2015 NFL Draft: What you need to know

By Taylor Hall

The 2015 NFL Draft is scheduled to be held at Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre with an adjacent fan festival, Draft Town presented by Oikos Triple Zero, expanding to Grant Park and Congress Plaza.

Within the Auditorium Theatre, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will announce player selections for each of the 32 NFL teams, introducing the players on stage (sans Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota). On Saturday, the NFL draft will be held entirely in Draft Town and Selection Square in Grant Park, and fans will have the opportunity to take photos onstage at the Auditorium Theatre. Continue reading

Co-champions rally to win at Cantigny

By Scott Guthrie

Under the black Titleist tent just behind the 18th green of the Woodside Course at Cantigny Golf in Wheaton, Frank Lindwall slowly removed his weathered hat, let out a sigh and then buried his head in his arms.

The high school sophomore from Cedar Rapids seemed to be trying to delay the inevitable, not wanting to sign his scorecard that would make his 6-over-par final round official.

Or, perhaps the 16-year-old didn’t want to see tournament co-winners Drew Kiehl and David Perkins celebrate a win that slipped away with a bogey on the final hole to drop Lindwall into third place by one stroke.

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By Kira Boyd

Every nine minutes, someone is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Although the disease is incurable, one group is using exercise to fight its wrath. Continue reading

City officials keep quiet about status of park permits for NFL draft

By Taylor Hall

Chicago Park District officials are staying mum on the NFL’s permit status after announcing the league had not yet obtained necessary permits to create a public site for the upcoming three-day draft in Grant Park.

After announcing April 8 that the NFL had not secured the appropriate permits for its outdoor fan festival , Park District and City officials have not provided any updates. The NFL’s Draft Town is scheduled to take place April 30 through May 2.

“That’s information I cannot release to you. You can go on the website and email from the FOIA,” said Denise Reed-Burton,  Park District coordinator for special event & media permits, regarding the site. “I can’t give you any information at all. The only person that can speak to that permit is the person whose name is on the permit”

Medill Reports has submitted a Freedom of Information request for the information.
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Buffone interview displays toughness and winning personality

By Sam Fiske

Up until his final days, legendary Bears linebacker Doug Buffone related more to the hard-working people of Chicago than any type of celebrity.

“We had more in common with the fan,“ Buffone said of he and his teammates in a phone interview with Medill Reports last Thursday. “We’d work our asses off, [the fan would] work his ass off.”

Buffone, 70, died Monday at home in Chicago. Buffone played all 14 of his NFL seasons with the Bears and is widely considered the team’s best linebacker not in the Hall of Fame. His 186 games played are fifth all-time in franchise history, and his 24 career interceptions are the most by any Bears linebacker. Continue reading

Where’s the World Cup video game this year?

By Nick Kariuki

Thousands will travel to Canada this summer to watch 24 national soccer teams compete across six cities for the World Cup title.

In the sports video game world, industry leader Electronic Arts Inc. takes the opportunity to release a new title of its licensed “FIFA” franchise. That means a game with all the latest rosters, visuals and simulated atmosphere in the future tournament venues.

Sorry. There won’t be that kind of game this year, either as a stand alone title or downloadable content to the already released “FIFA 15” title. Why? Because it’s a Women’s World Cup year.

In the sports game market, stand alone women’s sports games and add-on content remain underrepresented. High-profile appeals have been made by athletes, sports fans and gamers, with varied success. It doesn’t help that the stumbling block is the very first step women’s sports games just aren’t marketable. But should that prevent game developers from trying? Continue reading

Cubs fans donate to Illinois tornado relief

By Hannah Beery

Lisa LaSala sat in the Kirkland Fire Department Tuesday, temporary home of the American Red Cross, and thought about the next steps for tornado relief in nearby Fairdale and Rochelle.

But cleaning up home base when putting back together a community torn apart by a tornado means more than brushing off the dirt. And this caused LaSala, executive director of the American Red Cross of Northwest, to ask for something that is hard to come by these days.

“A miracle,” she said.

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Foodie 5K runs up $1 million in groceries for hungry neighbors

By Sara Shouhayib

Over 1,200 runners and walkers took their place at the starting line of the second annual Foodie 5K race on Saturday morning and raised $130,000 to fight hunger.

That’s enough money to provide the equivalent of $1 million worth of groceries to feed hungry people in Northern Illinois.

“We know that one in seven of our neighbors are at risk of missing meals in the coming year,” said Julie Yurko, president and CEO of the Northern Illinois Food Bank, serving 13 counties. Continue reading

VIDEO: Cheating In Sports – A Learned Behavior

By Joe Musso

Since the inception of organized competition cheating and sports have been inseparable.  Competitors are under the immense pressure of being the greatest version of themselves at all times, and in certain instances that weight can become too much.  In the recent past we have seen examples of point shaving, performance enhancing drug use, general rule breaking and other types of foul play, but what perpetuates the unbreakable trend of cheating in sports?

Joe Musso sits down with renowned sports psychologist Dr. Michele Kerulis to examine the deeply rooted motivating factors of cheating in young athletes.

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Evanston baseball’s arms are set to build on Historic 2014

By Tim Penman

As junior pitcher Dylan Mulvihill worked out his arm on the sidelines of practice, he smiled at several Evanston teammates teasing him while flexing their muscles like Randy “Macho Man” Savage.

The hard throwing righty, along with right-handed senior Russell Snapp, leads an impressive Wildkit starting rotation that aims to guide the team one step further than last year’s 4A supersectional berth and into the four-team state tournament.

“[In the postseason] I learned that pitching carries the team,” Mulvihill said. “We are a good one-two punch.”

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