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3hMel Kiper

Kiper's 2016 NFL draft re-grades

Mel Kiper rips up last April's report cards and gives new grades to all 32 teams. What did he get right -- and wrong? He reviews the 2016 class, which has some stars, steals, surprises and busts.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Blackhawks send message to Penguins

There's no denying that the Chicago Blackhawks dominated the Pittsburgh Penguins in two games this season. But what does it all mean? Our writers offer up their expert take.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Why can the Cubs be better in 2017? John Lackey: "We got rid of Ross. He stinks. He can't hit. I was just inside talking to him. He said that....Ross would tell you, Willy (Willson Contreras) is better than he is. Let's be honest."

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs set a new spring attendance record averaging 15, 219 fans per game for a total of 226, 933 for the Cactus League. Including two WBC exhibition games against the Cubs, 251, 899 came through the doors at Sloan Park.

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21dJoe Peta

Predicting Cubs' 2017 record

Joe Peta thinks the Chicago Cubs, with a World Series title in hand, cruise through the regular season a bit and may not reach their Vegas win total of 95.5.

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A giant picture of the missed goaltending call from Northwestern's 79-73 NCAA tournament loss to No. 1-seeded Gonzaga was hung from the Northwestern arch on Wednesday. (@NUWildside/Twitter)

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20hPaul Lukas

Uni Watch: Chicago Cubs

The Cubs will follow the lead of other recent MLB champions and wear gold-accented uniforms. Set to be worn during the home opener (April 10) and ring ceremony (April 12), the gold-accented jerseys include a "World Series champions" sleeve patch.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Video: Earlier this morning Joe Maddon gathered his team around these 162 baseballs which represent the season broken up by months. He wanted to remind them of the ups and downs that occur every year. For example, a 3 game slump means little up against 159 other games. The last 11 balls represent the 11 wins needed to repeat as champions.

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Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has developed a friendship with Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon over the years. Arians said during the NFC coaches breakfast on Wednesday that he not only loves Maddon's t-shirt line, but he learns a lot from just watching Maddon. "Just such a great dude, man," Arians said. "He's so smart. His leadership skills are fantastic and we're both from central Pennsylvania so we hit it off pretty good."

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Hoiberg says Dwyane Wade is going through some non-contact drills. He was able to get some shots up. Wade remains out for the rest of the regular season.

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Cris Felicio went through all of today's practice. Bulls want to see how he responds before making a decision on his status for Thursday's game vs. Cavs.

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On Wednesday, Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson tweeted out a picture of the new car he gave his mom. Last week, the 23-year-old signed a six-year, $25 million contract extension with the White Sox after batting .283 in his first season in the majors. (@TimAnderson7/Twitter)

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Matt Szczur discuss staying with the Cubs. He was told yesterday after the game he'd made the roster as he's out of minor league options. The team placed Brian Duensing on the DL to make room for him.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs will keep Matt Szczur and Tommy La Stella on the roster for now as pitcher Brian Duensing will begin the season on the DL as he's recovering from back spasms, per Theo Epstein.

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