MLB: Chi. Cubs 4, LA Dodgers 3 (11 inn.)

CHICAGO, May 6 (UPI) -- David DeJesus drew a bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning Sunday, giving the Chicago Cubs a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

MLB: Miami 5, Chicago Cubs 3

MIAMI, April 19 (UPI) -- Greg Dobbs doubled in two runs and scored another in a three-run rally Thursday that lifted the Miami Marlins to a 5-3 win over the Chicago Cubs.

MLB: Chicago Cubs 5, St. Louis 1

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Alfonso Soriano snapped an eighth-inning tie with a three-run homer Friday in sending the Chicago Cubs to a 5-1 victory over St. Louis.

MLB: Chicago Cubs 4, Houston 3

HOUSTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Rodrigo Lopez and four Chicago relievers combined to handle the Astros on five hits Monday and the Cubs posted a 4-3 victory over Houston.

MLB: Chicago Cubs 5, Houston 1

CHICAGO, July 23 (UPI) -- Randy Wells tossed six strong innings and Geovany Soto drove in a pair of runs Saturday in the Chicago Cubs' 5-1 victory over Houston.

MLB: Chicago Cubs 5, St. Louis 1

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Jeff Samardzija threw five-plus scoreless innings and drove in a run Monday in the Chicago Cubs' 5-1 victory over St. Louis.

MLB: Chicago Cubs 9, Florida 6

CHICAGO, July 27 (UPI) -- Mike Fontenot's pinch-hit three-run double capped a four-run seventh-inning rally Sunday and boosted the Chicago Cubs to a 9-6 win over the Florida Marlins.

Suspect held in Cubs clubhouse burglary

MESA, Ariz., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Police in Arizona don't believe a burglary suspect purposefully targeted the clubhouse at the Chicago Cubs' minor league facility in Mesa.

Notre Dame receiver signs with Cubs

CHICAGO, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Jeff Samardzija, a record-setting wide receiver for the Notre Dame football team, has signed a five-year contract to pitch for the Chicago Cubs organization. Samardzija was projected to be a mid-to-late first-round pick in April's NFL Draft but instead of

COL FB: Notre Dame 41, Army 9

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Brady Quinn passed for 218 yards and three touchdowns and Darius Walker rushed for 162 yards and two TDs Saturday as fifth-ranked Notre Dame beat Army, 41-9. Quinn connected on 22-of-30 passes with an interception. Jeff Samardzija caught nine passes for 8

COL FB: Notre Dame 39, Air Force 17

COLORADO SPRINGS, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Brady Quinn threw for 200 yards and four touchdowns Saturday as No. 8 Notre Dame routed Air Force, 39-17.

COL FB: Notre Dame 45, UNC 26

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Brady Quinn threw four touchdown passes Saturday afternoon to lead 10th-ranked Notre Dame to a 45-26 victory against North Carolina.

COL FB: Notre Dame 20, UCLA 17

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Brady Quinn threw two touchdown passes to Jeff Samardzija, the second with just 27 seconds left Saturday, as eighth-ranked Notre Dame beat UCLA, 20-17.

COL FB: Notre Dame 31, Stanford 10

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Brady Quinn passed for 230 yards and three touchdowns Saturday afternoon as 12th-ranked Notre Dame blasted Stanford, 31-10.

COL FB: Notre Dame 40, Michigan St. 37

EAST LANSING, Mich., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- No. 13 Notre Dame scored three touchdowns in the final 8:18 Saturday for a 40-37 victory over Michigan State.
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Jeff Samardzija
Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Jeff Samardzija delivers during the seventh inning at Wrigley Field in Chicago on July 25, 2008. The appearance was Samardzija's major league debut. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersey)

Jeffrey Alan Samardzija (Serbian surname form: Самарџија, Samardžija; common pronunciation: "sah-MAHR-jee-yah") (born January 23, 1985, in Merrillville, Indiana) is an American baseball pitcher with the Chicago Cubs organization. He is a former football wide receiver at the University of Notre Dame.

Samardzija grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana, where he attended Valparaiso High School, and was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. In football, he was a three-time first team All-State honoree, and was twice named the team's Most Valuable Player. After his senior year, he was invited to participate in the Indiana football All-Star game. In baseball, he was a first team All-State honoree. He graduated from Valparaiso High School in 2003. Athletics were something of the norm early in his life. Father Sam Samardzija was a semi-pro hockey player, and older brother Sam Jr. was an All State football and baseball player at Indiana University who now works as a sports agent in Major League Baseball. When Samardzija was in high school his mother Debora Samardzija died of a fatal disease. She still serves as the main inspiration of her two sons today. Two years later in 2003, his father, Sam, remarried and he now has two half brothers, Jakub and Nick.

Samardzija made his first impact at Notre Dame as a right-handed pitcher for the baseball team, finishing second in the Big East Conference in both ERA (2.95) and opponents' batting average (.209), and being named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Magazine. He continued to play baseball at Notre Dame until he was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 5th round (149th overall) of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft.

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