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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona baseball coach Jay Johnson said he didn't think his Monday night could get any better -- until he heard that Kris Bryant homered three times. Johnson helped recruit Bryant to the University of San Diego and worked as his hitting coach at the school before Bryant won the 2013 Dick Howser Award. Johnson's Wildcats beat Coastal Carolina 3-0 Monday in Game 1 of the College World Series finals and play for the national title tonight at 8 ET on ESPN.

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The humor of Buddy Ryan: His 10 greatest quotes

Part of what endeared Buddy Ryan to fans during his career was his way with words and disregard for how those words would be received by outsiders.

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Jay Cutler's cushy contract in Chicago

Cutler's guarantees run out after this season, but the QB will make $16 million in 2016, bringing his total to $54 million over the last three years. Not bad for an up-and-down quarterback. Player-friendly contracts (Insider)

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Aces not themselves on Monday

Both Jake Arrieta (5 earned runs in 5 innings) and Noah Syndergaard (5 ERs in 3 IP) saw their ERAs climb at an alarming rate with their disastrous outings against the Reds and Nationals, respectively.

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Monday's longest home runs

Kris Bryant may have gone deep three times on Monday, but none of his home runs were longer than teammate Anthony Rizzo's 446-foot shot. The Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion cracks the list twice with nearly identical homers.

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Still trying to digest this amazing fact: No player had ever had 3 HR & 2 doubles in one game before Kris Bryant did it last night!

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Read Buddy Ryan's letter to the '85 Bears

A poignant moment in the 30 for 30 movie about the 1985 Bears came when Buddy Ryan's former players read a letter from him. Ryan died Tuesday.

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The man behind the masterpiece

The 1985 Bears were led by a defense that many consider the best of all time, and it's easy to see why. Buddy Ryan's unit led the league in virtually every key category and allowed a total of just 10 points in three playoff games.

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Buddy's defenses went after the ball

A calling card of Buddy Ryan's defenses was the ability to take the ball away. His units led the NFL in takeaways four times in an 11-year span, starting with the 1985 Bears.

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