Wilbon likes Packers-Bears to start 2019-20 season (1:16)

John Pluym ESPN 

The Chicago Bears will host the Green Bay Packers in the 2019 NFL opener at Soldier Field on Sept. 5. This will be the second consecutive year the Packers and Bears have met in their respective season openers. Last year, the Packers rallied from 17-0 deficit to win 24-23 at Lambeau Field. Including playoffs, the Packers and Bears franchises have met 198 times, the most common matchup in NFL history. The Packers own a 97-95-6 edge in the series. The Bears won the last meeting between the two teams last season, and haven't won consecutive games against the Packers since 2007.

Keith steamrolls through for OT winner (0:26)

Greg Wyshynski ESPN 

The Chicago Blackhawks' playoff chances are on life support (Money Puck give them just a 4.94 percent chance), but they're still alive due to their next three games: a home-and-home against Colorado (beginning Saturday in Denver at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN+) and then a game at Arizona. The begin play this weekend with 74 points and nine games left, while those teams both have 78 points and eight games left. The Minnesota Wild, holding the last wild card, have 79 points and seven games remaining, including Saturday night at Carolina. The Hawks are 2-1 against the Avalanche this season and 6-3-1 in their last 10 games overall. But this is their last playoff race stand.

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White Sox, Jimenez finalize record $43M deal

Highly regarded outfield prospect Eloy Jimenez and the Chicago White Sox have finalized a $43 million, six-year contract, a deal nearly double the amount of the previous high for a player under club control yet to make his major league debut.