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Jahlil Okafor getting attention, praise

Chicago's Jahlil Okafor is one of the top high school basketball players in the class of 2014, which is earning him plenty of attention from major college basketball programs and talent evaluators.

Toews excited about end of lockout

Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews was one of many players across the NHL to receive the good news about the lockout on Sunday. He's looking forward to being able to return to the ice.

Lovie Smith's future uncertain

The Chicago Bears fell short of the playoffs for the second consecutive season, leaving questions about head coach Lovie Smith's future with the team.

Manti Te'o, Tyler Eifert projected 1st rounders

Notre Dame's Manti Te'o and Tyler Eifert could be off the board early in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Cutler takes responsibility for INT

A late first-half interception proved costly for Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears. Cutler took responsibility for the miscue after the game.

Kelly: Irish 'aware of the challenge'

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly realizes what his team is up against in the 2013 BCS National Championship game. The Alabama Crimson Tide come in looking for their second straight title.

Irish's Bob Diaco to interview for BC job?

Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco is reportedly set to interview for the Boston College head coaching position this week.

Manti Te'o is Brian Kelly's Heisman pick

Following Notre Dame's win over USC on Saturday, Irish head coach Brian Kelly said he thought linebacker Manti Te'o was as worthy of the Heisman Trophy as anyone else in college football.

Te'o: "We don't like being scored on."

Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker and Heisman Trophy candidate Manti Te'o wasn't completely happy with the way his team's defense played against USC, but they were good enough to deliver a win.

Northwestern destined for Outback Bowl?

The Northwestern Wildcats could be on their way to the 2013 Outback Bowl, according to the latest projections from SB Nation.