CHICAGO Teams

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Heyward's HR stretches Cubs' lead (0:24)
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Zobrist clears the bases with double (0:21)
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Heyward belts 3-run home run (0:28)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Heyward just hit his 3rd home run of the season in his 18th game after taking 49 games last year to hit 3. That came on June 6. He's slugging .477 now; he never got above .400 last season.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

As a sinker/slider guy, Pirates starter Chad Kuhl has a large platoon split so far in his brief major league career. Working carefully, he walked lefties Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist with two outs and paid the price as Addison Russell knocked in Rizzo with a base hit and then lefty-swinging Jason Heyward popped a three-run homer.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

A few details on Pat Fitzgerald's new contract at Northwestern. It runs through the 2026 season. Fitzgerald's assistant coach salary pool will remain competitive in the Big Ten, according to a source. That's significant given the higher cost-of-living in the Chicago area compared to most Big Ten markets.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Northwestern's Chris Collins has agreed to a lengthy contract extension, source told ESPN. Would likely take an elite college or NBA job for him to leave Evanston.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the Pirates who swept the Cubs at Wrigley Field recently.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the absence of pitching coach Chris Bosio. Bullpen coach Lester Strode will tend to pitching coach duties while Henry Blanco will serve as bullpen coach.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon says he's starting Kyle Schwarber in left field instead of the smaller right field at PNC Park because he doesn't believe they can predict much difference in where fly balls will go tonight and Schwarber is simply more used to left. He did start in right field here for the wild card game in 2015.

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Hoiberg confirms Rondo will miss Game 5 (0:16)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs gather to warm up but it's raining so BP might be canceled in Pittsburgh.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Robin Lopez, on if he's ever had anybody fling his shoe during a game like Celtics swingman Jae Crowder did in Game 4: "Yeah, multiple times," Lopez said. "That's when you do when somebody has a loose shoe, you fling the shoe. That's standard NBA protocol."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Hoiberg noted before Monday's practice that the reason he didn't give Denzel Valentine any minutes in Game 4 is because he didn't trust Valentine's defense on Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas: "That's what it was about last night," Hoiberg said. "With Rajon going out, obviously he's our point guard so we need somebody who can go out there and compete and try to slow down Isaiah Thomas a little bit as well as he can, which obviously is a very difficult task. We thought Isaiah was as good option with that."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg says he has not heard from the league office in regard to his comments about Isaiah Thomas, and how he feels the Celtics guard is carrying the ball. Hoiberg was asked before Monday's practice if he thought twice about calling out Thomas' play after the emotional week the Celtics guard has been dealing with: "I'm a huge Isaiah Thomas fan," Hoiberg said. "He's as big a competitor as we have in our league. Obviously, he's as tough a guy to guard as we have in our league. I think the world of the kid, especially what he's going through now, how he's fought through that and like I said last night, he's a warrior to go out there and do what he's done so far in this series. He's again, a guy I think a lot of people root for because of the chip on his shoulder he plays with. He was the last pick in the draft and now he's a guy you'd argue could be in the MVP race. So I'm a huge fan of him. I said what I said and I'm done talking about it."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio is tending to personal matters and will not be with the team over the next few days. Lester Strode will serve as the pitching coach while Henry Blanco will be the bullpen coach.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Gearing up for Thursday's draft, the Bears are scheduled to hold a press conference to announce the 2016 Brian Piccolo Award winner on Tuesday, and then general manager Ryan Pace holds his pre-draft press conference on Wednesday at 10 am CT at Halas Hall. The Bears currently have the 3rd overall pick, but are open to moving down in Round 1.

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NBA Lockdown: Have Views Changed In First Round?

Jorge Sedano, Ohm Youngmisuk and Dave McMenamin discuss if their opinion of the Cavs has changed as a result of Cleveland's sweep, if the Warriors are in trouble without Steve Kerr long term, the Celtics' ability to claw back against the Bulls, the irony in Russell Westbrook's statements and more.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

With only a couple days until the draft, the Bears have a variety of options with their third overall pick. Chicago is likely to attempt to trade the 3rd choice and move back, but if that doesn't happen, the Bears are expected to have several defensive options at No. 3. Their first choice would be Stanford's Solomon Thomas, but if he's off the board, the Bears will likely consider Jamal Adams, Marshon Lattimore or Malik Hooker.

Courtesy Wheaton College
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Police investigating hammer-throw death

Chicago police are investigating the death of a Wheaton College freshman who was killed during a hammer-throw event when he was struck by an errant throw.