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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Rain expected at Wrigley Field this afternoon but it should move out by game time as the Cubs and Sox play their 2016 finale.

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Jose Abreu unfazed by homer drought

Abreu hasn't hit a home run since June 23, but he isn't concerned about the lack of power. "The most important thing for me right now is to be comfortable at home plate and I am," Abreu said through a translator. "We have two more months, and I know the homers will be there." Chicago Sun-Times

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Cooper on Sale: 'Forgive and move on'

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper is ready to welcome ace Chris Sale back from his suspension on Thursday with open arms. "With all of the time and conversations we've had with Chris, it's easy for me to forgive and move on," Cooper said. Chicago Tribune

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

It's no surprise Cubs manager Joe Maddon has elected to go with 8 righties in his lineup when his team takes on Chris Sale on Thursday night. Matt Szczur will start in left field while Ben Zobrist is in right. Anthony Rizzo is the lone lefty in the lineup as left handers are hitting just .189 off Sale this year. Righties are hitting .221.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery deflected questions about his failure to secure a long term deal, saying on Thursday that he's, "blessed and does have a contract" in the form of the one-year guaranteed franchise tag amount of $14.599 million. Jeffery did not want to speculate about next year when he could leave the Bears via free agency.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Melo guarantees that Knicks-Bulls will be on Christmas or opening night. NBA may decide to make it both.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Melo on Wade's decision to sign with the Bulls: "I was shocked."

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Matthew Coller

Harvard star Jimmy Vesey is testing free agency this summer. Who will he pick? We break down the selling points, drawbacks for Vesey's short list, and identify some wild cards. Which NHL team will land Jimmy Vesey?

Brian Kelly has work to do for 2018

Notre Dame's highest-ranked commit in the 2018 ESPN Junior 300 is Phil Jurkovec (No. 55 overall, No. 4 QB-DT), but the Fighting Irish are involved with a couple of top-15 uncommitted stars of the junior class. See full rankings

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears rookie Leonard Floyd, who left practice on a cart because of an illness, tells us he just has a stomach bug and expects to practice on Friday. Floyd said the trainers told him not to push it today, but he wanted to practice because he knew fans were excited to see the first round pick play.

Is the Cubs' record a bad omen?

The last time the Cubs won 60 games in their first 100 was 1977, a season in which they somehow finished 81-81, David Schoenfield notes. This team will not finish 81-81. Five things we learned Wednesday

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears head coach John Fox said first-round pick Leonard Floyd left the field today because of an illness. Fox says Floyd has been sick for several days and should be okay.

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Gase's move to Miami sends ripple effects

Adam Gase taking over in Miami will loom large in 2016, and not just for the Dolphins. Jay Cutler and the Bears' offense might not be the same without him, Dan Graziano writes. Moves with immediate impact

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Highlight of Bulls preseason schedule is Oct. 14 matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the United Center.