Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery deflected questions about his failure to secure a long term deal, saying on Thursday that he's, "blessed and does have a contract" in the form of the one-year guaranteed franchise tag amount of $14.599 million. Jeffery did not want to speculate about next year when he could leave the Bears via free agency.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Melo guarantees that Knicks-Bulls will be on Christmas or opening night. NBA may decide to make it both.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Melo on Wade's decision to sign with the Bulls: "I was shocked."

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Matthew Coller

Harvard star Jimmy Vesey is testing free agency this summer. Who will he pick? We break down the selling points, drawbacks for Vesey's short list, and identify some wild cards. Which NHL team will land Jimmy Vesey?

Brian Kelly has work to do for 2018

Notre Dame's highest-ranked commit in the 2018 ESPN Junior 300 is Phil Jurkovec (No. 55 overall, No. 4 QB-DT), but the Fighting Irish are involved with a couple of top-15 uncommitted stars of the junior class. See full rankings

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears rookie Leonard Floyd, who left practice on a cart because of an illness, tells us he just has a stomach bug and expects to practice on Friday. Floyd said the trainers told him not to push it today, but he wanted to practice because he knew fans were excited to see the first round pick play.

Is the Cubs' record a bad omen?

The last time the Cubs won 60 games in their first 100 was 1977, a season in which they somehow finished 81-81, David Schoenfield notes. This team will not finish 81-81. Five things we learned Wednesday

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears head coach John Fox said first-round pick Leonard Floyd left the field today because of an illness. Fox says Floyd has been sick for several days and should be okay.

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Gase's move to Miami sends ripple effects

Adam Gase taking over in Miami will loom large in 2016, and not just for the Dolphins. Jay Cutler and the Bears' offense might not be the same without him, Dan Graziano writes. Moves with immediate impact

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Highlight of Bulls preseason schedule is Oct. 14 matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the United Center.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears top pick Leonard Floyd taken back to the locker room on a cart. Team expected to update after practice.

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Russell's first grand slam in perspective

Addison Russell hit his first career grand slam on Wednesday. At 22 years, 186 days old, he's the youngest Cubs player to hit a grand slam since Nelson Mathews in 1962 at 21 years, 57 days, the Elias Sports Bureau reports.

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Kris Bryant homering at historic pace

Bryant hit his 26th home run of the season in Wednesday's win over the White Sox. With it, he became the 12th player in MLB history with more than 25 homers in each of his first two seasons, ESPN Stats & Info notes. Bryant had 26 home runs last year.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and Alshon Jeffery hope to spend camp working on their chemistry. Jeffery missed much of training camp last year because of injuries.

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Chapman brings the heat in Cubs debut

Aroldis Chapman fired 13 100-mph fastballs in his first outing with Chicago on Wednesday. His debuts with the Reds and Yankees produced 11 such pitches combined.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Chicago Bears practice is officially underway at ONU. Full roster expected minus the three players on PUP.

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Eight is the magic number for Cubs

When Chicago's offense scores eight runs this season, like it did Wednesday, the team is 23-0. The Cubs had plenty of games like that earlier this year, but that hasn't been the case in July.