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November 1, 2011 | RedEye
Bulls fans should know by now not to take Derrick Rose for granted. Not only for his astounding hoops skills, but for the way he puts his team first and oozes humility. Sports Illustrated is taking notice, as the magazine has nominated the Bulls superstar for its 2011 Sportsman of the Year award. The winner will be announced Dec. 6, and in the meantime RedEye takes a shot at how he stacks up against the other candidates.   Derrick Rose, Bulls guard Odds: 4-1 Why he'll win: Besides his showstopping play on the court, Rose gives back to Chicago...
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July 28, 2013 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
Former Fire midfielder DaMarcus Beasley emerged from the locker room in the bowels of Soldier Field and into the postgame media scrum proudly carrying the spoils of his efforts in Sunday's Gold Cup finale: a giant, gleaming gold trophy. "I'm enjoying the celebration," he said with a smile. The celebration will be etched into the 31-year-old's mind forever, of standing on the field as the captain of a championship squad after the U.S. men's national team dispatched Panama 1-0 on the field where his professional career began.
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July 28, 2013 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
Former Fire midfielder DaMarcus Beasley emerged from the locker room in the bowels of Soldier Field and into the postgame media scrum proudly carrying the spoils of his efforts in Sunday's Gold Cup finale: a giant, gleaming gold trophy. "I'm enjoying the celebration," he said with a smile. The celebration will be etched into the 31-year-old's mind forever, of standing on the field as the captain of a championship squad after the U.S. men's national team dispatched Panama 1-0 on the field where his professional career began.
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April 15, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco and RedEye
No. 23 on a sports jersey is special in Chicago. Michael Jordan brought the Bulls a dynasty with that number. Devin Hester ran with it to the Super Bowl, although the Bears didn't win that year. Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg also wore that number, as did White Sox fielder Jermaine Dye when he was named MVP of the 2005 World Series. Now, Arne Friedrich (pronounced Ar-nuh Freed-rick) - the Chicago Fire's newly signed German defender - wants to lead the team to the playoffs with those iconic digits.
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April 15, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco and RedEye
No. 23 on a sports jersey is special in Chicago. Michael Jordan brought the Bulls a dynasty with that number. Devin Hester ran with it to the Super Bowl, although the Bears didn't win that year. Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg also wore that number, as did White Sox fielder Jermaine Dye when he was named MVP of the 2005 World Series. Now, Arne Friedrich (pronounced Ar-nuh Freed-rick) - the Chicago Fire's newly signed German defender - wants to lead the team to the playoffs with those iconic digits.
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May 8, 2014 | By Paul M. Banks and For RedEye
If you want to get more into English Premier League Soccer, well, the first thing you have to do is call it not soccer, but football. From there, this quick primer will get up to speed as the World Cup approaches. Here are 15 English football terms followed by their American sports translations. pitch = field side = team clean sheet = shutout nil = zero transfer gossip = trade rumors relegation = American sports don't have this, but imagine if the Cubs got demoted to AAA for finishing in last place supporters = fans kit = uniform friendly =...
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April 15, 2014 | By Emily Brown, @emily_brown88
Chicago soccer stars Mike Magee and Jackie Santacaterina love to compete. And now they can add this quiz - part soccer acumen and part family trivia - to their list.   MIKE MAGEE, Chicago Fire forward Which country has won the most World Cups?   "Brazil" (Correct answer: Brazil, with five.) What's the furthest the U.S. men's team has advanced in the World Cup?   "Quarterfinals" (Correct answer: Semifinals, 1930) Name one of the two actresses who played the female leads in "Bend It Like Beckham.
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October 15, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
** (out of four) For whatever reason, the American hip-hop community has never really taken to K'naan, the Somali Canadian rapper whose first two albums delivered frequently riveting descriptions of growing up in Mogadishu and moving to Toronto. Not that this turned out to be a problem -- his song "Waving Flag" was chosen by Coca-Cola as its 2010 World Cup anthem and became a massive international hit. Even Mitt Romney, who has probably never willingly listened to a rap song in his life, picked it up to use for his campaign.
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November 7, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, @mickswasko and RedEye
In a national election, the buzz was in Chicago. As 31 million election-related hashtags flew through the short messaging service on election night, mentions of “Chicago” reached a monthly peak, according to a Twitter spokesperson. It's no wonder, for a full hour last night, the service saw 9,965 tweets per second being sent out among its users, as well as the most retweeted message in history: a photo of Michelle and Barack hugging with the words “four more years” sent by @BarackObama himself.
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June 24, 2012 | By Chris Sosa and RedEye
READ "Legends of pro wrestling" Available Tuesday Want to impress your friends with the Undertaker's career stats? Or trot out an obscure fact from a pro wrestler from the mid-1800s? This book is your chance to wow fellow enthusiasts - or anyone who might be within earshot. And if anyone argues with you, you could smack them over the head with the book. Just kidding; keep your exchanges to words, please.   ATTEND Cubs vs. N.Y. Mets Monday-Wednesday, Wrigley Field It...
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November 1, 2011 | RedEye
Bulls fans should know by now not to take Derrick Rose for granted. Not only for his astounding hoops skills, but for the way he puts his team first and oozes humility. Sports Illustrated is taking notice, as the magazine has nominated the Bulls superstar for its 2011 Sportsman of the Year award. The winner will be announced Dec. 6, and in the meantime RedEye takes a shot at how he stacks up against the other candidates.   Derrick Rose, Bulls guard Odds: 4-1 Why he'll win: Besides his showstopping play on the court, Rose gives back to Chicago...
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October 29, 2012 | By Chris Sosa and RedEye
When the Chicago Fire signed Germany's Arne Friedrich in the offseason, they knew they had a defender with World Cup experience. And when they drafted Austin Berry in the 2012 MLS Superdraft, they knew they had the Big East Defensive Player of the Year. What they might not have known was how quickly Friedrich and Berry would develop into a solid core at the center of team's defense. Or how quickly the 24-year-old Berry would "grow up" before the veteran's eyes. "In this state of the season, maybe he looks like a 40-year-old guy because he has problems with shoulder, with his thumb, with his ankle.
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March 13, 2013 | By Ben Johnson and For RedEye
It's 2013, and that can only mean one thing. It means, uh … help me out. Oh that's right, the World Baseball Classic. Remember? The World Cup-like March tournament that supplanted the Olympics as a way to have people play baseball for their country? The one Paul Konerko didn't seem to want to play in? They do it once every … two years? Four years? OK, it's every four years. This is the third time it's happened. The first two were won by Japan. I did not know that. That is a clear signal that I'm not the only person not taking this event seriously.
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