Alex Brown to retire as a Bear

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Alex Brown to retire as a Bear

A fan-favorite in Chicago and one of the all-time "good guys" to play for the Bears will make one last appearance in the navy and orange.

According to a report from the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, Alex Brown will sign a one-year deal with the Bears and retire with the team on Thursday:
Bears have signed DE Alex Brown to a 1-year contract. He will retire a Bear on Thursday. Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) August 8, 2012The situation is similar to what the Bears did in the past with Marcus Robinson and the recent signingretirement of LaDainian Tomlinson with the Chargers.

Brown, was originally selected out of the University of Florida by the Bears with the 104th overall pick in the fourth-round of the 2002 NFL Draft. In eight seasons with the Bears, Brown registered 310 tackles, 43.5 sacks, five interceptions and 40 passes deflected.

After leaving Chicago, Brown spent one year with the Saints before being released by the team on Aug. 30, 2011.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

This week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Fremd senior Grace Tworek. 

Tworek has led the Vikings on and off the court this season. Last week, the Harvard commit put up a career-high 29 points in a win over Wheeling. 

Learn more about Tworek's success in the video above. 

Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

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Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

CSN will have two Missouri Valley Conference games with local teams on Saturday. 

The first game tips at 3 p.m. live on CSN as Evansville heads to Loyola. The second game tips at 7 p.m. and is also live on CSN as Drake will play at Illinois State.

Loyola (13-7, 3-4) is coming off of a tough road loss in double overtime to Northern Iowa. The Ramblers have been led by senior Milton Doyle this season as the former Marshall star is one of the better guards in the Valley.

Evansville (10-10, 1-6) has dropped five straight games as they're struggling to gain any momentum in conference play. Senior guard Jaylon Brown is having an outstanding season for the Purple Aces as he's putting up 21.2 points per game.

The second matchup has Drake (6-13, 4-3) traveling to Illinois State. The Bulldogs have won three of four games and junior guard Reed Timmer is dangerous while former Saint Viator product Ore Arogundade is having a solid sophomore season. 

Illinois State (15-4, 7-0) is leading the Valley after a huge win over Wichita State as they've won eight straight games. The Redbirds are hoping to make a run to an NCAA tournament bid with another home win.