Fighting like brothers, Navarro forced Garza to see things in new light

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Fighting like brothers, Navarro forced Garza to see things in new light

Cubs' Tom Ricketts has 'high expectations' for Aroldis Chapman despite checkered past

Cubs' Tom Ricketts has 'high expectations' for Aroldis Chapman despite checkered past

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts released a statement on Monday following the Aroldis Chapman trade with the New York Yankees

Ricketts addresses Chapman's past domestic incident and the importance of reducing domestic violence.

“Obviously, we are aware of the circumstances surrounding Aroldis Chapman's suspension earlier this season. We are also aware that he cooperated fully with the league investigation and takes responsibility for his actions.

“Today, prior to completing the trade, Theo, Jed and I spoke with Aroldis. I shared with him the high expectations we set for our players and staff both on and off the field. Aroldis indicated he is comfortable with meeting those expectations.

“Finally, my family, this team and Major League Baseball take the issue of domestic violence very seriously and support efforts to reduce domestic violence through education, awareness and intervention.”

Chapman also added the following:

“As you know, earlier this year I accepted and served a 30-game suspension from Major League Baseball resulting from my actions of October 30, 2015. I regret that I did not exercise better judgment and for that I am truly sorry. Looking back, I feel I have learned from this matter and have grown as a person. My girlfriend and I have worked hard to strengthen our relationship, to raise our daughter together, and would appreciate the opportunity to move forward without revisiting an event we consider part of our past.

"Out of respect for my family, I will not comment any further on this matter."

Michael Jordan voices concern, donates $2 million to police, African-American groups

Michael Jordan voices concern, donates $2 million to police, African-American groups

Michael Jordan has decided to speak out on the country's growing racial and social unrest.

The NBA legend released a statement Monday voicing his concern about the shootings of African-Americans and the targeting of police officers. In the statement, Jordan announced his donation of $1 million each to two organizations involved in efforts to bring police officers and African-Americans together.

"As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well."

“I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported.”

As someone who has been known for — and criticized for — keeping a low profile when it comes to social and political advocacy, this is a big public milestone for Jordan.

You can read Jordan's full statement to The Undefeated here.

Pat Fitzgerald tweets apology to Lovie Smith for 'fumbling' welcome

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Pat Fitzgerald tweets apology to Lovie Smith for 'fumbling' welcome

It was an honest mistake, but one that started a small social media brushfire.

Northwestern head coach was the first coach to speak Monday at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, and he started by welcoming new head coaches Chris Ash, DJ Durkin and Tracy Claeys to the Big Ten "coaches fraternity." Ash and Durkin were Big Ten assistants and are now working their first years at Rutgers and Maryland, respectively, while Claeys is in his first full season as the head man at Minnesota after taking over midseason for Jerry Kill last year.

But one name was noticeably absent from Fitzgerald's welcome list: first-year Illinois head coach Lovie Smith.

Social media lit up with speculation of a rivalry-fueled snub, but everybody settle down, this was hardly intentional. And Fitzgerald corrected his mistake via Twitter right after his press conference concluded.

Smith's arrival at Illinois brings plenty of attention, the former Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach bringing his NFL resume to Champaign. It also adds more intrigue to the annual battle for the Land of Lincoln Trophy. Fitzgerald's Wildcats and Smith's Illini meet in the annual fight for "the hat" on Nov. 26 in Evanston.