Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - sgreen­berg@sun­ | @SLGreen­berg STEVE GREEN­BERG

Sports are back. Yeah, we know. We’ve been say­ing that a lot lately. We said it in July when base­ball got go­ing again. We said it when Au­gust ar­rived, bring­ing hockey and basketball with it. We’ve kind of said it over and over again, now that we think of it, prob­a­bly be­cause it’s re­as­sur­ing and just plain feels good.

Did we men­tion sports are back? It’s true, now more than ever since the coro­n­avirus out­break pulled the plug on all games and leagues in March.

Look at the smor­gas­bord that is the week to come. The NBA is into its sec­ond round, with each series in the East — Bucks-Heat and Rap­tors-Celtics — hav­ing se­ri­ous go-the-dis­tance po­ten­tial and the West con­tenders bring­ing all the of­fen­sive fire­works. As the NHL nears its con­fer­ence fi­nals, it’s al­most a cer­tainty the league will have a cham­pion that hasn’t hoisted the Cup since be­fore the lock­out that zapped the 2004-05 sea­son.

The up-and-com­ing Sox are Min­neapo­lis-bound to take on a di­vi­sion heavy­weight. The Cubs, com­ing off a six-homer ex­plo­sion Sun­day, are hang­ing on to their di­vi­sion lead. The Sky and Fire are hard at it, while the Red Stars are wait­ing for their Septem­ber sched­ule to be re­leased. As the Bears wade deep into Mitch Tru­bisky-vs.-Nick Foles wa­ters, ev­ery day vi­tal with their opener Sept. 13 near, col­lege foot­ball games — no, not in the Big Ten — al­ready are upon us.

Ten­nis, any­one? The U.S. Open is here, too. Here’s what’s hap­pen­ing:


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