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Trail Blazers take Meyers Leonard No. 11 overall

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Trail Blazers take Meyers Leonard No. 11 overall

Meyers Leonard's strong sophomore season at Illinois was enough to make him the 11th-overall pick of the 2012 NBA draft as the Portland Trail Blazers used their second first-round pick on the 7-foot-1 center.

Leonard was the third center selected behind Kentucky's Anthony Davis (No. 1 overall to New Orleans) and Connecticut's Andre Drummond (No. 9 overall to Detroit).

He averaged 13.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game in 2011-12.

USAToday.com had the following to say about the selection:

"Leonard is the best center on the board and has the size and athleticism to become a very good player in the league. He may take a few years to develop as he works on his body and his skills. He's far from a finished product, which makes him a nice contrast to Lillard. Leonard had a rough childhood and it's good to see him find a bright future. Grade: B-"

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: