Ryan Taylor

Digital Content Producer for NBC Sports Chicago

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  • MLB News 34 mins ago

    Here is the Cubs' strength of schedule for the back half of the season

    The back half of the 2024 MLB schedule gets underway for the Cubs on Friday when they start a three-game series against the Diamondbacks. How favorable is the North Side’s schedule for the rest of the season? According to Tankathon, the Cubs own the 20th-ranked (10th-easiest) strength of schedule for the second half of the year. The strength of their…

  • Justin Fields 19 hours ago

    Oddsmakers unconvinced Justin Fields will earn Steelers' starting job by Week 1

    Former Bears quarterback Justin Fields will battle for the Steelers’ starting spot this summer with longtime veteran Russell Wilson. But oddsmakers are not convinced Fields will earn the starting job by Week 1. Bet Online currently lists Fields’ odds to win the job by Week 1 at +550. Wilson’s odds for the job are -1000. That means if you bet…

  • Shota Imanaga 19 hours ago

    Shota Imanaga dedicates his All-Star hat to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Here's why

    Cubs starter Shota Imanaga dedicated his NL All-Star hat to the Baseball Hall of Fame following his performance in Texas at the All-Star game. Why did Imanaga do that? Imanaga is just the second Japanese-born player to represent the Cubs in the All-Star Game and is the first to pitch (Kosuke Fukudome was an outfielder in the 2008 ASG). He…

  • NFL News 5 hours ago

    Bears wide receivers dissed in new position rankings from NFL personnel

    ESPN recently surveyed the NFL executives, coaches and scouts to rank the league’s top 10 wide receivers. But the Bears barely got on the map, despite having arguably one of the best wide receiver cores in the NFL. DJ Moore was an honorable mention, ranking 18th on the list. Keenan Allen was not listed but received votes to be on…

  • Martin Maldonado 21 hours ago

    White Sox designate Martín Maldonado for assignment: Report

    The White Sox have designated Martín Maldonado for assignment, The Athletic reported Wednesday. Along with Maldonado, the White Sox also designated infielder Danny Mendick, the team announced Wednesday. They also optioned infielder Lenyn Sosa, making room for new signing Nick Senzel. Maldonado, 37, signed with the White Sox in January. He’s been splitting catching duties with youngster Korey Lee,...

  • Caleb Williams 21 hours ago

    Caleb Williams' team made oddball, out-of-the-box requests for his rookie contract: Report

    After multiple reports revealed Tuesday evening that Bears rookie Caleb Williams had signed his first NFL contract, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio put the kibosh on those reports, reporting he had not signed his deal. Why? Florio reported on Wednesday that Williams’ team was haggling with the Bears over final language for his first contract. Part of that negotiation,...

  • Caleb Williams 22 hours ago

    Why one ex-NFL quarterback says Caleb Williams won't have a C.J. Stroud-like rookie season

    Ahead of a highly-anticipated Bears season, fans are hopeful rookie quarterback Caleb Williams gets off to a hot start. Last year rookie C.J. Stroud had a phenomenal season, earning the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award and finishing eighth in MVP voting. Williams should be able to replicate a season close to Stroud’s, right? “I think there are...

  • Caleb Williams 23 hours ago

    Bears make Caleb Williams deal official after finalization drama

    NOW, it’s over. Officially official, as Ian Rapoport would say. The Bears announced the finalization of Caleb Williams’ rookie deal on Wednesday. NBC Sports Chicago’s Josh Schrock confirmed Tuesday the contract is a four-year deal worth $39 million with a $25 million signing bonus. After a flurry of reports Tuesday suggested Williams had signed his rookie contract with the Bears,…

  • Caleb Williams 23 hours ago

    Caleb Williams agrees to rookie contract after finalization drama: Report

    UPDATE: The Bears made Caleb Williams’ rookie deal with the team official. It’s not over until it’s over. But NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero is reporting it’s over. According to Pelissero, Caleb Williams has officially agreed to his rookie contract with the Bears, which NBC Sports Chicago’s Josh Schrock confirmed Tuesday is a four-year contract worth $39 million with a...

  • MLB News Jul 17

    Two teams ‘thought to have some interest' in Tommy Pham: Report

    With the MLB trade deadline inching closer, the stove is starting to heat up with rumors flying around the league. The White Sox are believed to be gearing up for a potential, major sell-off come July 30. And one of the players they signed during the season, Tommy Pham, is reportedly garnering interest in the trade market. “The Phillies and…

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