CHICAGO Teams

Greg Wyshynski ESPN 

The Chicago Blackhawks announced on Monday that the four fans who were ejected for racial taunts targeting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly on Saturday night are "no longer welcome at home games," as "racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks." Yet there's one lingering mystery here: These fans were sitting in the first two rows of Section 112. Were they season-ticket holders, whose tickets have now been revoked? Were they there using a season-ticket holder's seats, either through a personal connection or the secondary resale market? We asked the Blackhawks for clarification, specifically if whomever owns the seats had been punished or warned for what these fans did. "We will not be commenting any further on the topic," said a team spokesman.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Albert Einstein is part of Maddon's art and baseball theme.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon unveiled two new paintings to his team as he continues his theme of baseball and art. This one is Mona Lisa.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss his message to the entire team on the first full day of workouts. It includes combining art with baseball as well as the teamwork of the San Antonio Spurs.

Greg Wyshynski ESPN 

Based on his track record, it wasn't a matter of "if" Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan would acquire a veteran defenseman before the trade deadline, but "when." He previously added Tom Gilbert (Feb. 2017), Mike Weber (Feb. 2016) and Tim Gleason (Feb. 2016), and has now added Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Kempny, 27, for either Washington's or Toronto's third-round pick this year – whichever ends up higher. "He gives us a little more depth. He's a real good skater. He goes into the mix, and he'll help our defense," said coach Barry Trotz of Kempny, who has seven points in 31 games this season. He was third among Blackhawks defensemen in 5v5 Corsi percentage (53.68). Most importantly for the cap-strapped Capitals, he makes $900,000 and is an unrestricted free agent after this season.

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Rizzo: Parkland visit was support, not politics

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, a 2007 graduate of Stoneman Douglas High School, said he was in Parkland to support victims and their families after last week's mass shooting, not to make a political statement.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

MLB announced rules changes Monday to further limit mound visits & reduce time for pitching changes & breaks between half innings, but deferred potential use of a timer for between pitches. Owners Bill Veeck of the White Sox & then Charlie Finley of the A's long ago tried a :20 scoreboard "pitchometer," but those efforts failed without enforcement mandated for umpires.

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Emotional Rizzo opens up about hometown shooting (1:54)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Anthony Rizzo discuss going back home to Parkland, Fla. to help lend support after the school shooting there last week.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Anthony Rizzo discuss going back home after the school shooting in Fla.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs added OF Charcer Burks to spring training as a non roster invitee. He's been in their system after being drafted in the ninth round in 2013.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon has talked with Ben Zobrist and Ian Happ about playing some first base this spring as he plans out days off for his top guys like Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant. Maddon once again has a deep position player base to choose from on a given night.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Ben Zobrist discuss finally being healthy after a rough year in 2017.

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Tipping The Scales: Michigan State's historic comeback (1:43)
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Dinwiddie victorious in skills competition (1:22)

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

After Saturday's win over Xavier, Villanova's Jay Wright said Phil Booth (11.6 PPG, 43 percent from the 3-point line) could play limited minutes against DePaul on Wednesday.