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Al in: Jeffery to return vs. Vikings

Al in: Jeffery to return vs. Vikings

Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery typically downplayed his expected return to the Bears’ lineup Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings after missing two games because of a knee injury. Jeffery’s value to the Bears has been significant since the day he was dr
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  • Noah's career night helps Bulls defeat Pistons

    Noah's career night helps Bulls defeat Pistons

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Joakim Noah had 30 points and 23 rebounds, setting career highs in both categories and helping the Chicago Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons for the 16th straight time, 108-104 on Friday night.
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  • Brian Urlacher, Tim Jennings are out, so Bears’ D-line must ste…

    Brian Urlacher, Tim Jennings are out, so Bears’ D-line must step up

    suntimes.com Dec 7, 2012
    When questioned about opponents slowing down his touted defensive line recently, Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli didn’t break down chop blocks, bootlegs or the zone-read option. Instead, he delivered one of his customary messages. “No, it’
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  • Broncos' Miller fined $25,000 for hit on Freeman

    Broncos' Miller fined $25,000 for hit on Freeman

    CNNSI.com Dec 7, 2012
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Denver Broncos defensive end Von Miller was fined $25,000 by the NFL on Friday for his hit below the knee of Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman last week.
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  • MLB average salary jumps 3.8 percent to $3.2M

    MLB average salary jumps 3.8 percent to $3.2M

    CNNSI.com Dec 7, 2012
    NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball's average salary increased 3.8 percent this year to a record $3.2 million.
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  • The Cubs' New Japanese Pitcher Accidentally Told The Press He W…

    The Cubs' New Japanese Pitcher Accidentally Told The Press He Wouldn't Care If Chicago Traded Him

    deadspin.com Dec 7, 2012
    Today the Cubs officially introduced new signing Kyuji Fujikawa, because any time you can lock up a 32-year-old middle reliever who's never pitched in the MLB for two years and $9.5 million, you have to pull the trigger. Fujikawa met with the media at W…
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  • Bears' Urlacher fined $21,000 for horse-collar

    Bears' Urlacher fined $21,000 for horse-collar

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was fined $21,000 by the NFL for a horse-collar tackle on Seattle's Leon Washington, his second fine in two weeks.
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  • Rob Mahoney: Bulls surviving without Rose despite limitations o…

    Rob Mahoney: Bulls surviving without Rose despite limitations on offense

    CNNSI.com Dec 7, 2012
    Chicago was never built to win with offense, but an average attack has been even more mediocre without Derrick Rose. So how have the Bulls stayed afloat? Rob Mahoney examines.
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  • Michael Rosenberg: On the verge of history, Calvin Johnson stri…

    Michael Rosenberg: On the verge of history, Calvin Johnson strives to be even better

    CNNSI.com Dec 7, 2012
    Calvin Johnson may not yet belong among the great wide receivers in NFL history. But by creeping up on Jerry Rice's receiving record, Johnson is getting close, writes Michael Rosenberg.
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  • NFC North Friday injury report

    NFC North Friday injury report

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Let's get inside the Friday injury report in the NFC North: Chicago Bears: Cornerback Tim Jennings (shoulder) was ruled out of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, joining linebacker Brian Urlacher (hamstring) and receiver Earl Bennett (concussi…
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  • Melo questionable for Saturday against Chicago

    Melo questionable for Saturday against Chicago

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Carmelo Anthony's status for the New York Knicks' game against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday is uncertain due to a laceration on the middle finger of his left hand.
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  • Peter King: Griffin, 'Skins taking advantage of opponents' aggr…

    Peter King: Griffin, 'Skins taking advantage of opponents' aggressive defense

    CNNSI.com Dec 7, 2012
    So I am fairly smitten with this option offense Washington is running, called by offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and executed with precocious zeal by 22-year-old franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III. A big test comes Sunday at home against Balti…
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  • Bulls' Hamilton hopes he won't miss a month

    Bulls' Hamilton hopes he won't miss a month

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    In his first comments since tearing the plantar fascia in his left foot in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, Chicago Bulls guard Richard Hamilton said Friday he was originally told he would be out about four weeks.
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  • Chad Greenway: I should have been more responsible

    Chad Greenway: I should have been more responsible

    profootballtalk.com Dec 7, 2012
    Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway now says he regrets saying fans should get “super, duper drunk” on Sunday. Greenway, who has taken some criticism for saying he wanted to hear the home fans drunk, loud and raucous for Sunday’s game against the Bears
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  • BBAO: Nick Roach on the spot

    BBAO: Nick Roach on the spot

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    We're Black and Blue All Over: There has been plenty of fretting this week about the future of Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, but not much attention on the man who will replace him for the next few weeks. Nick Roach is making a similar …
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  • Stewart confirms he's planning on return to Cubs

    Stewart confirms he's planning on return to Cubs

    CNNSI.com Dec 7, 2012
    CHICAGO (AP) Third baseman Ian Stewart says he is re-signing with the Chicago Cubs.
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  • Big free agents still unsigned as meetings end

    Big free agents still unsigned as meetings end

    CNNSI.com Dec 7, 2012
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) As baseball's new Mr. Moneybags, Ned Colletti gets mentioned when almost any free agent is discussed this offseason.
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  • Video - Noah's Double-Double Lifts Bulls Past Pistons 01:00

    Noah's Double-Double Lifts Bulls Past Pistons

    Dec 7
    Joakim Noah scores 30 points and grabs 23 rebounds in Bulls' win.
  • Video - NFL Kickoff OT: Week 14 Predictions 06:32

    NFL Kickoff OT: Week 14 Predictions

    Dec 7
    NFL Live makes their predictions for Week 14's key matchups.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings 03:21

    'Playbook': Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings

    Dec 7
    Are the Minnesota Vikings using Adrian Peterson effectively? The "Playbook" guys discuss why the Chicago Bears' defense will need to rely on Major Wright to help stop Peterson and pick up the win.
  • Video - Brandon Marshall Or Bust For Bears WRs 03:12

    Brandon Marshall Or Bust For Bears WRs

    Dec 7
    Cary Chow and Lomas Brown look at the struggles for the Bears to find a 2nd wide receiver to compliment Brandon Marshall.

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  • Peter King: Griffin, 'Skins taking advantage of opponents' aggressive defe…

    Dec 7
    So I am fairly smitten with this option offense Washington is running, called by offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and executed with precocious zeal by 22-year-old franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III. A big test comes Sunday at home against Balti…
  • The Sports Guy talks NBA leadership with Bill Russell, plus Week 14 picks

    Dec 7
    Thoughts on Bill Russell, Kobe Bryant, and the different paths to immortality.