Winners of eight of their last nine games, Dallas' next opponent is controlled by the winner of the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles game, taking place Sunday afternoon.,So if No. 3 Chicago wins, then No. 4 Dallas will be the lowest seed left, and will travel to The Big Easy to take on the Saints.,Dallas is so dedicated to the run, facing a team that is less-than-stellar against the pass (Saints are No. 22 in pass-defense DVOA, Rams are No. 9) could be more beneficial considering Dallas can struggle in that regard and will run the ball regardless of who they are facing.,Dallas could host an NFC Championship There's only one way for the No. 4 seed to ever host a conference championship game, and that's for the No. 6 seed to pull off back-to-back upsets.,Were the Eagles to upset Chicago, then go on to upset New Orleans with Dallas also upsetting the Rams, then the two NFC East rivals would meet for the third time, back at ATT Stadium.

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 Purdue Fort Wayne men's basketball team didn't show any signs of jet lag Thursday night in a 112-51 home-opening rout over Earlham at Gates Sports Center.,The first nine days of the season see the Mastodons go from Los Angeles to play No. 21 UCLA, to Division III Earlham at home, to Ohio State and finally at Dayton.,Coffman wanted to create adversity, but he really wants them to have fun and enjoy the process – a process that features a variety of competition in the first few weeks.,It was a welcoming sign for Coffman to see Purdue Fort Wayne (1-1) get to the rim with ease in the win over Earlham – which played the Mastodons as an exhibition game.,Despite Earlham scoring the first bucket of the game, the Mastodons' size and athleticism were no match for the Quakers as the game quickly turned into a highlight reel for Purdue Fort Wayne.

Hart, named the Canadian Hockey’s League’s top goaltender the last two seasons and owner of some jaw-dropping statistics, attributes a lot of his success to John Stevenson, a sports psychologist who has worked with many pro athletes, including Braden Holtby, the gifted goaltender who helped Washington win its first Stanley Cup earlier this month., Stevenson “was my first goalie coach when I was 10 years old,” said Hart, who will be one of the marquee prospects on display when the Flyers open their development camp in Voorhees on Thursday., Hart, whose goalie coach in the Western Hockey League says he reminds him of (gulp) Carey Price because of his mobility, said he started using Stevenson as a sports psychologist when he was 11 or 12., During the season, while playing for the WHL’s Everett Silvertips in Washington, about 30 miles north of Seattle, Hart tried to call the Edmonton-based Stevenson at least once a week to check in and fine-tune his mental approach to hockey., Stevenson, who used to be the goalie coach for the Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators and now does mental work with military and medical professionals, said Hart was so intent on making the Flyers last year — even though he just turned 19 — that “he just overdid it” and wore himself down.