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Hamilton staying patient in recovery process

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Hamilton staying patient in recovery process

ORLANDORip Hamilton didnt take part in the Bulls record-setting win over the Magic Monday night, but the veteran shooting guard is slowly working his way back from his right-shoulder injury, so he can participate in even more significant games for the team.

Getting better every day. I think thats the key thing that we want, to get better every day and not have any setbacks, and weve been doing that so far, Hamilton said of his recovery from a freak injury suffered when he ran into a screen set by Pacers All-Star center Roy Hibbert.

We just want to continue to get it better each and every day. Its really hard to put a timetable on it. As long as we continue to progress, I just hope for the best, really.

Hamilton, known as a fierce competitor throughout his 13-year NBA career, wants to be back on the court, but understands that not only are the injury-plagued Bulls winning games without their starting backcourt of himself and Rose, but being as close to 100 percent as possible for the seasons stretch run would behoove the team.

Just a few days ago, I was just able to get my hand over my head, so that was the biggest thing. We shot a little bit underneath the basketone foot, two feet outso as long as I get better, Im happy with it, he explained.

The pain is still there. I think even when I come back, theres still going to be pain. I dont think its something where its going to be pain-free. I know time is not on my side, so I know when I come back, theres probably still going to be pain. So, the biggest thing with me is trying to get my range of motion, where Im going to be able to shoot the ball because its my right side.

Blackhawks release 2018-19 schedule

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Blackhawks release 2018-19 schedule

Uncap those markers and start circling your calendars, Blackhawks fans. The 2018-19 season is officially out.

The Blackhawks will kick off their 91st campaign in franchise history with a road contest against the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. The home opener is set for Oct. 7, with an Original Six matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 6 p.m.

The Blackhawks have 14 back-to-back games, and the longest road trip of the season is three, which takes place five times over the course of the season; the longest homestand is four games, from Dec. 12-18.

The biggest highlight of the season will be the Original Six Winter Classic Showdown between the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins on Jan. 1 at Notre Dame Stadium. It will be the sixth outdoor appearance for Chicago, and fourth in the Winter Classic.

The Blackhawks will also square off with the defending champion Washington Capitals on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m., and welcome them to Chicago on Jan. 20, set for NBC's Game of the Week at 11:30 a.m.

Here's a look at the full schedule:

Chicago Bears Training Camp: Veteran and rookie report dates

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Chicago Bears Training Camp: Veteran and rookie report dates

Chicago Bears training camp is right around the corner with the first practice (non-padded) scheduled for July 21. 

Bears veterans and rookies will report a few days ahead of that first session to acclimate themselves to their new (for some) surroundings. Rookies report on July 16, with veterans coming three days later on July 19.

All eyes will be on QB Mitch Trubisky and the potentially high-flying offense under coach Matt Nagy. Training camp will take on extra importance because of the plethora of new faces on the roster and coaching staff as well as the installation of a completely new offensive scheme. It's critical that Trubisky builds chemistry with wide receivers Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller and Kevin White, all of whom he's never thrown a regular-season pass to. Add Trey Burton to that mix and a lot of miscues should be expected in the preseason.

The rookie class is led by linebacker Roquan Smith, who remains unsigned. With less than 30 days until rookies are required to report, a greater sense of urgency -- even if it's not quite a panic -- is certainly creeping in. Assuming he's signed in time, Smith should earn a starting role early in training camp and ascend to one of the defense's top all-around players. 

The Bears have higher-than-usual expectations heading into the 2018 season making fans eager for summer practices to get underway.