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Weather: February Thaw Continues This Week

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After a cold start Saturday morning with temperatures in the 20s, afternoon temperatures made an impressive jump to a high on 68 degrees in Philadelphia, just shy of tying the old record of 69 degrees. Expect near record high temperatures across the region again today with increasing sunshine this afternoon. The record high temperature today for PHL is ...

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Northwestern Tops Rutgers, 69-65

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Bryant McIntosh knew Northwestern needed to recover from losing three of its last four games. After all, the Wildcats are aiming for their first NCAA Tournament appearance. So he nailed a go-ahead 3 with 58 seconds left to hold off last-place Rutgers. “They have nothing to lose,” McIntosh said. “It’s easy to play with a little ...

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Oilers Beat Blackhawks, 3-1

CHICAGO (AP) — Cam Talbot made 38 saves, Connor McDavid scored his 20th goal and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-1, on Saturday night for their third straight win. Matt Benning and Milan Lucic also scored for Edmonton in the opener of its season-high six-game road trip. McDavid, who leads the NHL in points, fired into an empty ...

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Ricketts Addresses His Championship Cubs

By Bruce Levine Mesa, Ariz. CHICAGO (CBS) – Nowadays, to be the owner of the Chicago Cubs you would be considered the coolest person in the world; but that was not always the case for Tom Ricketts and his family members. The Ricketts clan went through some tough and frankly humbling periods, after purchasing the franchise for $855 million from ...

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Levine: Todd Frazier Likes What He Sees At White Sox Spring Training

GLENDALE, Ariz. (CBS) – For many Chicago White Sox players, it’s not all about the rebuild. Veterans like Todd Frazier believe there are many outstanding men left on the roster. The Chicago infielder believes the team can compete for something tangible this season. Frazier was in camp early. The 30-year-old slugger had a mixed bag of a season in 2016. ...

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Levine: Cubs’ Jon Lester Adjusting To Life Without David Ross

By Bruce Levine– MESA, Ariz. (CBS) — Success has followed Cubs left-hander Jon Lester around during his career, and he has three World Series rings to prove it. In Lester’s 11-year career, self-scrutiny has been a big part of his journey to championship-caliber pitching, which included a 3-1 record and 2.02 ERA in the playoffs last season that helped lead the Cubs ...

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Pace Of Play, Potential Strike Zone Changes On Baseball Deck

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Commissioner Rob Manfred says he can’t offer a prediction on how likely it is that baseball will be altering the strike zone this season. Manfred discussed that and other potential rule changes Thursday at the Detroit Tigers’ spring training complex, which was hosting a Grapefruit League media day. Manfred says there are ongoing discussions with the ...

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Jimmy Butler Has Quite The Unique Fashion Choice At Friday’s All-Star Festivities

(CBS) Judging from appearances, there’s a positive correlation between Bulls wing Jimmy Butler’s on-court performance and outrageousness of his fashion choices. Butler is playing the best basketball of his career, and he’s celebrated his third straight trip to the All-Star Game by wearing a ridiculous shirt to Friday’s festivities. #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/gIctI4Vb9T — Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) February 17, 2017 TFW you can’t decide ...

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Emma: NFLPA’s Threats Shouldn’t Affect Bears’ Free Agency

By Chris Emma– (CBS) The NFL Players Association has been loud in its words against Bears ownership, but it won’t matter much come this critical free agency period. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith recently expressed his displeasure for proposed workers’ compensation legislation that would lessen a part of the current protections and benefits for athletes. Under Illinois law, most injured ...

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The Bernstein Brief: Blackhawks Ahead Of Curve On Inclusivity

By Dan Bernstein– CBSChicago.com senior columnist (CBS) For a league that often has trouble staying out of its own way, the NHL has been surprisingly successful in leading the steady progress of acceptance of LGBT athletes in the sport. They have been powered in large part by the You Can Play project founded by Patrick Burke, the son of former ...

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Levine: Anthony Rizzo’s Leadership Role Is Timely For Cubs

By Bruce Levine– MESA, Ariz. (CBS) — The defending champion Cubs lost an irreplaceable leader with the retirement of veteran catcher David Ross in the offseason. When such a leadership void exists, the usual response is along the lines of “all of us must be leaders,” but that’s easier said than done. The right leadership for a team varies as ...

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Bulls’ Dwyane Wade Out Against Celtics With Illness

By Cody Westerlund– (CBS) Bulls guard Dwyane Wade will miss Thursday evening’s home contest against the Celtics with an illness, the team’s final game before the All-Star break. Wade wasn’t present at the United Center. “He’s going to stay home tonight,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. Wade had missed the previous two games with a thumb injury and also missed a game ...

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Blackhawks Recall Tanner Kero, Nick Schmaltz

(CBS) With the Blackhawks’ break coming to an end, the team has recalled forwards Tanner Kero and Nick Schmaltz from the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs. Forward Vinnie Hinostroza and defenseman Gustav Forsling remain in Rockford. The Blackhawks shipped the four players to the AHL affiliate during this mandated week off, a move which not only allowed practice time for AHL-eligible players but ...

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Isaiah Thomas Continues To Make Celtics History

By Brian Robb, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — It’s been a busy two months for Isaiah Thomas when it comes to the franchise record books. The 5-foot-9 point guard began to put his name among Celtic legends with a team-record 29-point fourth quarter against Miami Heat in late December, but he’s only built on that performance in the following weeks. ...

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Levine: James Shields Looks To Rebound From Disastrous 2016 Season

By Bruce Levine– GLENDALE, Ariz. (CBS) — White Sox right-hander James Shields had the worst season of any starting pitcher in baseball last year, which both the numbers and eye test support. Even Shields himself won’t deny it after going 6-19 with a 5.85 ERA and 1.60 WHIP while allowing 40 homers in 181 2/3 forgettable innings. The question now is how ...

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Theo Epstein: First Championship Doesn’t Make These Cubs Any Less Hungry For Next One

(CBS) As the Cubs have opened spring training as the defending champions after breaking a 108-year title drought, multiple members have already spoken about the importance of avoiding complacency. Third baseman Kris Bryant called it “one of the worst words out there,” and manager Joe Maddon has stressed the mantra of being “uncomfortable” to keep an edge. President of baseball operations ...

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Set To Hit The Open Market, CB A.J. Bouye Would Fit For Bears

By Chris Emma– (CBS) A.J. Bouye bet on himself this season and will soon reap the rewards. With the Texans seeming unlikely to tender the franchise tag on Bouye, as the Houston Chronicle reported, he’s in line to hit the open market as one of the top cornerbacks available. Bouye declined a lesser offer last spring, believing he was worthy of more. Houston has ...

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The Bernstein Brief: Jimmy Rollins Could Say More About Role With White Sox

By Dan Bernstein– CBSChicago.com senior columnist (CBS) Former White Sox infielder Jimmy Rollins sure sounded candid in his descriptions of the confused clubhouse last year, but something important was missing, particularly when he talked about the sudden retirement of Adam LaRoche. LaRoche walked away from the game because the organization asked him to curtail his bizarre practice of having his son ...

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Emma: As Northwestern Chases History, Buzz Is Growing In Evanston

By Chris Emma– EVANSTON (CBS) — It was 25 years ago Chris Collins first competed at Welsh-Ryan Arena, then as Illinois’ Mr. Basketball leading Glenbrook North. He still recalls the packed house, with a palpable energy in the old building for a high school game. More than two decades later, Collins was named Northwestern’s head basketball coach and Welsh-Ryan Arena ...

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Gabriel: Scouting North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky

By Greg Gabriel– (CBS) One of the more interesting players in this year’s NFL Draft is North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky — not because he may lack talent but because he lacks experience. Going back years when scouts and coaches evaluated quarterbacks, one of the first comments they would look at is the number of games the player started and how many passes ...

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Jimmy Rollins On 2016 White Sox: ‘A Clubhouse In Disarray’

(CBS) Former White Sox shortstop Jimmy Rollins had some sharp words Wednesday in explaining how the team’s 2016 season spiraled out of control following the Adam LaRoche retirement drama. Now with the Giants, Rollins reflected on his brief tenure with the White Sox, which lasted about fourth months in 2016, from his February signing to being designated for assignment in ...

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Levine: Kris Bryant, Cubs Know Avoiding Complacency Is Key Now

By Bruce Levine– MESA, Ariz. (CBS) — It was a whirlwind offseason for Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, the reigning National League MVP who has taken baseball by storm in becoming a superstar at age 25. Bryant’s offseason was highlighted by getting married to high school sweetheart Jessica in January, two months after helping the Cubs win a historic World Series title last November. ...

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Bernstein: Mike Matheny, LeSean McCoy Afraid Of Numbers

By Dan Bernstein–CBSChicago.com senior columnist (CBS) This is probably the first and last time that St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy will be discussed together in the same story. But they made quite the pair this week in fighting a losing battle on separate fronts that were equally stupid. Both men seem thin-skinned when ...

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Levine: Jose Quintana Preps For Season, Knows Trade Talk Will Continue Swirling

By Bruce Levine– GLENDALE, Ariz. (CBS) — No player has found himself in trade rumors more often this offseason than White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana. The fact that the 27-year-old Quintana is still in a Chicago uniform as spring training opened is a minor upset. As they’ve embarked on a rebuild, White Sox officials are holding their ground and demanding a strong cache ...

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The Next Aaron Rodgers? Endorsements Piling Up For Jimmy Garoppolo

By Chris Emma– (CBS) Whether Jimmy Garoppolo can be a franchise quarterback remains to be seen, but the endorsements are piling up. Recently, former Bears and Browns quarterback Josh McCown stated that Garoppolo has “tremendous upside” and “can carry a franchise.” Now, Patriots teammate Julian Edelman is backing what the 25-year-old Garoppolo can be. “Jimmy Garoppolo, the guy’s a stud,” Edelman said ...

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