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Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois coach Lovie Smith said diversifying the candidate pool for head coaching hires is complicated. But he also said he's made an effort to elevate capable minority assistants on his staff and prepare them for a head coaching job. He said that's the only way to change the lack of diversity. "I know what I do with my program."

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Big Ten media days kick off at 12:15 ET today. Coaches to speak include Urban Meyer, Mark Dantonio, Lovie Smith, Tom Allen, Kirk Ferentz, D.J. Durkin and Paul Chryst.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs sent Felix Pena back to Triple A while activating Kyle Hendricks from the disabled list. Hendricks starts on Monday afternoon against the White Sox.

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Cabrera wants to stay on rebuilding White Sox

Melky Cabrera says he wants to remain with the Chicago White Sox despite the rebuilding club's latest flurry of trades. "I like this team and I would like to stay here for a long time, not just until the end of the season," he told the Chicago Tribune.

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Cubs' turnaround starts with pitching

Thanks to their starting pitching, the Cubs have gone 8-1 since the All-Star break and have at least a share of first place in the NL Central for the first time since June 6.

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Vote: Cubs Confidence Meter

The Cubs now own a share of first place. Do fans feel a dynasty is in the works at Wrigley? Or is there an outbreak of agita on the North Side? Vote!

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs returned to first place for the first time since June 6 with a 5-3 win over the Cardinals on Sunday. They're 8-1 since the all star break with catcher Willson Contreras leading the way. His sixth inning home run broke a 3-3 tie making a winner out of Jose Quintana. He's 2-0 as a Cub while Contreras has seven home runs in July.

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Cubs win in Quintana's Wrigley debut (1:15)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jose Quintana discuss the Cubs 5-3 win over St. Louis on Sunday night. He threw a quality start in his home debut as the Cubs moved into first place.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Willson Contreras discuss his HR which vaulted the Cubs into first place on Sunday night.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Anthony Rizzo react to the Cubs being in first place.

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Contreras is 'super excited' to help Cubs win (0:44)
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Contreras' long ball just clears the wall (0:38)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

According to StatCast Kyle Schwarber's HR in the fourth inning went 400 ft. Schwarber has a .901 OPS since returning from Triple-A earlier this month. His three runs driven in, in July, have come via solo home runs.

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Schwarber's no doubter ties game for Cubs (0:28)