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  • Despite record, Bears say they aren’t packing it in Nov 28, 2014 8:05 PM
    After falling to 5-7, Bears players had various ideas on what to use for motivation in the final four games with the playoffs no longer a realistic goal. “Misery loves company right,” Jared Allen said. “You try to take everyone down with you. You play because it’s your job, you play because this is what you love to do

     
  • Kane’s 5th goal in 7 games helps Hawks coast Nov 28, 2014 5:56 PM
    Patrick Kane scored two goals and Andrew Shaw and Brad Richards each had a goal and an assist, leading the Blackhawks to a 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. Corey Crawford made 23 saves, helping the Blackhawks win for the fifth time in six games.

     
  • Ray Rice wins appeal; NFL suspension vacated Nov 28, 2014 4:05 PM
    Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones said Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision in September to change Ray Rice’s original suspension from two games to indefinite was “arbitrary” and an “abuse of discretion.”

     
  • Spellman’s Scorecard: Always room for more morsels Nov 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    Some more sports morsels to digest between leftovers and shop stops including bits on teh Bears, Cubs, Sox, Hawks and Bulls.

     
  • Briggs' season over, career may be as well Nov 28, 2014 11:01 PM
    Seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs has likely played his last game in a Bears uniform and maybe in the NFL. Briggs, who turned 34 earlier this month, suffered a groin injury in the Week 12 victory over the Vikings and missed Thursday's loss to the Lions, was placed on injured reserve Friday.

     
  • Bears’ play-calling inexplicably puzzling again Nov 27, 2014 7:04 PM
    Once again the Bears' offense was horribly unbalanced, as coach Marc Trestman called just 8 running plays and 51 passes.

     
  • Imrem: Pride, integrity all that’s left for Bears Nov 27, 2014 5:56 PM
    The Bears' character, integrity and pride will be closely monitored from here as they play out the season. They don't exactly have a lot of credibility left in those areas.

     
  • Bears’ playoff hopes fade with loss to Lions Nov 27, 2014 6:35 PM
    Consider the Bears’ playoff hopes about as vibrant as the local economy. An allegedly resurgent Bears defense that had held consecutive opponents to 13 points did not show up in a 34-17 loss to the Lions on Thanksgiving. And the offense made only a cameo appearance. After the Bears pulled within 24-17 midway through the third quarter, the Lions methodically drove 95 yards to a touchdown and a 31-17 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter.

     
  • Images: Bears vs. Lions Nov 27, 2014 3:06 PM
    Images of the Chicago Bears' Thanksgiving Day 34-17 loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit.

     
  • Seahawks stomp 49ers Nov 27, 2014 11:06 PM
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Richard Sherman provided the moment of the game against the 49ers once again, a mere 10 months after his touchdown-saving deflection in the NFC championship that sent the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl. Sherman set up the only touchdown with another key defensive play in this heated rivalry, then made a second interception with the 49ers driving late, and the Seahawks ended a five-game losing streak on San Francisco’s home field with a 19-3 win Thursday night. The brash cornerback offered plenty without opening his mouth this time: Blowing kisses to the crowd, then putting a finger to his lips to make the hush sign before waving goodbye. Steven Hauschka kicked four field goals and the Seahawks’ stout defense held Colin Kaepernick and Michael Crabtree in check as Seattle (8-4) overcame 14 penalties for 105 yards, including an offensive pass interference that negated a touchdown. Russell Wilson passed for 236 yards and thoroughly outplayed Kaepernick, who had one of his worst performances for the 49ers (7-5) in a game with high stakes for the teams’ playoff hopes. “My team’s all together, we are buddies. It’s a hard thing to do, winning on their turf,” Wilson said. “The NFC is not easy to win against. We are excited about that opportunity.” After his second pick, Sherman looked at those fans still remaining in half-empty stadium on a Thanksgiving night and waved. The Seahawks won by the identical score they beat first-place Arizona five days earlier. “Their fans were saying some pretty vulgar things to us earlier, you never want to hear that,” Sherman said. Kaepernick was 16 for 29 for 121 yards and the 49ers were outgained 379-164. Sherman and Crabtree were at the center of the decisive play in January’s NFC title game, when Sherman deflected a pass headed his way in the end zone and Malcolm Smith intercepted it with less than a minute remaining to seal the Seahawks’ 23-17 victory. Sherman later called Crabtree “mediocre.” San Francisco’s offense might have earned that distinction after its latest dud snapped the Niners’ three-game winning streak. In the waning moments with thousands of red seats already empty, 49ers CEO Jed York posted on Twitter: “Thank you (hashtag)49ersfaithful for coming out strong tonight. This performance wasn’t acceptable. I apologize for that.” The 49ers were held to three points or fewer for the first time since a 29-3 Week 2 loss at Seattle last year. Sherman got things started when he intercepted Kaepernick’s deep third-down pass on the right sideline in the first quarter to help set up Wilson’s 13-yard touchdown pass to Robert Turbin. A wide-open Turbin easily took the ball down the left sideline on a pretty catch-and-run before beating cornerback Chris Culliver into the end zone. Hauschka kicked field goals of 21, 36, 35 and 46 yards. Phil Dawson provided San Francisco’s lone points on a 40-yard field goal late in the third. Sherman had the fourth two-interception game of his career with his 22nd and 23rd picks since 2011, most in the NFL. It was 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh who turned him into a defensive back at Stanford. Sherman nearly had another late in the first half, when Seattle outgained San Francisco 202-71. The 49ers were held to 23 yards rushing and shut out in the first half for the first time this season. “We’ve got to reboot, come back and win them all,” Harbaugh said. In a lighthearted moment before kickoff, Harbaugh’s black hat blew off during the national anthem and landed on the lowest white stripe of a flag that covered the entire field. A San Francisco staffer quickly retrieved the cap just in time as the flag was being rolled up after “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

     
  • Eagles romp over Cowboys Nov 27, 2014 7:40 PM
    ARLINGTON, Texas — LeSean McCoy is looking more like the NFL rushing champion of a year ago, and Mark Sanchez is getting more comfortable in Philadelphia’s offense. McCoy ran for 159 yards and a touchdown, Sanchez had his first scoring run in almost three years and the Eagles beat the Dallas Cowboys 33-10 in a Thanksgiving battle of NFC East co-leaders Thursday. The Eagles (9-3) opened with quick drives of 80 and 88 yards for touchdowns. They took sole possession of the division lead with four games remaining, including a rematch in less than three weeks. Tony Romo looked ragged in the first quick turnaround for his surgically repaired back as the Cowboys (8-4) lost their third straight home game. McCoy, who led the NFL with 1,604 yards last season, had his fourth 100-yard game in the past seven after going without one the first five weeks and secured his fourth 1,000-yard season since 2010. Although his deficit to Dallas’ DeMarco Murray in the rushing race is probably insurmountable, McCoy outgained Murray, who was held under 100 yards for just the second time this season. McCoy averaged 6.4 yards on 25 carries on the same field where he clinched the rushing title last December while the Eagles beat the Cowboys in a playoffs-or-bust finale. Murray finished with 73 yards and Dallas’ only touchdown on 20 carries, the last a 6-yard loss when he was dropped by Mychal Kendricks on fourth-and-1 early in the fourth quarter. Making his fourth start since Nick Foles was sidelined by a broken collarbone, Sanchez was 9 of 11 for 99 yards in the first quarter. That included a 27-yard scoring pass to Jordan Matthews when Sanchez hit the rookie in stride on a crossing route for a 14-0 lead. Sanchez finished 20 of 29 for 217 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. The Cowboys looked a little sluggish following a kickoff that came about 90 hours after their dramatic 31-28 victory at the New York Giants on Sunday night. Murray had room to run at times but couldn’t break one longer than 9 yards. Romo had plenty of time to throw most of the day, but one time in the first half tossed a third-down pass to nobody in particular, giving the ball back to the Eagles when the Cowboys were having trouble stopping them. Playing on short rest for the first time since December back surgery and yet another injury on a sack against Washington last month, Romo looked skittish at times. The 34-year-old quarterback essentially sat down in the pocket with nobody in position to sack him on a third-down play after Jeremy Mincey recovered McCoy’s fumble at the Philadelphia 13 on the second play of the second half. The Cowboys had to settle for a field goal, and Philadelphia answered immediately on McCoy’s 38-yard scoring run, putting the Eagles up 30-10 on their third touchdown drive of at least 80 yards. Romo was sacked four times and finished 18 of 29 for 199 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns, snapping a streak of 38 games with at least one TD pass. McCoy had a 36-yard run on the opening drive that ended with Sanchez’s 2-yarder after faking the handoff to McCoy in the zone read. It was Sanchez’s first scoring run since Dec. 24, 2011, when he was the starter for the New York Jets. He kept the ball until he reached the sideline.

     
  • Bears Bites: Perfectly fowl day Nov 27, 2014 4:27 PM
    Mike Spellman: Which was ickier Thursday? The final three quarters of the Bears/Lions game, or that new Old Spice commercial?

     
  • Bears fed Wheaton’s Grange in first Thanksgiving game Nov 27, 2014 6:00 AM
    After a 15-year absence, the Bears are playing a Thanksgiving game this season against the Lions in Detroit. It's been a long break, but the Bears have a rich Turkey Day history highlighted by legendary players like Red Grange, Johnny Lujack, Johnny Morris and Walter Payton.

     
  • Rozner: Thankfully, Bears’ season nearing end Nov 27, 2014 5:52 PM
    Once they fell behind, the Bears had no belief in their protection. There was no confidence that the quarterback could make a throw. There was no thought to going deep. That, in a nutshell, is your 2014 season.

     
  • Stopping Suh big key for Bears today Nov 26, 2014 9:45 PM
    The best matchup in the Bears-Lions Thanksgiving Day game might be the Lions' destructive defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh against the Bears' second-year guard Kyle Long, who made the Pro Bowl as a rookie.

     
  • Young Bears showing big improvement on defense Nov 26, 2014 7:24 PM
    Some of the Bears' youngest and most little-known defensive players have been making big contributions lately, and they'll need to continue that on Thanksgiving Day to pull off an upset of the Lions in Detroit. Bob LeGere has more on the impact and growth of the young Bears.

     
  • Fantasy Football: Time to fine-tune your roster for playoff run Nov 26, 2014 5:51 PM
    It's make-or-break time for many fantasy owners this week. See what John Dietz's advice is and who the all-important good and bad bets are for Week 13.

     
  • Imrem: Bad things come to Bears coaches who wait Nov 26, 2014 11:07 AM
    It might have made a difference if Marc Trestman didn't wait until the 11th game of the season to challenge the Bears with some tough love. As it is, to have a chance at the playoffs the Bears have to win all of their games to end the season with a seven-game winning streak and 10-6 record.

     
  • Lions’ defense a big challenge for Bears Nov 26, 2014 5:52 AM
    The strength of the Lions' elite defense is a front four that has dominated for much of the season, which isn't a pleasant Thanksgiving Day sight for a Bears offense that has struggled to get going early in games for much of the season.

     
  • Hard-working Paea using his smarts, strength Nov 25, 2014 7:28 PM
    In his fourth season, nose tackle Stephen Paea already has 6 sacks, doubling his career total, which includes 2 last week against the Bucs.

     
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