’re not feeling good about our kickoff-return and punt-return game,” coach Marc Trestman said Friday. “We’ve got to do better.” Weems lost a fumble on a kickoff return Thursday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. “Anytime you fumble the football, it’s not a good day,” Weems said. … ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:37:29 -0500