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Already in prison, Hurd faces new drug charges

Already in prison, Hurd faces new drug charges

CNNSI.com Updated Mar 21, 2013
A federal grand jury in Dallas has re-indicted former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd, who already is accused of trying to establish a drug-distribution network.
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  • Former Bears receiver Harlon Hill dies at 80

    Former Bears receiver Harlon Hill dies at 80

    ESPN.com Mar 21, 2013
    Harlon Hill, the former star receiver for the Chicago Bears whose name adorns the NCAA Division II player of the year trophy, has died. He was 80.
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  • Linebacker Jones re-signs with Green Bay

    Linebacker Jones re-signs with Green Bay

    The Green Bay Packers have re-signed linebacker Brad Jones.
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  • Official draft order: NFC North

    Official draft order: NFC North

    ESPN.com Mar 21, 2013
    The NFL has reconciled this week's awarding of compensatory draft picks with the existing selections to create an official order for the 2013 draft. It differs slightly from what we unofficially posted this week, so here is a bright shiny chart that lis…
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  • Ex-Bear trying to convince Illinois high schools to limit conta…

    Ex-Bear trying to convince Illinois high schools to limit contact

    profootballtalk.com Mar 21, 2013
    Former Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer retired from the NFL at the age of 30 after suffering health problems he attributed to a series of concussions. He says it’s time to change the game of football at the high school level to prevent future player
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  • Chiefs sign former Vikings fullback Ryan D’Imperio

    Chiefs sign former Vikings fullback Ryan D’Imperio

    profootballtalk.com Mar 21, 2013
    This is the point in the offseason where free agents get in where they fit in. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Chiefs signed former Vikings fullback Ryan D’Imperio The former seventh-round pick of the Vikings from Rutgers was released in final
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  • Donald Driver expects Urlacher retirement

    Donald Driver expects Urlacher retirement

    Thursday was an opportune day for retired Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver to be at ESPN's headquarters in Bristol, Conn. In this "SportsCenter" appearance, Driver offered an honest assessment of Urlacher's declining skills and predict…
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  • Evan Rodriguez arrested after continuing to disobey cops

    Evan Rodriguez arrested after continuing to disobey cops

    Bears tight end Evan Rodriguez didn’t want the attention that came with police questioning after an accident involving a car he was the passenger in, but probably cost himself a trip to jail because he lacked that internal timer that tells a person when
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  • Lions leaving O-line options open. Why?

    Lions leaving O-line options open. Why?

    ESPN.com Mar 21, 2013
    Everyone and their brother is excited about the Detroit Lions' potential for a balanced and explosive offense after the acquisition of running back Reggie Bush. It all makes perfect sense. What could go wrong? One overlooked aspect, at least from a nati…
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  • Other athletes line up to support Kluwe, Ayanbadejo brief on ma…

    Other athletes line up to support Kluwe, Ayanbadejo brief on marriage equality

    profootballtalk.com Mar 21, 2013
    Last month, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo submitted a legal brief regarding the issue of same-sex marriage. This month, plenty of other athletes are lining up to support the effort to overturn California’s ban on pe
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  • Trotter: Back at UCLA, MJD the big man on campus re-adjusting t…

    Trotter: Back at UCLA, MJD the big man on campus re-adjusting to school life

    CNNSI.com Mar 21, 2013
    The surroundings are familiar, but not much else is for Maurice Jones-Drew, back at UCLA to finish his degree. Jim Trotter followed MJD for a day as he lives the campus life.
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  • Bears sign tight end Steve Maneri

    Bears sign tight end Steve Maneri

    profootballtalk.com Mar 21, 2013
    Coincidentally - or not - the Bears have signed a tight end the morning after one of their tight ends was arrested. The Bears have announced that Steve Maneri has signed a two-year contract. He comes from Kansas City, where he appeared in 19 games wit
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  • Aaron Rodgers closing in on new deal

    Aaron Rodgers closing in on new deal

    profootballtalk.com Mar 21, 2013
    Packers CEO Mark Murphy recently described signing quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a new contract as a “priority.” Soon, “priority” will be replaced with “reality.” A new deal with Rodgers could be done soon, possibly before the draft. “It is h
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  • BBAO: Back at blog HQ

    BBAO: Back at blog HQ

    ESPN.com Mar 21, 2013
    We're Black and Blue All Over: Good morning. Wednesday was quite the day here on the NFC North blog. During the trek back from the NFL owners meeting, I did my best to keep up with the Chicago Bears' decision to part ways with linebacker Brian Urlacher.…
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Reed Becomes Another Ravens Casualty 03:10

    NFL32OT: Reed Becomes Another Ravens Casualty

    Mar 21
    Episode 293: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss the Ravens losing Ed Reed and seven other starters to free agency. John Clayton breaks down the Bears and Brian Urlacher parting ways. The NFL32 crew discuss the future of Victor Cruz with Giants.
  • Video - State of the Franchise: Chicago Bears 04:27

    State of the Franchise: Chicago Bears

    Mar 21
    The Chicago Bears are losing their face of the franchise in Brian Urlacher. What does the future hold for the team from the Windy City?
  • Video - Driver On Latest NFL News 02:47

    Driver On Latest NFL News

    Mar 21
    Donald Driver joins SportsCenter to talk about Ed Reed signing with the Texans, Brian Urlacher's future in the NFL and former teammate Greg Jennings' decision to join the rival Minnesota Vikings.
  • Video - Urlacher Moves On 00:46

    Urlacher Moves On

    Mar 21
    Herm Edwards understands why Brian Urlacher had to move on from the Chicago Bears.

Sports Columnists

  • Peter King: Revis trade talks between Jets, Bucs in a fragile state

    Mar 21
    The Jets have a vexing problem with Darrelle Revis, but if GM John Idzik plays his cards right, he could at least partially save face for trading the franchise's best player by getting no less than first- and third-round draft choices from Tampa Bay for…
  • Jim Trotter: Back at UCLA, MJD the big man on campus re-adjusting to schoo…

    Mar 21
    LOS ANGELES -- Maurice Jones-Drew is seated on the outdoor steps of a popular hangout at UCLA, where he's taking classes for the first time since leaving school after his junior season in 2005. As the courtyard bustles with students, the Jacksonville Ja…