CHICAGO Teams

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Arrieta looking for big contract (0:58)
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What factors into Arrieta signing? (1:04)

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

White Sox manager Rick Renteria was asked whether he expects to have Jose Abreu on his roster. As you'd expect, he deftly sidestepping the inquiry, "Right now, Jose Abreu is a White Sox. He's our first baseman."

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss how he would have used Shoehei Ohtani if he had signed with the Cubs.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the idea of the Cubs entering the World Series or bust mode as an organization.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon, on working for a big market team that will spend: "When you ask Santa for something, there's a good chance it's going to show up. In the past you just didn't know."

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss Kyle Schwarber and the lead off role on the Cubs.

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10hChris Peters

Prospect progress report: Central Division

For as much talent as there is on their NHL rosters, the Central's top teams also boast some of the deeper prospect pipelines. Having a surplus of young talent is going to give some of those top teams trade flexibility if they want to load up this spring.

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18hNick Friedell

All in the past: Mirotic, Portis lead Bulls to win

In Nikola Mirotic's first start since his return last Friday, Mirotic and Bobby Portis -- high-fiving each other throughout the game -- combined for 47 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Bulls over the Celtics.

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Monday marked the first time that Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis were the top 2 scorers in a game for the Bulls. (Via Elias Sports Bureau)

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The Bulls defeated the Celtics, 108-85 tonight. Via Elias Sports Bureau: This is the first time in NBA history that a team that entered with a winning percentage of .200 or less won by at least 20 points against a team with a winning percentage of .800 or better (minimum 25 games into the season).

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Rockets are 21-4 this season, last time the Rockets won more games in the team's first 25 games of a season was 1993-94 (22 wins). That was also the season of the Rockets' first NBA Championship (they won back to back in 1993-94 and 1994-95).

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Without Irving, Celtics errors open path for Bulls upset (1:27)

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon and Mike Evans may have just met a few days ago, but the Cubs skipper was so impressed with the Bucs wide receiver that he helped kick off the launch of his new Mike Evans Family Foundation. Evans wanted to know if he could play center field.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

That's three wins in a row for the Bulls after a 108-85 victory over the Boston Celtics. Niko Mirotic and Bobby Portis combined for 47 points and 12 rebounds. David Nwaba had another nice game with 13 points and six rebounds off the bench.

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Mirotic extends lead with high-arcing 3 (0:16)
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Rozier misses on big dunk attempt (0:15)

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Dunn just made a nice block on one end and knocked in two more points on the other end. He's really coming along nicely in the last couple weeks. Bulls have to be pleased with his progress.