CHICAGO Teams

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are the schools that voted against the proposal to ban offseason trips for practice during a vacation period: NC State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Illinois, Michigan, South Carolina, Washington, West Virginia.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Taj Gibson will play tonight according to Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

NCAA Division I Council chairman Jim Phillips confirmed the council will meet again on April 13-14 in Indianapolis, and it's during that session that the recruiting reform package that will create an early signing period in December and alter the official visit calendar for April-June trips is expected to pass.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Interesting comment during the autonomy discussion on Proposal No. 2016-139 (banning offseason practice off campus) from Nandi Mehta of Northwestern women's soccer: "Why are we here?" Mehta, among 15 student-athlete reps on the autonomy committee, opposes the proposal. She says the point of college athletics is to create opportunity for student-athletes. "I don't think it's right to strip a student-athlete of this opportunity."

Craig Custance

Photos: Day in the life of John Scott

These days, 2016 NHL All-Star Game storybook MVP winner John Scott is living the civilian life in Traverse City, Mich. We spent a day with him and documented, through photos, a slice of his life.

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LeBron headlines a young Eastern Conference starting lineup (1:27)

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears officially announced changes to their coaching staff -- Jeremiah Washburn takes over as OL coach, Curtis Modkins RB coach and Roy Anderson assistant DB coach. Also, OLB coach Clint Hurtt did not renew his contract and left the team.

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Rajon Rondo's incredible free-throw drought (1:15)
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Northwestern may finally make the Big Dance (1:21)
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Irish lucky to have Nelson returning

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked Quenton Nelson as his No. 1 draft-eligible guard in the 2017 class, so Notre Dame is fortunate to have him back for another season, writes Adam Rittenberg. Top returning players: Nos. 26-50 (Insider)

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler has been voted a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Stars, league sources tell ESPN.

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Justin Jackson poised for big 2017

Jackson's Pinstripe Bowl MVP performance (224 rush yards, three touchdowns) suggests that his best games are yet to come. Northwestern fans will have the chance to see when the running back returns in the fall. Top returning players: Nos. 26-50 (Insider)

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William Weinbaum ESPN 

5'8" Tim Raines said his idol, 5'7" Joe Morgan, inspired him as a young athlete to give up football for baseball when the Reds' second-baseman won two straight MVP awards. Until receiving a congratulatory call Wednesday, Raines said they hadn't been in touch for a few years and he was concerned about Morgan's health. "Just to hear his voice made this day so much more special."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Speaking before Boston Baseball Writers' Dinner, Terry Francona said Theo Epstein visited him after Cubs' Game 7 celebration. "He's in a suit and smells like champagne, yet he was comfortable enough to come over. I thought that was really, really nice of him."