Jay Cutler played to nice reviews for his Monday Night Football performance, but the Chicago defense had to be panned -- even from within. [The] dismal play of the Bears defense has been a surprise. A unit that finished 9th last season and expected to challenge to be the league's best posted another forgettable game. "Defensively, we stink. We can't stop the run, we can't stop the pass," Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said. He then described the 88-yard touchdown run by Jahvid Best. "The quarterback took a snap, he handed it to the guy, and he ran 88 yards without being touched," Urlacher said. Undisciplined. Not physical enough. Those were among the concerns in the Bears locker room. "We're not disciplined," outside linebacker Lance Briggs said. (Chicago Sun-Times) Comment
The phrase heard 'round Red Sox nation was John Henry's observation that Theo Epstein would not be around forever. [Epstein's departure] didn't happen quite so abruptly, but everyone seems to think it will happen soon. How could it not after Henry spoke of the "shelf life" of a general manager and the "pressure cooker" that is the city of Boston? You just don't mention those things if you want to keep a guy in your organization for the next five years. You don't bring up the shelf life of something unless you believe it's drawing to an end. And you don't mention Ben Cherington's name -- which the Sox owners have done every chance they've had -- unless you're preparing your fans for his ascension to the throne. (Boston Herald) Comment
Marc Staal will reportedly not practice this week or face the Islanders in the Rangers' North American opener on Saturday. [And] it appears that the All-Star defender won't accompany the team when it leaves Sunday for a four-game trip to Western Canada. "He won't be here," John Tortorella said Monday. ... "Marc continues to go through his whole situation with his doctors. Someday, Marc comes in and we're going to prepare him the best we can to play a game. I'm not going to get into how long or how short." Staal, 24, who suffered a concussion Feb. 22 and began experiencing headaches during workouts during the summer, did not scrimmage, play in any preseason games or join the team on the flight to Europe on Sept. 26. (Newsday) Comment
NBA commissioner David Stern addresses a swarm of reporters after leaving a labor talks meeting in New York. Stern canceled the first two weeks of the season as owners and players failed to reach a deal.(David Karp/AP)
Nelson Cruz hit the first game-ending grand slam in postseason history, lifting the Rangers over the Tigers 7-3 in 11 innings Monday for a 2-0 series lead.