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Chicago's Huge Connection to Three US Open Finalists

Chicago's Huge Connection to Three US Open Finalists
This year’s US Open Men’s and women’s finals have huge connections to Chicago with three of the four finalists in the men’s and women’s finals. Both women’s finalists, Madison Keys, and Sloane Stephens have Chicago connections, as does Men’s Finalist Kevin Anderson. Keys Mom Christine is an attorney practicing in Rock Island where Madison was... Read more »

Chicago's Sports Dozen Best Father-Sons

<b> 12 ) Randy and Todd Hundley <br />
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Randy Hundley played ten of his 14  major league seasons with the Cubs. He hit 82 career home runs, finished fourth in the in the 1967 rookie of the year while capturing the '67 gold glove <br />
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Todd prepped locally at Fremd in Palatine. He played 14 years in the majors with 202 home runs and 599 RBIs. He went to two all-star games and hit 41 home runs and drove 112 for the 1996 Mets.  <br /> <br />

Todd's Cub tenure did not go as expected. He .199 with 28 home runs and 66 RBIs in his two seasons with the Cubs.  <br /> <br />
Chicago has a long history of great fathers and sons, fathers and daughters and families in sports. When creating a list of the best sports fathers with Chicago ties it’s tough to disclude anyone. The ties that bind these men to Chicago have created great legacies and created some amazing moments for both them and... Read more »

Big Ten Bracketology: Teams have work to do in the B1G Tournament

Big Ten Bracketology: Teams have work to do in the B1G Tournament
The Big Ten Regular season is complete and the conference tournament commences Wednesday at the United Center. Several teams have work to do. Some need wins to improve their seed and others need wins to get off the bubble. The Big Ten Tournament will offer plenty of opportunities for several teams that need a good... Read more »
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Big Ten Well Represented in the Really Early 2015 College Basketball Top 25

Big Ten Well Represented in the Really Early 2015 College Basketball Top 25
The 2014 Big Ten season was a memorable one. Three Big Ten teams advanced to the Elite Eight, Wisconsin became the fourth Big Ten school in five years to advance to the Final Four, Nebraska basketball enjoyed its best season in 15 years and earned their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998 and Minnesota and... Read more »

Ranking the Big Ten's Basketball Programs

Ranking the Big Ten's Basketball Programs
The 2014 season represented the Big Ten’s last with 12 teams. Next season, Maryland and Rutgers will join the Big Ten to swell the conference to 14 teams. The Big Ten generally seems to be regarded nationally as the best conference in the country. Michigan State and Ohio State have been the only schools to... Read more »

Northwestern and Illinois Ranked in the Top of Colleges Hiring Women Head Coaches

Northwestern and Illinois Ranked in the Top of Colleges Hiring Women Head Coaches
Christine Brennan had a great article¬†posted tonight about a study about hiring practices of women head coaches in collegiate athletics. The study was conducted by the Tucker Center for Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. The study was only 76 schools that play in the BCS automatic qualifier conferences. The schools were... Read more »
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Jordan Lynch and other Illinois Heisman Trophy Finalists

Jordan Lynch and other Illinois Heisman Trophy Finalists
Last season Jordan Lynch became only the 13th player from an Illinois University to receive a vote in the Heisman Trophy. This season he has become only the third player to receive votes in two different seasons. Darnell Autry and Dick Butkus were the first two. Lynch is a longshot to capture the 79th Heisman... Read more »

Northern Illinois and the Ten Best Seasons in Illinois College Football History

Northern Illinois and the Ten Best Seasons in Illinois College Football History
Northern Illinois’ shocking upset loss to Bowling Green prevented the Huskies from becoming the first team in Illinois college history to play in back to back BCS level games. Under the current format, there is a chance Northwestern’s 1996 Big 10 co-champions could have joined accomplished that feat. What Northern Illinois has built with coaching... Read more »