SAMARDZIJA SURPASSES 200 STRIKEOUTS IN CUBS LOSS: Pinch-hitter Logan Schafer dropped a suicide squeeze bunt with the bases loaded in the ninth to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-3 walkoff victory over the Cubs on Tuesday night.
Aramis Ramirez singled to open the inning off Justin Grimm (0-2), who came on to start the ninth.
Jeff Bianchi ran for Ramirez and advanced on Carlos Gomez's single to center. Grimm then mishandled Scooter Gennett's sacrifice bunt for an error to load the bases.
After Caleb Gindl popped out, Bianchi put down a slow roller toward the mound, scoring Bianchi.
Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija struck out eight in seven innings, giving him 203 strikeouts in 201 2/3 innings this season. The Valparaiso High School graduate is the first Cubs pitcher to reach both 200 strikeouts and 200 innings in a season since Ryan Dempster in 2010.
BRIGGS REALIZES BEARS TOEING THIN LINE AT 2-0: Lance Briggs understands just how thin a line the Bears are toeing at the moment.
They could easily be winless rather than unbeaten, and they just might be regrouping from a loss had Jay Cutler not delivered a perfect pass to Martellus Bennett in the closing seconds to beat the Minnesota Vikings 31-30 on Sunday.
That came on the heels of a season-opening win over Cincinnati in which they rallied from 11 down in the second half.
Briggs says the line between 2-0 and 0-2 is "minute, very, very small" for the Bears.
He says the Bears are "starting to create an identity," and resilient is looking like a good description.
COLTS QB TAKING DIFFERENT TACK WITH ENDORSEMENTS: Andrew Luck has another endorsement deal.
On Tuesday, Luck and Bodyarmor announced they had agreed to a multiyear deal in which Luck will promote the young sports drink company. Details of contract were not immediately available, but Luck will receive an equity stake in the company.
The move comes one month after Luck signed on with Klipsch, an Indianapolis-based audio technology company.
A year ago, Luck and a group of other high-profile rookies were promoting Gatorade, a competitor with Bodyarmor.
But after using the drink during offseason workouts at Stanford, Luck contacted Bodyarmor and instructed his agent to work out the details.
COLTS PUT THOMAS ON IR: The Colts have placed left guard Donald Thomas on injured reserve and waived fullback Dan Moore.
Thomas tore a quad tendon in his right leg during the first quarter of Sunday's 24-20 loss to Miami. Coach Chuck Pagano said Monday that Thomas would undergo season-ending surgery. He is expected to be replaced in Indy's lineup by rookie Hugh Thornton, a third-round draft pick.
Moore signed with the Colts as an undrafted rookie in April after playing at Montana. He injured his shoulder early in training camp and was put on injured reserve after being waived Aug. 19 and clearing waivers.
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IRISH SEEK TO MATCH LONGEST HOME STREAK IN 15 YEARS: No. 22 Notre Dame will be seeking to match its longest home winning streak in 15 years when it faces Michigan State on Saturday.
Coach Brian Kelly put making the "House that Rockne Built" a difficult place to play again a priority after nearly a decade of mediocrity, and it appears to be working. The Irish have won nine straight at home, the longest such streak at the school since winning 10 straight under Bob Davie in 1997-98.
Kelly made some subtle changes in how the team prepares for games, such as moving the pregame Mass from game morning to the day before and some other small changes to help the players focus more.
Kelly believes the biggest change is the players have taken on a tenacious attitude at home.
SHARP, SMITH LEAD HAWKS OVER DETROIT: Patrick Sharp and Ben Smith scored 1:09 apart late in the second period; Corey Crawford made 19 saves, and the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks opened the preseason with a 2-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.
Crawford, who played every minute of Chicago's playoff run, stayed in for the entire game.
Chicago's lineup included 14 members of the championship team, but captain Jonathan Toews sat out (lower body).
Around the horn
Purdue Calumet's softball team began its inaugural season with a 2-1 win over Purdue and a 4-3 loss to Lakeland in scrimmages Sunday. Alison Kimble went the distance, allowing five hits, in Purdue Cal's victory. She also added an RBI single. ... Andrean is taking applications for an assistant wrestling coach. Interested parties should submit a resume with three references to athletic director Bill Mueller at firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to 5959 Broadway, Merrillville, Ind., 46410. ... The city of Chicago and the Blackhawks will host a public viewing of the Stanley Cup from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage at Millennium Park. Fans will be allowed to take photos. Lines will begin forming at 8 a.m. on the east side of the pavilion.