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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.

ICYMI: Cubs continue winning ways; Eloy Jimenez making strides in injury recovery; potential Blackhawks offseason targets

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ICYMI: Cubs continue winning ways; Eloy Jimenez making strides in injury recovery; potential Blackhawks offseason targets

The Cubs won two of three games against the Brewers, Eloy Jimenez took a positive step in his recovery from a high ankle sprain and who might the Blackhawks target this offseason? Here's what you might have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports:

Cubs

The Cubs continued their winning ways, taking two of three games from the Brewers. Saturday's game took 15 innings to complete, highlighted by Willson Contreras' walk-off home run and Tyler Chatwood's performance out of the bullpen. The unsung hero of the game, though? David Bote.

Wrigley Field is still a special place for former Cubs coach and current Brewers hitting coach Andy Haines. Plus, are the Brewers better at shifting against the Cubs than other teams are?

Over the weekend, Daniel Descalso returned to the starting lineup and Xavier Cedeño made his Cubs debut. Here's how Cedeño's addition affects the Cubs bullpen. In other bullpen news, Carl Edwards Jr. seems to be a late-inning option for Joe Maddon again.

Friday, Jose Quintana pitched another solid game despite getting little support from the Cubs' offense. Before the game, though Addison Russell walked back his comments about how Cubs fans will/are reacting to his return to the team.

White Sox

Across town, Eloy Jimenez took a big step in his recovery from a high right ankle sprain. Jimenez went through baserunning drills during pregame on Friday and Saturday.

Tim Anderson and Randal Grichuk met on the field for the first time since their Twitter beef regarding bat flipping. Both players hit home runs, ironically.

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Frank Thomas and Bill Melton share real life stories about baseball, from on the field experiences to off of it.

Other

NBC Sports Chicago's Blackhawks beat writer Charlie Roumeliotis answers fan questions in the latest Blackhawks mailbag.

Fans should root for the Bulls to land the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, says Bulls Outsider Dave Watson. Watson and fellow Outsiders Matt Peck and John Sabine joined Mark Schanowski on the latest Bulls Talk Podcast.

One participant from the Bears' rookie minicamp kicking competition detailed what the experience was like.

ICYMI: Cubs injury updates, Adam Engel sent to Triple-A, Bears' kicking competition underway

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ICYMI: Cubs injury updates, Adam Engel sent to Triple-A, Bears' kicking competition underway

Several key Cubs players are nearing returns from the injured list, the White Sox demoted Adam Engel to Triple-A and the Bears' kicking competition is underway. Here's what you might have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports:

Cubs

Cubs catcher Victor Caratini took batting practice on Sunday, a significant step in his recovery from hand surgery. In other injured Cubs news, Mike Montgomery and Xavier Cedeño are also nearing returns to the team.

The Cubs finished off a sweep of the Cardinals on Sunday to re-claim first place in the NL Central. After the win, Kris Bryant asked "Why did we have to start 1-6?"

Anthony Rizzo is off to a solid start this season, with one major adjustment at least partially responsible. Javier Báez is also off to a great start, though he's trending in the wrong direction in one head-scratching area.

Yu Darvish had another rough outing on Saturday, though he said he sounded confident about how close he is to turning things around. Taylor Davis bailed Darvish out with a game-tying grand slam.

Kyle Hendricks delivered one of the best pitching performances in recent memory on Friday, tossing a complete-game shutout on just 81 pitches.

Is the Cubs' bullpen plan finally coming into focus?

While it's been just one month, Daniel Descalso has fit in nicely with the Cubs this season.

White Sox

The Charlotte carousel keeps on turning for the White Sox, as the team demoted outfielder Adam Engel to Triple-A following Sunday's game. Meanwhile, White Sox outfielder Jon Jay's return to the team from the injured list is still not totally certain.

The White Sox pitching problems continued in a big way on Saturday, with the team suffering an ugly loss at the hands of the Red Sox. Despite the loss, the White Sox may still have picked up a victory over the Red Sox through the Chris Sale trade.

Michael Kopech gave his stamp of approval to Tim Anderson's have-fun crusade. Fellow White Sox pitching prospect Alec Hansen earned a promotion to Double-A over the weekend.

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Kopech and Dane Dunning joined Chuck Garfien and Ryan McGuffey to discuss their respective returns from Tommy John surgery.

Bears

The Bears' kicking competition is underway and Cody Parkey's double-doink is squarely in focus. Here's five things we learned from the first weekend of the competition.

Bears cornerbacks Duke Shelley and Stephen Denmark are learning new positions in their own way.

Our Bears insider JJ Stankevitz caught up with Mitchell Trubisky in an entertaining Q&A, covering the Jordan Howard trade, Game of Thrones and more.

Mitchell Trubisky is trying to master Matt Nagy's offense in 2019. Trubisky called Nagy the swaggiest coach in the NFL.

Trubisky might need to master hot dog toppings next, though.

Bulls

The Bulls announced a multi-year contract extension for head coach Jim Boylen on Friday.

What would the Bulls get if they drafted Virginia forward De'Andre Hunter?