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The Bears’ history includes one John Bonham in all-time passing great Sid Luckman.

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Since ’85, the Bears have had two more Jims (Harbaugh and Miller), two Mikes (soon to be three) and three Steves. In reverse order from 2015, there also has been Jimmy, Josh, Jason, Caleb, Todd, Kyle, Rex, Brian, Craig, Chad, Jonathan, Kordell, Chris, Henry, Shane, Cade, Erik, Moses, Rick, Dave, Will, Doug and, oh yeah, Peter Tom.

Between Generation Y and millennials, that’s a lot of popular baby names.

The Bears’ history includes one John Bonham in all-time passing great Sid Luckman. Most everyone else has been more like drummers from Spinal Tap. Cutler made a lot of noise but crashed hard — the Bears’ version of Animal.

Glennon hasn’t seen significant snaps since 2014. Sanchez has accepted his fall from The Sanchize for the Jets to career backup, but his time with the Eagles and Cowboys suggests he might end up being the Bears’ better stopgap option.
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Speaking of the Jets, both they and the Browns get plenty of grief for their QB droughts. But the Bears have them beat.

(By the way, congratulations to the now-excluded Bills, who just saw Tyrod Taylor become their first Pro Bowl QB of the 2000s.)

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It would seem in players’ best interests to enhance the testing of new supplements coming to market. I don’t know the best way to do this, but it seems like a good idea. I wonder whether Marte and other players who’ve fallen victim to supposed accidental contamination will lobby for better screening, better education or better communication about the dangers of trying new stuff.

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Colin Kaepernick, from 49ers to Seahawks? Don’t be shocked

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Colin Kaepernick not only is opting out of his National Anthem protest, he opted of his contract with the 49ers. Now prepare for him to end up with, of all teams, the Seahawks.

As weird as Seattle might sound because of Kaepernick and San Francisco’s history against their NFC West rival, it’s the likeliest of unlikely destinations.

It would come with Kaepernick having to live with the disappointment of not being signed as a starting NFL quarterback. But it also would come with a great opportunity for the 29-year-old to get his career back on track, in the right place.
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Samuel, meanwhile, wasn’t interested in talking about which teams he has talked to most about that possibility. Yet when pressed to answer the eternal question one more time, Samuel at least offered a hint about how his career will start in the NFL.
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I feel like I’m more of an inside guy but as the years go by I’m going to evolve and be able to do both, Samuel said. I want to stay as long as I can, as much as I can to play running back, outside receiver, inside receiver. Wherever teams want me, I’m looking forward to doing that.

This year’s Padres will be outliers if they put big inning limits on their starters, but with an average major league start moving closer to 15 outs, the gap will be narrower than it would have been just three or four years ago. And they can be encouraged by what the Rockies did five years ago when they got just enough starting pitching.

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NFL and Perform Group enter into strategic media relationship

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The National Football League (NFL) and Perform Group have reached an agreement for Perform to market the NFL’s television broadcast rights in various global territories and the premium digital subscription product NFL Game Pass outside the United States and Europe. The agreement will further drive global consumption of the United States’ most-watched sport amongst its avid fanbase, across all media platforms.

Under the multi-year agreement, and in select markets, Perform will strategically market live game television rights, including Sunday Afternoon games played at 1pm and 4pm (US EST time), Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football and the Playoffs including Super Bowl. The immediate focus around the television rights will be in Brazil, Pan-Asia and the Middle East ahead of the 2017 season.

Clark was arrested in 2014 while playing college football at Michigan. He was kicked off the team for the allegation but still wound up being drafted in the second round by Seattle in 2015. His assault and domestic violence charges were dropped, as he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.

Weiner’s story was writing from the perspective of being a woman and a Seahawks fan, and how she’d find it hard to root for someone who had such strong allegations made against him.

Later Tuesday night, Clark issued an apology on Twitter, although not everyone felt it was completely sincere.

Apologize to anyone who felt offended by my tweet earlier. We gotta do better supporting these major issues we face in this world.

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you can forgive San Diego sports fans if they don’t feel enthusiastic about the only game in town.

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I know people love to complain about baseball’s unwritten rules, how unnecessary and stupid they are. Grow up! they tell the ballplayers. We’ve all heard that a lot lately. And that’s all fine and good, but if we’re being realistic, we all know that unwritten rules — and, more specifically, the penalties for breaking these unwritten rules — aren’t leaving the sport. Ever.

Players will always, always, always take matters into their own hands. They will police their own, and all those other clichés. And you know what? That’s OK. That’s not a bad thing.
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Baseball just needs established guidelines to make sure the enforcement of unwritten rules doesn’t get out of hand like it has this past week.

Like that moment in a Hollywood movie where the bank robber knows his face has been caught on camera. Glazer said it was the footage that eventually nailed Ortega after a months-long investigation by the NFL and law enforcement authorities.

The second best part is when the alleged perp slips away with Brady’s game-worn No. 12 jersey safely tucked under his arm.

But Ortega can’t resist one furtive look back over his shoulder into the player’s tunnel.

As the seemingly perpetually rebuilding Padres go into 2017, you can forgive San Diego sports fans if they don’t feel enthusiastic about the only game in town.

The Padres haven’t had a winning season since 2010, and they got progressively worse during the past three seasons, even after a series of high-profile trades that proclaimed Win now! but ultimately did nothing to advance the team’s fortunes.

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Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger ‘leaning toward’ playing in 2017

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Ben Roethlisberger may have been bluffing about his retirement.

Game Mens Nellie Fox Jersey The Steelers’ franchise quarterback initially wouldn’t commit to returning for his 14th NFL season in 2017, but now appears to have had a change of heart.

I’m leaning towards it, Roethlisberger said Friday when asked about playing, via the Washington (Pa.) Observer-Reporter.

According to ESPN’s Dan Le Batard, Jeter was already incensed because he didn’t know he would be giving a joint interview with Rodriguez.

I actually learned, factually, that Jeter was beside himself angry at that interview he had to do with Alex Rodriguez, first and foremost, because nobody told him he’d have to be sitting there next to Alex Rodriguez, Le Batard said on his radio show.

Jeter and Rodriguez notoriously had a cool relationship after Rodriguez publicly asked whether Jeter had what it takes to lead a team. Since then they have been cordial, but not the warm and fuzzy friends they once were at the beginning of their careers.

At least the pair were on the same front in shutting Pisani down on their relationship and on other personal aspects of their lives.

Something like this doesn’t belong in sports, Walsh said, via CBS Boston. I wish we could find out who these people were or who this person was that says this. If they claim to be a sports fan, they’re not a sports fan–nothing but a racist.

Game Womens Ray Nitschke Jersey I’m upset about this, he continued. Certainly we don’t condone this type of behavior. The City of Boston, the Red Sox organization doesn’t condone this type of behavior. It’s an unfortunate incident, and it should not reflect the city, who we are as Boston.

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No surprise that Cowboys are team to stop Jourdan Lewis’s draft slide

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Casey Hayward Game Jersey Seeing the Cowboys stop the draft slide of a player with character concerns is only slightly less surprising than, say, seeing the Bengals or the Raiders do the same.

Thus, it was the Cowboys — famous and infamous for owner Jerry Jones taking chances on questionable backgrounds — who took Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis in the third round of the NFL Draft Friday, 92nd overall.

Lewis was a first-team Sporting News All-American last season, but was downgraded somewhat because of his size (5-10, although that was no obstacle on a memorable leaping interception against Wisconsin). Under normal circumstances, he likely would have gone a round earlier.

Authentic Brian Hoyer Jersey The Niners took the player they wanted anyway by choosing Solomon Thomas in the third overall pick and were then able to get a player who — according to Lynch — was in the top three on his board by moving back into the first round.

San Francisco sent pick No. 34 and one of their fourth-rounders (No. 111 overall) to the Seahawks to get back up to 31 to select Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster.

Thomas and Foster both fill needs on the 49ers’ defense. Stanford defensive end Thomas bolsters their interior pass rush while Foster provides both physicality and athleticism — the latter of which has been lacking due to Patrick Willis’ retirement and NaVorro Bowman’s injury troubles — at linebacker.

Lynch did not stop dealing on Day 2, trading away the third-rounder he received from the Bears to the Saints for a second-rounder next year and a seventh-round pick this year.

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NFL Draft 2017: New Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky explains his ‘Go Packers’ tweet

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When signing him as a free agent from Tampa Bay, the Bears made Glennon the proverbial “offer he couldn’t refuse” with a three-year, $45 million contract that includes $18.5 guaranteed for this season. The problem: It will assuredly be Glennon’s only year in the windy city. His days as a starter are already numbered after Chicago chose North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the No. 2 overall pick. The big question now is whether Glennon will help mentor Trubisky knowing it will accelerate his way out of what may be his best chance to prove he can become a quality starting QB, even if it isn’t with the Bears.

The Bears surprised everyone in the NFL Draft when they moved up a single spot from No. 3 overall to No. 2 overall and selected North Carolina product Mitchell Trubisky. Bears fans weren’t too thrilled about the addition of the quarterback, and a particular tweet of his didn’t ease their pain.

During the famous “Dez caught it” game between the Packers and Cowboys in 2015, Trubisky was rooting for Green Bay.

So what’s the deal with that tweet? He provided a brief explanation to the Chicago media shortly after being drafted.

“I was never a Packers fan,” he said, via the Chicago Tribune. “I don’t know when that tweet is from. It was probably one specific game. I’m a Chicago Bear now, so none of that matters.”

Trubisky had another unfortunate tweet make the rounds Thursday night, which he eventually deleted. cubs_621

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DeRozan scored just eight points on 0-of-8 shooting.

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The Jets needed a lot of help, and though they added one of the event’s top prospects in Jamal Adams, their decision to take another safety — Marcus Maye — in the second round left pundits confused. New York failed to add a quarterback, leaving them with a current passer depth chart of Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, and Josh McCown. That. Is. Grim.
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Eric Kendricks Limited Jersey A loss could have meant an end for the Raptors as we know them, since another first round exit (their third in four years together) would have meant yet another underachieving end to the season. Serge Ibaka is a free agent this summer, while Kyle Lowry will almost certainly exercise his player option and hit the market as well. Toronto — by adding Ibaka and P.J. Tucker at the deadline — seemed to have their most versatile unit yet and were coming off a career season from DeRozan. But they dropped Game 1 in Toronto and were waxed by the Bucks in Game 3, a game they didn’t even score 50 points in until the fourth quarter.

In that Game 3, DeRozan scored just eight points on 0-of-8 shooting. He owed this performance to the Raptors after that dismal showing, and he stepped up when they needed him. Perhaps a single game isn’t enough to make up for his poor showing in the previous one given he’s a franchise cornerstone who’s expected to carry the load, but without him in Game 4, these Raptors really would have been on the verge of extinction. Instead, Toronto lives to fight at least a couple more games, with the two teams tied at two games apiece with a home Game 5 coming up.

This first round struggle isn’t over, and it’s hardly a good sign for what would happen to Toronto if they make it past this round. But the Raptors had one thing on their mind in Game 4, and that was to win. They did that. Now they have one more thing on their mind, and that’s to finish off this series. It’s time to see if DeRozan can make sure the Raptors pull that off, too.

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A smiling Isaiah Thomas leads Celtics back home tied with Bulls

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The series between the No. 1 seeded Celtics and the No. 8 seeded Bulls continues to be the strangest in the NBA playoffs. While the Bulls came out and won Game 1 and 2 in Boston, the Celtics turned right around and won Games 3 and 4 in Chicago. They say a series doesn’t start until a road team wins, but this series has no time for regular rules. The first team to win a game at home wins this series. This is Celtics-Bulls in 2017.

Westbrook also became the first player since the 1983-84 season to record three straight playoff triple-doubles. Magic Johnson, Fat Lever, Baron Davis, and Jason Kidd each recorded two straight in that time span.

In fact, Westbrook joined elite company. The only other player to post three consecutive playoff triple-doubles in NBA history was Wilt Chamberlain, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Westbrook, who was already staring eye-to-eye with the greats, is now a man among giants.
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It’s another notch in the Thunder guard’s historic season. Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson’s regular season triple-double record, picking up 42 while leading Oklahoma City to the sixth seed in the Western Conference. He joined Robertson as the only players in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season, and also joined the Big O and Nate Tiny Archibald as the only players in history to average 30 points and 10 assists for a season.

Westbrook’s third straight playoff triple-double is just the icing on the cake, and he’ll need to be even better if the Thunder hope to upset the Rockets in the first round.

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Blues vs. Predators 2017 live stream: Game time, TV schedule, and how to watch NHL playoffs online

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Game 1 of the Predators and Blues series proved that both Pekka Rinne and Jake Allen had come back to earth.

In Game 2? Vladimir Tarasenko stole the show. His goal with less than four minutes to go put the Predators on notice. St. Louis does have work to do, as the Blues went one-for-five on the power play, but the comeback was quite the energy boost.

Now that Rinne has cooled, the Predators will need to play a bit more defensively as the netminder allowed three goals on 20 Blues shots. Good news for Nashville? They’ll have the better matchups thanks to being back home for the next two games.

Yes, of course. Even with Vlad [Namestnikov], because we played against each other. Always discussing, with a smile, who won and how many we scored. A lot of good memories. This was the best time of our lives. You learned how to play hockey, how to keep discipline. Our coach Gennady Gennadyevich Kurdin really helped us. Without him, neither I, nor Gus [Gusev], nor Zhiga [Ozhiganov] would be where we are now.

Were you good at hockey from the beginning?

I always played with Gusev. I can’t say everything was good. There were some slumps or failures. But you can’t play all games at the same level. I didn’t have stability, as I have now. I used to get upset when couldn’t score, and the game was over for me. And now I’m thinking more like an adult. You couldn’t score now, but you will never know, what happens next time.

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I don’t like watching them, because they’re playing terrible hockey. I feel sorry for the guys who play there. I’m only happy for Igor Ozhiganov, that he made it to the first team.

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