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Bears got a bargain in Akiem Hicks

The Patriots wanted to bring Hicks back, but Chicago snapped him up on a reasonable two-year, $10 million deal. Mike Sando likes the price for a solid young starter. Friendly contracts (Insider)

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Vote: Cubs Confidence Meter

Despite a rough patch, it's been a special season for the Cubs. But will it be 1908 special? Let us know what you think in our weekly poll.

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Colangelo reflects on 2016 U.S. Olympic basketball roster

Managing director of USA basketball Jerry Colangelo joins Mike & Mike to share his thoughts on the roster constructed to represent the United States in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

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Cubs still holding on top spot of power rankings (1:59)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Here's something we didn't expect when the Cubs started 25-6: The Rangers have passed them for most wins in the majors. The Cubs still hold a small edge in winning percentage (.649 to .640), but they've gone just 23-20 since that hot start. All-time great team? Let's see if they're the best team of 2016.

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Sale earns 13th win as White Sox top Blue Jays (1:05)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant explains what happened on a botched DP attempt with men on first and third in a 1-1 game against the Marlins on Sunday. The Cubs eventually lost 6-1 after he decided to turn two instead of going home.

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Tim Anderson's home run pads Chicago's lead (0:25)
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Fernandez, Marlins dominate Cubs (1:11)
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Fernandez mows down the Cubs (0:19)
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Chicago letdown marks history

You would think when your team outscores the opponent seven homers to one you have the game in the bag, right? In most cases, you'd be right. But in the White Sox-Blue Jays game Saturday, this was not the case and therefore marked history as a first.

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There's a reason they're the aces

For these four teams, their ace pitchers might as well be gold. And the drop off from their stats in comparison to all others should give you a good idea of why.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel quietly is having a nice year at the plate. He singled off of Jose Fernandez of the Marlins and scored in the third inning to tie the game 1-1. Hammel is hitting .273 on the season as the Cubs have a very good hitting rotation.

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Ink blot: Arrieta to get tattoo for losing CWS bet

Coastal Carolina eliminated TCU from the College World Series on Saturday, meaning Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta -- a Horned Frogs alum -- will have to get a tattoo honoring the Chanticleers' win.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Tommy LacStella (hamstring) and Clayton Richard (blister) are headed to Triple-A Iowa for rehab assignments.

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