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ICYMI: Bears hire Pagano as defensive coordinator; White Sox favorites for Machado; Bulls and Boylen reportedly agree to new deal


ICYMI: Bears hire Pagano as defensive coordinator; White Sox favorites for Machado; Bulls and Boylen reportedly agree to new deal

The Bears named Chuck Pagano defensive coordinator, White Sox and Phillies are reportedly the favorites to sign Manny Machado and the Bulls and Jim Boylen agreed to a new contract. Here's what you might have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports:


The Bears moved quickly to replace the departed Vic Fangio, hiring former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano as defensive coordinator. Here's what fans can expect from Pagano in Chicago.

Despite changing defensive coordinators, one should expect continued excellence from the Bears' defense in 2019. This isn't really because of the coach, but because of the players on the Bears' defense.

Cody Parkey remained in the news following his missed field goal in last week's Wild Card game. Parkey appeared on the TODAY show to discuss the fallout from the game.

Also, Goose Island hosted a contest where contestants had one chance to kick a 43-yard field goal (the distance at which Parkey missed his kick). Those who successfully made the kick would be awarded free NFL tickets, though all 103 contestants failed, some miserably. 

Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews might have trolled Staley, the Bears mascot, during Sunday's game against the Saints.

White Sox

Late Sunday night, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported that the White Sox have offered Manny Machado an eight-year contract. In the same report, Passan said that the White Sox "could portend the ability to proffer a decade-long offer" as well.

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Phillies are the "clear-cut favorite" to land Bryce Harper. In the same report, Nightengale predicted that the White Sox will sign Machado, as they will be his only suitor if/when the Phillies add Harper. The Phillies reportedly met with Harper in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Machado's high school baseball coach thinks the superstar infielder will sign with the White Sox, too.

The White Sox avoided arbitration with all four of their arbitration-eligible players on Friday.


Friday, the Bulls recorded their worst first quarter point-differential in franchise history in a 149-124 loss to the Warriors. Golden State led the Bulls 43-17 after the first 12 minutes of the game.

Saturday was much more promising for the Bulls, though they lost to the Jazz 110-102 in a hard-fought loss. Bobby Portis missed Saturday's game with elbow soreness after Warriors forward Kevin Durant seemingly hit the former intentionally during Friday's game.

Before Saturday's game, multiple reports said that the Bulls and head coach Jim Boylen agreed to a new deal. The deal makes sense considering that Boylen signed his previous contract while serving as an assistant coach.


Jonathan Toews will not participate in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game, as Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog beat Toews in the "Last Men In" vote.

The Blackhawks traded defenseman Jan Rutta to the Lightning for Slater Koekkoek on Friday. Tampa Bay drafted Koekkoek, 24, 10th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Where does Koekkoek fit in with the Blackhawks?

Saturday, the Blackhawks surrendered three unanswered goals against the Golden Knights, falling to Vegas 4-3 in overtime. Goaltender Collin Delia gave up all four goals, though he has been great for the Blackhawks in Corey Crawford's absence.

The Blackhawks scored two power play goals on Saturday, continuing their hot streak on the man-advantage.


According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs want a shot to sign Bryce Harper, though the team's ownership is unlikely to provide approval.

The Cubs agreed to one-year contracts with all seven of their arbitration eligible players. Where does the team's payroll stand now?

Who are the Cubs who can claim to be the only player in the Majors in 2018 to accomplish something?

Len Kasper stopped by the latest Cubs Talk Podcast.

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Are we seeing the final stretch of Joe Maddon at the helm of the Cubs?


Sports Talk Live Podcast: Are we seeing the final stretch of Joe Maddon at the helm of the Cubs?

Sam Panayotovich, Gabe Ramirez and Fred Mitchell join Leila Rahimi on the panel.

0:00 - Chuck Garfien joins Leila from Detroit as the Sox open a series in Motown with Dylan Cease possibly making his last start of 2019.

6:30 - The Cubs lose again to the Cardinals and fall 5 games back in the division. So will this be the final weekend for Joe Maddon as Cubs manager at Wrigley Field?

13:00 - The Patriots release Antonio Brown. Will anybody else take a chance on him?

16:00 - The panel discusses Mitch Trubisky's chances of having a big game against a bad Washington defense.

22:00 - Sam has his best bets for the weekend and the panel gives their Bears predictions.

Listen to the full episode here or via the embedded player below:

Sports Talk Live Podcast


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High School Lites Roundup Week 4


High School Lites Roundup Week 4

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 4 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.

Drive: Phillips Episode 4

Windy City Legends: Rashard Mendenhall 

Saint Xavier Team of the Week: Evanston girls volleyball

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Libertyville QB Blake Ellingson 

(5) Batavia 24, Glenbard North 21

(13) Brother Rice 17, Marist 14 

(1) Lincoln-Way East 20, (9) Bolingbrook 10

IC Catholic Prep 31, Bishop McNamara 27

Yorkville 12, Joliet West 9

(25) Notre Dame, (10) Providence

(11) Phillips 54, Raby 0

#SendEDGY Game of the Week: (7) Mt. Carmel 17, (2) Loyola 14 

Viewers Choice Game of the Week: Payton 35, Clark 22