Packers win war of words with Bears on the field

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Packers win war of words with Bears on the field

To say there was a little chatter off the field leading up to Sundays Bears-Packers game would be an understatement. Packers tight end Jermichael Finley made it known he thought the Bears may be better without Brian Urlacher. Lance Briggs responded by calling Finley "an idiot."With all the talk prior to kickoff, would there be any words left for smack-talking on the field?I didnt hear nothing, Finley said. The trash talking is in the papers, but when you touch the grass its all business.Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who caught six balls and scored a touchdown in the Packers' 21-13 win, also made it a point to call out Packers defensive backs Tramon Williams and Charles Woodson earlier in the week. Woodson was sidelined while still recovering from a broken collarbone, Williams did a solid job containing Marshall most of the afternoon.We just won the game, Williams said I aint worrying about no comments. Comments dont play the game, we played the game. We won the game.Williams was backed up in the secondary by nickelback Sam Shields, something Shields continued off the field."Marshall do all the talking in the paper, we do it on the field," Shields said.
Even though he didnt play, Woodson had a little jab for the Bears too.I think those guys would like to be where we're at, but they're not, Woodson said. Bottom line. I love beating the Bears"Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji has been known to be a little mouthy since joining the oldest rivalry in the NFL, which was played for the 186th time on Sunday. But he still has respect for Marshall and the Bears."Brandon is a good guy, he's a good player," Raji told CSNChicago.com. "It wasn't the first time he was talking and it won't be the last. Our guys weren't worried about that. We've been here before. We came with a focus of wanting to win this game and clinch the division and we did exactly that."That sentiment was shared by left tackle Marshall Newhouse."It's always a tough game to play them, but we played them hard," Newhouse told CSNChicago.com. "There was some stuff pregame, people talking back and forth, but when it comes down to it you have to come to play and show it with your pads."Clearly the Packers handled themselves when they strapped it on and ran out the tunnel on Sunday, winning 21-13 and clinching the NFC North division."That's what we all wanted," Packers defensive tackle Ryan Pickett said. "When you're playing the Bears it's a good chance for us to win a division and kind of push them down.

Never say die: Cubs battle back for wild walk-off win over Pirates

Never say die: Cubs battle back for wild walk-off win over Pirates

It would have been so easy for the Cubs to just chalk this one up as a loss and head home.

But this 2016 Cubs team isn't built that way.

They showed what they're made of again Monday, walking off the Pirates, 8-7, in front of 38,951 fans at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs had plenty of chances to score all game, including in extra innings as Javy Baez was thrown out at home plate to end both the 10th and 12th innings.

In the top of the 13th, the Pirates finally broke through, loading the bases with nobody out against Rob Zastryzny and scoring a run — but only one run.

In the bottom of the 13th, the Cubs got their offense going again as Dexter Fowler and Kris Bryant led the inning off with singles to put runners at the corners. Anthony Rizzo then singled through the infield to tie the game and drive home Fowler.

Ben Zobrist was intentionally walked to load the bases with nobody out, setting the stage for Miguel Montero's walk-off single to start the Cubs' homestand off on a positive note and send Zastryzny home with his first MLB victory.

It capped off a game in which almost 465 pitches were thrown and took more than five hours to complete.

"We got in late last night," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "I got back about 3 a.m. So these guys — they're coming off West Coast to the Central Time Zone, they're tired, we had to show up today early for a picture — that happens sometimes — and they came out and played until Midnight.

"Of course you want to win that game. That's a tough game to lose. But understand the effort that you saw tonight based on a lot of fatigue. And that's probably what I'm most proud of."

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The Cubs opened up a 3-0 lead on Pirates rookie starter Steven Brault early, but they could have easily had more, narrowly missing home runs in the first (Zobrist) and third innings (Jorge Soler).

The Pirates, meanwhile, came roaring back against Jake Arrieta. 

First, Josh Bell hit a solo homer just over the basket in left field in the fourth inning. Then Gregory Polanco deposited a three-run shot down the left-field line in the sixth inning, two batters after it appeared the Cubs had gotten a strike-'em-out, throw-'em-out double play. Home plate umpire Tripp Gibson disagreed, calling the pitch Ball 4 to Bell and putting two runners on with nobody out instead of two outs and nobody on. Arrieta was irate, staring down the umpire and prompting a visit from Maddon, who proceeded to get in Gibson's face at the base of the mound after calming down Arrieta.

"That's an entirely different baseball game right there that occurred on that particular pitch," Maddon said. "Everything turned on that particluar pitch.

"But I'm not gonna denigrate the umpire. We had plenty of opportunities — PLENTY — to win that game in a normal fashion or earlier. We had so many great at-bats to set it up and then we could not seal the deal."

Arrieta was also saddled with a pair of runs in the seventh inning, with Travis Wood letting two inherited runners score on Josh Harrison's two-out double to make it a 6-3 Pirates lead.

The reigning NL Cy Young winner finished with a tough-luck line that flashed six earned runs in 6 1/3 innings on five hits and three walks.

Then the Cubs began their comeback.

In the eighth, Jason Heyward doubled and Willson Contreras homered to straightaway center.

With one out in the ninth, Soler sent a charge into Tony Watson's offering to tie the game with a blast to center.

That set up Montero for the storybook ending.

"The resiliency of our team is incredible," Arrieta said. "That's what you need down the stretch. ... Just a crazy ballgame all the way around."

Preview: White Sox continue series with Tigers on CSN

Preview: White Sox continue series with Tigers on CSN

The White Sox continue their road series with the Tigers on Tuesday night in the Motor City, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage from Detroit starts at 6 p.m. Then be sure to stick around following the final out for reaction and analysis on White Sox Postgame Live.

Today's starting pitching matchup: Anthony Ranaudo (0-1, 7.88 ERA) vs. Daniel Norris (2-2, 3.63 ERA)

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Isaiah Wright, young fan with cancer, receives VIP treatment from White Sox

Isaiah Wright, young fan with cancer, receives VIP treatment from White Sox

Berwyn-native and White Sox fan Isaiah Wright entered the world fighting the odds. At just 14 years old, he has undergone multiple organ transplants and more than 50 surgeries because of a rare birth defect.

Isaiah and his family have an appreciation for just how precious life can be and they were able to make the most of a recent visit to the South Side for a White Sox game, where he received VIP treatment and met his favorite players, including a private meeting with Jose Abreu.

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