Aaron Rodgers out three weeks with collar bone issue, Bears win
The Chicago Bears beat the Green Bay Packers 27-20 on Monday night to create a three-team logjam a top of the NFC North. Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers was hurt in the first series with a hairline fracture of his left collar bone and did not return to the game. Rodgers is expected to miss at least three weeks. Matt Forte rushed for 125 yards, 109 in the second half. Brandon Marshall had seven catches for 107 yards and a score. The Bears sealed the deal with an 18-play drive in the four quarter that took 9:48 off the clock that resulted in a FG with 53 seconds left to play.
NFL News and Notes
Houston Texan coach Gary Kubiak was released from a Houston area hospital after suffering a minor stroke at the half of the Texan’s Sunday night loss to the Colts. Kubiak is expected to make a full recovery but no timetable has been set for his return.
Denver Bronco coach John Fox is recovering after heart surgery on Monday to replace his aortic valve. Fox was hospitalized last week after feeling lightheaded while playing golf. Fox was aware of the problem but hoped to delay the surgery until after the season. Fox is expected to miss two months. Jack Del Rio has been named interim coach.
The NFLPA will monitor the NFL’s investigation of the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito harassment case to ensure fairness. This figures to be the headline story in the NFL for the rest of the year. You can get caught up on the story and read about the latest developments by clicking here.
Ohio at Buffalo highlights tonight’s MAC double header
The Ohio Bobcats and Buffalo Bulls square off tonight with the winner the likely champion in the MAC East. Buffalo is a 3.5 point favorite with the high/low set at 55. Weather is not expected to be a factor with the temperature at kickoff expected to be around 49. Ohio has won six of their last seven, Buffalo is on six straight wins after opening losses to Ohio State and Baylor. The dog has covered five of six in the series.
Bowling Green is a -23.5 point favorite over Miami, Oh in the night’s second offering. The total is set a 48 and again, weather will not be factor in Ohio.
MLB Free Agent tenders
The World Series champion Boston Red Sox have made qualifying offers to Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, and Stephen Drew. Boston did not tender an offer to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
The Yankees extended qualifying offers to three of their 13 free agents …. Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and pitcher Hiroki Kuroda.
The Braves have offered catcher Brian McCann a tender offer of $14.1 million. McCann is not expected to return to Atlanta and could wind up with the Yankees.
Sean Taylor killer convicted
A 23-year-old man was convicted Monday of the 2007 killing of Washington Redskin safety Sean Taylor. Eric Rivera Jr was convicted of armed burglary and second degree murder in the crime and will be sentenced in December. Rivera admitted firing the shot but recanted saying he was forced to confess under pressure from the police. Taylor was shot in the leg while confronting Rivera and three others with a machete and bled to death. The three others are still awaiting trial. Details on the trial can be found here.
WSOP Final Table update
With four of the final six players busting out in quick succession, the WSOP Main Event is down to just two players. Jay Farber and Ryan Reiss are the final two standing and will play tonight for the $8.4 million dollar first prize and the Main Event bracelet, the most coveted prize in tournament poker. Get the complete recap of Monday’s action be clicking here.
Mucho Macho Man wins Breeders Cup Classic
We were remiss in yesterday’s report for not making mention of the weekend’s Breeders Crown from Santa Anita. Mucho Macho Man was ultra game in winning the $5 million dollar Classic. Here it is if you missed it.
(NCAAF) Bowling Green -23.5 over Miami Oh (Monday, November 5, 2013 8:00 PM EST)