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Mike Ditka suffers minor stroke; says it’s ‘no big deal’

Mike Ditka suffers minor stroke; says it’s ‘no big deal’

yahoo.com Updated Nov 16, 2012
You would expect uber-tough former Chicago Bears tight end and head coach Mike Ditka to shrug off most things that would take lesser men right out. If Ditka in his prime were attacked by an actual bear (cue the Swerkski Superfans), we're pretty sure he'…
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  • Vikings’ Jasper Brinkley fined $21,000 for hit on Calvin Johnso…

    Vikings’ Jasper Brinkley fined $21,000 for hit on Calvin Johnson

    profootballtalk.com Nov 16, 2012
    The Lions complained after their loss to Minnesota that Vikings players took cheap shots at receiver Calvin Johnson and cornerback Chris Houston. The league office agrees with one of those. The NFL has confirmed that Vikings linebacker Jasper Brinkley w…
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  • Harbaugh returns to Niners after heart procedure

    Harbaugh returns to Niners after heart procedure

    CNNSI.com Nov 16, 2012
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Jim Harbaugh practically galloped through the locker room, lively as ever, offering a wave and a smile to long snapper Brian Jennings before putting his arm around right guard Alex Boone.
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  • Quarterbacks headline the Week 11 injury reports

    Quarterbacks headline the Week 11 injury reports

    We begin our roundup of key injuries in the NFL with - what else - the quarterback position. Though the Chicago Bears' final injury report before Monday night's game against the San Francisco 49ers is not due until Saturday, head coach Lovie Smith has
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  • NFC North Friday injury report

    NFC North Friday injury report

    ESPN.com Nov 16, 2012
    Let's take a quick look inside the Friday injury report: Chicago Bears: Because they play Monday, the Bears won't provide game designations until Saturday. But we already know that quarterback Jay Cutler (concussion) is out of Monday night's game agains…
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  • Cutler won't play versus 49ers; Campbell to start

    Cutler won't play versus 49ers; Campbell to start

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Nov 16, 2012
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will miss Monday's game at San Francisco because of a concussion.
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  • Gunther Cunningham thinks anonymous rip of Suh “obnoxious”

    Gunther Cunningham thinks anonymous rip of Suh “obnoxious”

    profootballtalk.com Nov 16, 2012
    Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham gave an entirely Gunther Cunningham response when asked about the anonymous scout’s comment that Ndamukong Suh was “coddled” and an underachiever. Cunningham called the comment “obnoxious,” and said
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  • Peter King: Luck vs. Brady adds new wrinkle to longstanding Col…

    Peter King: Luck vs. Brady adds new wrinkle to longstanding Colts-Pats rivalry

    CNNSI.com Nov 16, 2012
    The Colts head into their Week 11 showdown against the Pats with a surprising 6-3 record. Peter King explains why the young Colts are ready for Tom Brady and Co. in his Game Plan.
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  • Final Word: NFC North

    Final Word: NFC North

    ESPN.com Nov 16, 2012
    Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 11: History rules: The Green Bay Packers have won 12 of their past 13 games against the Detroit Lions and 14 of their past 16, dating to the start of the 2004 season. Their most recent loss came in 2010, a game quart…
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  • Official says Vikings have right for seat licenses

    Official says Vikings have right for seat licenses

    ESPN.com Nov 16, 2012
    The head of the authority overseeing construction of a new Minnesota Vikings stadium says she expects any fees for personal seat licenses would be in line with those charged for other new stadiums recently built in the state.
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  • James Jones’ past drops wind up working out for Packers

    James Jones’ past drops wind up working out for Packers

    profootballtalk.com Nov 16, 2012
    Packers wide receiver James Jones hasn’t dropped a ball yet this season. That’s worthy of noting for a player who led the NFL in drop percentage over the last three seasons. Plenty of those drops caused frustration in Green Bay, but there’s not much
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  • Dominic Raiola upset that people are writing the Lions off

    Dominic Raiola upset that people are writing the Lions off

    profootballtalk.com Nov 16, 2012
    Lions center Dominic Raiola says his team still has a chance to make the playoffs, despite a 4-5 start. And he doesn’t appreciate suggestions otherwise. “I think what makes me upset more is people are writing us off because of whatever,” Raiola told
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  • 60 Minutes says Rodgers’ reaction proves that he’s sensitive

    60 Minutes says Rodgers’ reaction proves that he’s sensitive

    profootballtalk.com Nov 16, 2012
    The ticking stopwatch finally struck “go” time. Last week, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers expressed disappointment regarding the manner in which he was portrayed in a 60 Minutes profile.  On Thursday, Rodgers reiterated his concerns.  In response
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  • BBAO: Statistical points for Adrian Peterson

    BBAO: Statistical points for Adrian Peterson

    ESPN.com Nov 16, 2012
    We're Black and Blue All Over: Our friends at ESPN Stats & Information have posted a statistic- and history-based spin on the discussion we've been having on Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson's competition with Denver Broncos quarterback Pe…
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  • The Trenchie Awards: The Vikings' O-Line and the Best Line Play…

    The Trenchie Awards: The Vikings' O-Line and the Best Line Play From Week 10

    grantland.com Nov 16, 2012
    In celebration of the NFL's release of the all-22 and end-zone film for the 2012 season, each week we'll be bringing you the best in offensive- and de...
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  • Video - 'Playbook': Packers vs. Lions 02:49

    'Playbook': Packers vs. Lions

    Nov 16
    Will the Detroit Lions defense be able to slow down Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers? "Playbook" explains why the Lions will face a tough challenge in Week 11.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Bears vs. 49ers 03:26

    'Playbook': Bears vs. 49ers

    Nov 16
    With Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler out do the Bears stand a chance at beating the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football? "Playbook" debates.
  • Video - By The Numbers: Bears-49ers 00:57

    By The Numbers: Bears-49ers

    Nov 16
    The Bears and 49ers face off on Monday night and we take you by the numbers.
  • Video - Bears X Factor 02:03

    Bears X Factor

    Nov 16
    Tom Waddle gives his take on the offensive game plan for the Bears with Jason Campbell at quarterback.

Sports Columnists

  • Peter King: Luck vs. Brady adds new wrinkle to longstanding Colts-Pats riv…

    Nov 16
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Well, if the Colts are nervous about the showdown of 6-3 AFC teams with the big, bad Patriots on national TV Sunday, they're hiding it well. In the middle of the locker room Thursday afternoon, guard Mike McGlynn and long-snapper Matt Ov…
  • Why the NHL needs to rid themselves of Gary Bettman

    Nov 16
    Before getting to the Week 11 picks, let's take a moment to honor the incompetence of the NHL commissioner.