Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ NASCAR: Kasey Kahne holds off Matt Kenseth to win Atlanta shootout ]]> Lead story image

HAMPTON, Ga. — Kasey Kahne grabbed the lead on the restart following a caution with 23 laps remaining and held off Matt Kenseth in a two-lap shootout to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night. Kahne’s first win of the season earned him a spot in the Chase for the Sprint cup. Kenseth also qualified for the Chase on points. Denny Hamlin was third, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Danica Patrick. Meanwhile, Tony Stewart’s much-anticipated return to racing ended a little more than halfway through the race. Stewart hit the wall for … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:11:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rust, Turkey: Rose struggles ]]> Lead story image

It has been awhile since Derrick Rose was a mop-up player. Then again, Team USA trailing Turkey by five points at the half isn’t exactly the norm, either. In the second game of pool play at the FIBA World Cup, the United States was getting embarrassed by a Turkey team with only one NBA player, and Rose was one of many culprits. So it was no coincidence that U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski stayed with his starting five for most of the third quarter, which meant Kyrie Irving over Rose. The starters engineered an emphatic comeback in those 10 minutes, outscoring … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:54:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Adam Dunn traded by White Sox for RHP Nolan Sanburn ]]> Lead story image

In the end, Adam Dunn could get what he hoped for when he signed that ballyhooed four-year, $56 million contract with the White Sox in 2011 — the chance to play in the postseason. But it would be with the Oakland Athletics, who acquired the left-handed slugger Sunday on the last day players are eligible for postseason rosters. And it would be the final chapter of his 14-year career. Dunn had hinted in recent days that this season would be his last, and he confirmed it as he spoke about the trade. “This is probably going to be it,” he … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:48:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rookies see rivalry testiness as Lackey jaws at Castro in Cubs loss ]]> Lead story image

ST. LOUIS — That new world order the Cubs are trying to create in the National League Central might not be coming quite as fast as many seemed to believe as recently as Friday. But unless guys such as Javy Baez and Jorge Soler were asleep Sunday, they should have a pretty good idea of the havoc this Cubs-Cardinals rivalry can wreak and how brutish life in this division can be. A four-game weekend full of Cubs rookie energy, sold-out crowds in St. Louis and high-stakes baseball (for the home team) caved in on the young Cubs on Sunday when … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:09:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Interpretations vary about where Bears are headed ]]> Lead story image

After five weeks of practice and four preseason games, the Bears’ roster — and their strengths and weaknesses — is coming into clearer focus. With the regular-season opener around the corner on Sept. 7, the Sun-Times’ Bears reporters weigh in on what to expect, who will surprise and whether the team can answer its most pressing questions: Jay Cutler will . . . JAHNS: Manage to stay healthy (for most of the season) and post the best numbers of his career. Anything less should be considered disappointing for Cutler. It’s that simple. FINLEY: Struggle at first, thanks to a tough schedule, new … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:34:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Starlin Castro embraces leadership role with Cubs ]]> Lead story image

ST. LOUIS — As much as he has on his mind these days and as hard as the emotions continue to hit, Starlin Castro hasn’t stopped ­embracing the responsibility and scrutiny that comes with his oversized role in the Cubs’ rebuilding program. “In some ways, we’re asking a lot of these guys,” general manager Jed Hoyer said of his 24-year-old shortstop and 25-year-old first baseman, Anthony Rizzo. “You have to play like you’ve been in the league for 10 years because we need those guys to help show [the rookies] the way to play.” Castro, a three-time All-Star who continues … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:35:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ White Sox trade Alejandro De Aza to Orioles for minor-leaguers ]]> Lead story image

Alejandro De Aza smacked his 500th career hit Friday, and the White Sox traded him to the Orioles for two minor-league pitchers Saturday. The news came midway through the Sox’ 8-4 loss to the Tigers in the nightcap of a doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field. De Aza wasn’t in the lineup, but he started the afternoon game, which the Sox won 6-3, and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. The Sox will get Mark Blackmar and Miguel Chalas in return. Neither player is among Baltimore’s more notable prospects, and general manager Rick Hahn said neither will join the Sox when rosters … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:52:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose comes off bench, scores 12 in rout of Finland ]]> Lead story image

Derrick Rose doesn’t need to be the best player on Team USA. As the 114-55 victory Saturday over Finland showed, Rose doesn’t even need to be a starter. He just needs to play with confidence and come out of each FIBA World Cup game without a limp. Check and check. Thanks to a second quarter in which it outscored Finland 29-2, Team USA gave the rest of the world a glimpse of its awesome potential in its opener. More important for the Bulls, there were flashes of Rose’s explosiveness that seemed to go into hibernation the last few weeks. Backing … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:35:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ While Jorge Soler has a blast with Cubs, Kris Bryant waits his turn ]]> Lead story image

ST. LOUIS — Three Cubs who were in the minors eight weeks ago — and in A-ball less than two years ago — did their best Friday night to show the St. Louis Cardinals at least part of what’s coming to the Cubs-Cards rivalry. Jorge Soler: 3-for-3 and two home runs. Javy Baez: a go-ahead double in the eighth inning. Arismendy Alcantara: a homer in the ninth to finish off a 7-2 victory. “We’re just waiting for Bryant now,” Baez said. That’s probably going to be a long wait, certainly longer than players in the clubhouse prefer to see presumptive … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:13:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bears’ Danny McCray raises game, should start at free safety ]]> Lead story image

Danny McCray didn’t know how to take the news. The safety was going to be one of 40 players who would be sitting out the Bears’ final exhibition Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns. “It was my first time actually not playing in it,” said McCray, a fifth-year veteran, “so I’m not sure of the meaning behind it all.” The meaning behind joining quarterback Jay Cutler, receiver Brandon Marshall, linebacker Lance Briggs, cornerback Charles Tillman and other players deemed too valuable to risk injury in a fourth exhibition is undoubtedly a positive one. McCray surely knows that. The friendly grin … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:14:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Despite White Sox’ struggles, Jose Abreu’s bat remains hot ]]> Lead story image

Jose Abreu may not be playing for a contender, but he’s still contending for most valuable player. Abreu has been the lone bright spot for the White Sox in August, a month that has seen the team go from two games under .500 to 60-74 and one game out of the American League Central cellar. The Sox are hitting .252 with a .298 on-base percentage this month, but Abreu has seen his average rise to .316 and his OBP to .375. Abreu reached base in all four of his plate appearances Friday with a four-pitch walk, two singles and a … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:13:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jorge Soler goes deep in first at-bat; Cubs fall 7-5 to Reds ]]> Lead story image

CINCINNATI — Just before touted prospect Jorge Soler made his much-heralded Cubs debut Wednesday, he was told about the home run hit by the Cubs’ other “core” prospect on the roster, Javy Baez, in his celebrated debut three weeks ago. Soler smiled. “Si,” he said. Or maybe it was “see.” It took Soler all of one swing in the majors, on a 2-1 pitch in the second inning, for him to hit his first home run — a 423-foot shot off Mat Latos in the Cubs’ 7-5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. He and Baez are the first pair of … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:06:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ 10 Bears to watch: Santonio Holmes first up ]]> Lead story image

MARK POTASH: Santonio Holmes is used to ­sitting out the last preseason game. But he wants to play Thursday night. Maybe he needs to. ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:38:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Paul Konerko ready to put the game aside ]]> Lead story image

In less than five weeks, it will be over for Paul Konerko, and the ­timing will be perfect. Konerko will play his last game Sept. 28, when the Sox close the season at home against the Kansas City Royals, and when it’s over, the team captain and franchise’s No. 2 home-run hitter and RBI guy won’t have anything to do with baseball for a good, long while. Maybe never, depending on how his next venture in life — whatever that might be besides being a husband and father of three — goes for him. “The times of baseball dominating my … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:30:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jordan Lynch’s fate still up in the air ]]> Lead story image

Maybe Jordan Lynch has come to accept the Bears’ practice squad as his likely fate. Or maybe he subtly was lobbying to join it. Either way, the 2013 Heisman Trophy finalist from Northern Illinois spent a lot of time talking about the Bears’ 10-man unit Tuesday. ‘‘There’s so many things I can do,’’ he said. ‘‘I can play quarterback. I can play running back. I can kind of split out and play receiver and just give the Bears any chance to get a better look for that week.’’ Squint your eyes enough, and it’s easy to see him mimicking San … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:50:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cubs ready for Soler power, top Reds 3-0 ]]> Lead story image

CINCINNATI — Who knows what the Cubs will have to challenge the rest of the National League next year? But they’re on the verge of finding out quickly, say guys in the clubhouse awaiting the big-league debut of $30 million outfield prospect Jorge Soler on Wednesday. ‘‘You’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel,’’ cornerstone first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. ‘‘It’s a smart move to get him up here and get him a solid five weeks to play — just like Javy [Baez]. Hopefully it overwhelms him a lot and he goes into the offseason knowing … ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:29:05 -0500