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ICYMI: Bears free agency storylines; Bulls will be cautious with Chandler Hutchison; White Sox spring training surprise

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ICYMI: Bears free agency storylines; Bulls will be cautious with Chandler Hutchison; White Sox spring training surprise

The Bears lack cap space, but they still have plenty of important storylines to follow this week, the Bulls will be cautious with injured rookie Chandler Hutchison and Danny Mendick is one of the White Sox biggest free agent surprises. Here's what you might have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports:

Bears

While the Bears might lack cap space, there are still several important storylines to follow this week as NFL free agency opens. How likely are the Bears' chances of signing some of the top free agents?

robust market is reportedly forming for free agent safety Adrian Amos. Also, the Bears and Packers are both reportedly interested in free agent running back Mark Ingram.

Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long had a golden response to being called the team's most overpaid player.

Bulls

The Bulls are going to be cautious in rookie forward Chandler Hutchison's return to the floor from a broken toe.

Although the Bulls lost two games against the Pistons this weekend, head coach Jim Boylen said Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen are developing "into who we hoped they could be."

White Sox

Who's the biggest surprise in White Sox spring training? How about Danny Mendick, the team's 22nd round pick in 2015.

Despite the fact that he is one of the White Sox top prospects, Luis Robert's education is still ongoing and far from complete.

Nicky Delmonico was diagnosed with a concussion after crashing into an outfield wall on Thursday. 

In other news, White Sox relievers Ryan Burr and Ian Hamilton recreated the notorious Burr-Hamilton duel.

Other

The Blackhawks have no plans to change their power play units despite a quiet stretch in that department. 

New Cubs reliever George Kontos is happy that the Cubs won the 2016 World Series, but he didn't want them to.

19 questions for the Cubs in 2019: who will be the team's leadoff hitter? And is there any hope for Tyler Chatwood, Brian Duensing and Brandon Kintzler?

Red Stars' Kealia Ohai marries Houston Texans' JJ Watt

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Red Stars' Kealia Ohai marries Houston Texans' JJ Watt

There’s a new sports power couple with ties to Chicago.

Kealia Ohai, a midfielder who was traded to the Red Stars in January, married Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt on Saturday in The Bahamas. The pair shared a number of photos on social media the morning after.


Ohai had spent the first six years of her pro career with the Houston Dash, putting her in the same city as Watt. When Ohai was traded to the Red Stars, she and her then fiancé took photos together decked out in Red Stars gear.

Ohai has 28 goals in her NWSL career and has made three appearances for the U.S. national team. Watt is a five-time all-pro defensive end who has won three Defensive Player of the Year awards.

They aren’t the only soccer-football marriage on the Red Stars. Midfielder Julie Ertz is married to Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz.

NBC Sports Chicago to air 'The Adamles: Mind Over Matter' documentary

NBC Sports Chicago to air 'The Adamles: Mind Over Matter' documentary

Chicago, IL (February 12, 2020) – NBC Sports Chicago will provide viewers with a special, exclusive documentary presentation entitled The Adamles: Mind Over Matter, chronicling the past year with beloved Chicago sports on-field/broadcasting icon Mike Adamle and his devoted wife Kim on their challenging journey dealing with the life-altering effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).  This in-depth, half-hour documentary unveiling the emotional realities of heartache, hope, love and triumph premieres Monday, February 17 at 7:00 PM CT exclusively on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers at NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive.  TRAILER: https://bit.ly/37nxdfA

 

Over the past few years, Mike and Kim have been open about sharing their daily challenges to help bring a heightened level of awareness of CTE, along with better educating other individuals who may also be suffering with CTE symptoms. Mike, a standout athlete who was both an All-American fullback at Northwestern and a veteran of six seasons in the NFL, including one with the Chicago Bears, is probably best known off-the-field as one of local and national sports media’s most versatile anchor/reporters. After a successful three decade-plus career in sports media, Mike officially retired in 2017 due to his health issues. While CTE can only be diagnosed post-mortem, many experts believe Mike is living with it, but he and Kim are determined to not let the disease win, nor define their life and devotion to one another.

 

The Adamles: Mind Over Matter was produced, written and edited by NBC Sports Chicago’s Emmy award-winning team of Executive Producer of Original Content Sarah Lauch, Senior Producer of Original Content Ryan McGuffey and Managing Photographer Matt Buckman. 

 

“Mike and Kim’s story is one that we felt needed more than just one interview…we needed to experience their challenges with them over the course of a year to better enable us and our viewers to fully understand what they are going through on a daily basis,” said Kevin Cross, Senior Vice President/General Manager, NBC Sports Chicago.  “We couldn’t be more thankful to Mike and Kim for opening their doors and hearts to us and we are honored to tell this amazing story about their unwavering determination and love.”

 

In addition to deep discussion with Mike and Kim, The Adamles: Mind Over Matter includes interviews with Dr. Bal Nandra (IV Solution Chicago), Dr. George Michalopoulos & Dr. David Traster (The Neurologic Wellness Institute), Jesse & Iryna DeSoto (Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Long Grove) and Adamle family friend/NBC Sports Chicago host David Kaplan.  

 

NBC Sports Chicago will re-air The Adamles: Mind Over Matter throughout the month of February on the following dates/times: Feb 19 (9:00 PM), Feb 20 (11:30 AM on NBCSCH+), Feb 22 (12:30 PM), Feb 24 (11:00 PM), Feb 27 (6:00 PM on NBCSCH+), Feb 28 (9:00 AM on NBCSCH+) and Feb 29 (9:30 PM).

 

Please note the following quotes from the NBC Sports Chicago Original Production of The Adamles: Mind Over Matter, debuting Monday, February 17 at 7:00 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago and NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive:

 

“The one thing that would hurt me the most is if I get separated emotionally or spiritually from my daughters Svetlana and Alex. Sometimes they break out in tears, ‘don’t leave us, dad.“ - Mike

 

“In this evolution of spreading awareness about CTE, we can help other people, tell them that they are not bad, they are victims. It is a disease. It is brain damage.” - Kim

 

“One night I went on the air doing the sportscast totally asleep. That is a little scary. You do not think about being Mr. Superman. You do not know that part of you exists anymore. If you just gut it out, you are going to be ok.” - Mike

 

“What we have seen is an overall improvement of Mike’s quality of health in the last six to eight months. His memory and mood have improved.”  - Dr. Nandra, IV Solutions

 

“Mike’s my role model. I have learned to be more grateful and live in the moment…it is when he is at his worst, that I see his best.” - Kim

 

 

NOTE:  To assist patients and families who may be living with CTE, Mike and Kim have established their own not-for-profit organization – “The Mike Adamle Project: Rise Above” – a program of the Concussion Legacy Foundation.  For more information and/or to donate to “Rise Above,” fans are urged to visit GoFundMe.com/MikeAdamleProject.

 

 

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