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Cubs' Nice Problem: Who's Pitching Ace?

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Theo Being Theo: Stress Defines Him

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Brian VanGorder is out as Notre Dame's defensive coordinator, Greg Hudson is in that same position (for who knows how long) and no spot is safe for coaches or players with the Iris...(full article)

There's a saying in baseball: "A team never wants to lead the league in meetings." The implication being that when a club holds a meeting, it's almost universally to discuss what i...(full article)

Imagine that you are the Oldest Cubs Fan. Even though you’re way past 100 years old, you were still born too late to remember their 1908 World Series title. Gosh, it’d sure be ...(full article)

At some point today, we are going to find out just how badly Jay Cutler's right thumb, banged up in Monday night's ugly 29-14 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, is hurt. It's possibl...(full article)

Theo Epstein's got a finger bleeding on his pick hand. There is blood on the strings and the fretboard, and he keeps hammering away on Pearl Jam and Led Zeppelin covers. He's sitti...(full article)

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2 QBs Will Be 1 Too Many for Notre Dame

Brian Kelly was going to get second-guessed about the two-quarterback system after the first loss anyway. No. 10 Notre Dame used DeShone Kizer and Malik Zaire in a 50-47&...

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Strong Turning Texas Skeptics Into Believers

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Bryant Can Join Musial in MVP History

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Irish Walking Fine Line Over QB Decision

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Notre Dame Straying From Its Ideals

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Unrepentant Sale Puts Heat on Manager

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Sale Antics Spotlight Sox Dysfunction

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Marmol Out as Cubs' Closer

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Cubs Manager Fed Up With Marmol

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Blackhawks Hold Edge in Talent

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Notre Dame Stumbles Down Stretch

Unable to make the winning plays down the stretch, and unable to hold a 12-point second-half lead, the Irish crumbled in a 67-63 loss at Greensboro Coliseum.“I think we ha...

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Irish Win 9th Straight in Big East

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Rose Exposes Knicks' Backcourt

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DePaul Hands Pitt 4th Straight Loss

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Hawks' Carcillo Suspended Indefinitely

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Hot-Shooting Irish Burn Pitt

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Hamilton Stellar in Chicago Debut

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Blackhawks Tie Wild for Best Record

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Bears Would Be Wise to Sign Orton

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Hurricanes End Skid With Shutout

Cam Ward picked up the shutout Friday and the Carolina Hurricanes' goalie was named the game's first star. As Canes defenseman Bryan Allen put it, "He was our calming influence." B...

Sandberg on Way as Manager?

Now that chairman Tom Ricketts has pulled off the biggest coup in recent Cubs history, could his next trick be to pull a Hall of Famer out of a hat? With sources saying Wednesday...

Long To-Do List to Fix Team

Finding a landing spot for Carlos Zambrano won't be at the top of Theo Epstein's to-do list in Chicago. But dealing with him will be one of Epstein's most important tasks as the Cu...

Cubs Stint Will Define His Legacy

Theo Epstein's days in the Boston Red Sox' front offices are over, and for good this time. Epstein agreed on a five-year deal reportedly worth nearly $20 million with the Chicago...

Fire Interested in United's Ferdinand

Chicago Fire want to make Rio Ferdinand the new David Beckham of Major League Soccer. The American team are desperate for a high-profile English player to enable them to compete ...

Francona Wrong Fit for White Sox?

Ask most in the know to describe White Sox board chairman Jerry Reinsdorf in one word, you can bet “loyal’’ will be a frequent response. That’s why the of...

White Sox Likely Spot for Francona

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