CHICAGO Teams

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Sounds like the guy to make the last out in Game 7 will throw the first pitch of the new (exhibition) season. Mike Montgomery is scheduled to pitch Saturday one day before the Cubs play the Indians (again).

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Stephen A. blasts Cutler for lack of leadership (1:55)
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BBTN: Contentious Relationship Developing?

Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian discuss the contentious relationship brewing between Rob Manfred and the MLBPA, Matt Wieters' deal in Washington and more. Plus, a conversation with Orioles closer Zach Britton, Maria Torres of the KC Star and the Marlins' reaction to Jose Fernandez's toxicology report.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

I've confirmed Tennessee wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni is leaving for the same position with the Chicago Bears. Rivals.com first reported the move. Azzanni had been one of two holdovers from Butch Jones' first staff at Tennessee.

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Bears ready to move on from Cutler (1:16)
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Cubs coach arrives to workout in Ferrari (0:25)
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An Exclusive Look Inside Dwyane Wade's NBA All-Star Spades Party (3:16)
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Toews nets a hat trick in Blackhawks' win (0:34)

William Weinbaum ESPN 

After Illinois' convincing win Tue., its home record vs. N'western is 68-14. In the Wildcats' last three .500 or better Big Ten seasons (2017, 2004 & 1968), they lost in Champaign. The season sweep for Illinois (won Feb. 7 in Evanston) raised its overall record vs. N'western to 134-40 & denied its in-state rival of a school-record 21st win.

ESPN Stats & Information

The bar has been set

Per the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, the following are the eight highest 2017 over-under win totals across all MLB teams. Story

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Indians manager Terry Francona had high praise for Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer on Tuesday at Cactus League media day: "Theo got to do what he always wanted to do and maybe you could not do that in Boston. Where you take a step back, get a little younger...and once they did...it's hard to imagine them (Cubs) going away anytime soon."

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Chicago Cubs (95.5) have the highest season win total at Westgate, which just released over/unders for all 30 MLB teams.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Rob Manfred: "A renovated Wrigley Field would be a great location for an all-star game." He would not get specific on a year.