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Impact performance nominees (1:09)
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There is no joy in Bullsland

The Chicago Bulls continue to show a lack of mental toughness in losing for the 11th time in the past 16 games.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Dunleavy discusses how he felt after his first game of the season. The 35 year-old, who sat out all year after off-season back surgery, scored 5 points in 14 minutes of play. "A little late to the party, but good to be back," Dunleavy said. "I felt quite honestly like I hadn't played in eight months, but got a little better rhythm in the second half. And just testing out my hops again with that dunk."

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Blackhawks use pair of shorthanded goal to beat Stars (1:03)
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Late run pushes Timberwolves past Bulls (0:57)
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LaVine warming up for dunk contest (0:15)

Wolves close hard to steal win from Bulls

Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Gorgui Dieng combined for 71 points as Minnesota picked up its second win in a row against a Jimmy Butler-less Chicago squad. Box score

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Reigning dunk champ, LaVine, denied! (0:18)
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Bulls (27-22) at Timberwolves (15-36)

Chicago is without Jimmy Butler, who strained his left knee in the loss to Denver on Friday. The Bulls will miss Butler's defensive presence as Andrew Wiggins is coming off back-to-back 30-point games. Follow live

Jimmy Butler out vs. Timberwolves

The Bulls All-Star swingman will not play Saturday due to a sprained left knee. Coach Fred Hoiberg said the initial diagnosis was positive, but they won't know the outcome until the MRI results are back. Butler was scheduled to have an MRI today in Minneapolis but the results are unclear.

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The next great linebacker?

Luke Kuechly seems to be following in the footsteps of Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher as an elite NFL linebacker. Kuechly notched more picks and earned more first team All-Pro selections in his first four seasons than either Lewis or Urlacher.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose played one of his best games of the year on Friday night scoring 30 points, grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out eight assists, but the former MVP knows that the final score is the only thing that matters. He missed some shots down the stretch that he would like to have back. "It doesn't matter at all," Rose said of his numbers. "I like the way that Im playing, Im not going to stop. They were giving me everything, its just that some of them didnt go down tonight.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose discusses the Bulls' meltdown in the fourth quarter. The Bulls had an 18 point lead with 1:00 left in the third quarter. They gave up 42 points in the fourth quarter and lost 115-110. It hurt, but its on to the next. We couldnt stop them. When we got the lead we couldnt hold onto it, and they were able to come back. At the end we didnt communicate the way that we were supposed to.

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Butler carted off, Bulls fall to Nuggets (1:18)
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Bulls lose Jimmy Butler, fall to Nuggets

Denver outscored Chicago 42-21 in the final frame to rally from 18 down and knock off the Bulls -- who lost All-Star Jimmy Butler to a knee sprain in the first half -- 115-110. Box score

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Cubs, Jake Arrieta agree to 1-year deal

The contract is one year for $10.7M, a source told The Associated Press. Arrieta won the NL Cy Young Award and had a 1.77 ERA with a 22-6 record last season.

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Bulls picking up slack without Butler

Chicago lost its All-Star for the night with a knee sprain but its lead grew in the third quarter as the Bulls outscored the Nuggets 32-18 in the frame. Follow live