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Bears hold on for 27-19 win, improve to 2-1

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It took an interception returned for a touchdown, another corralled in the end zone and a recovery of a fumbled punt to mask the Bears’ worst offensive game of the season. It took two backup safeties to make up for shoulder …


Chris Bassitt outduels fellow rookie for 2-0 White Sox win


DETROIT — Right-hander Chris Bassitt outdueled lefty Kyle Lobstein in a matchup of rookie pitchers Monday night, and the visiting White Sox defeated the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers 2-0.

Making his fourth start and second against the Tigers, Bassitt (1-1) pitched 7 2/3 scoreless …

MLB forms committee to find ways to speed up game


If you thought the Cubs’ four-game series against the Dodgers felt long, you weren’t alone. The teams played four consecutive regulation-length games of 3½ hours or more last weekend, with the average game lasting 3 hours, 43 minutes. As if on cue, Major League Baseball …

Joey Logano wins at New Hampshire in 2nd Chase race


LOUDON, N.H. — Raised in Connecticut, Joey Logano always considered New Hampshire his home track, the one where he dreamed of being bathed in confetti in Victory Lane and flocked by family and friends. For Logano, the track about 75 miles outside of Boston was …

Andrew Luck throws 4 TDs, Colts rout Jaguars


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — This was the kind of game many anticipated from Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts this season. It’s also what most have come to expect from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Luck threw four touchdown passes — three of them in a lopsided first …

Phil Emery’s Bears came up big against 49ers; they must do the same vs. Jets


General manager Phil Emery was the biggest winner last week when the Bears rallied improbably to beat the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. The enthusiastic high-fives Emery was giving players in the celebratory locker room said this was more than just another game.

The comeback had …

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Avisail Garcia hits two HRs in White Sox’ 10-5 win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Avisail Garcia hit two home runs and a single, Marcus Semien also went deep and John Danks held the Tampa Bay Rays without a hit through the first five innings of the White Sox’ 10-5 victory Sunday at Tropicana Field. The …

Kemp, Puig lead Dodgers past Cubs 8-5


Matt Kemp homered and had four RBIs, Yasiel Puig scored a career-high four times and the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers used six pitchers to beat the Chicago Cubs 8-5 on Sunday.

Kemp had four hits for the Dodgers, who clinched a playoff berth on …

Chris Conte has solidified safety spot after rough 2013, offseason surgery


Full of joy and relief, all he wanted to do was run. Chris Conte was the Bears’ deep safety on a third-quarter third down in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills. Receiver Marquise Goodwin was bunched to the right and ran a crossing pattern toward …

‘Stick to sports’ doesn’t make sense anymore


MORRISSEY: Stick to sports. I can’t tell you how many times readers have sent me that admonishment. One problem: Sports is life, and life is sports. There is no separating them. They’re entwined.

Chris Coghlan hits two HRs to help Cubs rally past Dodgers


Chris Coghlan proved Saturday there’s still some fun to be had this season at Wrigley Field.

Coghlan hit two home runs, including a go-ahead blast in the eighth inning, and matched career highs with four hits and three RBI in the Cubs’ 8-7 victory against …

White Sox stymied by Chris Archer, Rays in defeat


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Right-hander Chris Archer held the White Sox to two hits in 6 1/3 innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays held on for a 3-1 victory Saturday night at Tropicana Field.

Jose Abreu singled to center in the first inning and Avisail …

Brandon Marshall’s news conference creates minimal distraction factor


From a 40-minute news conference with receiver Brandon Marshall to Devin Hester saying he was unhappy his last few years in Chicago, there has been a lot to discuss this week. But not too much about the New York Jets, who, if you didn’t know, …

Edwin Jackson gets only 2 outs as Dodgers rout Cubs


Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw took the mound with a six-run head start Friday. That’s because Cubs right-hander Edwin Jackson, making his first start since Aug.  20, was in familiar form. Jackson gave up five of those six runs before getting yanked with two outs in the …

White Sox expected to retire Paul Konerko’s No. 14


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Paul Konerko said he’d play in the last homestand of his career if it meant “taking the three ugliest swings and striking out.’’

Thankfully for the retiring White Sox captain, it shouldn’t be that ugly. Two and a half weeks after …

Marshall says domestic violence a problem in all of society, not just NFL


At an emotional and sometimes bizarre news conference Thursday, Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall bared his soul, then defended himself.