Joffrey Lauvergne had 18 points and eight rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Chicago Bulls 112-94 on Thursday night in an exhibition at the University of Colorado's Coors Event Center.
Cuban center field prospect Eddy Julio Martinez has agreed to terms with the Cubs, a source close to Martinez said. Martinez will receive a $3 million signing bonus, pending a physical.
Keith Law passes along a recent scouting report on Eddy Julio Martinez, who has agreed to terms with the Cubs, and other international free agents.
Taj gibson still a valuable asset?
Though his numbers were lower than they were originally projected to be last season, Gibson remains a strong, physical presence on the court. #NBARank: Nos. 80-91
Illinois starting running back Josh Ferguson will miss the Illini's game Saturday at No. 22 Iowa because of a shoulder injury, the school said Thursday.
Sophomore Leron Black, the 6-7, 220-pound forward Illinois needs to be a rebounding force this season, will have surgery Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Illinois RB Josh Ferguson ruled out for Saturday's game at No. 22 Iowa. Freshman Ke'Shawn Vaughn likely will get the bulk of the carries for the Illini.
All five games in the Cubs-Cardinals series will either be played in the late afternoon or evening time slots.
Cutler still not 100%, says he'll 'make do'
Bears QB Jay Culter said: "I feel better, I do. … But it is what it is, and we have a lot of guys banged up out here. I'll just make do." Cutler missed two weeks with a hamstring injury before returning in Sunday's win over the Raiders.
Lester vs. Lackey in Game 1
The Cardinals will send 18-game winner John Lackey to the mound opposite Cubs southpaw Jon Lester in Friday's NLDS opener.
Jay Cutler said on Thursday he's not 100 percent but is pushing through his hamstring discomfort in light of all the injuries the Bears have suffered this year.
MVP Elena Delle Donne was a unanimous choice for the WNBA first team, the first time in her career that she has been chosen as one of the best five players in the league.
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon has elected to start second-year right-hander Kyle Hendricks in Game 2 of their best-of-five NL Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday
What can Browns do for you? Lose?
That's as far as ESPN's Football Power Index is concerned. San Francisco, D.C., Chicago and St. Louis aren't faring much better as all five teams are 3-to-1 underdogs or worse.
Chicago Bears rookie center Hroniss Grasu is one step close to making his first career NFL start.
Kris Bryant slugs his way to the top
Among rookies, Bryant led in RBIs by a wide margin and tied Joc Pederson in home runs. Expect 35-40 homers a season in his future, but he'll have to lower his strikeout rate to get there. Prospect award winners (Insider)
Tony Reali and the national panel cover Jake Arrieta being thrown at intentionally, the Louisville basketball scandal, how concerning the Matt Barnes/Derek Fisher fight should be and more.
Fuller among nation's top skill players
Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl drafted the top skill players in the nation. Notre Dame WR Will Fuller was a top-10 pick. Were any other Irish players selected? Top 20 (Insider)
Dan Le Batard, Papi and Bomani Jones discuss the Pirates-Cubs bench clearing game, the Dolphins firing the defensive coordinator, the Derek Fisher /Matt Barnes conflict and Frank Thomas joins the show.
Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer
Joe Maddon announced a little surprise in his rotation as 2nd yr player Kyle Hendricks will start Gm.2 of the NLDS in St.Louis. Jon Lester has gm 1, Jake Arrieta takes gm 3. Jason Hammel could be the gm 4 starter if he isn't used up in the bullpen before then.
Did Jose Abreu disappoint in 2015?
While Abreu was still good this season, he regressed quite a bit from his utter domination in 2014. Is he still worth an early fantasy draft pick? Early top 25 in 2016 (Insider)