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After Night 2, Ryan Pace enthused by Bears' draft progress

The Bears were active during the NFL draft’s second night Friday. They made two trades to accumulate three extra picks and finished the night with two new members in their 2016 draft class: offensive lineman Cody Whitehair and defensive end Jonathan Bullard. So just what was general manager Ryan …

NFL

Bears make puzzling moves on Day 2 of NFL draft; add 2 4th-rounders

If you're going to talk about operating with the ideal of staying true to your draft board and going with the best player available, sometimes you make picks that look a little puzzling.<p>That's what happened Friday for the Bears, who went into the draft with some thinking they could use an offensive …

NFL Draft

Bears on Day 2 of NFL draft: Waiting, trades and a pair of linemen

It was 8 p.m. sharp Friday, more than an hour after the Bears had gone on the clock for the first time in the second round of the NFL draft. Somehow, though, the team had yet to add a second piece to its 2016 draft class.<p>So there was Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin, one of the event's emcees at …

NFL Draft

Bears have seven picks to make Saturday and 'everyone's fired up'

Fans in the Auditorium Theatre got antsy Friday night as Bears general manager Ryan Pace traded down in the second round — twice. They wanted a name, a player to add to the rebuilding blueprint. It took a while before Dick Butkus finally announced Kansas State guard Cody Whitehair.<p>The Bears' payoff …

Chicago Bears

Jaylon Smith, Braxton Miller, Christian Hackenberg rewarded on Day 2 of draft

It was a pick that fans of all 32 NFL teams could applaud.<p>Jaylon Smith appeared overwhelmed with emotion early Friday night, a phone pressed to his ear as he hopped up and down. It had been feared Smith's family gathering in Fort Wayne, Ind., would turn into a pity party, the result of a …

Football (U.S.)

NFC North rivals' newest additions

<b>LIONS</b><p><b>A'Shawn Robinson</b><p><b>Round 2, Pick 46, DT, Alabama</b><p>A year after losing Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, the Lions add a massive man who was projected as a first-round pick. Robinson will be a force against the run with the chance to develop pass-rushing savvy learning from Haloti Ngata.<p><b>Graham</b> …

Detroit Lions

Defensive mistakes, big homer downfall for White Sox in loss to Orioles

Brett Lawrie dropped a groundball and it rolled into the outfield. Jimmy Rollins tagged second base, tripped and sent his throw sailing beyond first base and out of play.<p>Two potential double plays turned into double trouble for the White Sox on Friday night in a 6-3 loss to the Orioles, their …

Baltimore Orioles

Local roundup: Eric Van Dyck, Lincoln-Way East pass opening tourney test

God bless the liberos at this weekend's 24-team Lincoln-Way East Invitational.<p>Most of them need all the help they can get trying to defend the onslaught of attacks coming their way from some of the state's premier hitters.<p>Just take a look.<p>Top-seeded Minooka features Loyola-bound Brandon Baranski. …

Volleyball

Quick look at new Bears Cody Whitehair, Jonathan Bullard

<b>Cody Whitehair</b><p><b>Round 2,</b> <b>Pick 56 (from Seahawks)</b><p><b>Guard, Kansas State, 6-4, 301</b><p><b>On the field:</b> Big 12 coaches voted Whitehair first-team all-conference in 2015 after he started 13 games at left tackle and was a team captain. He has started games at left tackle, left guard and right tackle.<p><b>Upside:</b> …

Football (U.S.)

Blackhawks' Patrick Kane plans to 'keep trending in a good direction'

The 2015-16 season was memorable for Patrick Kane for myriad reasons.<p>From the sexual assault investigation that surfaced a month before training camp — and might forever tarnish Kane's image in the minds of some — to a spectacular display on the ice that is sure to earn him the Hart Trophy as the …

NHL All-Star Game

Quick trip around Major League Baseball

<b>American League</b><p><b>Central Division</b><p><b>White Sox:</b> Robin Ventura pushing all the right buttons while waiting for Jose Abreu to heat up.<p><b>Indians:</b> Jason Kipnis removes loose hair from teammate's ear: "I was looking and said, 'Eww!' "<p><b>Royals:</b> A 14-foot statue of Royals player on billboard is stolen, then located …

Baseball

Judge allows statements to friends in battery case of Illinois' Jaylon Tate

A Champaign County judge ruled Friday that statements made to friends by the alleged domestic battery victim of Illinois basketball player Jaylon Tate may be used at trial, according to the Champaign News-Gazette.<p>Two of three statements assistant state's attorney Stephanie Hall presented were …

Illinois

Lakeview cook on 'Hell's Kitchen' finale: 'I'm a little overwhelmed'

<b>Warning: Spoiler alerts</b><p>For weeks, Lakeview line cook Kristin Barone impressed "Hell's Kitchen" host Gordon Ramsay with her ability to work various stations in dinner service.<p>But when she led a hand-picked team to execute her dinner menu in Friday's episode, she struggled to have her voice heard.<p>"I …

Hell's Kitchen

Deerfield walks off against Glenbrook North, walks into CSL North race

Deerfield catcher Brad Pineless could have swung at the one-out, bases-loaded 3-1 fastball offered to him by Glenbrook North pitcher Noah Stern in the bottom of the ninth inning of his team's Central Suburban North baseball game on Friday, April 29.<p>But it wasn't to his liking, and with the game …

Arlington International and horsemen's association agree on new contract

Officials at Arlington International Racecourse and the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association ended weeks of acrimony Friday, finally forging a new contract that will reopen the track's shuttered backstretch just days before the start of the summer racing season.<p>"We're excited and delighted …

Mother's Day

The way of the lamb on Orthodox Easter

There are many tasty ways to cook a lamb.<p>You could roast a leg of lamb in the oven, or take it to a bakery or restaurant owned by friends.<p>You might dig a pit in the ground in the Eastern fashion, set a long, clay pot in the earth, mound hot coals all around and then bury it. Or, you could use a …

Bundt Cake

Local college notes: Mike Farnan on fire for red-hot South Suburban

Mike Farnan acknowledged he put too much pressure on himself when this season began.<p>The South Suburban outfielder wanted to follow up on a strong freshman year and carry the Bulldogs' offense.<p>"I came in wanting to have a big year and be a big-time leader," Farnan said. "I think I expected it to …

College & University

Carlos Rodon tries to help White Sox bounce back vs. Orioles

Left-hander Carlos Rodon will try to help the White Sox get back on track against the Orioles on Friday night at Camden Yards.<p>The Sox lost the series opener 10-2 on Thursday in a rough outing for left-hander John Danks.<p>Rodon enters with a 1-2 record and a 4.05 ERA. After allowing five earned runs …

Chicago White Sox

Matt Szczur's grand slam highlight of Cubs' 6-1 victory over Braves

Jon Lester knew how to hold the Braves. Matt Szczur and Anthony Rizzo knew how to fold 'em.<p>And so the Cubs authored the 22nd of 162 regular-season chapters Friday, with the help of those three mostly during a 6-1 victory over the Braves at Wrigley Field.<p>Lester threw 106 pitches during his …

Jon Lester

Trump campaign office ground zero for local supporters

Jeremy Spurrier hustled out of the Griffith campaign office for Donald Trump carrying an armful of yard signs and a mouthful of hope.<p>"I don't believe Mr. Trump is a Republican or a Democrat. He is a conservative capitalist and that's what our country needs," he told me Wednesday afternoon. "I don't …

Donald Trump

Orthodox Christians mark Good Friday with prayer, procession

Believers entered the most solemn day of the Orthodox church calendar Friday — Good Friday — looking forward to the redemption coming on Easter Sunday.<p>Congregants at Sts. Constantine and Helena Greek Orthodox Cathedral gathered at the Merrillville cathedral Friday afternoon to mourn Jesus' …

Prayer

Chicago State lays off a third of its staff

Chicago State University on Friday said more than 300 employees are being laid off, a dramatic downsizing a week after the school received some long-awaited money from the state, the Tribune has learned.<p>The layoffs — which equal about one-third of the workforce — are effective immediately.<p>"It's …

Employment

Men reportedly ask teenage girl to get in their car near Montgomery

A teenage girl told Kendall County Sheriff's deputies that five unknown men in a black Hyundai asked her to get in their car Friday afternoon, according to a sheriff's office news release.<p>At about 2:57 p.m. Friday, deputies went to the intersection of Long Beach Road and Winrock Road in an …

Montgomery

Former Bears player Desmond Clark: Vernon Hills school has 'racist culture'

A week after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, former Chicago Bear Desmond Clark said he thinks he could have won the case against him if he had taken it to trial.<p>Clark said in an interview this week that a series of racially charged incidents against his family …

Racism

Cook County clerk reverses course, allows disputed Harvey levy vote to stand

In an 11th-hour twist to an already unusual political fight, the Cook County clerk's office reversed course and approved a levy that will keep Harvey residents paying property taxes for city services.<p>The Friday reversal comes two days after the county clerk declared the same ordinance invalid. The …

Transgender teen, born male: 'I'm going to run for prom queen'

Should a high school student who was born male but who has long identified as female be crowned prom queen?<p>Dakota Yorke thinks so.<p>Yorke, the 18-year-old Portage High School senior, is blazing a trail for other transgender teens amid our country's "gender panic" these days, including public bathroom …

Gender

Arizona State-bound Brendan Murphy sparks Mundelein's six-game win streak

Mundelein's pitching duo of Brendan Murphy and Reese Dolan came into the season as known commodities.<p>Just a junior, Murphy caught Arizona State's attention during a stellar sophomore year and committed to the Pac-10 power in September. Dolan, a senior, is headed to Southern Illinois.<p>Even though the …

Arizona Diamondbacks

Duckworth seeks boost from campaign stop with Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren delivered a staunch defense of government Friday, accusing Republicans of pushing administrative cuts that impair delivery of services and make people most in need lose faith in Washington.<p>Speaking to a group of seniors in Chicago's Lakeview East neighborhood …

Elizabeth Warren

How NFL draft picks get their jerseys so fast

Beyond the drama surrounding the NFL's newest recruits, it's one of the draft's most frequently asked questions: How do those names get on the jerseys so darn fast after a player is selected?<p>Meet Brent, Lisa and Cathi.<p>The team from Stahls', based outside Detroit, has been printing names on the …

NFL Draft

Jazz Record Mart founder opens new store

Bob Koester, who closed his celebrated Jazz Record Mart in February after more than half a century in business, has opened a new shop.<p>Located in the front room of his Delmark Records studio, 4121 N. Rockwell St. in the Horner Park neighborhood, the store currently carries 9,000 titles, with more to …

Jazz