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Cops: NFL Player Ignored Restraining Order

Ray McDonald arrested for 2nd time in 3 days

(Newser) - If the Chicago Bears were still giving Ray McDonald more chances, he would be up to at least four by now. The defensive lineman was arrested yesterday—for the second time in less than 72 hours—for allegedly violating a restraining order issued after he was accused of assaulting a... More »

Police: NFL Player 'Assaulted Victim' as She Held Baby

Chicago Bears release Ray McDonald 62 days after signing him

(Newser) - "We believe in second chances, but when we signed Ray we were very clear what our expectations were if he was to remain a Bear." That from Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace regarding Ray McDonald, who has been released from the team following his arrest yesterday morning on... More »

Tornadoes Hit Midwest, Crush Illinois 'Hood

At least 5 dead, officials confirm

(Newser) - Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest today, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities and killing five, officials confirmed. Among the deaths: An elderly man and his sister who died when a tornado struck their farm house in southern Illinois' Washington County. The tornadoes sent people scrambling... More »

Eagles' Reid, Bears' Smith Among Slew of NFL Firings

'Black Monday' sees Romeo Crennel, Norv Turner, and more exit

(Newser) - The NFL regular season ended yesterday, and that means today the heads were rolling. A slew of big-name coaches are out of jobs after lackluster seasons, ESPN reports. Including…
  • Andy Reid : To the surprise of exactly no one, the coach who won more games than any other in Eagles history
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Mike Ditka Has 'Minor Stroke'

Former coach says 'it's no big deal'

(Newser) - Mike Ditka suffered a "very minor stroke" yesterday and ended up in the hospital, he tells the Chicago Tribune . "I feel good right now and it's not a big deal," says the 73-year-old. Still, he won't be working for ESPN this NFL weekend, according to... More »

Tim Tebow: Miracle Worker

Sports analysts agog after Denver Broncos' latest victory

(Newser) - After a stunning performance in yesterday's last-minute 13-10 victory against the Chicago Bears, sports commentators are wondering if Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow really is capable of miracles.
  • Declaring Tebow his "personal quarterback and savior," Jeff Neuman at RealClearSports catalogs five miracles made in last night's
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'85 Bear Turns Down Obama Invite

Dan Hampton doesn't care for Obama

(Newser) - As President Obama prepares to honor the legendary 1985 Chicago Bears , one player is having none of it. Defensive tackle Dan Hampton says he has three reasons for not going to the Oct. 7 event, USA Today reports: First, families aren’t invited. “Secondly, I'm not a fan... More »

Obama to Honor Chicago Bears— the '85 Bears

Challenger disaster prevented initial celebration

(Newser) - Two and a half decades later, the legendary 1985 Chicago Bears team is finally getting its White House ceremony. The original one was canceled because of the Challenger disaster; now, President Obama is inviting the team back on Oct 7. Though two of the team’s central players, Walter Payton... More »

NFL Lockout Over, London's Calling

Tampa, Chicago will play league's fifth regular-season game at Wembley

(Newser) - With the lockout over, the NFL will return to London for a fifth straight year. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play the Chicago Bears at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 23 in the fifth regular-season game in the British capital. The game had been under threat because of negotiations over a... More »

Woman Guilty in Murder of NFL Star's Pregnant Lover

Marni Yang faces mandatory life sentence

(Newser) - Former Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle's real estate agent and sometime lover has been found guilty in the 2007 murder of his pregnant girlfriend. Prosecutors said Marni Yang used nasty anonymous letters to try to drive off other women involved with Gayle but her jealousy turned murderous when she learned Rhoni... More »

Rival Hires Guy Fired Over Packers Tie

Chicago car salesman John Stone not out of work for long

(Newser) - Score one for a worker's right to choose his own tie: a Chicago car salesman fired for wearing a Green Bay Packers tie to work has a new job at a rival Chevrolet dealership. John Stone says his former boss offered him his old job back after his firing made... More »

Chicago Man Fired for Wearing Packers Tie

Boss sends John Stone packing, cites Bears-related advertising

(Newser) - A Chicago man who wore a Green Bay Packers tie to work yesterday was sacked for it, the Tribune reports. John Stone, a salesman at a Chevrolet dealership, says he donned the tie in honor of his grandmother, a Packers fan who was buried on Friday. His boss told him... More »

Packers Beat Bears, Head to Super Bowl

The 21-14 win means Green Bay will face New York or Pittsburgh

(Newser) - Aaron Rodgers ran for a touchdown and made a saving tackle, BJ Raji returned an interception for a score and Sam Shields had two interceptions to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 21-14 win over the Chicago Bears in today's NFC championship game. The victory sends the Packers to... More »

Jets Stun Patriots, Bears Beat Seahawks

Jets to face Steelers, Bears go up against Packers

(Newser) - The Chicago Bears and the New York Jets won their respective games today, and will move on in the NFL playoffs:
  • Jay Cutler ran for two touchdowns, threw for two more, and the Chicago defense manhandled Seattle early for a 35-24 victory today, lifting the Bears into the NFC championship
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Fan Plunges to Death at Chicago Stadium

Man appeared to leap during Bears, Eagles game: witnesses

(Newser) - A man plunged 20 feet to his death from Chicago's Soldier Field football stadium during a Bears game against the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday. Witnesses said the man, who has been identified as 23-year-old Stuart Haverty of Woodstock, Ill., appeared to run to a ledge in an upper-level seating area and... More »

'85 Bears Redo 'Shuffle' for Super Bowl Ad

Jim McMahon and team recreate video for Sprint

(Newser) - The '85 Bears have redone their famous "Super Bowl Shuffle" for a cell phone commercial to appear during this year's Super Bowl. Former quarterback Jim McMahon and the rest of the team—even Mike Ditka this time—filmed the spot for Sprint. "I told them there'd be no... More »

Bears DE Gaines Adams Dead at 26

No. 4 pick in 2007 NFL draft suffered cardiac arrest

(Newser) - Chicago Bears defensive end Gaines Adams died early this morning in South Carolina. He was 26. Adams, the Buccaneers' first-round draft pick in 2007, suffered cardiac arrest resulting from an enlarged heart, the local coroner said. The condition had not been diagnosed, and he had no known medical issues. The... More »

Domestic Violence Linked to Football Upsets

Local-team upsets match to an 8% upswing in abuse

(Newser) - Losses by local NFL teams may trigger episodes of domestic violence among their fans, a new study suggests. Researchers examined domestic violence reports in 1995-2006 and found that upsets of home teams matched up with an 8% bump in incidents of domestic violence. The surge in violence almost doubled when... More »

Full Moon Illuminates Bears-Eagles Game

Wide receiver unintentionally moons crowd

(Newser) - As if losing to the Eagles wasn't enough, Devin Hester mooned the Sunday Night Football audience on national TV last night. In the fourth quarter of Philadelphia's 24-20 victory, the Bears receiver was going for a pass from Jay Cutler when Eagle Dmitri Patterson grabbed a little more than he... More »

'Fridge' in Hospital With Serious Illness

Former NFL star Perry was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré last year

(Newser) - William "the Refrigerator" Perry is in serious condition at a South Carolina hospital, the Chicago Tribune reports. The former Bears defensive tackle was diagnosed last year with Guillain-Barré, a syndrome that causes inflamed nerves and weakness. The star of the 1986 Super Bowl "is improving every day and... More »

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