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Patrick Kane is mayor of dangle city in win (0:38)
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Series repeat rare feat in Senior Circuit

It has happened 17 times in the American League, four times since the most recent occurrence in the NL: 1977-78 Yankees, 1992-93 Blue Jays, 1998-99-2000 Yankees.

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It's jammed up atop Big Ten

Wisconsin's win over Maryland on Sunday leaves the Badgers tied with Purdue for first place with Maryland one game behind. After that, Northwestern, Michigan State, Minnesota and Michigan are all within one game of each other in the loss column.

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No. 24 Butler runs past DePaul 82-66 (0:53)
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Jake Arrieta's impressive 2016 average

The Cubs starter had far and away the best batting average among MLB pitchers last year at .262.

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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.

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Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

Cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart owns one of the most impressive offer lists in California, with Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, Penn State, UCLA, USC and other chasing. The nation's No. 108 overall prospect mentioned USC and Washington as two of the schools standing out early.

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Gage banks in half-court buzzer-beater in loss (0:16)
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Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 300 offensive tackle Penei Sewell is part of another talented group of prospects in Utah this year. Sewell took an unofficial visit to USC this weekend and also holds offers from Florida, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA and others.

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Savage loses defender with pump fake (0:23)
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Butler's Chrabascz goes inside for the finish (0:29)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist had a whirlwind winter after winning WS MVP. His surreal moments included appearing on The Tonight Show, getting a standing ovation at a Bulls game, doing about "3 days of Disney World in like 6 hours", going to the White House and meeting Barack/Michelle Obama then speaking at the National Prayer breakfast and meeting Trump/Pence a few weeks later. He says he's ready for baseball again.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist just got his car for winning WS MVP a couple weeks ago. It's a 50th anniversary edition Camaro. He drove it to work on Sunday. Sweet ride.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Ben Zobrist discuss going for a third World Series championship in a row. He won with KC in 2015 then with the Cubs last season.

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Arrieta shows off at batting practice (1:16)
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Arrieta always looking to improve hitting (1:37)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon says he won't pitch his top 4 starters in spring games until March after the Cubs long postseason last year. No.5 type guys Mike Montgomery and Brett Anderson will get innings right away but Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks and John Lackey won't see the mound in a Cactus League game for a bit. Cubs begin playing on Feb.25.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch the extent of Cubs practice on Sunday. Rain has washed away most of the weekend drills.

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Taking a bike ride with Joe Maddon (3:09)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Kyle Schwarber discuss catching a bullpen session for the first time in about 12 months. He only caught one pitcher (John Lackey) then took off the gear but he says it's a start.

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Pressure is still on the Cubs (1:18)
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Bryant's offseason was one for the books (1:59)