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Two sides talking through weekend

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Two sides talking through weekend

The NHL and NHLPA talked about the leagues latest proposalvia conference call on Saturday. And it looks like theyll at least keeptalking, if not necessarily negotiating through the weekend.The two sides will keep talking through Sunday, according tovarious reports. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Associated Pressthat there will be some more informal sessions in the morning (on Sunday).Nothing planned beyond that.Ifwhen those turn into more formal talks is unknown. Thetwo sides have plenty to talk about in terms of the leagues latest proposal, a288-page document that the NHL presented to the players association onThursday. The league is still offering the make-whole payment of 300,something it threatened to take off the table when talks stalled and got ugly in early December. The NHL did offer a few changes, including increasing aplayers maximum contract length to six years instead of the previous five,which Daly at the time called the hill we will die on. It remains seven yearsif a player re-signs with his current team. The salary variance was also raisedfrom 5 to 10 percent.The league is still looking for a 10-year collectivebargaining agreement, with the ability to opt out after eight years.The clock is ticking on saving any type of NHL season. Ifthere is one, commissioner Gary Bettman made it clear that at least 48 gamesneed to be played. Games are currently canceled through Jan. 14.

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: