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Don't sleep on Carlos Rodon

The adjustment curve for a rookie pitcher is often lengthy, but Rodon seemed to be figuring it out in late 2015, as evidenced by his 1.81 ERA and 2.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his final eight starts. He has a filthy slider that could be instrumental in increasing his strikeout total. Top 5 fantasy sleepers

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Nothing to see here, just a couple of Chicago Cubs fans in Giants' territory.

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Le Batard: '30 for 30' turns bad nostalgia into entertainment (2:35)
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The 2016 Big Ten recruiting all-name team

Michigan State has its Messiah, and Northwestern can unchain Jango, while Nebraska has Dicaprio to act its way out of any trouble.

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SVP's Bad Beats: Arizona State, Rutgers (2:22)
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Toews nets OT winner for Blackhawks (1:42)
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30 for 30: The '85 Bears - Jim McMahon (0:51)
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Crabtree: Ranking the recruiters

Having signed off on signing day, we look at the college football recruiters who came away from the 2016 cycle as the biggest winners.

Bears' grade holds steady

Chicago's work last offseason looked pretty good at the time to Mike Sando and still looks pretty good now. A strong draft class and the production received from free-agent signing Pernell McPhee worked in the Bears' favor. 2015 offseason re-grade (Insider)

Obama stays true to Chicago roots

The Warriors were honored at the White House, where President Obama said he was happy to welcome a player from the greatest team in NBA history -- Steve Kerr, who played on the 1995-96 Bulls team that won 72 games. The current Warriors coach, and his team, all got a big laugh out of that one.

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Grading the recruiting classes: Big Ten

Grading the 2016 football recruiting classes in the Big Ten, which saw Ohio State deliver another top-5 class and Michigan finish with a fury.

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E'Twaun Moore finally breaks through

The fifth-year guard cracked the 20-point mark for the first time with 24 in the Bulls' win at Sacramento on Wednesday night. Elias Sports Bureau reports he went into the game with the fourth-most career points for active players who'd never scored 20 in a game:

  • Chris Andersen (3,635)
  • Ian Mahinmi (1,935)
  • Ryan Hollins (1,825)
  • E'Twaun Moore (1,526)

High marks for Notre Dame

The Irish fared well on the recruiting trail this year, ranking 16th in the nation and earning top marks among Group of 5 teams and Independents. ESPN 300 receiver Chase Claypool is a name to watch, Recruiting class grades (Insider)