New Soldier Field or old Soldier Field, it makes little difference. Ahman Green, Brett Favre and the rest of the Green Bay Packers just love to play the Chicago Bears. \nThe Packers (2-2) won for the 17th time in the last 19 meetings between the NFL's oldest rivals, building a 24-6 halftime lead against the winless Bears (0-3). The Pack eventually won 38-23. \nFavre improved his career record against the Bears to 19-4 and has now directed 10 straight road wins against Chicago. He also reached another milestone, jumping ahead of Dan Fouts to No. 5 on the career passing yards list with a total of 43,089. \nFavre completed 21 of 30 passes for 179 yards. Green ran for two TDs -- one an early 60-yarder. \nWhen the Bears got within eight points in the final quarter, Favre put it away with a pair of TD passes, a 9-yarder to Javon Walker with 8:51 remaining and a 1-yarder to Bubba Franks with 4:21 left. \nFavre also connected with William Henderson on a 14-yard scoring pass in the first half and now has 47 career TD passes against the Bears -- his most against any team. \nThe Bears, booed in their new-look stadium that is part of a US$606 million lakefront beautification project, appeared to get back in the game with 12:36 left when Anthony Thomas broke off a 67-yard TD run to make it 24-16. \nBut then the Packers responded, moving 64 yards in seven plays. Green's 32-yard run through the porous Chicago defense move the ball to the 13. Minutes later, Favre rolled right and found Walker alone in the corner of the end zone. \nGreen Bay put it away with a seven-play, 54-yard drive capped when Franks -- wide open, as Packers receivers were all night -- made the TD catch that made the score 38-16. \nBears quarterback Kordell Stewart, who was sacked five times, scored on a 1-yard run with 1:28 remaining. By that time, most of the crowd of 58,937 had gone home. \nThe Bears hoped to make it a gala night. They invited many of their stars of the past -- including Dick Butkus -- to line the field as the current team charged out for introductions. \nBut it was the Packers who were ready to play from the outset. \nGreen, who has averaged 4.5 yards per carry in his career against the Bears, wasted little time attacking them. \nThree minutes into the game, he took a handoff, headed left, juked Chicago defensive back Jerry Azumah and raced from his 40 for a score. \nWhen the Packers got the ball back, Favre went to work, hitting Donald Driver with passes of 23 yards and 14 yards to set up Ryan Longwell's 34-yard field goal that made it 10-0. \nWhen Stewart, under a heavy rush, was hit for a loss and then threw short on the next play, the boos began to intensify. \nIt quickly got worse for the Bears. \nBrad Maynard's punt was blocked by Marcus Wilkins, giving Green Bay the ball at the Bears 20. \nFavre then hit Franks for 14 yards before Green bulled his way through the defense for a 6-yard TD to make it 17-0 with 19 seconds remaining in the opening quarter. \nMike Green picked off Favre -- the QB's seventh interception of the season -- and returned the ball to Green Bay's 34. The Bears reached the Packers 12 before Stewart was sacked, and Paul Edinger kicked a 31-yard field goal early in the second quarter. \nBut Favre was masterful on the next series, hitting four of five passes while directing a nine-play, 72-yard drive. \nGreen had two 11-yard carries, and Favre hit a wide open Henderson, making it 24-3. \nThe Bears cut it to 24-6 at the break on another Edinger field goal from 38 yards. Edinger kicked his third field goal, from 41 yards, to make it 24-9 after three quarters. \nESPN Taiwan shows NFL games on Monday and Tuesday, with commentary in Mandarin, but will not broadcast playoff games.
The NBA said was re-evaluating its training program in China following allegations of abuse of young players by local staff and harassment of foreign staffers at a facility in Xinjiang. The comments come after a report by ESPN that quoted unnamed American coaches as saying that Chinese coaches hit young players. One American coach who worked at a camp in Xinjiang complained of harassment by local police, the sports network said. “The allegations in the ESPN article are disturbing,” NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said in an e-mail statement on Thursday. “We ended our involvement with the basketball academy in Xinjiang in June
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LEAVING IT LATE: Rakuten added late runs last night to add to wins on Wednesday against the Brothers and the Lions on Friday that went down to the last batter The Rakuten Monkeys rallied to post three late runs for another close win, prevailing 5-3 over the Uni-President Lions yesterday as Taiwan’s second-half CPBL season got started with lower scoring output, but exciting finishes. It was Rakuten’s third win in a row. In two games this week, they seized victory in dramatic fashion with their last at-bat and have drawn level with the CTBC Brothers on top of the table after yesterday’s results, 0.5 games in front of the Fubon Guardians and 1.5 games ahead of the Lions. It was tied at 1-1 early, with Rakuten hosting the Lions at the Taoyuan Intenational
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on