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Steve Smith: Bears' Conte, Jennings 'not on my level'

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Steve Smith: Bears' Conte, Jennings 'not on my level'

Steve Smith likes playing against the Bears. One reason is that he doesn't think much of their defensive backs.

For the second straight game at Soldier Field, Smith reached the 100-yard plateau, in his mind because what he was facing in cornerback Tim Jennings and safety Chris Conte aren't his equals.

During the first half, Smith was seen jawing with Conte, but he dismissed both that idea and Conte.

"No, weren't jawing," a frustrated Smith said. "There's nothing for me to jaw with. What's his number? 47?" I know he plays for the Bears, but he's not on my level. Sorry. You can go interview him, though."

The criticism towards the Bears secondary didn't end there. Smith decided to take a shot at NFL interception leader Jennings.

"That touchdown was the best play he made all game on me, but it was a key moment and changed the momentum," Smith said. "I know you want to pump him up, but I've been kicking his ass every time I come up here and today was no different."

It was Jennings that had the last laugh once again on Sunday. His one touchdown against the Panthers is one more than Smith has had in last two meetings against the Bears.

Though Jennings took a different tack when discussing what it was like to go up against a Pro Bowl receiver in Smith Sunday afternoon.

"He's a Pro Bowl receiver," Jennings said. "He's been doing this for a while, he's going to make some plays. I had to step-up to the challenge and minimize his ability."

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites has plenty of great IHSA football playoff action from the semifinals on Saturday as NBC Sports Chicago has highlights of many of the area's top matchups. 

Be sure to also follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights. 

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This Week's Scores

Class 8A

Loyola Academy 17, Edwardsville 10

Lincoln-Way East 24, Maine South 14

Class 7A

Lake Zurich 14, Mount Carmel 7

Batavia 23, Benet Academy 13

Class 6A

Prairie Ridge 42, Hoffman Estates 21

Nazareth Academy 24, Providence Catholic 7

Class 5A

Phillips 27, Sterling 14

Dunlap 21, Washington 0

Class 4A

Morris 43, Raby 8

Rochester 31, Highland 14

Class 3A

IC Catholic 7, Byron 0

Pleasant Plains 41, Anna-Jonesboro 2

Class 2A

Gibson City 14, Newman Central Catholic 8

Maroa-Forsyth 25, Shelbyville 14

Class 1A

Tuscola 21, Athens 14

Lena-Winslow 12, Forreston 8

 

It's official: Blackhawks-Bruins to play at Notre Dame Stadium in 2019 Winter Classic

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It's official: Blackhawks-Bruins to play at Notre Dame Stadium in 2019 Winter Classic

It’s official: The Blackhawks are headed back outdoors.

The NHL announced that the 2019 Winter Classic will be held at Notre Dame Stadium, featuring the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins on Jan. 1.

"The Blackhawks and Bruins, two of our most historic franchises, will be meeting outdoors for the first time at the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "Notre Dame Stadium, with its capacity approaching 80,000, will provide an ideal setting for this ground-breaking event and will host the largest live audience ever to witness a game by either of these teams."

"The Chicago Blackhawks are honored to be participating in this marquee event at an iconic venue like Notre Dame Stadium," Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough said in a statement. "The University of Notre Dame has strong alumni roots in both Chicago and Boston, and, with an established rivalry between the Blackhawks and Bruins, fans will be treated to an exciting game in a unique atmosphere. We appreciate the invitation to the game and look forward to what will be a great day for both franchises and the National Hockey League."

It's the sixth time the Blackhawks will be playing outdoors, and their league-leading fourth Winter Classic. The Blackhawks are 1-4-0 in outdoor games, and are winless in three Winter Classic games.

Chicago's only outdoor win came against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2014 Stadium Series Classic, a 5-1 victory at Soldier Field.