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ICYMI: Bears to face Eagles in playoffs; Bulls split a pair on the road; Blackhawks make a deal

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ICYMI: Bears to face Eagles in playoffs; Bulls split a pair on the road; Blackhawks make a deal

The Bears won for the 12th time in the regular season and will face the Eagles in the playoffs, the Bulls split a pair of games on the road and the Blackhawks dealt Brandon Manning. Here's what you might have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports:

Bears

The Bears beat the Vikings 24-10, eliminating them from playoff contention. The Bears imposed their will on a Vikings team that didn't have many answers. Matt Nagy's win-at-all-costs approach paid off with no major injuries and a win to go with it.

The 49ers didn't give the Bears the help they needed for a first-round bye. Instead the Rams got the bye and the Bears will host the Eagles on Sunday. Nick Foles won yet again for Philly, but picked up an injury in the fourth quarter and did not return.

Bulls

On Friday, the Bulls went to the nation's capital and got a win at the Wizards, 101-92. Wendell Carter Jr, Zach LaVine and Robin Lopez all had good games. It was the Bulls' third win in four games, the first such stretch of the season.

Meanwhile, Jabari Parker opened up to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune about his current status on the team.

On Sunday, the Bulls muddied up a game in Toronto, but fell 95-89. Chandler Hutchison was a standout off the bench with 11 points on 5-for-5 shooting in 14 minutes. Also, Robin Lopez fought another mascot.

Blackhawks

The Blackhawks kept up the positive momentum of late with an overtime win in Colorado. The Blackhawks have won five of their last six, but are still seven points out of a playoff spot.

A day later, the Blackhawks traded Brandon Manning to Edmonton in a four-player swap.

Next up, the Winter Classic against the Bruins at Notre Dame Stadium on New Year's Day.

Lawrence Cherono outkicks second and third to win 2019 Chicago Marathon

Lawrence Cherono outkicks second and third to win 2019 Chicago Marathon

After 26.2 miles of winding through the packed streets of Chicago on a quintessential day to run, with unbeatable forty-degree fall temperatures, the men’s 2019 Chicago Marathon came down to one second.

Kenyan runner Lawrence Cherono outkicked Ethiopian runners Debela Dejene and Asefa Mengstu in the final 400 meters to win the men’s elite race. After running 26 miles and some change, the top three band of runners looked like they were coming down the home stretch of an 800-meter track race rather than the final minute of their endurance run.

Long-winded, yet determined to fight for first, Cherono, Dejene, and Mengstu finished within three seconds of each other – the closest podium finish in Chicago Marathon history. It was such a close margin that the entourage of people gathering around the finish and crowding Michigan Ave. had to crane their necks to see Cherono cross first. 

Some may have been surprised that British distance runner Mo Farah, last year’s champion, wasn’t in the mix. Farah competed again this year but finished more than four minutes off his winning time last year of 2:05:11.

Leading the men’s elite field this October, Cherono ran a 2:05:45, topping his winning time from April's Boston Marathon (2:07:57). He is the first man since 2006 to win both titles in the same year – the latter, secured in a second.

 

Brigid Kosgei sets new women's world record at 2019 Chicago Marathon

Brigid Kosgei sets new women's world record at 2019 Chicago Marathon

Greatness and Chicago sports seem to go hand-in-hand. 

Brigid Kosgei won the women's elite title at Sunday's 2019 Chicago Marathon, clocking in at a swift 2:14:04. The 25-year-old broke the previous marathon world record, which Paula Radcliffe (2:15:25) set at the London Marathon in 2003. Kosgei also won the women's elite title at the 2018 Chicago Marathon. 

Kosgei and Radcliffe came together for a celebratory photo after Sunday's race.

Lawrence Cherono won the men's elite title with a time of 2:05:45, narrowly beating Dejene Debela, who finished one second back.