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ICYMI: Bears win first divisional game since 2016, Blackhawks lose seventh-straight game and Bulls beat depleted Cavaliers

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ICYMI: Bears win first divisional game since 2016, Blackhawks lose seventh-straight game and Bulls beat depleted Cavaliers

The Bears won their third-straight game, the Blackhawks lost their seventh game in a row and the Bulls picked up their fourth win of the season. Here's what you may have missed in Chicago sports over the weekend.

Bears

Behind a big game from Mitchell Trubisky, the Bears won their third-straight game to improve to 6-3. Sunday's game demonstrated how the Bears are trending up as a team, while the Lions might be trending down.

Trubisky tore up a bad Lions' defense for 355 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. The win was the Bears' first against an NFC North foe since Oct. 31, 2016, keeping them atop the division standings.

On the other hand, kicker Cody Parkey struggled immensely, boinking two field goal attempts and two extra-point tries off the uprights. Despite Parkey's struggles, Matt Nagy said the Bears are not considering a change at kicker. 

In lighter news, the Bears somehow misspelled Prince Amukamara's last name on his jersey for Sunday's game. They eventually fixed the error, but come on, man!

Laurence Holmes, Matt Forte, Alex Brown and Lance Briggs broke down the win on the latest Under Center Podcast. Check it out!

Bulls

The Bulls finished the week with a winning record, defeating the Cavaliers Saturday 99-98. The Cavaliers missed potential game-winning shots on the last possession and an ensuing tipback. Despite the win, the Bulls showed that they're still learning how to close out games.

Zach LaVine posted 24 points against the Cavaliers; LaVine has now scored at least 20 in all 13 of the Bulls' games this season and is excelling at carrying the team's scoring on his shoulders

There was an upbeat vibe at practice on Sunday following Saturday's win. Kelly Crull offered up her thoughts from practice, including the unique way that Wendell Carter Jr. finds his stats. 

In former-Bulls news, the Timberwolves finally traded Jimmy Butler, dealing the disgruntled All-Star to the 76ers. NBA Twitter had a field day with the news, at the expense of both the Timberwolves and 76ers.

On the latest Bulls Talk Podcast, NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh discussed why Stephen Curry is the new Michael Jordan as well as the future outlook for the Bulls. 

Blackhawks

The Blackhawks losing streak extended to seven games on Saturday in Philadelphia, dropping their record under head coach Jeremy Colliton to 0-2-0. The power play went 0-for-4 against the Flyers, and Eddie Olyczyk addressed his concern over it needing to be fixed during Saturday's broadcast.

While the offense as a whole is struggling (12 goals during the losing streak), Nick Schmaltz has just eight points (two goals) in 16 games. Can Colliton unlock Schmaltz's full potential?

Colliton, of course, started the season as head coach of the Rockford Icehogs. He plans on keeping close tabs on the Icehogs for any potential boost the team can provide the Blackhawks.

Friday, the Blackhawks announced that they agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with 2018 first round pick Nicolas Beaudin.

Other

ESPN's Buster Olney made waves Friday when he published a story regarding the Cubs being open to trading Kris Bryant. With all due respect to the report, the Cubs are not going to trade Bryant.

In the first edition of a series, Doug Glanville details his offseason experience of playing Winter Ball in Puerto Rico.

Also, the Cubs don't appear to be big spenders this offseason, though the White Sox look willing to break out the checkbook.

ICYMI: Addison Russell speaks to media; White Sox have serious free agency competition; Corey Crawford ready to return

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ICYMI: Addison Russell speaks to media; White Sox have serious free agency competition; Corey Crawford ready to return

Addison Russell spoke to the media for first time since being suspended, the White Sox have serious competition for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado and Corey Crawford said he's ready to return. Here's what you might have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports:

Cubs

Addison Russell spoke to the media for the first time since being suspended for domestic abuse. The entire press conference can be replayed in this episode of the Cubs Talk Podcast.

Our Cubs beat reporters Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki were in the room for Russell's press conference. They provide their thoughts on Russell's comments on this episode of the Cubs Talk Podcast.

What did Joe Maddon think about Russell's press conference?

Cole Hamels said that the current state of MLB's offseason market is "tough to see." New Cubs reliever Brad Brach said "it's definitely a weird process" in regards to the offseason market.

Hamels went through a similar journey as the young Cubs core while coming up with the Phillies. The veteran left-hander said the Cubs can use that knowledge to get back to the promised land.

Albert Almora Jr. knew he'd be asked about Manny Machado, so he showed up to Cubs spring training with a savvy plan.

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss what the expect from David Bote and Victor Caratini in 2019.

White Sox

According to multiple reports Sunday, the Padres have offered Manny Machado at least, if not more than, $250 million. The news came a few hours after a report said talks between Bryce Harper and the Phillies are intensifying.

Michael Kopech offered high praise for fellow White Sox prospect Eloy Jimenez. Meanwhile, Jimenez's dreams are coming true after he nearly quit baseball when he was 11 years old. 

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Jimenez discussed how he, Micker Adolfo and Luis Basabe talk everyday about winning a World Series.

In other White Sox prospect news, 2019 is an all-important year for Luis Robert.

Carlos Rodon's run-up to the 2019 season has been abnormal, and that's a good thing for him. Meanwhile, Daniel Palka has worked all offseason on his defense, but he still feels like the same stud as before. 

Tim Anderson may be just 25 years old, but he has quickly become one of the team's leaders. Also, the White Sox bullpen could be nasty this season following the additions of Alex Colomé and Kelvin Herrera.

Blackhawks

Friday, Corey Crawford said that he is healthy and ready to play. Crawford has been out since Dec. 16 with a concussion.

Although his numbers don't look great, Cam Ward has been better in net than it may show on any stat sheet. 

Despite their recent successful stretch, Blackhawks are still trying to put together a full 60-minute effort.

Before the Blackhawks' 5-2 loss to the Blue Jackets, Patrick Kane discussed the possibility of playing with Artemi Panarin again.

Other

Is the clock ticking on Mitchell Trubisky?

Lauri Markkanen shined in Friday night's NBA Rising Stars Challenge.

NBC Sports Chicago to carry live coverage of the 2019 Iowa High School Athletic Association Wrestling State Championships

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NBC Sports Chicago to carry live coverage of the 2019 Iowa High School Athletic Association Wrestling State Championships

Chicago, IL (February 12, 2019) -- NBC Sports Chicago - THE Home of the #AuthenticFan - along with the Iowa High School Sports Network (IHSSN), will deliver LIVE high-definition coverage of the 2019 Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Wrestling State Championships on Friday, February 15 & Saturday, February 16 from the sold-out Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines, IA.  

Iowa wrestling fans can look forward to EIGHT HOURS of live, action-packed individual championships coverage this weekend beginning with the Class 3A Semifinals on Friday afternoon from 3:30-5:00 PM CT, followed by Friday night primetime coverage of the Class 1A & 2A Semifinals (7:30-10:00 PM CT), all of which leads up to four-straight live hours of the highly-anticipated Class 1A/2A/3A Finals on Saturday night starting at 6:00 PM CT.  NOTE: Saturday’s coverage will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area.

In addition -- EVERY IHSAA Wrestling State Championship telecast on NBC Sports Chicago will be made available LIVE to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers at NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive.  Fans can also visit IHSNN.com to access the NBCSportsChicago.com live stream.  For a full list of carriers and more information about NBC Sports Chicago’s live streaming service, viewers are urged to visit the following link: nbcsportschicago.com/live-faq.  

IMPORTANT: In addition to multiple cable and telco providers throughout the state of Iowa, NBC Sports Chicago is also available throughout the entire state on satellite via DIRECTV (ch. 665, 665-1 for NBC Sports Chicago+) and DISH (ch. 429, and varied DISH channel locations for NBC Sports Chicago+ games).  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago is also available on numerous streaming services including DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV.  Viewers who currently do not receive NBC Sports Chicago as part of their channel offerings are urged to contact their provider and ask that NBC Sports Chicago be added to their service.  For a complete schedule, cable/satellite channel locations, live streaming information, and additional details about NBC Sports Chicago’s coverage of the IHSAA Wrestling State Championships, fans are urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com/IOWA.       

Calling the action for NBC Sports Chicago’s live coverage of the IHSAA Wrestling State Championships features Iowa/National Wrestling Hall of Famer Mark Ironside handling play-by-play, along with veteran Iowa sports radio & TV broadcaster Bob Selby providing expert analysis.  Ironside captured two NCAA titles and four Big Ten titles for the University of Iowa, and was also a four-time All-American for the Hawkeyes, who was coached by the legendary Dan Gable during his stellar collegiate run.  In 1998, Ironside won the Dan Hodge Trophy, wrestling’s equivalent to the Heisman Trophy, as the nation’s top collegiate wrestler.  

Among this year’s roster of numerous standout athletes participating in the IHSSA wrestling championships features three juniors going for their third state title: Cullan Schriever of Mason City (3A, 120 lbs.), Adam Allard of West Sioux (1A, 120 lbs.), along with Cael Happel of Lisbon (1A, 132 lbs.).  In addition, three seniors will also be going for their third state title: Aden Reeves of Albia (2A, 126 lbs.; Iowa State recruit), Julien Broderson of Davenport Assumption (2A, 195 lbs.; Iowa State recruit), and John Henrich of Akron-Westfield (1A, 160 lbs.; Nebraska recruit).

PROGRAMMING NOTE:  NBC Sports Chicago will carry and provide live stream coverage of the IHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships, featuring eight playoff semifinal match-ups (airing March 6-7), along with live coverage of the Class 1A-4A state title games (airing March 8).  Full details on coverage specifics to be announced soon. 

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