>>Cubs Jump On Cardinals Early
(Chicago, IL) — The Cubs jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the second inning and held on for an 8-5 win over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Jason Heyward hit a two-run homer in the fifth to extend the lead to 8-1. Kris Bryant drove in two runs and Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-4 with an RBI as Chicago split the weather-shortened two-game series.
>>White Sox Host Astros Tonight
(Chicago, IL) — After an off-day, the White Sox are back home tonight as they host the World Series champion Astros in the first of a three-game set. James Shields is slated to start for Chicago, while Houston counters with Justin Verlander. The White Sox have dropped four in-a-row and are 4-and-11, five games back in the AL Central.
>>Sox Acquire Thompson From A’s, Deal Saladino To Brewers
(Chicago, IL) — The White Sox are saying hello to outfielder Trayce Thompson and goodbye to infielder Tyler Saladino. The Sox acquired Thompson form the A’s for cash after he was DFA’d by Oakland earlier this week. Chicago also traded Saladino to the Brewers for cash considerations. He was 2-for-8 in just six games this season.
>>NBA Playoff Roundup
(Undated) — Joel Embiid [[ jo-ELL em-BEED ]] scored 23 points as the 76ers beat the Heat 128-108 in Miami. Philadelphia leads the first-round playoff series, 2-1. The Pelicans and Warriors are both one win away from a sweep. New Orleans beat Portland 119-102 and Golden State won 110-97 at San Antonio. Three games are on tap for tonight.
>>NHL Playoff Roundup
(Undated) — The Bruins are one win away from advancing to the second round do the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Boston won 3-1 at Toronto 3-1 to take a three-games-to-one lead in their first-round series. The Capitals also dropped the Blue Jackets 4-1 in Columbus to even that series at two games apiece. Three Game Fives are on the schedule tonight.
>>Bears Open Season On “Sunday Night Football” At Packers
(Chicago, IL) — The Bears will open the regular season on “Sunday Night Football” September 9th at Green Bay. The NFL released its full schedule last night. The home opener will be on “Monday Night Football” in Week Two against Seattle. The Bears have a bye in Week Five. They’re at Detroit for Thanksgiving and finish up at Minnesota.
>>Freeney To Sign Deal, Retire As Colt
(Indianapolis, CO) — Feared pass rusher Dwight Freeney is officially hanging up his cleats. Freeney has announced he’ll sign a contract with the Indianapolis Colts and then immediately retire. A news conference is planned for Monday. The Colts drafted him 11th overall in the 2002 NFL Draft, and he racked up a 107-and-a-half sacks over 11 years with the team. Freeney helped them win the franchise’s only Super Bowl and later spent time with the Chargers, Cardinals, Falcons, Lions and Seahawks.
>>Colts Open NFL Regular Season Versus Bengals
(Indianapolis, IN) — The Colts will open the NFL regular season at home against the Bengals on Sunday, September 9th. The league released the entire schedule last night. Indy is on the road for four of its first six games. The Colts have a bye week in Week Nine.
>>Reds Fire Manager Price
(Cincinnati, OH) — Bryan Price is out as manager of the Reds. Cincinnati fired him on Thursday following a 3-and-15 start to the season. Bench coach Jim Riggleman has been named interim manager, and the team will open a search for a permanent skipper later this year. Price was 279-and-387 in four-plus years as manager without a winning season.
>>Giants Release WR Marshall
(New York, NY) — The Giants are cutting ties with wide receiver Brandon Marshall. He was released Thursday after just one season. GM Dave Gettleman says he failed a physical. Marshall was entering the second year of a two-year, 11-million-dollar deal. He had 18 catches for 154 yards before a Week Five ankle injury ended his 2017 season.
>>NASCAR Heads To Richmond Tomorrow Night
(Richmond, VA) — NASCAR heads to Richmond tomorrow night for the Toyota Owners 400. Points leader Kyle Busch aims for his third straight win after taking the checkered flag the past two weeks at Texas and Bristol. Busch leads Joey Logano by 59 points in the standings. Kevin Harvick is currently third, followed by Clint Bowyer and Brad Keselowski.