Drawing Conclusions: Week 13's playoff impact (1:33)
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Russell is already majors' No. 9 SS

Addison Russell makes Buster Olney's elite list after only one full season in the majors and only a few months as the Cubs' regular at the position. Top 10 shortstops (Insider)

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The Bears did not release any injury information on Monday, but tight end Martellus Bennett (ribs) participated in the open portion of practice. Wide receiver Eddie Royal (knee) did not.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears head coach John Fox conceded that he felt in order for his team "to stay relevant," they needed to upset Green Bay on Thursday night. With that mission accomplished, Fox said the focus is now on defeating San Francisco on Sunday and improving to .500. The Bears are currently 10th in the NFC Playoff Standings.

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Better luck next season, Fighting Irish

Notre Dame was one of five teams knocked out of CFP contention after a loss in Rivalry Week. Only eight teams still have a chance. Eliminator

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg was asked if Kobe Bryant was the closest player to Michael Jordan that he had seen: "I think so," Hoiberg said. "Kobe, what he accomplished, the way he did it, the way he scored it, the tough shots that he hit, the fadeaways, the athleticism he did it with, the grace, yeah, I think he probably is the closest thing to Michael."

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Taj Gibson played for USC in college and saw firsthand how much the city of LA adored Kobe Bryant. He spoke very highly of Kobe after Monday's shootaround. "One of the best players to ever play the game," Gibson said. "I'm just happy that I was able to play against him a couple times. Had great talks with him at dinner about the game ... Just a great guy. A superstar. Every time people heard about Kobe, from barbershops to street basketball corners, the city of LA loved Kobe."

Notre Dame fans need to move on

Even though the Irish lost only to Clemson and Stanford with no time left on the clock each time, the Irish are a longshot to make the CFP. McGee: Flipping the Field

Wildcats rise to 15th in ESPN poll

Northwestern moves up four spots after completing a 10-2 regular season with a 24-14 win over Illinois. That was unexpected improvement for a program that won half as many games during each of the previous two seasons. Power Rankings

Irish slip to 9th in ESPN rankings

Notre Dame falls from sixth after its last-second loss at Stanford, which was somewhat similar to the defeat at Clemson. With Saturday's loss went the Irish's chances of qualifying for the playoff field. Power Rankings

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Golic: 'Notre Dame had an excellent year' (2:21)

Postseason Champagne in Champaign?

Bill Cubit may be able to coach his first bowl game this season contrary to what the Illini's 5-7 record may state. College football doesn't have enough six-win teams and provisions must be made to fill bowl slots. Bowling with five wins?

Eliminated! Week 13 cuts to the playoff pool (1:13)
Sooners and Cardinal move up in AP Poll (1:43)

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Pau Gasol acknowledged that he still enjoys the challenge of facing off against the San Antonio Spurs. Gasol and the Bulls play the Spurs on Monday night. "I do enjoy playing against one of the best teams, I think, in the history of the game," Gasol said after Sunday's practice. "They've been incredible for the last 15, 16, 17 years now since they won that first championship. So really impressive what they've done. I think everybody is trying to follow up on what they've accomplished. And building that culture, longevity. So yeah, I still do get very much motivated against a team that's always at the top of the league."