CHICAGO Teams

Notre Dame where it wants to be

A contender for the College Football Playoff of course resides in South Bend. But the Fighting Irish must stay healthy. A QB battle is in the offing this spring as well as three massive road games in the fall. Updated too-early Top 25

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Blackhawks' Darling helps needy man

Scott Darling picked up a man he saw in Arizona, paid for a month's stay in a hotel and bought the man groceries. Story

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Hornets take care of short-handed Bulls

Chicago was without Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose, and Charlotte made the most of it, outscoring the Bulls 38-20 in the first quarter and cruising to a 108-91 win to get to .500 on the season. Box score

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Is Jon Lester justifying his cost?

After signing a six-year, $155 million contract, Lester's WAR declined from 4.6 to 3.1 in 2015. But remember, 2014 was arguably his best season. David Schoenfield looks at how other stars fared in Year 1 of their mega-deals. Free agents after mega-contracts

Bulls down big at halftime

With no Jimmy Butler and no Derrick Rose, the Bulls are struggling to put the ball in the basket. They're shooting 35% from the field and trail the Hornets 57-42 at the break. Follow live

Hornets nearly double up Bulls

Eight different Hornets players scored in the first quarter, as they put up 38 points, taking an 18-point lead over the visiting Bulls after 1. Charlotte has won 3 of its past 4 games coming into tonight. Follow live

Hornets fly out to big lead

Charlotte has made 7 of its first 9 shots from the field, taking a 17-6 lead and forcing an early Bulls timeout. Chicago is playing without Derrick Rose (soreness). Follow live

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Derrick Rose out vs. Hornets

The Bulls guard will miss tonight's game due to general body soreness. "Just soreness all over," Rose said before the game. "That's pretty much it. Body soreness."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Clifford said that Thibodeau has made himself a better coach during his time off from basketball. "I think what he's done is exactly what I thought he would do is I think he used it to grow as a coach," Clifford said. "We talk regularly and when you talk to him -- he's an expert on this league. He's using this to study teams, study trends, study players. He's always been on top of it anyway, but a sabbatical, it's not like he's -- he's relaxing and doing different things like that, but he's studying. He'll be an even better coach when he comes back."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford is one of Tom Thibodeau's closest friends and confidants. Clifford was asked before the game how much interest he thought Thibodeau would have in the New York Knicks job now that Derek Fisher has been fired. "I don't have any idea," Clifford said before Monday's game against the Chicago Bulls. "Obviously, he wants to coach again and that's a great job, he worked there and everything, but you'd have to ask him about that."

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Cardinals lineup vs. Jake Arrieta

In eight starts over the past two seasons, Arrieta has a 1.86 ERA against the Cardinals and they've hit .208 against him. The four or five games that Arrieta starts against St. Louis could decide the NL Central. Hitter vs. pitcher matchups to watch

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Miguel Cabrera vs. Chris Sale

Injuries have diminished his power, but maybe a healthy Cabrera can storm back as a 40-homer threat. Sale is coming off an incredible 274 strikeouts in just 208 innings. Who has the upper hand? Hitter vs. pitcher matchups to watch

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Ranking Air Jordans

As all the sneakerheads know, the Air Jordan XXX drops Friday. What better time to look back at all 29 looks of past Jordan kicks? Full ranking

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Will the Bears regress in '16?

The Bears got better in 2015, but there is concern among panelists that Jay Cutler could regress in 2016 without Adam Gase guiding him. The Bears landed near the bottom of our list as a result. Way-too-early Power Rankings