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November 1, 2016 View email in browser
 

Under pressure

Previously on “Jake Arrieta vs. the Indians:” The Cubs ace held Cleveland hitless through 5 1/3 innings en route to a Game 2 win. What does the 2015 Cy Young winner have up his sleeve for tonight’s Game 6 (7:08 p.m., FOX)? The father of two didn’t let a road trip get in the way of trick-or-treating – albeit in a hotel in Cleveland. The candy was easy to come by, but what about a Mr. November? Is it you, Kyle Schwarber? Or you, the duo known as Bryzzo? David Haugh writes that the Indians could be feeling the pressure back home at Progressive Field to deliver Cleveland’s first World Series title since 1948. Game 3 winner Josh Tomlin will start: “You can’t have that mindset of trying to go out there and win the game in the first inning.” As for closing out the game, don’t expect Joe Maddon to use Aroldis Chapman for extended time like he did in Game 5’s eight-out save (42 pitches). So look alive, Carl Edwards Jr.

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Surprise!

The Bears defense dominated the Vikings, making Jay Cutler’s Week 8 return a successful one. Alshon Jeffery and Jordan Howard both scored TDs in the 20-10 win. Bearsssss.

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Halfway home

Bears are 2-6, but climbing in the power rankings. Brad Biggs takes a hard look at the roster, while Steve Rosenbloom asks and answers his own questions. Bye Bears, until Nov. 13.

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3 and oh really

The Bulls are 3-0 to start a season for the first time since 1996-97. “A lot of togetherness,” Jimmy Butler said. And customized footwear. And a hot hand from Doug McDermott.

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Arrow pointing down

Out with the old, in with the new (signage) at U.S. Cellular, er, Guaranteed Rate Field. Complete with the logo, sure to be a talker. Let’s remember the good times at the ol’ ballpark.

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Second to none

Marian Hossa, Artem Anisimov and Artemi Panarin = New second line, and the most productive line in the Hawks’ last two games. Tonight, the Flames return (7:30 p.m., CSN).

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I-L-L … need a hug?

Lovie Smith, are you happy with your first season in Champaign? “No. No one on our football team is happy where we are right now.” Onward and upward.

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