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Cubs favored to win back-to-back titles

It took the Chicago Cubs 108 years to break their World Series title drought, but Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook gives them the highest odds to be repeat champions this year.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

To me, the larger issue with Blake Swihart is how much the Red Sox messed with him by moving him to outfield. Ankle injury while playing left field cost him almost entire season; throwing mechanics altered from what he was used to as catcher.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

On Blake Swihart, whose throwing issues continued in live BP today: He was always likely to open season in Triple-A because of contract status (Swihart has options; Christian Vazquez does not). Throwing issue likely curable, but reinforces value of going back to minors.

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Harvard holds off Cornell at home - Via Ivy League (0:55)

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Celtics legend and 11-time champion Bill Russell is in the building tonight.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Pablo Sandoval worked this winter with Miguel Cabrera to make improvements to his right-handed swing. The result:

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

"Dunks and 3s tomorrow, that's all we're looking for," Brad Stevens tells the crowd. After a pause he adds "and layups if you're I.T." referring to 5-foot-9 Celtics star Isaiah Thomas.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox have purchased contract of 28-year-old right-hander Hector Velazquez, who had 2.47 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 131.1 innings last year for Monclova in Mexican League. The deal is pending a physical.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Shortly before Mitch Moreland signed with Red Sox, David Ortiz offered unsolicited praise: "I always believed that kid could be special." Moreland didn't know he had such a fan in Ortiz. "It's pretty neat for him to say that. Coming from a guy like him, that means a lot."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Pablo Sandoval sought help this winter from Miguel Cabrera to improve his right-handed swing. The result:

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Harvard holds on to best Columbia, 78-72 - Via Ivy League (1:39)