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Top 10 Chicago Sports Stories Of 2013

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Fans cheer during a rally for the Chicago Blackhawks at Grant Park on June 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins in 6 games to win the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup for the second time in four seasons. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Fans cheer during a rally for the Chicago Blackhawks at Grant Park on June 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins in 6 games to win the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup for the second time in four seasons. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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(CBS) What a year it’s been in for the Chicago sports landscape.

We’ve seen coaches fired, coaches hired, superstars lost for the season, legends retire and a Stanley Cup championship.

Before we turn the calendar to 2014, let’s recount the Top 10 Chicago Sports Stories Of 2013, in no particular order.

– Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup: In an almost improbable comeback, the Chicago Blackhawks scored two goals in 17 seconds to defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 for their second Stanley Cup title since 2010.

– Lovie Smith Fired: After nine seasons with the Bears, head coach Lovie Smith was fired after going 10-6 and failing to make the playoffs.

– Bears Hire Marc Trestman: In a move that shocked most of the NFL landscape, GM Phil Emery selected the CFL’s Marc Trestman to be the Bears new head coach.

– Derrick Roses Returns/Injures Other KneeDerrick Rose’s return to the NBA was short lived, as the former MVP suffered another season-ending knee injury just 10 games into the 2013-14 season.

– Brian Urlacher Retires: After 13 seasons with the Bears, future Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher officially announced his retirement from the NFL.

– Notre Dame Destroyed In National Championship: Following an undefeated regular season, the Fighting Irish were embarrassed by Alabama 42-14 in the BCS title game.

– Manti Te’o’s Dead Girlfriend Hoax: Deadspin broke the news to the country that Manti Te’o’s girlfriend, who ‘died’ of leukemia, never actually existed.

– Cubs Fire Sveum/Hire Renteria: After two seasons on the North Side, the Cubs fired manager Dale Sveum and hired Rick Renteria.

– NIU Earns BCS Bowl Berth: For the first time ever, undefeated NIU earned a trip to the Orange Bowl, where they were beaten by Florida State.

– Bears Draft Kyle Long: In a move that confused most, the Bears drafted OL Kyle Long in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Long had started just four games at Oregon.

City Approves Wrigley Field Renovations: The planned $500 million Wrigley Field renovation will soon be a reality following city council approval. Aldermen approved the plan that will allow the Ricketts family to build a large video board in left field, additional signage inside the park as well as a hotel and office building.

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