Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Bears steal stunning comeback road win over 49ers ]]> Lead story image

A devasting injury to Charles Tillman. Another to Chris Conte. Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery limping. This is where the Chicago Bears’ season was supposed to fall apart. Except it didn’t. ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:02:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ NASCAR at Chicagoland: Risky pass nets big reward for Brad Keselowski ]]> Lead story image

The cars in front of him were two-wide — very wide. Wide enough, anyway, to leave open a spot in the middle. Brad Keselowski had to make a decision. The lure? The biggest was to win, and automatically get in to the next round of the ­NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase. Keselowski went for it, and split the middle between Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick. The pass ­provided the wildest of many wild moments in the closing laps of the 400 on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet. Keselowski went into the day as the top-ranking of the 16 drivers … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:03:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pirates’ Russell Martin would be perfect fit for 2015 Cubs ]]> Lead story image

PITTSBURGH — Of all the free agents who might be available to the Cubs this winter, one of the easiest to overlook also might be one of the best fits. Assuming the turnaround starts next year, as team officials suggest, and that building a long-term pitching staff starts to become a priority, then there might not be a better-equipped position player on the market than Pirates linchpin Russell Martin. It would take pulling the plug on Welington Castillo as the Cubs’ catcher of the future, a proposition that is already the subject of internal debate. It also likely would take … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:21:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Twins spark memories for Paul Konerko ]]> Lead story image

Minnesota Twins All-Star Joe Mauer and his manager, Ron Gardenhire, fought classic on-field battles with the White Sox — and always with admiring respect for Sox captain Paul Konerko. “He was always an example to young players of how you should conduct yourself,” Mauer said. “I’ve had the unfortunate experience of seeing him rounding the bases on us many times,” Gardenhire said. “He’s that professional guy who handled himself on and off the field. He was the clutch hitter you hated to see come up in RBI situations. He had power, but he got to the point where he could … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:58:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose scoreless but healthy as Team USA takes gold ]]> Lead story image

It wasn’t always pretty for Bulls guard Derrick Rose in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. In fact, there might have been more ugly moments with the way he played. But when Rose returns to U.S. soil in the next few days, he will do so knowing his two surgically repaired knees are good to go for the start of what will be a very important season for the Bulls. And he also will be sporting a second gold medal. Despite Rose going scoreless for the second game in the tournament, his U.S. teammates did more than enough to run Serbia … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:07:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bears need precision on offense to overcome 49ers’ physical play ]]> Lead story image

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Bears safety Ryan Mundy didn’t have to think long when asked what makes the 49ers special. “Their physicality,” Mundy said. “They like to get into two-tight-end, three-tight-end sets and just go out there and bully you. We’re going to have to bring our big-boy pads and make sure we get those guys to the ground.” Heading into Sunday night’s game against the 49ers, the question facing the Bears is whether they even have “big-boy pads.” The toughness that defines teams such as the 49ers and — to an even greater degree, the Seahawks — is ingrained … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:31:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bulls brass says stats belie Derrick Rose’s FIBA success ]]> Lead story image

The numbers really don’t scream “success.’’ Bulls point guard Derrick Rose will enter the gold-medal game of the FIBA World Cup against Serbia on Sunday shooting 15-for-55 (27 percent), including 1-for-17 from beyond the three-point line. He has averaged 5.4 points per game. That isn’t exactly meeting expectations. But to Rose and his bosses, numbers be damned. “I would give it an A in my mind,’’ Rose told reporters, pointing out the fact that he has played in only 10 regular-season games since the 2012 playoffs because of two knee surgeries. “Just coming off of what I had to go … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:35:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cubs manager Rick Renteria confident his job is safe ]]> Lead story image

PITTSBURGH — The rookie-development program the Cubs are running at the big-league level has conspicuously included first-year manager Rick Renteria, whose game management has been called into question by longtime baseball people inside and outside the organization. But if Renteria is concerned about his job security, especially heading into a 2015 season that figures to bring higher expectations, he’s not letting it show. “I don’t worry about my job. Never have,” said Renteria, who signed a three-year contract when he took the position last fall. “I’ve never done it as a minor-league coach or big-league coach. I focus on my … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:28:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ White Sox enjoying 1-2 punch of Chris Sale-Jose Quintana ]]> Lead story image

The White Sox are defying conventional wisdom by riding two left-handers at the top of their rotation. But conventional wisdom doesn’t really apply to a pair of left-handers that have been as good as Chris Sale and Jose Quintana this season. Sale is the undisputed No. 1, but Quintana quietly has become No. 1A behind the American League’s ERA leader. Quintana continued to do what he does best Saturday against the Twins: pitched seven strong innings and gave the Sox a chance to win. And this time, for a change, the left-hander actually came away the victor after a 5-1 … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:34:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ 10 Bears Question Marks: Week 2 at 49ers ]]> Lead story image

After one loss to the better-than-expected Buffalo Bills, the Bears’ season is over in the eyes of many pundits. “One thing we talk about is poise in the noise,” linebacker Lance Briggs said. Oh, there will be plenty of noise against the San Francisco 49ers, who host the Bears in the opener of Levi’s Stadium. Here are the “Question Marks” for Week 2: 1. Can the Bears move the ball without center Roberto Garza and guard Matt Slauson? Yes. Guard Michael Ola and center Brain de la Puente played really well in place of Slauson and Garza. Pro Football Focus’ … ]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:41:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bears could be without top three receivers vs. 49ers ]]> Lead story image

With the possibility looming that the Bears could face the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night without their top three receivers, Pro Bowl wideout Alshon Jeffery participated on a limited basis in practice Friday at Halas Hall. He had not practiced all week because of the hamstring injury that limited him in the second half of the opener. “I felt pretty good out there,” he said. “But, like I said, it ain’t the game. A game and practice are different.” Brandon Marshall, fighting an injured right ankle, took part in the walk-through portion, which coach Marc Trestman called a light … ]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 02:14:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ A trying trial by fire for Cubs’ kids as losing streak hits seven ]]> Lead story image

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Jose Quintana’s name hasn’t been tossed around with the game’s elite. That’s not surprising given Quintana is the second-best pitcher on a White Sox team that is 14 games under .500. But it’s mid-September and Clayton Kershaw, Jon Lester, Chris Sale and David Price are the only left-handers in baseball with a better WAR than Quintana. WAR, or wins above replacement, is an all-encompassing metric designed to show how many more wins a player is worth to his team than an average bench player or minor league call-up. Quintana’s WAR of 4.7 —meaning he’s generated 4.7 more wins for the … ]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 02:13:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bulls show off stunning new practice facility ]]> Lead story image

Oh, what Carmelo Anthony could have had. A locker room straight out of a high-end Italian furniture catalog, a theater-like film room with a 95-inch screen, therapeutic hydro-pools — a 60,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art practice facility that will be the model for the rest of the NBA to emulate. “Well, it was hard back then because that was July 1 and I can’t tell you how much has been done in that time,’’ Bulls vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said Friday, recalling the tour then-free agent Carmelo Anthony was given of the Advocate Center. “It looked nothing like this. It … ]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:15:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tony Stewart set to go in NASCAR event at Chicagoland Speedway ]]> Lead story image

As the investigation into an accident that resulted in the death of 20-year-old sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. comes to a close, Tony Stewart will be continuing his return to racing this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet. ]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:15:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Another act of regression ]]> Lead story image

Just like that, the lid was back on. After an apparent breakout game in the FIBA World Cup quarterfinals against Slovenia, Derrick Rose (four points) was back to his passive ways, shooting 1-for-8 from the field in Team USA’s 96-68 semifinal victory Thursday over Lithuania in Barcelona. Thanks to 16 points in the third quarter by James Harden and a game-high 18 points from Kyrie Irving, Team USA will play in the gold-medal game Sunday against the winner of the Serbia-France semifinal Friday. And while Rose’s scoring hasn’t been needed in the tournament, his showing Tuesday gave coach Mike Krzyzewski … ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:38:58 -0500