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Best Playoff Vines: Jordan's shrug

Follow our #NBArank countdown of the best playoff Vines in NBA history. Here's No. 8. MJ with 'The Shrug'

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ross put a ball onto the street outside of Wrigley Field on a freezing day for career HR No. 98 Thursday afternoon while Jake Arrieta's home scoreless streak has reached 51.2 innings as the Cubs lead the Brewers in the third inning. Arrieta struggled in the first but has been lights out the last two innings.

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Smith could strike it rich

Injured Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith would collect $5 million thanks to an insurance policy if he's chosen beyond the 74th pick. Could the Titans, with six picks among the top 76, take a chance on Smith at No. 76? Draft predictions (Insider)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jake Arrieta gave up a broken bat single to Milwaukee lead off man Jonathan Villar so his bid for back to back no hitters ended quickly. Arrieta proceeded to walk two hitters and give up three stolen bases in the first inning but he stranded the bases loaded striking out the final two Brewers. He has a 49.2 inning scoreless streak going at Wrigley Field.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Jake Arrieta pitches this afternoon, with a 0.79 ERA in his last 20 regular-season starts (technically 0.794). If he gives up zero ER today, the Elias Sports Bureau tells us he'll break Bob Gibson's record for lowest ERA over any 20-start span since ER became an official stat. Amazing. Gibson's record (0.791) was set in 1967-68.

Mocks: Who will the Bears draft at No. 11?

A look at whom the ESPN experts think Chicago will pick at No. 11 in Round 1 of tonight's NFL draft (8 p.m. ET on ESPN, WatchESPN):

  • Mel Kiper Jr.: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
  • Todd McShay: Lawson
  • Louis Riddick: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
  • NFL Nation: Lawson
NFL draft cheat sheet (Insider)

Maddon: Wrigley Field is the essence of baseball (2:35)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs are placing catcher Miguel Montero on the 15 day DL retroactive to Monday. He's had a bad back for several days. They'll call up Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Iowa to take his place. They expect a minimum DL stint for Montero.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs are hopeful they won't have to start and stop their game against the Brewers today with Jake Arrieta on the mound. The forecast is getting better but worst case scenario is a system popping up after the game has already started forcing Arrieta out early.

Stephen A.: Arrieta needs to understand my perspective (1:47)
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Spring breakout player: Northwestern Wildcats

Even though Northwestern is already loaded at linebacker, sophomore Cameron Queiro made a big play for playing time during spring practice.

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