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The way manager David Ross sees it, the Cubs are kind of hooked in there.

“I don’t feel like we’re playing bad baseball,” he said. “It’s just, you know, not the best execution at the end.”

That’s one way of characterizing a nine-game losing streak. Here’s another one: where did we put that box of white flags again?

The end is near, folks. The final curtain. And even if it doesn’t, it looks like it does. The July 30 trade deadline is looming on the horizon. The Cubs couldn’t play worse if their nine players on the field lined up side by side and spelled “SURREND-R” with their bodies.

How many years do we still have with Kris Bryant? Javy Baez? Antoine Rizzo? And they’re not the only ones who might not be here longer.

Wait, did we say years? We meant months. No, weeks. No, days.

The whole thing is really sad.

“I think the guys are giving their best,” said Ross. “I don’t see any lack of focus and focus. I see a will to fight through it. It just seems that a round or two isn’t going our way. . . .

“We’re too talented to let this go far.”

But that’s just the problem: their talent doesn’t go far enough. No more. Not even close.

Here’s what’s going on:

Donaldson is a real maniac.
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White Sox at Twins (6:10 p.m., NBCSCH)

The Sox are 8-1 against the Twins this season, with a racing differential through the roof of plus-39. Who would have known that the gap between these teams would be almost as big as Josh Donaldson’s mouth?

Lightning at Canadiens, Match 4 (7 p.m., Ch. 5, Peacock)

The Habs are Wretched, one more bad night to become the first team in 23 years to endure the indignity of a Stanley Cup Finals sweep.


Euros: Italy vs Spain (2 p.m., ESPN, Univision)

The Italian attack is brilliant which we know because we read stories on the sites of a few British newspapers and both included the words “Italian attack is brilliant”.

Phillies at Cubs (7:05 p.m., marquee)

Aaron Nola has had some brutal outings lately, something former Phils teammate Jake Arrieta knows all about. Will either right-hander qualify for a win?

Bucks at Suns, Game 1 (8 p.m., Ch. 7)

Will Bobby Portis’ supporting cast include Giannis Antetokounmpo, who missed the last two games of the Eastern Final after hypertensive his left knee? Seriously, these playoffs have been dangerous for the health of the superstars.


White Sox at Twins (12:10 p.m., NBCSCH)

Lance Lynn threw 117 shots and took the win on his last start, after which he called himself a “big bastard”. We can’t be the only ones who want to see this on his MLB Players’ Weekend jersey.

Euros: England vs Denmark (2 p.m., ESPN, Univision)

England are within easy reach of their first major tournament championship since the 1966 World Cup. Wembley Stadium in London, which hosts both the semi-finals and Sunday’s final, will be a showcase of emotion .

Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Clippers - Game Six

Paul is in the final for the first time.
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Bucks at Suns, Game 2 (8 p.m., Ch. 7)

It’s great to see 36-year-old playmaker Chris Paul finally get his due. Putting rings on Cameron Payne and E’Twaun Moore’s fingers would definitely be his biggest feat.


Cardinals at Cubs (1:20 p.m., marquee)

Do you think Cubs fans have the blues these days? Cardinals fans have been living it for weeks longer. But hey, maybe the weather will be nice.

White Sox at the Orioles (6:05 p.m., NBCSCH)

The Sox hit the O’s (h No’s) with a four-game sweep to the south side in late May. This is the first of three more shots against the worst team in the American League.

SAT 10

Wimbledon Women’s Final (8 a.m., ESPN)

An American hasn’t hoisted the strange, giant championship plaque since Serena Williams in 2016. An American who isn’t called Serena Williams or Venus Williams hasn’t done so this century.

Cardinals vs. Cubs (6:15 p.m., Fox-32)

Did we mention the weather? Dude, that trade deadline is just around the corner.

Mystics at Sky (7 p.m., CW 26, Amazon Prime)

In the season opener, the Sky kept the Mystics down to a meager 56 points. It’s a little more impressive than letting the Wings hang on to 100 like they did last time around.

UFC 264: Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor (9 p.m., ESPN +)

This is the third part of an epic trilogy. McGregor is the biggest draw in sports history and a slight favorite, but we’re pretty sure it was Poirier who knocked him out just six months ago.

SUN 11

Wimbledon Men’s Final (8 a.m., ESPN)

An American hasn’t hoisted the golden goblet-like thing since Pete Sampras in 2000. Don’t hold your breath on this one that ends so soon.

Suns at Bucks, Game 3 (7:00 p.m. Ch. 7)

How far are the Bulls from the NBA Finals? It’s easy: 91.7 miles.