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Chicago's farm system drops from No. 1

To be fair, the Cubs are still loaded with talent. The ding on their ranking is because their prospects won't do damage until 2017 and they're light on arms. How far did they fall? Ranking all 30 farm systems (Insider)

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Who carried the 100-loss Cubs in 2012?

The 2012 Cubs finished 14th in the NL in runs and 14th in runs allowed. Meanwhile, Darwin Barney's defensive metrics were off the charts, Anthony Rizzo was good for half a season and Alfonso Soriano slugged 32 homers. The best players on terrible teams

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Can LeBron catch MJ?

J.A. Adande doesn't think so: "It's impossible, because even if LeBron wins five more championships he won't be able to erase his four NBA Finals losses." More experts chime in

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23 stats for No. 23, Michael Jordan

So you thought you knew everything there is to know about the No. 1 player in the #NBArank, Michael Jordan? Not so fast. Prepare to be amazed.

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5-on-5: The greatness of Michael Jordan

What are the best moments in Michael Jordan's legendary career? Could LeBron James catch MJ on the all-time list? Our experts discuss the greatness of Air Jordan, All-Time #NBArank's No. 1

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Recruiting wrap: Northwestern Wildcats

Northwestern went out and stocked up on promising wideouts, but the diminished defensive line could be a problem spot.

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Prediction: Cutler's son plays in SB LXXII

In a fun glimpse into the future, Camden Cutler -- son of Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari -- leads the Bears to the big game in the year 2038. However, Cutler loses to Marshall Manning, son of Peyton. The next 25 Super Bowls

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Predicting Chicago's offseason

Jeff Dickerson predicts that Matt Forte's time in Chicago is up. The running back is on record saying the Bears have not approached him about a new deal since the end of the 2015 season. Offseason predictions

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Alabama tops Way-Too-Early Top 25

In case you missed it on Tuesday, Alabama is No. 1 in Mark Schlabach's early ranking. Florida State is second and Michigan is third.

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No. 1 Villanova cruising past DePaul

The Wildcats are showing no jitters in their first game as the No. 1 team in the country, leading DePaul by more than 20 early in the second half. Follow live

White Sox sign Ishikawa to minors deal

According to MLB.com's Scott Merkin, Chicago has signed Travis Ishikawa to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that should Ishikawa make the team, his contract would include a $900K base salary.