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December 5, 2016 View email in browser

Snow day

Bears vs. 49ers: At least the photos were pretty. As for the game itself … it was a buffet of bad and stupid football, according to Steve Rosenbloom. Which, to be fair, was expected given the records. The Bears won 26-6 behind the legs of Jordan Howard (32 carries for 117 yards). It was Howard’s first time playing in the snow: “It was kind of fun. It was pretty cold, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.” Josh Bellamy bounced back from last Sunday’s dropfest for his best day as a pro (four catches, 93 yards). Other positives: Leonard Floyd did the safety dance, and Akiem Hicks was everywhere. Now for the negatives: The Bears won, and their draft positioning for 2017 took a hit. Even when the Bears win, they still manage to lose.

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That’s not good

Rajon Rondo is suspended for tonight’s game (7 p.m., CSN) after an emotional exchange with a Bulls assistant coach during Saturday’s loss. Rondo has since apologized.

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Meanwhile … 

In lighter Bulls news, Jimmy Butler has a cameo in “Office Christmas Party” thanks to Mark Wahlberg. And, we have to say, LeBron James looked superb in his Cubs uniform.

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To-do list: Cubs edition

“The bulk of our heavy lifting is done,” GM Jed Hoyer said. But a little pitching help couldn’t hurt. Just in time for the holiday season: Bonuses for players and a World Series DVD for you.

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To-do list: White Sox edition

There’s a Chris Sale-shaped elephant in the room at this week’s winter meetings. Rick Hahn, care to offer any hints as to your plan? Also on the docket: DH and catcher.

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Remain calm

Jonathan Toews missed a 6th game. The Blackhawks dropped a 2nd straight game. Goalie Corey Crawford underwent an appendectomy. You OK, Blackhawks?

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Thanks, I think?

Penn State won the Big Ten title game and then was No. 5 in the playoff rankings. And, Teddy Greenstein writes, they should be super happy. As for Northwestern, Pinstripes.

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