Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The World Series trophy just made an appearance at the Notre Dame-Syracuse basketball game Saturday in South Bend, Indiana. They brought the trophy out during the first timeout of the game and then played "Go Cubs Go," with most of the crowd singing along.

Butler says Bulls are playing 'terrible' (1:02)
Hawks hold off Bulls' late rally for the win (0:58)

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Butler was very direct in his commentary after Friday's disappointing loss to the Atlanta Hawks. "We got to come out better, man," Butler said. "We got to start playing better from the jump. 48 minutes, man. It's terrible basketball. That's not the way we're supposed to play. It's so disappointing because the way we practice isn't the way that we play in the game. Don't ask me why, I don't know. Starting from me going all the way down the line, we've got to be better as a whole, as a team. Otherwise, we're just going to keep getting our asses beat. It's bad."


It was Butler and little else early

Jimmy Butler nearly scored the majority of the Bulls' points during the first half of their 102-93 loss at Atlanta on Friday night. Butler added only two points in the second half -- midway through the third quarter -- yet led Chicago with 19 points.

Hossa scores late to give Blackhawks the win (0:36)
Butler and Wade team up for the oop (0:20)
Hardaway beats the buzzer from distance (0:39)

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Very poor effort from Bulls. No energy. Hawks getting anything they want on either end of the floor. Bulls look like they are just going through the motions tonight.

Is Wade smart to tie his future to Butler's? (1:58)

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Note via Jacob Nitzberg of ESPN Stats and Info: "The Bulls have lost 5 straight games against the Hawks entering tonight's matchup, their longest active losing streak against any opponent (regular season only). Their last win against the Hawks came in April of 2015."

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Will Astros acquire another starter?

Jim Bowden sees Houston's need in the rotation as one of the greatest current needs across the majors. He sees Jose Quintana as a logical addition. Biggest holes (Insider)

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Mike McGlinchey a big return for Irish

The offensive tackle will bring his length, strength and athleticism back to Notre Dame in the fall. If all goes well for McGlinchey in 2017, he will hear his name called very early in the 2018 NFL draft, writes Adam Rittenberg. Top 25 returning players (Insider)

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Taj Gibson's screening prowess

Gibson uses a nice little trick to get Jimmy Butler room to enter the paint. He screens and then immediately re-screens, forcing the defense into chaos and giving Butler the breathing room that he needs. Lowe's 10 things

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are the schools that voted against the proposal to ban offseason trips for practice during a vacation period: NC State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Illinois, Michigan, South Carolina, Washington, West Virginia.