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Brock Osweiler of Houston Texans should have stayed with John Elway, Denver Broncos - NFL 2016

Osweiler sure had to be thinking that way Monday night, when the Broncos made the NBA-sized quarterback look smaller than the fine ink in his $72 million deal. Osweiler threw the ball 41 times for a grand total of 131 yards in this 27-9 defeat. He opened with a three-and-out after the Broncos won the coin toss and elected to send their defenders right at him, and things went south from there.


Richard Sherman was winner in Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals tie - 2016 NFL

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Above all else, Cardinals-Seahawks was painful enough on the eyes to advance the notion that bad prime-time football -- not just surreal prime-time politics -- is contributing to the NFL's ratings decline. I mean, who really wanted to watch two kickers secure a tie at the end of overtime by making like a couple of extras off the set of "The Walking Dead?"


Hawkeyes defined by the Badgers - No. 10 Wisconsin 17, Iowa 9 | The Gazette

IOWA CITY — These things aren’t totally decided in postgames. They need some time to soak. For instance, with more than a year to reflect, most everyone can see that Iowa’s victory at Wisconsin defined the 2015 season.

Iowa’s 2015 season. Your sighs are spinning wind turbines across the plains.

There’s a chance the Hawkeyes’ 17-9 loss to No. 10 Wisconsin (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten) before 70,585 fans Saturday at Kinnick Stadium doesn’t end up defining Iowa (5-3, 3-2) for 2016. It for sure ends the Hawkeyes’ run of six consecutive trophy game victories, with the Badgers reclaiming the Heartland Trophy.


Cubs beats Dodgers in Game 6 to win NL pennant |

CHICAGO -- For the first time since 1945, the Cubs are going to the World Series. You shouldn't be surprised. That's been their plan since Spring Training, when manager Joe Maddon told them to embrace the target. All they had to do to erase years of angst was have the pitcher with the best ERA in the Majors in 2016 beat the best pitcher on the planet, and Kyle Hendricks did just that on Saturday night.

Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras each belted solo home runs to back Hendricks -- who outdueled Clayton Kershaw -- and power the Cubs to a 5-0 victory over the Dodgers to take the National League Championship Series, four games to two, at a rocking Wrigley Field. Yes, the Cubs are going to the World Series.


Chicago Bears: Offensive Line Injuries Mounting

The Chicago Bears’ loss to the Green Bay Packers in week 7 was just another gut punch to an already demoralizing season.

As has been consistent throughout the 2016 season, the Bears have been plagued with injuries on both sides of the ball.  In weeks 6 and 7, though, the injuries spread to the Bears’ offensive line.

Pro-Bowl LG Josh Sitton left the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in week 6 with an ankle injury.  He is expected to miss two to three weeks.  In week 7 against the Packers, Pro-Bowl RG Kyle Long left the game with an arm injury in the 1st half.  His time to return is currently unknown.


Cubs beat Dodgers for 3-2 lead in NLCS |

LOS ANGELES -- Since he took over as manager, Joe Maddon has downplayed the Cubs' long championship drought, ignored any talk about curses, and focused on the present. So, here's where the Cubs are today: One win away from their first World Series appearance since 1945 after an 8-4 victory over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Thursday night. With the win, Chicago has a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

"It'd be foolish for us to get ahead of ourselves, because any time you think like that, it never goes the way you want it to," the Cubs' Kris Bryant said, echoing his manager's mantra. "We'll be ready to go for Game 6."


2-Minute Drill: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers | The Gazette

The Hawkeyes are 5-2 (3-1 Big Ten). No one can say exactly what they are or where they’re headed, even after seven games of evidence. Sometimes, this works and that doesn’t. How did this team get schemed and powered against North Dakota State? Iowa’s best win is at Minnesota and who knows what that means exactly.

And yet, Iowa will play No. 10 Wisconsin (4-2, 1-2) in what amounts to a Big Ten West Division tournament game. Yes, tournament game. B1G divisional play has made for a pseudo round robin in October/November. This season, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Northwestern will play with divisional stakes.


10 thoughts on the Bears' 26-10 loss to the Packers - Chicago Tribune

10 thoughts after the Packers moved within one game of evening the all-time series with the Chicago Bears following a 26-10 victory Thursday night at Lambeau Field. The Bears now lead 94-93-6 and the last time the rivalry was tied was in 1933 during Franklin Roosevelt’s first term in the White House when things were even at 11-11-4.

1. “Maybe” was the reply I got when I asked someone with the club if quarterback Jay Cutler would be back in time to start against the Vikings on Oct. 31 at Soldier Field. I suppose the answer could have been bleaker but this season couldn’t be much gloomier at this point.

The Bears had their third quarterback injured since preseason as Brian Hoyer suffered a broken left arm in the second quarter when he was hit by Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews at the same time. Cutler, meanwhile, missed his fifth consecutive game with ligament damage in his right thumb. When I inquired about the injury and a window for recovery a couple weeks back, I was told that the range was pretty broad for the injury and assured the answer wasn’t the typical smoke and mirrors you’re getting from the team these days when it comes to anything medically related.


Cubs Thrash Dodgers to Even N.L.C.S. at Two Games Each - The New York Times

LOS ANGELES — Faced with a moment of truth after being shut out in back-to-back games by the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Chicago Cubs had all eyes upon them, studying how they would react.

Manager Joe Maddon professed faith in his players, promising that he would not be visiting Negative Town anytime soon.

Instead, he wanted the Cubs to forget their circumstance and stop looking for panaceas. Maddon wanted his players to think small.

And so Ben Zobrist did when he came to the plate after the Cubs had added three more hitless innings to their growing frustration. On the first pitch he saw to begin the fourth, Zobrist dropped a bunt down the third-base line and raced to first without a throw.

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