McPhee: Rodgers' remark motivated Bears

Chicago LB Pernell McPhee said Thursday's win at Green Bay was extra meaningful because of comments made by Aaron Rodgers in Week 1. "C'mon, the quarterback said he loved beating up on us. Who he think we are?" McPhee told reporters. "We ain't the team from last year, or two years ago, or three years ago. ... A lot of guys took it personal."

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Could Upton land with the White Sox?

Chicago's infield needs more help than its outfield does, but the team's biggest weakness is its poor offense. Signing a bat like Justin Upton could help fix that. Upton's potential landing spots

Plenty of talent available for White Sox

When Chicago picks 10th in the 2016 MLB draft, it'll have it's fair share of top prospects to choose from. Keith Law and Eric Longenhagen break down some of the best players available. Top 2016 draft prospects (Insider)

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Bulls slip to eighth in rankings

Marc Stein drops Chicago by three spots in his Week 5 assessment following a 2-2 road trip. The Bulls will play their next four at home, starting with Monday night's visit from the Spurs. Power Rankings

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Russell is already majors' No. 9 SS

Addison Russell makes Buster Olney's elite list after only one full season in the majors and only a few months as the Cubs' regular at the position. Top 10 shortstops (Insider)

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The Bears did not release any injury information on Monday, but tight end Martellus Bennett (ribs) participated in the open portion of practice. Wide receiver Eddie Royal (knee) did not.

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Bears head coach John Fox conceded that he felt in order for his team "to stay relevant," they needed to upset Green Bay on Thursday night. With that mission accomplished, Fox said the focus is now on defeating San Francisco on Sunday and improving to .500. The Bears are currently 10th in the NFC Playoff Standings.

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Better luck next season, Fighting Irish

Notre Dame was one of five teams knocked out of CFP contention after a loss in Rivalry Week. Only eight teams still have a chance. Eliminator

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Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg was asked if Kobe Bryant was the closest player to Michael Jordan that he had seen: "I think so," Hoiberg said. "Kobe, what he accomplished, the way he did it, the way he scored it, the tough shots that he hit, the fadeaways, the athleticism he did it with, the grace, yeah, I think he probably is the closest thing to Michael."

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Taj Gibson played for USC in college and saw firsthand how much the city of LA adored Kobe Bryant. He spoke very highly of Kobe after Monday's shootaround. "One of the best players to ever play the game," Gibson said. "I'm just happy that I was able to play against him a couple times. Had great talks with him at dinner about the game ... Just a great guy. A superstar. Every time people heard about Kobe, from barbershops to street basketball corners, the city of LA loved Kobe."

Notre Dame fans need to move on

Even though the Irish lost only to Clemson and Stanford with no time left on the clock each time, the Irish are a longshot to make the CFP. McGee: Flipping the Field

Wildcats rise to 15th in ESPN poll

Northwestern moves up four spots after completing a 10-2 regular season with a 24-14 win over Illinois. That was unexpected improvement for a program that won half as many games during each of the previous two seasons. Power Rankings

Irish slip to 9th in ESPN rankings

Notre Dame falls from sixth after its last-second loss at Stanford, which was somewhat similar to the defeat at Clemson. With Saturday's loss went the Irish's chances of qualifying for the playoff field. Power Rankings

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