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Wristbands to help Rays catchers manage

Major League Baseball made game-calling more difficult for catchers this winter when it changed the rules governing mound visits. For backstops with the Tampa Bay Rays, things got even trickier when the club announced plans for a four-man rotation to...

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs strength coach Tim Buss dressed as Uncle Sam as Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA plays while the Cubs warm up.

Kerfoot's two-goal night eliminates Blackhawks from playoffs (0:43)
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1dEmily Kaplan

The Blackhawks' offseason game plan

All good things must come to an end -- although we don't think the current dynasty-esque core in Chicago is quite done. Here's what went wrong this season, and what GM Stan Bowman & Co. should focus on this summer to get back in the postseason in 2018-19.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears announce that they've officially matched Green Bay's offer sheet on cornerback Kyle Fuller, who Chicago slapped with the transition tag earlier this month. “We could not be happier to have Kyle under contract for four more years,” Bears general manager Ryan Pace said in a statement. “We feel he is an ascending player on our top 10 defense and we look forward to him having many more productive seasons here in Chicago.”

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2dMatthew Coller

NHL teams most likely to bounce back in 2018-19

Some teams had a rough campaign in 2017-18 through factors that some might consider unlucky, including injuries and young players hitting an unexpected wall. As a result, they're the teams to watch as we take a way-too-early look ahead to next season.

David Ross' son gets entire team laughing (2:09)

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

Prince Amukamara's three-year Bears deal guarantees him $18M - a $3M signing bonus and fully guaranteed salaries of $3.5M in 2018 and $8.5M in 2019, plus a $3M roster bonus for 2018 that paid Sunday. He has a non-guaranteed 2020 salary of $9M.