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November 17, 2016 View email in browser
 

Teamwork makes the dream work

Jimmy Butler’s numbers have improved. So too have his leadership skills, with a little help from a new Bull. “Last year, he had his times where he was a little frustrated and he didn’t know how to let out,” Taj Gibson said. “This year, having (Dwyane) Wade helps him a lot. He can learn from him. He can understand.” That’s a trick we can get behind, unlike this one from David Blaine (Butler agrees). Now, let’s see what Wade can do with Jerian Grant, who went from inactive for three games to starting against Portland and scoring 18 points. Grant will start again tonight vs. Jazz in the late show (9:30 p.m., TNT).

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Splitting the vote

Jon Lester finished 2nd, Kyle Hendricks 3rd in the NL Cy Young vote. Tonight: Will Kris Bryant be named MVP? Reminder: Cubs Convention tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

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What’s my name?

Hinostroza. Schmaltz. Forsling. Motte. Hartman. These guys aren’t household names yet. Keith and Campbell. These guys are (they’ve played in 2,000 games combined).

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Oh, Internets

John Fox didn’t have the particulars on Kyle Long‘s ankle injury. Perhaps he should subscribe to Long’s Twitch stream. As for Alshon Jeffery, read the labels.

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The Butler did it

“I’m tired of moral victories,” Vic Law said after Northwestern’s 2-point loss on a buzzer-beater to Butler. “This ones hurts,” coach Chris Collins said. Here, read this. It will make you feel better.

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Tis the season

Western Michigan? Good. Big 12’s Hamlet act? Not so good. Notre Dame? Very not good. Some storylines to keep an eye on as the college football season enters the homestretch.

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