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There wasn’t much Don Shula didn’t do in the NFL

By Steven Wine AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Measuring Don Shula by wins and losses, no NFL coach had a better year. Or career. He looked the part, thanks to a jutting jaw and glare that would intimidate 150-pound sports writers and 300-pound linemen alike. Shula led the Miami Dolphins to the only perfect season in NFL history, set a league record with 347 victories and coached in six Super Bowls. Near the end of his career, Shula's biography in the Dolphins' media guide began with…

NFL owners approve terms for new labor agreement

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has put the labor ball in the players' hands. In a somewhat surprisingly strong decision, the 32 team owners voted Thursday to "accept the negotiated terms on the principles of a new collective bargaining agreement." Details of that agreement were not forthcoming from any of the owners or Commissioner Roger Goodell. They quickly scurried from a Manhattan hotel without nothing more than "sorry, can't help you," or "I can't…

Dallas Cowboys to hire Mike McCarthy as new head coach

By Schuyler Dixon AP Pro Football Writer The Dallas Cowboys didn't take long to settle on Mike McCarthy as their coach after waiting a week to announce they were moving on from Jason Garrett. McCarthy, who won a Super Bowl at the home of the Cowboys nine years ago as Green Bay's coach, has agreed to become the ninth coach in team history, a person with direct knowledge of the deal said Monday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't…

Bears escape 2019 season with 8-8 record

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Already sunk by midseason, the Chicago Bears were happy to wrap up a frustrating year with a late-game push for the win. As far as feeling good for the Minnesota Vikings, body was the easy pick over mind. Eddy Piñeiro's fourth field goal of the game came from 22 yards with 10 seconds left, giving the Bears a 21-19 victory on Sunday with the Vikings resting their regulars for the playoffs. "We're going to learn from this,"…

Mahomes, Chiefs handle hapless Bears

By Andrew Seligman AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Mahomes outplayed Mitchell Trubisky, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another score, and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Chicago Bears 26-3 Sunday night to stay in contention for a first-round playoff bye. Kansas City (11-4) earned its fifth straight win and remained a game behind New England for the AFC's second seed. The Patriots clinched their 11th consecutive AFC East championship by beating Buffalo on Saturday. The…

Local youth football team to play for national championship

Staff Report ROCKTON - Local 12u football team, The Rockton Rebels, will play for a national championship in Orlando Dec. 7-14. The team of mostly future Hononegah players earned the berth in the eight-team national tournament by winning the Illinois championship followed by the Mid-America championship. The team will represent the Midwest Region in Florida. The tournament will air on the ESPN Wide World of Sports. The Rebels are aiming to raise $30,000 to send their players to…

Trubisky injures hip, Bears fall to Rams

By Dan Greenspan Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mitch Trubisky wanted to finish out the game, but the decision was taken out of his hands The Chicago Bears’ quarterback said he sustained a right hip injury in the first half of a 17-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night, which prompted coach Matt Nagy to replace him with Chase Daniel in the fourth quarter. Nagy noticed Trubisky was struggling to create power from his lower body after being alerted to the situation by…

NFL: Inept Trubisky, Bears’ offense sputter for 4th straight loss

By Dan Gelston AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Bears' stat sheet for most of the first half read like Chicago's winter forecast. Yards passing after the first quarter? Try minus-2. Total yards in the quarter? Minus-1. Don't worry: Once Chicago warmed up, the offense hit single digits: 9. As in total yards in the first half. Or one less than inept Mitchell Trubisky's uniform number. And on the scoreboard, a fat 0. The Bears survived one of the worst offensive outputs…

IHSA football playoff pairings announced

Staff Report Several area high school football teams that qualified for the IHSA playoffs will be in action this weekend.  The statewide field includes six teams from the NIC-10 Conference, five from the Big Northern Conference, three from the Northeastern Conference and two from the NUIC.  Class 1A #9 Forreston (7-2) at #8 Ottawa Marquette (7-2) Sat. 2 p.m. #12 Abingdon (A.-Avon) (6-3) at #5 Kirkland (Hiawatha) (8-1) Sat. 2 p.m. #15 Aurora Christian (5-4) at #2 Lena-Winslow (9-0)…

TRRT Game of the Week: Genoa-Kingston clips Stillman Valley

Staff Report STILLMAN VALLEY, Ill. - The Stillman Valley Cardinals will share the Big Northern Conference football title with Byron and Genoa-Kingston, after falling to the Cogs 18-7 here Friday.  Stillman Valley, Bryon and Genoa-Kingston each finished the regular season 8-1 and qualified for the IHSA playoffs. Week 9 Scoreboard NIC-10 Harlem 55, Auburn 12 Boylan 50, East 8 Hononegah 33, Jefferson 8 Belvidere North 34, Freeport 23 Guilford 14, Belvidere 13 Big Northern…

Montgomery shines, Bears still fall to Chargers

By Jay Cohen By AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — David Montgomery showed all the reasons why he was one of the top running backs in this year's NFL draft. Patience. Vision. Toughness. A few more carries at the right time, and the Chicago Bears might have won Sunday. Montgomery broke out with a career-high 135 yards rushing in his seventh NFL game, but he only touched the ball once inside the 20 on Chicago's first three drives to the red zone— part of a day full of curious decisions…

On the rocks: Trubisky’s failure a cruel reality for Bears

By Robert Zeglinski Contributor When the Bears traded up to draft Mitchell Trubisky at No. 2 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, they made a definitive statement about their future. In eliminating any uncertainty regarding the mere idea of letting Trubisky slip through their grasp, the Bears told onlookers they believed they finally had The Man under center. Their future, one of promise and glory, was secure. One way or another, Trubisky was going to take the Bears to the promised land. He was…

NFL: Bridgewater sends Saints past Bears 36-25

By Seligman AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns, and the New Orleans Saints improved to 5-0 without injured starter Drew Brees with a 36-25 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. The Saints (6-1) again showed why they still see themselves as Super Bowl contenders even though their star quarterback is out indefinitely because of a torn ligament in his right thumb. Bridgewater completed 23 of 38 passes, Michael Thomas had nine…

Third-quarter spark not enough for Bears against Raiders

By Josh Dubow AP Pro Football Writer LONDON (AP) — The problem for the Chicago Bears was more about their play in the trenches than when they arrived in London. A Bears team known for its dominant defensive front was overwhelmed by the Oakland Raiders rushing game and Chicago was unable to generate anything on the ground at all. That added up to a 24-21 loss Sunday night that sent the Bears home from their short stay across the pond searching for consistency. The game couldn't have…

TRRT Game of the Week: Boylan survives Harlem 21-13

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - The No. 4 Boylan Titans remained unbeaten by holding off the Harlem Huskies 21-13 in NIC-10 Conference football action here Friday. It was a back-and-forth contest with zeros on the board for most of the first half, hinting at a low-scoring affair. Even after Harlem made it 7-0 at halftime, both teams struggled to solve each other's defense. Boylan managed to livened things up for its homecoming crowd halfway through the third quarter. That's when…