CHICAGO Teams

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

With four days to go until all star balloting closes all four Cub infielders continue to lead at their respective positions. Anthony Rizzo leads all first baseman by a large margin while Ben Zobrist, Addison Russell and Kris Bryant all have an approximately 300,000 vote lead on their next competitor.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

New Cubs reliever Joel Peralta discusses rejoining Joe Maddon and being back in the big leagues.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Worth noting that Forman did say that Bulls think "very highly" of E'Twaun Moore. Out of all Bulls' free agents, Moore is most likely the one to re-sign but Bulls will have competition.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs catcher Tim Federowicz cleared waivers and is reporting back to Triple-A Iowa.

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Pau Gasol rated No. 10 free agent

Kevin Pelton still likes how Gasol, who will turn 36 on July 6, rebounds. It's Gasol's defensive issues that could prevent him from receiving the kind of contract offers that he'd like. NBA's 25 best free agents (Insider)

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The NFC North's disdain for Rodgers

Some around the division believe Aaron Rodgers is too arrogant. Is the criticism well founded, or just sour grapes? Dan Graziano answers.

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Two Cubs pitchers could be left behind

The field of players in the mix for the All-Star starting pitcher roles is full of huge stars. And while Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks can pull their weight on the mound for the Cubs, they might be just on the outside of the All-Star level this year. Olney: Potential All-Star snubs (Insider)

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Tre Demps, son of Pelicans GM Dell Demps, will play for the Chicago Bulls in summer league, his management firm, Priority Sports, announced. The younger Demps, an undrafted free agent, averaged 15.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists a game as a senior at Northwestern this past season.

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Vote: Cubs Confidence Meter

Despite a rough patch, it's been a special season for the Cubs. But will it be 1908 special? Let us know what you think in our weekly poll.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs are calling up 40 year old righty Joel Peralta who they signed recently. He pitched for Joe Maddon in Tampa Bay and is better against lefties than righties over the course of his 12 year big league career. Lefty Gerardo Concepcion is going down to Triple-A Iowa opening a spot for Peralta.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Hoiberg says McDermott will practice with the Bulls' summer league team.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Forman says there will be no more changes to Hoiberg's staff. Hoiberg says Butler is in a "great frame of mind" right now.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Valentine says he's spoken to Jimmy Butler and Doug McDermott. Valentine praises Butler's game -- looking forward to playing with him.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Hoiberg said he flew to LA a couple weeks ago to meet with Jimmy Butler and several other players. Says Butler is "excited" about future.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Forman and Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg raving about Valentine's "versatility." Nobody is exactly sure where he'll fit on floor -- but they believe he will fit somewhere.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Denzel Valentine hits the podium in Chicago. Bulls GM Gar Forman says Valentine is a "winner" and a "warrior."

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Chris Sale continues his winning ways

With his victory on Sunday, Sale became the sixth pitcher in the last 25 seasons to earn at least 13 wins before July 1, the Elias Sports Bureau reports.

  • 2010 Ubaldo Jiménez - 14
  • 1999 Pedro Martínez - 14
  • 1996 John Smoltz - 14
  • 2016 Chris Sale - 13
  • 2002 Curt Schilling - 13
  • 2000 David Wells - 13

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Bears got a bargain in Akiem Hicks

The Patriots wanted to bring Hicks back, but Chicago snapped him up on a reasonable two-year, $10 million deal. Mike Sando likes the price for a solid young starter. Friendly contracts (Insider)