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    Cubs get tough reminder: This is still the Cardinals

    St. Louis Cardinals' Stephen Piscotty (55) celebrates with teammate Matt Carpenter after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning of Game 1 in baseball's National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, in St. Louis. Cubs catcher David Ross, right, looks on. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Oct 10, 2015 12:26 AM

    The Chicago Cubs did not play a bad ballgame Friday night against the St. Louis Cardinals. But they found out just how tough the Redbirds can be in the postseason as they fell 4-0 in Game 1 of the National League division series at Busch Stadium.


    Rozner: Cards execute plan to perfection to take Game 1

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey was masterful on Friday night, going 7⅓ innings with 2 hits and a walk.

    Oct 9, 2015 9:33 PM

    The Cubs have a long-term plan, but the Cards have their own plan for this series, and it looked a lot like it always does in a Game 1 St. Louis victory.


    Up to his old tricks, Lackey shuts door on Cubs

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey cheers after striking out Chris Coghlan to end the second inning of Game 1 of baseball’s National League Division Series, Friday in St. Louis. “He was just on,” Maddon said of Lackey’s performance. “He’s been on since he’s come over here; he’s really gotten sharp again. That’s how I saw him as a baby. He’s hitting 94, 95 (mph). The velocity is back, and that sets everything else up. He’s very aggressive with his fastball.

    Oct 10, 2015 12:46 AM

    St. Louis Cardinals starter John Lackey leaned heavily on his vast postseason experience and overpowered the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the NLDS Friday night.


    Will Dave Toub’s units hurt Bears in Kansas City?

    Kansas City Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub, center, continues to have success with his NFL units. Toub ran the Bears’ special teams for nine seasons.

    Oct 9, 2015 5:50 PM

    When Dave Toub was the Bears' special teams coordinator from 2004-12, they were among the league's best nearly every year. Under Jeff Rodgers, the Bears' special teams have struggled in the early going, and they face a tough test Sunday against the Chiefs in Kansas City, where Toub is the special teams coordinator.


    Battle of defenses pits No. 13 Northwestern vs No. 18 Michigan

    Northwestern linebacker Anthony Walker (18) celebrates with safety Godwin Igwebuike (16) ) after returning a fumble for a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Northwesterhn in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Northwestern beat Minnesota 27-0.

    Oct 10, 2015 1:00 AM

    Northwestern and Michigan have made steady climbs up The Associated Press poll due to their defenses.The 13th-ranked Wildcats have shut out two teams and are giving up a nation-low seven points a game. That has helped Northwestern equal its total number of victories in each of the previous two years. If the Wildcats win Saturday at the Big House, they will be 6-0 for the first time since 1962 when Ara Parseghian was their coach.


    Imrem: Cubs turn to Hendricks for biggest game of season

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey waits to throw during the fourth inning of Game 1 in baseball's National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Oct 9, 2015 10:17 PM

    It's up to young Kyle Hendricks to do what the Cardinals do: find a way to win.


    Kane spoils Islanders’ Brooklyn debut

    Oct 10, 2015 12:02 AM

    Patrick Kane spoiled the New York Islanders in their Brooklyn debut. The Blackhawks won 3-2 in overtime.


    Despite big loss, some positive signs for Bulls

    Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg didn’t like his team’s shot selection on Thursday night against the Denver Nuggets.

    Oct 9, 2015 4:28 PM

    The Bulls were pounded by Denver in their second preseason contest on Thursday, but there have been some positive signs, especially among some young players.


    Hammel in, Berry left off division series roster

    Oct 9, 2015 9:48 PM

    The Chicago Cubs made only a minor tweak to their 25-man roster from the wild-card game to the division series. They took speedy outfielder Quintin Berry off the active roster and put pitcher Jason Hammel back on.


    Bears injuries becoming epidemic

    Oct 9, 2015 7:02 PM

    Sixteen players are on the Bears' injury report this week, but coach John Fox hopes that most of them will be healthy enough to play Sunday vs. the Chiefs in Kansas City.

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    How will the Cubs do against the Cardinals?

    Sweep in 3. 7.2%
    Win 3 games to 1. 20.5%
    Win 3-2. 33.7%
    Lose 3-2. 13.2%
    Lose 3-1. 15.1%
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