12:35 PM EDT, Thu April 22, 2021
5 hours ago
Is the Chicago Bears’ quarterback of the future in this year’s draft class? Here are 8 options.

Is the Chicago Bears’ quarterback of the future in this year’s draft class? Here are 8 options.

A look at eight quarterback options for the Chicago Bears in the 2021 NFL draft.
6 hours ago
Andre Odom used to scout players for the Chicago Bears. Now he represents them as an agent — including some of this year’s top NFL draft prospects.

Andre Odom used to scout players for the Chicago Bears. Now he represents them as an agent — including some of this year’s top NFL draft prospects.

Andre Odom worked as a scouting assistant with the Chicago Bears before he transitioned to representing players instead of evaluating them. Two of Odom’s clients — Florida tight end Kyle Pitts and Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons — could be picked in the top 10 of this year's NFL draft.
14 hours ago
Brandon Hagel’s overtime game-winner completes the Chicago Blackhawks’ rally for a 5-4 win over the Nashville Predators

Brandon Hagel’s overtime game-winner completes the Chicago Blackhawks’ rally for a 5-4 win over the Nashville Predators

Down 4-1 to the Nashville Predators, the Chicago Blackhawks staged a frenetic three-goal rally midway through the third period Wednesday at the United Center and won 5-4 in overtime, — their first victory in seven games this season against their Central Division nemesis.
15 hours ago
Photos: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators

Photos: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators

Photos from the Chicago Blackhawks-Nashville Predators game on April 22, 2021, at the United Center.
16 hours ago
Will the Chicago Blackhawks have fans in attendance for the final home games of their playoff push? ‘We’d all welcome that.’

Will the Chicago Blackhawks have fans in attendance for the final home games of their playoff push? ‘We’d all welcome that.’

Whether the Chicago Blackhawks will make their final playoff push in front of fans remains up in the air, but some members of the team expressed what kind of boost that would bring.
19 hours ago
NHL goalie Robin Lehner accuses the league of reversing course on relaxing COVID-19 protocols: ‘They’re talking about competitive edge instead of human lives’

NHL goalie Robin Lehner accuses the league of reversing course on relaxing COVID-19 protocols: ‘They’re talking about competitive edge instead of human lives’

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner railed against the NHL on Wednesday, saying the league indicated it would relax COVID-19 protocols for teams that reached a certain vaccination threshold and then changed course.
20 hours ago

Will Chicago Bears trade up in Round 1 for a QB? Sifting through the pre-draft smoke to determine what is real — and what’s an illusion.

Until the NFL draft begins on April 29, the Chicago Bears will be linked with every team in the top 10 that is considering a trade down. If the Bears aren’t in panic mode regarding the quarterback room, they probably should be.
21 hours ago

NFL owners eliminate OT in preseason games and defeat an onside kick proposal from the Philadelphia Eagles

NFL owners approved eliminating overtime in preseason games and expanded selection of jersey numbers for receivers, running backs and defensive backs.
Apr 21, 2021
Naquan Jones’ journey to the NFL draft has seen heartbreak, reflection and hard work. Now the Evanston native is eager to begin his next climb.

Naquan Jones’ journey to the NFL draft has seen heartbreak, reflection and hard work. Now the Evanston native is eager to begin his next climb.

It’s easy to read the summary of Naquan Jones’ NFL draft scouting report. The deeper file on the Michigan State defensive tackle, though, is far more comprehensive.
Apr 21, 2021

Column: The Chicago Blackhawks have 10 games to show they’re ahead of schedule as a playoff team. Here are 5 reasons for optimism — and 5 reasons for pessimism.

For all the unexpected progress the Chicago Blackhawks have shown this season, their postseason bid has been undermined by persistent problems. The window to make the playoffs may be shrinking, but how they perform over the final 10 games also will speak to whether they have the foundation to compete against elite teams in the future.
Apr 21, 2021
Chicago Bears Q&A: Is drafting a quarterback in the 1st round the target? And if not, would they need to trade up in Round 2 to get one?

Chicago Bears Q&A: Is drafting a quarterback in the 1st round the target? And if not, would they need to trade up in Round 2 to get one?

The NFL draft is a little more than a week away, and Chicago Bears fans have questions. As he does every week, the Tribune’s Brad Biggs has answers.
Apr 20, 2021
NFL players can celebrate 4/20 without failing drug test in new CBA

NFL players can celebrate 4/20 without failing drug test in new CBA

An NFL player won’t take a hit for smoking marijuana on 4/20 due to the relaxed rules of football’s new collective bargaining agreement.
Apr 20, 2021
Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she expects Chicago Bulls, Blackhawks will be allowed fans inside the United Center ‘before season’s end’

Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she expects Chicago Bulls, Blackhawks will be allowed fans inside the United Center ‘before season’s end’

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday she expects fans to be allowed at the United Center for Bulls and Blackhawks games before the end this season, but the city is waiting for cases to continue decreasing after a recent surge coronavirus cases. The mayor made the comments at an unrelated news conference after being asked about allowing fans indoors. She said the city has been talking with the Bulls and Blackhawks and they have “very solid plans” but noted the recent surge in cases.
Apr 19, 2021

Brandon Hagel will miss tonight’s Chicago Blackhawks game in Nashville because of COVID-19 protocols

Forward Brandon Hagel will miss the Chicago Blackhawks’ game at the Nashville Predators on Monday as he and the team await results of a COVID-19 test.
Apr 19, 2021
Warrant issued for Aldon Smith’s arrest in Louisiana on a battery charge, the latest off-field trouble for the NFL pass rusher

Warrant issued for Aldon Smith’s arrest in Louisiana on a battery charge, the latest off-field trouble for the NFL pass rusher

A sheriff’s office in Louisiana has issued an arrest warrant for second-degree battery for Seattle Seahawks defensive end Aldon Smith. The district attorney told ESPN that Smith is accused of choking the victim unconscious during a confrontation that began inside a coffee shop.