CHICAGO Teams

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

After kind of sleepwalking their way through much of the first half, the Lakers came to life in the third quarter. Julius Randle provided a major spark with eight points, four rebounds and one terrific block at the rim on a Bobby Portis dunk attempt. Trailing by as much as 19, the Lakers used a 30-12 run to get within one just before the end of the quarter.

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Outlook for Notre Dame

FPI gives the No. 8 Fighting Irish a coin flip's chance to at least maintain their position following Saturday's road matchup at Stanford. But without a conference championship game to play, Notre Dame's CFP hopes are bleak.

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A look at the playoff field

The latest CFP rankings were released Tuesday with the Crimson Tide holding firm at No. 1. But how is the rest of the Top 10 looking?

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Miami moves up to No. 2 in latest CFP rankings

Despite rolling to a victory this week, Clemson fell to No. 3 in this week's CFP rankings, switching spots with No. 2 Miami. Oklahoma remains at No. 4, while top-ranked Alabama readies for the Iron Bowl against No. 6 Auburn.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs have named former MLB player Will Venable their first base/outfield coach and hired Jim Benedict as special asst to baseball operations. They also formally announced Brandon Hyde as bench coach and Jim Hickey as pitching coach.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs will play the Red Sox in Ft.Myers, FL on March 26 (505 CT) and 27 (1205 CT) before their season opening game against the Marlins on Thursday, March 29 in Miami.

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Time for Bears to focus on the draft

Chicago appeared to be in the thick of things following a 3-4 start, but after dropping three straight, the Bears are now hanging out at the bottom of the NFC North. ESPN's FPI projects them to have a top-10 pick in this year's draft.

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15hChris Peters

Most impressive prospect for each NHL team at the quarter mark

Which young players in the prospect ranks have been turning heads so far this season? Here's a look at a prospect from all 31 teams who has been particularly notable, including Ryan Donato (Bruins), Kirill Kaprizov (Wild) and Daniel Sprong (Penguins).

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16hTravis Sawchik, Special to ESPN.com

One key move for the Cubs this offseason

If the Cubs hope to remain among the super teams, they will need to add a top-of-the rotation arm as Jake Arrieta heads to free agency. Lucky for them, another ace is available on the open market.

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19hMyron Medcalf

These teams are already looking for answers

Northwestern made history last season with its first NCAA tournament appearance. This season? Already two losses. It's too early to panic, but not too early to regroup. And the Wildcats aren't alone. Michigan State, Kentucky and more are searching.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs added three players to their 40 man roster including highly touted pitching prospects Albert Alzolay and Oscar De La Cruz along with infielder David Bote. The moves will make them unavailable from being selected in the Rule 5 draft next month at the winter meetings. Monday was a deadline for those 40 man additions.