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Cubs sign 15 players, including No. 56 overall RHP Blackburn

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Cubs sign 15 players, including No. 56 overall RHP Blackburn

The Chicago Cubs announced Saturday that they have come to terms with 15 players selected in the First-Year Player Draft. The Cubs selected 42 players, and have until July 13 to come to terms with each player.Among those signed was right-handed pitcher Paul Blackburn out of Heritage High School in Brentwood, Calif. Blackburn was selected with the 56th overall pick, and was the second of two compensation picks the Cubs had in the first round.Blackburn, 18, already has a no-hitter to his name, which he accomplished in May this past season. He struck out eigth and walked two in the victory over Deer Valley of Antioch. The 6-foot-2 Blackburn went 8-3 with a 1.27 ERA for Heritage in 2012, striking out 84 batters in 77.1 innings.The following players also have signed with the organization:4th round (134th overall): Josh Conway, RHP, Coastal Carolina University
7th round (224th overall): Stephen Bruno, INF, University of Virginia
8th round (254th overall): Michael Heesch, LHP, University of South Carolina Beaufort
9th round (284th overall): Chadd Krist, C, Unversity of California
11th round (344rd overall): Rashard Crawford, OF, Mundy's Hill H.S. (Ga.)
14th round (434th overall): Corbin Hoffner, RHP, St. Petersburg College (Fla.)
15th round (464th overall): Carlos Escobar, C, University of Nevada
17th round (524th overall): Nathan Dorris, LHP, Southern Illinois University
21st round (644th overall): Stephen Perakslis, RHP, University of Maine -- Orono
28th round (854th overall): Lance Rymel, C, Rogers State University (Okla.)
30th round (914th overall): Izaac Garsez, OF, College of Idaho
32nd round (974th overall): Timothy Saunders, INF, Marietta College (Ohio)
35th round (1064th overall): Ben Carhart, INF, Stetson University (Fla.)
40th round (1214th overall): Jacob Rogers, INF, Mt. Olive College (N.C.)

Bears safety Deiondre’ Hall suspended for violating NFL substance abuse policy

Bears safety Deiondre’ Hall suspended for violating NFL substance abuse policy

Deiondre' Hall's status with the Bears looks a little murkier this afternoon. 

Earlier today, the NFL released a statement announcing that Hall has been suspended one game for violating the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. 

"Deiondre' Hall has been suspended without pay for the first game of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse," the statement read. "Hall will be eligble to return to the Bears' active roster on Monday, September 10th following the team's September 9th game against the Green Bay Packers. Hall is eligble to participate in all preseason practices and games." 

The suspension comes at a time when Hall is fighting for a roster spot: 

Hall has played in 10 games (eight in 2016, two in 2017) for the Bears since being drafted by the team in the 4th round of the 2016 draft. Through two years, he's totaled seven tackles, two passes defended and one interception. 

A sneak peek at Cam Ward's new Blackhawks goalie mask

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A sneak peek at Cam Ward's new Blackhawks goalie mask

It's a new year, new team for Cam Ward, who spent his first 13 NHL seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes before signing in Chicago on a one-year deal this summer. That means a newly-designed goalie mask is required to match up with his new team's colors, uniform and Blackhawks logo.

The designer of Ward's goalie masks Steve Nash, whose clients include 2017-18 Vezina Trophy finalist Connor Hellebuyck, two-time Stanley Cup champion Jonathan Quick and three-time 30-win netminder Martin Jones, shared a teaser on Twitter of Ward's new Blackhawks-themed mask for the upcoming season and it's sweet.

Check it out: