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Bad night for local basketball teams, bad day for a local football coach.

Let's be thankful we are neither.


Monday's results
Pacers 109, Bulls 77
Cincinnati 71, Illinois 51
Providence 77, Northwestern 72

Today' schedule
Northwestern vs. Georgia (4, ESPN2)
Western Michigan at NIU  (6, ESPNU)
Illinois vs. Kansas State (6, ESPN News)
Hawks at Flames (8, NBCSCH)


Reports say Matt Nagy is facing internal strife

(USA Today Sports)

The calls for Matt Nagy's head are coming from inside the house!

Well, they're also coming from outside at places like the United Center, which featured a spirited round of "Fire Nagy!" during Monday's Bulls game.

But also inside, too, if you believe this tweet from media gadfly Jordan Schultz.

Formerly of ESPN and Yahoo Sports, Schultz hosts podcasts with a couple of athletes, one of them being none other than Bears receiver Allen Robinson.

And hey, who might be ticked than most with the way the Matt Nagy-led offense has turned out this season?  Couldn't be the guy with just 30 catches, 339 yards and one touchdown through nine games this year, could it?

But just how big is "an overwhelming amount?" That remains to be seen, but at least one player didn't refrain from voicing his displeasure with Nagy's approach after the Baltimore loss.

Here's second-year cornerback Jaylon Johnson sounding like he's tired of hearing Nagy's voice as the rest of us are:

How many games have we lost in a row? There’s nothing to talk about. We aren’t going to beat a dead horse. We are all men. Coming in here and saying ‘we have to figure out a way,’ to me it’s BS.
We have to find ways to win, we just have to get it done. Whatever it is. Like I said, whatever it is but there’s nothing to keep coming in here and talking about, and having all these rah-rah speeches. We’ve had five weeks of rah-rah speeches. I don’t think that talking is anything we need to be doing.”

Anyone else getting the same vibe from the final days of Jim Boylen, when Bulls players completely threw aside any pretense of respect they had for their leader?

Not that they had any to begin with.

Report: Andy Dalton to start against Lions

The turnaround for Thursday looks too quick for Justin Fields' ribs, so NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says to expect a side of the Red Rifle with your cranberries on Thanksgiving.


News and results

Bulls: Tough stretch finally catches up in loss to Pacers

No real cause for alarm here. The Bulls were playing on the second night of a back-to-back and their seventh game in 10 nights. Alex Caruso missed the game with a bruised wrist and Nikola Vucevic still isn't back.  Pacers 109, Bulls 77. Onward.
Next: At Houston on Wednesday night

Red Stars: Rory Dames resigns as players allege abuse

An early Monday morning email from the Red Stars broke the news of Dames departure. Later in the day, we found out why: A Washington Post article with at least seven players alleging that the NWSL's longest-tenured coach was verbally and emotionally abusive. Dames is the league's fifth male coach to leave his post under similar circumstances this year.

Illini: Routed by Cincinnati in KC

Kofi Cockburn (18 points, 7 rebounds)  returned to the 14th-ranked Illini, but it didn't matter in an unsettling 71-51 loss to the unranked Bearcats. Illinois took an early 23-8 lead, but were outscored 63-28 over the game's final 30 minutes. The Illini were a 3-for-22 from behind the arc. Having an All-American big man won't matter if the perimeter play doesn't show.

Cubs: Get Harold Ramirez in trade from Cleveland

We'll see what the Cubs received in the 27-year-old outfielder, who hit .268/.305/.398 with seven homers and 41 RBI in 99 games last season. But it's nice to see the Ricketts family parting with the "cash considerations" it took to get him.



1. Jason Lieser thinks the Bears need to fire Nagy and Pace after the Lions game, regardless of outcome. Sun-Times

2. Meanwhile, in Detroit: The Lions are taking unsportsmanlike penalties for making your mama jokes. CBS Sports

3. The White Sox ZiPS projections are out and it doesn't project much of a dropoff — or an improvement, either. FanGraphs

4. The Fire open their home season at Soldier Field next March 5, which means the schedule was made by someone who's never been to Chicago on March 5. WGN-TV

5. Southport Lanes is being turned into three restaurants, the first of which is about to open. Eater Chicago


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