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Chicago power couple battle

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Chicago power couple battle

Summer is a time for barbecues, beaches and baseball.Although football may be a few months away from taking center-stage, believe itor not Bears fans you do have some offseason entertainment right under yournoses. Thats right, there is a power couple battle brewing here in Chicagobetween quarterback Jay Cutler and his fianc Kristin Cavallari as theysquare-off with linebacker Brian Urlacher and his new girlfriend JennyMcCarthy.Cutler and Cavallari are a hot item and have been sincetheir courtship began almost two years ago. Adding to the sizzle is the newsthat the two are expecting their first child, a baby boy, in the coming months.While they may not be quite as popular as their counterpartsat this very moment, Urlacher and McCarthy are well-seasoned celebrities withstaying power. Rumors of the two dating were confirmed in May, but everyone wantsto know how long the couple will stay together? The 39-year-old McCarthy rose to fame with her 1993 Playboy spread, which in turn led to along and impactful acting career (See BASEketball).Joking aside, McCarthy has received great reviews for herappearances on countless television shows including: Baywatch, Home Improvement,The Drew Caray Show, Just Shoot Me!, My Name is Earl and Two and Half Men. The always-entertaining McCarthy is set to shine as the newhost of Love in the Wild, whichreturns to NBC with a two-hour season premiere Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (CT).Cavallari burst on the scene in MTVs Laguna Beach in 2004 and furthered her career on The Hills. She showed she has some dancemoves as well, with a 2011 appearance on Dancingwith the Stars. Cavallari received areputation as a heel on The Hills,but of course it is unfair to hold that against her in real-life when itsurfaced that almost all of the show was scripted. Motherhood will certainly keep Cavallari busy in theshort-term, but a return to showbiz should never be completely ruled out in2013 and beyond.When we take the debate to the football field, there isreally no comparison. Brian Urlacher is an institution in both the city ofChicago and the NFL. Sure, Jay Cutler is the Bears star quarterback, but hissuccess pales in comparison to the more established Urlacher.Urlacher is an eight-time Pro Bowler at middle linebackerand has accumulated almost 1,300 tackles in 170 games during his 12-year career.He has helped the Bears to multiple division titles, two NFC Championship appearancesand one unsuccessful trip to Super Bowl XLI.Cutler has been selected to just one Pro Bowl (2008), whilethrowing for more than 18,000 yards, 117 touchdowns and 86 interceptions duringhis six-year career. Cutler did help the Bears reach the 2010 NFC Championshipgame, but was unable to stay on the field due to injury, which ended up leadingto a very painful loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Packers. So what do you think Bears fans? Who wins this Chicago powercouple battle? Is it the up-and-coming Cutler-Cavallari combo or the moreaccomplished Urlacher-McCarthy tandem?

Chris Sale labors in World Series opener for Red Sox

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Chris Sale labors in World Series opener for Red Sox

When Chris Sale was with the White Sox, fans dreamed of seeing him headline a postseason playoff rotation.

That never materialized in his time with the White Sox, but Sale is headlining a World Series rotation for the Red Sox. The 29-year-old pitched Game 1 for the Red Sox against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Sale didn't last long, making it into the fifth and getting pulled before recording an out. In those 4+ innings, Sale gave up three runs while striking out seven.

One of the key plays of the game featured Manny Machado getting an RBI single against Sale in the third inning to tie the game at 2-2. Machado later had an RBI groundout to again tie the game in the fifth before Boston regained the lead in the bottom half of that inning.

Was that a meeting of the White Sox past (Sale) against the White Sox future (Machado)? Machado will be a highly sought after free agent this winter and the White Sox have been connected to the former Orioles infielder since last offseason.

Game 1 featured a stellar pitching matchup of Sale against Clayton Kershaw, but it didn't materialize as it looked on paper. Sale labored while Kershaw gave up five runs in 4+ innings.

This postseason hasn't been a standout one for Sale. The lefty has a 4.40 ERA in 16 1/3 innings over four appearances (three starts and a relief appearance).

The longer Chris Sale is with the Red Sox, the less this will feel relevant to the White Sox, but it is still something to see the longtime White Sox ace on the mound starting a World Series opener.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: A sprained MCL and Trubisky's performance. vs the Pats

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: A sprained MCL and Trubisky's performance. vs the Pats

David Haugh, Jordan Cornette, Shae Peppler join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00- Mark Schanowski joins SportsTalk Live to discuss Kris Dunn’s sprained MCL, Fred Hoiberg’s tough luck and Zach LaVine postgame criticisms of the coaching. Plus they’ll discuss another 0-3 team- LeBron’s Lakers.

20:00 – The panel discusses Mitchell Trubisky’s performance vs. the Patriots. Jordan makes the case that the media is giving the former No. 2 pick a pass.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

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