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    Cubs, Barney agree to $2.3 million, 1-year deal

    by  • February 7, 2014 • Sports

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a $2.3 million, one-year contract with second baseman Darwin Barney, avoiding arbitration. A Gold Glove winner in 2012, Barney committed just four errors with a .993 fielding percentage last season. But he also batted .208. The agreement leaves pitcher Jeff Samardzija as the team’s only...

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    Cubs move game to avoid traffic from Pride Parade

    by  • February 7, 2014 • Sports

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are rescheduling a game in late June to ease traffic in connection with the city’s annual Pride Parade. The parade is scheduled for Sunday, June 29, when the Cubs were set to play the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field. Cubs officials announced Thursday that the team will now...

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    11 Illinoisans competing in Sochi Olympics

    by  • February 7, 2014 • Sports

    CHICAGO (AP) — The state of Illinois is celebrating its Olympians. Gov. Pat Quinn put out a news release Wednesday honoring athletes from Illinois who are competing in the Winter Olympics. The list of eleven athletes includes speed skaters, figure skaters, hockey players, a bobsledder and a member of the women’s curling team. The...

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    Family of Ill. skater not worried about security

    by  • February 7, 2014 • Sports

    HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — Family members of a 19-year-old suburban Chicago figure skater who’s competing in the Winter Olympics say they’re not worried about security in Russia. Steve Brown’s son Jason Brown won the silver medal at the U.S. Men’s Figure Skating Championships last month in Boston. The elder Brown told The (Arlington...

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    Cardinals sign Pat Neshek to minor league deal

    by  • February 7, 2014 • Sports

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Reliever Pat Neshek and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed on a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. The Cardinals announced the deal Thursday. The right-hander was 2-1 with a 3.35 ERA in 45 appearances for Oakland last season. In parts of seven seasons with Minnesota,...

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