Allstate Journal

Raptors need to get defensive to make a playoff run

When the Toronto Raptors raced out to a 30-15 start in 2014-15, an Eastern Conference championship seemed like a reasonable goal. But the Raptors have been a .500 team since,

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For Tom Ricketts and the Cubs, ‘now is the time’

Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts pulls out of the parking lot in his Cadillac, stops at the entrance, and tells the security guard to keep a lookout for his brother.

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Relentless Russell Westbrook shakes up NBA MVP race

So just how loaded is the MVP race in the NBA this season? Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook is having the kind of overall impact that puts him in

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Tennessee hires Rick Barnes as new head coach

Rick Barnes is Tennessee’s new men’s basketball coach, the school announced in a statement Tuesday. “Rick Barnes is an elite basketball coach in every respect,” Tennessee vice chancellor and director

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Angst developing over Red Wings’ playoff run

The accepted view around the NHL is the Detroit Red Wings are heading to the NHL playoffs for the 24th consecutive season. But the Ottawa Senators could alter that perception

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Rafael Nadal reveals why he’s been in tennis slump

What’s the problem with Rafael Nadal’s tennis game of late? The Spaniard admitted in a weekend press conference that he’s

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Falcons fined, lose draft pick for using fake crowd noise

The Atlanta Falcons will forfeit a fifth-round draft pick in the 2016 draft and the team has been fined $350,000

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SEC charges investment adviser Lynn Tilton with fraud

A onetime young tennis star-turned-wealthy-investment adviser and her financial firms were charged with fraud Monday for allegedly misleading investors and

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Bulls hand Knicks franchise-record 60th loss in 111-80 romp

The Chicago Bulls did what so many other teams have done against the Knicks this season: They made it look

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Kentucky survives massive scare vs. Notre Dame to reach Final Four

Breaking down No. 1 seed Kentucky’s 68-66 victory against No. 3 seed Notre Dame in the Midwest Regional final at

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Louisville’s transformation into Final Four contender

It’s the most basic courtesy one teammate can afford another: If you fall, I’ll pick you up. Perhaps a teammate

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Rashard Mendenhall on life as an early NFL retiree

When former NFL running back Rashard Mendenhall announced his retirement a year ago at age 26, he had no idea

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