CHICAGO Teams

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs broadcaster Pat Hughes missed out on making the Hall of Fame as Bill King, formerly of the A's, was named the Ford C. Frick winner for broadcasting excellence.

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Rick Renteria thinks Yoan Moncada is very talented (1:05)
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Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

White Sox skipper Rick Renteria shares his scouting report on the top prospects Chicago received from Boston in the Chris Sale deal, calling Yoan Moncada "a very talented human being" who reminds him of Robinson Cano.

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Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

If Jorge Soler indeed lands in Kansas City in the Wade Davis deal, the best case I can make for Soler in fantasy is the substantially larger role (which, obviously, does matter a good bit). But it's a significant park downgrade for power, so there's a good chance the result is he'll be overvalued. It'd be tough for me to take him over even, say, Yasmany Tomas, my OF56.

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2hAdam Rittenberg

Why did Matt Rhule take the Baylor job?

Matt Rhule faced the question every successful Group of 5 coach has to answer: If a Power 5 opportunity occurs, should you always jump at it? That debate, plus coaching carousel news and notes.

Stats & Info

Wade Davis as good as it gets at closer

Over the last three seasons, Davis has become one of the elite closers in the major leagues. The Cubs are nearing a deal to acquire the right-hander from the Royals, sources tell ESPN's Buster Olney.

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Was Cashman just playing politics by naming Red Sox 'Warriors of MLB'? (1:11)
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Hossa scores two in Blackhawks' victory (0:31)
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12hNick Friedell

Rondo acknowledges misstep after 1-game ban

Rajon Rondo said he could have better handled the situation surrounding a verbal altercation with assistant coach Jim Boylen that led to his one-game suspension by the Bulls.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler's assessment of his team's defense: "We're not defending the way we're capable of. Messing up assignments, we're not boxing out. We're not playing to guys' weaknesses. We can't let that happen. We got to fix it. We got to treat every last one of these games like it's our last one. All these count early on so we got to start turning it around, we got to start winning."

NBA 

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Good note from Jacob Nitzberg of ESPN Stats and Information: "Today was Jimmy's 13th game this season with 10+ Free Throw attempts. That ties him with Anthony Davis for the most such games in the league this season. Most Games with 10+ FTA This Season Anthony Davis 13 Jimmy Butler 13 James Harden 12 Russell Westbrook 11"

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Cubs targeting Davis as Chapman replacement (1:13)

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Source: Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has signed off on spending the money to sign Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman if his baseball people can reach a deal.

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls have crawled all the way back from a 17 point first half deficit with better defense over last 16 minutes. Fred Hoiberg has decided to give Cris Felicio more run and it has paid off as the bench is playing more energy. Struggling Bobby Portis has not played.

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Wade and Butler connect on alley-oop (0:30)