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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…

Sports marketing: Coronavirus shutdown presents challenges for teams, sponsors

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — There are no sponsored power plays at the moment. No doughnut races in the fourth quarter. No calls to the bullpen presented by phone companies. Amid the coronavirus shutdown, sports business executives are having tough conversations about lucrative advertising and marketing contracts with no games on the horizon. Everyone involved knows the relative insignificance of the talks in the greater scheme of things, but billions of dollars are…

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…

Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs rally to win Super Bowl LIV

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes needed just the waning minutes of Super Bowl 54 to end a whole lot of frustration. A championship 50 years in the making for the Kansas City Chiefs. A two-decade wait for an NFL title for coach Andy Reid. All it took was falling behind by double digits in the postseason, again. Then Mahomes found his mojo. The 24-year-old quarterback who was selected Super Bowl MVP, led the Chiefs to 21 straight points…

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…

 Bears’ disappointing season comes down to lack of execution

By Keith Jenkins AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — After a 12-4 record and a division title last season — coach Matt Nagy's first at the helm — many Chicago Bears fans entered this season thinking Super Bowl. Now, following a 21-13 loss to the rival Green Bay Packers on Sunday, and the Bears eliminated from playoff contention, Chicago fans are having a hard time figuring out what to think. "It's tough," Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson said. "As far as us, I think we fought.…

Bears reevaluate after playoff elimination

By Keith Jenkins AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers' wait to see if a long-time foe would help them clinch a playoff spot was a whole lot easier than the lateral-filled final play they had to survive to beat the Chicago Bears in the rivals' 200th game. Leading by eight points with just 1 second remaining, Tramon Williams fell on Jesper Horstead's fumble at the 2-yard line to end Green Bay's 21-13 victory over the Bears Sunday. A few hours…

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…

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…