VIDEO: Tottenham Hotspur F Harry Kane talks day with Chicago Cubs


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Harry Kane met the media in Chicago tonight following the 2 nil triumph over the Chicago Fire in a preseason friendly between the MLS and Premier League. Kane scored the first goal assisted by Lewis Holtby. Aaron Lennon tallied the second with an assist from Roberto Soldado.

In the media session I asked Kane, (KANER!!!, people reading this in Chicago will get that joke, no one outside of Chicago probably will) about meeting Cubs All-Star Anthony Rizzo, National League leader in home runs.

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PHOTOS: Tottenham Hotspur spends night at the Chicago Cubs


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Tottenham Hotspur got to take in a game with the Chicago Cubs. They were guests of honor at Wrigley Field. Here is the photo collection.

Twenty year old forward Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur threw out a ceremonial first pitch the other night at Wrigley Field before the Cubs took on the San Diego Padres. The event is leading up to Spurs’ international friendly against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park Saturday, July 26.

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PHOTOS: Tottenham star Harry Kane threw out 1st ball at Cubs game


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Twenty year old forward Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur threw out a ceremonial first pitch tonight at Wrigley Field before the Chicago Cubs of MLB took on the San Diego Padres. The event is leading up to Spurs’ international friendly against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park Saturday, July 26.

He, along with Michael Dawson, also exchanged shirts with MLB All-Star Anthony Rizzo.

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VIDEO: Cubs fans excited about FAKE Cubs prospects


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Some experts believe the Chicago Cubs now have the best farm system in all of baseball. So I decided to see how much those who bleed Cubbie blue really know about the blue chip prospects who might be headed to Wrigley Field one day. I anagrammed a view names and gave each fake name a faux biography as well.

Then I teamed up with the Chicago Tribune’s RedEye edition for a typical man on the street piece outside of Wrigley. The results were even better than I expected. One fan even claims to have seen the non-existent prospect play in person.

Here’s a sample of the reaction we got from a few Cubs fans:

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Tottenham Hotspur throwing out 1st ball at Chicago Cubs


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Update: player who will throw out first ball has been chosen!

The Chicago Fire of the MLS welcome Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur to the Windy City for an international friendly on Saturday, July 26. It will be televised on ESPN2, and it kicks off at 7 p.m. CST at Toyota Park.

Spurs who drew with the Seattle Sounders 3-3 last night, will play Toronto FC and then arrive in Chicago at noon on Thursday, July 24, will kick off their tour of the city by joining in a ceremonial bell-ringing at the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

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The 2014 BSPYs


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Awards shows are self-congratulatory industry bacchanalia that we play voyeur to because we love watching rich and famous people be rich and famous and pretend to be humble.

Slap on a death montage and a lifetime achievement award of some sort to keep it from being a full blown orgy of how awesome everyone must think this specific entertainment medium being celebrated is.

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More Money For Sports In Brazil And Chicago, More Problems


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Thing about television is that it only shows you the unpleasant and the uncomfortable when it makes for better theater. Rarely is such the case in viewing sports. Besides the actual game action, a national broadcast is going to feed you shots of local peculiarities and regional foodstuffs during timeouts.

Going in and out of commercials you get the blimp views of the stadia amid a lit up downtown at night, stock footage of hustle and bustle during the daytime, and shots of some unique piece of architecture soundtracked by a song from and/or about whatever city the game is in. Oh, hey, look at the city-native-but-now-probably-expatriate celebrity in the stands totally trying to go unnoticed in that black baseball cap. (8,974 screenshots get tweeted.)

And Drake. There’s always Drake.

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Cubs prospects review: Vogelbach, Blackburn, Johnson, Soler


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cubsWith the recent promotion of 2B/CF Arismendy Alcantara to the Cubs, and the positive early returns, Cubs prospect watching has taken on more excitement.  Today, we are featuring the most likely player in the system to serve as the Cubs’ designated hitter if the National League, as has been rumored, adopts this rule.  We will also feature two blue-chip prospects who have recently returned from injuries and another prospect who is putting together a solid season at a lower level of the system.

Let’s get to work:

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Ozzie Guillen, of all people, praises Chicago Cubs rebuild


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Former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is famous for despising Wrigley Field. He spoke of how the rats there are a big as pigs. Needless to say he’s not the biggest Cubs fan, and the idea of his managing on the North side some day sounds ridiculous. But it might not be as crazy as you think. For now though Guillen is an ESPN Analyst and he talked with the media to preview the MLB Home Run Derby.

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When will the Cubs contend again? Fox Sports lead MLB team analyze


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There’s a hashtag #BecauseItsTheCubs. Get to know and love it Chicago Cubs fans. The Cubs token All-Star game choice is ineligible

Yes, Jeff Samardzija was traded on the Fourth of July to the Oakland Athletics. He was named a NL All-Star, but then ruled ineligible. Major League Baseball truly embodies the “everyone gets a trophy” mentality of this generation. It’s a mentality that both myself and Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo DESPISE.

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Beyond All-Star Game, what’s the Anthony Rizzo ceiling?


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Theo Epstein brought Anthony Rizzo to the Cubs in the 2012 offseason via trade with the San Diego Padres for fellow super-prospect Andrew Cashner. Anthony Rizzo is expected to be a franchise cornerstone, to hold down first base at Wrigley Field for probably the next decade or so. This is best stated by the mega-contract signed in May. Rizzo and the Cubs reached a seven-year, $41 million deal in May.

I was on a conference call yesterday with FOX Sports on MLB leading on-air talent. I asked all about Anthony Rizzo and his All-Star chances.

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Cubs prospect review: Russell, McKinney, Straily, Torrez


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Yesterday, the biggest Fourth of July fireworks in Cub Land was a blockbuster trade between the Cubs that sent top starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for three minor league prospects and a player to be named later. Here’s a trade recap. One of those prospects, SS Addison Russell, joins Cubs farmhands SS Javier Baez, 3B Kris Bryant and CF Albert Almora on MLB.com’s list of the top fifteen minor league prospects released prior to the 2014 season.

Today, we will feature the three players acquired in yesterday’s deal and a pitcher who has not garnered the attention that he perhaps merits.

Let’s get to work.

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