Football Focus 2014

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  • Packers rout Carolina 38-17 Oct 19, 2014 3:30 PM
    Aaron Rodgers threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns, Randall Cobb torched the Carolina secondary for 121 yards receiving and the Green Bay Packers routed the Carolina Panthers 38-17 on Sunday. Sure-tackling Green Bay (5-2) limited quarterback Cam Newton in the first half. The Packers scored touchdowns on their first three series and led 28-3 at halftime, eliminating the threat of the Panthers’ running game. Newton, who had a career-high 17 carries last week, had 41 yards rushing on seven attempts. He passed for 205 yards for Carolina (3-3-1). The Packers never looked back after Rodgers connected with Jordy Nelson for a 59-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive in winning their fourth straight. Eddie Lacy and James Starks each added rushing touchdowns in the first half. Rodgers was 19 of 22 in carving up a Carolina secondary playing without starting cornerback Josh Norman.

  • Bears Bites: Feels like the season’s over Oct 19, 2014 8:39 PM
    Home is where the heartache is for the Bears, whose season isn't over — but it sure feels that way after just seven games, doesn't it? Mike Spellman takes a look at Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.

  • Bumgarner to start for Giants in Game 1 Oct 18, 2014 5:36 PM
    The reliable southpaw is getting the ball for another important Game 1. Left-hander Madison Bumgarner will pitch the World Series opener for the San Francisco Giants at Kansas City on Tuesday.

  • Donovan focused on Galaxy win, not his home finale Oct 18, 2014 4:43 PM
    Landon Donovan is trying to save his nostalgia for November — and hopefully December, too. The most accomplished player in MLS history figures he would be more reflective about his final regular-season home match with the LA Galaxy on Sunday if he weren’t returning to the field in a few weeks for the playoffs.

  • Blackhawks’ Toews scores game-winner in OT Oct 18, 2014 10:46 PM
    Jonathan Toews scored a short-handed breakaway goal at 3:26 of overtime to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night at United Center. With Patrick Sharp off for tripping, Toews stole the puck from Nashville’s Roman Josi just inside the Chicago blue line. He raced down left wing, cut to the slot and was stopped by Carter Hutton on his first shot, but Toews managed to push the rebound under Hutton’s pads. Johnny Oduya got his first goal of the season in the first period for Chicago and Corey Crawford had 19 saves. Shea Weber scored his third goal for Nashville and Hutton finished with 35 saves. Hutton was making his first start of the season in place of Pekka Rinne, who started the Predators’ first four games. The Blackhawks outshot the Predators 37-20, finishing with a shooting advantage against an opponent for the second straight game. Chicago outshot Calgary 50-18 on Wednesday in a 3-2 overtime loss. In this one, the Predators took control of the game for much of the third period with up-tempo skating and persistent forechecking after being dominated through the first two periods and outshot 23-6 after 40 minutes. It was tied 1-all after one period despite Chicago holding a 12-2 advantage on shots. Both teams scored on their first shots of the game. Oduya connected just 1:49 in when he skated in from the left point and leaned into a low shot from the top of the circle that beat Hutton between the pads. Weber tied it with a power-play goal at 11:17 shortly after serving a cross-checking call and exiting the penalty box. His drive from the left circle appeared to strike Chicago defenseman Michal Rozsival, then deflected upward and over Crawford’s shoulder. Chicago outshot Nashville 11-4 in the second, and Hutton made several tough in-close saves late in the period to keep it tied. The Predators picked up the pace in the third, forcing the Blackhawks into turnovers in the Chicago zone and tested Crawford. He made a point-blank pad save on Craig Smith 4:45 into the period when both Smith and Colin Wilson were alone in front of the net following a Chicago giveaway.

  • United clinch Eastern title with 2-1 win over Fire Oct 18, 2014 11:17 PM
    Chris Pontius and Eddie Johnson scored and D.C. United beat the Chicago Fire 2-1 on Saturday night. United (17-9-7) stretched its unbeaten streak to five games, clinching first place in the Eastern Conference — and the biggest single-season turnaround in MLS history, rebounding from last year’s 24-loss season.

  • Wolves’ offense howls against Monsters Oct 18, 2014 10:30 PM
    The Chicago Wolves’ stingy defense has set the pace early in the season, but the offense took center stage in a 7-2 victory over the Lake Erie Monsters at Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Saturday night. Forwards Dmitrij Jaskin (goal, 2 assists), Shane Harper, Ty Rattie, Rob Bordson, Pat Cannone (goal, 2 assists, Colin Fraser and Yannick Veilleux tallied for the Wolves, who featured 14 players recording points — including goaltender Matt Climie. Jeremy Welsh added 2 assists.

  • LeGere: Can Finnegan, Grimes keep Bears’ WRs at bay? Oct 18, 2014 8:21 PM
    The Dolphins' 5-foot-10 cornerbacks, Cortland Finnegan and Brent Grimes, offer a stark contract to the Bears' big wide receivers, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, but they have the skills to compensate for their lack of size.

  • McGraw: Gasol OK with sitting out end of games sometimes Oct 18, 2014 8:16 PM
    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau talked about wanting to get a look at his fourth-quarter lineup options in the final three preseason games. There will be some tough calls to make, but newcomer Pau Gasol is planning to be on the floor when it counts.

  • Trio of Bears LBs proved their worth vs. Falcons Oct 18, 2014 6:49 PM
    The Bears used three new linebackers last week because of injuries, and they all played well, as the defense turned in one of its best games of the Marc Trestman era, holding the Falcons to 13 points. With injuries still a concern, all three of the former backups could be called on again this week.

  • Toews saves the day in OT for Hawks Oct 19, 2014 12:49 AM
    This is getting ridiculous. For the second straight game, the Blackhawks took it to a visiting team at the United Center, dominating play for much of the night before eventually, inexplicably heading to overtime.

  • Bochy has the postseason touch with Giants Oct 18, 2014 6:51 PM
    Manager Bruce Bochy is clearly in charge of these Giants. Now, as he guides San Francisco into the World Series for the third time in five years, he could soon join some elite company.

  • McClellin set to play vs. Dolphins Oct 17, 2014 10:33 PM
    With Lance Briggs out for a second straight game and three other linebackers on the injury report, the Bears have decisions to make heading into Sunday's game against the Dolphins at Soldier Field.

  • Blackhawks’ third line still pointless Oct 18, 2014 12:26 AM
    The Blackhawks’ third line remains out of sync — and without a point through three games. Bryan Bickell, a mainstay on that line, said Friday that he shoulders some of the responsibility for the rough start.

  • Spellman: What a move to bring in Coach Q Oct 17, 2014 10:37 PM
    Joel Quenneville's accomplishments include being one of only three coaches to reach the 700-win plateu, or his 270-127-60 regular season record with the Hawks or his .606 postseason winning percentage since arriving in town. I guess what I’m trying to say is simple: the guy’s a treasure.

  • Bulls’ Butler not worried about his next contract Oct 17, 2014 4:26 PM
    Jimmy Butler's game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer on Thursday against Atlanta continued the preseason-long trend of improved offense. Butler is averaging 18.6 points and shooting 60 percent from the field, but his strong performance might actually decrease the chances he'll sign a contract extension before the Oct. 31 deadline.

  • Yost has underdog Royals back in World Series Oct 17, 2014 6:01 PM
    Unorthodox Royals manager Ned Yost is sometimes surly, often stubborn and frequently intimidating. He’s also the man whose debatable decision-making has proved to be faultless during Kansas City’s perfect postseason run. “I’m real comfortable in my own skin,” Yost says. “I don’t feel like I need vindication."

  • Giants have every-other-October pattern down pat Oct 17, 2014 6:19 PM
    Old standbys like Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval mix with rookie faces, giving the Giants a seemingly unique ability to win every other October. Quirky circumstances or injured stars don’t seem to matter, whether it’s the 2010 bunch of castoffs and misfits or a pair of veteran stars making their first World Series trip.

  • Dietz: Everything breaks right for van Riemsdyk Oct 17, 2014 10:42 PM
    Trevor van Riemsdyk is the only undrafted defenseman, forward or center on the Blackhawks' roster. Check out he went from a broken ankle in January to making the Hawks' opening-night roster.

  • Bears can’t afford another home loss Oct 17, 2014 5:18 AM
    With a record of 0-2 at home, and 3-1 on the road, there might not be any home-field advantage for the Chicago Bears when they play at Soldier Field. But if they want to make the playoffs, a loss at home to Miami won't get it done, Mike North says.

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