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Is Kyle Hendricks key to Cubs' season?

How good the Cubs have been might not be a surprise, but Hendricks and his Cy Young-caliber season certainly is, David Schoenfield writes. Where would Chicago be without him? Players affecting team's 2016 hopes (Insider)

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Bucs bucking trend vs. Jake Arrieta

The Cubs ace has usually dominated the Pirates throughout his career, but his last two starts have been a struggle. Arrieta allowed six runs in 6 1/3 innings against Pittsburgh on Monday.

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says the four players who were arrested Aug. 19 that are still on the team -- Te'Von Coney, Kevin Stepherson, Dexter Williams, Ashton White -- will be ready to play for the opener at Texas, but the decision on whether they can play rests in the school's hands. Kelly also said he doesn't know which QB will take the first snap Sunday, but that isn't a concern.

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Will Michigan be B1G award winners?

Our Mark Schlabach thinks Michigan will make good on Jim Harbaugh's offseason antics and win the Big Ten. Schlabach also makes his picks for the rest of the conference's awards.

  • Offensive player of the year: J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State
  • Defensive player of the year: Malik McDowell, DE, Michigan State
  • Coach of the year: Jim Harbaugh, Michigan
  • Freshman of the year: Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan
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Will Clemson collect all ACC awards?

Our Mark Schlabach thinks Clemson is the team to beat in the ACC. He also makes his picks for the rest of the ACC awards.

  • Offensive player of the year: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
  • Defensive player of the year: Derwin James, S, Florida State
  • Coach of the year: Dabo Swinney, Clemson
  • Freshman of the year: Deondre Francois, QB, Florida State
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Irish might be headed to Jerry's World

Brett McMurphy projects Notre Dame to land in the Cotton Bowl this winter against a Texas school. Mark Schlabach sees the Irish in the Sun Bowl. Bowl projections

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Cubs wouldn't be denied on Monday

The Cubs rallied from a three-run deficit to force extras and a one-run deficit in the 13th to beat the Pirates. It's just the second time in the last 32 seasons that the Cubs won a game after trailing in the ninth inning and in extra innings, the Elias Sports Bureau notes.

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Monday's longest home runs

Yoenis Cespedes left no doubt about his walk-off homer, blasting one 435 feet to lead the way on Monday. Randal Grichuk, Kole Calhoun and a couple of Cubs round out the list.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is Cubs manager Joe Maddon recapping a long, long evening at Wrigley Field.

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Monday a night of walk-off wins around MLB (0:46)
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Cubs top Pirates for wild win in 13 innings (0:56)
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Montero's single gives Cubs walk-off win in 13th (0:31)

Adam Amin ESPN College Football 

Miguel Montero comes on for a pinch-hit, game-winning single. #Cubs come back to beat the #Pirates 8-7 in 13. That one will hurt Pittsburgh.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs' Jorge Soler goes opposite field off Pirates closer Tony Watson and we are tied at 6.