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Bears working to improve practice fields after Antrel Rolle episode

Chicago Bears head coach John Fox responded to former safety Antrel Rolle’s criticism of the team’s practice fields by acknowledging that the organization is trying to improve the playing surfaces at Halas Hall.

“We’re trying to get better at everything, including our fields,” Fox said on Saturday. “I think they are in a lot better shape this time of the year than they were a year ago. Anytime you come in and try to create a winning culture, the list is long and we’re trying to improve in all areas.”

Rolle, 33, blamed unsatisfactory field conditions at the Bears’ facility for the season-ending knee injury he suffered last November. The club released the veteran safety post-draft after he played in just seven games in 2015. He is currently a free agent.

“The surfaces in the Chicago facilities are the worst I’ve ever been around, I’m just gonna be honest with you,” Rolle told the New York Post last week. “I slipped on the surface, I wasn’t even running — I was just kind of shuffling and slipped.”

Fox attributed the field problems to the weather.

Bautista and Texas second baseman Rougned Odor got into a fistfight behind the bag after a hard slide by the Toronto slugger at Odor’s legs in the midst of a double play in the top of the eighth inning. Players from both teams rushed the field, and Odor shoved Bautista then landed a punch to his face.

“I was pretty surprised,” Bautista said. “I mean, obviously, that’s the only reason that he got me, and he got me pretty good, so I have to give him that. It takes a little bit bigger man to knock me down.”

The Broncos may have chosen to wear white out of superstition. They are 0-4 when wearing orange jerseys in a Super Bowl, having lost Super Bowls XII, XXI, XXIV and XLVIII. They’re 1-1 in white and 1-0 in blue.

Bonus superstition: Teams wearing white jerseys have won 10 of the past 11 Super Bowls.

Double-bonus superstition: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is 1-2 in Super Bowls. His victory in Super Bowl XLI came while wearing a white jersey.

After the game, a 7-6 Texas victory, Toronto pitcher Marcus Stroman took to Twitter to share his thoughts on Odor’s actions.

In a major surprise, the Denver Broncos have decided to wear white jerseys in Super Bowl 50.

The Broncos had the privilege of choosing their jersey color by virtue of being the designated home team, a status that rotates every year. The AFC champion is the home team for even-numbered Super Bowls; the NFC champ gets that designation for odd-numbered Super Bowls.

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