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Chicago Bears sign OL Matt McCants, John Franklin III, three others

Chicago Bears sign OL Matt McCants, John Franklin III, three others

Sports
The Chicago Bears announced Monday they signed five players, including offensive lineman Matt McCants, and also placed four players on waivers. McCants has played 28 NFL games, including three starts, while with the Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns and Bears. He has not started a game since 2013. The Bears also signed wide receiver Matt Fleming, defensive back John Franklin III, offensive lineman Jeremi Hall and defensive back Tyrin Holloway. The team waived offensive lineman Travis Averill, linebacker Howard Jones, offensive lineman Cameron Lee and linebacker Nyles Morgan. Franklin played quarterback and receiver during his college career, which included stops at Florida State, Auburn and Florida Atlantic. He also starred in Netflix's "Last Chance U" documentary series. Holloway t...
Bears first-round pick Smith “relentless”

Bears first-round pick Smith “relentless”

Sports
The Chicago Bears drafted Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith with the eighth overall pick. Here is what he had to say to the media:Thoughts on being drafted by the Bears and what do you expect? What they can expect from me when I arrive is a relentless guy. On the field and off the field I go about my business the right way and I'm going to do whatever it takes to put the Bears in the best possible situation every time I step on to the field or the practice field. I'm beyond excited. I can't put into words how excited I am about this opportunity to be a Chicago Bear. It's insane and I'm ready to give the city of Chicago everything I have.What do you see as your greatest leadership qualities? I feel like it's a combination of a few things. I feel like I can be a vocal guy, but not a "rah-rah" ...
Chicago Bears add WR Marlon Brown to roster

Chicago Bears add WR Marlon Brown to roster

Sports
Wide receiver Marlon Brown has reached an agreement on a contract with the Chicago Bears, Brown's agents at Universal Sports Management announced via Twitter Thursday. Brown participated in this week's Bears minicamp as a tryout player, and he performed well enough to get a contract. He has not played in a regular-season game since 2015. The Baltimore Ravens signed Brown as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and he caught 49 passes for 524 yards and seven touchdowns in his rookie season. He spent the next two seasons with Baltimore, catching 38 passes for 367 yards. He suffered a back injury in Week 11 of the 2015 season and spent the rest of the season on injured reserve. Brown signed a one-year contract with the Denver Broncos in July 2016 but was waived a month later due to another back in...
2 bears burned in California wildfire spotted in the wild

2 bears burned in California wildfire spotted in the wild

Technology
Officials tracking two bears that were badly burned in the largest wildfire in California history say the animals are settling back into their home in the wild after receiving unusual treatment for their injured paws. Recent photos and GPS tracking data show the female bears appear to be in good health as they move through Los Padres National Forest northwest of Los Angeles, news station KABC-TV reported Friday. The adult bears were released into the forest last month after getting care for third-degree burns they suffered in December's Thomas fire. A mountain lion cub also was treated for singed paws. One bear was pregnant, but officials said last week that they weren't sure if the baby was born yet. Veterinarians treating the animals had stitched fish skins to their burned paws, then wr...
Polar bears 'running out of food'

Polar bears 'running out of food'

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceHigh-tech tracking collars on nine female polar bears have measured the animals' efforts to find food on the diminishing Arctic ice.The collars recorded video, locations and activity levels over 11 days, while metabolic tracers allowed scientists to work out how much energy bears used.This revealed that the animals were unable to catch enough prey to meet their energy needs.The team says wild bears have higher metabolic rates than thought. Moreover, climate change appears to be having dramatic effects on the Arctic sea-ice, forcing polar bears to move greater distances as they hunt, and making it harder for them to catch prey.The vision of a polar bear plucking a vulnerable seal off an ice floe is something familiar to wildlife documentary fanati...