Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Rabid Chicago market provides wealth of media opportunities for Bears ]]> Lead story image

The week Jay Cutler ditched his own radio show, his teammates did theirs. They talked on one of Chicago’s three all-sports stations and on FM stations that play rock, top-40 and country hits. They drove to television studios, too, and did online videos. Fourteen Bears players claim media deals — from five-minute radio hits arranged by the team to hourlong radio shows and half-hour TV sit-downs negotiated by their agents. And Phil Emery is fine with it. “It’s a good thing for the player because obviously it helps them grow outside of football,” the Bears’ general manager said. “Definitely the … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:54:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Stakes rise for Bulls with LeBron James in the building ]]> Lead story image

Who said coach Tom Thibodeau couldn’t have a moment of ­empathy? Asked on Thursday if he could take himself out of his coaching seat and make himself a fan in explaining the importance of the Bulls’ home opener on ­Friday against LeBron James the new-look ­Cleveland Cavaliers, Thibodeau played along. Briefly. “Yeah, when you look at this city, the franchise, the history, the tradition and what basketball means here, it’s a big deal,’’ Thibodeau said. “We’re fortunate to be part of it and to be here. We certainly appreciate the support [the fans] give us. But we can’t get lost … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:12:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Joe Maddon would be Theo’s third hire in four seasons ]]> Lead story image

The last time Theo Epstein hired the right manager at the right time and turned it into the right answer was when he hired Terry Francona to manage the Red Sox. Eleven years later, could he repeat history? With the guy who finished second to ­Francona in that process? Given the frequency with which the Cubs’ third-year team president has gone through managers on the North Side already, he almost has to — especially as ownership writes checks to pay off a manager’s contract for the third time in four years. But, then, Joe Maddon is universally considered the opportunity … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:50:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Marian Hossa hits 1,000 points with goal in shootout win for Hawks ]]> Lead story image

KANATA, Ontario — Even Jonathan Toews, one of the top two-way players in the NHL, can give up on a play sometimes, when an opponent starts streaking toward the other end of the rink, seemingly out of reach. Then 36-year-old Marian ­Hossa usually reminds him why he shouldn’t. “Hoss is always the one that seems to come flying out of nowhere from behind you and catches the guy on the backcheck, just when you think that there’s no chance you’re going to catch up,” Toews said. “He’s amazing.” The Blackhawks’ dressing room is loaded with highly accomplished star. But Hossa … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:21:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose returns; Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson outshine Melo, Knicks in Bulls’ opening win ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — Forty-five million dollars can buy a lot of things these days. As Carmelo Anthony learned on Wednesday, victories aren’t necessarily one of them. The perennial All-Star had a tough decision to make over the summer: Play for the Bulls and leave $45 million on the table or sign a $124 million contract as a free agent and return to the Knicks. For the 48 minutes the Bulls and Knicks went at it at Madison Square Garden in the opener, it looked like a bad decision. Thanks to 22 points from Taj Gibson, the Bulls dismantled Anthony and … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:13:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Joe Maddon, Cubs historic deal announcement could come Thursday ]]> Lead story image

The Cubs were poised to make their biggest free-agent splash in the Theo Epstein era Wednesday night, closing in on a multiyear deal to hire Joe Maddon as their manager, according to several sources. ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:11:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ MVP Bumgarner carries Giants to World Series title; earns 5-inning save in Game 7 ]]> Lead story image

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The San Francisco Giants had the Kansas City Royals right where they wanted – leading them by a run in Game 7 of the World Series, with series MVP Madison Bumgarner warming up in the bullpen. Nearly untouchable and certainly unflinching in two stellar starts in Games 1 and 5, Bumgarner pitched on two days rest in relief and showed Royals manager Ned Yost that he can pitch in relief, too, tossing five scoreless innings to close out the Giants 3-2 win in Game 7 Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium. “Bumgarner’s a great starting pitcher,’’ Yost said … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:09:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Scott Darling once again strong, but Gibson, Ducks clip Blackhawks 1-0 ]]> Lead story image

It’s still October, still nearly six months away from the playoffs. But at what point does a blip become a trend? The story through the first 10 percent of the season is that, no matter how hard they try, the Blackhawks just can’t score. And their 1-0 loss Tuesday to the Anaheim Ducks at the United Center was more of the same. Devante Smith-Pelly scored on a short-handed breakaway midway through the third period after Brent Seabrook lost an edge trying to hold in a puck at the point to give the Ducks the victory in a battle between two … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:07:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose meets Melo, the player he didn’t want ]]> Lead story image

Derrick Rose has said all the right things since Carmelo Anthony opted to return to the New York Knicks rather than sign with the Bulls as a free agent during the summer. ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:25:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Royals force Game 7, hammer Giants 10-0 in World Series ]]> Lead story image

KANSAS CITY, Mo -- There will be a Game 7. There was little doubt of that early on Tuesday after the Kansas City Royals scored seven runs in the second inning, knocking out former White Sox Jake Peavy en route to a 10-0 blowout victory over the San Francisco Giants in Game 6 of the World Series. Yordano Ventura pitched seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball, and Mike Moustakas doubled and homered. Lorenzo Cain drove in three runs and Eric Hosmer had two RBI for the Royals. Veteran right-handers Jeremy Guthrie of the Royals and Tim Hudson of the Giants … ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:21:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ First-and-10: Bears passed on Bruce Arians for Marc Trestman ]]> Lead story image

MARK POTASH: It’s not just that Marc Trestman and the Bears are 3-5. It’s that Bruce Arians and the Arizona Cardinals are 6-1. ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:14:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ 5 Keys: Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and the new kids control Bulls’ fate ]]> Lead story image

Forward Taj Gibson, the Bulls’ Sixth Man of the Year candidate, nonchalantly let it be known Monday that the second unit, a work in progress, looks great in practice. ‘‘We’re playing great, playing against the starters,’’ he said. ‘‘We’re winning every time we play the starters. It’s all about the timing and us getting the right shots.’’ Wait, wait . . . you guys are beating the starters? Excitement shot into his voice, and his eyes lit up. ‘‘We beat them every day,’’ Gibson said. ‘‘We beat them every day, and I love it. The competitiveness and seeing us and the starters, … ]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:10:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jeremy Morin hopes he’s a pick to stick with Daniel Carcillo out ]]> Lead story image

The question has been the same every time Jeremy Morin is added to the Blackhawks’ roster. Is this the time when the winger will stay? After playing well at Rockford in the American Hockey League, Morin’s stints with the Hawks never have been prolonged opportunities with consistent playing time. The chances to impress coach Joel Quenneville go away, and the 23-year-old slides down the lineup and occasionally into the press box as a healthy scratch, or perhaps even back to the IceHogs. With Daniel Carcillo out for about a month with what looks like a right knee injury, Morin will … ]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:58:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rick Renteria hasn’t heard anything from Cubs while Joe Maddon rumors swirl ]]> Lead story image

A year ago, Rick Renteria was told to wait: The Cubs liked him for their managerial opening from the first week of the hiring process but needed to check out other options before signing him. Now he’s not even being told that much. In fact, barely a month after team president Theo Epstein said Renteria would “absolutely” return for a second season as manager, multiple sources say neither Epstein nor ownership has contacted Renteria during four days of coast-to-coast reports that he’s likely to be replaced by sudden free agent Joe Maddon. While Renteria twists in the wind of growing … ]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:29:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Glenn Robinson III in battle for roster spot with Timberwolves ]]> Lead story image

Glenn Robinson III took a pass on the perimeter, drove the baseline past a defender and took off for an authoritative dunk during a recent Minnesota Timberwolves practice. That small moment provided a reaction from teammates and coaches that is a microcosm of their impressions of Robinson so far this NBA preseason: The former Lake Central High School and University of Michigan standout is coming on. “Everything about him is quiet, but it’s a sneaky quiet,” said Minnesota guard Mo Williams, a 12-year NBA veteran. “He’s more athletic than you think. He can shoot the ball way better than you … ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 02:06:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Robbie Hummel brings seasoned approach to his second year with the Timberwolves ]]> Lead story image

Robbie Hummel is entering his second season in the NBA, but on the Minnesota Timberwolves, that nearly makes him a veteran. After all, Hummel is six years older than the T-Wolves’ two notable rookies: top overall pick Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and fellow first-round selection Zach LaVine of UCLA. They were one-and-done college players. Meanwhile, Valparaiso High School graduate Hummel spent five years at Purdue after two well-documented knee injuries. He then played in Spain for one season before averaging 3.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 53 games as an NBA rookie last year. “When you’re around Robbie you get … ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 02:07:02 -0500