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Mirotic will be hot item next summer

Nikola Mirotic just finished his second NBA season and has finally regained the shooting eye that brought him from Europe. Kevin Pelton lists the restricted free agent among the most coveted players who will be available next summer. Ranking 2017 NBA free agents (Insider)

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears rookie 3rd round pick DL Jonathan Bullard returned to practice after being excused the last few days to deal with a family matter at home. Bullard, who is having a strong preseason, expects to be active for Saturday's 3rd preseason game vs. Kansas City.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears starting tailback Jeremy Langford was cleared for full participation in Thursday's practice. Langford said he suffered a minor foot injury vs. New England last week when he got caught up on a play near the sideline. After the game, Langford experienced soreness and swelling, which kept him out for a couple days. But Langford says he's ready to play in Chicago's third preseason game on Saturday against Kansas City.

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Who does college football need more?

Notre Dame or Ohio State? It's nearly impossible to select one program over the other when rating all-time success and importance for the sport. Mark Schlabach does his best to differentiate the two. Tough calls in blue-blood rankings

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Cubs have seen run like Bryant's before

Kris Bryant singled and doubled on Wednesday and has 32 hits, including 13 for extra bases, over his last 20 games. The last Cubs player to match his totals for hits and extra-base hits over a 20-game span was Starlin Castro as a 20-year-old rookie in 2010 (35 H, 13 XBH), the Elias Sports Bureau notes.

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Cubs on pace for historic August

If the Cubs can continue their winning ways against the Dodgers and Pirates, this month could be their best in franchise history since September of 1935.

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Consistent Kyle Hendricks does it again

Hendricks hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in his last 17 starts -- the second-longest such streak baseball has seen over the last two years.

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No weak links in Cubs' rotation

From one to five, the Cubs' primary starters this season all rank favorably among MLB pitchers in the ERA department.

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Is White Sox new field name their biggest hiccup this season? (1:37)
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Bryant, Rizzo making their cases for MVP (1:22)

Sarah Goldstein ESPN.com 

Carl Edwards talks to ESPN's Jesse Rogers about being mistaken for a 13-year-old on the road

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How to define Charlie Weis

Charlie Weis and his wife used to raise a glass when the check from Notre Dame arrived.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs catcher Willson Contreras discuss catching the Cubs rotation as well as hitting an opposite field home run against the Padres in the Cubs 6-3 win on Wednesday.