The Chicago Bears returned to the practice field Wednesday at Halas Hall, readying for Sunday’s big game against the Indianapolis Colts at Soldier Field. As Matt Nagy’s team pushes to improve to 4-0, here are three things we’ve learned.



a man holding a baseball bat at a ball: Bears running back Artavis Pierce during training camp Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 at Halas Hall.


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Bears running back Artavis Pierce during training camp Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 at Halas Hall.

1. Rookie running back Artavis Pierce is eager for an opportunity to prove himself.

Pierce got the call from his agent Monday night. The question lit an immediate fire: Are you ready to play on Sunday?

“Absolutely,” Pierce replied.

With Tarik Cohen officially placed on injured reserve this week with a torn ACL in his right knee, a door has now opened for Pierce. The undrafted rookie out of Oregon State has been promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster and figures to have at least some

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The Chargers have turned the ball over five times through three games.



a football player holding a football ball: Chargers running back Josh Kelley, shown running past Panthers Jeremy Chinn (21) and Efe Obada, had a critical fumble against Carolina. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)


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Chargers running back Josh Kelley, shown running past Panthers Jeremy Chinn (21) and Efe Obada, had a critical fumble against Carolina. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

One of those was pinned to wide receiver Keenan Allen when he and running back Austin Ekeler failed to connect on a desperate lateral as time expired Sunday in a 21-16 loss to Carolina.

The other four have come from rookies — quarterback Justin Herbert with two interceptions and a fumble and running back Josh Kelley with a fumble.

“I go to sleep at night like, ‘Dang, man, how differently had the game gone if I had just been more decisive in the open field?’ ” Kelley lamented Wednesday. “I don’t know. I just kick myself.”

The Chargers appeared to be rolling toward points against the Panthers

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By Marc Frank and Anett Rios



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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Havana

HAVANA (Reuters) – From a restaurant mixing take-away cocktails to a cosmetics company delivering home-made products by bicycle, Cuba’s entrepreneurs – no strangers to hardship – are coping with the coronavirus shutdown in innovative ways.

Except for a few offshore resorts, Cuba’s Communist government has kept its borders shut for seven months to curb the spread of infection and recently placed the capital Havana in lockdown for a second time due to a local surge.

The drastic action has limited deaths from COVID-19 to just 122 on the island of 11 million people, but has all but shut down the vital tourist industry – adding to economic woes from decades-old U.S. sanctions tightened by President Donald Trump.

In Havana’s colonial district, mixing restored historic buildings and urban decay, the once-thronging streets are empty of tourists

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Shaquem Griffin arrived at the VMAC on the morning of Sept. 5 to take his daily COVID-19 test. Somebody gave him notice that he was wanted in John Schneider’s office. The Seahawks GM then notified Griffin that he was being waived.

“(It was) definitely a surprise,” Griffin told reporters on Wednesday. “I was thinking it was a normal day, and I ended up getting waived. That was an adjustment.”

Griffin spent the weekend soul-searching. He had to sift through the mix of emotions. Surprise was followed by disappointment, uncertainty and, understandably, some bitterness and anger. His twin brother Shaquill was there to help him talk things through.

“Having my brother there was pretty big,” Griffin said. “I can admit to that. We sat down, and we talked for so long about ups and downs, pros

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Quarterback Cam Newton and the New England Patriots have come a long way in a short time. Now they can measure how far they have to go in Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS).

“We know we’re going to have our work cut out for ourselves in Kansas City. It’s a championship football team,” coach Bill Belichick said. “We’ll have to play our best game. And coach it.”

The script has been flipped a bit in that regard.

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The Patriots have served as a measuring stick for the majority of the NFL in recent years, but 2020 has been a year of transition, with quarterback Tom Brady moving on and significant parts of the roster undergoing turnover.

The defending champion

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Quarterback Cam Newton and the New England Patriots have come a long way in a short time. Now they can measure how far they have to go in Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS).

“We know we’re going to have our work cut out for ourselves in Kansas City. It’s a championship football team,” coach Bill Belichick said. “We’ll have to play our best game. And coach it.”

The script has been flipped a bit in that regard.

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The Patriots have served as a measuring stick for the majority of the NFL in recent years, but 2020 has been a year of transition, with quarterback Tom Brady moving on and significant parts of the roster undergoing turnover.

The defending champion

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Quarterback Cam Newton and the New England Patriots have come a long way in a short time. Now they can measure how far they have to go in Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS).

“We know we’re going to have our work cut out for ourselves in Kansas City. It’s a championship football team,” coach Bill Belichick said. “We’ll have to play our best game. And coach it.”

The script has been flipped a bit in that regard.

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The Patriots have served as a measuring stick for the majority of the NFL in recent years, but 2020 has been a year of transition, with quarterback Tom Brady moving on and significant parts of the roster undergoing turnover.

The defending champion

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  • There are 35 days until the election.
  • President Donald Trump is down several points in key swing states
  • To continue being the president, Trump will need to significantly advance his case.
  • Many voters are casting ballots right now.
  • Did this debate accomplish that? 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The math of the election can appear complicated, but the state of play is clear: President Donald Trump is down significantly nationwide, and down in enough swing states that his path to the 270 votes necessary to remain president is precarious at best.

According to the latest polling averages from FiveThirtyEight, former Vice President Joe Biden is up in Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, Arizona, and Pennsylvania. Trump will need to run the table in those states to win the presidency a second time.

Biden is up by 6 points or more in Wisconsin, Michigan, Nevada, and

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  • There are 35 days until the election.
  • President Donald Trump is down several points in key swing states
  • To continue being the president, Trump will need to significantly advance his case.
  • Many voters are casting ballots right now.
  • Did this debate accomplish that? 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The math of the election can appear complicated, but the state of play is clear: President Donald Trump is down significantly nationwide, and down in enough swing states that his path to the 270 votes necessary to remain president is precarious at best.

According to the latest polling averages from FiveThirtyEight, former Vice President Joe Biden is up in Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, Arizona, and Pennsylvania. Trump will need to run the table in those states to win the presidency a second time. Biden is up by 6 points or more in Wisconsin, Michigan, Nevada, and New Hampshire, but the

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Tyler Mccumber putts on the seventh hole during the second round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament at Sedgefield Country Club on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Greensboro, N.C.

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Three weeks into the new PGA Tour season, Tyler McCumber might be the first example of how the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down golf for three months can provide second chances.

McCumber had the best Sunday of his young PGA Tour career at Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. He was bogey-free in the final round with a few superb par saves and a 25-foot birdie putt he rammed into the cup on the last hole for a 66. It looked as though it might get him into a playoff.

But then Hudson Swafford hit 6-iron to 10 feet for birdie on the 17th and won with an 8-foot par putt on the 18th.

McCumber had to settle

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