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Cubs hit 5 homers to back Jon Lester vs. Mets

NEW YORK -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon stopped at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Tuesday, but not to light a candle for his team.

"I really avoid praying for success as a group, hitting or pitching," Maddon said. "That's not what candles are for."

It wasn't divine intervention either that prompted Maddon to insert Anthony Rizzo into the leadoff spot, but it worked. Rizzo provided a spark and rookie Ian Happ smacked a grand slam to help Jon Lester pick up his 150th career win in the Cubs' 14-3 victory Tuesday night over the Mets.

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Jason Heyward added a two-run homer in the sixth, Kris Bryant hit a solo shot in the seventh and Javier Baez belted a two-run blast in the ninth as every Cubs starter recorded a hit, including Lester, to help them end their road losing streak at nine games. The five home runs are a season high for the Cubs as well.


Kris Bryant talks playing with Bryce Harper again, the next megadeal and Cubs building a super-team

This isn’t the NBA, where a few superstars can decide which teams will rise and which franchises will fall, instantly shifting a multibillion-dollar industry’s balance of power. But, yes, Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper have at least floated the idea of joining forces after the 2018 season

Unless the Cubs and Washington Nationals collide during the next two Octobers, that would be a fascinating next chapter in a rivalry that began while they were growing up in Las Vegas, playing with and against each other. Combined, the last two National League MVPs have gotten 59 out of 60 first-place votes, setting super-agent Scott Boras up to negotiate record-shattering megadeals.  


Happ's 2 HRs, Jay's RBI single lead Cubs over Cardinals 7-6

CHICAGO (AP) Ian Happ’s first home run wound up in the street, and his second drew a curtain call from the screaming crowd.

Not a bad night for the prized rookie, and it turned out well for the Cubs, too.

Happ hit two homers, pinch hitter Jon Jay drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh with a single and Chicago beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.


Iowa Baseball Drops Elimination Game to Houston 7-5

Well … the Iowa baseball squad couldn’t quite muster the same magic tonight in Houston that led to its tantalizing B1G title run.

The elimination game between the Cougars and Hawkeyes started rather ominously, to the tune of a more than 5-hour rain/lightning delay down in southeastern Texas. Nonetheless, college baseball fans were (eventually) treated to a gripping game between two talented teams, which featured a compelling tug-of-war on the scoreboard.

What started as a pitcher’s duel devolved into an entertaining, back-and-forth affair.


Hawkeyes 'ecstatic' as Texas-sized challenge awaits

After surging to the program’s first Big Ten Tournament title with Sunday’s 13-4 win over Northwestern, the Hawkeyes are dancing for the second time in three years. Iowa (38-20) earned a No. 4 seed Monday morning and will head to the Houston regional to face the top-seeded Cougars (40-19) on Friday at 7 p.m. CDT, with ESPNU televising. Second-seeded Baylor (34-21) and No. 3 seed Texas A&M (36-21) make up the other half of the regional.


Victor Cruz agrees to one-year contract with Bears -

Since being released by the Giants in mid-February, Cruz had garnered interest from the Bears, Jaguars and Ravens, but only met with Chicago. His unceremonious departure from Big Blue continued to bother him as he went unsigned throughout the offseason, even up until this week when he told a radio show that his dip in production down the stretch in 2016 was due to the Giants' front office intentionally sabotaging his season

Cruz is the fourth notable wide receiver to join the Bears this offseason. Chicago has signed former Steelers wideout Markus Wheaton, former Titans receiver Kendall Wright and Cruz's ex-teammate Rueben Randle to complement Kevin White and Cameron Meredith.


Cubs' Anthony Rizzo's power surge could be start of something special

CHICAGO -- Slowly but surely, the Chicago Cubs are climbing the ladder that is the home run standings in the National League. Thanks to Anthony Rizzo’s two bombs off San Francisco Giants lefty Matt Moore on Wednesday night, his team now ranks sixth in homers, having caught the Cincinnati Reds, who have led Chicago all season. The Cubs are trailing the National League lead by just 11 home runs, in fact.

“It’s nice to see, as opposed to the rollover ground ball,” manager Joe Maddon said after the Cubs' 5-4 win. “Balls in the air. That’s the big thing right there. I think you’re going to see that out of more guys.”

Maddon went on to praise Jason Heyward, who homered the night before. In this one, Heyward hit a long foul to right that the wind blew away from the playing field, then tripled off the wall and scored to provide the Cubs with a huge insurance run in the eighth inning. But it was Rizzo who impressed the most, hitting two of the first three pitches he saw from Moore out to right field.


Pemsl has surgery, expected to be out 8 weeks

CLINTON — The University of Iowa’s frontcourt took a small hit this week.

Nothing too big, nothing too major, nothing that should impact the Hawkeyes next season.

And besides, if there’s any team in all of college basketball that has an extreme amount of depth at the power forward and center positions right now, it’s Iowa.

So Hawkeyes head coach Fran McCaffery wasn’t at all concerned by the fact that Cordell Pemsl underwent sports hernia surgery on Tuesday, especially since the 6-foot-8 sophomore-to-be came through the operation very well.