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ICYMI: Joel Quenneville opens up about being fired by Blackhawks; Zach Thompson wants to pitch 'pissed off' for White Sox; will Willson Contreras fulfill potential?

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ICYMI: Joel Quenneville opens up about being fired by Blackhawks; Zach Thompson wants to pitch 'pissed off' for White Sox; will Willson Contreras fulfill potential?

Former Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville opened up about the team firing him, White Sox pitcher Zach Thompson wants to pitch "pissed off" and will Willson Contreras fulfill his potential as the best catcher in baseball? Here's what you might have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports:

Blackhawks

In an interview with WGN TV's Dan Roan, former Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville opened up about the team firing him earlier this season. 

The Blackhawks named Jeremy Colliton head coach after firing Quenneville. The team is now just five points out of a playoff spot; how did this happen? 

Behind 48 saves from Corey Crawford, the Blackhawks beat the Canadiens 2-0 on Saturday night.

White Sox

White Sox pitcher Zach Thompson is out to prove to everyone that they made a mistake not selecting him in this offseason's Rule 5 Draft.

Thompson is battling for a spot on the team's Opening Day roster. Where does the roster stand after the White Sox outrighted reliever Juan Minaya to Triple-A?

Remember the report about the White Sox offering Eloy Jimenez an eight-year, $100 million contract? A new report says forget about it...

Yoan Moncada added to his hot spring training on Friday against the Cubs. 

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien spoke to Nancy Faust, the team's organist from 1970-2010.

Cubs

Another candidate for the Cubs Opening Day bullpen went down with injury, putting the team in a rather precarious position.

How do the Cubs stack up against the Bryce Harper-less Nationals?

Our 19 for '19 series rolls on with the following questions:

-How much will the Cubs be able to count on Brandon Morrow?

-How does the Addison Russell situation shake out?

-Will Willson Contreras fulfill his potential as the best catcher on the planet?

Bulls

A rumor surfaced on Friday stating that Kansas head coach Bill Self will be the Bulls head coach next season.

The Bulls went 0-2 this weekend, losing to the Clippers on Friday and to the Kings on Sunday. The numbers from Sunday's game were not pretty, though.

Jim Boylen was ejected from Friday night's game, and Zach LaVine offered to pay Boylen's fine for him. The head coach declined, however.

Bears

The Bears' free agency moves might not have been flashy, but the team certainly looks better than it did before. The match between new safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and the Bears looks ideal.

Both wide receiver Kevin White and safety Adrian Amos said goodbye to the team over the weekend.

ICYMI: Cubs, White Sox go in opposite directions to start the first half

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ICYMI: Cubs, White Sox go in opposite directions to start the first half

The Cubs swept the Pirates to open the second half while the White Sox went the other direction, getting swept in Oakland. Here are some Chicago sports stories from the weekend that you may have missed.

Cubs

The Cubs beat the Pirates on Friday and then crushed them with seven runs in the first inning on Saturday. Jon Lester even got in the act with a home run. The win locked up the team's first series win in over a month.

On Sunday, the Cubs finished off the sweep behind a quality start from Jose Quintana. After the sweep, the Cubs had a simple explanation for why the team played better over the weekend.

White Sox

Oakland remains a house of horrors for the White Sox. The Sox began the second half with a 5-1 loss at the A's on Friday. Ivan Nova took the loss and A.J. Reed debuted at DH.

The next day, Dylan Covey returned from the IL. Covey's start did not go well in a lopsided loss.

Oakland finished the sweep off with a walk-off win on Sunday, but Reynaldo Lopez didn't allow an earned run in six innings.

Bulls

The Bulls wrapped up Summer League play on Saturday. Coby White showed some glimpses of his playmaking ability in the finale against the Magic.

ICYMI: White Sox trending in the right direction; Cubs confident best is yet to come; Bulls rookies shine in Summer League

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ICYMI: White Sox trending in the right direction; Cubs confident best is yet to come; Bulls rookies shine in Summer League

Here are some of the Chicago sports stories you may have missed from the weekend. 

White Sox

The White Sox have had a truly amazing first half of the season when compared to last year's struggles. Whether or not their overall record ends up being closer to last season's, the progress that the White Sox have seen from their young talent is real.

They notched a win over the Cubs in the fourth game of the Crosstown Classic series on Sunday, tying the series at two games apiece. Despite some continued struggles against the Cubs from All-Star Lucas Giolito, the Sox have overall played well the past week.

As Rick Hahn has stated before, the White Sox win total isn't as important as clear-cut development among the core players. Fortunately for White Sox fans, winning games and focusing on player development have gone hand in hand these days. 

Cubs

The Cubs have had an up-and-down season so far but still, sit in the driver's seat in the NL Central.

The North Siders were in the midst of a four-game losing streak before bouncing back with consecutive wins over the Pirates and White Sox. The Cubs' win over the White Sox on July 6 contained a great six-inning outing from Jon Lester but the team still had their fair share of avoidable mistakes. The Cubs dropped the fourth game of the Crosstown Classic series, but still received a solid offensive contribution from rookie Robel Garica, who has been an awesome story for the Cubs.

There is an overall sense of optimism in the clubhouse, as the team feels the best is yet to come.

Bulls

Summer League is not a major indicator of long-term success but it does help us get an idea of how a rookie's game will translate to the NBA. And so far, the Bulls have gotten to see how effective Coby White and Daniel Gafford can be as a duo. Jim Boylen has been very pleased with the overall direction of the team and with good reason after a solid offseason.

White has shown off a variety of nice step-back shots and been a true asset in the pick-and-roll game. Gafford has been a monster around the basket, blocking shots and moving his feet well when defending in the pick-and-roll. There is legitimate excitement surrounding the Bulls.

Between the return of Denzel Valentine and Chandler Hutchison, the free agent additions and another expected leap from Zach Laine and Lauri Markkanen, the Bulls are poised for a (within reason) bounce-back season in a weakened Eastern Conference.