CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have declined their $5 million option on reliever David Phelps. The 33-year-old right-hander was 2-1 with one save and a 3.18 ERA in 24 appearances with the Cubs after being acquired from Toronto at the trade deadline.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears hit the halfway point of their season with four straight losses, a 3-5 record and a spot at the bottom of the division. That’s quite a change for a team that won the division in coach Matt Nagy’s first year. The Bears are in danger of finishing last in the division for the fifth time in six years, and the poor play of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is the biggest story surrounding the team.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Bears put themselves in a 19-0 hole against the Eagles with another inept offensive performance. Chicago got it together in the second half enough to make a run at Philadelphia, but the Eagles held on to send the Bears to their fourth straight loss. Embattled quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was only 10 of 21 for 125 yards as the Bears fell to 3-5.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — T.J. Warren scored a season-high 26 points and the short-handed Indiana Pacers beat the Chicago Bulls 108-95. The Pacers built a 13-point halftime lead behind 14 points from Warren, who had just three points in Friday’s win over Cleveland
CHICAGO (AP) — The Cubs have exercised a $16.5 million option for next season on first baseman Anthony Rizzo and declined options on right-handers Brandon Morrow, Tony Barnette and Kendall Graveman. Rizzo agreed in 2013 to a $41 million, seven-year contract that included two club options. He would have received a $2 million buyout if the option had been declined. Morrow’s option was for $12 million, and he will receive a $3 million buyout. Barnett and Graveman both had options for $3 million.