The Chicago Cubs filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, a step that will allow their owner to sell the team in an $845 million deal. The filing in Wilmington, Del., was anticipated and is expected to lead to a brief stay in Chapter 11. The Tribune Co. plans to sell the team, Wrigley Field and related properties to the family of billionaire Joe Ricketts, the founder of TD Ameritrade in Omaha, Neb.
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Chelios, 47, aims for NHL return
At 47, Chris Chelios still has hopes of returning to the NHL. The 25-year veteran skated with the minor-league Chicago Wolves and said he will probably sign a contract this week. "The Wolves gave me a great opportunity," Chelios said after the workout with the American Hockey League team. "It's going to be fun, and I intend to have a good time with these guys."
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Half-ton statue stolen overnight
A chain saw carving of former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas is missing from a parking lot across from Ralph Wilson Stadium, a day after it was unveiled. Project creator Therese Forton-Barnes said the 81/2-foot statue carved from a fallen pine tree weighs more than 1,000 pounds, and it took a crane to get it set up. She said it would have taken several strong people with a flatbed truck to remove it.
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"I didn't do anything special here. I'll wait for the DVD set."
Michael Cuddyer, Twins outfielder/first baseman on whether he made any nostalgic gestures after the Metrodome hosted its last baseball game Sunday