‘October really starts in March’: Theo Epstein reinforces Cubs’ sense of urgency with latest moves

If anyone doubted the Cubs’ sense of urgency this spring, President Theo Epstein reinforced it Sunday.

Here’s a link to the story at the Chicago Tribune.

Day 4 of the NCAA Tournament: Oregon is the only double-digit seed to reach the Sweet 16

Ehab Amin sparked Oregon out of a long drought to start the second half and the Ducks became the lone double-digit seed to advance to the Sweet 16 by beating UC Irvine 73-54 on Sunday night.

Here’s a link to the story at the Chicago Tribune.

6 Cubs players who may hold the key to a successful season

Back-to-back losses to the Brewers in the National League Central tiebreaker on Oct. 1 and to the Rockies in the NL wild-card game on Oct. 2 brought an abrupt and bitter end to the Cubs’ 95-win season in 2018.

Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

Goldschmidt, Cardinals bats, heating up at right time

JUPITER, Fla. — Paul Goldschmidt’s solo homer in the first inning of St. Louis’ Grapefruit League finale Sunday against Miami is indicative of what manager Mike Shildt has been saying all week.

Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

Mullins leads list of candidates to take Saluki Basketball into 2020

CARBONDALE — SIU athletic director Jerry Kill might not have to go too far to find the next head coach of the Salukis’ marquee program.

Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

Bradley awarded lowest seed in MVC history, Loyola given 7th seed in NIT

Bradley’s men’s basketball team received the worst NCAA Tournament seed in the history of the Missouri Valley Conference Sunday, drawing a 15 in the East Region.

Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

Duke picked as overall top seed in March Madness

The return of Zion Williamson has worked wonders for the Duke Blue Devils.

Here’s a link to the story at Fox Sports.

Cardinals notebook: Wacha, perhaps in Cards camp for last time, has another strong outing

JUPITER, Fla. • Michael Wacha seems to be having more fun in the Cardinals’ clubhouse this spring than he probably ever has.

Here’s a link to the story at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Theo Epstein is impressed by the Cubs’ bullpen depth, and they’ll need it after so many injuries

After their pleas for free-agent slugger Bryce Harper fell on deaf ears and empty wallets, Cubs fans shouldn’t expect a major acquisition to address some of the dents the team’s bullpen has suffered this spring.

Here’s a link to the story at the Chicago Tribune.

Column: Win now and win later: The Cubs and White Sox are eyeing different goals as opening day nears

Jim Thome was talking to White Sox players about eggs earlier this week.
Here’s a link to the story at the Chicago Tribune.