CHICAGO Teams

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon has changed up his lineup electing to lead off Jason Heyward while Kris Bryant is batting second and playing first base in place of Anthony Rizzo (back).Plus Maddon is batting his pitcher eighth while Albert Almora Jr. hits ninth. With a struggling offense Maddon has mixed things up.

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'85 Bears ended Chicago's long drought

After the 90s Bulls and the Blackhawks' current run, it's easy to forget the Windy City's lack of titles from 1964 to January of 1986. According to Bill Barnwell, that stretch is the third-worst run of misery ended by a championship, trailing Cleveland and Seattle. Sports Misery Index

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Where does Collins rank for White Sox?

Zack Collins may have been the No. 10 overall pick in this year's draft, but is his talent enough for him to replace the recently promoted Tim Anderson as Keith Law's No. 1 White Sox prospect? Where top 2016 draft picks rank (Insider)

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Butler stepped up in Rose's absence

The Bulls reportedly shopped Jimmy Butler before the draft but couldn't agree to a deal. The numbers he put up in 11 games without Derrick Rose last season suggest a big upcoming season.

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The Cubs' slump by the numbers

For the first time this season, Chicago has lost four games in a row. Both the offense and pitching are performing at worse levels compared to the team's first 67 games.

Bulls' final draft grade: C

Chad Ford loves the pick of Denzel Valentine, who he calls "one of the most NBA-ready prospects in the draft." But the Bulls could have done so much better had they traded Jimmy Butler. Draft grades (Insider)

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Lackey's slider among MLB's best pitches

John Lackey's slider ranks second in Fangraphs' "pitch run value" per 100 pitches this season, behind only one other offering among major league starters. MLB's Most Valuable Pitch

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NBA stars who will be going for gold

Ten of the league's biggest names have decided to compete for Team USA in the 2016 Olympics in Rio under coach Mike Krzyzewski .

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5-on-5: Ranking top NBA free agents and fits

NBA free agency is almost here. With a huge salary-cap jump expected, who are the top available players this year? Can the Cavs add a piece for a second title run? Our NBA experts go 5-on-5.

Cubs' offense behind team's struggles

Chicago lost its fourth straight game on Thursday, its longest losing streak of the season. The offense has hit 2-for-22 with runners in scoring position during that span and stranded the potential tying run in scoring position in three of those games, ESPN Stats & Info notes.

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Can Butler and Bulls get on same page? (1:22)

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls GM Gar Forman on the sales pitch he is going to give to prospective free agents this summer. "Great city, great organization a really good young core of players," Forman said after the draft in an interview on ESPN 1000. "I think there's a lot to sell here. We like the young core of players we have. It starts with Jimmy, who I said is a veteran, but is still 26 years old. The Bobby Portis' and [Cris] Felicio's and [Doug] McDermott's and Niko [Mirotic]. Now we add a couple more young guys today, Jerian Grant, who we're high on. So you can kind of see the direction that we're headed."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Forman said sales pitch to free agents this summer would revolve, at least in part, around selling the city of Chicago. It always is for Bulls, but will be even more important with lack of game changing talent on the roster.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

FWIW, Forman did not think the divorce between Thibs and the Bulls would have any impact on any potential deals between Minnesota and Chicago in the future.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Forman says he still hasn't spoken to Derrick Rose. Also acknowledged that he hasn't spoken to Tom Thibodeau since Thibs took Minnesota job.

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On This Date: Blackhawks score two goals in 17 seconds, win Stanley Cup (0:50)

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Gar on trade speculation. "We've read a number of things that are comical ... We never made a single call. We're not looking to move Jimmy."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Forman said nothing has caught Bulls' attention as far as calls they've received about a potential Butler trade.