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Three Bears: Jay Cutler too hot

Too hot

Jay Cutler

No, this wasn't a statistical gem. Cutler completed 19 of 30 passes for 200 yards, including a 3-yard TD pass to Zach Miller in the second quarter. But Cutler's composure and resolve seemed contagious throughout the night. After a sloppy offensive start, the Bears kept chipping …

Jay Cutler

Tracy Porter leads gritty Bears defensive effort in upset of Packers

Tracy Porter is the rotten egg. The fly in the punch bowl. A true spoiler.

The veteran Bears cornerback picked a perfect time for his first interception of the season and in the process became Titletown's party pooper on Thanksgiving night.

With the Packers at midfield driving for the go-ahead score …

Lambeau Field

Who would have thought Jay Cutler could, or would, outduel Aaron Rodgers?

It's no surprise the Packers picked the national stage of prime time on Thanksgiving to honor Brett Favre and make him only the sixth player in franchise history to have his jersey number retired.

He had a long run of success against the Bears, winning 20 of his first 24 games against them. But …

Jay Cutler

Bears upstage Brett Favre celebration with signature win over Packers

Thanksgiving night at Lambeau Field was festive to say the least. There was, of course, the emotional halftime ceremony devoted to retiring Brett Favre's No. 4.

With gratitude showering down from the stands, Favre watched his number unveiled high above the north end zone next to Reggie White's No. …

Brett Favre

Packers show their disrespect, and Bears make them eat it rest of game

On the opening drive Thursday night at Lambeau Field, the Packers decided to go for it on fourth-and-2 at the Bears' 48-yard line.

That told the Bears defense we don't respect you. That sent the message to the Bears offense we don't believe you can hurt us. That essentially announced to the Bears …

Chicago Bears

Black Friday shoppers hit stores on Thanksgiving for holiday sales

The rise of digital shopping and the fall of a steady rain did little to dampen the Thanksgiving tradition of rushing from the dinner table to line up at a mall, big box store or retailer.

From Kmart to Kohl's, shoppers hit the brick-and-mortar stores Thursday to buy TVs, toys and other holiday …


Blackhawks seem to have turned corner after playing poorly early on road

On paper, the final two weeks of November always stands out as one of the most challenging stretches of the regular season for the Blackhawks.

Good thing hockey's not played on paper.

As they have done the last two years, the Blackhawks are beginning to play some of their best hockey of the early …


California farm recalls vegetable mix in Costco salads linked to E. coli outbreak

A California farm is recalling a vegetable mix believed to be the source of E.coli in Costco chicken salad that has been linked to an outbreak that has sickened 19 people in seven states, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.

Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. of Tracy, Calif., has recalled a …


Week 12 photos: Bears at Packers

Green Bay Packers

Justin Robinson leads Monmouth to 70-68 upset of No. 17 Notre Dame

Monmouth's 900th win was a special one.

Justin Robinson scored 22 points, including two free throws with 3.6 seconds left, and Monmouth upset No. 17 Notre Dame 70-68 in the first round of the AdvoCare Invitational on Thursday night.

"I'm very excited that our kids believed in each other, that they …


Report: Jahlil Okafor involved in street fight

The 76ers’ 0-16 start may be wearing on rookie star Jahlil Okafor.

The Young graduate reportedly was involved in a street fight outside a Boston nightclub Wednesday night.

TMZ Sports on Thursday released a video that appears to show Okafor having words with a group of people, then breaking away from …

Teddy Greenstein's Big Ten football picks

This is a weekend of major implications and modest goals. The Penn State-Michigan State game will determine who wins the Big Ten East — and Ohio State-Michigan might.

If Iowa sputters in its "Farmageddon" clash with Nebraska, its playoff hopes evaporate.

Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, Minnesota enter …

Big Ten Conference

Panthers still perfect, Romo hurt again in 33-14 Dallas loss

Cam Newton is still perfect this season. Tony Romo might be out for good with the same injury that sidelined him for seven games.

Newton got a big boost from a defense that returned two of Romo's three interceptions for touchdowns, and the Panthers ran their NFL-best winning streak to 15 …

Tony Romo

These armed civilians are patrolling the border to keep Islamic State out of America

Tim "Nailer" Foley was more than 5,000 miles away from Paris when Islamic State terrorists launched a series of coordinated attacks throughout the French capital, killing 130 people and injuring hundreds more. But Foley - a former construction foreman who now spends his days with a band of heavily …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Guy V. Lewis, coach of Houston's Phi Slama Jama teams, dies at 93

Former University of Houston men's basketball coach Guy V. Lewis, best known for leading the Phi Slama Jama teams of the 1980s, has died. He was 93.

He died at a retirement facility in Kyle, Texas, on Thanksgiving morning surrounded by family, the school said Thursday.

Lewis coached the Cougars for …


Week 12 live blog: Bears lead Packers 14-13

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Bears-Packers game night. Join us for game updates, tweets, photos and more from Lambeau Field.

Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery is active and will play against the Packers. Running back Matt Forte, as expected, is also active. That’s positive news for the Bears and should …

Green Bay Packers

Derrick Rose appreciates Paul George's level of play after severe injury

The memory of Aug. 1, 2014, is still fresh in Derrick Rose's mind.

Playing for USA Basketball, returning from his own significant injury of a medial meniscus tear in his right knee, Rose had a first-hand look of Paul George's gruesome lower right leg fracture during an intrasquad scrimmage in Las …

Paul George

A look at the city's official Christmas trees since 2009 (interactive map)

The city's first official Christmas tree was lit on Christmas Eve 1913 by Mayor Carter H. Harrison Jr., with heralding trumpets playing atop the balcony of the Chicago Athletic Association building.

The 35-foot Douglas spruce placed in Grant Park was a gift of F.J. Jordan, in honor of his deceased …


Friday's preview: Blackhawks at Ducks

TV/radio: 4 p.m. Friday; WGN-9, NBC-SN, WGN-AM 720.

Storylines: The Ducks have overcome their miserable start but are still inconsistent, especially on offense. The Hawks are coming off one of their best road victories Wednesday night after snapping the Sharks' six-game winning streak.


Anaheim Ducks

Thanksgiving marketing hits the Web, awkwardly

"Oh my gosh, so many people seem to have a gluten intolerance these days," Martha Stewart said Wednesday to 4,000 viewers on her Facebook livestream, as she mixed crust in a food processor for what she called a lovely last-minute Thanksgiving pie.

It was not just a moment for Stewart to dote on her …


Friday's preview: Bulls at Pacers

TV/radio: 7 p.m. Friday; CSN, WMVP-AM 1000.

Storylines: The Pacers are coming off a victory over the Wizards in which they sank a franchise-record 19 3-pointers. The Bulls' 3-point defense of .339 ranks 13th. This game concludes the Bulls' four-game trip.

Trending: The Pacers have won nine of 11 …

Chicago Bulls

Laquan McDonald shooting protest groups plan Friday march

A collection of elected officials, community activists and labor leaders are planning a demonstration billed as a "march for justice" Friday on Michigan Avenue in the wake of the release of video showing an officer fatally shooting Laquan McDonald.

Demonstrators are calling for an independent …


What to tell your relatives when they ask why you're single

It's the holidays! Your relatives have been waiting 12 long months to ask you: (a) what the deal is with Millennials anyway, (b) how to fix their printers, and (c) why you're denying them happiness by refusing to find love.

The answers are: (a) Why are you so obsessed? It's bordering on creepy. (b) …

Dungeons and Dragons

Cops: Man tried to lure, kidnap 9-year-old girl in South Chicago

Police are warning South Chicago residents of a man who tried to kidnap a 9-year-old girl last week.

The girl was walking in the 8800 block of South Buffalo Avenue about 8:15 a.m. on Nov. 19 when the man went up to her and then “pursued” her, according to alert issued Thursday by Area South …


Bringing back Jeff Samardzija a good risk for Cubs — at the right price

It was a little strange to hear that Cubs President Theo Epstein met last week with former Cubs and White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija at a North Side dive bar.

The news wasn't surprising. We knew the Cubs were open to bringing Samardzija back, and the feeling appears to be mutual. Both sides believe …


At least 2 wounded in North, Far South Side shootings

A man was killed, and two others were wounded Thursday afternoon in separate shootings on the North, Far South and South police said.

The fatal shooting happened in the city's West Ridge neighborhood, police said.

About 1:20 p.m. in the 2200 block of West Thome Avenue, a green Plymouth minivan pulled …


Boy born with brain cancer inspires as he reaches survivor milestone - Elgin Courier

Matthew Erickson greets his mother the same way every morning, waving his right foot in the air from his bed.

He wiggles his toes around, wrinkles his nose and makes a loud sniffing noise before bursting into laughter. It is a ritual that his mother treasures, a reminder of all that is beautiful and …


Man in custody after jumping fence at White House: reports

A man was taken into custody Thursday afternoon shortly after he was caught jumping the fence of the White House, according to reports from CNN.

The First Family is in the White House to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. The Secret Service could not be immediately reached for details.

The man was …

White House

Matt Stafford throws 5 TDs to lift Lions to 45-14 win over Eagles

Matthew Stafford tied a career high with five touchdown passes, three of them to Calvin Johnson, lifting the Detroit Lions to a 45-14 rout of the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday.

The Lions (4-7) have won three straight this season and three in a row in their annual Thanksgiving game.

The Eagles (4-7) …

Matthew Stafford

France, Russia agree to tighten cooperation against Islamic State

The presidents of France and Russia agreed Thursday to tighten cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group, although they remained at odds over their approach toward Syrian President Bashar Assad.

IS has claimed responsibility for deadly attacks against both of the countries' citizens …