Paul earns National Player of the Week honors


Paul earns National Player of the Week honors

The Illini keep winning, and Brandon Paul does, too.
After being named the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week yesterday, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association selected Paul as the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week.
Paul averaged 24.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocks in Illinois' two wins last week, which pushed it to a perfect 10-0 on the season.
A 14-point effort in a win over Western Carolina on Tuesday helped, but what brought home the award to Champaign this week was Paul's 35 points in an 85-74 upset win over No. 10 Gonzaga on Saturday. Paul connected on 10-of-16 shots, including five 3's, and added four rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks in the win.
It was the Illini's first road win over a non-conference Big Ten opponent since 1986, and helped John Groce's group move up to No. 10 in the AP Top 25 poll.
Paul was also named the National Player of the Week by the USBWA after his 43-point outing in a 79-74 upset of No. 5 Ohio State last season.
Paul's 19.5 points per game are second in the Big Ten, behind only Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas (20.6). He and teammate D.J. Richardson both have hit a league-best 28 3-pointers, and Paul also ranks eighth in assists and 12th in steals in the conference.

Bears QB Brian Hoyer exits early with left arm injury, ruled out for game


Bears QB Brian Hoyer exits early with left arm injury, ruled out for game

Brian Hoyer left Thursday night's game against the Green Bay Packers in the second quarter with a left arm injury, according to the Bears.

After a throw, the Bears quarterback was hit by Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers and landed awkwardly on his left side. He was seen grabbing his left arm almost immediately after the play. 

Hoyer went to the locker room for X-rays and shortly after was ruled out for the remainder of the game.

Matt Barkley came in as his replacement. The USC product hasn't throw a pass in the NFL since 2014.

The Bears are already without Jay Cutler, who injured his right thumb in Week 2 and has yet to be cleared for action.

Reports: Former Bears kicker Robbie Gould to sign with Giants

Reports: Former Bears kicker Robbie Gould to sign with Giants

Robbie Gould has a new home in the NFL.

According to multiple reports, the former Bears kicker is expected to sign with the New York Giants.

Gould is heading on a plane on Thursday night to join the Giants in London, where they'll take on the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday morning.

The Giants were in need of a kicker in light of the news that Josh Brown would be missing the trip due to the new information on his domestic violence incidents. Brown was suspended for the first game of the regular season.

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Gould is the Bears' all-time scoring leader with 1,207 points. He has an 85.7 percent career field goal percentage.

Gould was cut by the Bears in favor of Connor Barth, ending an 11-year run in Chicago.