What's been clicking for Northwestern and Michigan? (1:32)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant just one of several rookies playing in their first postseason contest tomorrow. How are the nerves?

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32mNick Friedell

Plays in hand, Hoiberg pays visit to Rose

Fred Hoiberg made a house call to Derrick Rose to go over new sets as the Bulls star continues to recover from a fractured left orbital.

Arrieta confident in game plan (0:56)

Time for the Cubs to end the curse?

Two of our 23 baseball analysts surveyed think so. Chicago is favored to win Wednesday's wild-card matchup against Pittsburgh, however, it loses a good amount of supporters in the NLDS. Playoff picks

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois coach Bill Cubit says this is the first year the Illini have had a defensive line that looked big enough to be a good line. Will face a big test this Saturday against Iowa. "I don't know that we've faced as physical a group as this one."

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, 

How about this Jake Arrieta nugget: Since the start of August 269 pitchers have given up 4+ ER in an inning. And Arrieta has given up 4 ER in 2 months!

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

A key difference for Northwestern, Fitz says, is renewed emphasis on depth. He talked to Jim Tressel in the offseason about the importance of keeping all players fresh -- not just starters and front-line players.

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Buster Olney's choice for NL Cy Young

Olney offers five candidates for the award, including the obvious trio of Zack Greinke, Jake Arrieta and Clayton Kershaw. Who does he have taking home the hardware? Buster's blog (Insider)

New coaches pepper top of NFL Power Rankings (1:43)
Slim playoff hopes for the Irish and ACC (0:45)

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, headed to Michigan Saturday at 5-0, on the Wildcats' rise: "There's great chemistry. There's great brotherhood and love and trust within our program."

2hMatt Borcas

Grantland: Hawks, Harbs, and Hoosiers: Fourteen Reasons to Love the New-Look Big Ten

The league of Legends and Leaders is deeper, chicer, and more interesting than ever before -- or at least since Woody and Bo were patrolling the sidelines. Look no further than the latest AP poll, which contains five Big Ten teams, including two in the top five. Herewith, I present 14 explanations for this phenomenon, because we all know that 14 is the new 10.

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1dJeremy Crabtree

Crabtree: Ranking the top recruiters

As we approach midseason, some coaches have picked up major steam on the trail. USC's Tee Martin and Florida State's Tim Brewster top the recruiter rankings.

Tillman on tenure in Chicago: 'We just didn't get it done' (1:55)
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3hTim Kurkjian

Kurkjian: Five NL wild-card questions

The NL wild-card game features an intriguing matchup: leading Cy Young Award candidate Jake Arrieta vs. the forgotten man, Gerrit Cole. Tim Kurkjian breaks it down.

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Is Jimmy Butler the Bulls' best?

By a long shot, according to our NBA fantasy rankings. See how far down you have to scroll to find Derrick Rose. Top 200 fantasy rankings

Matt Forte plays 'What they look like' (0:53)
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Matt Forte on top perk about being in NFL

Bears RB Matt Forte comments on teaching teammates about personal finance, the value of NFL agents, the biggest perk of being a player in the league and the issues kids in Chicago face.