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Jerry Angelo Fired as Bears' GM
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo has been fired following a team collapse marked by injuries to Jay Cutler and Matt Forte and a drug scandal involving receiver Sam Hurd.

NBC Sold Out of Advertising Spots for Super Bowl
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Super Bowl spots are still the hottest ticket in advertising.

Mercilus Leaving Illinois for NFL Draft
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Defensive end Whitney Mercilus is taking a pass on his senior season at Illinois to enter the 2012 NFL Draft.

Northern Illinois Wins First Game of Season
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Antone Christian scored 14 points and Northern Illinois held Roosevelt to just eight points in the second half to earn its first victory of the season with a 72-46 win Monday night.

Oilers Beat Blackahwks 4-3 to End 3-game Slide
CHICAGO (AP) -- Ryan Smyth, Taylor Hall and Andy Sutton scored in the second period and the Edmonton Oilers bounced back from Daniel Carcillo's nasty hit during a chippy 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night.

Oklahoma St Tops Stanford 41-38 in Fiesta Bowl
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Brandon Weeden threw for 399 yards and three touchdowns to Justin Blackmon in his final collegiate game, and Quinn Sharp hit a 22-yard field goal in overtime to give No. 3 Oklahoma State a 41-38 win over Andrew Luck and No. 4 Stanford in a wildly entertaining Fiesta Bowl on Monday night.

Oregon Powers Past Wisconsin 45-38 in Rose Bowl
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Oregon's incredible offense busted up Wisconsin and the record books on the way to the Ducks' first Rose Bowl victory in 95 years.

Rangers Rally to Beat Flyers 3-2 in Winter Classic
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Mike Rupp scored two goals and Brad Richards posted the winner on top of a chilly baseball field, as the New York Rangers outlasted the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2, in the Winter Classic on Monday at Citizens Bank Park.

Rams Fire Coach, GM After Another Dismal Year
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Rams have fired coach Steve Spagnuolo and general manager Billy Devaney.

Bears Eye Change After 8-8 Finish
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith wasn't ready to say if Mike Martz will return for a third season as offensive coordinator.

Urlacher Has MRI on Injured Knee
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bears Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher has scheduled an MRI on his injured left knee.

Bears Hang on to Beat Vikings, Finish 8-8
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Charles Tillman's interception return in the second quarter gave Chicago the lead for good, and the Bears stopped their five-game losing streak with a 17-13 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday despite 3 1/2 sacks by Jared Allen.

49ers Hold Off Rams
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Michael Crabtree caught two touchdown passes, one from kicker David Akers on a perfectly executed trick play, helping the San Francisco 49ers withstand a late rally by the St. Louis Rams and wrap up the No. 2 playoff seed in the NFC and a first-round bye in a 34-27 victory Sunday.

Boozer Leads Bulls Past Grizzlies
CHICAGO (AP) -- Carlos Boozer scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls easily won their home opener, pounding the Memphis Grizzlies 104-64 on Sunday night.

SIU Defeats ISU
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) -- Treg Setty had 20 points and seven rebounds, and T.J. Lindsay added 18 points on six 3-pointers to lead Southern Illinois to an 86-71 victory against Illinois State on Sunday.

Northwestern Defeats Penn State
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Drew Crawford scored 21 points Sunday night, reaching the 1,000-point milestone for his Northwestern career, and the Wildcats snapped a two-game losing streak with a 68-56 victory over Penn State.

White Sox Trade Frasor to Blue Jays
CHICAGO (AP) -- Reliever Jason Frasor has been traded back to the Toronto Blue Jays by the Chicago White Sox for minor league pitchers Myles Jaye and Daniel Webb.

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