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While Jorge Soler has a blast with Cubs, Kris Bryant waits his turn

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 …

 

Bears’ Danny McCray raises game, should start at free safety

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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 …

Despite White Sox’ struggles, Jose Abreu’s bat remains hot

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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 …

Jorge Soler goes deep in first at-bat; Cubs fall 7-5 to Reds

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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. …

10 Bears to watch: Santonio Holmes first up

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MARK POTASH: Santonio Holmes is used to ­sitting out the last preseason game. But he wants to play Thursday night. Maybe he needs to.

Paul Konerko ready to put the game aside

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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 …

Jordan Lynch’s fate still up in the air

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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 …

Cubs ready for Soler power, top Reds 3-0

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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 …

Hahn knows White Sox still have work to do, fall to Indians in 10

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The White Sox plan on being contenders next season, which is more than they planned on being in 2014.

So there is progress — at least in terms of goals being set for 2015.

‘‘That’s absolutely our intent,’’ general manager Rick Hahn said before the …

Derrick Rose unimpressive as U.S. tops Slovenia 101-71

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Mike Krzyzewski is done asking Derrick Rose how he feels. The Team USA coach made that evident Monday night before Tuesday’s 101-71 win over Slovenia in the final exhibition game at the Gran Canaria Arena in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. ‘‘I asked [Rose …

Bears’ special teams need a lot of work

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The Bears miss Devin Hester, but they also miss Blake Costanzo. Heck, they miss Eric Weems — and they cut him a week ago. The Bears’ special teams look like a mess less than two weeks before their regular-season opener. They’re no closer to finding …

Upside played in Jimmy Clausen’s favor in winning backup QB job

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Even though he insisted Monday that the battle for Jay Cutler’s backup position had been close, coach Marc Trestman offered an unimpeachable explanation for why the team chose Jimmy Clausen over Jordan Palmer. “Jimmy’s played a lot more football in this league,” Trestman said. “He’s …

Bears coaches saw enough to make a call on concussed Chris Conte

Chris Conte played “fast” and “aggressive” with “no hesitation” before suffering a concussion on Friday, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said Monday. Despite having played only part of one game after recovering from shoulder surgery, the Bears have seen enough to be able to judge the …

Tyler Flowers faces an uncertain future with White Sox

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White Sox general manager Rick Hahn will table discussion about Tyler Flowers — or most any other 2015 personnel decisions — until the end of the season. And that’s OK with Flowers, who knows he’s just good enough to have a starting job and not …

Kyle Hendricks cites Maddux, Peavy as biggest influences

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Maybe it’s no coincidence Cubs rookie right-hander Kyle Hendricks so often is compared to Hall of Famer Greg Maddux. After all, Maddux was one of his childhood idols, a pitcher to pattern himself after.

‘‘Growing up, I watched Greg Maddux a lot,’’ Hendricks said. ‘‘I’ve …

If Bears can learn from blowout loss, then it was worthwhile

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MARK POTASH: If only the Bears had played the Oakland Raiders again in the third preseason game, things might look a little brighter around here.