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Jimmy Clausen gets a second chance; Jay Cutler still gets $54 million

Jay Cutler has been the Chicago Bears' starting quarterback since 2009.

Jimmy Clausen hasn't started a game since his rookie season back in 2010.

All that is about to change this weekend, as Clausen is set to replace the beleaguered Cutler under center when the Bears take on the Detroit Lions on Sunday, according to multiple media reports.

The Bears have yet to announce the move, which was first reported Wednesday by ESPN.

Cutler already has set a career high this season in touchdown passes (28), and if his season is over, he will have also set career marks in completion percentage (66.1) and passer rating.

But his overall performance has been spotty, including 18 interceptions, as he's led the Bears to a 5-9 record for their second straight losing season. Plus, his perceived lack of emotion just really gets on the nerves of Chicago fans.

So the fact that Cutler got the hook really isn't all that shocking. The more surprising aspect of this story is that Clausen is actually still in...

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Five takeaways from the Clippers' 102-100 win over the Pacers

For the first time since the 2004-05 season, the Clippers won their season series against the Indiana Pacers, beating them, 102-100, at Staples Center on Wednesday. Here are five takeaways from the win:

1. Good defense down the stretch

The Clippers held the Pacers scoreless for nearly four minutes in the fourth quarter -- from the 5-minute, 37-second mark to 1 minute, 46 seconds. The Clippers, who trailed by as many as six points in the fourth quarter, used a 12-2 run late to take a four-point lead down the stretch.

"That's a great sign of a team, when you're not playing well and all of the sudden you can go on a defensive run," Coach Doc Rivers said. 

2. DeAndre Jordan has a monster rebounding night

Jordan finished with 23 rebounds, nearly half of the Clippers' total of 51. He's leading the league in rebounding, averaging 13 a game. What's even more impressive is that he had a strong performance against the Pacers, who are the third-highest rebounding team in the league, averaging...

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Clippers win series against Pacers for first time since 2004-05 season

The Clippers beat the Indiana Pacers, 102-100, on Wednesday, winning their season series against the Eastern Conference team for the first time since the 2004-05 season.

The Clippers, who trailed by as many as six points in the fourth quarter, went on a 12-2 run beginning just past the midway point of the fourth quarter to take a four-point lead. During that stretch, the Clippers held the Pacers scoreless for nearly four minutes. 

With 34.9 seconds left, C.J. Watson made three free throws to cut the Pacers' deficit to one, 99-98. J.J. Redick responded by making two free throws for the Clippers, putting them up, 101-98, with 15.8 seconds left.

Watson made a layup with two seconds left, cutting the Clippers' lead to one once again, 101-100. Redick was then fouled immediately and made one of two free throws. With 1.7 seconds left, C.J. Miles missed a three-point attempt from the right side.

Neither team shot particularly well from the field, with the Pacers slightly edging the Clippers,...

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Padres acquire outfielder Wil Myers in trade with Rays

The San Diego Padres acquired outfielder Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the deal said.

Myers was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2013, when he hit .293 with 13 homers with 53 runs batted in with Tampa Bay. But he was limited to 87 games last season because of a right wrist injury, and he hit .222 with six homers and 35 RBIs.

There were multiple reports that Washington also was involved in the deal, but the person would not confirm the Nationals' involvement to the Associated Press. San Diego also receives catcher Ryan Hanigan and minor league pitchers Jose Castillo and Gerardo Reyes in the trade, with catcher Rene Rivera moving from the Padres to Tampa Bay.

The deal comes as the Padres, desperate for a power bat to punch up the worst offense in the majors, try to finalize a trade that would send catcher Yasmani Grandal and two pitchers to the Dodgers for outfielder Matt Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz.

The Kemp deal is pending physical exams and...

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No, the Clippers' Spencer Hawes is not out for the season, he says

Spencer Hawes received a call from his financial advisor Wednesday morning.

"He told me I was out for the season," Hawes said. "It's not the case."

Apparently Hawes' financial advisor had heard from Stephen A. Smith on ESPN's "First Take" that the Clippers' backup center would be sidelined this season with his left knee bruise.

"Stuff like that seems like it always happens," Hawes said.  "I wasn't too worried about it."

Hawes said he wasn't sure where that report came from. He did not provide a time line for his return, but said he's making progress.

"The range of motion is better," Hawes said. "The pain has gone down. It's responding to everything we've done treatment-wise, and everything we've done to test it out. So it's encouraging."

Hawes suffered the injury in the first quarter of a game against the Washington Wizards on Dec. 12 and has been out since.

He has averaged 6.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in 17 minutes over 22 games this season.

 

 

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Judge rejects $75-million settlement in NCAA concussion case

A federal judge in Chicago rejected a proposed $75 million class-action head injury settlement with the NCAA on Wednesday, portraying the deal as too unwieldy and potentially underfunded and urging both sides to go back to the drawing board.

Under the proposal, NCAA would toughen return-to-play rules for players with concussions and create a $70-million fund to test current and former athletes in contact and non-contact sports for brain trauma. It also would set aside $5 million for research.

The first-of-its-kind deal was designed to settle a host of class-action suits accusing the NCAA of failing to protect athletes against head trauma. In return for the testing program and for improving the safety of current players, the agreement would also shield the NCAA from being hit with a single, blockbuster damages payout.

In his 21-page opinion Wednesday, U.S. District Judge John Lee held out the hope that the agreement could be refashioned to address its shortcomings.

“The court encourages...

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