>>Bears Get Back To Work
(Lake Forest, IL) — The Bears are getting back to work in preparation for Sunday’s season finale against the Lions. The Bears ended a three-game losing streak with a 26-21 road victory over the Buccaneers last week. The 6-and-9 Bears are looking to avenge a Week Six overtime loss to Detroit.
>>Colts Sign QB’s Freeman, Lindley
(Indianapolis, IN) — The Colts added two quarterbacks to the roster Tuesday, signing both Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley. The move came after third-string signal-caller Charlie Whitehurst was placed on injured reserve Monday, leaving Steven Morris as the only healthy player at the position. Coach Chuck Pagano called Matt Hasselbeck “doubtful” and Andrew Luck has yet to be medically cleared. Indianapolis hosts the Titans Sunday and is still mathematically alive in the playoff race.
>>Rams Practicing In Napa This Week
(Napa, CA) — The Rams are practicing at the Raiders’ training site in Napa, California this week as they prepare for Sunday’s season finale at San Francisco. The team elected to stay out west after beating Seattle on Sunday for their third straight win to improve to 7-and-8. The 49ers are 4-and-11.
>>St. Louis Submits Formal Rams Stadium Proposal To NFL
(New York, NY) — A formal proposal for a new Rams stadium in St. Louis is now in the hands of the NFL. The “Post-Dispatch” reports the 1.1-billion-dollar, open-air stadium proposal was overnighted to the league on Monday. The NFL will hold meetings January 12th and 13th to discuss relocation.
>>Blackhawks Too Much For Coyotes
(Glendale, AZ) — Andrew Desjardins lit the lamp twice in the Blackhawks’ wild 7-5 win over the Coyotes. Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith had a goal and two assists apiece to help Chicago stop a two-game skid. Corey Crawford made 32 saves. The ‘Hawks visit the Avalanche tomorrow night.
>>Blues Beat Predators In OT
(St. Louis, MO) — Alexander Steen’s goal with 59 seconds left in overtime gave the Blues a 4-3 win over the Predators. Dmitrij Jaskin, Robby Fabbri and Kevin Shattenkirk had the regulation goals for St. Louis. Jake Allen made 30 saves in the Blues’ seventh win in 10 games. The Blues host the Minnesota Wild tomorrow night.
>>Blues Put Gomez On Waivers
(St. Louis, MO) — The Blues will find out at 11 o’clock this morning whether veteran center Scott Gomez has been claimed by another team. The Blues placed the 36-year-old on waivers yesterday. Gomez signed a one-year, 575-thousand-dollar contract in October, but had just one goal in 21 games.
>>Bulls Battle Pacers
(Chicago, IL) — The Bulls battle the Pacers tonight at the United Center. Chicago is coming of Monday’s 104-97 home win over the Raptors. The Bulls upped their record to 17-and-12 with the victory.
>>Irish Gearing Up For Fiesta Bowl
(Glendale, AZ) — Notre Dame is in Arizona to prepare for Friday’s Fiesta Bowl matchup with Ohio State. The Irish will be without defensive backs Max Redfield and Devin Butler. Redfield will miss the game due to a rules violation, while Butler has a broken foot.
>>Illinois Hosts Michigan In Big Ten Opener Today
(Champaign, IL) — Illinois tips off the Big Ten basketball season this afternoon at home against Michigan. Game time is 2 p.m at the State Farm Center. The Fighting Illini beat Missouri last Wednesday for their fifth straight win to improve to 8-and-5 on the year. The Wolverines come in at 10-and-3.