But unlike HBO and “Game of Thrones,” WGN and the Cubs aren’t hyping their final season together after 72 years.,In my first year as Cubs beat writer in 1997, WGN televised 144 games.,The following January, the Cubs owners — Tribune Co. — decided to reduce the WGN schedule to 92 games, placing 62 games on CLTV, the company’s local cable news channel.,Fans gradually grew accustomed to watching more games on cable, and in 2003 the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks began their own sports channel, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, which is now NBC Sports Chicago.,WGN will televise the Cubs' season opener — likely for the last time »

'I have more confidence than last year': A healthy Yu Darvish eyes his return to dominance with the Cubs » read more

The Rams have broken hearts and left behind bitter fans in two different cities — in St. Louis, where the team spent 21 years, won a Super Bowl and then split town in a nasty divorce, and in Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest city and team’s home from 1946 to 1995, where the Rams built and lost a fan base before returning three seasons ago.,A win over the Saints on Sunday and the prospect of a football championship for Los Angeles could bring Rams fever to a boil and carve out a place for the team in the city’s crowded sports scene.,The Rams didn’t have to work quite as hard to build loyalty in St. Louis, where football-starved fans snatched up tickets early in 1995 and were rewarded four seasons later when an unknown backup quarterback named Kurt Warner and tailback Marshall Faulk turned their offense into the so-called “Greatest Show on Turf” and won a dramatic Super Bowl championship in 1999.,A couple of weeks ago, Saints coach Sean Payton hauled in the Lombardi trophy and a big stack of greenbacks to show his team what was at stake…

Tony Hernandez, a third-generation Rams fan from east of Los Angeles, said half of his uncles and many of his friends gave up on the Rams after they moved away.,Hernandez said he briefly quit watching the team during the 1995 season in protest of the move, but soon was back to watching every game and even flying to St. Louis to cheer in person. read more

But this much we know: There’s a high school sports revolution afoot in our corner of the world, the residual effect of which is for the everlasting betterment of the games our kids play.,Tom Cantone, the vice president of sports and entertainment (and huge Penn State guy, by the way) loves the idea that kids can play basketball on the same floor that LeBron, Springsteen and U2 once played.,"The mantra ‘Run to the Sun’ has been great for the (CIAC) state tournament," said Ledyard High vice principal/athletic director and ECC tournament director Jim Buonocore, whose big-picture thinking was instrumental to this partnership with Mohegan.,So while Waterford High would be denied the chance at home court in the ECC finals if the Lancers qualify, there’s a greater good for the league that helps every kid in every sport.,GameTimeCT, the high school sports wing of the New Haven Register and Hearst Media, has become the home office for state high school sports, incorporating print and electronic news into a must-see every day.

But this much we know: There’s a high school sports revolution afoot in our corner of the world, the residual effect of which is for the everlasting betterment of the games our kids play.,Tom Cantone, the vice president of sports and entertainment (and huge Penn State guy, by the way) loves the idea that kids can play basketball on the same floor that LeBron, Springsteen and U2 once played.,"The mantra ‘Run to the Sun’ has been great for the (CIAC) state tournament," said Ledyard High vice principal/athletic director and ECC tournament director Jim Buonocore, whose big-picture thinking was instrumental to this partnership with Mohegan.,So while Waterford High would be denied the chance at home court in the ECC finals if the Lancers qualify, there’s a greater good for the league that helps every kid in every sport.,GameTimeCT, the high school sports wing of the New Haven Register and Hearst Media, has become the home office for state high school sports, incorporating print and electronic news into a must-see every day.

The old signs have started coming down at Toyota Park in Bridgeview as the stadium begins its switchover to Seatgeek Stadium.,A longtime sports bar in Countryside served its final drinks Sunday before ending its 22-year run at the end of the year.,Items collected at the company’s Bedford Park location were donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.,Carousel Checks has opened in its new offices at 11152 Southwest Highway in Palos Hills after moving from its longtime home in Bridgeview.,The company was founded in 2003 as Parker Machines by former Palos Hills resident Andrew Crim.

The Bills actually played in a playoff game for the first time in 18 years (though connected to the 2017 season, we'll point out the 10-3 loss at Jacksonville was played on Jan. 7, 2018).,As for Dallas, it's where St. Bonaventure's best basketball season since the 1970 Final Four ended after it became the first Big 4 team to win an NCAA Tournament game since 2007.,Dahlin was the center of attention at the NHL Scouting Combine in HarborCenter the last week of May and then came the big moment: Less than two months after Allen donned his Bills jersey in Big D, Dahlin did likewise with his first Sabres sweater, becoming the club's first No. 1 overall since Pierre Turgeon in 1987

While the Bills hope Allen can develop into a solid NFL quarterback, Dahlin has already developed into a mainstay on the Buffalo defense and will give the Sabres a long-missing presence in the NHL and even on the international hockey scene.,In March, the University at Buffalo men's basketball team stunned fourth-seeded Arizona, 89-68, in a first-round NCAA Tournament game in Boise, Idaho, for the program's first NCAA win and the first in a main-draw victory by a local school since the days of Bob Lanier in Olean.,Emily Pfalzer is draped in the American flag after the U.S. team was awarded the gold medal in women's ice hockey (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) read more

Buy PhotoOwnership of Taco Bell and Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises that share a building on Lebanon Road plans to build a new restaurant for Taco Bell on land next to the existing building.,(Photo: Andy Humbles / The Tennessean)

Taco Bell: Ownership of Taco Bell and Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises that share a building on Lebanon Road plans to build a new restaurant for Taco Bell on land next to the existing building.,(Photo: Andy Humbles / The Tennessean) read more

OTTUMWA — The first three months of 2018 saw major stories from downtown development and the school district, along with the first ripples of national events’ effects on southeast Iowa.,It did, and the low of -20 stands as the lowest for New Year’s Day in Ottumwa.,+6 

Ottumwa architect Rod Curtis, middle, helped River Hills Community Health Center CEO Rick Johnson on a nearly two-year project.,Ottumwa’s city council began consideration of a major streetscape project.,Ottumwa High School’s principal announced he would resign at the end of the school year. read more

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Dick Williams talks about adding Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer in a trade and what impact they can make with the Reds.,Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati Enquirer read more