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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?