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Tribune News Service

Sports Budget for Thursday, September 12, 2019

Updated at 8 a.m. EDT (1200 UTC)

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^The dark secret behind the success of Sid Luckman, the greatest Bears quarterback ever<

FBN-BEARS-LUCKMAN-SPORTSPLUS:TB — In one of the loveliest of father-son traditions, a little boy was given his first football by his dad. Sid Luckman would spectacularly throw that ball and many others through a legendary career that culminated with his becoming the greatest quarterback in Chicago Bears history.

But for a strange time in the 1930s, the son and father both appeared in headlines of New York City newspapers, the youngster for throwing touchdowns, the father for murdering his brother-in-law.

1350 by Rick Kogan in Chicago. MOVED



^Mark Bradley: The Braves' MVP? Alex Anthopoulos, adroit GM<

^BBN-BRADLEY-COLUMN:AT—<The Braves' GM is good with numbers. Their GM is good with everything. Their GM has been here two seasons, a tenure that has yielded one division title and will soon deliver another. Their GM should be MLB's executive of the year. In an organization brimming with gifted players and a solid manager, the GM is the MVP.

1050 by Mark Bradley in Atlanta. MOVED

Thursday's games

TNS expects coverage from the following games:

Arizona at NY Mets, 1:10 p.m. EDT

NY Yankees at Detroit, Game 1, 1:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at Miami, 1: 10 p.m.

Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.

St. Louis at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at San Diego, 3:40 p.m.

Pittsburgh at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m.

NY Yankees at Detroit, Game 2, 4:35 p.m.

LA Dodgers at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Boston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7:15 p.m.

Washington at Minnesota, 7:40 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Cincinnati at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.


^David Haugh: Placing blame for Bears' opening dud is less important than cleaning up the mess quickly<

FBN-HAUGH-COLUMN:TB — Football conditions players and coaches to be long on patience and short on memory.

If only the rest of us could forget the Bears' 10-3 season-opening defeat to the Packers that raised uncomfortable questions about quarterback Mitch Trubisky and coach Matt Nagy.

Who was more culpable for the offensive collapse?

950 by David Haugh in Chicago. MOVED


^Detailing Zeke Elliott's educated holdout, meeting with Emmitt Smith, journey to deal<

^FBN-COWBOYS-ELLIOTT:FT—<It has been one week since Ezekiel Elliott boarded a plane in Cabo and headed home to sign a six-year, $90 million contract extension, including a whopping $50 million in guaranteed money, with the Dallas Cowboys.

Elliott secured his goal of becoming the richest running back in NFL history while also helping the Cowboys stay flexible in the cap to continue to sign other players, including the possibly of quarterback Dak Prescott and receiver Amari Cooper in the coming days.

1400 by Clarence E. Hill Jr.. MOVED


^Marcus Hayes: Reassessment: Eagles will be NFC's best team; Carson Wentz, league MVP<

FBN-HAYES-COLUMN:PH — Two weeks ago, our Eagles beat writers and columnists were asked to predict how the NFL season would unfold. I predicted that the Eagles would reach the NFC championship game, where they would lose to the Saints — if only to balance karma in the universe — who would then lose to the Chiefs, so we could finally stop rooting for Andy Reid.

I would like to amend that prediction. Not the Chiefs part, even in light of Antonio Brown's suspicious journey to the Evil Empire in Foxborough, Mass. No, it's the part about the Eagles that needs to change.

1000 by Marcus Hayes in Philadelphia. MOVED


^Greg Cote: Quit whining! Miami Dolphins tanking is best thing this franchise has done in 20 years<

FBN-COTE-COLUMN:MI — The hysteria surrounding the Miami Dolphins as they climb out from under the avalanche of the season opener and await the tsunami of Game 2 is quite unlike anything we have seen down here. I'm not sure whether to laugh out loud or simply shake my head in incredulity.

The Dolphins are really bad, OK? A natural disaster. Deal with it.

Except nobody seems to be dealing with it very well.

900 by Greg Cote in Miami. MOVED


Thursday's game

TNS expects coverage from the following game:

Tampa Bay at Carolina, 8:20 p.m. EDT


^Chip Alexander: Five pressing questions as Carolina Hurricanes begin training camp<

HKN-ALEXANDER-COLUMN:RA — For the first time since 2009 the Carolina Hurricanes won't start preseason training camp being nagged with the same question: Is this the year they return to the Stanley Cup playoffs?

That was answered, finally, last season. With Rod Brind'Amour as their coach, the Canes crashed their way into the playoffs, sent the Washington Capitals packing, won a couple of series in making the Eastern Conference finals and earned respect from a lot of naysayers and doubters — yes, you Don Cherry.

950 by Chip Alexander in Raleigh, N.C. MOVED



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