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Bulls picking up slack without Butler

Chicago lost its All-Star for the night with a knee sprain but its lead grew in the third quarter as the Bulls outscored the Nuggets 32-18 in the frame. Follow live

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Butler out for game with knee sprain

Bulls G Jimmy Butler will miss the second half against the Nuggets with a knee sprain. Butler is Chicago's leading scorer this season and had 19 against Denver before exiting late in the second quarter. Follow live

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Butler carted off, Bulls lead at half

Jimmy Butler scored 19 points but was carted off late in the second quarter after his left leg got caught behind him as he was falling to the floor. Chicago leads Denver 57-55. Box score

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Butler being carted off the floor after a leg injury.

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Don't sleep on Carlos Rodon

The adjustment curve for a rookie pitcher is often lengthy, but Rodon seemed to be figuring it out in late 2015, as evidenced by his 1.81 ERA and 2.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his final eight starts. He has a filthy slider that could be instrumental in increasing his strikeout total. Top 5 fantasy sleepers

David Auguste ESPN.com Editor 

Nothing to see here, just a couple of Chicago Cubs fans in Giants' territory.

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Le Batard: '30 for 30' turns bad nostalgia into entertainment (2:35)
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12hBrian Bennett

The 2016 Big Ten recruiting all-name team

Michigan State has its Messiah, and Northwestern can unchain Jango, while Nebraska has Dicaprio to act its way out of any trouble.

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SVP's Bad Beats: Arizona State, Rutgers (2:22)
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Toews nets OT winner for Blackhawks (1:42)
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30 for 30: The '85 Bears - Jim McMahon (0:51)
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1dJeremy Crabtree

Crabtree: Ranking the recruiters

Having signed off on signing day, we look at the college football recruiters who came away from the 2016 cycle as the biggest winners.

Bears' grade holds steady

Chicago's work last offseason looked pretty good at the time to Mike Sando and still looks pretty good now. A strong draft class and the production received from free-agent signing Pernell McPhee worked in the Bears' favor. 2015 offseason re-grade (Insider)