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Chicago Cubs Fans Named Best in the World | NBC Chicago

Cubs fans may have already considered themselves the best in the world, but now it's official, according to a new report. 

Lifestyle site FanSided released their inaugural list of the 250 fanbases that are the best and most passionate across sports, entertainment, tech and more. 

To few Chicagoans' surprise, the Cubs took home top honors, coming in at number one ahead of Star Wars, Beyonce and the Dallas Cowboys. 

"The true sign of a die-hard fanbase is its willingness to stick with the team through good times and bad," the site reads. "And surely no fanbase has proven itself more adept at the latter than that of the Chicago Cubs."

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Wade Davis trade would give Cubs a proven October closer | CSN Chicago

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Cubs are reportedly moving closer toward acquiring Wade Davis — an All-Star closer who’s already notched the final out of the World Series — in a deal with the Kansas City Royals that would involve outfielder Jorge Soler.

The Cubs are making pitching their top priority this week at the winter meetings as they build out the team that will defend the franchise’s first World Series title in 108 years. If healthy, Davis would provide exactly the kind of late-game force the Cubs were looking for when they checked into the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside Washington, D.C.

At a time when Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen are looking to smash the record contract the San Francisco Giants just gave Mark Melancon (four years, $62 million), the Cubs could stay flexible for the future and mitigate risk with Davis, who will make $10 million in 2017 and can become a free agent after that season.

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Former Bears running back Rashaan Salaam dies at 42 - NFL.com

Former Heisman Trophy winner and Chicago Bears' first-round pick Rashaan Salaam was found dead Monday night in Boulder, Colo.

He was 42. Boulder police told the University of Colorado there were no signs of foul play.

Salaam rushed for 2,055 yards and 24 touchdowns in 1994, leading a vaunted Colorado team that also featured future NFL stars Kordell Stewart, Michael Westbrook and Christian Fauria. At the time, Salaam was just the fourth player in college football history to reach the 2,000-yard mark.

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Aroldis Chapman says Chicago Cubs not interested, wants six years

Aroldis Chapman wants a six-year deal and says the Chicago Cubs haven't shown interest in bringing him back.

Speaking to ESPN's Marly Rivera on the phone, Chapman said that the only thing he has asked for in negotiations is the term of his next deal.

"The only thing I have expressed that I would like is a six-year contract," the left-hander said. "I know that doesn't mean that I will get it, but that's what I would like to sign. There are rumors out there that I requested $100 million, and that's not true at all. I believe that if you deserve something, you don't ask for it."

Chapman has not had direct communications with teams yet.

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Cubs raise season ticket prices 19.5 percent - Chicago Tribune

After waiting a lifetime for a championship team, Cubs fans will discover the price of success.

The average price of season tickets will rise 19.5 percent in 2017, the Cubs announced Monday, with increases ranging from 6 percent for upper-deck reserved seats to 31 percent for infield club box seats.

The highest-priced premium seat is $409 for a dugout box for one of the three "diamond" games — the home opener and Saturday games against the Yankees and Cardinals — while the lowest is $8 for upper outfield reserved for one of nine "bronze" games, weekday games in April and early May.

Colin Faulkner, senior vice president of sales and marketing, pointed to the "unprecedented demand" this year's championship season created.

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Hawkeyes clear the air about defensive deficiencies | Iowa Hawkeyes Basketball | qctimes.com

IOWA CITY — It was enough that the Iowa basketball team gave up bunches and bunches of points to such teams as Notre Dame, Memphis and Seton Hall over the past few weeks.

But when it happened again Saturday against Omaha, the sort of program Big Ten schools schedule in order to pad their records before the conference season begins, members of the Iowa team decided it was time to clear the air.

After head coach Fran McCaffery finished his post-game chat, the Iowa players had a little meeting of their own and it wasn’t just the team’s veteran leaders who did the talking.

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10 thoughts on the Bears' 26-6 win over the 49ers - Chicago Tribune

10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears picked up their third victory of the season by pummeling the hapless San Francisco 49ers 26-6 on Sunday at Soldier Field.

1. The Bears don’t have the best pass rush in the NFL and they are a fair distance away from even being in the discussion for that. But they do have three defenders with six sacks or more – Willie Young (7 ½), Leonard Floyd (7) and Akiem Hicks (6) – and going into Monday night’s Colts-Jets tilt, the Vikings are the only other team that can make that claim. Minnesota’s Danielle Hunter (9 ½), Everson Griffen (6) and Brian Robison (6) have the Vikings rushing the passer with success.

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Florida to face Iowa in Outback Bowl Jan. 2 | Iowa | wcfcourier.com

IOWA CITY — Iowa football players expect to learn a lot about Outback Bowl opponent Florida in the coming days and weeks, but the Hawkeyes realized one thing on Sunday.

The work they put in to create a memorable finish to the regular season following a 5-4 start to the year was rewarded with a chance to play in a traditional January bowl game.

“You work all year in hopes of finishing the season in a New Year’s bowl and because we stuck together, because we kept the faith, we made that happen,’’ tight end George Kittle said Sunday shortly after Iowa was invited to play in the Jan. 2 game at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium.

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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James wears Chicago Cubs uniform to settle bet with Chicago Bulls' Dwyane Wade

CHICAGO -- Cubs fans had to wait 108 years to see their team win a World Series and another month to see one of the most famous athletes in the world pay off a bet by wearing the uniform of their team because the Cleveland Indians were the lovable losers this time around.

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Final Playoff Projection: Alabama-Ohio State, Clemson-Washington

The Football Four Playoff Projection committee on Saturday remained unanimous on what it sees as the top seed for the College Football Playoff.

But the panel had atypical disagreement about the four-team bracket's fourth seed. For the past two seasons, the final four-team Playoff Projection has been comprised of the four teams that made the Playoff selection committee's field.

That may happen again this season, as the Projection panel placed Alabama at No. 1, Clemson at No. 2, Washington at No. 3 and Ohio State at No. 4. But one-third of the Projection panel said Saturday that Penn State should be the  No. 4 seed instead of the Buckeyes.

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