CHICAGO Teams

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon admits the Cubs 25 man roster is near set even at this point in the spring, which is a long way from his early days with the Rays. Every position was seemingly up for grabs: "It was like a casting call."

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Blackhawks win in shootout (0:27)
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Nova cruises to victory over DePaul (0:51)
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Paschall slams it with power (0:26)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs starters this weekend for first three Cactus League games: Michael Roth, Eddie Butler and Jen-Ho Tseng. Friday-Sunday.

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

Cubs Manager Joe Maddon loves the month of February: "I love the slow dance of Spring Training. You need to treat Spring Training as though your players just came down from Mars. Even though they might be accomplished players, you need to take it back to step one. In the off-season, everything goes to the back of your mind and you need to bring it back to the front."

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Maddon: 'I want Anthony to take care of Anthony first right now' (2:03)
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Michigan State cruises on senior night (1:09)
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Izzo elated over storybook ending to senior night (1:40)
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Izzo gets emotional saying goodbye to his three seniors (2:43)
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Izzo hopes team can protect the ball in second half (0:42)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell, on the Brewers selling tickets to Cubs/Brewers games to those that live in Wisconsin before allowing Cubs fans from Illinois to purchase: "It seems logical to me, actually. The first opportunity for the tickets will be for Brewers fans. If there are tickets left over, there will be some for Cubs fans."

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Freeman 'faces very long odds' to return to NFL (1:40)