CHICAGO (AP) — After struggling prior to the All-Star break, the Chicago Cubs have started the second half clicking on all cylinders. Jason Heyward, Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber hit home runs and the Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-3 on Sunday for a three-game sweep. The NL Central leaders posted their first series win since taking all three from St. Louis on June 7-9. The Cubs were 10-16 in the 26 games before last week's break. They outscored Pirates 22-10 in the series and manager Joe Maddon credited the rest during the break as the major factor behind the turnaround. "People don't want to listen to that because it's too simple," Maddon said. "If you're more rested, you tend to do what you do better. If you're not, you tend to do not as good." Robel Garcia had a pair of doubles and Anthony Rizzo added two hits as Chicago improved to 32-16 at Wrigley Field. Cubs starter Jose Quintana (7-7) allowed three runs on six hits in six innings to win his third straight start. … [Read more...] about Cubs hit 3 homers, beat Pirates 8-3 to complete 3-game sweep
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CHICAGO (AP) — Addison Russell's future with the Chicago Cubs is a tentative proposition. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein says Russell is getting a "conditional second chance" with the Cubs after he was suspended for 40 games last October for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. Even the slightest misstep likely would mean the end of his time with the team. "We are going to take it one day at a time," Epstein said Friday on the first day of the Cubs' annual fan convention. "If he continues to meet the high standards we've laid out for him, put the work in, he will be eligible to return to the Cubs after serving his full suspension." Russell, who turns 25 on Wednesday, isn't allowed to attend this weekend's festivities because of his punishment, but he is expected to be with the team for spring training. The troubled shortstop is eligible to return on May 3 against St. Louis, barring any postponements. Russell was disciplined after his ex-wife … [Read more...] about Suspended Addison Russell getting ‘conditional second chance’ with Cubs
Former Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians wrote a story published by The Athletic on Monday where he explained his decision to retire from the NFL. The story, titled "I'm retiring after nearly 40 years coaching, ready for my second act" was written by Arians and Lars Anderson, who also joined forces with Arians on the former NFL coach's book, "The Quarterback Whisperer." The story published shortly after news broke that Arians wasn't returning to the Cardinals next season (maybe leading some to believe that Arians' retirement decision wasn’t as last minute as it was made out to be). Arians writes that telling his players that he was retiring was "one of the hardest things I've ever had to do," but he also writes about how it was time for him to move on from the game. My buddy @BruceArians at podium. Announces retirement, in tears. Will have more shortly.— Lars Anderson (@LarsAnderson71) January 1, 2018 He writes: "I love my players, … [Read more...] about Bruce Arians writes story to explain decision to retire as Arizona Cardinals coach
A day after becoming the winningest coach in Cardinals history, Bruce Arians became an ex-coach, announcing his retirement in a tearful press conference on Monday at the team’s Tempe facility. Arians, 65, won 50 games with the Cardinals, one more than Ken Whisenhunt, and left the NFL on his terms, a rarity for head coaches. “It’s been a great ride,” he said. “I will miss the game.” The Cardinals won in Seattle Sunday afternoon to finish 8-8. Afterward, Arians told his players of his plans, but none of them leaked the news to reporters. “There’s no greater feeling in the world than knowing young players have your back,” Arians said. RELATED: Bruce Arians writes story to explain decision to retire as Cardinals coach Arians won, and lost, in style. He wore colorful hats, stylish clothes and applied his “no risk-it, no biscuit” philosophy to both life and football. For the most part, his “coach them hard, hug … [Read more...] about Bruce Arians announces retirement as Arizona Cardinals coach
Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Springfield mom meets kidney donor for first time Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Buy Photo Kidney transplant recipient Beth Larsen throws the first pitch as donor Scott Hopfinger watches before the Cardinals game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 1, 2018. Michael Gulledge/For the News-Leader Michael Gulledge/For the News-Leader Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Kidney donor Scott Hopfinger hugs transplant recipient Beth Larsen after meeting in person for the first time while walking to throw the first pitch before the Cardinals game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 1, 2018. Michael Gulledge/For the News-Leader Michael Gulledge/For the News-Leader Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Photos from kidney transplant recipient Beth Larsen meeting her donor Scott Hopfinger and throwing the first pitch before the Cardinals game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 1, … [Read more...] about Cardinal fan from Springfield needed a miracle. She got one from a random Cub fan.