Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ross was given a box of soaps from the Reds courtesy of the Grandpa Soap Co. (No joke). Includes Pine Tar Soap. The Reds will also play a mid game video tribute to him on Sunday. He had two of his best offensive years in a Reds uniform.

ESPN Stats & Info

Lions and Bears barely separated

ESPN's FPI has the Lions and the Bears neck-and-neck in this divisional matchup. The Lions get the slight edge from FPI on the road.

Lineup: Cubs (101-57) at Reds (67-92)

  • 1. Dexter Fowler, CF (S)
  • 2. Kris Bryant, 3B (R)
  • 3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B (L)
  • 4. Ben Zobrist, 2B (S)
  • 5. Jason Heyward, RF (L)
  • 6. Addison Russell, SS (R)
  • 7. Chris Coghlan, LF (L)
  • 8. Miguel Montero, C (L)
  • SP: Jake Buchanan, RHP

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs playing some pepper before taking on the Reds.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Coghlan is in the lineup for the Cubs on Friday after suffering a mild ankle sprain two nights ago. Joe Maddon has all his regulars starting in their series finale opener.

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Bears and Lions try to right the ship

The Bears have lost six straight to Detroit and are 1-8 at Soldier Field under John Fox. Both teams are banged up, but the Lions' injury picture is a little better. Is that enough to get the win? Our NFL Nation reporters make their picks. Week 4 predictions (Insider)

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Gibson said coaches haven't had to do as much talking early in camp because Dwyane Wade stops practice and curses guys out to get them back on track.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Taj Gibson, on the differences he sees in Fred Hoiberg as the young coach heads into his second season: "He's more talkative," Gibson said after Friday's practice. "He understands the game a lot more from an NBA coach's standpoint. He understands where he went wrong last year and this year already he's been going at guys. Right away -- he's been cursing a lot more [at] the early group, in early parts of practice than last year. But it's great. He really hasn't needed to say much because everything's been so smooth and everybody's been doing the right things. This year it's a great start to training camp, but we've still got ways to go."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Hoiberg says there is no clear-cut leader at the 4-spot yet. He said earlier this week that Mirotic, Gibson and Portis were all getting some run with the starting group.

Why Kevin White needs Alshon Jeffery (1:01)

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

The suspended Cubs-Pirates game has been declared a 1-1 tie by MLB. The ViewFromVegas is a straight bet is official after 5 innings (4.5 if home team leading), so money-line bets on both teams are refunds. The run line (where the favorite is -1.5 runs and the underdog is +1.5) and over/unders must go 9 innings (8.5 if home team leading) to be official for betting purposes, so those are no-action and also refunded. There was a 5-inning line on the game and that was also tied 1-1, so that's another refund, BUT the 5-inning over/under of 4 runs ended up being the only valid game wager as the under cashes.

Rain forces Cubs-Pirates into tie (0:43)