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Cubs Complete Sweep

Major league ERA leader Kyle Hendricks pitched six effective innings and the Chicago Cubs finished off a three-game sweep, beating the San Diego Padres 6-3 Wednesday.

   Hendricks (12-7) gave up two runs and four hits, striking out eight and leaving with a 2.19 ERA. He has allowed no more than three earned runs in 17 straight starts.

   There Cubs relie ...

Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres

The Chicago Cubs gain bragging rights after a blowout game Monday night.
    Chicago's Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Jason Heyward all homered to back Jon Lester's strong outing in the 5-to-1 win against the San Diego Padres.
      Bryant's solo shot in the fifth inning was his 32nd of the year, tying him with Colorado's Nolan Arenado for the Nat ... READ MORE >>

Lackey Leaves Game

Chicago starter John Lackey left the Cubs' game Sunday night against the St. Louis Cardinals with two outs in the seventh inning because of an apparent injury.

With Chicago leading 3-1, the right-hander grimaced in pain after throwing a pitch to Randal Grichuk and the count at 2-2.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon, a trainer and infielders came to the mound.

Lackey walk ...

QB Leaving U of I

Illinois coach Lovie Smith says redshirt freshman quarterback Jimmy Fitzgerald is leaving the team.

Smith says he and Fitzgerald met Tuesday to discuss the move.

Smith says the quarterback is leaving to "get a fresh start" at another school.

Fitzgerald said in a press release that he plans to "consider other opportunities for my collegiate career."