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Cubs place Dempster on DL

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Cubs place Dempster on DL

The Chicago Cubs slimmed out their pitching staff a little more after placing starter Ryan Dempster on the 15-day disabled list Saturday. Randy Wells will start in place of Dempster when the Cubs wrap up their series against the Reds Sunday. Dempster, suffering from a strained right quadricep,is the second pitcher in two days to be put on the DL after Kerry Wood, suffering fromfatigue in his right shoulder. The Cubs will call up outfielder Tony Campana to take his roster spot. Campana made his major league debut with the Cubs last season, batting .259 with 24 stolen bases and 24 runs scored in 95 games. Dempster is 0-1 with a 1.33 ERA in three starts this season.

Bears cornerback Marcus Cooper turned in maybe the worst gaffe in the NFL this season

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Bears cornerback Marcus Cooper turned in maybe the worst gaffe in the NFL this season

Sherrick McManis blocked a field goal and Marcus Cooper picked the ball up with nothing but green grass ahead of him on his way to the end zone. 

Then, for some reason, Cooper eased up a few yards from the end zone. What happened next was straight out of a Leon Lett highlight reel: Vance McDonald hit Cooper from behind, leading to Cooper fumbling the ball and it being batted out of the end zone for a penalty. The Steelers went to the locker room, then had to come back out for an untimed down from the one-yard line. After Charles Leno was whistled for a false start, the Bears kicked a field goal.

So Cooper cost the Bears four points. But...why? What was he doing? 

George McCaskey, Bears release statement on Trump comments

George McCaskey, Bears release statement on Trump comments

About an hour and 40 minutes before the Bears kicked off against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Bears chairman George H. McCaskey released a statement following President Trump's comments about the NFL and National Anthem protests over the weekend:

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told CBS his team will remain in the locker room and will not participate in the National Anthem before Sunday's game.

A number of players knelt during the Star-Spangled Banner prior to Sunday morning's Baltimore Ravens-Jacksonville Jaguars game at Wembley Stadium in London, and Jaguars owner Shad Khan locked arms with his players during the anthem. 

Other NFL owners released statements on the Trump comments over the weekend, too: