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rare white lion cubs on the prowl at magdeburg zoo


berlin — four rare white lion cubs are intriguing visitors at magdeburg zoo in eastern germany.the cubs were born dec. 25 but have mostly remained in their birth box since then. keepers took the female and three males out to be weighed and allowed them to explore the lion enclosure on monday.mom kiara and father madiba had two sets of offspring last year. two older cubs were born in april.






former cubs pitcher jason hammel to sign with royals: reports


former cubs pitcher jason hammel has agreed to a contract with the royals, according to multiple reports late sunday night.hammel, a free agent, will reportedly earn $16 million from the two-year deal. he spent the past two seasons as a starter in the cubs' rotation.hammel finished the 2016 season with a 15-10 record, recording a 3.83 era in 166 2/3 innings pitched. however, he did not make a postseason appearance in the cubs' world series run as manager joe maddon left him off the team's 25-man roster.






rare white lion cubs on the prowl at magdeburg zoo


berlin (ap) — four rare white lion cubs are intriguing visitors at magdeburg zoo in eastern germany.the cubs were born dec. 25 but have mostly remained in their birth box since then. keepers took the female and three males out to be weighed and allowed them to explore the lion enclosure on monday.mom kiara and father madiba had two sets of offspring last year. two older cubs were born in april.






cubs add scowling logo to spring training caps


major league baseball has unveiled the new spring training uniforms, and both the cubs and white sox are paying homage to the past.for their black caps, the white sox are sticking with the white batter logo, first introduced in 1976. the team also used this logo last spring.the cubs are switching the cap logo to the scowling cubbie logo, first seen on a cubs uniform sleeve in 1979.otherwise, both teams uniforms are similar to last spring's.all mlb spring uniforms and caps also feature the highway-road-sign logos with the state initials (az or fl), which was introduced last year.cubs and whitesox pitchers and catchers report to spring training on feb. 14. p os through the years at spring training.






cincinnati zoo staff caring for 3 newborn malayan tiger cubs


cincinnati — three malayan tiger cubs are being cared for in the cincinnati zoo's nursery.the zoo says the first-time mother's maternal instincts didn't kick in, raising the threat to the cubs that their body temperatures would get too low without their mother's warmth. the zoo says nursery staffers are keeping them warm and feeding them .mammals curator mike dulaney says such reactions aren't uncommon for first-time tiger mothers, and that they can be aggressive and harm their cubs.the zoo expects the cubs to be playing in their outdoor habitat by early spring.zoo officials hope the endangered malayan tiger babies someday will contribute much-needed genetic diversity for species survival efforts.zoo staffers are also caring for a baby hippo born six weeks early on jan. 24.






former cubs catcher david ross to be mlb analyst for espn


so much for retiring to florida.former cubs catcher david ross has been hired twice since playing his last baseball game, game 7 of the world series in early november.in addition to his employment with the cubs as a special istant to baseball operations, ross will be a major league baseball analyst for espn.“i’m excited to dive right in and start talking baseball,” ross said in a statement. “we’re going to have a lot of fun this season.”ross served as a guest analyst for the cable giant in 2014 and 2015.ross hit a home run in the cubs’ game 7 victory against the indians that gave the franchise its first world series title since 1908.he spent two seasons with the cubs and batted .229 with seven teams in 15 big-league seasons.ross, who lives in his hometown of tallah ee, fla., joked that he






cubs’ anthony rizzo tweets support to 7th-grader badly beaten at south elgin sch


as a south elgin 7th-grader recovers from a vicious beating by a cl mate, the avid cubs fan is getting support from ace first baseman anthony rizzo as well as hundreds of people who have donated thousands of dollars to help his family.henry sembdner suffered facial fractures and injuries to his brain when he was attacked for bumping into another student friday at kenyon woods middle school, authorities said.rizzo reached out to henry via twitter on monday night. "heard you are a big cubs fan henry. when you are better i have a couple tickets and bp (batting practice) p es waiting for you at wrigley. #staystrong."rizzo followed with another tweet:  "heard henry's school will be wearing cubs gear tom to show their support. wear ur gear & i'll rt pics. let's all show our support. #staystr






cubs pack up the moving truck for spring training


the cubs’ moving truck appeared at wrigley field this morning, signaling two more weeks until the start of spring training.the annual hauling of cubs’ equipment to their spring training home in mesa, ariz., coincided with groundhog day this year. it was a low-key affair compared to a few years ago when the marketing department found a sponsor for the move and turned it into a media event.lynn ambrosy, the driver for midway moving and storage, said he was up until 2 a.m. getting the truck ready for the 34-hour drive to mesa.“getting the decals all done and waxing the whole trailer down,” he said. “it’s going to be a beautiful trip.”the truck has always had cubs’ decals on the side, but this year they’ve added a new decal pointing out the fact they are the 2016 world champions.five movers fo






cubs selling seats from wrigley field, starting at $799


if you've ever enjoyed your seats at wrigley field so much that you wanted to take them home with you, now's your chance.the cubs are selling 2015 and 2016 seats removed from the ballpark during the ongoing renovations. seats will be available as two-seat sets and will be authenticated with major league baseball’s seal of authenticity.these seats were removed from several sections including the terrace reserved, terrace box and field box, and feature two ballpark riser-mounted seats attached to l-shaped metal brackets.the seats removed in the 2015 offseason cost $799, and a smaller quantity of seat sets removed in the 2016 offseason cost $899. shipping is $132.99 per seat set. you cannot pick up the seats from the ballpark.season-ticket holders can buy the seats through their accounts, acc






elmwood park zoo jaguar, inka, surprises staff by giving birth to twins


norristown, pa. -- the elmwood park zoo in pennsylvania announced that their female jaguar, inka, has given birth to two cubs, cbs philadelphia reports. zoo officials say the unexpected birth happened in the early morning hours of january 24.they say the cubs look great and inka is a very attentive mother, so attentive in fact, that it took nearly a week before the staff was able to separate her and the cubs to examine them.the zoo says its male jaguar, zean, is the father. inka and zean were directly introduced in october. previously, they could only see each other through the fencing that separates their exhibit spaces.elmwood park zoo jaguar inka and her cubs. cbs philadelphia officials say the first day they were introduced was october 12, and they began to show signs of aggression tow






former cubs pitcher jason hammel to sign with royals: reports


former cubs pitcher jason hammel has agreed to a contract with the royals, according to multiple reports late sunday night.hammel, a free agent, will reportedly earn $16 million from the two-year deal. the agreement is pending a physical this week.hammel, an 11-year major-league veteran, signed a free-agent contract with the cubs in december 2014 and spent the past two seasons in the rotation. he owns a career 4.42 era over 306 appearances with five teams. the royals will be his sixth team.the cubs declined hammel’s $12 million option in november and paid him a $2 million buyout."while jason is healthy and primed to have another effective season in 2017, we have decided to consider other internal and external options for our starting rotation next year," president theo epstein said in a st






cubs acquire pitcher eddie butler, exchange international bonus slots with rocki


the cubs acquired right-hander eddie butler from the rockies in exchange for right-hander james farris, the team announced wednesday.the deal also included an exchange of international bonus money slots, with the cubs sending bonus money slot no. 28 to the rockies for bonus money slot no. 74.the cubs designated for ignment right-hander dylan floro to make room for butler.butler, 25, has made 36 appearances, including 28 starts, over parts of three major-league seasons with the rockies. he owns a career 6.50 era over 159 1/3 innings. he made nine starts and eight relief appearances in 2016, posting a 7.17 era with 13 home runs, 21 walks and 47 strikeouts in 64 innings. he was a supplemental first-round draft pick in 2012.farris, 24, owned a 2.91 era over 88 minor-league relief appearances i






cubs’ anthony rizzo tweets support to 7th-grader badly beaten at south elgin sch


as a south elgin 7th-grader recovers from a vicious beating by a cl mate, the avid cubs fan is getting support from ace first baseman anthony rizzo as well as hundreds of people who have donated thousands of dollars to help his family.henry sembdner suffered facial fractures and injuries to his brain when he was attacked for bumping into another student friday at kenyon woods middle school, authorities said.rizzo reached out to henry via twitter on monday night. "heard you are a big cubs fan henry. when you are better i have a couple tickets and bp (batting practice) p es waiting for you at wrigley. #staystrong."rizzo followed with another tweet:  "heard henry's school will be wearing cubs gear tom to show their support. wear ur gear & i'll rt pics. let's all show our support. #staystr






retired catcher david ross joins espn as baseball analyst


bristol, conn. — retired catcher david ross is joining espn as a baseball analyst.ross won world series titles with boston in 2013 and the chicago cubs last year.the network said monday he will be part of the espn's studio coverage and also will broadcast games. he was a guest analyst during the 2014 and 2015 postseasons.ross also is a cubs special istant to baseball operations. he played 15 seasons in the majors.






eddie butler traded to chicago cubs from colorado rockies


it didn’t take the rockies very long to swing a deal for right-hander eddie butler, the former first-round pick who failed to meet high expectations and was designated for ignment on urday.the rockies traded butler to the chicago cubs wednesday in exchange for right-handed relief prospect james farris. additionally, the clubs exchanged international slots as part of the trade.“it would not surprise me if there is a lot of interest in eddie,” general manager jeff bridich said after the rockies designated butler in order to make room on their 40-man roster for new reliever greg holland. “eddie’s got a good arm and good stuff, and that’s why it was a tough decision. but we only have 40 spots on the roster, and we had to make a decision.”butler, 25, spent part of the past three season with the






cincinnati zoo staff caring for 3 newborn malayan tiger cubs


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rare white lion cubs unveiled at german zoo


two of four white lion babies play in front of their mother “kiara” at the zoo in magdeburg, germany, monday, feb. 6, 2017. the five-week-old lions weigh 6 kilograms each and have developed splendidly. peter gercke/dpa via ap






rare white lion cubs unveiled at german zoo


two of four white lion babies play in front of their mother “kiara” at the zoo in magdeburg, germany, monday, feb. 6, 2017. the five-week-old lions weigh 6 kilograms each and have developed splendidly. peter gercke/dpa via ap






2017 fantasy baseball: chicago cubs team preview


offseason overviewthey say it’s lonely at the top, but the difference between the cubs and other past champions is that they legitimately were the best team in baseball. usually, that’s debatable, but the cubs led the majors in runs scored and runs allowed. they were the only 100+ game winner. they dominated every facet of the game. so, the task of their offseason was vastly different. they needed to maintain and that is exactly what they did.projected lineuplf kyle schwarber3b kris bryant1b anthony rizzo2b ben zobristss addison russellrf jason heywardc willson contrerascf jon jayprojected rotationjon lesterjake arrietakyle hendricksjohn lackeybrett andersontop draft picksokay, in the interest of full disclosure, i think we could conservatively consider three pitchers and at least two posi






2017 fantasy baseball: chicago cubs team preview


offseason overviewthey say it’s lonely at the top, but the difference between the cubs and other past champions is that they legitimately were the best team in baseball. usually, that’s debatable, but the cubs led the majors in runs scored and runs allowed. they were the only 100+ game winner. they dominated every facet of the game. so, the task of their offseason was vastly different. they needed to maintain and that is exactly what they did.projected lineuplf kyle schwarber3b kris bryant1b anthony rizzo2b ben zobristss addison russellrf jason heywardc willson contrerascf jon jayprojected rotationjon lesterjake arrietakyle hendricksjohn lackeybrett andersontop draft picksokay, in the interest of full disclosure, i think we could conservatively consider three pitchers and at least two posi






genetically valuable malayan tiger cubs born at cincinnati zoo


closeskip in skipxembedxshare malayan tigers cubs born at the cincinnati zoo just helped increase their endangered species population by three. there are only 500 of these tigers left in this world. usa today networkthree malayan tiger cubs were born at the cincinnati zoo.(p o: provided) 891 connectlinkedinemailmorethe cincinnati zoo & botanical garden's nursery has three furry new residents – malayan tiger cubs that were born on friday.they were separated from their mother, cinta, because her maternal instincts didn't kick in. vets feared that the cubs wouldn't stay warm enough without her body heat.usa todaysmithsonian's national zoo says bye-bye to panda bao bao“it’s not uncommon for first-time tiger moms not to know what to do," mike dulaney, curator of mammals and vice coordinator






genetically valuable malayan tiger cubs born at cincinnati zoo


closeskip in skipxembedxshare malayan tigers cubs born at the cincinnati zoo just helped increase their endangered species population by three. there are only 500 of these tigers left in this world. usa today networkthree malayan tiger cubs were born at the cincinnati zoo.(p o: provided) 54 connectlinkedinemailmorethe cincinnati zoo & botanical garden's nursery has three furry new residents – malayan tiger cubs that were born on friday.they were separated from their mother, cinta, because her maternal instincts didn't kick in. vets feared that the cubs wouldn't stay warm enough without her body heat.usa todaysmithsonian's national zoo says bye-bye to panda bao bao“it’s not uncommon for first-time tiger moms not to know what to do," mike dulaney, curator of mammals and vice coordinator






genetically valuable malayan tiger cubs born at cincinnati zoo


closeskip in skipxembedxshare malayan tigers cubs born at the cincinnati zoo just helped increase their endangered species population by three. there are only 500 of these tigers left in this world. usa today networkthree malayan tiger cubs were born at the cincinnati zoo.(p o: provided) 637 connectlinkedinemailmorethe cincinnati zoo & botanical garden's nursery has three furry new residents – malayan tiger cubs that were born on friday.they were separated from their mother, cinta, because her maternal instincts didn't kick in. vets feared that the cubs wouldn't stay warm enough without her body heat.usa todaysmithsonian's national zoo says bye-bye to panda bao bao“it’s not uncommon for first-time tiger moms not to know what to do," mike dulaney, curator of mammals and vice coordinator






genetically valuable malayan tiger cubs born at cincinnati zoo


closeskip in skipxembedxshare malayan tigers cubs born at the cincinnati zoo just helped increase their endangered species population by three. there are only 500 of these tigers left in this world. usa today networkthree malayan tiger cubs were born at the cincinnati zoo.(p o: provided) 321 connectlinkedinemailmorethe cincinnati zoo & botanical garden's nursery has three furry new residents – malayan tiger cubs that were born on friday.they were separated from their mother, cinta, because her maternal instincts didn't kick in. vets feared that the cubs wouldn't stay warm enough without her body heat.usa todaysmithsonian's national zoo says bye-bye to panda bao bao“it’s not uncommon for first-time tiger moms not to know what to do," mike dulaney, curator of mammals and vice coordinator






retired cub kerry wood lists mansion in lincoln park area for $3.25 million


retired chicago cubs pitcher kerry wood and his wife, sarah, on wednesday placed their five-bedroom, beaux-arts-style north side mansion back on the market for $3.25 million after taking it off the market in late 2015. the home is in the ranch triangle neighborhood, part of the lincoln park community area.wood, 39, retired from the cubs in 2012 after a 14-year career but has remained with his family in the chicago area. he works as a special istant to the cubs' president and general manager.through a limited liability company, wood and his wife in 2015 paid $4.2 million for a newly built, six-bedroom, 11,000-square-foot french revival-style mansion in winnetka.elite street: chicago luxury real estatebob goldsborough on chicago's upper-bracket buyers and sellers.bob goldsborough on chicago'






ap source: royals, jason hammel agree to $16m, 2-year deal


kansas city, mo. — the royals knew at some point they would have to move on from grieving over the sudden and tragic death of yordano ventura and address the difficult task of replacing him.that apparently e when the royals agreed with right-hander jason hammel on a $16 million, two-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told the ociated press. the person spoke on condition of anonymity monday because the deal is pending the completion of a physical.the 34-year-old hammel is expected to take ventura's place in the starting rotation. the 25-year-old flamethrower was killed last month in a car accident in his native dominican republic.hammel was 15-10 with a 3.83 era for the world series champion chicago cubs last season and has proven to be a workhorse with at least 30 a






kansas city to add jason hammel to rotation


the kansas city royals, in an attempt to fill the gaping hole in their starting rotation left by the unexpected death of yordano ventura, have agreed with right-hander jason hammel on a $16-million, two-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told the ociated press. the 34-year-old hammel is expected to take ventura’s place in the starting rotation. the 25-year-old flamethrower was killed last month in a car accident in his native dominican republic. hammel was 15-10 with a 3.83 era for the world series champion chicago cubs last season and has proved to be a workhorse with at least 30 appearances in each of the last three seasons. 






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mountain lion near durango school captured, relocated – the denver post


durango — wildlife officials have captured a mountain lion suspected of killing a deer near a colorado middle school.the durango herald reports that colorado parks and wildlife durango spokesman joe lewandowski says the mountain lion and her cub were captured friday night. they were both released near the utah line in what lewandowski calls “good mountain lion habitat. ”mountain lion cubs generally stay with their mothers for about a year to learn how to hunt.miller middle school principal robert nuhn warned parents last week that a mountain lion was likely active in the area after a deer carac was found on school grounds. he asked parents to talk to their children about the situation.






jason hammel, royals agree to $16m, 2-year deal, per ap source – the denver post


by dave skretta, ap sports writerkansas city, mo. — the royals and right-hander jason hammel have agreed to a $16 million, two-year contract, a person with direct knowledge negotiations told the ociated press.the person spoke on condition of anonymity monday because the deal is pending a physical.the 34-year-old hammel went 15-10 with a 3.83 era for the world series champion chicago cubs last season and likely will slot into the kansas city rotation behind danny duffy and ian kennedy.kansas city was looking for another starter late in the offseason after right-hander yordano ventura was killed in a car accident in the dominican republic. hammel was considered the best arm still available on the free-agent market.the royals also have jason vargas penciled into the starting rotation, leaving






2017 fantasy baseball: nl central rotation rankings


rotation rankings are one thing, but the most important part of data is interval in nature. in other words, what is the distance between the best and the worst. that often tells a more important story than the order in which we put teams. the national league central is as good an example of this as any division in baseball. the difference between the cubs and the other teams in the division tell a definite story.we are ranking rotations based on their pre-season projection according to rosterresource.com. we are using three baseball prospectus statistics and their three year averages to rank them. the first is their version of wins above replacement (warp) to give us the quality and quantity of their work. the other two statistics are more qualitative numbers. the first is their era estima






former wnba mvp elena delle donne traded from sky to mystics


elena delle donne is headed to washington in one of the biggest trades in the wnba's history.the 2015 mvp is joining the mystics after being traded from the chicago sky on thursday for stefanie dolson, kahleah copper and the no. 2 pick in this year's draft.the move gets her closer to her delaware home."i'm really excited about this next chapter in my career with the mystics," delle donne said. "coach (mike) thibault, (majority owner, chairman and ceo) mr. (ted) leonsis and (vice chairman, president and managing partner) ms. (sheila) johnson have built a strong team that is ready to make a significant impact in the league and i'm thrilled to be a part of it. i'm sad to be leaving chicago, a place that was a fantastic city for sports and truly felt like home."family has always been big with






jimmy buffett returns to wrigley field in july with huey lewis


jimmy buffett will be returning to wrigley field in july, with huey lewis and the news in tow.the last time buffett played wrigley was 12 years ago. the upcoming stop, scheduled for 7 p.m. july 15, is part of the legendary singer/songwriter's "i don't know" tour.in 2005 buffett raised the curtain on wrigley as a concert venue. the stop will be part of a busy year for the singer, whose "escape to margaritaville" al will also be making its debut in california in may. pre-broadway stops are also scheduled for chicago, new orleans and houston.tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. feb. 10, at www.cubs.com/jimmybuffett or via phone at 800-843-2827.most read entertainment news this hour check out the latest movie reviews from michael phillips and the chicago tribune. check out reviews for all new release






smithsonian's national zoo says bye-bye to panda bao bao


closeskip in skipxembedxshare as part of a breeding agreement, all panda cubs born at smithsonian's national zoo must move to china by their fourth birthday. video provided by newsy newslookin this p o taken sept. 25, 2015, panda cub bao bao, roams in an enclosure at the smithsonian's national zoo in washington. the national zoo will be saying bye-bye to panda cub bao bao.(p o: manuel balce ceneta, ap) 29 connectlinkedinemailmorewashington — the smithsonian institution’s national zoo will say goodbye to giant panda bao bao, who is headed to her new home in china, with several days of festivities beginning feb. 16 that offer plenty of opportunities to see her one last time.bao bao, 3, will be welcomed aboard the fedex panda express for safe travels to chengdu, china, on feb. 21. one keeper






smithsonian's national zoo says bye-bye to panda bao bao


closeskip in skipxembedxshare as part of a breeding agreement, all panda cubs born at smithsonian's national zoo must move to china by their fourth birthday. video provided by newsy newslookin this p o taken sept. 25, 2015, panda cub bao bao, roams in an enclosure at the smithsonian's national zoo in washington. the national zoo will be saying bye-bye to panda cub bao bao.(p o: manuel balce ceneta, ap) 26 connectlinkedinemailmorewashington — the smithsonian institution’s national zoo will say goodbye to giant panda bao bao, who is headed to her new home in china, with several days of festivities beginning feb. 16 that offer plenty of opportunities to see her one last time.bao bao, 3, will be welcomed aboard the fedex panda express for safe travels to chengdu, china, on feb. 21. one keeper






indians, red sox and closers emerge as biggest stove winners – the denver post


the 2016-17 stove season didn’t dramatically alter baseball’s competitive landscape. the best teams stayed strong, or, in the case of the cleveland indians, got even stronger.but it certainly was an interesting off-season, with enormous contracts awarded to free-agent closers while high-profile sluggers got little respect. with spring training set to begin in a week, here’s a look back at the past two months, and the big moves.the rich got richerthe defending champion cubs, the american league champion indians and the formidable red sox all needed to make critical moves to stay on top. all three did just that.red sox general manager dave dombrowski traded valuable prospects to the white sox to land ace left-hander chris sale.cash-st ped cleveland didn’t enter the off-season thinking it cou






rollins, morse headline giants' non-roster invitee list


a former national league mvp and a hulking, heroic figure from the giants’ 2014 postseason run are among the club’s 28 minor league signees who received non-roster invitations to major league p this spring.former phillies infielder jimmy rollins, who grew up in alameda, will seek to make the giants as a backup to shortstop brandon crawford. the 38-year-old and 2007 nl mvp has one fewer player to beat out, after the giants designated infielder ehire adrianza for ignment last week and the milwaukee brewers plucked him off waivers.power hitter michael morse, whose tying, pinch home run off the cardinals’ pat neshek proved critical in their pennant-clinching victory in 2014, also is back with the club after being released by the pittsburgh pirates a couple weeks into last season. morse, 34, is






commercials, iness and the commish: super bowl 51 winners and losers.


the patriots won, the falcons lost and monday morning productivity sank to a new low. now let's dig a little deeper.winner: lady gaga, for her cirque du soleil audition. the cubs announced monday that she will headline an aug. 25 show at wrigley field. she could sell out the ballpark for a week straight, but ... hey, cubs, don't get any ideas.loser: win probability. a computer program said the falcons' hit 99.7 percent when they led 28-3. so the patriots had a 3-in-1,000 chance to rally. sure.winner: ex-bears. shea mcclellin showed off his hops on a falcons point-after try, and martellus bennett was more hero (62 receiving yards) than zero (holding penalty on a lazy block).loser: current bears.winner: joe buck. when it was 28-3, it looked like fox's witty play-by-play man would have to dra






what kind of team can we expect from the first year of white sox rebuild?


with escalators inoperative after the opening ceremony of soxfest on friday, security ushered fans to a nearby stairwell and had them exit in groups of about 30, leading to gridlock and grumbling in the hallway.it was a fitting image for a franchise that has been stuck in neutral for years, promising a contender every offseason only to play out the string by september.this year promises to be different as the sox have pushed their rebuild while offering a realistic outlook on the season ahead. contending while rebuilding isn't doable."it's tough to serve two masters," general manager rick hahn said. "the focus of our scouting department, of our player development people, of the major-league staff is on building something that's sustainable. in the short term we might have to pay some price






commercials, iness and the commish: super bowl winners and losers


the patriots won, the falcons lost and monday morning productivity sank to a new low. now let's dig a little deeper.winner: lady gaga, for her cirque du soleil auditionthe cubs announced monday that she will headline an aug. 25 show at wrigley field. she could sell out the ballpark for a week straight, but … hey, cubs, don't get any ideas.loser: win probabilitya computer program said the falcons' hit 99.7 percent when they led 28-3. so the patriots had a 3 in 1,000 chance to rally. sure.winner: ex-bearsshea mcclellin showed off his hops on atlanta's point-after try, and martellus bennett was more hero (62 receiving yards) than zero (holding penalty on a lazy block).super bowl li - new england patriots v atlanta falconsjamie squire / getty imagesthe patriots' shea mcclellin attempts to bloc






illinois drops third straight with 68-59 home loss to minnesota


members of the orange krush cursed at officials. coach john groce pounded his fist on the scorer's table. as illinois fell behind 10 points in the second half, an exasperated fan yelled, "it's freakin' minnesota."the illini fell flat again urday as their struggle to pull out winnable games continues, this time in a 68-59 to minnesota in front of a sellout home crowd on wednesday.the gophers (16-7, 4-6 big ten) had been in their own apparent free fall with a five-game losing streak, but this road victory could help them build what they hope is an ncaa tournament resume.that's looking nearly impossible for the illini (13-11, 3-8), who have seven regular-season games remaining but have lost 6 of 7 as pressure mounts on groce's job security and on the state of the program."at the end of the da






commercials, iness and the commish: super bowl 51 winners and losers.


the patriots won, the falcons lost and monday morning productivity sank to a new low. now let's dig a little deeper.winner: lady gaga, for her cirque du soleil audition. the cubs announced monday that she will headline an aug. 25 show at wrigley field. she could sell out the ballpark for a week straight, but ... hey, cubs, don't get any ideas.loser: win probability. a computer program said the falcons' hit 99.7 percent when they led 28-3. so the patriots had a 3-in-1,000 chance to rally. sure.super bowl li - new england patriots v atlanta falconsjamie squire / getty imagesthe patriots' shea mcclellin attempts to block a point after try in the second quarter against the falcons during super bowl 51.  the patriots' shea mcclellin attempts to block a point after try in the second quarter agai






patriots owner kraft pulls some punches, throws others


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