In wake of protests, would Bears stage their own?

Three Bears players — Tarik Cohen, Mitch Trubisky and Kyle Fuller — link arms with head coach Matt Nagy before the Packers game last December. | AP They were frustrated and angry, nuanced and vulnerable. And they wondered what would happen if they — like those around the country have done in the wake of the George Floyd […]

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Virtual reality: Bears talk it out — and come together

Bears coach Matt Nagy (standing with Tarik Cohen, Mitch Trubisky, Kyle Fuller and Ted Larsen during the national anthem prior to the game against the Chiefs last season), was adamant that he addressed the civil rights issue facing the country. “Football is extremely secondary,” he said. “We have to get life right, and that was […]

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Among California reopenings: Pickleball courts. So, what’s pickleball?

As she settled in to host another talk show from her living room, Ellen Degeneres recently told viewers of her show that she was having trouble walking. No visible injury appeared to impair her. She sat relaxed in an armchair. Nonetheless, her lower back was bothering her. “Anybody who plays pickleball will understand,” Degeneres said. […]

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M.L.B. Took 9 Days to Address George Floyd. Was It Too Late?

Five days after George Floyd was killed while in custody of the Minneapolis police on May 25, N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell released a 150-word statement about the death and ensuing protests. The N.H.L. and N.B.A. followed suit the next day. But M.L.B.’s first public statement on the matter did not come until 10:29 a.m. on […]

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Ducks’ Bob Murray expects ‘big step forward’ after disappointing season

Ducks general manager Bob Murray doesn’t want to hear excuses about his young roster or his seemingly rebuilding club. Despite his team’s youth this season, Murray had expectations the group never met. “The record wasn’t where I wanted it to be, or where anybody wanted it to be,” Murray said bluntly during a conference call […]

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar speaks with Lakers about George Floyd’s death

The Lakers held a Zoom conference on Tuesday with players, coaches and some executives to discuss the ongoing protests and civil unrest in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, according to people who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Former Lakers great Karem Abdul-Jabbar, who never has shied away from speaking about […]

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Akiem Hicks says Colin Kaepernick lost career over kneeling, adds ‘We signed Mike Glennon’

Hicks is an eight-year veteran who has always been willing to speak freely on issues that go beyond football. | AP Photos It was a throwaway line at the end of a long answer about Kaepernick’s saga, but he didn’t backtrack when pressed on it later. With four words, Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks left […]

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Kings sign 2019 draft picks Arthur Kaliyev and Jordan Spence

Though it’s unclear when Kings prospects will be able to return to the ice, the team on Wednesday signed two more of their up-and-coming players, 2019 draft picks Arthur Kaliyev and Jordan Spence, to entry-level contracts. Both are coming off of strong junior-hockey seasons. Kaliyev, an early second-round pick last summer, was a finalist for […]

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Matt Nagy: If Bears demonstrate to protest racial inequality, it will be in unison

Matt Nagy is in his second season as Bears coach and is 20-12. | AP Photos The Bears coach did not commit to supporting individual players opting to kneel or otherwise demonstrate during the national anthem. Instead, he was optimistic the team will find a way to communicate a unified message. Bears coach Matt Nagy […]

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Broncos coach Vic Fangio apologizes for comments about racism in the NFL

Broncos head coach and former Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio apologized for his comments about racism in the NFL. | Jack Dempsey/AP The former Bears defensive coordinator called the league a meritocracy, saying “I don’t see discrimination in the NFL.” Former Bears defensive coordinator and current Broncos head coach Vic Fangio apologized Wednesday after previously […]

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Ninth construction worker at SoFi Stadium tests positive for COVID-19

Another construction worker at SoFi Stadium has tested positive for COVID-19, the ninth known case of the illness among workers on the $5-billion development in Inglewood. According to an email sent to trade partners Tuesday by Turner-AECOM Hunt, the joint venture overseeing the project, the latest positive test result came from a person working on […]

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MLB owners reject union’s plan for a 114-game season

MLB owners have rejected the players’ union proposal for a 114-game season. | Kathy Willens/AP The owner told the union that they did not plan to make a counterproposal. NEW YORK — Major League Baseball rejected the players’ offer for a 114-game regular season in the pandemic-delayed season with no additional salary cuts and told […]

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Gwen Berry seeks apology from USOPC for protest suspension

When hammer thrower Gwen Berry and fencer Race Imboden protested against social injustice at the Pan American Games last summer — she raised a fist on the podium, he kneeled — U.S. officials quickly placed them on probation. Now, amid nationwide demonstrations sparked by the death of George Floyd, Berry is demanding an apology and […]

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Broncos coach Vic Fangio: ‘I don’t see racism at all in the NFL’

Vic Fangio made a couple of observations Tuesday that might not sit well with those who think Colin Kaepernick has been blackballed by the NFL for protesting police brutality or find it unusual that only four of the league’s 32 head coaches are people of color. “I don’t see racism at all in the NFL,” […]

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N.B.A. Team Owners to Vote on 22-Team Plan to Resume Season

The N.B.A. will formally present a return-to-play plan to owners on Thursday that calls for 22 of its 30 teams to resume the 2019-20 season at Walt Disney World in Orlando in late July, according to several people familiar with the league’s intentions. The structure requires the voting support of at least 23 owners, but […]

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Johnny Majors, 85, Winning Coach at Pittsburgh and Tennessee, Dies

Johnny Majors, a homegrown college football hero in Tennessee who coached Pittsburgh to an undefeated season and a national championship before returning to his native state to forge a successful 16-year head-coaching career at the University of Tennessee — although one that ended in bitterness — died on Wednesday at his home in Knoxville, Tenn. […]

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Chargers re-sign defensive lineman Damion Square

The Chargers announced the re-signing of defensive lineman Damion Square on Wednesday. Square, 31, has appeared in all 16 regular-season games for the team in each of the past three years. Entering his eighth NFL season and seventh with the Chargers, Square’s value includes his ability to play multiple positions up front. He has 100 […]

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Johnny Majors, Hall of Fame college football coach, dies at 85

College Football Hall of Famer Johnny Majors, the coach of Pittsburgh’s 1976 national championship team and a former coach and star player at Tennessee, died Wednesday. He was 85. Majors died at his home in Knoxville, according to his wife, Mary Lynn Majors. “He spent his last hours doing something he dearly loved: looking out […]

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There’s a straight line between Colin Kaepernick and George Floyd

Then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneels during the national anthem before a game against the Buccaneers in 2016. | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images The quarterback’s kneeling foreshadowed Floyd’s death from a policeman’s knee. I believe in God, and I believe in coincidence. I don’t find that contradictory. I don’t think God is directing my every step, just […]

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Allen Robinson talks social justice, Colin Kaepernick in wake of George Floyd killing

Allen Robinson is entering his third season with the Bears. | Adam Bettcher/Getty Images “This isn’t something that just started going on,” Bears receiver Robinson said. “Even if you date back to the whole Colin Kaepernick thing, his whole stand was this.” Bears receiver Allen Robinson is trying to find positivity in the wake of […]

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MLS players approve new contract, opening door for season to resume

MLS players have approved a new collective bargaining agreement. | Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images The new CBA runs through the 2025 season. The sides had agreed to a five-year CBA in February but that had not been ratified when the coronavirus pandemic began. Major League Soccer players have approved a new collective bargaining agreement […]

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NBA plans for a July 31 return, with 22 teams resuming season in Orlando

The NBA is on track for a July 31 return, with 22 of its 30 teams headed to Orlando, Fla., for a resumption of their season that’s been on hold since March 11 because of the coronavirus crisis. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will present his restart plan to the league’s board of governors during a […]

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