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Arrieta pitches, Schwarber hits Cubs past Giants - Yahoo Sports

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Kyle Schwarber has just four hits in his last 29 at bats, though all have been for home runs. He set a club record along the way.

Schwarber, Miguel Montero and Starlin Castro all hit home runs in support of another solid outing from Jake Arrieta, and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 8-5 Tuesday night for their sixth straight win.

Schwarber's towering, three-run homer in the third set the tone for the Cubs, who have won 21 of 25 games to pull 7 1/2 games ahead of the Giants


Winston shows progress in Bucs victory over Bengals - Yahoo Sports

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston is making strides as an NFL quarterback. Now he has a home victory to build on.

Monday night's 25-11 preseason victory over the Cincinnati Bengals may not count in the standings, but it was welcomed by a team trying to change the culture of a franchise that hadn't posted a win - exhibition or regular season - at Raymond James Stadium since 2013.

''Obviously people are going to look at this as a preseason game but in that locker room, our team morale, we are going to look at it as we get a win,'' said Winston, the first overall pick in this year's draft. ''That's definitely important. We get a win. It does matter. It doesn't matter if it's a football game in a Wal-Mart parking lot, we want to win.''


Kris Bryant strengthens Rookie of the Year candidacy with walk-off blast | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

In what should come as no surprise to astute fans who follow the game, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is making a strong push for the Rookie of the Year award. Bryant was baseball's latest uber-prospect back in March, and his callup was debated by national media, fans and in the local Chicago bars.

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Bryant strenghened his case for the award Monday against the Cleveland Indians. After Cleveland mounted a comeback in the ninth inning, Bryant had a chance to play the hero in the bottom of the frame. He would deliver.

On the first pitch he saw from reliever Zach McAllister, Bryant smashed an 80 mph curve out to right for the walk-off shot. It was his second walk-off blast this season and 20th home run of the year.


Iowa turns to sophomore Myers to replace Scherff | FOX Sports

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The public debut for Boone Myers as Iowa's starting left tackle was largely disappointing.

Fortunately for the Hawkeyes, it appears to have been just a rare bad day for the youngster set to replace Outland Trophy winner Brandon Scherff.

Myers looked nowhere near ready to take over for the fifth overall pick in the recent NFL draft after a shaky workout performance earlier this month at Kinnick Stadium. But Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz remains high on Myers, who has held onto the starting job as Iowa prepares for its opener against Illinois State on Sept. 5.

''He's done a lot of good things too, and he's won a lot of battles. It's ironic, because that week he made progress. It was really clear to me that he was really improving,'' Ferentz said. ''It didn't show up that Saturday. But that's part of the experience.''


Best case/worst case: Iowa Hawkeyes - Big Ten Blog - ESPN

Football returns next week. Read those words again. Just in time, we’re sharing our visions for 2015 in the Big Ten, revisiting one of most enjoyable projects on the calendar: the best case/worst case scenarios.

Please remember that these are not predictions. We’re trying to have fun. These outlooks are meant to offer a reasonable ceiling and floor for each team. But don’t take it too seriously.

The Iowa Hawkeyes are up next:

Best case

Payback has never tasted so good for Kirk Ferentz.


Reggie Wayne going to New England, agrees to deal with Patriots | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports

The New England Patriots are hoping that Reggie Wayne still has one more good season left in his great career.

The Patriots and Wayne, the long-time Indianapolis Colts receiver who is likely headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame someday, agreed to a one-year deal according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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It's an interesting move. Wayne is a six-time Pro Bowler, but looked like he was at the end last season. He was coming off ACL surgery, turned 36 years old in November, and had his worst season since very early in his career. Despite catching passes from Andrew Luck, Wayne had just 64 receptions on 116 targets, for 779 yards and two touchdowns. Wayne was a still a contributor, but nothing like the elite receiver who has collected 14,345 yards and 80 touchdowns in the NFL.


Beathard settles in as the guy

Hawkeye C.J. Beathard’s favorite professional quarterbacks have one quality that separates them from the field: an unmatched ability to process what the defense gives them in a matter of seconds.

“Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, those are a couple of my favorites, and they’re the best in the game,” Beathard said. “Aaron Rodgers is a great one, too; they’re so good at what they do it’s hard not to look up to them.”


VIDEO: Dan Hampton predicts a 10-6 season for the 2015 Chicago Bears | Chicago Sun-Times

Dan Hampton, a starting defensive lineman on the 1985 Chicago Bears, has high hopes for John Fox, Jay Cutler and the 2015 Chicago Bears.

“We’re not asking Jay Cutler to be Johnny Unitas,” Hampton said. “Just don’t throw the ball to the idiots on the other team.”