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GREEN BAY, Wis. — The play that knocked Chicago Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer from last week’s game at Green Bay cost Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews $18,231.

The NFL fined Matthews for leading with the crown of his helmet on the hit. Hoyer sustained a broken left arm and was placed on injured reserve after undergoing surgery.

His recovery is expected to be 6-8 weeks.

Matthews combined with Julius Peppers to hit Hoyer in the second quarter of the Packers’ 26-10 win at Lambeau Field. Neither was penalized on the play.

Matt Barkley finished the game for the Bears. Opening-day starter Jay Cutler has been cleared to play for the first time since his Week 2 thumb injury.

It’s the first time Matthews has been fined this season. He was fined $17,363 last season for a hit on quarterback Nick Foles in a game against the Rams.

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The Chicago Cubs are not only starting Kyle Schwarber in Game 1 of the World Series, but they’re also benching big offseason acquisition Jason Heyward.

Schwarber was thrown right into the fire, batting fifth and playing designated hitter against the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night. In another surprise move, Chris Coghlan took over for Heyward in right field against Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber. Both Heyward and Coghlan are left-handed hitters.

After batting .230 with seven homers and 49 RBIs during the regular season, Heyward is 2-for-28 with no homers and one RBI this postseason. The 27-year-old Heyward signed an eight-year, $184 million contract with the Cubs this offseason.

“There is no time left in the year to get him back in the groove like we were trying to do earlier this year,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “We’ll see what it looks like tonight. We’ll let it play out tonight and then make our determination for tomorrow.”

Even though Heyward has struggled at the plate, however, he is known as one of the best defensive outfielders in the game. Leaving him out of the lineup is especially surprising because Jon Lester will be on the mound for the Cubs. The left-hander’s struggles holding runners on base have pushed Maddon to play more defensive lineups behind the starter. Heyward started behind Lester in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers — a Cubs win.

Coghlan is not known for his outstanding defense, but he’s a .268 lifetime hitter against right-handers. He has one hit, a double, in three plate appearances against Kluber. Heyward is 0-for-3 against Kluber.

The 23-year-old Schwarber returns to the team a little more than six months after having surgery to repair two torn ligaments in his left knee. Doctors cleared him Oct. 17 to hit and run, but he won’t play the field.

He said that he thought it was realistic to return this season only about six days ago. He has been seeing the doctor every month or two and the timetable was always for a spring training return.

“Then this past doctor’s visit I had right before we went to L.A. for the CS he looked at my knee, he’s like, ‘Man, it’s great. You’re strong. I’m not going to hold you back from doing anything,’” Schwarber said. “So then we went from there.”

Schwarber takes the roster spot of lefty reliever Rob Zastryzny, who was needed in the NLCS because of a heavily left-handed-hitting Dodgers lineup. The Cubs will employ 11 pitchers and 14 position players for the World Series, the same numbers they used in the NLDS. There were no other changes to their roster from the previous round.

Schwarber is the franchise’s postseason home run leader after hitting five in 2015. He made his first career start against the Indians in June 2015, going 4-for-5 at Progressive Field. He’s also an Ohio native.

He said appearing in the World Series hasn’t sunk in yet.

“I’d say probably once I hit that line, that a lot of emotions will come pouring out,” he said. “I’ll probably cry at some point today. It was a long road, but once we stepped in between those lines, it’s game time. I’m going to be locked in. I’m going to be ready to go and go out there and try to win this.”

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BOSTON — Patrice Bergeron does not have anything autographed by Bobby Orr.

That reality is inconceivable.

How does the alternate captain of the Boston Bruins, a player who has won a Stanley Cup, will likely spend his entire career in the organization and ultimately have his No. 37 retired — and is a huge collector of hockey memorabilia — not have anything signed by the legendary No. 4? How can this be true?

“I don’t have Bobby yet,” Bergeron said. “I just don’t want a jersey. I want something signed.”

To commemorate the anniversary of their 50th and 80th rookie seasons, respectively, Orr, 68, and fellow Bruins legend Milt Schmidt, 98, dropped the ceremonial first puck before the team’s home opener against the New Jersey Devils Thursday night at TD Garden. Orr, 68, pushed Schmidt in a wheelchair out to center ice as the 17,565 gave both a standing ovation.

“It was so special to see them,” Bergeron said. “Bobby’s so down to earth, it’s amazing how he is, how nice of a person he is.”

As Schmidt and Orr exited toward the Zamboni entrance, Bergeron skated over and shook both their hands. A team photographer stood nearby and took a picture. Now, that’s the item Bergeron should get signed for his collection.

“That would be pretty sick,” he said.

On this night, it wasn’t about Bergeron’s personalized autograph collection. It was an opportunity to honor two of the greatest players to ever wear the spoked-B.

Before the brief pregame ceremony, Orr and Schmidt met with the media. As they entered the room just outside the Bruins’ dressing room, Schmidt quickly gained control of the crowd.

“Ladies and gentlemen, you are having the privilege of seeing hockey’s greatest,” Schmidt said.

As Schmidt, a former player, coach and GM for the Bruins, continued to praise Orr, the eight-time Norris Trophy winner reached into his pocket, pulled out a $20 bill and handed it to Schmidt as a joke.

“I would go with you, Milty, being the greatest Bruin ever,” Orr said.

Schmidt, who still has his finger on the pulse, quickly chimed in: “He has to say that because I’m sitting right next to him.”

Former Bruins teammate Derek Sanderson is not shy about sharing a funny anecdote or a serious story about Orr. Unless you’ve been living under a Zamboni, you know how Orr saved Sanderson’s life by helping him get clean and sober. That act of kindness and friendship is one major reason Sanderson is alive. He’ll tell that story to anyone who will listen. But he really enjoys telling about the good times, too.

Earlier in their careers, when they were both single, Orr told Sanderson it would be best if he settled down and got married.

“I said, ‘Nah, it’s not in my blood. You’ll be married before me,’” Sanderson recalled Thursday afternoon. “[Orr] said, ‘No, I won’t.’”

So, they made a bet: The guy who stayed single lost and had to pay $1,000. Sanderson lost.

“I paid it in pennies,” Sanderson said with a laugh. He rolled a wheelbarrow full of pennies into the Bruins’ locker room at the old Boston Garden before a practice and dumped the coins in front of Orr.

“We ended up with some [$1 bills] because the bank wouldn’t let us wipe them out [of pennies],” recalled Sanderson.

Orr is the reason New England became such a hockey hotbed, beginning in the late 1960s. His on-ice success created a hockey craze, especially around Massachusetts.

“When I came here in ’67, you could have shot a cannon off [in the Garden] and you wouldn’t have hurt anybody,” Sanderson said. “Bobby put all the seats in the building.”

In 1967, the Bruins would have Mondays off. Orr would gather a few of his teammates, including Sanderson, Gerry Cheevers, Don Awrey and Phil Esposito, and they would board a bus and travel to local communities to play against high school teams.

“We would switch goalies and have a scrimmage,” Sanderson said. “It sold out. It was only a buck, so all the parents were there and we played a game for an hour, an hour and 20 minutes. But when you get on the ice with somebody who is a freshman in high school, and you’re playing on the same ice as Bobby Orr and Esposito and those guys, they became fans for life. And now they’re grandfathers.”

There were no cameras. No social media. No one to spoil those types of moments. Orr made it genuine. Even trips to local children’s hospitals. Sanderson would leave those visits depressed, but he said it would rejuvenate Orr because he would promise to score a goal for a sick child.

“Bobby did all that for free,” Sanderson said. “I’ve never, never seen anyone, anyone do that.”

Bruins coach Claude Julien easily breaks into a smile at the mere mention of No. 4. Julien is coaching his 10th season with the Bruins, the longest tenured coach in the NHL with one team. He understands the impact Orr has had on this community and organization.

“You’re a kid and he’s your idol and then you turn around and he’s your friend,” Julien said.

Devils forward Taylor Hall, the No. 1 overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers in 2010, is represented by the Orr Hockey Group. He doesn’t know Bobby Orr the hockey player, Hall only knows him as a friend and agent.

“From the time I met him I was 14, it was pretty cool, not only for me, but my family to experience him and to see him and to listen to what he says,” Hall said. “He’s got great ideas about the game and the way players should play. He’s a great man and a nice guy, but he’s going to go to bat for you as an agent. As I grow older and see the impact that he’s had on a city like Boston, it’s pretty cool to say he’s one of my friends.”

The ovation Bobby Orr receives whenever he’s in the building is unmatched. He’s a gentleman. He’ll do anything for the fans and the Hall of Fame defenseman is truly one of the greatest of all time.

“When you go someplace with him, you’re staying until everybody gets an autograph,” Sanderson said.

Sounds like Bergeron has a shot.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs have traded backup running back Knile Davis to the Green Bay Packers, who desperately need to add depth to their injury-riddled backfield.

The Packers gave up a conditional draft pick Tuesday for Davis, who has already started practicing with his new team. A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the pick is a conditional seventh-rounder in 2018.

The Packers needed help at running back with Eddie Lacy nursing a bothersome ankle and James Starks undergoing knee surgery. Lacy was their only active running back against Dallas on Sunday, when he rushed for 65 yards on 17 carries in a 30-16 loss.

Starks will be out a couple of weeks. Lacy was being held out of practice Wednesday because the ankle was “very sore,” coach Mike McCarthy said.

A source told ESPN on Tuesday that the Packers are concerned over Lacy’s availability for Thursday night’s game against the Chicago Bears.

That means the Packers will have to get Davis up to speed on the playbook quickly if he is going to be ready when the Bears visit Lambeau Field on Thursday night.

“It’s obviously a big challenge when you’re on a short week, but he’s definitely a talented young player,” McCarthy said. “So just looking forward to getting him into the mix and get going.”

Top cornerback Sam Shields, who has been out since the season opener with a concussion, was placed on injured reserve to make room for Davis on the active roster.

The Packers have been struggling in the passing game, and the injuries to Lacy and Starks have added to their issues on offense. McCarthy got a look at Davis in Green Bay’s last preseason game, when he ran for 58 yards and 1 touchdown on 14 carries in the Chiefs’ 17-7 win on Sept. 1.

Davis had been passed over by Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West on the Chiefs’ depth chart, and the return of Jamaal Charles from his knee injury made him expendable.

“I feel like I’m off the reins,” Davis said after practice Tuesday. “I’m just excited to be a part of Green Bay and do what I can here. Hopefully my role is bigger.”

Davis, a former Arkansas standout, was the Chiefs’ third-round pick in 2013. He was expected to team with Charles in a power-and-lightning backfield. But issues with fumbles that plagued him in college continued in the NFL, and he gradually lost playing time to other running backs.

His best season was in 2014, when he ran for 463 yards and six touchdowns. But he has only carried 29 times for 70 yards and 1 touchdown the past two seasons combined.

Davis was a longshot to make Kansas City’s roster out of training camp, but his special teams ability may have made the difference. He has averaged 27.2 yards on kickoff returns during his four-year career, and he returned three kicks for touchdowns.

The fact that the Chiefs and Packers were trade partners is hardly surprising. Chiefs general manager John Dorsey played for the Packers in the 1980s, spent most of his career in their front office and rose to director of football operations before joining the Chiefs prior to the 2013 season.

Davis was the third player he drafted in Kansas City.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Just two days after losing star center Jack Eichel to a long-term injury, the Buffalo Sabres suffered potentially another big loss Thursday night when first-line winger Evander Kane crashed into the end boards.

The play happened with 11.3 seconds to go in the second period of Buffalo’s season opener versus the Montreal Canadiens. Kane was tangled with Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin but appeared to simply lose an edge on his skates as he went flying violently into the boards.

He rolled around in clear agony on the ice. Kane needed help to get to the dressing room.

He did not return for the third period and there was no immediate word from the Sabres on his condition.

As for Eichel, Sabres general manager Tim Murray told reporters after the first period that the center could be out for as long as six to eight weeks although the team has not put a firm timeline on a return.

“I guess some guys have come back after four or so, but we can’t count on that and we can’t sit here and wait for four weeks to come and think it’s all going to get better. We have to prepare,” Murray said. “You know me, glass half empty, prepare long term and anything that is better than that is a bonus.”

Kyle Okposo and Dmitry Kulikov also missed Thursday’s opener against Montreal with injuries.

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A head injury has once again sidelined hockey’s best player. The Pittsburgh Penguins announced that captain Sidney Crosby(Sidney Crosby Jersey) has been diagnosed with a concussion, and there is no timetable for his return.

Coach Mike Sullivan said that Crosby suffered the injury on Friday in practice.

“He came to the rink on Saturday not feeling well, and we went from there,” Sullivan said.

Crosby sat out Saturday’s preseason game against the Columbus Blue Jackets and missed practice on Monday to undergo concussion testing.

The Penguins are scheduled to open the regular season Thursday against the Capitals.

The news hits the hockey world hard because of Crosby’s history of concussions. He was hit by David Steckel in the 2011 Winter Classic in a collision that set off a long concussion recovery that shortened two seasons for Crosby.

He only played 41 games that season and followed it up with 22 games in the 2011-12 season.

The injury comes at a time in which Crosby had returned to the top of the game. He led the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in the spring, winning the Conn Smythe along the way. He followed it up by helping Team Canada win the World Cup of Hockey and was named MVP of the tournament.

Crosby said during his day with the Stanley Cup in July that this championship was extra special because he wasn’t sure if he would be able to continue playing when he was dealing with those concussion issues a few seasons ago.

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NEW YORK — MLB commissioner Rob Manfred defended the end-of-game replay rules that might have cost the Cincinnati Reds a game and boosted the St. Louis Cardinals’ playoff chances in the final week of the season.

The Cardinals won their Sept. 29 game against the Reds when Matt Carpenter(Matt Carpenter Jersey) scored on what replays showed should have been a ground-rule double, which would have sent Carpenter back to third.

No replay was initiated because Reds manager Bryan Price didn’t ask for it immediately after the game ended. Manfred said he doesn’t think the incident indicates there is a problem with replay.

“There was a call. It was missed,” Manfred said. “Replay was available via manager challenge, and the manager, if you think about it, the manager elected or did not opt to challenge within the confines of a clearly defined rule. I mean, it says ‘immediate’ in the rules.”

Manfred said the immediacy rule is necessary for two reasons. Managers have no reason to retain a replay challenge if there is a game-ending play. And players often douse one another with a beverage or retreat to the clubhouse, causing a disruption in the competitiveness of the game after walk-off plays.

“People throw Gatorade on people and players get off the field,” Manfred said. “And bringing folks back out on the field after some of those things have happened in order to continue a game because of a replay call is not appealing.”

One notion that has been brought up in the wake of the missed call is having replay officials in New York immediately review game-ending plays after they happen, much as they do in the NFL.

Manfred said he’s also not a fan of that idea.

“We opted for the challenge rule and have tried to stay pure on the challenge rule, given the number of calls in a game, figuring the best way to decide which ones really mattered is to let the people playing the games decide,” Manfred said. “Whoever’s involved in bedlam after one of those games, there should be one guy who has his wits about him. That’s why they call him the manager.”

In addition to sharing his thoughts on replay, Manfred said an MLB investigation into hacking by one of the Cardinals’ former employees into the Houston Astros’ data bases could be forthcoming. The Cardinals could be hit with penalties, such as losing a draft pick or having limits placed on their international signings.

“It will not be a next-year resolution. We are in the process of finishing up our investigation. Candidly, I wish it had gone a little faster. I wish it had gotten a little more help a little sooner from the U.S. attorney’s office,” Manfred said. “But the cards come up how they come up, and we’re going to finish our investigation, and there will be a resolution of that during this offseason.”