Illinois State Police documents show that the agency frequently assigns troopers to escort sports teams, musicians and even filmmakers across the congested roadways of greater Chicago.,Illinois State Police wouldn’t comment on the trip, so the Tribune made a public records request for all police escort contracts in 2018.,Though critics have called police escorts for sports teams a frivolous and potentially dangerous use of public resources, state police defend them as a way to provide “safety and security for all those involved in the motorcade as well as for the motoring public.”,The contracts show that visiting NFL teams routinely receive police escorts to and from the airport, hotels and Soldier Field.,College football teams are also major customers: Northwestern University had a standing order for police escorts between its team hotel and Ryan Field on game days, and the University of Illinois paid for the service when it played at Soldier Field in September.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame released its 15 modern-era finalists for the Class of 2019 on Thursday, and among the esteemed group of gridiron stars were a trio of Louisiana Sports Hall of Famers.,Former LSU offensive line standouts Alan Faneca and Kevin Mawae and Louisiana native Ed Reed made the list of modern-era finalists.,Joining that trio is Louisiana native and former LSU great Johnny Robinson as this year’s senior finalist.,The other modern-era finalists include Kansas City and Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez, St. Louis Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce, Indianapolis and Arizona running back Edgerrin James, Denver safety Steve Atwater, Washington and Denver cornerback Champ Bailey, New England cornerback Ty Law, Tampa Bay and Denver safety John Lynch, Jacksonville offensive tackle Tony Boselli, Seattle and Minnesota offensive guard Steve Hutchinson, New England defensive lineman Richard Seymour, St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Chargers coach Don Coryell and Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders coach Tom Flores.,Robinson, a Delhi native who was an All-State tennis, baseball and football player at University Lab School in Baton Rouge (his father Dub Robinson coached the LSU tennis team), played on LSU’s 1958 national championship football team, played his entire pro career for the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs of the AFL, winning championships in 1962, 1966 and 1969.

The Denver Broncos are currently in the midst of seeking their next head coach after Vance Joseph was relieved of his duties on Monday.,According to multiple reports, former Colts coach Chuck Pagano, past Packers coach Mike McCarthy and former Titans helmsman and current Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak are a few in talks with the Broncos.,“To let a coach go is always difficult, especially a guy like Vance Joseph who I enjoyed working with,” said Elway, who’s also the Broncos general manager, in provided statements to the Montrose Daily Press.,Elway, Ellis and Bronco players were asked if being the Denver head coach is still a desirable position.,“You look at our facility and the work that’s been put into this facility over the last five years, it’s a great opportunity for a head coach,” Elway said.

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The Green Bay Packers are not participating in this season's NFL playoffs, but that doesn't mean fans of Wisconsin football are shut out completely.,Next game: Saturday vs. Seahawks, 7:15 p.m. CT Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon wears a University of Wisconsin hat as he warms up before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Denver (Photo: The Associated Press) read more

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Vance Joseph was fired as coach of the Denver Broncos on Monday after back-to-back double-digit losing seasons.,Joseph met with general manager John Elway after completing a 6-10 season and was dismissed with two years and about $6 million left on his contract.,Although we decided to make this change, I believe Vance is a good football coach who has a bright future in this league,” Elway said in a statement ahead of his news conference scheduled for later Monday.,Joseph never was fully empowered to run the football team as Elway dictated many of the assistants that were hired.,Joseph acknowledged after the Broncos’ 23-9 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday in which there were more than 12,000 no-shows at Mile High Stadium that an 11-21 record wasn't good enough by Broncos standards.

DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 30: Quarterback Case Keenum #4 of the Denver Broncos passes against the Los Angeles Chargers in the first quarter of a game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 30, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.,DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 30: Head coach Vance Joseph of the Denver Broncos looks on during the national anthem before a game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 30, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.,(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Denver pulled to 14-9 on fullback Andy Janovich’s 20-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter, the first TD of his career.,DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 30: Wide receiver River Cracraft #11 of the Denver Broncos comes up with a catch and first down under coverage by strong safety Jahleel Addae #37 of the Los Angeles Chargers in the second quarter of a game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 30, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.,DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 30: Wide receiver Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes a catch for a third quarter touchdown against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 30, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. read more

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Andy Cross, The Denver Post Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum (4) gets sacked by Oakland Raiders free safety Karl Joseph (42) in the second quarter at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum Dec. 24, 2018.,In potentially the final game at the Oakland Coliseum, the Broncos (6-9) experienced a Christmas Eve Nightmare.,Read more… Andy Cross, The Denver Post Denver Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb (55) sits on the bench late in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum Dec. 24, 2018.,Read more… Kyusung Gong, The Associated Press Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, shoots over Los Angeles Clippers center Marcin Gortat during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018.,Post Mailbag forms read more

The resurgent Ravens continued their late push with a 22-10 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday behind Lamar Jackson's first 200-yard passing game and a stingy defense that held one of the NFL's top offenses under 200 yards for the first time since 2014.,Baltimore, which has won five of its past six with Jackson as the starter, dominated for most of the night to remain in possession of the last AFC wild card with one game remaining in the regular season.,The Ravens quickly answered on the ensuing possession when tight end Mark Andrews split safeties Adrian Phillips and Jahleel Addae, taking Jackson's pass in stride and racing 67 yards for a TD.,Philip Rivers — who went 23 of 37 for 181 yards — was sacked four times, threw two interceptions and didn't have a touchdown pass for the first time this season.,It is the fourth time this season the Ravens have held a team under 200 yards and the 20th time since Harbaugh became coach in 2008.