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Dale Bowman biography

Outdoors columnist Dale Bowman began his reporting career as a correspondent covering state government for WTAJ-TV in 1982. While in graduate school in 1984, he …

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Chicago Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo fails doping test

Five of the last six women’s championships are tainted in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. On Friday, the Associated Press reported that Rita ­Jeptoo, 33, the Kenyan who repeated as the Chicago Marathon champion on Oct. 12, had a positive test for a banned …

Rugby giving it a try Saturday at Soldier Field

The match between the reigning world champion New Zealand All Blacks and USA Eagles on Saturday at Soldier Field will provide great optics for the sport of rugby. In front of 61,500 loud spectators from all over of the world, the All Blacks will perform …

All Blacks’ No. 1 priority in rugby match is to put on good show

The New Zealand All Blacks team that will play Saturday at Soldier Field will feature far from its strongest lineup. Perhaps with an eye toward upcoming matches against rivals England, Scotland and Wales, the All Blacks will be without captain Richie McCaw and will field …

New Zealand All Blacks are to rugby what U.S. is to basketball

Just how big an underdog are the USA Eagles against the New Zealand All Blacks in the rugby match Saturday at Soldier Field? It would be like the teams squaring off in basketball, only in reverse. The All Blacks are the top-ranked rugby team in …

  • Rugby match at Soldier Field rare chance to see world-famous All Blacks

    The Chicago sports calendar is pretty packed this week. Even though the Bears are on a bye, they won’t leave the fans’ collective consciousness. The Blackhawks and Bulls are at the start of highly anticipated seasons, and college football is getting close to the business …Read More

  • Drumming up some big fish

    The drumbeat keeps going. Ryan Whitacre caught another big freshwater drum from southern Lake Michigan in a year notable for big ‘‘sheephead,’’ as they commonly are called by Chicago fishermen. Whitacre was shore-fishing for smallmouth bass at Monroe Harbor with one of his Tightrope jigs, …Read More

  • 10/29: Midwest Fishing Report & Fish of the Week

    MIDWEST FISHING REPORT AREA LAKES: Colder weather should kick in crappie. Otherwise, it’s the third weekend of trout. Nearby sites include Axehead, Busse North Pool, Belleau, Green, Horsetail and Wolf (Cook County); Grove, Pickerel and Silver (DuPage); Bird Park Quarry (Kankakee); Big Lake at Silver …

  • Jacob Hofer, 20, develops cottage industry using family ties, hunting background

    A lot of us pissed away our college years. Jacob Hofer gives it a whole other ­meaning. “Last year I was in the dorm and didn’t get to deer hunt as often as I like,’’ said Hofer, a sophomore at Ashford University who just turned …Read More

  • Geese is the word on opening day

    I sliced goose hearts thin, quartered mushrooms and chopped onion fine. Fried in butter, it made a wonderful sauce to ladle over noodles. Hunting is born and dies in the flesh, the physical. Waterfowl seasons began Saturday in Illinois’ north zone. Ducks were so-so, as …Read More

  • 10/22: Midwest Fishing Report & Fish of the Week

    TROUT: Wax worms, small minnows, spinners, trout baits all worked on opening weekend. Daily bag is five; 16 and older need a license and inland trout stamp. Nearby sites include Axehead, Busse North Pool, Belleau, Green, Horsetail and Wolf (Cook County); Grove, Pickerel and Silver …Read More

  • An inside look at a Fishing Advisory Committee meeting

    Morning light streamed off Lake Michigan from the east and into the community room at 31st Street Harbor. At 10 a.m., Tom Gray called the Mayor Rahm Emanuel Fishing Advisory Committee to order. The veteran of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events guides the sometimes-raucous …Read More

  • Attention, hunters: Waterfowl seasons open Saturday

    There’s no mystery that a pile of Canada geese are in and around Will County, especially that area loosely called Plainfield, which includes several southwest suburbs. That’s good news with Illinois’ waterfowl seasons opening Saturday in the north zone. And the youth hunt in the …Read More

  • 10/15: Midwest Fishing Report, Buck of the Week & Fish of the Week

    MIDWEST FISHING REPORT TROUT: Illinois’ fall inland season opens Saturday. The daily bag is five. Those 16 and older need a license and inland-trout stamp. Nearby sites are Axehead, Busse North Pool, Belleau, Green, Horsetail and Wolf (Cook County); Grove, Pickerel and Silver (DuPage); Bird …

    Illegal ginseng harvesters are seeing green

    Ginseng is hot. And I mean more than the magical tea. With the dried root pushing $1,000 a pound, you can understand the spike in arrests in northern Illinois for illegal harvest. It’s the money. It’s also the medicinal value. Or that perception. White ginseng …

    Chicago Marathon: World records unlikely to fall Sunday

    Thirty years ago, Steve Jones set the first of four world records established in the Chicago Marathon. Don’t expect the fifth Sunday in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, but a course record might be within reach. Henry Kozlowski, one of the Gang of Eight …

    Chicago Marathon: David Mann steps up for the homeless

    David Mann will run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, but he won’t be targeting his personal-best time. For good reason. Mann will be running 10 miles Friday to raise money for Back on My Feet as part of the Timex ONE Relay. …

  • Chicago Marathon: Barbara Elia, 70, returns to Chicago after 25-year absence

    Barbara Elia last ran the Chicago Marathon a quarter- century ago. ‘‘We finished in Grant Park back then,’’ she said in an email interview. But in the years since, Elia, 70, an adjunct professor teaching physical education at Modesto (California) Junior College, has piled up …Read More