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Kris Bryant has established himself as the face of the Chicago Cubs, but Javier Baez is giving him a run for his money.

In other H&R sports news, the Swing for Homes Wiffle Ball Tournament will go over the $25,000 mark for funds raised at this weekend's tournament, the Millikin football team is receiving votes in the first D3football.com poll, Serena Williams advanced to the finals of Wimbledon, and the Cardinals' Jordan Hicks stood up for Bud Norris in what's become a national hazing controversy.

Baez joining Bryant as face of Cubs

As Javier Baez has achieved All-Star status, the criticisms that once dropped him well below Kris Bryant as recently as the start of last season have been quieted.

Read Mark Gonzales' column here.

Swing for Homes Wiffle Ball Tournament will surpass $25,000 in donations

The Swing for Homes Wiffle Ball Tournament will surpass the $25,000 mark in donations to Habitat for Humanity after Saturday’s third year of the tournament.

Read the full story here.

Millikin football receives votes in preseason poll

With the kickoff of the Millikin football season seven weeks away, the Big Blue were among the NCAA Division III teams receiving votes in the D3Football.com Top 25 preseason poll.

Read the full story here.

Serena Williams a step away from eighth Wimbledon title

Serena Williams showed she's still capable of dominance. Especially at the All England Club, where a relatively routine 6-2, 6-4 victory over 13th-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany on Thursday put Williams one win away from an eighth championship.

Read the full story here.

Jordan Hicks quells national controversy, says Norris has 'best intentions' in helping the Cards' rookie

The dynamics between Bud Norris, Jordan Hicks, and the Cardinals clubhouse, stirred conversation Thursday after a story detailing Norris’ role as leader in the bullpen ran on The Athletic. In the story, Hicks declined comment about Norris’ instruction. Norris was described as “mercilessly riding” the rookie, and manager Mike Matheny told The Athletic and other reporters present in San Francisco that Norris was “exposed to a different generation of players” and an implied old-school bite. Matheny also stressed that Hicks had to be aware that teammates, not just Norris, are “invested in you.”

“He has the best intentions for me,” Hicks told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about Norris.

Read the full story here.

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