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BREAKING: White Sox miss out on Hamels, Wheeler

BREAKING: White Sox miss out on Hamels, Wheeler

Matthew Rago, Sports Editor

December 4, 2019

Two days ago, there was speculation that the Chicago White Sox were interested in adding two free agent starting pitchers.  On Wednesday, the White Sox watched their two primary targets sign elsewhere. The Sox had been tied to former New York Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler and former Chicago Cubs...

Hossa to the Hall?

Hossa to the Hall?

Matthew Rago, Sports Editor

December 3, 2019

Former Blackhawks’ winger Marian Hossa will be eligible for the Hall of Fame consideration beginning in 2020, according to Pierre LeBrun of The Sports Network.  Hossa, a three-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Chicago Blackhawks, was forced to unofficially retire from the NHL after missing the entir...

NEIU’s boxing club packs a punch

NEIU’s boxing club packs a punch

Rachel Willard, Writer

December 3, 2019

Sophomore Phillip Noffz helped reinvigorate NEIU’s previously dormant boxing club this past spring, offering students a safe outlet to release pent up aggression and stress.  Noffz, a physics major at NEIU, harbors a passion for athletics and boxing, inspiring him to start up a boxing club that...

WWE Survivor Series predictions

WWE Survivor Series predictions

Matthew Rago, Sports Editor

November 21, 2019

WWE returns to the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Ill., for its annual Survivor Series pay-per-view. Following the theme of brand supremacy that has dominated the past few editions, WWE has added NXT as a wrinkle to reinvigorate the Survivor Series brand. The Independent’s Matthew Rago and Tim Le Cour of...

White Sox ink All-Star Yasmani Grandal to four-year deal

White Sox ink All-Star Yasmani Grandal to four-year deal

Matthew Rago, Sports Editor

November 21, 2019

The Chicago White Sox signed All-Star catcher Yasmani Grandal to a four-year, $73 million  contract, the team announced Thursday. The contract is the largest in franchise history from a monetary standpoint.  Grandal, 30, is coming off an All-Star 2019 campaign which saw him .246 with 28 home runs and...

The Independent’s top 10 NFL logos

Rachel Willard, Writer

November 20, 2019

Who has the best logo in the NFL?

Rick Hahn’s five worst free agent signings

Rick Hahn’s five worst free agent signings

Matthew Rago, Sports Editor

November 20, 2019

White Sox’ fans celebrate general manager Rick Hahn as the man who finally convinced team owner Jerry Reinsdorf to abandon mediocrity in favor of a long-awaited rebuild. Since 2012, Hahn’s negotiating abilities have routinely netted the White Sox top prospects in return for middling exports, placing t...

Can the Chicago Bears still make the playoffs?

Can the Chicago Bears still make the playoffs?

Michael Gross, Writer

November 20, 2019

Expectations were high for the Chicago Bears coming into this season. The team was fresh off an NFC North Division Title and a 12-4 record in 2018-19. The Bears were returning nearly everyone from a defensive unit which was amongst the best in the NFL. They were also returning an offense that ranked third in...

Anthony Davis teases signing with the Bulls

Anthony Davis teases signing with the Bulls

Matthew Rago, Sports Editor

November 20, 2019

Do the Bulls have a shot at landing Anthony Davis?

Armchair Creative: Reviving the Cruiserweight Division

Armchair Creative: Reviving the Cruiserweight Division

Matthew Rago, Sports Editor

November 20, 2019

On the heels of 2016’s critically acclaimed Cruiserweight Classic, WWE decided to ride the momentum of the tournament by reviving the then-defunct cruiserweight championship. The idea was to offer the shiftiest, quickest high-flying wrestlers in the world a platform to showcase their talent under ...

CM Punk returns to WWE

CM Punk returns to WWE

Matthew Rago, Sports Editor

November 20, 2019

What will CM Punk’s role be upon his WWE return?

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