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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs played to their 2nd straight tie, this one a 4-4 final with the White Sox. Addison Russell went deep as did Willson Contreras. Pitcher Brett Anderson threw an inning without giving up any damage. Watch him discuss his day.

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Un japon├ęs que todos quieren en los Cubs (1:18)
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Another downfield target to watch

A source confirmed to ESPN that the Bears don't intend to franchise WR Alshon Jeffery, adding the sought-after veteran to a growing list of star receivers expected to be available when free agency begins March 9.

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Schwarber could break out (again)

After missing nearly all of the 2016 season with an ACL injury, Jim Bowden expects Kyle Schwarber to hit in the range of .310/.380/.580 with 25-30 home runs and 100 RBIs this year. Breakout players (Insider)

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Payne, when asked about Fred Hoiberg has told him about his role/minutes moving forward: "He hasn't said much about it. I'm pretty sure it's all going to come out here, coming through practice. That's all I can really [control]. That's all I know."

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Portis acknowledged that the process has been confusing for him: "A lot," he said. "I didn't understand why I had to go down [to the D-League], but at the same time I knew that it was all for a reason.''

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Bobby Portis was asked today after practice if he understood why he wasn't getting minutes earlier in the year: "Nah, I didn't really know what I could do to get minutes," he said. "The one thing that I know that I always do is just come in here every day, work as hard as I can, let the dominos fall how they fall. Every day I come in here, just bust my butt for some minutes, but sometimes it wouldn't work. I always kept faith in God, knew that it would eventually come around. You know even when I went to the D-League I felt that it was helping me, having to go down there and get some confidence.''

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What's next for Jeffery, Bears? (1:44)

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Bobby Portis says his mom helped keep him grounded and keep his spirits up when he wasn't playing. Also says Taj Gibson always told him to "stay ready" for his opportunity.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon indicated prospect Pierce Johnson will continue to work out of the bullpen after washing out as a starter last season. Rob Zastryzny continues to be the best chance at a Cubs draft pick eventually cracking the rotation if he's not needed in the pen again this year. Zastryzny is slated to start at Triple-Iowa.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon was asked what he likes to eat in spring training: "I love Mexican food but Mexican food doesn't like me. We battle every morning. I tried twice and lost already this camp."

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Baez flashes the leather in spring training game (0:31)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Brett Anderson discuss his first spring start as a Cub. He's not worried about the 5th spot in the rotation as much as he is in staying healthy. That's been his big issue during the course of his career.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs with a near reg season type lineup as former manager Rick Renteria returns to face them as skipper of the White Sox.

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Power Rankings: Things are getting Wild

The Capitals still lead the charge, and the Blackhawks have soared to No. 2, but Minnesota's going all-in and making deals into Wednesday's trade deadline. And no team is hotter than the Flames.

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College football future QB power rankings

It's nearly impossible to win a national championship with questions at quarterback. Which programs have the best QB situation for the immediate future? The answer might surprise you.

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Toews, Kane score in Blackhawks' win (0:35)

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Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith became the 3rd defenseman in franchise history to reach 500 points, joining Doug Wilson and Bob Murray).