Ur­lacher joins bid to buy Mets

Chicago Sun-Times - - BY THE NUMBERS -

Bears Hall of Fame line­backer Brian Ur­lacher re­port­edly is join­ing a bid to pur­chase the Mets.

ESPN re­ported Mon­day that Ur­lacher, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and for­mer NFL run­ning back DeMarco Mur­ray were join­ing a group led by for­mer base­ball great Alex Ro­driguez and en­ter­tainer Jen­nifer Lopez that is try­ing to buy the team. The Ro­driguez-Lopez group al­ready has sub­mit­ted an ini­tial bid of $1.7 bil­lion, ESPN re­ported.

Ur­lacher played 13 sea­sons with the Bears and was in­ducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018.

The Braves said they have no plans to fol­low the lead of the NFL’s Red­skins and change their name. The team, how­ever, said the tom­a­hawk chop chant used by Braves fans is under re­view.

†Car­di­nals re­liever Jor­dan Hicks opted out of play­ing this sea­son, cit­ing pre-ex­ist­ing health con­cerns. He was di­ag­nosed with Type 1 di­a­betes in high school.

‘Red­skins’ name no more

The Washington NFL fran­chise said it is drop­ping the ‘‘Red­skins’’ name and In­dian-head logo, bow­ing to pres­sure from spon­sors and decades of crit­i­cism that they are of­fen­sive to Na­tive Amer­i­cans.

The team said that it is ‘‘re­tir­ing’’ the name and logo and that owner Dan Sny­der and coach Ron Rivera are work­ing closely to de­velop a new moniker and de­sign.

†Sea­hawks tight end Greg Olsen said he has agreed to a deal with Fox Sports to be its No. 2 NFL game an­a­lyst once he re­tires.

West­brook says he has virus

Rock­ets star Russell West­brook said on so­cial me­dia that he has tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus but even­tu­ally plans to join his team for the restart of the NBA sea­son late this month.

Reign­ing MVP Elena Delle Donne, who has suf­fered from Lyme dis­ease since 2008, said doc­tors de­nied her re­quest to be ex­cused from the WNBA sea­son with full pay.

Lak­ers guard Ra­jon Rondo suf­fered a bro­ken right thumb in a prac­tice for the NBA restart and will be out six to eight weeks.

North­west­ern ath­letic di­rec­tor Jim Phillips will be the chair­man of the NCAA Di­vi­sion I Men’s Bas­ket­ball Com­mit­tee in 2021-22.

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