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Bears enjoy the luxury of salary-cap space

Bears enjoy the luxury of salary-cap space

suntimes.com Updated Dec 27, 2012
What transpires Sunday in the regular season finale at Ford Field in Detroit would appear to have deep ramifications on the future of the Bears. But only Phil Emery has any inkling of the potential outcome for key coaches and players, most notably Lovie…
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  • Brandon Marshall is Sun-Times Sportsperson of Year

    Brandon Marshall is Sun-Times Sportsperson of Year

    suntimes.com Dec 27, 2012
    Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane and Bulls center Joakim Noah compare favorite late-night hot spots. It’s comical how Noah towers over Kane at the banquet table. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and Hawks captain Jonathan Toews are swapping concussion experie
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  • Brandon Marshall refuses to root for the Packers

    Brandon Marshall refuses to root for the Packers

    suntimes.com Dec 27, 2012
    Brandon Marshall is grateful for the free trip to Hawaii, but he hopes he can’t go. He wants to still be playing for the Bears when it comes around. “Fortunately, it’s my fourth time,” the receiver said Thursday of being named to the Pro Bowl. “
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  • Johnny Knox fights to get back on field with Bears

    Johnny Knox fights to get back on field with Bears

    suntimes.com Dec 27, 2012
    The Bears’ seasonlong search for a receiver to complement Brandon Marshall has been a colossal disappointment. But largely overlooked as a possible solution in 2013 is Johnny Knox. While potential is discussed with Alshon Jeffery, Devin Hester and Earl
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  • Matt Forte practices, Brian Urlacher doesn’t

    Matt Forte practices, Brian Urlacher doesn’t

    profootballtalk.com Dec 27, 2012
    Earlier this week, Bears running back Matt Forte said that he planned on playing in Week 17 against the Lions and coach Lovie Smith said that linebacker Brian Urlacher had a “chance” of returning for the regular season finale. Things are looking bette
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  • Lions' Raiola fires back at Bears' 'clown' Melton

    Lions' Raiola fires back at Bears' 'clown' Melton

    Detroit center Dominic Raiola responded Thursday to assertions made by the Chicago Bears' Henry Melton that the Lions are a dirty team, calling the defensive tackle "a clown" and questioning how he could have been selected to the Pro Bowl.
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  • NFC North Thursday practice report

    NFC North Thursday practice report

    ESPN.com Dec 27, 2012
    Let's take a quick look through Thursday's news in the NFC North: Chicago Bears: Tailback Matt Forte (ankle) returned to practice on a limited basis, giving him a chance to play Sunday at Ford Field. Cornerback Charles Tillman (ribs/elbow) also returned…
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  • NFC Pro Bowl Snubs: The Defense

    NFC Pro Bowl Snubs: The Defense

    yahoo.com Dec 27, 2012
    Defensive Ends Made it: Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants/Julius Peppers, Chicago Bears/Jared Allen, Minnesota Vikings Should have made it: Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals/John Abraham, Atlanta Falcons The Cardinals have the NFL's third-ranked defen…
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  • Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk pleads guilty to DUI

    Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk pleads guilty to DUI

    CNNSI.com Dec 27, 2012
    JOLIET, Ill. (AP)-- Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge in suburban Chicago.
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  • Peter King: NFL Week 17 Picks

    Peter King: NFL Week 17 Picks

    CNNSI.com Dec 27, 2012
    Peter King: NFL Week 17 Picks
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  • Win And In: The NFC East crown comes down to Sunday night whe……

    Win And In: The NFC East crown comes down to Sunday night whe…

    CNNSI.com Dec 27, 2012
    The NFC East crown comes down to Sunday night when Washington hosts Dallas. Peter King says the Redskins win on the back of one guy. And it's not who you might think.
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  • Bears CB: Megatron is 'LeBron' of football

    Bears CB: Megatron is 'LeBron' of football

    Chicago Bears Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman said Calvin Johnson is "the LeBron James of football," and he's not sure how the Bears are going to contain the Detroit Lions receiver as effectively as the last time the teams played.
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  • Bears S: Stafford 'kinda folds' vs. pressure

    Bears S: Stafford 'kinda folds' vs. pressure

    Chicago Bears safety Major Wright said the Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford is a good quarterback who can make any throw on the field, but Wright said Stafford "kinda folds" when he faces a little pressure.
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  • Black Monday Is Coming

    Black Monday Is Coming

    CNNSI.com Dec 27, 2012
    The first Monday after the regular season is usually ripe for coaching changes, and this year will be particularly active. Don Banks breaks down who's likely out, and who's safe.
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  • Julius Peppers named NFC defensive player of the week

    Julius Peppers named NFC defensive player of the week

    profootballtalk.com Dec 27, 2012
    The Cardinals have an offensive line that may be the best at making opponents look good. Bears defensive end Julius Peppers didn’t need the help. Peppers earned NFC defensive player of the week honors, after a dominating performance against the Cards la
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  • Ian Thomsen: LeBron doesn't need a second act in Cleveland

    Ian Thomsen: LeBron doesn't need a second act in Cleveland

    CNNSI.com Dec 27, 2012
    This has been the year of LeBron James, who earned the NBA championship, the Olympic gold medal and Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year. And as his outstanding 2012 ends, one persistent rumor has taken hold.
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  • Cardinals place Rob Housler on injured reserve

    Cardinals place Rob Housler on injured reserve

    profootballtalk.com Dec 27, 2012
    The Arizona Cardinals have placed tight end Rob Housler on injured reserve after suffering a shoulder injury against the Chicago Bears last week. Housler was the Cardinals third leading receiver this season. Housler appeared in all 15 games this season …
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  • Video - Chicago Bears CB Tim Jennings and Bears hope to roar 03:41

    Chicago Bears CB Tim Jennings and Bears hope to roar

    Dec 27
    Chicago Bears CB Tim Jennings joins "Around the League" to discuss his Pro Bowl selection and how the team plans to bounce back from its midseason slump.
  • Video - Preview: Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions 02:18

    Preview: Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions

    Dec 27
    NFL Films previews the Week 17 matchup between the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions.

Sports Columnists

  • Brooklyn Nets establish Phil Jackson as top coaching target, sources say

    Dec 27
    Undaunted by Phil Jackson's reported reluctance to coach their team, Brooklyn Nets officials have established Jackson as their top target in the wake of Avery Johnson's dismissal, according to NBA coaching sources.
  • Daily Dime: Fifteen straight for Clippers

    Dec 27
    The Clippers' 15th straight win was another blowout. The Clippers will need challenges to sharpen their playoff form, writes J.A. Adande.
  • Peter King: NFL Week 17 Picks

    Dec 27
    Peter King: NFL Week 17 Picks
  • Don Banks: Black Monday Primer: Definitive guide to 2013 coaching carousel

    Dec 27
    The only constant in the NFL these days is change, and all indications point to another active firing/hiring season commencing on Black Monday -- the day after the league's regular season concludes. While there were no midseason coaching dismissals in 2…