Morning Jolt: Bears to trade gifted TE Olsen?

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Bears to trade gifted TE Olsen?

If Greg Olsen is the most gifted Bears tight end since Mike Ditka, then why is he supposedly dispensable? Rumors have been rumbling for a week or so that Olsen has asked the Bears to trade him. It's no secret the tight end is concerned about the prospect of his role in the passing game being reduced significantly in Mike Martz's offense. And many people think the Bears should trade Olsen because he doesn't fit the new coordinator's scheme as well as some (read blocking) tight ends do. But the Bears aren't going to get better by trading one of their best players. No team is. Anyone who thinks a team can improve by getting rid of a rising star is thinking too much. (Chicago Tribune)Comment

Dodgers' Kemp is Mr. GQ

Meet Mr. GQ. Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp took a turn in the men's magazine GQ when he posed for a photo spread for four hours. His first venture into modeling, which was for a spread in the May edition of GQ magazine, left the Dodgers' center fielder open to accepting similar opportunities in the future. "Why not?" he asked. "I had fun. They had the music going. It was a cool little crew. The cameraman was supposedly one of the best in the world." That would be Swiss-born Michel Comte, one of the world's most sought-after fashion photographers. Kemp said the shoot, which started at 1 p.m. and ended at around 5, didn't leave him drained. (Los Angeles Times)Comment

Witten: Romo has Peyton elements

The comparisons to winning and elite quarterbacks keep on coming for Tony Romo. Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said, "He is easy-going and laid back. (But people ask) does he have enough to take the team; I mean, does he have that 'Peyton Manning' attitude where the team's under his arms. He's got that." The expectations only continue to rise for Romo. (Dallas Morning News)Comment

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Steve Hooker of Australia competes in the pole vault during the IAAF Melbourne Track Classic at Olympic Park in Melbourne, Australia.

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LeBron James finishes an alley-oop with his head above the rim during the Cavs' 111-92 win over the Nets.

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SI Vault: Joe Frazier

This Day in Sports

  • 1968 -- Joe Frazier TKOs Buster Mathis in the 11th round for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 1970 -- Jacksonville is first college basketball team to average 100-plus points per game.
  • 1976 -- San Francisco Giants are bought for $8 million by Bob Lurie and Bud Herseth.
  • 1984 -- Pee Wee Reese and Rick Ferrell elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame.
  • 1995 -- George Foreman loses WBA boxing title, refusing to fight Tony Tucker.