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Marcus Pollard

Jun 17, 2018
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Sports fans appreciate multifaceted players. The rookie exploits of Japanese import Shohei Ohtani thrill American baseball fans looking back to Babe Ruth as the last Major Leaguer to star as both hitter and pitcher.

Rick Telander: From the NFL to Writing to Medicine

Apr 1, 2018

This story surveys the very soul of sports and asks the question:  What really matters about what fans watch and players play?

Our guide is Rick Telander. Rick played quarterback for Peoria’s Richwoods High School, Defensive back for Northwestern University, and started training camp with the National Football League’s Kansas City Chiefs.

A new plan in Illinois aims to end youth tackle football programs, and it bears the name of Dave Duerson, a 1985 Chicago Bear who killed himself. 

The proposed law bans tackle football for children under 12 throughout the state, with the goal of preventing CTE, a degenerative disease of the brain caused by repetitive brain trauma.

Tregg Duerson, Dave’s son, says his father shot himself in the chest so that his brain could be studied.   

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says Mayor Rahm Emanuel was very committed in his push to bring the draft to Chicago. 

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the National Football League has been putting profits ahead of doing what’s right on domestic violence. And his campaign is trying to make it an issue in his bid for re-election. IPR's Patrick Smith has more.

The NFL and its commissioner are under fire for mishandling the situation around player Ray Rice who was caught on video assaulting his then-fiancee. Quinn addressed the issue Wednesday outside a Women’s Empowerment Event at the McCormick Center in Chicago: