Bears jump on Titans, win 19-7 as both QB’s throw TD passes.

NASHVILLE—John Fox thinks having a whole week to prepare for an opponent helped Mike Glennon turn in a strong performance for the Bears.How much Glennon helped himself to the Bears’ starting quarterback job remains to be seen.Glennon capped an opening 96-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Dion Sims as the Bears beat the Tennessee Titans 19-7 Sunday in the third preseason game.

”We’re very happy with the way Mike responded as far as a real game plan and what he did, I thought he played very well,” said Fox, who also noted coaches will keep evaluating.

Glennon was an efficient 11 of 18 for 134 yards passing despite losing starting wide receiver Cameron Meredith late in the first quarter. Meredith was carted off with a suspected left ACL injury, which Fox said must be checked by an MRI exam first.Having a week to prepare and study for an opponent fits Glennon’s strengths.

”That’s kind of what I pride myself on, being well-prepared and working hard through the week,” Glennon said.

Mitchell Trubisky, the second overall pick out of North Carolina, opened the third quarter with the Bears’ starters. But Trubisky threw two incompletions as the Bears (2-1) went three-and-out. Trubisky also fumbled a snap on his next series, though he rebounded with a 45-yard TD pass to Tanner Gentry for a 19-7 lead in the fourth quarter.The Titans (1-2) had issues on offense, defense and special teams. The Bears could have led 14-0 if Adam Shaheen controlled the ball before going out of bounds after Roy Robertson-Harris blocked a punt into the end zone early in the second quarter. Instead, the Bears led 9-0 after referee Ed Hochuli finally changed his ruling of a touchback to a safety.Tennessee’s offensive struggles prompted coach Mike Mularkey to keep his first-team in until Mariota tossed the ball to Derrick Henry on the first play of the fourth for a 3-yard TD that kept Tennessee from being shut out. Mularkey said he wanted the first team to finish the drive in a game that featured too many mistakes.The Bears left 11 at home, and the injury list only grew longer early in Sunday’s game. The worst injury came late in the first quarter when Meredith, who led his team with 66 catches for 888 yards, hurt his left knee when tackled low at the end of a 16-yard catch . Trainers braced his leg and carted him off the field. The Bears already had left three receivers at home.Cornerback Prince Amukamara played one series before leaving the game with an injured ankle, and the Bears also declared long snapper Patrick Scales out early in the second quarter with an injured knee. Both were on crutches after the game. Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd hurt a foot.The Titans started Adoree Jackson at right cornerback, the first start this preseason for the 18th overall pick out of Southern California. Glennon threw at Jackson on the Bears’ first play, a 9-yard completion to Zach Miller. Jackson also tackled Cameron Meredith at the end of a 28-yard catch on the opening drive. Sliding inside on passing downs, Jackson tackled former Titans receiver Kendall Wright on consecutive third down plays.Then Jackson was flagged for interference in the end zone, and Glennon capped the 96-yard drive on the next play. Jackson, who’s trying to win the punt returner job, was tackled at his own 3 off his first attempt.The Titans gave up two sacks of Mariota along with a handful of penalties, including a face mask and a hold on Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan in the first half. Linebacker Wesley Woodyard sacked Glennon in the second quarter. Mariota finished 12 of 21 for 193 yards passing but was just 7 of 13 for 106 in the first half.The Bears and Titans each lost a starter early in the second quarter. Titans left guard Quinton Spain kept his right arm on Bears defensive end Jaye Howard Jr.’s left shoulder as the play ended with Howard throwing a right at Spain’s left shoulder. Spain threw a left at Howard’s helmet who responded with his own right at Spain’s head. Tyler Marz replaced Spain, and Mularkey said responding with a punch is ”unacceptable.”

Bears avoid 2 point Cardinal PAT to hold on for win

GLENDALE—Mike Glennon was better – not great, but better – in the Bears’ 24-23 preseason victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night.Glennon, just 2 for 8 for 20 yards last week in the Bears preseason opener, played the entire first half in Arizona, completing 13 of 18 passes for 89 yards.

”I thought it was a big improvement,” Bears coach John Fox said. ”I thought the whole offense responded, including Mike.”

Glennon was picked off by Tyrann Mathieu as the Bears were threatening to score but bounced back to throw his first touchdown pass of the preseason.

”The turnover wasn’t a good thing but the way we responded was more important,” Glennon said. ”I thought all our guys responded well, bounced back and got that touchdown drive.”

Mitchell Trubisky, the Bears’ rookie who had an outstanding debut in the preseason opener, played most of the second half. He wasn’t quite as spectacular this time but a solid 6 for 8 for 60 yards and a score. He was sacked once and had a would-be interception dropped.The biggest play of the night came from Deonte Thompson, who returned a missed Arizona field goal 109 yards for a touchdown as the first half ended.Phil Dawson, who has never kicked one longer than 56 yards in his 18 NFL seasons, attempted a 63-yarder with a second to play in the half and was short and wide right.

”Phil kicks 65-yard field goals every day in practice so why not try one in the game?” Arizona coach Bruce Arians said. ”That one’s on me.”

Thompson fielded the miss a step inside the end line and dodged tackles all the way downfield for the score.

”I’ve never had one returned like that, that I can remember off the top of my head,” Dawson said.

The Cardinals nearly pulled out the win behind Blaine Gabbert.After Arizona recovered a late onside kick attempt, Gabbert threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Ross with nine seconds to play, but the two-point conversion try fell incomplete.The Bears were up 3-0 and had driven to the Arizona 11 when Mathieu stepped in front of intended receiver Kendall Wright, picked off Glennon’s pass and returned it 52 yards to the Bear 43.

”It was just a ball I shouldn’t have thrown,” Glennon said, ”just a bad decision.”

The Cardinals needed 11 plays to drive for the touchdown. Chris Johnson was stuffed on third-and-goal from the 1 but Arizona went for it on fourth down. Palmer found tight end Jermaine Gresham in the back of the end zone and the Cardinals led 7-3.After the Bears held Arizona’s second offensive unit deep in its own territory, Glennon directed the Bears on a six-play, 44-yard drive, capped by a 7-yard touchdown pass to Wright to make it 10-7 with 36 seconds left in the half.David Johnson barely played for Arizona, gaining 3 yards in three carries.

”He doesn’t need to get tackled that much,” Arians said. ”Get the feel for the game, he and Larry (Fitzgerald) both, and get him out.”

Palmer was 9 for 14 for 67 yards and a touchdown.

”Carson was not as sharp as he’s been,” Arians said. ”We didn’t get a lot of work against these guys for him and it showed.”

Gabbert played the entire second half, completing 14 of 25 for 174 yards with one interception. He ran 4 yards for a score.With Jordan Howard and Jeremy Langford out with injuries, rookie Tarik Cohen started at running back for the Bears and was impressive. The 5-foot-6, 181-pound fourth-round pick out of North Carolina A&T carried 11 times for 77 yards.

”That’s the mainstay of my game, being a speedy back with a low center of gravity,” Cohen said, ”so I’m hard to tackle.”
Arians said his starters ”tackled really poorly.”
Robert Aguayo, a 2016 second-round draft pick released by Tampa Bay earlier in the week, missed a 49-yarder wide right in his first field goal try for the Bears.The Bears were without 14 players to start the game due to injuries. The most recent additions were defensive end Akiem Hicks (Achilles) and cornerback Prince Amukamara (hamstring).

Might Bulls and Wade still work a buy out?

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When the Bulls traded Jimmy Butler for a horde of young talent on draft night, many wondered whether Dwyane Wade would be the next to leave town.Well, the Bulls are expected to reach a buyout agreement in the near future.The Bulls owe Wade nearly $24 million next season, the final year of his contract. Wade would likely insist on receiving a large portion of that sum in any buyout agreement. Once Wade clears waivers, he will become an unrestricted free agent, able to immediately sign with any team except for the Bulls who  are clearly building for the future around the young players they picked up for Butler: Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and rookie Lauri Markkanen. The 35-year-old Wade is not interested in being part of a rebuilding effort, so it makes sense for both parties to cut ties as soon as possible.If and when the buyout is reached there will be a furious market for Wade, who averaged 18.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 60 games last season, his first season outside of Miami. 


Bulls open season Oct 19 at Toronto/Home opener Oct 21 vs S.Antonio

The Bulls will tip off their 2017-18 regular-season campaign on Oct. 19 when they travel to Toronto to take on the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. Two nights later at the United Center, they will host its home opener on Oct. 21 when the San Antonio Spurs make their lone appearance of the season in the Windy City. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT).Other prominent home games in 2017-18 include: the Oklahoma City Thunder on Oct. 28, the Cleveland Cavaliers on Dec. 4 and March 17, the Boston Celtics on Dec. 11 and March 5, the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 3 and Feb. 14, the Houston Rockets on Jan. 8, the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors on Jan. 17, the Minnesota Timberwolves on Feb. 9, and the Los Angeles Clippers on March 13.
Regular Season

Oct 19 @Tor 6:30 PM
Oct 21 SA 7:00 PM
Oct 24 @Cle 6:00 PM
Oct 26 Atl 7:00 PM
Oct 28 OKC 7:00 PM
Nov 1 @Miami 6:30 PM
Nov 3 @Orl 6:00 PM
Nov 4 NO 7:00 PM
Nov 7 @Tor 6:30 PM
Nov 10 Ind 7:00 PM
Nov 11 @SA 7:30 PM
Nov 15 @OKC 7:00 PM
Nov 17 Char 7:00 PM
Nov 19 @Pho 7:00 PM
Nov 21 @LAL 9:30 PM
Nov 22 @Utah 8:00 PM
Nov 24 @GS 9:30 PM
Nov 26 Miami 2:30 PM
Nov 28 Pho 7:00 PM
Nov 30 @Den 8:00 PM
Dec 1 Sac 7:00 PM
Dec 4 Cle 7:00 PM
Dec 6 @Ind 6:00 PM
Dec 8 @Char 6:00 PM
Dec 9 NY 7:00 PM
Dec 11 Bos 7:00 PM
Dec 13 Utah 7:00 PM
Dec 15 @Mil 7:00 PM
Dec 18 Phi 7:00 PM
Dec 20 Orl 7:00 PM
Dec 21 @Cle 6:00 PM
Dec 23 @Bos 6:30 PM
Dec 26 @Mil 7:00 PM
Dec 27 NY 7:00 PM
Dec 29 Ind 7:00 PM
Dec 31 @Wash 2:30 PM
Jan 1 Port 7:00 PM
Jan 3 Tor 7:00 PM
Jan 5 @Dal 7:30 PM
Jan 6 @Ind 6:00 PM
Jan 8 Hou 7:00 PM
Jan 10 @NY 6:30 PM
Jan 13 Det 7:00 PM
Jan 15 Miami 2:30 PM
Jan 17 GS 7:00 PM
Jan 20 @Atl 4:00 PM
Jan 22 @NO 7:00 PM
Jan 24 @Phi 6:00 PM
Jan 26 LAL 7:00 PM
Jan 28 Mil 2:30 PM
Jan 31 @Port 9:00 PM
Feb 3 @LAC 2:30 PM
Feb 5 @Sac 9:00 PM
Feb 9 Min 7:00 PM
Feb 10 Wash 7:00 PM
Feb 12 Orl 7:00 PM
Feb 14 Tor 7:00 PM
Feb 22 Phi 7:00 PM
Feb 24 @Min 8:00 PM
Feb 26 @Brooklym 6:30 PM
Feb 27 @Char 6:00 PM
Mar 2 Dal 7:00 PM
Mar 5 Bos 7:00 PM
Mar 7 Mem 7:00 PM
Mar 9 @Det 6:00 PM
Mar 11 @Atl 2:30 PM
Mar 13 LAC 7:00 PM
Mar 15 @Mem 7:00 PM
Mar 17 Cle 7:00 PM
Mar 19 @NY 6:30 PM
Mar 21 Den 7:00 PM
Mar 23 Mil 7:00 PM
Mar 24 @Det 6:00 PM
Mar 27 @Hou 7:00 PM
Mar 29 @Miami 6:30 PM
Mar 30 @Orl 6:00 PM
Apr 1 Wash 2:30 PM
Apr 3 Char 7:00 PM
Apr 6 @Bos 6:30 PM
Apr 7 Brooklyn 7:00 PM
Apr 9 @Brooklyn 6:30 PM
Apr 11 Det 7:00 PM

Trubisky outplays Glennon, but Bears fall late to Broncos 24-17

Mitch Trubisky threw for 166 yards and led three scoring drives after Mike Glennon struggled, before the Denver Broncos scored two long touchdowns in the closing minutes to beat the Bears 24-17 in the preseason opener on Thursday night.Though the Bears have insisted Glennon is their starter, Trubisky just might have created a quarterback controversy.Denver’s Trevor Siemian,a former Northwestern Wildcat, did nothing to hurt his standing as the leader for the starting quarterback job, while Paxton Lynch did little to close any ground.Third-stringer Kyle Sloter threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah McKenzie with about six minutes left in the game, and De’Angelo Henderson ran for a 41-yard score with just under two minutes remaining to put the Broncos on top 24-17.But the biggest development in this game was Trubisky showing exactly why general manager Ryan Pace traded up a spot with San Francisco to draft him with the No. 2 overall pick.The North Carolina product completed 18 of 25 passes in his first pro appearance after making just 13 college starts.Trubisky replaced veteran Mark Sanchez late in the second quarter and completed his first 10 passes while leading the Bears to touchdowns on his first two possessions and a field goal on the next one. That gave the Bears a 17-10 lead.Glennon had a rough time in his first appearance for the Bears. Signed to a three-year contract after the Bears parted with Jay Cutler, he was 2 of 8 for 20 yards with a zero QB rating. Chris Harris Jr. intercepted an overthrown pass on the game’s third play from scrimmage and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown.Things didn’t get much better for Bear’s offense until Trubisky came in with 1:55 left in the half.He completed four passes on a 50-yard drive, connecting with Victor Cruz from the 2 to cut it to 10-7 with 13 seconds left.Trubisky then led the Bears on a 75-yard drive early in the third, going 5 for 5 for 50 yards before Benny Cunningham ran it in from the 1 to give the Bears a 14-10 lead.Siemian – a surprise successor to Peyton Manning last season – completed 6 of 7 passes for 51 yards and led a field-goal drive.Lynch came on early in the second quarter and was 6 for 9 for 42 yards.

Cutler puts broadcasting career on hold, signs with Dolphins.



DAVIE,FL.—The Miami Dolphins just made a $10 million mistake.They signed free-agent Jay Cutler to a large, one-year contract that won’t result in more victories than last season — or even an equal amount (10) — or a trip to the postseason. The only thing guaranteed by this move is that the Dolphins lost $10 million in cap room for this season — Jarvis Landry extension, anyone? — or to roll over into next season with the blind hope that Cutler will lead Miami to the playoffs.The Dolphins believe they are a playoff team and made a desperation play with Cutler after Ryan Tannehill suffered a left knee injury that likely will sideline him for most or all of this season.By now you know the connection: Cutler played one year under Adam Gase with the Bears in 2015. Gase believes in Cutler perhaps more than any coach whom the quarterback has had in his career. Cutler threw for 3,659 yards, 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in their one season together.The Bears also went 6-10 that year and ranked 23rd in passing. How much higher is the ceiling in 2017 for Cutler, 34, who is now two years older and coming off a season-ending shoulder injury last season? Add in the fact that Cutler didn’t have an offseason of minicamp, organized team activities and a good portion of training camp, and expectations should be lowered.What seemed like an obvious conclusion is becoming reality: Cutler is going to end up playing football in 2017 and he is going to reunite with Adam Gase in Miami. The question isn’t if, but simply when, as multiple reports indicate the two sides are closing in on a one-year deal that will allow Cutler to leave Fox Sports to replace Ryan Tannehill, who suffered a knee injury on Thursday in practice. Cutler left football this offseason to join Fox’s NFL broadcasting team.The deal is a one-year contract worth $10 million. Tannehill injured his left knee back in Week 14 of the 2016 season but ultimately elected not to have surgery on what was diagnosed as a partially torn ACL. Hindsight is always clear, but that decision appears to have been a very poor choice, as Tannehill injured the knee again early in training camp during a non-contact situation while wearing a brace. At the time of the initial injury, Dolphins coach Gase reportedly reached out to Peyton Manning as possible help to replace Tannehill. The Cutler connection for Gase here was very obvious: he coached Cutler in 2015 when he was the offensive coordinator for the Bears. That season featured Cutler playing arguably the most efficient stretch of football during his Chicago tenure. Before the Dolphins could even determine the severity of Tannehill’s injury, folks were clamoring for Colin Kaepernick as a replacement at quarterback in Miami. The reality is that Cutler always made more sense given his history with Gase. Cutler’s contract presents a pretty interesting situation for the Dolphins as well. He is very clearly just a single-year rental and reportedly wanted to be careful about how he handled the situation with respect to Tannehill.