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Brian Urlacher Announces Retirement

(Chicago, IL)  --  Longtime Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is hanging up his cleats.  Urlacher announced today he was retiring, saying he could continue playing but didn't want to.  The 34-year-old also says the decision "became pretty clear" when he thought about the fact he could retire after a 13-year career with only one team.  Urlacher adds he'll miss his teammates, coaches and Bears fans, but leaves the game with no regrets.  He became a free agent in March after being unable to reach a contract with the Bears.

Cubs Can't Solve Buccos

(Pittsburgh, PA)  --  Travis Snider's grand slam led the Pirates in a 5-4 win over the Cubs last night in Pittsburgh.  Matt Garza allowed just one hit over five scoreless innings in his season debut.  Garza returned from a strained lat muscle and helped his own cause with a two-run double.  Darwin Barney went 4-for-4 with an RBI for Chicago, which has lost four out of six.

Cubs, Pirates Resume Series In Pittsburgh

(Pittsburgh, PA)  --  The Cubs and Pirates resume their three-game series from PNC Park in Pittsburgh this evening with the middle contest.  Jeff Samardzija looks to improve upon his 2-and-5 record against Bucs left-hander Francisco Liriano.  The southpaw is 2-and-0 with a 1.64 ERA in two starts this season.  First pitch is set for 6:05.

Cubs Claim Sanchez Off Waivers From Cards

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Cubs have claimed pitcher Eduardo Sanchez off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals.  The right-hander has appeared in nine games for Triple-A Memphis this season, posting a 3.72 ERA with one save.  Sanchez made his major league debut with the Cards in 2011.  He will be assigned to Triple-A Iowa.

White Sox Edge Red Sox

(Chicago, IL)  --  Jeff Keppinger hit a two-run homer to back a strong outing from Jose Quintana as the White Sox edged the Red Sox, 3-1.  Quintana took a no-hitter into the seventh.  He improved to 3-and-1 after striking out five over six-and-a-third scoreless innings.  Addison Reed earned his 16th save.  Alex Rios doubled in a run for Chicago in the win.

Sale Scratched From Start

(Chicago, IL)  --  White Sox ace Chris Sale won't make his scheduled start tonight against the Red Sox.  Sale is dealing with tendinitis in his left pitching shoulder and the Sox say the decision was made as a precautionary measure.  Sale is 5-and-2 with a 2.53 ERA on the year and has a streak of 23 straight scoreless innings.  Hector Santiago will start in his place. First pitch is set for 7:10.

Reinsdorf Says He Has No Plans To Sell White Sox

(Chicago, IL)  --  White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf says he has no plans to sell the team at this time.  The 77-year-old did however, confirm a "Sports Business Journal" report which said he recommended the franchise be sold when he passes.  He added that his vote on the matter wouldn't count at that point in talks.

Former Bulls Coach Del Negro Fired In LA

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  Former Bulls head coach Vinny Del Negro was fired by the Los Angeles Clippers yesterday.  The 46-year-old led the Clipps to a 56-and-26 record this season and the team's first Pacific Division title.  LA was the fourth seed in the West but flamed out in the first round of the playoffs to the Memphis Grizzlies.  Del Negro coached the Bulls for two years.

Jordan Announces Name Change To Charlotte Franchise

(Charlotte, NC)  --  Former Bulls superstar and current Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan announced yesterday the franchise has applied to change its name to the Hornets.  If approved, the switch will take effect for the 2014-15 season.  The initial NBA franchise in Charlotte moved to New Orleans in 2002, but recently changed its name to the Pelicans.

Blackhawks Back On Ice Tomorrow

(Detroit, MI)  --  The Blackhawks look to avoid a big hole in their series with the Red Wings in Detroit tomorrow.  Monday night, the 'Hawks suffered a 3-1 defeat in Game Three of the series and are now down two games to one.  The series will shift back to Chicago for Game Five on Saturday night.

Forte, Jennings Miss OTA For Bears

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  Bears running back Matt Forte and cornerback Tim Jennings both missed yesterday's organized team activities because of a prior commitment.  Each were visiting troops with USO Illinois in Germany.  Offensive lineman Gabe Carimi also missed the OTA.  Kicker Robbie Gould met with his surgeon in Dallas in hopes of returning to action this week.

Former OSU QB Considering Illini

(Undated)  --  Former Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt could be returning to Illinois.  The "Chicago Tribune" reports that Lunt is considering transfering to play for the Fighting Illini.  Lunt is originally from Rochester, Illinois and according to the report visited campus last weekend.  OSU is reportedly trying to block Lunt from transfering to certain schools.

Fire Gear Up For RSL

(Bridgeview, IL)  --  The Fire are preparing this week for Saturday's match against Real Salt Lake.  Chicago has lost three straight following last week's road defeat at Philadelphia.  The Fire have dipped to 2-7-and-1 during the stretch.  RSL will enter Saturday's match at 6-5-and-2.  Kickoff from Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah is set for 8:00.

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