Here are some of the Chicago sports stories you may have missed from the weekend.
NBA Free agency got underway on Sunday night and the Bulls wasted no time getting a deal done.
The Bulls agreed to terms on a three-year deal with forward Thaddeus Young.
Despite not being the splashiest name in the free agent market, Young will help the Bulls will with veteran presence, playoff experience, and strong defensive versatility.
The Cubs ended up with three All-Stars in 2019, with Kris Bryant announced on Sunday to be joining teammates Willson Contreras and Javier Baez. The Cubs got some bad news on Saturday, with Cole Hamels injury being labeled an oblique strain.
The North Siders did receive some good news, as they do have one pitcher on the way back to the mound in Kyle Hendricks.
Hendricks is slated to start on Tuesday against the Pirates. He last pitched on June 14 against the Dodgers. The Cubs have not made a roster move to make room for Hendricks' return yet, so the expectation is that someone will be sent down to Tripe-A Iowa soon.
The White Sox will also be sending three players to the 2019 MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland. First baseman Jose Abreu will be making his third All-Star appearance, while the South Siders have two first-time All-Stars in pitcher Lucas Giolito and James McCann.
The trio of All-Stars is just one of the many things that have showcased how things are heading in the right direction for the White Sox.
Perhaps the biggest piece of news to come out of the weekend for the White Sox was that Dylan Cease, the No. 3 prospect in the organization and the No. 18 prospect in baseball, will make his major league debut Wednesday. Cease will be getting the start in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers.
The Blackhawks made a major move on the eve of NHL free agency, acquiring forward Andrew Shaw, who spent his first five NHL seasons in Chicago, where he helped the Blackhawks win two Stanley Cups in 2013 and 2015.
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For all the positive momentum and attention the Chicago Red Stars received for reaching the NWSL Championship, things unraveled quickly once the game kicked off.
The Red Stars’ first appearance in the NWSL final was not one to remember. The host North Carolina Courage won 4-0 to win their second straight NWSL title.
Vanessa DiBernardo had an early shot for the Red Stars in the second minute which required a solid save from Stephanie Labbe. After that, the Red Stars were under siege,
The top-seeded Courage got a goal in the fourth minute from Debinha and kept piling on the pressure. Two more goals put the game out of reach before the break. U.S. national teamer Sam Mewis added a fourth goal on a header in the second half.
Red Stars forward Sam Kerr, who broke her own single-season record with 18 goals this season and was named the league MVP just days before the final, was unable to get on the board. The Australian had a pair of solid chances, but couldn’t convert.
The Red Stars went 2-0-1 against the Courage in the regular season and Kerr scored in all three of those games. Neither of those trends continued.
The Red Stars’ season featured a fifth straight playoff appearance and a first-ever final appearance. They won a semifinal in front of a raucous home crowd the week before. They also had a record crowd of 17,388 in a July 21 match that was the first game back for the team’s returning World Cup winners. However, the final defeat, and especially the way it happened, will leave a bitter taste in their mouths.
Red Stars coach Rory Dames tweeted out some reaction to the final.