Cubs starting lineup -- Sunday


Cubs starting lineup -- Sunday

Here's a look at today's starting lineup for the Cubs. In their final matchup of the series, Chicago looks for a win against Milwaukee after falling short in their last two games.

1. David DeJesus RF
2. Tony Campana CF
3. Starlin Castro SS
4. Bryan LaHair 1B
5. Alfonso Soriano LF
6. Ian Stewart 3B
7. Geovany Soto C
8. Darwin Barney 2B
9. Jeff Samardzija P

Marco Estrada will start on the mound for the Brewers.

Gophers to meet Washington State in Holiday Bowl


Gophers to meet Washington State in Holiday Bowl

For the first time since 1962, Gopher fans will be able to escape the Minnesota winter for a bowl game in California.

Minnesota will be heading to San Diego for the Holiday Bowl, where it will face off against Washington State on Dec. 27.

The Gophers finished 8-4, winning at least eight games in a season for the third time in past four years after doing it just three times since the late 1960s. Their success was quiet, as they racked up few impressive wins, counting only two against Big Ten teams that reached bowl eligibility, Northwestern and Maryland, teams that finished with 6-6 records.

This is Minnesota's fifth consecutive bowl appearance and the program's 14th in the past 18 seasons.

Washington State also finished the season with an 8-4 record out in the Pac-12 and had an eight-game winning streak in the middle of the season before losing its final two games to the two teams that played in the Pac-12 title game, Washington and Colorado.

These two programs have met five previous times, all in regular-season games in Minneapolis. But the last one came way back in 1988. Minnesota is 2-3 against Washington State all-time.

Huskers on wrong end of home-field advantage vs. Tennessee in Music City Bowl


Huskers on wrong end of home-field advantage vs. Tennessee in Music City Bowl

Bowl games are technically neutral-site affairs, but it sure won't feel that way for the Huskers.

Nebraska will be on the wrong end of a distinct home-field advantage when it takes on Tennessee in the Music City Bowl, played Dec. 30 in Nashville.

The Volunteers will be playing in front of their home-state fans, Nashville just a couple hours' drive from campus in Knoxville.

This is the Huskers' second straight bowl trip in as many seasons under Mike Riley. Despite a 5-7 regular-season finish last year, Nebraska beat UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl to finish Riley's first season in Lincoln on a positive note. This season, the Huskers finished the regular season at 9-3, losing three of their last five games to Wisconsin, Ohio State and Iowa.

Tennessee finished the season at 8-4, losing games throughout the season to Texas A&M, Alabama, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. Only one of those teams finished the season ranked — the No. 1 Crimson Tide — but the Volunteers stayed in the rankings, ending the year at No. 21.

This will be the fourth meeting between these two programs, the previous three all coming in bowl games. Nebraska beat Tennessee in the Orange Bowl to close out the 1997 national-championship season and won in the Fiesta Bowl to finish off the 1999 campaign.