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  • Associated Press/May 1, 2009 Washington Redskin Marko Mitchell puts his helmet on during an NFL football minicamp practice.

    Redskins to senators: Team’s name is ‘respectful’May 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    “Our use of ‘Redskins’ as the name of our football team for more than 80 years has always been respectful of and shown reverence toward the proud legacy and traditions of Native Americans,” Redskins president Bruce Allen wrote.

  • After further review, 7-on-7 passing league looks like a winnerMay 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Ray Glassmann didn’t think he was in 7-on-7 heaven back in 2008. After a couple of years of organizing and running local basketball tournaments, Glassmann decided to see if an off-season spring football league would work. The early returns on the All-American 7-on-7 Passing League were about as favorable as the United States Football League’s ill-fated attempt at competing with the NFL in the mid-1980s. “I was going to cancel it,” Glassmann said of having only five teams and 60 players the first year. “I thought, ‘I guess in Chicago this doesn’t play well. “One of the guys involved said as long we’ve gone this far, let’s play each other twice. I’m glad we did.” The next year it grew to 16 teams. Then it doubled to 32. Now it has exploded to 83 teams and more than 1,200 players from middle school to high school.

  • Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall credits GM Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman with helping him become a better person.

    Marshall gets emotional over Bears dealMay 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Wide receiver Brandon Marshall and general manager Phil Emery could barely contain their joy at the news conference publicizing the three-year, $30 million contract extension that Marshall signed on Monday.

  • If Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall continues playing at the same level he has over the last two seasons, he likely will own every Bears receiving record when his contract expires in 2017.

    Turning 30 shouldn’t slow down Bears’ MarshallMay 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    If you’re wondering why the Bears just gave Brandon Marshall a $30 million, three-year contract extension two months after his 30th birthday, stop it. Odds are Marshall will be worth every penny, and might even outperform his contract.

  • File-This Jan. 26, 2014, file photo shows Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis of Team Rice during introductions on the field before the start of the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Aloha Stadium, in Honolulu. Mathis has been suspended four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The league made the announcement Friday, May 16, 2014. In a statement, the Colts said they wanted to reassure Mathis that he would remain an “honored and cherished” member of the team. They also offered to support Mathis throughout the process. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, File)

    Sacks champion Mathis apologizes to teammates for suspensionMay 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    NFL sacks champion Robert Mathis made one thing clear Wednesday: He’s coming back this season as a motivated man. In his first public comments since learning he would sit out the season’s first four games for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy, Mathis was his usually blunt self after speaking to his Colts teammates.

  • The Minneapolis skyline rises in the background as work continues Tuesday on the new Minnesota Vikings NFL football stadium in Minneapolis. Minneapolis will host the 2018 Super Bowl after a vote by owners Tuesday rewarded the city for its new stadium deal

    Super Bowl 2018 to embrace Minnesota winterMay 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Minneapolis was awarded the 2018 Super Bowl after a vote by owners Tuesday rewarded the city for its new stadium deal. The owners chose Minneapolis and the $1 billion stadium planned for the site of the old Metrodome to host the championship over New Orleans and Indianapolis. “In large part, it was due to recognition of the great work they’ve done on the stadium,” Commissioner Roger Goodell noted. “It’s been 10 years and we’ve always been driving to build a stadium,” Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said. The new Minneapolis stadium, set to open in 2016, will hold up to 72,000 for the Super Bowl.

  • Ryan Mullen

    Mullen makes the call, and it’s Miami (Ohio)May 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Ryan Mullen didn’t have to draw on his Ryan Mullen intelligence when offered a Division I football scholarship from Miami (Ohio) University. This was an easy call for a kid whose high school coach calls wise beyond his years. “I knew that I would get other offers — and I have,” the Lakes junior lineman said. “But I just figured, ‘What is going to be better than Miami anyway?’ I couldn’t think of it. So I said, ‘I might as well take a great thing (the scholarship offer) while I have it, before it’s gone.” A 6 foot 3, 270-pounder and varsity starter since his sophomore year, Mullen also had offers from Western Michigan, Ball State, Colgate, UConn and Harvard. He carries a 4.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale and scored a 33 — three off perfection — on his ACT.

  • Quarterback Jim McMahon is part of a group of retired NFL players saying in a lawsuit that the league illegally supplied them with risky painkillers that numbed their injuries and led to medical complications.

    Ex-players sue NFL over use of painkillersMay 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    A group of retired NFL players says in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the league, thirsty for profits, illegally supplied them with risky narcotics and other painkillers that numbed their injuries for games and led to medical complications down the road. The drug lawsuit names eight players, including three members of the NFL champion 1985 Chicago Bears: Hall of Fame defensive end Richard Dent, offensive lineman Keith Van Horne, and quarterback Jim McMahon.

  • Wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who has agreed on a new three-year contract extension with the Bears worth $30 million, would be a centerpiece on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”

    Really now, Bears just right for reality TVMay 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Brandon Marshall's busy Monday alone qualifies him to be a compelling character for "Hard Knocks" on HBO. His teammates could come along for the ride whether the Bears want them to or not.

  • Bears offensive guard Kyle Long (75) made tremendous progress during his rookie season, and Bears coaches say he has shown great growth during the off season as well.

    Bears coaches pumped over Long’s developmentMay 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    The progress made by 2013 first-round draft pick Kyle Long has been nothing short of sensational, according to Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer.

  • Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who signed a $30 million contract extension with the team, is pledging $1 million of his pay to benefit mental illness.

    Bears give Marshall 3-year, $30-million extensionMay 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Brandon Marshall, who has compiled the two most productive back-to-back receiving seasons in Bears history, was rewarded on Monday with a three-year, $30-million contract extension that runs through the 2017 season.

  • Bears sign rookie running back and safetyMay 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Chicago Bears added to their training camp roster Monday by announcing the signings of running back Senorise Perry and safety Marcus Trice. The Bears also waived punter Drew Butler and running back Willie Carter.

  • Trestman expects Tillman, Jennings to take Fuller under their wingMay 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    First-round draft pick Kyle Fuller sin't expected to be in the Bears' starting lineup as a rookie, but he'll see plenty of playing time if he winds up as the nickel corner, as expected.

  • David Fales sets to pass during the Bears’ rookie camp Friday. The sixth-round pick will battle Jordan Palmer and Jerrod Johnson for a roster spot.

    Kromer makes it clear: Backup QB spot up for grabsMay 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Sixth-round draft pick Davis Fales will get an opportunity to compete for the backup quarterback job behind Jay Cutler, but he will have to beat out veteran Jordan Palmer and first-year player Jerrod Johnson.

  • Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, right, from Texas A&M, watches cornerback Justin Gilbert during their introductory news conference at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio Friday, May 9, 2014. The Browns selected Gilbert with the eighth pick and Manziel with the 22nd pick in the first round of Thursday night's draft. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Manziel texts Browns he wants to ‘wreck’ leagueMay 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Once Johnny Manziel texted that he wanted to “wreck this league” with them, the Browns didn’t waste another second. They rushed to draft Johnny Football. Browns quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains said in a radio interview Thursday that as the Texas A&M star was sliding in the first round of the NFL draft last week, Manziel sent a text message urging Cleveland to select him. The Browns had passed on taking Manziel with the first of their two picks in the first round.

  • Keynote speaker Matt Mayberry talks about learning from failure with the area’s top prep athletes at the Daily Herald Prep Sports Excellence event.

    Mayberry’s message: Failure’s the key to successMay 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    One key to success, according to acclaimed motivational speaker Matt Mayberry, is more than a little bit counter-intuitive. It’s failure. That’s the message of Mayberry’s forthcoming book, entitled “The Gift of Failure.” And in the Daily Herald’s Prep Sports Excellence event May 4 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Mayberry was able to successfully demonstrate how it is such an integral part of achievement.

  • Bears LB Christian Jones tackles running back Ka’Deem Carey during rookie minicamp in Lake Forest on Friday. Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said he’s excited about Carey’s ability to pick up the tough yards.

    Bears think Carey will be perfect backup for ForteMay 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Rookie Ka'Deem Carey, the Bears' fourth-round draft pick out of Arizona, could be the best backup they've had behind Matt Forte since he was drafted in 2008 and became their featured runner that season.

  • Green Bay Packers first round draft pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix stretches during NFL football rookie camp Friday, May 16, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

    Packers open rookie mini-camp with full houseMay 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    From first-round pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the 28 players who are taking part in his team’s rookie orientation camp on a tryout basis, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy sees talent and opportunity. As a team that has opened each of the past four seasons with at least three undrafted rookie free agents making the 53-man roster, McCarthy made it clear that young players like the ones participating in this camp are the team’s lifeblood.

  • Bears running back Jordan Lynch catches the ball during the NFL football team’s rookie minicamp in Lake Forest, Ill., on Friday, May 16, 2014.

    Lynch off and running at Bears rookie minicampMay 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    NIU's record-setting quarterback Jordan Lynch is trying to make the Bears as an undrafted free agent, and he's willing to switch positions and play special teams to make his NFL dream come true. After Friday’s first day of practice in the Bears’ three-day rookie minicamp, coach Marc Trestman was impressed by how well Lynch adapted in Day One of his transformation. “He didn’t look out of place,” Trestman said. “Jordan’s a real football player, there’s no doubt about it.”

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