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Recent articles by Phil:

Chicago Blackhawks’ Drake Caggiula reveals he’s engaged

In a message to fans Monday, Blackhawks winger Drake Caggiula said he proposed Sunday to girlfriend Laura Kirkpatrick: "I asked my best friend to spend forever with me and she said yes!" → Read More

Jonathan Toews: George Floyd’s death and the national unrest that followed ‘moved me to tears’

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, responding on Instagram on Monday to the death of George Floyd and its fallout, wrote: "Who am I to tell someone that their pain is not real?" → Read More

On this date in 1904: Chicago Cubs 1st baseman Frank Chance gets hit by 4 pitches in a doubleheader — still a single-day MLB record

Frank Chance was hit by pitches four times in one day during a doubleheader against the Cincinnti Reds on May 30, 1904, in Cincinnati. → Read More

Chicago Blackhawks sign Czech forward Matej Chalupa to a 2-year entry-level deal

Chicago Blackhawks prospect Matej Chalupa, a forward from the Czech Republic, is the team's fifth entry-level deal since April 1. → Read More

For now, the Chicago Blackhawks can look forward to the NHL playoffs. After that, they have pivotal roster decisions to make.

Here's a breakdown of each Blackhawks player's contract status and some of the organization's likely moves in the offseason. → Read More

Could the Chicago Blackhawks make the playoffs if the NHL season resumes? One scenario has legs — but some are against it.

Some proposals for the NHL returning to play call for relaunching directly into the playoffs, but two top formats would make the difference between the Chicago Blackhawks playing or staying home. → Read More

Want to be like Mike? The winning bid for a Chicago Bulls charity auction gets the full game-day experience — complete with playing at the United Center and meeting players from the 1990s dynasty.

The Chicago Bulls and are offering a full game-day experience via a charity auction to help provide food to those in need amid the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Michael Jordan’s kids show a different side of their dad during a podcast interview: ‘He literally wanted my son to call him “Michael” for the first year’

"The Last Dance" buzz has served up another opportunity for three of Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan's kids to dish on their famous dad. → Read More

1918 in Chicago sports: Despite World War I and the Spanish flu, George Halas thrived — and the Chicago Cubs may have dodged a fate worse than losing the World Series

The 1918 major-league baseball and college football seasons played out amid World War I and a deadly outbreak of the Spanish flu. The formation of military base football teams may have played a role in laying the foundation for George Halas' Chicago Bears. → Read More

There are about 6,000 Michael Jordan cards — and he owns about 4,000 of them. Inside one high-end collector’s quest to own them all.

Nat Turner estimates that there are about 6,000 Jordan cards and he has about 4,000 of them. But he’s not out of the Michael Jordan acquisitions business just yet. “My goal is to have one of every Jordan card,” said Turner, who made Forbes’ 30 under 30 list in 2015. “And I’m pretty close.” → Read More

Jonathan Toews and Alex DeBrincat are nominated for an NHL fan award — for jumping

Chicago Blackhawks teammates Alex DeBrincat and Jonathan Toews are up for an NHL fan award — for jumping. → Read More

82 years ago today, the Chicago Cubs exploded for 12 runs in 1 inning against 1 hapless pitcher. But history has mostly forgotten the game.

In what turned out to be his final major-league appearance, Hal Kelleher faced 16 Cubs batters in the eighth inning of the Phillies' 21-2 loss at Wrigley Field on May 5, 1938. → Read More

John McDonough calls his time with the Chicago Blackhawks ‘the ride of a lifetime’

Former Blackhawks president and CEO John McDonough thanked the team’s owners and fans for their past support in a statement issued on Tuesday. → Read More

‘The Last Dance’ soundtrack — from Prince’s ‘Partyman’ to LL Cool J’s ‘I’m Bad’ — is now available on Spotify

There’s a Spotify playlist compiling some of "The Last Dance" filmmakers’ pinpoint music choices, including LL Cool J's "I'm Bad," which accompanied footage of Michael Jordan's 63-point playoff game against the Celtics. → Read More

NFL draft winners and losers: Kids, Roger Goodell, Aaron Rodgers, Tristan Wirf, Kliff Kingsbury’s digs, whatever was going on at Mike Vrabel’s house and more

Reviewing the first round of the virtual NFL draft: The kids are all right. Roger Goodell asked for it. Aaron Rodgers must hope the Packers can't hurry Love. And what was going on at Jeff Vrabel’s house? → Read More

Roger Goodell asked for boos at the virtual NFL draft. So here are the best #BooTheCommish tweets.

With social distancing preventing them from doing it persons, fans jeered NFL commissioner Roger Goodell virtually. → Read More

Alex DeBrincat will play in NHL video game tournament to raise money for coronavirus relief

Chicago Blackhawks winger Alex DeBrincat will join a video game tournament of NHL players to help raise money for coronavirus relief. → Read More

TV ratings for the WNBA’s ‘virtual’ draft up 123% from last year

The WNBA’s “virtual” draft, which aired Friday night on ESPN, was the league’s most-watched draft in 16 years and second most-watched in the cable network’s history. → Read More

Michael Jordan’s ‘Dream Team’ jersey sells for $216,000 — his 2nd-highest seller ever at a public auction

One of Michael Jordan’s game-used jerseys from the 1992 Olympics sold for $216,000 at Robert Edward Auctions, the second highest public auction price ever for a Jordan jersey. → Read More

10 things to know about new Chicago Sky forward Ruthy Hebard, including her Alaskan car parade and close relationship with Sabrina Ionescu

One of Ruthy Hebard's toughest days spoke volumes to Chicago Sky coach James Wade, who selected her with the No. 8 pick. → Read More