Experts discuss ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Andy Katz thinks Michigan and Northwestern could win on the road in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and he thinks Michigan State will win at home. But can the Big Ten hang with the ACC overall this year? Daily Word

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As Shelby Miller trade rumors heat up, one person familiar with the Braves' thinking believes the Cubs and Red Sox are both potential fits. The Braves are big fans of Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler, and they've shown a willingness to discuss both Miller and Julio Teheran in trades.

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Northwestern vs. Virginia tech: Who wins?

Chris Collins' squad finally looks ready for the NCAA tournament. A win on the road would only strengthen the Wildcats' case. Weekday predictions

NFL Power Rankings: Watch out for the AFC South (1:24)
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Bulls' Joakim Noah getting his 'swag' back

Jimmy Butler believes a frustrating season might be turning around for Joakim Noah, who had another encouraging performance Monday against the Spurs.

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Jimmy Butler admitted that he has been dealing with a heel injury since the Warriors game on Nov. 20. "Play through it," Butler said after Monday night's win over the Spurs. "I don't think that anybody cares that I'm injured. Nobody feels sorry for me. So [I] got to play. Hopefully it doesn't get worse. Get some treatment and be ready to go Wednesday ... there's nothing I can do about it. I want to play. I got to play. So ya'll will see me suit up."

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Bulls hand Spurs 4th loss

The Bulls had five players score in double digits, including a team-high 18 from Pau Gasol, as they downed the Spurs 92-89 to improve to 10-5 on the season. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points with 12 boards in the loss. Box score

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Abreu still among elite first basemen

Jose Abreu underperformed expectations in 2015, and there are growing concerns over his defense. So why is he No. 7 on this list? Top 10 first basemen

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The old Anthony Rizzo gone for good

Remember Rizzo's .141 batting average and 46 strikeouts his first season with the Padres? Due to a few crucial tweaks to his approach at the plate, the Cubs' first baseman ranks No. 4 on this list. Top 10 first basemen (Insider)

Spurs lead after one in Chicago

LaMarcus Aldridge is pacing San Antonio with 10 points, 6 rebounds and a block while Pau Gasol is trying to keep Chicago close with 6 points. Follow live

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Pau Gasol was asked what he will remember most about playing with former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant: "How competitive he is," Gasol said before Monday's game against the San Antonio Spurs. "He'll continue to be no matter what he does. That's just his spirit. He's a hard-working guy. He wants to be the best. He doesn't settle for anything less. He's always going to try to be, and will be, exceptional."


Spurs ( 14-3) at Bulls (9-5)

San Antonio is off to the second-best start in the NBA, thanks in large part to them ranking first in the league in scoring defense, dropping two of three to end a four-game trip. That spells trouble for Chicago as it has shot 37.6 percent in its past three contests. Follow live