Te'o will always call Notre Dame 'home'

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Te'o will always call Notre Dame 'home'

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame senior linebacker Manti Te'o couldn't have asked for a better way to go out in his final game at Notre Dame Stadium on Senior Day.

Te'o finished with six tackles on the afternoon in helping secure an Irish' 38-0 shut out of Wake Forest.

"That's a great way to end my career playing here in Notre Dame," an emotional Te'o said.

There were two moments from Senior Day that will stick with Te'o for the rest of his life; greeting his family on the 50-yard line before the game and the timeout Brian Kelly called to let the Notre Dame faithful give Te'o and Kapron Lewis-Moore a standing ovation for the last time.

"Oh yeah, it was everything and more," the senior linebacker said. "There was that moment and then when coach took me out, that was another moment. So definitely two things I'll always remember for the rest of my life."

The journey to get to this point -- a coaching change and no double-digit wining seasons until this year -- has been rocky for the Hawaiian-native, but South Bend will always be a place he calls home.

"There are no words that can describe what this place means to me," Te'o said. "I never thought a place besides Laie could be my home, and this has been my home and more. Just the love and everything that this community has done for me and for my team and family. I'm definitely very blessed to be here."

One person that's been by Te'o's side since they were kids is senior wide receiver Robby Toma and this journey wouldn't have had a since of fulfillment without him.

"It was the best story ever," Te'o said. To have my best friend here, my brother, I call him my twin. We obviously don't look alike, but we're basically the same person. To have him here and see the joy in his eyes and send him out with a victory like that was something that was really fulfilling for me."

The four years of his Notre Dame career aren't over at this point -- with a possibe national championship and a long-shot Heisman trophy hanging in the balance -- but Te'o summed up his time in South Bend.

"A lot of highs and lows. I wouldn't trade it for the world. These are the things that money can't buy," Te'o said. I'm just glad that I was able to make my family proud and bring Notre Dame to where it's supposed to be. College football is a lot better when Notre Dame is good. So it's definitely great to be Irish."

Honda Road Ahead: Cubs offense looks to build off showing against Clayton Kershaw

Honda Road Ahead: Cubs offense looks to build off showing against Clayton Kershaw

CSN's Kelly Crull and analyst Dave Otto discuss the upcoming matchups and Kyle Schwarber's slump in this edition of the Cubs Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & NW Indiana Honda Dealers.

The Cubs haven't received any California love so far on their six-game road trip. 

At Dodger Stadium this weekend, the North Siders were swept away in three games that were never really close. And, now, Joe Maddon's club must regroup on the fly as they head to San Diego to open a three-game set with the Padres on Monday. 

If it's any consolation prize, the Cubs' bats did show signs of life against three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw on Sunday. They roughed him up for 11 hits and four earned runs. 

"I liked the at-bats that the Cubs had against Kershaw and the Dodgers today," Dave Otto said following the Cubs' 9-4 loss in the series finale. 

To salvage a decent road trip, the offense has to find some sort of consistent groove. The lineup was shutout twice in Los Angeles. 

Watch the video above to hear Kelly Crull and Dave Otto break down the upcoming series and the slumping order. 

 

Jon Lester vs. Clayton Kershaw doesn’t live up to expectations as Dodgers sweep Cubs

Jon Lester vs. Clayton Kershaw doesn’t live up to expectations as Dodgers sweep Cubs

LOS ANGELES – In a Cubs season that has already gone off script – or at least not followed the dynasty-in-waiting narrative – it made perfect sense that a Jon Lester vs. Clayton Kershaw matchup at Dodger Stadium would devolve into a slugfest and a bullpen battle.

Randy Newman’s voice – “I Love L.A.” – blasted from the sound system late Sunday afternoon as the Dodgers put the finishing touches on a three-game sweep of the defending World Series champs. The Cubs led for one half-inning during this entire weekend and will wake up in San Diego on Memorial Day as a 25-24 team.

This 9-4 blowout again showed that the Dodgers should be a force in October. Forget about the way forward-thinking manager Dave Roberts basically tried to MacGyver his way through last year’s National League Championship Series with three pitchers – Kershaw, lefty curveball specialist Rich Hill and star closer Kenley Jansen.

“That’s the big separator between what I saw last year and right now – how they’re pitching,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.

It didn’t matter that Kershaw got knocked out in the middle of the fifth inning after Willson Contreras, Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo launched home runs and the Cubs generated 11 hits off the three-time Cy Young Award winner.

Kershaw still outlasted Lester, who dropped his head, stared at the grass and walked off the mound with one out and two runners on in the fourth inning. The Cubs had earlier fallen into a 6-1 deficit after Lester gave up two three-run homers to Cody Bellinger and Kike Hernandez.

In back-to-back shutouts, the Dodgers (31-20) had already beaten a Cy Young Award winner dealing with questions about his velocity and looming free agency (Jake Arrieta) and a three-time World Series champion who’s 38 years old and now has a 5.18 ERA (John Lackey).

“It’s always tougher the second time, because everybody’s gunning for you,” said Ben Zobrist, who should be back in the lineup on Monday after missing two games with a sore left wrist. “Your expectations are even higher than they were before.

“But this team is definitely equal to the task. That’s not the problem as much as we just got to get back to the fundamentals and execution of the little details in the game. And everything else kind of takes care of itself.”