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ICYMI: Bulls split two tight ones with Hawks; Blackhawks fall further back in playoff race

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ICYMI: Bulls split two tight ones with Hawks; Blackhawks fall further back in playoff race

The Bulls had an epic four-OT thriller in Atlanta and then played another one down the wire against the Hawks two days later while the Blackhawks slipped further behind in the playoff race.

Bulls

The Bulls played one of the most epic games in recent memory on Friday night. They beat the Atlanta Hawks in four overtimes (not one, not two, not three...). Some wild numbers came from the 168-161 Bulls win, including Trae Young joining rarified air with his stats.

As if that wasn't enough Bulls-Hawks basketball, the two teams met in Chicago on Sunday. This one also went down to the wire, but this time the Hawks got the win.

In other news, the playoff eliglbility waiver deadline passed with Robin Lopez still on the Bulls. No buyout for him.

Blackhawks

The Blackhawks' playoff hopes are on life support after a rough weekend in California. The Kings, which entered Saturday's game with a 10-game losing streak, beat the Blackhawks 6-3. A forgettable start and a sloppy defensive effort doomed the Blackhawks in the loss.

A day later, the Blackhawks dropped a 5-2 game at the Sharks. At the end of the day, the Blackhawks sit eight points out of a playoff spot with 16 games left on the schedule.

Bears

The NFL Combine continued this weekend. Matt Nagy talked about the state of the Bears' offensive line, among other things. John Mullin had more Bears-related observations from Indianapolis. Also, a wide receiver prospect got compared to Kevin White (Is that a good thing?) due to his combine showing.

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.