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White Sox help Royals come alive in 7-1 loss

Mike Moustakas homered twice, Bruce Chen pitched five effective innings and the Kansas City Royals snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-1 rout of the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. Moustakas, who has 12 homers this season, went 3 for 5 with three …


Jeff Samardzija would love to have Darwin Barney join him on A’s


OAKLAND, Calif. — If Jeff Samardzija has his way, Darwin Barney will have his back again in the middle of the infield the next time Samardzija pitches. And if Samardzija’s boss, Billy Beane, is asking, the Oakland Athletics’ new ace will tell him. “I would …

Kevin Love to Bulls? That’s a tricky one


If the Bulls are back in the Kevin Love sweepstakes, as ESPN reported Tuesday, that would be news to a source close to the situation.

“I would like to know which side let that out,’’ the source said, inferring that it sounded more like the …

Confident in the Bears? Take our test


Playoffs or bust.

In an unscientific fan poll by Comcast SportsNet on Monday, 50 percent of the responders said their minimum expectation for the Bears this season is to make the playoffs. That seems like a reasonable measurement of success — and failure — for …

Chris Sale keeps getting better; White Sox win 3-1


Is Chris Sale getting better in his third year as a starting pitcher?

“Yes, because he’s controlling his emotions a little more,’’ pitching coach Don Cooper said last week. “He’s staying under control better. He’s been growing each year.’’

If Cooper — who missed a …

Bulls sign Kirk Hinrich, Cameron Bairstow


Monday proved to be something old and something new for the Bulls, as the organization announced that they officially signed veteran guard Kirk Hinrich, as well as second-round pick Cameron Bairstow.

Anthony Rizzo named NL Player of the Week


Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has picked up where he left off after earning his first All-Star selection.

Rizzo on Monday was named National League player of the week after going 5-for-11 with three home runs and four RBI in the Cubs’ weekend series against …

Cliff Stein is the Bears’ money man


PAT FINLEY: The maitre d’ at the Ritz-Carlton was right: No one could overhear their conversation. Three men sat in a glass-enclosed room in March at a tapas bar in Orlando, Fla

Rory McIlroy wins British Open for 3rd major


HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy had to work a little harder and sweat a little more. No matter. Just like his other two majors, this British Open was never really in doubt. With two key birdies around the turn, and a powerful tee shot at just the right moment, McIlroy completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday at Royal Liverpool and captured the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

White Sox fail to sweep after 11-7 loss to Astros


Matt Dominguez hit a two-run homer and a tiebreaking RBI double, and the Houston Astros tied their season high with 17 hits in an 11-7 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday that prevented a three-game sweep. Chicago fell behind 4-0 early and tied …

Losses continue to mount for Cubs


PHOENIX — If the Cubs thought it was hot over the weekend, wait till they get to August with this gutted pitching staff and the likelihood of being down a few more traded veterans by then.

“It’s just the situation we’re in as far as …

NASCAR Nationwide: Elliott vaults into points lead with win in Joliet


Chase Elliott didn’t have a particularly good Friday at Chicagoland Speedway during practice sessions for Saturday’s Nationwide series 300. “Our car had speed at times, we just weren’t as good the whole time as I wanted to be,” he said. The 18-year-old has a …

Rory is one and only story


HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy looked as though he just had thrown the knockout punch at the British Open, and it was only Saturday. When McIlroy rolled in a 10-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole for a 4-under-par 68, he straightened his back, stared …

Tyler Flowers powers White Sox past Astros


Paul Konerko was asked before the game Saturday about how different things would be for the White Sox if they hadn’t signed Jose Abreu last fall. Abreu was courted by many suitors, including the Astros, who were willing to invest tens of millions in a …

Diamondbacks blast struggling Cubs, Travis Wood


PHOENIX — Miguel Montero hit a go-ahead, three-run double in the fifth, Paul Goldschmidt added a two-run homer, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Chicago Cubs 9-3 on Saturday night.

Goldschmidt, with Montero a National League All-Star, went 3 for 3. He also scored three …

Wings and losses for Bulls


Coach Tom Thibodeau still has some work to do. About 19 points per game of work to do. That’s what was lost when Luol Deng was traded to the Cavaliers last January. And after a flurry of offseason moves in the last month, those points …