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Chicago's pen looking dodgy

The Cubs' bullpen has pitched just over a third of the total innings it pitched in the 2016 postseason, but it's already allowed twice as many home runs.

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Updated RPM projections: Bulls

Statistical projections give the Bulls a much better chance at not being terrible than conventional wisdom. But even the metrics have Chicago as the East's second-worst team.

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NFL Panic Meter: Bears

Mitchell Trubisky has shown flashes, but the Bears' problems are far from solved. They remain on the brink.

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When it comes to closers, when will managers learn?

Major league skippers have experience, brains and reams of information available to them. Despite all of this, what happens when they fail at work? You have what happened to Joe Maddon in Game 2 of the NLCS.

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Barrett, Jacobs, Kuhbander named Big Ten Players of the Week

J.T. Barrett was named the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season after an impressive performance in Ohio State's win vs. Nebraska. Leon Jacobs takes home the second Defensive Player of the Week award for Wisconsin this month, while Charlie Kuhbander is the first Northwestern player to win Special Teams Player of the Week since Solomon Vault in October 2016.

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NBA Power Rankings: Where do Bulls debut?

Now that Taj Gibson is on the Timberwolves, the Bulls don't have any players left from the 2010-11 team that reached the Eastern Conference finals. A rough season figures to be ahead for Chicago.


BBTN: Yankees, Cubs Face Uphill Climb After Weekend

Buster Olney talks to Jerry Crasnick about Joe Maddon's bullpen management, Justin Turner's heroics and more (:50). Plus, Astros analyst Steve Sparks weighs in on the team's early dominance over the Yankees (29:00) and Todd Radom stops by for the latest uniform/logo trivia (45:30).

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Why the Leafs, Blackhawks are blowing our minds

Our early surprises include Auston Matthews picking up right where he left off and, as a result, his Maple Leafs owning the Atlantic. But let's not forget about those startling Blackhawks, who are back to owning Chicago.