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Bears QB Jay Cutler did not practice on Thursday, increasing the likelihood Brian Hoyer remains Chicago's starting quarterback on Sunday vs. Detroit. Cutler had been limited on Wednesday, but coach John Fox said the team, "did not want to aggravate" Cutler's right thumb injury.

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Breaking down Notre Dame-Syracuse

Can the Irish rebound this week from a disappointing loss to Duke, or will the Orange keep rolling following their upset of UConn?

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Chapman poised for big contract?

Closers are worth more these days, and Aroldis Chapman is one of the best of the bunch. Expect him to be paid accordingly as a free agent this winter. Bowden: FA value watch (Insider)

NFL 60-second preview for Week 4 (1:03)

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears head coach John Fox is back at practice on Thursday. Fox stayed home on Wednesday because of a bad stomach bug. He will probably be listed as questionable on tomorrow's final injury report.

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Kyle Hendricks surpassed expectations

Keith Law admits that he once wrote Hendricks off as a fifth starter. Now, the right-hander is a leading candidate for the NL Cy Young. Hendricks' pitch mix is better than expected, but it's unlikely that he can stay this good moving forward. Law: Players I was wrong about (Insider)

Where Jordan Howard falls on Matthew Berry's Love/Hate list (1:01)
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Shades of Jim Thome for Todd Frazier

Frazier hit his 40th home run of the season on Wednesday. He's the second player to hit at least 40 homers in his first season with the White Sox, joining Jim Thome, who had 42 homers in his first go with Chicago in 2006, the Elias Sports Bureau notes.

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Jake Arrieta struggles in rare fashion

Arrieta allowed seven runs (all earned) on Wednesday, the most he's given up in a game since Aug. 6, 2014 at Colorado. The last time he allowed seven runs in a game not at Coors Field was June 8, 2012, when he pitched for the Orioles, per ESPN Stats & Info.


Frazier smacks solo home run

Todd Frazier hits a solo home run in the seventh inning to boost the White Sox to a 1-0 lead on the Rays.

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Theo Epstein turned Cubs into winner

Epstein, awarded a five-year contract extension with the Cubs on Wednesday, inherited a mediocre club when he was named Chicago's president of baseball operations in 2011. In five short years, he's turned that group into the best team in baseball.


Jaso hits for cycle in Pirates' win over Cubs

John Jaso drives in five runs and hits the first cycle in PNC Park history in the Pirates' 8-4 victory over the Cubs.

Greeny thinks Epstein is 'dramatically underpaid' (1:39)
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Sky have no answers for Ogwumike, Parker

On the same night she was presented the MVP trophy, Nneka Ogwumike teamed with two-time MVP Candace Parker as an unstoppable force in the post, combining for 57 points as L.A. beat Chicago.

Parker, Sparks top Sky in playoff opener (1:15)