Notre Dame opens the season ranked No. 10, and the Irish might have two top-tier talents at quarterback, but questions remain elsewhere.
Greatest defensive class ever?
Pernell McPhee is one of the league's better defenders, but he's hardly the only defensive stud from the 2011 draft class. Is that group on pace to be the best ever? Bill Barnwell explores
Chicago Cubs infielder Ben Zobrist spent his off day at Disneyland and ended the night singing with his daughter.
GM Rick Hahn hinted the White Sox could be active on the trade front this offseason.
At Milwaukee's Miller Park this year, Cubs fans weren't just a few stray visitors. They were an invading army. And it has been that way in other cities, too.
Jim Bowden identifies which managers could be let go after the season (or sooner) and what variables may factor into the decisions.
With a start to his career that trumps Hall of Fame third basemen and Cubs icons, Kris Bryant is on a path that could lead to Cooperstown.
The Big Ten will have a nine-game conference schedule in 2016, three new head coaches, a slew of talented freshmen, and the same old favorite.
The girlfriend of suspended Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler says police accounts of the Irish's player arrest are incorrect and that he was "abused and wrongly arrested."
Defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard is learning how to take his explosiveness a step further as he pushes to become a starter.
Todd Frazier tied it with an RBI single in the seventh inning and won it with a line drive down the left-field line in the ninth to lift the Chicago White Sox to a 7-6 victory over the Mariners.
Lineup: White Sox (60-65) vs. Mariners (67-59)
- 1. Adam Eaton, RF (L)
- 2. Tim Anderson, SS (R)
- 3. Jose Abreu, 1B (R)
- 4. Todd Frazier, 3B (R)
- 5. Avisail Garcia, LF (R)
- 6. Justin Morneau, DH (L)
- 7. Dioner Navarro, C (S)
- 8. J.B. Shuck, CF (L)
- 9. Tyler Saladino, 2B (R)
- SP: Anthony Ranaudo, RHP Daily lineups
How do Cubs rank in intangibles?
Kris Bryant ranks in the top 10 in three different categories. Javier Baez and Miguel Montero appear in one of those categories -- plate discipline -- but how are they ranked? Dan Szymborski breaks it down. Ranking "intangible" tools (Insider)
How do White Sox rank in intangibles?
Where does Brett Lawrie rank in baserunning skill? Does Alex Avila have baseball's best plate discipline? And how does Miguel Gonzalez fare when it comes to inducing weak contact? Dan Szymborski breaks it down. Ranking "intangible" tools (Insider)
Jeremy Langford insists on working toward being a three-down back, regardless of the Bears' running back-by-committee approach.
Bears' non-QB MVP: Alshon Jeffery
Jeffery is perhaps the Bears' best player and certainly their most important offensive weapon. His value to Chicago's offense makes his health particularly crucial. Non-QB MVPs
Mirotic will be hot item next summer
Nikola Mirotic just finished his second NBA season and has finally regained the shooting eye that brought him from Europe. Kevin Pelton lists the restricted free agent among the most coveted players who will be available next summer. Ranking 2017 NBA free agents (Insider)
Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer
Bears rookie 3rd round pick DL Jonathan Bullard returned to practice after being excused the last few days to deal with a family matter at home. Bullard, who is having a strong preseason, expects to be active for Saturday's 3rd preseason game vs. Kansas City.
Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer
Bears starting tailback Jeremy Langford was cleared for full participation in Thursday's practice. Langford said he suffered a minor foot injury vs. New England last week when he got caught up on a play near the sideline. After the game, Langford experienced soreness and swelling, which kept him out for a couple days. But Langford says he's ready to play in Chicago's third preseason game on Saturday against Kansas City.
The Mariners have activated James Paxton off the DL, and the left-hander will start Thursday against the White Sox.
Who does college football need more?
Notre Dame or Ohio State? It's nearly impossible to select one program over the other when rating all-time success and importance for the sport. Mark Schlabach does his best to differentiate the two. Tough calls in blue-blood rankings