CHICAGO Teams

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears inactives vs. Cowboys: CB Bryce Callahan, RB Ka'Deem Carey, QB Jay Cutler, CB Kyle Fuller, NT Eddie Goldman, C Eric Kush and linebacker Danny Trevathan. As expected, WR Alshon Jeffery (questionable) is active and expected to start.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

This is how the Cubs rotation sets up -- tentatively -- starting Monday in Pittsburgh for truly a spring training week. The games will have no meaning in the standings for them: Hendricks, Lackey, Arrieta, bullpen day starting with Rob Zastryzny then Hammel, Lester, Hendricks for the final 3 games in Cincinnati. Things could change based on who needs work etc.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss Jose Fernandez.

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Lineup: Cubs (98-56) vs. Cardinals (81-73)

  • 1. Dexter Fowler, CF (S)
  • 2. Kris Bryant, LF (R)
  • 3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B (L)
  • 4. Ben Zobrist, 2B (S)
  • 5. Addison Russell, SS (R)
  • 6. Jason Heyward, RF (L)
  • 7. Javier Baez, 3B (R)
  • 8. David Ross, C (R)
  • 9. Jon Lester, LHP
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch S. Florida native Anthony Rizzo discuss the passing of Jose Fernandez.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch more of Miguel Montero talk about Jose Fernandez. Montero said Fernandez broke several of his bats when the Cubs catcher faced him. He told Fernandez he was sending him the bill.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Miguel Montero discuss the passing of pitcher Jose Fernandez.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs OF Chris Coghlan discuss the passing of Jose Fernandez. They were teammates with the Marlins.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly announced the firing of defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder on Sunday. The Irish have the No. 5 ranked recruiting class in the country, but the six highest ranked prospects in the class are all offensive players. The highest ranked defensive commit, linebacker David Adams, said the coaching change won't impact his status with the Irish. "Not at all," Adams said. "I'm 100 percent to Notre Dame."

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears look for their third consecutive win at AT&T Stadium. Under Lovie Smith, the Bears won twice here in Dallas in 2010 and 2012, blowing out the Cowboys 34-18 in Smith's final year on the job. It's been all downhill since, as the Bears try to avoid another winless September under John Fox.

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian Kelly on if a turnaround for 1-3 Notre Dame must be player-led or coach-led: "It starts with the coaches. It's got to be coach-led and they've got to start the fire, and then those players that have that intrinsic motivation, that fire within, they will come along with us. Those that don't, we're going to leave them along the side. But this is going to start with the coaches."

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian Kelly on the contrast between his previous public stance with Brian VanGorder all season and the eventual firing: "That's not the appropriate time to get into talking about your coaches and where do you feel they fit on that continuum of how well they're doing. I'm going to defend them in those public settings. As I got a chance to further evaluate our football team and our current situation I felt that it was in our best interest to make the move that I did."

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly of the dynamic of fired defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder having a son still on the team at QB (Montgomery VanGorder): "We deal with it professionally like any family would. I talked to Montgomery, we did that right away, anytime there's difficult times you deal with them man-to-man and do it upfront within the family and you move on."

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame announces Brian VanGorder has been fired as defensive coordinator. Defensive analysts Greg Hudson will assume DC responsibilities. Notre Dame had given up 35+ points in 5 of its last 6 games, dating to last year.