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My hypothetical awards selections

The Cy Young races hold a lot of intrigue, where Cubs ace Jake Arrieta could trump the Dodgers' duo of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.

Did White Sox fall in Power Rankings?

Chicago ended its season on a low note by losing eight of its last 12 games. Was that enough for the team to drop in our final rankings? Find out here

Are Irish still alive in playoff race?

Notre Dame suffered its first loss of the season Saturday night at Death Valley. But does that knock the Irish out of playoff contention? Who's in?

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Improbable combacks of Week 5

Illinois' win over Nebraska is the best comeback of the season, according to our win probability model. North Carolina, Kentucky and Vanderbilt also won with their backs against the wall.

Are Cubs atop Power Rankings?

Was winning eight straight at the end of the season enough to vault Chicago to the top spot in our final rankings? Find out here

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Arrieta can keep good times rolling

The way Jake Arrieta has pitched for the Cubs during the second half of the season is similar to what Madison Bumgarner did in the playoffs last year. So it's no surprise Arrieta cracks this list of pitchers that could equal Bumgarner's dominance this postseason. Photo gallery

Can Notre Dame still reach the playoff? (0:40)

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Matt Slauson on how he decompressed after Sunday's move from guard to center: "I spent time with my family, had a couple of beers. Then a couple more."

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One of the Bears' heroes on Sunday, Matt Slauson, said Chicago's win over Oakland proved they're not as bad as the first three losses seemed to indicate. Slauson took over at center when Will Montgomery left game with broken fibula.

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Bears head coach John Fox confirms that center Will Montgomery broke his fibula. Fox says ankle X-Rays were negative for safety Antrel Rolle.

Outlook dim for wild-card teams

With a win-or-go-home game still to be played this week, the odds are currently against the Cubs, Pirates, Yankees or Astros winning the World Series, according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

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Tale of the tape: NL wild-card game

Here's a look at some of the key stats and figures heading into Wednesday night's matchup between the Cubs and the Pirates.

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Grantland: Crowning the Most Exciting Team of the 2015 MLB Regular Season

The more a team's playoff odds fluctuate, the more on edge its followers are. Conversely, the earlier a team locks up a playoff spot or falls far out of the race by pegging its odds close to one extreme or the other, the more its games blend together and its fans look forward to the playoffs (or football). So let's use those playoff odds to determine which team had MLB's most exciting regular season in 2015.

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Willie Young next to leave Chicago?

The defensive end led the Bears in sacks in his first season with the team, but he's barely played so far this season. Could Young be the next Bear to be dealt? NFL rumors roundup

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Hank Aaron Award finalists: NL Central

The Hank Aaron Award is given annually to a player recognized as the most outstanding offensive performer in his league. Here are the nominees for each NL Central team:

  • Chicago Cubs: Anthony Rizzo
  • Cincinnati Reds: Joey Votto
  • Milwaukee Brewers: Ryan Braun
  • Pittsburgh Pirates: Andrew McCutchen
  • St. Louis Cardinals: Matt Carpenter

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Hank Aaron Award finalists: AL Central

The Hank Aaron Award is given annually to a player recognized as the most outstanding offensive performer in his league. Here are the nominees for each AL Central team:

  • Chicago White Sox: Jose Abreu
  • Cleveland Indians: Michael Brantley
  • Detroit Tigers: Miguel Cabrera
  • Kansas City Royals: Lorenzo Cain
  • Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier

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No fear for Jake Arrieta

A Pirates fan took to Twitter to troll the Cubs ace prior to his start against Pittsburgh in the NL wild-card game this Wednesday. Arrieta wasn't phased by the fan's comments.