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  Daily Herald Column - 4/18/2014
 

Bulls can handle Wizards' offense

A defensive-minded Chicago Bulls team will have to slow down a Washington Wizards that averaged 100 points per game this season. The two teams open the first-round of the NBA playoffs on Sunday at the United Center.

  Can the Bulls win the East?
 
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Since January, the Chicago Bulls have been playing the best ball in the Eastern Division. Mike North wants to know how far can they go in the playoffs.

  Gaming Today Article - 4/16/2014

  Is baseball instant replay working?
 
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Mike North thinks baseball instant replay should go away. It is slowing down the game even more, and so far the calls haven't been very accurate.

  Daily Herald Column - 4/15/2014
 

Looking back on a childhood hero-Arnold Palmer

Now 84 years old, Arnold Palmer still commands attention whenever he steps on a golf course, as he did at last week's Masters Tournament at Augusta National.

  Brewers on a roll
 
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The Chicago teams are doing OK right now, but no one expected the Milwaukee Brewers to be on a nine-game winning streak. Is this just a fluke, or are the Brewers for real?

  Daily Herald Column - 4/11/2014
 

Colleges in Illinois losing the hoops race

Stevenson's Jalen Brunson and Whitney Young's Jahlil Okafor, right, talk after Whitney Young's victory in the Class 4A state semifinal at Carver Arena in Peoria. Okafor, the No. 1 player in the nation, will play for Duke next season.

  Mike in LA with Fox sports radio
 
Annie Zidarevich, Jeff Schwartz, Mike North, Amanda Deutchman, Andy Furman, Jonas Knox, Bruce Gilbert


Jeffrey Schwartz, Annie Zidarevich, Mike North, Andy Furman, Jonas Knox, Bruce Gilbert

  Daily Herald Column - 4/4/2014
 

Positive starts for Cubs, White Sox - for different reasons

Even though the Chicago Cubs are 1-2 on the season, Mike North sees some promise. And except for poor attendance for the Chicago White Sox, their 2-1 record also looks encouraging.

  Final Four Selections
 
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Mike North picks his final four winners and the NCAA champions.

  Tiger will play again
 
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Tiger Woods will miss the 2014 Masters, the first time since 1994. Many people are concerned he won't make it back, but Mike North believes he will compete again.

  Gaming Today Article - 4/2/2014

  Daily Herald Column - 4/1/2014
 

What promise does Chicago’s baseball season hold?

While there was plenty of excitement in Pittsburgh for the start of the season, Mike North can't get excited about the prospects for Chicago's two MLB clubs.

  What's next in NU's unionization attempts?
 
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Can college athletics really being unionized successfully? Mike North wonders where this direction will all lead for the game and student athletes.

  Daily Herald Column - 3/28/2014
 

With DE Allen, playoffs in play for Bears

Former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen should be a big help to a Bears defense that struggled last season. If the Bears stay healthy, Mike North believes they'll make the playoffs.

  Gaming Today Article - 3/27/2014

  Three teams to watch out for in Sweet Sixteen
 
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With another big weekend of NCAA basketball almost upon us, Mike North looks for Tennessee, Stanford and Virginia to move on.

  Will the NFL be overexposed?
 
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If the NFL adds more games during the week, Mike North thinks Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban might be right in saying the NFL will implode in 10 years because of overexposure.

  Daily Herald Column - 3/25/2014
 

Letting Hester go didn't make Bears better

Tiger Woods, here chipping to the 13th green at Augusta National last spring, may have to skip the Masters due to a sore back.

  CBS takes tourney coverage to another level
 
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CBS has elevated its game and made the NCAA tournament a must watch as opposed to the days when a viewer would miss a last second shot because the network switched to another game.

  Daily Herald Column - 3/21/2014
 

Jackson has arrow pointing up for struggling Knicks

Will Phil Jackson, now in charge of the New York Knicks as team president, be able to convince Carmelo Anthony, left, to stay with the franchise?

  No Illinois college Bb in tourney
 
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With all the Illinois college basketball teams we have from DePaul to Northwestern to Bradley to Illinois, it's disappointing none of them can make the NCAA tournament. Mike North thinks NU will be the first to get there.

  Gaming Today Article - 3/19/2014

  Joakim Noah MVP?
 
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Joakim Noah doesn't like the fans chanting MVP because it’s a distraction, but his passionate, energy-filled movements on the court attract just as much attention.

  Daily Herald Column - 3/18/2014
 

NCAA Tournament begins a perfect sports trifecta

One of Mike North's favorite college basketball players this season is Creighton's Doug McDermott, who is coached by his father, Greg McDermott.

  Losing Peppers is Bears gain
 
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As the Green Bay Packers acquire Julius Peppers from the Chicago Bears, Mike North isn't too worried since his better days are behind him especially at $17 million a year.

  Daily Herald Column - 3/14/2014
 

For Bears and McCown, it's a lose-lose deal

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith was able to convinced Josh McCown to leave the Bears and join his offense.

  Jeter, Woods and Manning
 
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The media loves to pound a topic and Mike North thinks by the end of the year, we will be tired of three stories — Derek Jeter’s retirement, Tiger Woods’ injuries and Peyton Manning being the greatest quarterback of all time.

  Gaming Today Article - 3/12/2014

  Jackson should pass on Knicks job
 
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Phil Jackson would give the New York Knicks some much needed credibility, but Mike North thinks he should pass on the job because his strength is coaching superstars, not rebuilding a franchise.