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Jagr signs one-year deal with Dallas

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Jagr signs one-year deal with Dallas

When the NHL free agent market opened Sunday, Jaromir Jagr's agent said his client received 21 offers. On Tuesday, Jagr chose the one he liked best.

Jagr, 40, agreed to a one-year, 4.5 million contract with the Dallas Stars. He is coming off a 54-point (19 goals, 35 assists) season with the Flyers.

The NHL's eighth-highest career scorer, Jagr has 1,653 points to lead all European-born players in league history.

Jagr was selected fifth overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. Throughout his career, he's won two Stanley Cups, the 1999 Hart Trophy, five Art Ross Trophies, three Pearson Awards and has been named a First Team All-Star seven times.

This is the latest move of a busy offseason so far for the Stars. On Monday, they acquired center Derek Roy from the Buffalo Sabres for Steve Ott and Adam Pardy. They also traded Mike Ribeiro to the Washington Capitals at the 2012 draft and let defenseman Sheldon Souray leave for the Anaheim Ducks.

Danny Trevathan misses Bears practice with hamstring injury

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Danny Trevathan misses Bears practice with hamstring injury

The Chicago Bears kicked off 2018's training camp in a downpour but still managed to complete a full practice session on Friday.

After yesterday's good news about the team's overall health (no players will start camp on the PUP list), coach Matt Nagy told reporters Friday that starting inside linebacker Danny Trevathan was held out because of a hamstring injury.

Trevathan has battled a variety of injuries since joining the Bears in 2016. He's appeared in only 21 games over the last two seasons and while hamstring injuries early in training camp are common, the Bears can't afford to have this become a lingering issue for Trevathan.

Chicago was without both starting linebackers on Friday as rookie first-round pick Roquan Smith remains unsigned. Ryan Pace said Thursday that the Bears are optimistic Smith will be in the fold soon, but we're officially Day 1 into a Smith holdout.

Trevathan wasn't the only player to miss the team's first practice. Sherrick McManis (hamstring) and Joshua Bellamy (strep throat) were also sidelined.

The Bears will hold their first padded practice on July 21.

Cubs set the wrong kind of history in blowout

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Cubs set the wrong kind of history in blowout

Cubs fans had plenty to cheer about late in Friday's game against the Cardinals, but not in the way they expected.

With St. Louis absolutely wearing out the Cubs pitching staff in an 18-5 blowout, Joe Maddon turned to a trio of position players to pitch.

In front of 41,077 people at Wrigley Field for the second game of the official second half of the season, Tommy La Stella came on to pitch for the Cubs with 2 outs in the top of the sixth inning. After La Stella got 4 outs, it was Victor Caratini's turn for the eighth inning.

It was the first time in recorded history the Cubs used two different position players to pitch. 

According to historian Ed Hartig, the Cubs have not used multiple position players in a game since at least 1907. The data is harder to discern before that point because so many players back then were both position players and pitchers.

Oh, but the Cubs weren't done yet.

Ian Happ got the nod for the ninth inning on the mound, serving as the third different position player on the mound. 

Seeing a position player pitch has actually been a pretty common occurence under Maddon as he's done everything he can to limit the stress on the bullpen:

Meanwhile, on the other side, Matt Carpenter had a record-setting game.

Before being removed from the game in the sixth inning, Carpenter smashed 3 homers and 2 doubles and drove in 7 runs. It tied a Cardinals record for total bases (16) while tying the MLB record for most extra-base hits in a game (5):

Of course, the fact he did it all before the game reached the seventh inning is remarkable:

Offensively, the Cubs left 11 men on base, which would normally be the focal point of ire for the fanbase if not for the rest of the day's events...