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Cubs top Cardinals in Jose Quintana home debut

CHICAGO -- Welcome home, Jose Quintana. Kyle Schwarber smacked a game-tying solo home run and Willson Contreras hit a tiebreaking two-run shot to back Quintana in his Cubs home debut, posting a 5-3 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday night to move the Cubs into a tie for first place in the National League Central.

"We haven't had a run [until now]," manager Joe Maddon said of the Cubs, who are five games over .500 for the first time this year. "We've not run at all in the first half, we've been walking the whole first half. We finally get on a little bit of a mini-run now, and that coincides with the other team not doing as well. Bully for us."


Cubs strike last after Wainwright, Lester duel

CHICAGO -- On Friday, the Cardinals scored nine runs in the eighth inning to post a win over the Cubs. On Saturday, the Cubs got some payback, thanks to Jon Lester and the return of Kris Bryant.

A surprise starter after missing a game because of a finger injury, Bryant hit a game-tying RBI single and scored on Anthony Rizzo's double, both with two outs in the eighth inning, to lift the Cubs to a 3-2 victory over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

"K.B. being able to play was the difference in today's game," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "The combination of the hit and his speed -- I don't think anybody else scores on that. ... You can't underestimate the importance of one person in the lineup, and there it was."


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College football rankings: Iowa Hawkeyes

The Iowa Hawkeyes are No. 33 in the Orlando Sentinel 2017 preseason college football rankings. The Hawkeyes have to fill a few key holes, but the team once again features an imposing offensive line and is expected to be competitive in the Big Ten.

Our ranking: No. 33 

Coach: Kirk Ferentz (135-92, entering 19th season; 147-113 overall)

2016 record: 8-5, 6-3 in Big Ten Conference, tied for second in West Division

Look back: A wave of optimism washed over the Iowa program as it entered the 2016 season thanks, in part, to a successful 2015 campaign that saw the Hawkeyes win a program-best 12 games and capture the West Division. Despite being buoyed by those expectations, the team struggled in close losses to North Dakota State, Northwestern and Wisconsin. But upset wins over Michigan and Nebraska helped Iowa bounce back to finish second in the division en route to the program’s fourth consecutive January bowl.

Offensive starters returning: 7

Offensive starters lost: 4

Defensive starters returning: 8

Defensive starters lost: 3

Key losses: QB C.J. Beathard, RB LeShun Daniels Jr., WR Riley McCarron, OL Cole Croston, DL Jaleel Johnson, DB Desmond King, DB Greg Mabin, P Ron Coluzzi

Top returnees: OL Sean Welsh, OL James Daniels, WR Matt VandeBerg, WR Jerminic Smith, LB Josey Jewell, LB Bo Bower, LB Ben Niemann, DB Brandon Snyder


Council St NE Lane Reduction - Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Effective Tuesday, July 25, southbound traffic on Council Street NE will be reduced to one lane between Park Place NE and 51st Street NE for water main work, for approximately one week, weather permitting. The entire project taking place at 51st Street NE includes reconstructing the pavement, adding sidewalk, and realigning 51st Street to connect to the existing Park Place NE intersection.  The project is anticipated to be completed this construction season.


Who has the best ballpark food in Chicago, Cubs or Sox?

Fans sitting in Wrigley Field's outfield bleacher section are bums no more. Sure, the goat-inflicted curse vanished after last year's World Series win, so tickets now routinely top $70 for seats lacking backs or protection from the sun, but I'm talking about what you can eat. The bleacher section at Wrigley contains the best ballpark food in Chicago.

How can I be so sure? Just as we don't know who will win Chicago's Crosstown Classic (taking place Monday through July 27) until the Cubs and White Sox actually face off, I couldn't just look at the menus and declare a winner. No, to decide who has the best ballpark food in Chicago, I had to actually visit each ballpark and eat as much as possible.


Jon Lester beats Braves; Cubs win 4th straight

ATLANTA -- A little more than a week later, Jon Lester and the Cubs have distanced themselves from the frustration they carried into the All-Star break. The veteran left-hander helped the defending World Series champs remain perfect in the second half with Monday night's 4-3 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park after an hour-long rain delay before first pitch.

"We got a good feeling as our pitchers are coming out dominating and our hitters are having really good at-bats," Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. "It is a good formula."


Cubs' Jose Quintana fans 12 in win vs. Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Jose Quintana made a great first impression on the Cubs, who did their best to welcome him. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo each belted two-run homers and rookie Ian Happ smacked a two-run double to back Quintana in his debut, an 8-0 Interleague victory on Sunday over the Orioles at Camden Yards.

"This one is special for me because it's the first one with the Cubs," said Quintana, who received a celebratory cold-water shower by his new teammates after the game. "I just want to help this team."


Arrieta beats former team, pitches Cubs over Orioles 10-3

BALTIMORE (AP) Jake Arrieta left to a standing ovation from a large contingent of blue-clad Chicago Cubs’ fans. He rarely received such a reception when he played for the Baltimore Orioles.

Making his first appearance at Camden Yards since he was traded by Baltimore four years ago, Arrieta settled down after a wild start to hold the Orioles to four hits over 6 2/3 innings and lead the Cubs to a 10-3 win Saturday night.

”Playing here in Camden Yards, it’s one of the most beautiful parks in all of baseball,” Arrieta said. ”It was just really cool, it really was. The fans were gracious. I learned a lot, and I’m able to be the player I am today because of what I went through while I was in the organization.”

Addison Russell homered for the second straight game, and Albert Almora and Anthony Rizzo also went deep for Chicago, which hit eight homers in winning the first two games of the series.


MLB: Ex-Yankee Robinson Cano provides closing act at Aaron Judge's All-Star party

MIAMI -- For much of this week's All-Star schedule in Miami, the focus was on young players, trendy players, and a running debate over which player will ultimately emerge and lay claim to the designation of "Face of the Game." Commissioner Rob Manfred didn't quite bestow New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge with that distinction when asked for his opinion Tuesday. But he had to admit, the kid has lots of potential.


The rookie rises: Aaron Judge meets the hype with Home Run Derby power show

MIAMI -- He is who we thought he was.

Aaron Judge arrived in Miami for the All-Star Game festivities surrounded by daunting expectations stemming from his colossal first half with the New York Yankees. Giancarlo Stanton has fielded so many Judge-related questions here, he has run out of things to say. A baseball card signed by Judge just sold on eBay for more than $14,000. Prognosticators all expected Judge to make a deep run in the Home Run Derby, even though his only previous experience in the event came at Fresno State, when he captured the 2012 College World Series derby in Omaha.