Northwestern ranked for first time since 2008

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Northwestern ranked for first time since 2008

For the first time since the end of the 2008 regular season, Northwestern is ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.
The Wildcats were ranked No. 24 one day after a 44-29 home win over Indiana in their Big Ten season opener. With the win, the Wildcats moved to 5-0 for the first time since the 2010 season. They also began the 2008 season 5-0.
Northwestern also appeared in the USA TodayCoaches Poll, ranked No. 22.
Their slate won't get any easier, however. The Wildcats go on the road to Penn State and Minnesota the next two weeks, followed by home dates with No. 21 Nebraska and Iowa to finish October.
Nebraska and No. 12 Ohio State are the only other ranked Big Ten 10 teams. Alabama was unanimously ranked No. 1, followed by Oregon State, Florida State, LSU and Georgia to round out the top five. Notre Dame (4-0) is ranked No. 9.

David Ross helps Cubs edge Cardinals in regular season home finale

David Ross helps Cubs edge Cardinals in regular season home finale

CHICAGO (AP) -- David Ross homered and teamed with Jon Lester for another scoreless performance, and the Chicago Cubs hurt St. Louis' wild-card chances with 3-1 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday night.

Ben Zobrist had three hits and scored two runs as Chicago finished with a major league-best 57-24 home record. It's the most home wins for the Cubs since they went 58-19 at the West Side Grounds in 1910.

The Cardinals lost for the third time in four games, wasting a chance to improve their playoff positioning. They remain a half-game back of San Francisco for the second NL wild card.

Lester (19-4), one of the top candidates for the NL Cy Young Award, struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander allowed three hits and walked one while improving to 10-0 with 1.34 ERA in his last 13 starts.

Carlos Martinez (15-9) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings.

Bears RB Jeremy Langford leaves game with ankle injury

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Bears RB Jeremy Langford leaves game with ankle injury

Add Jeremy Langford to the Bears' injury report.

The Bears running back left Sunday's game on a cart with an ankle injury late in the third quarter in Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys. He did not return.

Langford rushed for 31 yards on three carries and had two receptions for 15 yards.

Bears safety Harold Jones-Quartery also left the game with a concussion.

The Bears are already without a handfull of key players including Jay Cutler (thumb), Danny Trevathan (thumb), and Eddie Goldman (ankle).