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Is Jay Cutler in the Bears' future plans?

Chicago has made it through the guaranteed portion of Cutler's contract, so the team could move on after the season if it chooses. But Cutler's recent promise could change things. Upcoming decisions (Insider)

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Cubs a match for Jose Bautista?

If the Blue Jays fall far enough back in the standings to sell at this year's trade deadline, Jim Bowden thinks Bautista, a pending free agent at the end of the season, would be a perfect two-month rental for the Cubs. Top trade candidates, best fits (Insider)

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White Sox a match for Edwin Encarnacion?

If the Blue Jays fall far enough back in the standings to sell at this year's trade deadline, Jim Bowden sees the White Sox as a logical fit for the slugging Encarnacion. The Padres' Melvin Upton Jr. could be another target. Top trade candidates, best fits (Insider)

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

Asked for his thoughts on Art Briles' firing, Baylor ESPN 300 receiver commit Hezekiah Jones of Stafford (Texas) High School said "it's crazy." When asked if he'll decommit, he said "we'll see." Despite his pledge, Jones has continued to be heavily recruited by Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and many others.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

It's funny. Every time I mention Jake Arrieta's unbeaten streak, Mets fans remind me they beat him in Oct. Which is true. Irony alert: Jeurys Familia just broke the Mets record for most consecutive saves (32). Not counting the 3 he blew in the World Series, of course. These "active" streaks are getting confusing!

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Arrieta continues his winning ways

Despite laboring through five innings against the Cardinals on Wednesday, Jake Arrieta got the win and is now 9-0 on the season. That equals the best undefeated start by a Cubs pitcher since 1886, per Elias Sports Bureau.

  • 1886: Jim McCormick, 15-0
  • 2016: Jake Arrieta, 9-0
  • 1967: Ken Holtzman, 9-0

Healthy Kevin White shines at Bears' OTA practice (1:45)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Video: Kris Bryant hit a big 3-run HR in the Cubs 9-8 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Video: Jake Arrieta on his rough outing. He won but only lasted five innings giving up four runs for the first time since last June.

Bryant pads Cubs lead with three-run homer (0:24)
Chisenhall's triple plates two (0:27)

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

It had been 384 days since Jake Arrieta had a Game Score as low or lower than his 40 today.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jake Arrieta has given up four earned runs for the first time since June 16 of last year, a span of 30 reg season starts. Cubs were up 6-1, now 6-4 over the Cardinals in the 4th.

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NBA Lockdown: Noah On The Way Out

Jorge Sedano, Amin Elhassan and Tom Haberstroh dissect Joakim Noah's announcement that he won't return to the Bulls and break down the most likely destination for him.