Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs have named former MLB player Will Venable their first base/outfield coach and hired Jim Benedict as special asst to baseball operations. They also formally announced Brandon Hyde as bench coach and Jim Hickey as pitching coach.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs will play the Red Sox in Ft.Myers, FL on March 26 (505 CT) and 27 (1205 CT) before their season opening game against the Marlins on Thursday, March 29 in Miami.

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Time for Bears to focus on the draft

Chicago appeared to be in the thick of things following a 3-4 start, but after dropping three straight, the Bears are now hanging out at the bottom of the NFC North. ESPN's FPI projects them to have a top-10 pick in this year's draft.

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4hChris Peters

Most impressive prospect for each NHL team at the quarter mark

Which young players in the prospect ranks have been turning heads so far this season? Here's a look at a prospect from all 31 teams who has been particularly notable, including Ryan Donato (Bruins), Kirill Kaprizov (Wild) and Daniel Sprong (Penguins).

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One key move for the Cubs this offseason

If the Cubs hope to remain among the super teams, they will need to add a top-of-the rotation arm as Jake Arrieta heads to free agency. Lucky for them, another ace is available on the open market.

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8hMyron Medcalf

These teams are already looking for answers

Northwestern made history last season with its first NCAA tournament appearance. This season? Already two losses. It's too early to panic, but not too early to regroup. And the Wildcats aren't alone. Michigan State, Kentucky and more are searching.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs added three players to their 40 man roster including highly touted pitching prospects Albert Alzolay and Oscar De La Cruz along with infielder David Bote. The moves will make them unavailable from being selected in the Rule 5 draft next month at the winter meetings. Monday was a deadline for those 40 man additions.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears coach John Fox on recently cut kicker Connor Barth: "It wasn't going great."

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears coach John Fox said on Monday that OLB Leonard Floyd is "going to miss some time" because of a right knee injury. Fox says that, right now, the Bears do not believe Floyd tore his ACL, but that Floyd is scheduled to undergo further testing.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois and Missouri will play a four-game, home-and-home series from 2026 through 2029. The lllini and Tigers last meet in 2010 in St. Louis, which hosted their previous six meetings. Illinois will host games in 2026 and 2028, and Missouri will host in 2027 and 2029. Missouri holds a 17-7 edge in the all-time series.

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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois announces it will build a statue of former star Dick Butkus at the entrance to its new football performance center, expected to be completed before the 2019 season. Butkus was an All-America linebacker and center for the Illini, and won Big Ten MVP honors in 1963. "Usually when you get a statue you are in the dirt, so this will be very different," Butkus said in a statement. "I appreciate the tribute, but it is very humbling."