Lackey has no-hit bid through 5

John Lackey has held the Cubs hitless through five innings (1 BB, 3 Ks, 56 pitches) in Game 1 of the NLDS. The Cardinals have a 1-0 lead. Follow live

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo now just 1 for 14 off John Lackey in his career. 0 for 2 today as Cubs have yet to have a hit through 5 innings.

Notre Dame does it again

Don't look now, but Notre Dame is putting together an impressive 2017 recruiting class. The Fighting Irish gained their fourth four-star commitment in that class. Who is he? Find out in the weekly commitment roundup

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Coming into the game Cubs starters had not given up more than a single run in their last nine outings. All wins. Cards scored 1 in the first.

Cardinals go up early vs. Cubs

The Cubs went down 1-2-3 in the top of the first, but Matt Holliday's RBI single off Jon Lester to score Stephen Piscotty in the bottom of the frame has the Cards up 1-0 heading into the second. Follow live

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Cubs at Cardinals in Game 1 of NLDS

The Cubs' reward for their euphoric NL wild-card win over the Pirates? A series with MLB's only 100-win team. Former Red Sox teammates Jon Lester and John Lackey meet on the mound. Follow live

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Lester has allowed 44 stolen bases this season, most in baseball. But twice in Sept. he caught guys taking liberties at first base and got them in rundowns. Always a storyline with him.

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, 

An Elias Sports Bureau stat that caught my attention: John Lackey had a lower ERA at Busch Stadium this year (1.93) than Jake Arrieta had at Wrigley (1.97).

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Nikola Mirotic up in rankings

The Bulls' forward has shown the potential to be a future All-Star. with the versatility he brings to the roster. Find out where he's slotted in today's rankings. #NBArank: 71-80

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Bears are big road underdogs

Kansas City (-9) hasn't covered since Week 1. With such a large spread, does Dave Tuley think the Chiefs are a smart bet for their second cover of the season? NFL best bets (Insider)

Colbert thinks Cubs escaped curse of the goat (2:07)
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C.J. Prosise poised for big week?

The Notre Dame running back has been a beast so far this season, after stepping in for injured Tarean Folston. Can we expect more of the same against Navy this weekend? DFS best buys (Insider)

Mike Sando NFL Insider 

Josh McCown has 17 TD passes with two INTs when playing for the Browns and Bears over the past three seasons.

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Kansas City's defense should hold up

The Chiefs' poor pass defense should finally have a solid performance. Kansas City will have no problem getting after Jay Cutler and harassing his wideouts in Week 5. NFL Nation predictions

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears receivers Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal are questionable to face the Chiefs on Sunday. Jeffery did not practice on Friday after being limited on Wednesday and Thursday. Royal missed the entire week with an ankle injury.

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Top kicker in 2015?

Who's the best performing kicker so far in 2015? According to Mike Sando's numbers, Robbie Gould tops the list after failing to crack the top-10 in 2013 or 2014. NFL's top kicker (Insider)