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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It took an interception returned for a touchdown, another corralled in the end zone and a recovery of a fumbled punt to mask the Bears’ worst offensive game of the season. It took two backup safeties to make up for shoulder injuries to Ryan Mundy, who returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the game, and fellow safety Chris Conte. And it took the Bears’ being able to move the ball, despite a rushing attack that would have shamed the old T-formation crowd, to defeat the Jets 27-19 on Monday … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:55:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bears making their own Lovie-like luck ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: Three games into the 2014 season, the Bears are following the same script of forcing turnovers and making their own luck that often occurred under Lovie Smith. ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:40:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kris Versteeg has pep back in his step ]]> Lead story image

For the record, Kris Versteeg agrees with Blackhawks fans. ‘‘I was brutal last year in the end stretch,’’ he said, echoing a sentiment among those who turned on him as he trudged through the playoffs, a shell of his old self. But Versteeg has a different perspective looking back on last season and, likely, a different expectation looking ahead to this season. While he wasn’t happy with the three goals and nine assists he posted during the final four months of last season,  including the playoffs, just the fact that he made it all the way to June was a … ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:38:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kyle Fuller, Ryan Mundy INTs give Bears’ defense a lift vs. Jets ]]> Lead story image

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — In the Bears’ first two games, Chris Conte and Kyle Fuller combined for four of the prettiest interceptions you’ll ever see. But on Monday night, Bears safety Ryan Mundy just happened to be at the right place at the right time — and made it count. On the New York Jets’ second play from scrimmage, quarterback Geno Smith faked a screen and threw to a space, and Mundy just happened to be filling it. Smith hit Mundy between the “2” and the “1” at the Jets’ 45-yard line, and he followed a clear path to the … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:39:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Avisail Garcia would welcome ex-teammate Victor Martinez ]]> Lead story image

DETROIT — The White Sox have an opening at designated ­hitter. And Victor Martinez is a free agent. How about it, Avisail Garcia? “I don’t know what’s going to happen,’’ Garcia said before the White Sox’ 2-0 victory in the opener of a three-game series against his former team, the Detroit Tigers, at Comerica Park. “Maybe.’’ Martinez, a switch-hitter who is having a season that will earn him MVP votes with a .334 average, 31 homers and 100 RBI entering Monday, might not fit the White Sox’ rebuilding model because he will be 36 next season. He has, however, expressed … ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:11:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jake Arrieta better bet for long-term success than Kyle Hendricks ]]> Lead story image

A great leap forward by Anthony Rizzo, a bounce-back season for Starlin Castro and the first taste of the majors for hot prospects Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara have stoked Cubs fans’ hopes for a near-future rise. So, too, have the performances of starting pitchers Jake Arrieta (9-5, 2.31 ERA) and Kyle Hendricks (7-2, 2.28). Arrieta and Hendricks have been successful in vastly different ways. Arrieta has struck out 9.4 batters per nine innings, Hendricks only 5.2 Arrieta walks more batters (2.4 per nine innings to 1.7). Both have excelled at keeping the ball in the park, with … ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:58:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fantasy Football: Rookies making an impact early ]]> Lead story image

LADD BIRO: If the theme of Week 2 was the wicked sting of the injury bug, this weekend may go down as the dawn of the Class of 2014. Injury and ineptitude led to a changing of the guard at quarterback in Minnesota and Jacksonville, respectively. Much like Derek Carr in Oakland, both Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles are stepping into less-than-desirable offensive situations and cannot be expected to prosper in the short term. ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:20:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Nazr Mohammed re-signs with Bulls ]]> Lead story image

The Bulls have re-signed center Nazr Mohammed, the team announced today. ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:01:10 -0500