CHICAGO Teams

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears OLB Pernell McPhee credits Leonard Floyd for coming up with QB Mitchell Trubisky's new nickname -- The pretty boy assassin.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

"Well I think he can make all the throws, he's really big and strong, a little bit like Ben Roethlisberger that way, he's a big body. They do have designed runs for him, whether it's quarterback powers or some of the read option stuff. And then of course him scrambling. If you don't do a good job of collapsing the pocket and squeezing the pocket [you could be in trouble]. So that's about all there is." -- Bears coach John Fox's very brief scouting report on Carolina QB Cam Newton.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears coach John Fox made a point on Wednesday to praise cornerback Kyle Fuller for spending the most time watching film on his iPad prior to last week's game at Baltimore. On Thursday, Bears DC Vic Fangio said he doesn't care much about how long a guy spends on the iPad. Fangio says most of the teaching needs to be done in the building - not at home.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears DC Vic Fangio says cornerback Marcus Cooper is now fully recovered from back spams. Cooper was inactive Week 5 and dressed in Week 6, but barely played vs. Baltimore.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Expect Kyle Schwarber and Ben Zobrist in the OF along with Albert Almora Jr against Clayton Kershaw in Game 5 tonight.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio still has faith in the Chicago Cubs -- down 3-1 to the LA Dodgers in the NLCS: "They [the Cubs] still have 27 outs left."

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Limited at practice on Thursday: RB Benny Cunningham (hamstring), linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (chest) and center Hroniss Grasu (hand). Wide receiver Tanner Gentry (hip) had full participation.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring), LB John Timu (knee/ankle) and WR Markus Wheaton (groin) all missed practice on Thursday. All three are expected to be inactive for Sunday's home game vs. Carolina.

ESPN Stats and Information

Kershaw battles Quintana in Game 5

The Dodgers are 6-1 in Clayton Kershaw's last seven postseason starts and also won a game when he appeared in relief. The only loss was the decisive Game 6 of last year's NLCS at Wrigley Field. Jose Quintana has a 1.59 ERA in 11 1/3 innings pitched this postseason.

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Steele says USC-Notre Dame is a CFP elimination game (2:29)

Greg Wyshynski ESPN 

St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka has been fined $5,000 by the NHL for a high-sticking infraction on Patrick Sharp of the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night, for which he received a double-minor at 14:40 of the third period. That's the maximum amount he could be fined by the League. After the Blackhawks' 5-2 loss to the Blues, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said Sharp was "fine." He also said the Blackhawks were "brutal" in that loss, which is accurate.

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Are we on the verge of NLCS chaos?

Their Game 4 win could simply delay the Cubs' fate -- or maybe it's the start of a wild comeback from a 3-0 series deficit like Boston's rally in 2004.

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BBTN: Young Yankees Emerge, Cubs Surviving

Buster Olney talks to Jon Sciambi (3:00) and Jessica Mendoza (37:17) about the Yankees' roll and the Cubs' survival. Plus, Astros players react to Yankee Stadium (19:30), Jesse Rogers talks about the future for the Cubs (21:50) and more.

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Arrieta delivers with back against wall

Strengthened by Wednesday night's start and his gutsy World Series Game 6 performance last year, when he struck out nine and allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings, Jake Arrieta ranks among the all-time best playoff pitchers facing elimination.