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Quenneville fined for critical comments about refs after Game 3

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Quenneville fined for critical comments about refs after Game 3

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was fined 10,000 for his comments criticizing officials in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round series against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Quenneville was angry after Game 3, in which Marian Hossa was hurt by a high hit from Phoenix forward Raffi Torres. Quenneville called the hit brutal and was incensed that officials didnt call a penalty on it. Officials later said that the referees did not see the play, and therefore called nothing on it.

I had a hard time. I saw exactly what happened, Quenneville said on Tuesday night. How four guys missed it tonight, it was hard. The refereeing tonight was a disgrace.

The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.

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: