David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

David Ross hit .214 in 2013, .184 in 2014, .176 last season. He didn't really deserve to be brought back on anything other than his value as a good clubhouse guy (and serving as Jon Lester's personal catcher). But he's responded with a good year at the plate with a 107 OPS+. Just another thing that's gone perfect for the Cubs this year.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs fans recognized David Ross with a standing ovation when he came to bat in the second inning knowing it's his last reg season game at Wrigley Field though there's a good chance he catches Game 1 of the postseason here on Oct. 7.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears safety Adrian Amos just lit up Cowboys WR Cole Beasley on an underneath crossing route. It was a clean, physical hit. Drive downhill and attack the "strike zone" of the ball carrier.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs had a moment of silence for Jose Fernandez and have the number 16 on the manual scoreboard next to Miami to honor him.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Wrigley Field

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

2016 4th round pick Nick Kwiatkoski will start at inside linebacker in place of Danny Trevathan, who underwent thumb surgery this week. Kwiatkoski was inactive the first two weeks after he battled a hamstring injury all of training camp.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

With Jay Cutler inactive, Bears enter play tonight with two healthy quarterbacks, starter Brian Hoyer and backup Matt Barkley. Wide receiver Cameron Meredith is the likely emergency QB if it reaches that point.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears inactives vs. Cowboys: CB Bryce Callahan, RB Ka'Deem Carey, QB Jay Cutler, CB Kyle Fuller, NT Eddie Goldman, C Eric Kush and linebacker Danny Trevathan. As expected, WR Alshon Jeffery (questionable) is active and expected to start.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

This is how the Cubs rotation sets up -- tentatively -- starting Monday in Pittsburgh for truly a spring training week. The games will have no meaning in the standings for them: Hendricks, Lackey, Arrieta, bullpen day starting with Rob Zastryzny then Hammel, Lester, Hendricks for the final 3 games in Cincinnati. Things could change based on who needs work etc.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss Jose Fernandez.

Carlos Rodon fans 11 Indians' batters (0:27)

Lineup: Cubs (98-56) vs. Cardinals (81-73)

  • 1. Dexter Fowler, CF (S)
  • 2. Kris Bryant, LF (R)
  • 3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B (L)
  • 4. Ben Zobrist, 2B (S)
  • 5. Addison Russell, SS (R)
  • 6. Jason Heyward, RF (L)
  • 7. Javier Baez, 3B (R)
  • 8. David Ross, C (R)
  • 9. Jon Lester, LHP

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch S. Florida native Anthony Rizzo discuss the passing of Jose Fernandez.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch more of Miguel Montero talk about Jose Fernandez. Montero said Fernandez broke several of his bats when the Cubs catcher faced him. He told Fernandez he was sending him the bill.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Miguel Montero discuss the passing of pitcher Jose Fernandez.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs OF Chris Coghlan discuss the passing of Jose Fernandez. They were teammates with the Marlins.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly announced the firing of defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder on Sunday. The Irish have the No. 5 ranked recruiting class in the country, but the six highest ranked prospects in the class are all offensive players. The highest ranked defensive commit, linebacker David Adams, said the coaching change won't impact his status with the Irish. "Not at all," Adams said. "I'm 100 percent to Notre Dame."

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears look for their third consecutive win at AT&T Stadium. Under Lovie Smith, the Bears won twice here in Dallas in 2010 and 2012, blowing out the Cowboys 34-18 in Smith's final year on the job. It's been all downhill since, as the Bears try to avoid another winless September under John Fox.