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Trestman cuts down on Cutler’s decision-making: Are big changes coming?

Halfway through the game Sunday against the Dolphins, the Bears decided that less of Jay Cutler was a good thing. Matt Forte ran the ball only two times in the first half in part, coach Marc Trestman said Monday, because four other plays were turned …


Jermon Bushrod: Bears’ yelling at each other won’t go further


The Bears’ screaming in the locker room Sunday was just that — no physical altercations — and doesn’t threaten the team’s cohesiveness, offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod said Monday at Halas Hall. Emotions can only undermine a team ‘‘when locker-room issues become public issues — and …

Derrick Rose scores 30, but LeBron leads Cavs to win


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Bulls and Cavaliers are expected to be the two teams slugging it out at the end of the season for supremacy in the Eastern Conference.

Monday, they were two teams still working out the kinks in the preseason.

Derrick Rose, for …

Kris Versteeg’s return sparks Blackhawks’ line dance


Blackhawks winger Kris Versteeg is poised to return to action Tuesday against the Flyers at the United Center. And that’s likely to have a ripple effect on the Hawks’ talented roster. Versteeg, who has been sidelined for two weeks by a lower-body injury, looked sharp …

Joel Quenneville mulling changes on power play

With the Blackhawks off to a 3-0-1 start, their power-play woes haven’t been a big deal. But coach Joel Quenneville is thinking about ways to deal with it, including some personnel changes. “Absolutely,” he said Monday. ­“[Tuesday against the Flyers,] I think we’ll start the …

Auto Racing: Brad Keselowski keeps title hopes alive at Talladega


TALLADEGA, Ala. — Brad Keselowski refused to be knocked down — not by Matt Kenseth, who jumped him from behind after a disastrous race at Charlotte, and not by garage-wide condemnation over his post-race meltdown. He kept his head up and arrived at Talladega Superspeedway …

Bears winless, lifeless at home; turnovers give Dolphins victory


Home is where the heart is questioned.

The Bears continued their 0-for-Soldier Field streak Sunday, losing 27-14 to the Dolphins. Their fans booed lustily and left early. Players argued in the locker room afterward, screaming and questioning each other’s motivation.

Everyone else was left to …

Colts’ defense dominates Bengals 27-0


INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis has a message for the NFL: Its defense is pretty darned good. And it can win games, too. Including the 500th in franchise history. On a day Andrew Luck threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns Sunday and Indy ran for 171 …

Derrick Rose has best preseason game, Hinrich scores 26 as Bulls top Hornets


It was nice of Derrick Rose to finally join his teammates on the court in the fourth quarter of a preseason game.

Just in time to help Kirk Hinrich put on a show.

Thanks to Hinrich’s game-high 26 points, the Bulls held off the Charlotte …

Blackhawks win in OT on Jonathan Toews’ short-handed breakaway


The Blackhawks scored on their first shot Saturday night. They also scored on their last. In between? Well, about that… Jonathan Toews tapped in his own rebound on a short-handed breakaway in overtime to give the Hawks a 2-1 victory against the Nashville Predators, but …

Bears’ defense might have turned corner against Falcons


Dolphins coach Joe Philbin noticed the difference in the Bears’ defense last week against the Falcons. ‘‘They’re playing fast,’’ said Philbin, who saw the Bears in their prime as a Packers offensive assistant from 2005 to 2011. ‘‘I thought they played really fast. Their staff’s …

Patrick Kane, Blackhawks are too cute for own good


There are times when a player such as Patrick Kane sees things on the ice — a passing lane that nobody else would try, a developing play that nobody else would anticipate. And so with the puck on their stick and a split-second to ruminate, …

Tom Thibodeau sees Derrick Rose being ‘elite’ again


Coach Tom Thibodeau replied affirmatively and confidently. Asked after practice Friday if he thought Derrick Rose could return to NBA elite status, Thibodeau, without hesitation, said yes.

Briggs is out, contract is up, so Bostic may got a shot


Someone asked Brandon Marshall on Friday if the Bears were thrilled to be practicing with all 11 offensive starters for the first time since Week 1. “I guess that’s why we’re starters, is because we’re starters,” he said. While we ponder the Tao of Brandon, …

Lance Briggs still sidelined with injured ribs


The banged-up Bears are getting healthier, with players from all phases set to return Sunday against the Dolphins.

But linebacker Lance Briggs won’t be one of them.

Briggs was ruled out for a second consecutive week with sore ribs. Pressed about Briggs’ injury, coach Marc …

Matt Forte’s ‘goal’ — make it to the Hall of Fame


Running back Matt Forte’s finish line is the Pro Football Hall of Fame. To get there, he knows he has years and years of car crashes ahead of him. That’s why Forte spent the offseason running hills and meeting with a nutritionist. And on Tuesdays …