Peppers named NFC defensive player of the week

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Peppers named NFC defensive player of the week

One day after being named to his eighth career Pro Bowl, defensive end Julius Peppers earned NFC defensive player of the week honors for his work in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.
Peppers had three sacks, two quarterback hurries, forced a fumble and registered a defended pass in the Bears' 28-13 win in Arizona, moving them within one win and a Vikings' loss of grabbing the sixth and final playoff seed in the NFC.
The 5-foot-7 defensive end has tallied 11.5 sacks this season, the most in his three-year tenure in Chicago. 4.5 of those have come in the last two weeks, as he also collected 1.5 sacks against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in Week 15.
The Bears' top-ranked defense in the NFC has shown up plenty on this list, as Brian Urlacher won the award in Week 9 against the Titans. Charles Tillman also won the award twice in October, when he was also named the NFC defensive player of the month.
Tim Jennings was named the defensive player of the week in September.

Bastian Schweinsteiger happy with Manchester United's Europa League win

Bastian Schweinsteiger happy with Manchester United's Europa League win

Bastian Schweinsteiger's time with Manchester United wound down with him being essentially frozen out of the team for an extended period, but he was still happy to see his former teammates win a European trophy on Wednesday.

Man U beat Ajax 2-0 to win the Europa League final in Stockholm. The win sealed a berth in next year's Champions League for the Red Devils.

Despite the way Schweinsteiger's tenure in England ended, the German midfielder has still said positive things about the club since leaving for the Chicago Fire in March. He tweeted out a good luck message to the team ahead of the final.

Paul Pogba scored in the first half and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored in the second half to seal United's win and the trophy to end a season that included a sixth-place finish in the Premier League.

Schweinsteiger didn't play in any Premier League matches this season, but his last appearance for the Manchester club was as a subtitute in the Europa League round of 32 at French club Saint-Etienne.

Training with the Fire on Wednesday kept him from watching the whole final, but he said he did watch what he could.

“I’m happy for United," Schweinsteiger said after the Fire's 2-1 win against Dallas. "I’m happy for them. They are a good team and I’m happy they can play in Champions League next year.”

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