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Melo, 3 others ejected as Bulls down Knicks

Melo, 3 others ejected as Bulls down Knicks

ESPN.com Updated Dec 21, 2012
New York's Carmelo Anthony and three others were thrown out of a foul-filled game, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Knicks for the second time this season, 110-106 on Friday night.
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  • Bears’ defense won’t point finger at struggling offense

    Bears’ defense won’t point finger at struggling offense

    suntimes.com Dec 21, 2012
    Asked whether he believed the Bears’ typically solid defense has been held back by the offense this season and in years past, linebacker Lance Briggs chose not to answer. At least not now. “I think that’s a question you have to ask me at the end of
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  • Bears RT Jonathan Scott hopes to play against Cardinals

    Bears RT Jonathan Scott hopes to play against Cardinals

    suntimes.com Dec 21, 2012
    Right tackle Jonathan Scott had an angle on Green Bay Packers cornerback Casey Hayward. Hayward had intercepted a pass by Jay Cutler late in the first half Sunday and was weaving through the Bears on his return. But when Scott came within a few steps of…
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  • Bears’ receivers coach says Alshon Jeffery is fragile right now

    Bears’ receivers coach says Alshon Jeffery is fragile right now

    profootballtalk.com Dec 21, 2012
    Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery has not been a happy camper this week after three offensive pass interference penalties were called against him in Sunday’s loss to the Packers. Bears receivers coach Darryl Drake is worried that Jeffery is going to beat hi
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  • Bears Say Fans Need To Chill Out

    Bears Say Fans Need To Chill Out

    deadspin.com Dec 21, 2012
    After getting jeered out of the building Sunday, Brian Urlacher spoke for presumably more than a few of his teammates. "The only team in our division that gets booed at home is us," Urlacher said. "It's unbelievable to me." More »
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  • PFT on NBC Sports Network: Matt Forte, Week 16 preview

    PFT on NBC Sports Network: Matt Forte, Week 16 preview

    profootballtalk.com Dec 21, 2012
    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but there’s still a whole weekend of football to play before St. Nick makes his way down any chimneys. Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network will bring you everything you need to get ready for Week 16, in
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  • Brandon Marshall fined $5,250 for throwing ball into the stands

    Brandon Marshall fined $5,250 for throwing ball into the stands

    profootballtalk.com Dec 21, 2012
    After Bears receiver Brandon Marshall scored a touchdown on Sunday against the Packers, a fan at Soldier Field came away with a souvenir. And Marshall got a fine. Marshall threw the ball into the stands after scoring, which is against NFL rules. And the…
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  • Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny headed to Brewers

    Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny headed to Brewers

    CNNSI.com Dec 21, 2012
    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers signed left-handed reliever Tom Gorzelanny to a two-year contract Friday.
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  • Tyson Chandler and Jimmy Fallon engage in a free throw contest …

    Tyson Chandler and Jimmy Fallon engage in a free throw contest utilizing random objects (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Dec 21, 2012
    Nearly a decade ago, Tyson Chandler’s touch was a go-to joke amongst Chicago Bulls fans. “Hands of stone” was the go-to phrase on the go-to message board in regards to a player that was not a go-to offensive threat for the team that drafted him. Cou
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  • NFC North Friday injury report

    NFC North Friday injury report

    ESPN.com Dec 21, 2012
    Let's get inside the Friday injury report in the NFC North: Chicago Bears: Defensive tackle Henry Melton (chest) returned to practice Friday but is doubtful for Sunday's game at the Arizona Cardinals. Linebacker Brian Urlacher (hamstring) has been ruled…
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  • Giants give Rosario chance, claim righty off waivers

    Giants give Rosario chance, claim righty off waivers

    MLB.com Dec 21, 2012
    The Giants took their turn Friday at obtaining right-hander Sandy Rosario, claiming the much-traveled 27-year-old reliever off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.
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  • Rangers claim lefty reliever Beliveau off waivers

    Rangers claim lefty reliever Beliveau off waivers

    MLB.com Dec 21, 2012
    The Rangers added another bullpen candidate by claiming left-handed reliever Jeff Beliveau off waivers from the Cubs on Friday. He gives the Rangers a possible left-handed relief option if they decide to use Robbie Ross in the rotation.
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  • Cubs finalize one-year contract with Schierholtz

    Cubs finalize one-year contract with Schierholtz

    MLB.com Dec 21, 2012
    The Cubs have finalized their deal with outfielder Nate Schierholtz on a one-year, $2.25 million contract.
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  • Final Word: NFC North

    Final Word: NFC North

    ESPN.com Dec 21, 2012
    Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 16: Oasis in desert? The Chicago Bears have lost five of their past six games and probably need to win their final two in order to reach the playoffs. Otherwise, they will become the second team since 1990 -- and the…
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  • White Sox still confident despite improved division

    White Sox still confident despite improved division

    MLB.com Dec 21, 2012
    The pre-holiday White Sox question on the table today deals with the team's ability to contend in the American League Central for the 2013 season. It was the same question on the table last Friday and will carry through into the new year.
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  • Twins sign Rich Harden to minor-league contract

    Twins sign Rich Harden to minor-league contract

    CNNSI.com Dec 21, 2012
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins have signed injury-hampered right-hander Rich Harden to a minor-league contract with an invitation to compete for a spot on the staff in spring training.
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  • NFC North Week 16 programming note

    NFC North Week 16 programming note

    ESPN.com Dec 21, 2012
    Where to go? What to do? Follow the Green Bay Packers' pursuit of home-field advantage in the playoffs? Witness the Chicago Bears' attempt to end a 1-5 slump and remain in the playoff hunt? Join Adrian Peterson's chase of the NFL's single-season rushing…
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  • Henry Melton: No defensive tackles are better than me

    Henry Melton: No defensive tackles are better than me

    profootballtalk.com Dec 21, 2012
    Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton’s contract expires after this season and he’s put himself in position to cash in with a big payday with his play this season. Melton has been excellent against the run while continuing to provide strong pressure in
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  • Video - Melo, Three Others Ejected In Bulls' Win Over Knicks 01:12

    Melo, Three Others Ejected In Bulls' Win Over Knicks

    Dec 21
    Bulls hold on to top Knicks at MSG.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Chicago Bears vs. Arizona Cardinals 03:07

    'Playbook': Chicago Bears vs. Arizona Cardinals

    Dec 21
    Will the Arizona Cardinals be able to score enough points against the Chicago Bears' defense to pull off an upset? Our analysts explain why the Bears should win easily, as long as they avoid penalties.
  • Video - Bears Facing Must-Win Game In Arizona 02:01

    Bears Facing Must-Win Game In Arizona

    Dec 21
    ESPN Chicago's Tom Waddle and John Jurkovic look ahead to the Bears' clash with the Cardinals.
  • Video - Report: Francisco Liriano To Pirates 02:03

    Report: Francisco Liriano To Pirates

    Dec 21
    ESPN MLB insider Dan Szymborski breaks down the Pirates' reported signing of Francisco Liriano.

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    Dec 21
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    Dec 21
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