The Chicago Bears will welcome the Green Bay Packers to Soldier Field on Sunday in a clash between struggling NFC North rivals. With Aaron Rodgers vowing to continue playing through injuries to his ribs and right thumb and Justin Fields working back from a shoulder issue, there’s reason to remain intrigued by the matchup. In the lead-up to Sunday’s game, here are a dozen eye-catching facts and figures. 20 Quarterbacks who have started for the Bears against the Packers since 1992. That number will tick up to 21 if anyone other than Fields starts Sunday. Here’s the full list: Jim Harbaugh, Erik Kramer, Steve Walsh, Dave Krieg, Steve Stenstrom, Jim Miller, Shane Matthews, Cade McNown, Kordell Stewart, Rex Grossman, Chad Hutchinson, Brian Griese, Kyle Orton, Jay Cutler, Josh McCown, Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley, Mike Glennon, Mitch Trubisky and Fields. 3 Quarterbacks who have started for the Packers against the Bears since ‘92. Brett Favre started 32 games. Rodgers has started 29. … [Read more...] about Will the Chicago Bears have yet another QB face the Green Bay Packers? Here are 12 eye-catching numbers entering the Week 13 game.
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Week 13 features three games between first-place teams and a whole heap of matchups pivotal to playoff futures. It’s also where the punishing grind of the N.F.L. season begins to affect outcomes. Promising teams turn into M.A.S.H. units. Bubble teams face difficult choices about who to play and who to rest. Others get boosted by the return of a starter. Fans tend to overreact when handicapping how the absence of star players will affect the spread, but an injury to a single skill player doesn’t actually impact the point spread more than a point unless it involves a starting quarterback. Deshaun Watson’s debut for the Browns this week isn’t having much of a market impact at all so far, probably because it’s so hard to predict the effect of his extended absence. Watson served an 11-game suspension after facing allegations of sexual misconduct and did not play during the 2021 season as the Texans sought, at his request, to trade him. Clusters of injuries matter a great deal, such as … [Read more...] about N.F.L. Week 13 Predictions: Our Picks for Each Game
Cliff Richard has said he is delighted to be competing with Stormzy in the music charts. During an appearance on This Morning , the singer talked about approaching his 65th year in music and that he is "happy" to be compared to more recent artists. The 82-year-old praised Stormzy, 29, as "the most popular artist of the decade" as they went head-to-head for this week’s number one album. Sir Cliff’s first new Christmas album in 19 years, Christmas With Cliff, currently sits just behind This Is What I Mean, the third album from Stormzy, in the midweek charts. Appearing on ITV's This Morning, he said: "Nothing ever seemed to be possible in the early days. We were written off as one-hit wonders. We lived from day to day. Cliff appeared on This Morning ( Image: Getty Images) "When I was told that I had had a top five album in eight consecutive decades, in fact my feet have not touched the ground since, because you can’t plan that. "Next year is my 65th year … [Read more...] about Cliff Richard admits he doesn’t know who Stormzy is – despite competing in the charts
Several World Cup groups may still need the drawing of lots (Image: GETTY) SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info World Cup tiebreakers are seemingly all the rage now following the dramatic events in Group D on Wednesday night. There are a number of scenarios in place should teams finish level on points to decide who finishes above the other. Related articles Lionel Messi missing penalty may be good Argentina World Cup omen Conspiracy raised over Leandro Trossard amid disappointing World Cup The first few are fairly obvious with goal difference the usual deciding factor. If that is level then the team to have scored the most goals will be ranked highest and then it goes to the head-to-head record. If neither team can … [Read more...] about World Cup draw lots explained as FIFA set for more whirlwind tiebreaker scenarios
DOHA, Qatar — It was an odd and unprecedented scene. After a 2-0 victory over Poland at Stadium 974 in Doha on Wednesday, Argentina and its top star, Lionel Messi, celebrated having won Group C and advanced to the knockout stage. But Poland was also exalting following its loss. Many of its players huddled on the field around a cellphone, and then cheered and hugged as well, a strange reaction following a defeat. A 30-minute drive away at Lusail Stadium, in the night’s other Group C game, Mexico had been leading Saudi Arabia, 2-0, with a handful of minutes still remaining in extra time. If that score held, Mexico would finish with 4 points, the same as Poland. But Mexico’s streak of advancing to the knockout stage in seven straight World Cups would end by virtue of losing the sixth — yes, the sixth — tiebreaker between it and Poland: each team’s number of yellow and red cards. But when Salem al-Dawsari scored in the fifth minute of added time — and with three minutes remaining … [Read more...] about Messi and Argentina Advance as Mexico Is Eliminated
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced on Monday that he was ordering an investigation into racial bias in the state prison system after an investigation by The New York Times found that black inmates were punished at significantly higher rates than whites, sent to solitary confinement more often and held there longer. The investigation analyzed nearly 60,000 disciplinary cases from 2015 and interviewed inmates at prisons around the state who said that guards often used racism to instill subservience. “I am directing the state inspector general to investigate the allegations of racial disparities in discipline in state prisons and to recommend appropriate reforms for immediate implementation,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement issued on Monday, calling the report “disturbing.” One of the most striking examples of bias documented was at Clinton Correctional Facility near the Canadian border, the site of a dramatic escape by two white inmates last year . Only one of the … [Read more...] about Governor Cuomo Orders Investigation of Racial Bias in N.Y. State Prisons
Ukraine: Troops in Donetsk discuss impact of M777 howitzers SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info British firepower is changing the course of the war in the east of Ukraine, having a major impact on Russian forces, reports have indicated. Dramatic clips showed Ukrainian troops making full use of the M777 Howitzers - developed by the UK - with one soldier describing it as “extremely precise”. Related articles Putin's top propagandists openly talk of Russia losing to Ukraine Putin humiliated as Russian troops fooled by Ukrainian tricks Ukrainian forces recently reclaimed Kherson, the key city in the south of the country - and are using the M777 in a bit to similarly reclaim land in Donetsk. Asked why … [Read more...] about Ukraine hits Russian troops in Donetsk with ‘massive’ strikes using British M777 Howitzers
China: Protesters clash with Covid enforcement officials in Jinan SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Defence Intelligence Analyst Paul Monk has suggested current anti-lockdown backlash in China could be a “serious turning point” for Xi Jinping 's regime. The protests are believed to have been triggered after a number of people lost their lives in an apartment building fire in Urumqi after emergency services were reportedly delayed by lockdown rules. Related articles Putin under pressure as latest poll support for war has fallen Inside Bakhmut frontline in Ukraine war 'littered with corpses' Mr Monk told Sky News Australia: "It seems to me various authoritarian regimes crack at different, often … [Read more...] about China facing ‘serious turning point’ as lockdown protests rock Xi Jinping’s regime
Jesy Nelson has been "growing closer " to rapper Zion Foster according to sources close to the star. The beauty is reportedly getting close to the rapper as she gears up to release new music - but took a romantic break in Jamaica ahead of the new tracks. The Sun has reported that it is "early days" for the pair with "no label", but it's claimed the duo are getting closer. READ MORE: Katie Price wows fans as she ditches makeup in filter free snap after Carl Woods split They continued: "They are taking things at their own pace and playing it all by ear but they are really enjoying each other's company. Jamaica was the perfect chance to really get to know each other away from where they could be recognised." Zion and Jesy took to a stunning 5 star Sandals resort in Montego Bay, an all-inclusive resorts that boasts romantic 'Love Nest Suites' overlooking the ocean with bathtubs on the balcony. Both musicians keep a low profile on social media, documenting their break … [Read more...] about Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson ‘growing closer’ to rapper after romantic getaway
DOHA, Qatar — Jean Marc Berger left his home in Geneva to follow Switzerland’s adventures in the World Cup with perhaps the most neutral piece of headgear in existence. His protection against the blazing Gulf sun would extend no further than a red cap emblazoned with a white cross, a homage to the Swiss flag. By the time he arrived at Stadium 974 for his country’s second game, though, the cap was long gone. In its place, Berger, 52, had adopted a ghutra, the traditional head scarf worn by men across the Arabian Peninsula. His was red and white, a nod to his homeland. Holding it in place was an agal, the tightly bound black band around which the scarf is carefully folded. It had never occurred to Berger, before arriving in Qatar, that he would wear one. He had worried that doing so might be seen as offensive by his hosts, assumed that it might be seen as making light of Qatari culture, feared that it would transgress local sensitivities. “I did not think it would be possible,” he … [Read more...] about It’s the World Cup’s Hot Accessory. But Should Fans Wear It?