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ICYMI: Cubs injury updates, Adam Engel sent to Triple-A, Bears' kicking competition underway

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ICYMI: Cubs injury updates, Adam Engel sent to Triple-A, Bears' kicking competition underway

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?

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.