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The ACC announced Wednesday that it is moving all neutral-site conference championship games out of North Carolina as a result of the states controversial House Bill 2 law that limits the legal protection of the LGBT community.The conference council of presidents issued a statement saying its decision reaffirmed our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination.Every one of our 15 universities is strongly committed to these values and therefore, we will continue to host ACC championships at campus sites, the statement said. We believe North Carolina House Bill 2 is inconsistent with these values, and as a result, we will relocate all neutral-site championships for the 2016-17 academic year.This means the ACC football championship game scheduled for Dec. 3 will no longer be played in Charlotte. Conference commissioner John Swofford said in a statement that a new location will be announced at a later date.Sources told ESPNs Brett McMurphy that Orlando, Florida, is the prohibitive favorite to host the game. The ACC will meet with officials there Thursday about the possibility of moving it to Camping World Stadium.The biggest hurdle is that Floridas high school state football championships (Class 4A-1A) are scheduled for Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 at Camping World Stadium. The Florida High School Athletic Association has not been notified that there could be changes to the schedule, a spokeswoman told ESPN on Wednesday.To move the game, there would have to be a written agreement by both parties, Jamie Rohrer of the FHSAA told ESPN.Nashville, Tennessee, has also been contacted by the ACC about the citys interest in hosting the football title game, a source told McMurphy.As far as possibly holding the ACC title game on campus -- like other conferences have done -- a source said that was very unlikely.The NFLs Carolina Panthers said they were disappointed by the ACCs decision to move the conference title game away from Bank of America Stadium, but they remain steadfast in providing an inclusive environment.Other ACC sports affected by the North Carolina neutral-site ban are baseball, womens basketball, womens soccer, mens and womens swimming and diving, mens and womens tennis, and mens and womens golf.The Central Florida Sports Commission confirmed Wednesday it is interested in hosting all the neutral-site events that would need to be relocated.Miami athletic director Blake James told the Miami Herald on Wednesday that he wants to evaluate whether Miami or the South Florida area could serve as a host.We will evaluate what opportunities are out there and see what makes sense for us to try to be part of the conversation going forward, James told the Herald. If there are events we can bring to South Florida, I think it would be great for our institution, our students and our fans.The ACCs move comes on the heels of the NCAA announcing Monday that it would?move seven championship events?-- including the first- and second-round games of the NCAA mens basketball tournament -- out of North Carolina.The ACC council of presidents made it clear that the core values of this league are of the utmost importance, and the opposition to any form of discrimination is paramount, Swofford said in a statement. Todays decision is one of principle, and while this decision is the right one, we recognize there will be individuals and communities that are supportive of our values as well as our championship sites that will be negatively affected.Hopefully, there will be opportunities beyond 2016-17 for North Carolina neutral sites to be awarded championships.In February, the NBA decided to move its All-Star Game from Charlotte to New Orleans.The ACC and SEC must also decide what to do with the Belk Bowl, which is scheduled for Dec. 29 in Charlotte. Teams from both conferences participate in the ESPN-televised game.The SEC has a contractual relationship with the Belk Bowl, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. The current circumstances merit further dialogue with our Conference membership.An ACC spokesperson said the leagues presidents have not discussed the Belk Bowl.At this point, there isnt a change [in the ACC playing] in the Belk Bowl, a spokesperson said.The NCAA could decertify the Belk Bowl, meaning any student-athletes that participated in the game would be ruled ineligible. However, an industry source told McMurphy its unlikely to because the NCAA doesnt want to make the Power 5 leagues mad.The NCAA declined comment about the Belk Bowl and the NCAAs stance on having a bowl game in North Carolina. Joel Castro Pereira Jersey . Now, with Game 6 set for Fenway Park and an 8:07 p.m. ET first pitch, the Detroit Tigers face the unenviable task of having to beat the Boston Red Sox twice, on the road, to advance to the World Series. Scott McTominay Jersey . Denis Coderre, the former federal MP who was elected mayor on Nov. 3, has drawn the ire of some Montreal Canadiens. 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New coach Marc Trestman is often associated with a traditional West Coast style offence, but the Bears new offence seems to be a blend, with parts borrowed from new co-ordinator Aaron Kromer and his former team, the New Orleans Saints. Theres even a CFL influence from Trestmans time as head coach of the Montreal Alouettes. "I think that what we did up north was we played the game like its played down south, played in the NFL," Trestman said. "We put the same system of football in there. We had a little more fun with motions and we had a little wider field and a little more space." The offence requires a quick release of the ball, usually on five-step or three-step drops. Trestman takes issue with the premise that Cutler is just now developing a quicker release. "I dont know that weve seen a quicker release -- hes got a quick release," Trestman said. "I think hes practicing very efficiently, hes throwing the ball away (when receivers are covered). Theres nothing wrong with that with the defence that we have. ... Were working hard every day to just try to continue to become more efficient at our mechanics and fundamentals, and to develop and distribute the ball the way he has is good at this time." Cutler credits his performance so far to working daily under Trestman, Kromer and quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh. "Theyre quarterback friendly and they want to make it as easy as possible on myself and the other QBs," Cutler said. "So its fun to work with those guys. They understand offence, they understand what were going through and they wwant to put us in a position to be successful.dddddddddddd" The basis of the offence is to get the ball quickly to tight end Martellus Bennett and wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. "Its similar to what we did in Denver: Get back and get it to those guys," Cutler said. "Ive got a lot of talent on my outside, so the faster we can get it to them and let them work, the better." The Bears were just 22nd in the league when it came to scoring touchdowns inside the opponents 20-yard line last season. At Wednesdays practice, the offence scored on three consecutive passes from inside the 20 to its group of tall receivers: Marshall, Jeffery and Bennett. "Its good to have a situation like that where you can throw some fades into the side of the end zone, and when (the defences) have to cover 53 yards in the end zone (from sideline to sideline) it makes it tough," Kromer said. While the Bears have traditionally been a running team, Cutler once threw it 616 times in Denver in an offence similar in style to this one. However, Cutler doubts hell be required to ignore running backs Matt Forte and Michael Bush. "Ideally, you want to be as close to balanced as you can," Cutler said. "I know Trest likes to air it out. But with our backs, and our ability to run the ball, the 616 (passes) or whatever it was, thats probably a high number, I would think." 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