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Cubs' Maddon: Athletes not respecting White House 'not a good situation'

Matt Marton / USA TODAY Sports<p>President Donald Trump drew the ire of several American athletes Friday when he ripped anthem protesters in the NFL …

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Joe Maddon clarifies remark on 'respecting' White House

Joe Maddon clarified a statement he made Saturday about the controversy pitting President Trump against protesting athletes, saying he was unaware of Trump’s reference to NFL players as "S.O.B.’s."<p>“I had no idea what he said,” Maddon said Sunday before the Cubs-Brewers game at Miller Park. “I mean, …

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Joe Maddon feels the heat from White House comments and rethinks Trump vs. sports world

MILWAUKEE – Sticking to sports becomes impossible when Donald Trump calls protesting NFL players sons of b------ and feuds with NBA superstars …

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Joe Maddon on NFL national anthem protests: 'It's very understandable'

SEE MORE VIDEOS<p>Cubs manager Joe Maddon weighs in on the national anthem protests throughout the National Football League on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Cubs, Brewers meet in key series finale

MILWAUKEE -- The postseason is still a week away, but the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs can expect another afternoon of playoff-like intensity …

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Why Kyle Hendricks could be poised for bigger role in playoff rotation

MILWAUKEE – If these games in Milwaukee this weekend – three consecutive 10-inning bouts and counting – are as close to playoff intensity as the Cubs …

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The rise of Justin Wilson could be game-changer for Cubs

MILWAUKEE -- The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers continued a playoff-like series on Saturday, becoming the first two teams to battle into extra …

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Watch Joe Maddon discuss the Cubs loss to Milwaukee on Saturday where

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the Cubs loss to Milwaukee on Saturday where closer Wade Davis blew his first save of the season.

Shaw helps Brewers get extra-innings redemption with walk-off win over Cubs

<b>MILWAUKEE --</b> Travis Shaw hit a game-winning two-run homer with one out in the 10th inning off All-Star closer Wade Davis, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.<p>Shaw jumped up and down near the plate as he waited for the ball to clear the left-field fence. The …

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Cubs' Joe Maddon intrigued by two-way player

As far back as the 1980s in the Angels' organization, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon looked for ways to find a pitcher who could hit on days he didn't pitch.<p>The possibility of Japanese two-way star Shohei Otani raised Maddon's curiosity, although Maddon hasn't seen Otani - who hasn't declared to …

Cubs manager Joe Maddon no fan of early start after night game

After navigating the Cubs to a 10-inning victory Friday night that lasted four hours, three minutes, manager Joe Maddon didn't lose his sense of sarcasm.<p>Maddon isn't pleased that the Cubs and Brewers will have little time to recover as they meet Saturday in a 12:05 p.m. game at Miller Park.<p>"It’s …

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What in the heck is Derek Jeter doing with the Marlins?

Last night we linked the Miami Herald story about the Marlins firing special assistants Jeff Conine, Andre Dawson, Tony Perez and Jack McKeon. Let’s …

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Cubs' Joe Maddon eschews free agent lobbying

Manager Joe Maddon appreciates the significant roles closer Wade Davis and outfielder Jon Jay have played in the Chicago Cubs' surge toward the National League Central title.<p>But Maddon, recalling a lesson he learned two decades ago, said he won't publicly lobby for the team to re-sign them or other …

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All-Star closer Wade Davis hopes to talk to Cubs about a return in ’18

MILWAUKEE – Cubs closer Wade Davis spends about as much emotion on his impending free agent status as he does on the mound in the ninth inning.“Not …

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Jake Arrieta provides an answer for Cubs rotation full of questions

MILWAUKEE — Don’t be fooled by the crowd size, fan reaction and media attention devoted Thursday to the opener of a late-September showdown between …

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How the Cubs turned an All-Star break deficit into a chance to put away the Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- The Chicago Cubs' second-half turnaround began with a home run.<p>That isn't a shock, considering the record number of long balls hit this …

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Cubs say this isn’t the beginning of the end for their ace: ‘I believe in Jon Lester’

MILWAUKEE – Cubs executives bet on Jon Lester because they had so much inside information from their time together with the Boston Red Sox and …

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Minds, bodies in Milwaukee, heavy hearts in Puerto Rico for some Cubs

MILWAUKEE — Cubs catcher <b>Rene Rivera</b> finally got through to his mom in Puerto Rico on Thursday morning.Rookie <b>Victor Caratini</b> and <b>Javy Baez</b> still were …

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Alex Avila starts behind the plate for the Cubs on Friday as Willson Contreras will get the night off. The Cubs and Brewers play an early Saturday game so Joe Maddon is splitting up the catching duties. Jon Jay leads off again with Ben Zobrist batting clean up.

Alex Avila starts behind the plate for the Cubs on Friday as Willson Contreras will get the night off. The Cubs and Brewers play an early Saturday …

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Cubs magic number is 6 after rallying to beat Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- There were two big story lines heading into Thursday night's Cubs-Brewers game at Miller Park: Jake Arrieta's return to the Cubs' …

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Cubs insist Jon Lester is healthy and his recent problems are fixable

General manager <b>Jed Hoyer</b> has watched left-hander <b>Jon Lester</b> evolution as a Red Sox rookie throwing 97 mph in 2006 to a more polished starter with four effective pitches.<p>But after a string of inconsistent outings that included a short one Wednesday night, Hoyer and other Cubs staffers can only hope …

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Cubs ace Jon Lester addresses command woes on Twitter

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — With 11 games left and their closest rivals staring them in the face this weekend, stuff just got real for the Cubs.An 8-1 …

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Wade Davis is the big-game hunter Cubs need now - and maybe in the future

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The origin story of Wade Davis transforming into a dominant closer goes back several years ago and involves a black bear on …

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Rays play wonderful tribute video for Cubs manager Joe Maddon

The Rays had a nice tribute video ready for Joe Maddon’s return to Tropicana Field on Tuesday. He was the manager of the franchise from 2006-14 and led them to their first and so far only World Series in 2008.<p>The Cubs manager seemed to enjoy the video and the applause from the crowd as he waved and …

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Imagine Chris Archer playing for a big-market team like the Cubs

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Picture Chris Archer performing with Wrigley Field as the backdrop – the one Joe Maddon compared to a computer-generated scene …

Maddon honored by Rays in return to St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG -- Joe Maddon returned to Tropicana Field on Tuesday night. The Rays' icon fashioned a Cubs uniform, bringing along his customary …

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Every likely playoff team's one big lineup question

Let’s look at the 10 teams currently holding down a playoff position and what lineup questions they might still need to resolve as we inch closer to …

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Chicago Cubs: Two-game series sweep in sight in Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 19: Manager Joe Maddon #70 of the Chicago Cubs speaks with catcher Rene Rivera #7 on the field before the start of a …

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Carpenter's shoulder still an issue

CINCINNATI • Facing what may have been the Cardinals’ last gasp at slowing the Cubs and raising their chances, Cubs manager Joe Maddon chose to load …

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Without Rays' leap, Joe Maddon's way might not have made it to Chicago

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It all began in a hotel in Houston, during the 2005 World Series.<p>While the baseball world descended on the city to watch the …

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