Bears Parting Ways With LB Urlacher

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Brian Urlacher [[ URR-lock-er ]] era is over in Chicago.  Bears General Manager Phil Emery says they have been unable to agree to a new contract with the eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker and are moving forward without him.  Urlacher has spent his entire 13-year career with Chicago, but was slowed by a knee injury last season.  The 34-year-old is now a free agent for the first time.  Urlacher was the team's first-round draft pick in 2000.  He has nearly 18-hundred tackles, 41-and-a-half sacks and 22 interceptions in his career.

Bears Sign DE McBride

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Chicago Bears signed free-agent defensive end Turk McBride to a one-year deal on Wednesday.  McBride spent the past two years with the New Orleans Saints, appearing in 15 games and recording two sacks.  McBride has totaled 119 tackles and nine-and-a-half sacks in 66 career games with Kansas City, Detroit and New Orleans.

Owners Approve Helmet Rule, Eliminate Tuck Rule

(Phoenix, AZ)  --  NFL owners are approving a pair of noteworthy rule changes.  It will now be a penalty if an offensive player leads with the crown of his helmet when outside the tackle box.  The league is also getting rid of the infamous tuck rule.  According to NFL Network, both rule changes passed by an overwhelming margin.

Ducks Rally Past Blackhawks

(Anaheim, CA)  --  Teemu Selanne scored the go-ahead goal with 4:23 to go as the Ducks scored three times over the final 5:27 to pull out a 4-2 win over the NHL-leading Blackhawks.  Jonathan Toews [[ TAYVZ ]] and Nick Leddy both scored for Chicago, which had won its previous three.  Corey Crawford allowed three goals on 25 shots in defeat.  The Blackhawks host the Kings on Monday.

Bulls Battle Blazers

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago Bulls battle the Portland Trail Blazers tonight to resume a three-game homestand.  The Bulls have lost three of their last four contests to drop to 36-and-30 on the season.  The Trail Blazers are 31-and-36 on the season.  Portland defeated Chicago 102-94 in November.

Illinois Meets Colorado

(Austin, TX)  --  The seventh-seeded Illinois Fighting Illini and 10th-seeded Colorado Buffaloes meet in Austin, Texas tomorrow afternoon.  The Illini are 22-and-12, while the Buffs are 21-and-11.  The winner advances to play second-seeded Miami-Florida or 15th-seeded Pacific in the next round on Sunday.

Notre Dame Faces Iowa State

(Dayton, OH)  --  The seventh-seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish and tenth-seeded Iowa State Cyclones square off in Dayton, Ohio tomorrow night at 8:45.  The Irish come in at 25-and-9, while the Cyclones are 22-and-11.  The winner advances to play second-seeded Ohio State or 15th-seeded Iona in the next round on Sunday.

Cubs Return To Action

(Undated)  --  The Chicago Cubs return to action today with a pair of split squad games following a day off.  The Cubs face the Dodgers in Tucson and close with a night game in Peoria against the Mariners.  The Cubs have won their last two spring games.

Sox Fall To D'backs

(Scottsdale, AZ)  --  Jordan Danks was 2-for-3 with a solo home run as the White Sox fell to the Diamondbacks, 4-2.  Gordon Beckham was 3-for-4 with a run scored for Chicago.  Dylan Axelrod gave up two runs in three relief innings for the loss.  The Sox host the Brewers today.

Danks Heading To DL

(Glendale, AZ)  --  White Sox starter John Danks is heading to the disabled list.  Manager Robin Ventura says he will make his final two spring starts in the minors and then is going on the DL help help strengthen his left shoulder, which was surgically repaired.  The lefty is 0-and-2 with a plus-16 ERA in four starts this spring.


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