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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2009
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Bears at Packers
8:15 p.m., NBC
Chicago’s addition of Jay Cutler gives the Bearsthe franchise-type quarterback they’ve soughtsince Benjamin Franklin flew his kite in inclementweather. Meanwhile, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgersappears primed to continue filling Brett Favre’sshoes quite well. Where the two QBs differ is thatthe Packers have great weapons in the passinggame, while the Bears have unproven Devin Hesterand a potentially emerging star in TE Greg Olsen.But Chicago sports the better defense, making thisa game.
— Roger Kuznia
Dodgers at Giants
4 p.m., TBS
As if righthander Brad Penny needed any moremotivation as his Giants fight for a postseasonberth. In the series finale against the first-placeDodgers this afternoon, Penny will have revengeon his mind. After a bitter offseason divorce—when Penny left the Dodgers as a free agent, thirdbase coach Larry Bowa called him lazy and out of shape—he will get a chance to silence the Dodgers’bats this afternoon. Penny is 1-0 with a 1.20 ERAsince joining San Francisco.
— Chris Bahr
2 p.m., NBC
Tiger Woods didn’t win a major this year, but hesure is tracking toward the FedEx Cup title. Woods’course-record 62 at Cog Hill on Saturday has himseven shots clear of the field and in great positionfor his sixth PGA Tour win of the season. With such abig lead, Woods figures to scale back his aggressiontoday, knowing that an even par round is enough toget the job done. Then again, he hasn’t shot worsethan 68, so you still will see some quality shots.
— Roger Kuznia
GP2ChampionshipSeries, at Monza,Italy (same-daytape)
Formula One,Italian GrandPrix, at Monza,Italy
Tourof Missouri,final stage, atKansas City, Mo.(delayed tape)
EuropeanPGA Tour,Mercedes-BenzChampionship,final round,at Cologne,Germany
LPGA,NW ArkansasChampionship,final round, atRogers, Ark.
PGA Tour, BMWChampionship,final round, atLemont, Ill.
USGA,Walker Cup, finalround, at Merion,Pa.
Nationwide Tour, UtahChampionship,final round, atSandy, Utah(same-day tape)
Cincinnati atChicago Cubs
L.A.Dodgers at SanFrancisco
N.Y. Metsat Philadelphia
Chicagoat Green Bay
SpanishPrimera Division,Sporting Gijonvs. Almeria, atGijon, Spain
U.S.Open, at NewYork
U.S. Open,at New York
OFF THE FIELD
Twitter causing troublefor Chargers’ Cromartie
San Diego Chargers cornerback
, who was fined $2,500last month for complaining—on hisTwitter page—about training campfood, is causing trouble with histhumbs again.Cromartie posted a picture on hisTwitter account Tuesday showing anotebook with some diagrams and thecaption, “Man I’m in here going hardwit film studying. It’s been an hr andI’m going abt another 30 min.”Coach
had told the teamthat players weren’t allowed to tweetwhile they were inside the building. Hetold reporters Friday that the team haddealt with the situation, though Cro-martie said there was no fine.Cromartie’s Twitter page has since been locked.
The cost of Olympic bidding
The price tag to bid for an OlympicGames continues to escalate.Chicago has spent $48.2 million onits bid to host the 2016 Olympics—37percent more than the $35 million that
The New York Times
reported New Yorkspent in 2005 on its bid for the 2012Games.The cost of Chicago’s bid between July 2006 and June 30, 2009, was dis-closed last week in a StewardshipReport released by bid organizers.Organizers raised $72.8 million tocover expenses through private con-tributions. Chicago expenses areexpected to increase over the lastmonth of the bid. The InternationalOlympic Committee will select thehost of the 2016 Games on Oct. 2 inCopenhagen, Denmark.
— Tripp Mickle, SportsBusiness Journal
, in Houston to call theTexans game today, will stay an extra dayin his adopted hometown to receive onMonday the President and Mrs. GeorgeH.W. Bush Community Impact Award,
reported. Proceedsfrom the event benefit the Greater Hous-ton Fellowship of Christian Athletes.Yes, it’s official: Patriots quarter- back
has confirmed wife
is pregnant, and the baby is due in December. He revealedthe news in an interview with ESPNthat will air today.
— Compiled by staff and wire reports
After his latest tweet, Antonio Cromartie lockedhis Twitter page.