White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech is taking a patient yet eager approach to his rehab from Tommy John surgery: ‘I’m excited about where I’m at’

Michael Kopech sat in the White Sox dugout before Friday’s night’s game against the Red Sox.

A couple of hours later, Chris Sale would be on the mound starting for the Red Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.

“Who is that?” Kopech asked with a smile. “No, just kidding.”

The two forever will be linked…

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5 things we learned at Bears rookie minicamp Friday, including Duke Shelley’s move to nickel and Matt Nagy’s first impression of David Montgomery

The Bears opened their rookie minicamp Friday with an 84-man roster, including recent draftees, undrafted free-agent signings and tryout players.

Defensive players and coach Matt Nagy spoke with the media before and after the first of three practices this weekend. Aside from a much anticipated…

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College spring sports tracker: Illinois men and Northwestern women making their 24th straight appearances in NCAA tennis championships

Championship season has arrived for NCAA spring sports, and we’re tracking the top local teams.

Men’s tennis

Illinois qualified for its 24th consecutive NCAA championships, and as the 15th seed, the Illini are hosting first- and second-round matches Friday and Saturday in Champaign.

The Illini…

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Unlike the Bulls post-Jimmy Butler, the Pacers have stayed relevant after trading Paul George. But which team is better poised to contend for titles?

The Bulls know a little something about serious injuries torpedoing playoff runs.

That’s not all they have in common with the Pacers, who are watching the second round of the NBA playoffs after getting swept by the Celtics while playing without Victor Oladipo. The All-NBA guard suffered a ruptured…

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