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November 10, 2011 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs aren't the only experts in the art of tackling in Chicago. The ladies of the North Shore Rugby Club do just fine, thank you, and they don't even need helmets or pads. The city-based rugby team recently scrummed its way to the national championship game for the Division 1 Club league against the Glendale Raptors, which will take place Sunday in Virginia Beach, Va. RedEye caught up with North Shore captain Jenny Lui, and the 29-year-old Ukrainian Village resident talked about her team's success and why women's rugby players aren't necessarily...
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January 9, 2013 | RedEye
With the Big Ten men's basketball season under way, we're only a few months from learning who will reign as conference champs. Of course, we'd rather not wait that long. So we asked alums from all 12 schools to tell us why their team is the one to beat in 2012-13.   ILLINOIS I-L-L! The team hasn't played this well since the days of Dee Brown and Deron Williams, back when we ended up at the Final Four in 2005. Brandon Paul and Co. have made watching Illini basketball exciting again - as opposed to embarrassing.
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November 25, 2012 | RedEye
The scenario many have dreamed of, and still many others have dreaded, has come true: Notre Dame football has finished the regular season 12-0 and will play for the national title. The program is often in the spotlight - though that's not always a good thing. Here's a look at the high and low points of each coach since the Fighting Irish last won the national title, in 1988.   Lou Holtz (1986-96) High: He won the 1988 national title, took Notre Dame to nine consecutive New Year's Day bowl games and to five top-10 finishes in the AP poll.
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January 7, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
The last time the Notre Dame Fighting Irish won a national championship was January 2, 1989, or 8,771 days, 24 years and four coaches ago. Tonight, the 2012 version of the Irish take the field in the Fiesta Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide to try and win another one. If they do, it will be the first in the lifetime of Lakeview resident Annie Scully, an alumnus who was one of the first to arrive at Racine Plumbing this afternoon. Scully, 23, may not have seen the title, but her father, John Scully, was an offensive lineman on the 1977 championship squad and even co-wrote the popular...
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November 19, 2012 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
Now that Notre Dame is a national title contender, everyone in Chicago has to pretend it's a "Chicago team" although it's 100 miles away and half of us assume South Bend is south of the city, not east. Notre Dame football elicits two distinct responses from sports fans: You love 'em for their tradition or you hate 'em for their stupid gold helmets that have actual 23.9-karat gold. The next few weeks will provide plenty of entertainment for both camps. Because USC starting quarterback Matt Barkley is out for this weekend's game, the Irish need only to make sure their buses take the northbound...
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January 7, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
The last time the Notre Dame Fighting Irish won a national championship was January 2, 1989, or 8,771 days, 24 years and four coaches ago. Tonight, the 2012 version of the Irish take the field in the Fiesta Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide to try and win another one. If they do, it will be the first in the lifetime of Lakeview resident Annie Scully, an alumnus who was one of the first to arrive at Racine Plumbing this afternoon. Scully, 23, may not have seen the title, but her father, John Scully, was an offensive lineman on the 1977 championship squad and...
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January 9, 2013 | RedEye
With the Big Ten men's basketball season under way, we're only a few months from learning who will reign as conference champs. Of course, we'd rather not wait that long. So we asked alums from all 12 schools to tell us why their team is the one to beat in 2012-13.   ILLINOIS I-L-L! The team hasn't played this well since the days of Dee Brown and Deron Williams, back when we ended up at the Final Four in 2005. Brandon Paul and Co. have made watching Illini basketball exciting again - as opposed to embarrassing.
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July 8, 2012 | By Chris Sosa and RedEye
PLAY "NCAA Football 13" Available Tuesday on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 The best thing about video game college football? Not having to deal with the BCS. Wait, that might not be the case until the 2014 season. Oh well, at least if your team falls short of the national title, you don't have to fire yourself as coach.   WATCH MLB All-Star Game 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Fox The official Home Run Derby is Monday, but with the White Sox's Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko and the Cubs' Bryan LaHair suiting up, there could be...
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April 7, 2014 | RedEye
Sure, the NCAA tournament is all about chaos, but did anyone see this championship game coming? Perhaps someone should have, given Kentucky was ranked No. 1 and Connecticut was in the top 20 before the season began. Still, the finale of March Madness has never seen two teams with a combined higher seeding (No. 7 UConn plus No. 8 UK). What last-minute surprises did the title game hold? We've got six, ranking them on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the most shocking). Presidents play nice Democrat Bill Clinton and Republican George W. Bush enjoyed the game from...
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October 3, 2013 | By Rob Cressy and For RedEye
Like the series finale of "Breaking Bad," last weekend's college football slate was fantastic. With its victory over LSU, Georgia firmly planted its flag in the national title hunt. Alabama rolled Ole Miss, Notre Dame disappointed, Ohio State balled hard and Oklahoma State laid a major egg versus West Virginia. This week there are numerous matchups featuring ranked teams, including one right in our backyard between 16th-ranked Northwestern and fourth-ranked Ohio State . Ladies, get all primped because dreamboat Kirk Herbstreit and "College GameDay" are in Evanston...
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November 25, 2012 | RedEye
The scenario many have dreamed of, and still many others have dreaded, has come true: Notre Dame football has finished the regular season 12-0 and will play for the national title. The program is often in the spotlight - though that's not always a good thing. Here's a look at the high and low points of each coach since the Fighting Irish last won the national title, in 1988.   Lou Holtz (1986-96) High: He won the 1988 national title, took Notre Dame to nine consecutive New Year's Day bowl games and to five top-10 finishes in the AP poll.
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November 19, 2012 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
Now that Notre Dame is a national title contender, everyone in Chicago has to pretend it's a "Chicago team" although it's 100 miles away and half of us assume South Bend is south of the city, not east. Notre Dame football elicits two distinct responses from sports fans: You love 'em for their tradition or you hate 'em for their stupid gold helmets that have actual 23.9-karat gold. The next few weeks will provide plenty of entertainment for both camps. Because USC starting quarterback Matt Barkley is out for this weekend's game, the Irish need only to make sure their buses take the...
SPORTS
November 10, 2011 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs aren't the only experts in the art of tackling in Chicago. The ladies of the North Shore Rugby Club do just fine, thank you, and they don't even need helmets or pads. The city-based rugby team recently scrummed its way to the national championship game for the Division 1 Club league against the Glendale Raptors, which will take place Sunday in Virginia Beach, Va. RedEye caught up with North Shore captain Jenny Lui, and the 29-year-old Ukrainian Village resident talked about her team's success and why women's...
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March 19, 2012 | By Chris Sosa, RedEye
OK, college hoops overlords. If you're intent on eroding my resistance until I accept a beefed-up NCAA Tournament, listen up. Starting in 2001, it was a solitary play-in game two days before the main course. Very subtle. Now it's four games, including two matchups that are noticeable upgrades from No. 16 seeds. Less subtle. Initially, I cringed when we were force-fed these changes. Expansion is unlikely to add national title contenders to the field, so it felt like a cash grab as much as anything.
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