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ICYMI: Wacky weather for Cubs; White Sox win series in Yankee Stadium

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ICYMI: Wacky weather for Cubs; White Sox win series in Yankee Stadium

The Cubs endured a rare snow-out on Sunday, but it could simplify things on the schedule going forward, the White Sox won a series in Yankee Stadium and Bears players return to Halas Hall. Here are some of the top stories you may have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports.

Cubs

The Cubs lost to the Angels on Saturday and were snowed out on Sunday, which meant a series split after the Cubs won on Friday.

Before Saturday's game, Javy Baez added to his growing legend by hitting back-to-back home runs in batting practice... left-handed. Baez isn't a switch-hitter and doesn't plan to become one. This was just Baez having fun, and showing off at the same time.

Kris Bryant got a day off on Saturday and is slumping in April, but Joe Maddon said he's still "in a good place."

As for the game itself, the Cubs lost 6-5 with a ninth-inning rally falling short after Kyle Schwarber couldn't check his swing on a third strike to end the game. It's safe to say Schwarber didn't agree with the call. He went off on the third base umpire who made the call and had to be contained by Baez, who was a baserunner on third base at the time.

Also, with Monday being Jackie Robinson Day, Doug Glanville wrote an emotional essay on Robinson's legacy and his impact on Glanville's life, even after retirement.

White Sox

A series that started with Eloy Jimenez hitting his first two career home runs and leading the White Sox to a 9-6 rain-shortened win on Friday, ended with the Sox taking two out of three from the Yankees on the road.

Ivan Nova took a hard-luck loss on Saturday. Nova gave up one run in six-plus innings of work, but the White Sox managed just one hit in a 4-0 loss. Nova did have some good memories in returning to Yankee Stadium and facing his mentor, CC Sabathia, in a pitching duel.

On Sunday, Tim Anderson stayed hot with his first career grand slam in a 5-2 win in the rubber game. Carlos Rodon had a rough first few innings, but settled down thanks to some magic words from pitching coach Don Cooper.

Bears

Bears players return to Halas Hall on Monday with the team's offseason program beginning. With the NFL Draft later in April and rookie minicamp soon after that in early May, things are starting to roll around.

When everyone gets to Halas, they will find a renovated building that features a new locker room, weight room and other goodies. There's also new faces on the roster and in the coaching staff. How will Matt Nagy handle all the changes?

 

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.