Reports: Bears to bench Cutler vs. Lions

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Multiple reports say the Chicago Bears are benching quarterback Jay Cutler and going with Jimmy Clausen.

ESPN first reported Wednesday that the Bears were switching quarterbacks, with Clausen getting the nod over Cutler for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, citing sources, also reported the switch.

The Bears would not confirm the move.

49ers release McDonald amid sex probe

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Citing a pattern of behavior and off-field issues, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke informed defensive lineman Ray McDonald that he was released Wednesday amid a sexual assault investigation by San Jose police.

Baalke spoke with McDonald and his agent by phone around 11:30 a.m. PST to let them know the defender is "terminated" (MORE)

Panthers QB Newton returns to practice

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Cam Newton returned to practice Wednesday eight days after a horrific-looking automobile accident left him with two fractures in his lower back.

Whether or not he starts Sunday against the Cleveland Browns remains unclear. (MORE)

Wisconsin brings Chryst home as coach

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Paul Chryst is back at Wisconsin, settling into familiar surroundings in his hometown.

This time, with a bigger office. (MORE)

Grizzlies outlast Spurs 117-116 in 3OT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies ended years of frustration in San Antonio, and had to play late into the night to do it.

Marc Gasol scored 26 points, including a banked-in 3-pointer as regulation expired, and Memphis overcame blowing a 23-point lead for a 117-116 triple-overtime victory over the Spurs on Wednesday. (MORE)

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