Packers-Bears will open NFL’s 100th season, dedicated to sport’s historic rivalries

As part of the celebration of its 100th season, the NFL will break from tradition and feature the Packers against the Bears in Chicago in its season opener Sept. 5.

Usually, the Super Bowl champion is the home team for the prime-time opener, but the league wants to salute historic rivalries in 2019.

This will be the first time since 2003 the Super Bowl champion has not played in the opener. New England instead will open at home in the prime-time game Sunday night, Sept. 8. The opponent has not yet been determined. The full schedule will be announced next month.

The plans were revealed at the owners’ meetings in Nashville, where rules changes and instant replay will be among the topics.

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Ronaldo injury

slows Portugal

An injury to Cristiano Ronaldo exacerbated Portugal’s frustrating start to its European Championship title defense, but things couldn’t be going better for England and France.

Ronaldo hobbled off the pitch in the first half with an apparent right hamstring injury in Portugal’s 1-1 draw with Serbia in Lisbon, which came three days after the titleholder’s 0-0 draw with Ukraine, also at home.

They are the Juventus forward’s first games for his country since last year’s World Cup, since when he was accused of rape in the United States. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Though Portugal has made a slow start to qualifying, England and France are already well on their way to topping their groups.

England beat Montenegro 5-1 away to follow up its 5-0 thrashing of the Czech Republic in Group A. It is the first time England has scored five or more goals in successive games since 1984.

The match was marred by apparent racist chanting toward England’s black players from Montenegro fans. England coach Gareth Southgate said the English Football Association would make a complaint to UEFA.

After opening Group B with a 4-1 win over Moldova, France had a more impressive 4-0 win over Iceland with Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann scoring second-half goals.

Tennis: Roger Federer finished with a flurry of aces and advanced to the fourth round of the Miami Open by beating Filip Krajinovic 7-5, 6-3.

On the women’s side, Indian Wells champion Bianca Andreescu retired from her fourth-round match with a right shoulder injury while trailing Anett Kontaveit 6-1, 2-0. Three-time Miami champion Venus Williams lost to second-seeded Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3.

Obituary: Cal Ramsey, who played at NYU in the 1950s and played and broadcast for the New York Knicks, died Monday in Manhattan at 81.

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