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March 26, 2013
Bebo Valdes Pianist and bandleader who fled Cuba Bebo Valdes, 94, a renowned Cuban pianist who recorded with Nat King Cole, was bandleader of Havana's Tropicana nightclub during its glittering heyday and was considered the last luminary from the golden age of Cuban music, died Friday of pneumonia in Sweden. His death was confirmed by the agent for his son Chucho Valdes, a well-known pianist in his own right. Valdes, who enjoyed a remarkable late-career resurgence after he was coaxed out of retirement in the 1990s, was a classically trained musician with a strong interest in American jazz.
March 20, 2013 |
Brian Urlacher will not return to the Chicago Bears for the 2013 season, the team announced in a news release Wednesday. The eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker and the Bears had been in talks but they were unable to agree on a deal. “Brian has been an elite player in our league for over a decade,” General Manager Phil Emery said, via NFL.com . “He showed great leadership and helped develop a winning culture over his time with the Bears. We appreciate all he has given our team, on and off the field.
December 31, 2012 |
The Chicago Bears announced on Monday that they have fired Coach Lovie Smith. And the Buffalo Bills have fired Coach Chan Gailey. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bears have sent out consent forms to teams requesting permission to interview head-coaching candidates. The Bears were eliminated from playoff contention Sunday when Minnesota beat Green Bay. The Bills beat the Jets in their finale, 28-9, but finished last in the AFC East at 6-10. Buffalo has yet to announce whether it plans to keep General Manager Buddy Nix, whose acquisition of several high-priced defensive players did not achieve the team's desired results.
December 14, 2012 |
This week's Friday edition of our NFL Google+ hangout -- "NFL Slam with Mark and Sam," starring Times NFL columnist Sam Farmer and Mark Thompson of "Mark and Brian" radio fame -- covered a wide range of topics, including the big slate of NFL games on tap for Sunday. One of the big games is Green Bay vs. Chicago, with the Packers traveling to Chicago to take on the slumping Bears. Since their 7-1 start, the Chicago Bears have lost four of five games. They're still only a game behind Green Bay (9-4)
December 10, 2012 |
Adrian Peterson is back and looking to be better than ever -- and everybody. The Minnesota Vikings running back has 1,600 yards rushing with three games left to play a season after tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee. But his goal isn't 2,000 yards; he wants 2,106. After tearing apart the Chicago Bears' depleted defense for 154 yards and two touchdowns, including a 51-yard scamper on the game's first play from scrimmage, Peterson told Peter King of Sports Illustrated that he's eying the single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards, set by Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson as a member of the Los Angeles Rams in 1984.
November 20, 2012 |
The newest Times NFL power rankings were released Tuesday, and while the top two teams remain the same, the former No. 3 team, the Chicago Bears, plummeted after they were routed by the San Francisco 49ers. The Bears tumbled all the way to ninth, the biggest fall of the week. Jason Campbell, the Bears backup quarterback who started in the place of Jay Cutler, threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall in the third quarter but was sacked five times and threw two interceptions in his first start since October 2011 for Oakland.