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Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears coach John Fox was asked how close to the team was to activating former 1st round pick Kyle Fuller on Sunday. Fuller was designated to return off of IR, but he has not yet been added to the active roster. "It's like horseshoes and hand grenades," Fox said. "Close doesn't really count."

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears are trying to send messages to some of their younger players -- particularly 3rd round pick Jonathan Bullard, who was a healthy scratch on Sunday. "I think there's a variety of ways to motivate young people," coach John Fox said. "He's a player that we do like, that we're trying to bring the best out of him like we do all our players." Second year safety Adrian Amos also missed the 49ers game with a foot injury, but he's another young player that's struggled in recent weeks.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears rookie Leonard Floyd flashed again on Sunday, recording a pair of sacks to push his season total to seven -- the third-highest number of sacks for a rookie in Bears' franchise history. "What was impressive about Leonard was being able to put maybe a couple of not some of his better plays behind him yesterday," coach John Fox said. "I thought he responded really well in the second half."

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Conner will lead Pitt to victory

Pitt has the strongest 8-4 record in the nation, with wins over No. 2 Clemson and No. 5 Penn State, notes Adam Rittenberg. He predicts James Conner will score twice in a win over Northwestern. Bowl predictions

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Checking in on franchise-tagged players

Kirk Cousins and Eric Berry have put themselves in excellent positions to cash in big. Meanwhile, Alshon Jeffery and Trumaine Johnson have had up-and-down seasons, missing time due to suspension and injury, respectively.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Aroldis Chapman to me on whether the Cubs have reached out: "The Cubs have never expressed any interest in resigning me, as far as I know."

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

I just spoke to Aroldis Chapman about his contract negotiations; told me he has not evaluated any offers yet and will do so this week. Chapman: "The only thing I have expressed is that I would like a six-year contract. I know that doesn't mean that I will get it, but that's what I would like to sign. There are rumors out there that I requested $100 million and that's not true at all. I believe he who deserves something, does not need to demand it."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Taj Gibson was singing Rajon Rondo's praises after Friday's win. Less than 24 hours later Rondo gets suspended for conduct detrimental to the team. "He's like a quarterback," Gibson said after Friday's win over the Cavs. "Even though I never really played any contact football -- he always gathers the huddle. He always sees what's going on in the game. He's always encouraging. Like "Come on, let's go. Let's go." He's always pushing it. But he's just a great teammate. I know he got a lot of criticism before the year, a lot of people talk about the negatives that's in him, but he's been showing me nothing but great stuff on and off the court. He's a great player and he's a great leader."

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Good as gone in Chi-town? Not so fast

Jay Cutler is owed no guaranteed money from the Bears beyond this season, but one personnel evaluator told Mike Sando he's not totally convinced they part ways this offseason. Best QB options (Insider)

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Rondo suspended for verbal altercation with coach (1:29)
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Bulls a safe bet to make playoffs

Chicago's promising start has them in very good position to make the postseason, per ESPN's Basketball Power Index. BPI even gives them a small chance to steal the Central Division crown from the Cavaliers.

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls announce Rajon Rondo has been suspended for tonight's game versus Portland for conduct detrimental to the team.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Not hearing anything has changed since the day the Cubs acquired Aroldis Chapman, there's no momentum towards a long term deal for him.

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Matt Barkley describes brutal conditions

The Bears QB said after the game it took him "a quarter or so" to adapt to throwing in the snowy weather. "I had to adjust my arm angle and almost push the ball out instead of flinging it," he said. Sights and sounds