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2021 Boston Marathon won't be held in April, moved to fall due to COVID-19
Metrowest Daily News Staff ReportMetrowestdailynews.comThe 2021 Boston Marathon will not be held in April. The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) announced Wednesday afternoon that the 125th Boston Marathon, traditionally held on the third Monday in April — Patriots’ Day — will be postponed until at least the fall of 2021. “By shifting our focus to a fall date, we can continue to work with stakeholders to adjust the in-person experience for runners and supporters alike. “We are optimistic that the Boston Marathon will continue its tradition of celebrating the spirit of community and athletic excellence next fall. The 2020 marathon was held virtually over 10-days as a virtual experience due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Former Kansas basketball player Silvio De Sousa faces aggravated battery charge
Topeka Capital-JournalLAWRENCE, Kan. — Silvio De Sousa’s abrupt departure from the Kansas men’s basketball program has gained new context. “He was not aware of the details from that incident until a couple weeks ago, which he then shared with me. We mutually agreed that was the best course of action.”De Sousa two weeks ago cited personal challenges in his decision to leave the team. “I do not know what my next plan will be right now, but I will decide that when the time is right. This was not an easy decision to leave the basketball program, but it’s the best thing for me to do right now.”
Best Buy Black Friday 2020: Sale features TV deals, laptop and tech savings with some specials available early
Best Buy has revealed its Black Friday sale ad earlier than ever with "thousands of deals on the season’s hottest tech." "As we’ve said, Black Friday isn’t just one day this year – it’s months long" Best Buy said in a news release. Best Buy announced in July that it would keep stores closed on Thanksgiving, a change from past years amid the coronavirus pandemic. Best Buy isn't the first to provide an early look at the savings. Nov. 22: Black Friday sale starts with "nearly all deals" from the ad available.
Target reveals 'Black Friday Now' deals with series of weekly sales running throughout November amid COVID-19
Target's Black Friday 2020 will be a series of week-long sales throughout November, instead of the traditional short holiday shopping extravaganza. Here's how the holiday shopping season is different amid COVID-19. Target Black Friday Now weekly dealsTarget says this year "nearly all" of the "Black Friday Now" deals will be available for an entire week, both in stores and online. Last week, Target said stores were adapting new measures to make it easier for holiday shoppers to safely shop for gifts. Target price match guaranteeTarget is extending its Price Match Guarantee from Nov. 1 to Dec. 24.
‘Big Brother: All Stars’ finale: How the show barely redeemed itself after a very boring season
“Big Brother,” which debuted in 2000, is billed as a “social experiment”: Stick 16 people in a house with cameras and microphones everywhere and have them vote each other out, one by one. This year was “Big Brother: All Stars,” theoretically meaning that the most legendary players in “Big Brother” history would return to compete. From the first week, members of that alliance (and Enzo, secretly aligned with Cody) won the majority of competitions. This win was especially validating to many viewers, as Da’Vonne has become adored by fans over the years, especially for her priceless reactions in response to the madness of the “Big Brother” house. “Big Brother” has had a long, ugly history of houseguests making racist comments, as well as a lack of diversity: A Black contestant has never won the show.
Jimmy Orr, who played for Colts and Steelers, dies at 85
Jimmy Orr, a Super Bowl champion wide receiver who played 13 years in the NFL between the Baltimore Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers, died Tuesday. “Rest in peace to another NFL legend, JIMMY ORR. Orr was wide open on a flea-flicker but quarterback Earl Morrall never saw him and threw an interception. Orr would get his Super Bowl ring during the 1970 season. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMBill Curry, Orr’s former teammate at Georgia, tweeted: “My wonderful friend/teammate Jimmy Orr died last night.
Dodgers' Max Muncy shades MLB commissioner over 'piece of metal' comment
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy took a subtle jab at MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred in an Instagram post on Wednesday. The picture showed Muncy holding the World Series trophy after the Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 on Tuesday night. Manfred did apologize, but at least one player hasn’t forgotten. Even as there was a limited capacity at Globe Life Field for the World Series, the broadcast was still able to pick up the boos from the crowd when Manfred was introducing the 2020 champions. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMAgainst the Rays, Muncy was 7-for-22 with a double, home run, and six RBI.
Justin Turner under fire for World Series celebration after positive COVID test
After Dodgers star Justin Turner tested positive for the coronavirus during the final game of the World Series, he was pulled from the game. But he still joined the on-field celebration afterward, and Major League Baseball is investigating. NBC national correspondent Miguel Almaguer reports for TODAY from Los Angeles.
Japan's women wrestlers fight to win
The Japan on which Kris Hernandez has pinned her dreams is the thud of body slams, sweat, and garish costumes - the world of professional women's wrestling. "I was on the edge of my seat with every move, thinking 'Oh my God, how come they are not dead? She quit her teaching job and shared a house with women wrestlers, living off savings as she began a tough daily training regime including gymnastic moves. "I would walk four hours across Tokyo to get to practice, do three-hour training and then get the train back," she said. "If I saved the train fare one way, it would be all right."
Record-breaker Jones to lead Wales against Scotland
(Reuters) - Alun Wyn Jones will become the most capped player in test history when he leads a much-changed Wales in their Six Nations finale against Scotland in Llanelli on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Six Nations Championship - Wales v France - Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, Britain - February 22, 2020 Wales' Alun Wyn Jones reacts Action Images via Reuters/Peter CziborraLock Jones will earn a 149th cap, including nine for the British & Irish Lions, and move ahead of former New Zealand captain Richie McCaw on the all-time list. Alun Wyn said he’s been waiting for someone to come along like him. Other changes see Gareth Davies come in at scrumhalf and Owen Watkin start at inside centre. Replacements: 16-Sam Parry, 17-Wyn Jones, 18-Dillon Lewis, 19-Cory Hill, 20-James Davies, 21-Lloyd Williams, 22-Rhys Patchell, 23-Nick Tompkins.
Wales wing wizard JJ Williams dies aged 72
(Reuters) - One of Wales’ and the British & Irish Lions greatest ever wingers, JJ Williams, has died at the age of 72, his former club Bridgend Ravens confirmed on Thursday without revealing a cause of death. Williams was central to both teams success in the mid-to-late 1970s, helping Wales to Grand Slams in 1976 and 1978, and four Triple Crowns between 1976 and 1979. He scored 12 tries in 30 tests for his country, but it was with the Lions where he perhaps left his greatest mark. Williams’ score against New Zealand in 1977 was a fifth for the Lions, and puts him second only to Ireland’s Tony O’Reilly on the all-time list following the latter’s six on two tours in the 1950s. Williams was also a sprinter who represented Wales at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, with all three of his children also finding success in athletics and son Rhys crowned European champion in the 400 metres in 2012.
Japanese gymnast Uchimura tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of key meet
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura has tested positive for COVID-19 ten days before he was due to take part in an international meet seen as a major test of Tokyo’s capacity to hold events ahead of next year’s Olympics, organisers announced on Thursday. Oct 2, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Kohei Uchimura of Japan competes on the rings during the 47th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at Montreal Olympic Stadium. Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports/FilesThe meet is set to be the first international event to be held at a Tokyo Olympic venue since the Games were postponed in March due to the new coronavirus pandemic. He will be re-tested on Nov. 4 and 5 and could still take part if both tests are negative. In an interview with Reuters earlier this week, Watanabe said he hoped this meet would open the door towards holding a successful Olympics next year [L8N2HH0E2].
'A star is born' - Pedri dazzles for Barca in Turin
TURIN (Reuters) - Barcelona’s 17-year-old midfielder Pedri may not have got on the scoresheet in his side’s 2-0 Champions League win over Juventus but the teenager was the unmistakeable star in a victory that gave life to his wounded side and put him on the map. “Knowing the age he is, what he did tonight was outstanding,” said Barca coach Ronald Koeman. Before joining Las Palmas in July 2019, Pedri had never been at a professional club, developing as a player at amateur side CF Juventud Laguna. “Pedri arrived as a practically unknown figure for most Barca fans but has made an immediate impression for his tactical reading of matches,” said newspaper AS. “In Turin he confirmed that there is a boy who is banging at the door with enough force to knock it down.”($1 = 0.8461 euros)
Golfing great Nicklaus endorses Trump for re-election
FILE PHOTO: U.S. golf great Jack Nicklaus hits off the 3rd tee during the par 3 contest held on the final day of practice for the 2018 Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S. April 4, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo(Reuters) - Legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus said that he has cast his vote for President Donald Trump and urged Americans who have not made up their minds to give the incumbent another four years in the White House. Nicklaus, an 18-time major winner, said Trump has already delivered on his promises in the past 3-1/2 years, while being “more diverse than any other President” before. Soon after Nicklaus' endorsement, Trump replied on Twitter twitter.com/realDonaldTrump: "Jack, this is a Great Honor. Nicklaus, nicknamed The Golden Bear, is a native of Ohio, a state Trump won in the 2016 election.
Olympics: Japanese gymnast Uchimura test positive for COVID-19 ahead of key meet
Oct 2, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Kohei Uchimura of Japan competes on the rings during the 47th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at Montreal Olympic Stadium. Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports/FilesTOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura has tested positive for COVID-19 ten days before he was due to take part in an international meet seen as a major test of Tokyo’s capacity to hold events ahead of next year’s Olympics, organisers announced on Thursday. Organisers said it was unclear whether Uchimura, who is a three-time Olympic gold medallist, will be pulling out of the Nov. 8 meet that will also feature athletes from China, Russia and the United States.
Super-agent Leigh Steinberg: Building the Billion-Dollar Athlete
The opportunities for marketing and second-career development for a professional athlete have never been brighter. Layer the broadcast explosion with social media platforms that allow athletes to directly engage with fans, shape their image and broaden their popularity—and you have a potent combination. Constructing an off-the-field plan for an athlete begins with utilizing listening skills to draw out his or her priorities and goals. In addition to the actions outlined above, contemporary athletes also need a strong social media presence, which means they need carefully curated content. Utilizing social media to emphasize the on-field, philanthropic and endorsement portfolio to keep the athlete’s brand relevant is a job in itself.
NFL draft makeover: Assuming Jets land Trevor Lawrence, what else do they need?
This week’s NFL draft makeover is the New York Jets. View photos (Amber Matsumoto/Yahoo Sports) MoreThe New York Jets led 10-0 Sunday over the Buffalo Bills and held a lead late into the third quarter. The Jets’ issues span way beyond Darnold, but it’s becoming more clear by the day that he’s ripe to be replaced in the 2021 NFL draft. View photos If Clemson's Trevor Lawrence ends up on the Jets, he's going to need a lot of help. So assuming they land Lawrence at No.
The Sports Report: MLB says Justin Turner ignored the rules
Newsletter Go beyond the scoreboard Get the latest on L.A.'s teams in the daily Sports Report newsletter. The league stated that officials received word of Turner’s positive test during the game, which prompted them to order the Dodgers to remove Turner. The team was informed during the seventh inning and Turner was officially replaced at third base in the eighth. Turner wasn’t on the field for the Dodgers’ trophy presentation but later emerged to celebrate with the team. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.
The baseball gods smiled again on Dave Roberts, who now gets some L.A. respect
You find that unpleasant part out later, like Dave Roberts did many years ago. AdvertisementRoberts heard the Game 5 boos again, this time in Sunday’s World Series game against the Tampa Bay Rays. AdvertisementThe Tweets referenced at the start of this column, of course, were not targeted at Roberts’ decision-making, but at Rays manager Kevin Cash. My hope is that more Dodgers fans come to realize Roberts is also a jewel to be cherished. Instead it’s Cash on the outside looking in with Roberts no longer wondering how much longer he gets to stay.
MLB will investigate Justin Turner for returning to field; Dodgers cleared to travel
Pulled from the game in the final innings of the World Series when a positive coronavirus test was confirmed, Turner nonetheless returned to the field for the post-game celebration. The traveling parties for the Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays were tested following Game 6 on Tuesday night and again Wednesday morning. Turner and his wife, Kourtney, were reportedly the only members of the Dodgers’ traveling party not on the flight back to Los Angeles. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said he was unaware of Turner’s positive test until the seventh inning of World Series Game 6 and Turner was immediately removed from the game. However, Turner returned to the field for the post-game celebration and could be seen mingling with his teammates, hugging many and posing for photos with the World Series trophy and the entire team.
Blake Snell’s exit from Game 6 of the 2020 World Series brings back painful memories of the 1993 Phillies | Extra Innings
Too bad the Dodgers did not get to play a full season because they may have entered the debate about the greatest team in baseball history. They finished with a 56-22 overall record, and to find a team that was better after 78 games, you have to go back to the 2001 Seattle Mariners. All general manager Pat Gillick’s team did that year after a 57-21 start was win 116 games, matching the all-time record set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs, who were 54-24 after 78 games. Neither the 2001 Mariners nor the 1906 Cubs won the World Series, however.
The Cowboys, like the Eagles, have seen their offensive line decimated by injuries | Early Birds
No one has been impacted more by the Cowboys’ plethora of O-line injuries than running back Ezekiel Elliott. He averaged 96.5 rushing yards per game in his first four seasons but averages just 65.4 this year. He still is looking for his first 100-yard game. He had seven last year and seven the year before.
Comcast’s third-quarter revenue falls as coronavirus harms theme parks, movie studios
“We are nearly eight months into this pandemic – and despite many harsh realities, I couldn’t be more pleased and proud of how our team has worked together across the company to find safe and creative solutions to successfully operate in this environment,” Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts said in a statement.
Peyton Manning calls out Tom Brady for pass to Gronk against Packers
Former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was a legend in the film room, never letting anyone outwork him when it came to preparing for a game during his 17-year career. During his post playing career Manning has kept busy as a pitchman, as The Sheriff has shot a number of commercials for Nationwide. During the charity match, Manning threw one liners at Brady, and it appears things haven’t changed in that department. On Peyton Manning’s Detail, Brady got roasted over a pass he made to Rob Gronkowski against the Green Bay Packers. The deputy of the film room broke down the play and in the process proved how lucky Brady might have gotten.
8 Colorado high school football games to watch in Week 4
Second, can they slow down five-star tailback Gavin Sawchuk, who already has 621 yards of offense and nine TDs? Legacy (3-0) vs. No. 7 Montrose (3-0) vs. No. 9 Fountain-Fort Carson (3-0) vs. No. 7 Green Mountain (3-0) vs. No.
UFC on ESPN+ 39: Uriah Hall vs. Anderson Silva odds, picks and prediction
Joe WilliamsSportsbook WireIn a middleweight bout in the main event, Uriah Hall and Anderson Silva meet at UFC on ESPN+ 39 Saturday at the UFC's APEX facility in Las Vegas. Hall (16-9) steps into the octagon two inches shorter than his 45-year-old counterpart Silva (34-10), who will be fighting in his final bout. Uriah Hall vs. Anderson Silva betting oddsOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Bet on HALL IN ROUND 3 (+1000) and HALL IN ROUND 4 (+1400), as well as HALL IN ROUND 5 (+2200), to win. ALSO SEE:Get some action on UFC on ESPN+ 39 by placing a legal sports bet at BetMGM.
Chicago Bears Q&A: Matt Nagy isn’t giving up play-calling this week, but what about later this season? Will Cole Kmet start playing more? Is the Cordarrelle Patterson experiment over at running back?
I answered the question last week about the Bears potentially trading for an offensive lineman. I’d add that the chances are mighty slim of finding a starting-caliber offensive lineman on the street who would not disappoint if plugged into the lineup. This isn’t a defense of how the current Bears linemen are playing. As far as trading for a lineman, I imagine if the Bears see a player they like who is made available, they would have interest. But it’s quite rare to see teams trade starting-caliber linemen during the season.
The Chicago Bulls have the No. 4 pick in this year’s NBA draft. Here’s their mixed history at that spot, from Tom Boerwinkle to Eddy Curry.
“I think going from team to team, the consensus is going to be very different,” Bulls VP of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas said. “They haven’t played since March. People are going to have different evaluations of each player and opinion is going to vary. There’s a lot of opportunity in that environment. Hopefully at fourth, we’re going to get a very good player.”
Walk-on Chris Booker, special teams player of the week, beats odds at Ohio State
His grandmother encouraged him to enroll at Ohio State. But he joined the OSU club football team, and that rekindled his love for the sport. Ohio State coaches watched the tape and were impressed. “Just an unbelievable story,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “The competition here is the first thing you think about when you think about a place like Ohio State,” Booker said.
OU football: Jamar Cain's perfectionism, relationship-building helping shape Sooners' defensive line
NORMAN — Sonny Puletasi was never going to be good enough for the coach. “Good isn’t good enough for him,” Puletasi said of his old defensive line coach. “He wants you to be a pro. He’s a perfectionist and he wants the same for his players. “Even if I made a sack, he’d say, ‘You could’ve sped it up a little bit more,’ or, ‘You could’ve been more aggressive with your power rush.’”Puletasi was a defensive standout for Wyoming from 2011-14, with the Cowboys going through a revolving door of defensive line coaches.
OSU football: How good can the Cowboy defense be?
OSU football: How good can the Cowboy defense be? STILLWATER — If you or someone you know plays defense for Oklahoma State, stop reading now. The OSU defense is really good. Gundy wants his defenders believing they CAN BE good. But he doesn’t want them thinking they ARE good.
Hall of Fame QB Kurt Warner on the Patriots: ‘I definitely think they’re in trouble’
Kurt Warner knows all about trying to revive a quarterback’s career, trying to adapt and fit into a new offense. Speaking with the NFL Network analyst Tuesday, Warner looks no further than the Patriots offense. According to Warner, Newton can’t be a Tom Brady clone and run the old Brady offense with the Patriots. And with opposing defenses getting a handle on the new wrinkles of the Patriots offense after the first few games, it’s become easier to limit Newton. “They are (in trouble) just because I don’t think they’re good enough to win other ways,” said Warner.
OBF: All dynasties come to an end, and so has ours
New England had banner ceremonies, duck boat parades and gluten-free pizza and beer at Red Sox games. A different sort of financial threat faces the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins. The six-time Super Bowl champions will end up with $376.54 million in projected ticket revenue losses, according to data provided by Ticket IQ, if fans do not return to Gillette Stadium. They lost home playoff ticket revenue — nearly all profit — while their respective leagues shelled out hundreds of millions of dollars to run successful bubbles. The Red Sox — so we were told by dutiful members of the Red Sox media establishment — offered Betts a long-term deal before the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Celebrity Birthdays: Oct. 29
Your Thursday morning headlines: Zeta is moving northeast after slamming Gulf; all about Florida today in 2020 race; plus the weather forecast, birthdays and more.
Richmond neighbors: Obituaries for October 29
COLLIER, Jean McClary, 80, of Tennessee, formerly of Richmond, Va., went to be with the Lord on Monday, October 26, 2020. She is survived by h…
Purdue at Illinois odds, picks and prediction
Below, we analyze the Purdue-Illinois college football betting odds and lines, with picks and predictions. Purdue at Illinois: Betting odds and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line : Purdue -250 (bet $250 to win $100) | Illinois +200 (bet $100 to win $200): Purdue -250 (bet $250 to win $100) | Illinois +200 (bet $100 to win $200) Against the spread/ATS : Purdue -7 (-110) | Illinois +7 (-110): Purdue -7 (-110) | Illinois +7 (-110) Over/Under : 58.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)Purdue at Illinois: Three things to knowPurdue beat Iowa 24-20 as a 3-point home dog last Saturday. Purdue at Illinois: Odds, prediction, betting lines and picksPredictionPurdue 27, Illinois 21PASS. Additional college football coverage from USA TODAY Sports Media Group:Alabama football / Auburn football / Florida football / Georgia football / LSU football / Michigan football / Michigan State football / Notre Dame football / Ohio State football / Oklahoma football / Tennessee football / Texas football / USC football / Wisconsin footballGannett may earn revenue from audience referrals to betting services.
What to know about the state cross country meets, including a new site in Bourbon County
“Ciara is a multiple state champion, so she comes in as a clear favorite,” Holman said. * Defending individual champion: Christian Academy junior Addi Dewey won last year with a time of 19 minutes, 13.08 seconds. * Defending individual champion: Holy Cross senior D.K. Class 3A girls* Time: 4:30 p.m. Saturday* Defending team champion: Oldham County has won two straight. * Defending individual champion: Madison Central sophomore Ciara O’Shea won her second straight title last year with a time of 18:29.42.
BG coach on playing at Trinity and St. X: 'Everybody thinks I'm crazy, insane, stupid'
Bowling Green opened its season Sept. 11 with a 14-0 victory at St. X and will face Trinity at 7:30 p.m. Friday. 1 in Class 6A, and St. X (3-2) is No. “Everybody thinks we’re some big bear.”When Spader was named Bowling Green’s coach in 2018 – replacing current St. X coach Kevin Wallace – he inherited a contract that called for a home game with St. X in 2019 and a road game in 2020. “No, it didn’t fit my schedule perfectly,” said Spader, whose Purples lost home games to Trinity and St. X in 2019. “But here we are.”Spader said Bowling Green will continue its series with St. X in 2021 and 2022 but not with Trinity.
It's a wet morning in Louisville, but the National Weather Service says the worst is over
Rain is in the Louisville forecast for much of Thursday, according to the National Weather Service, but the worst has passed. The rain won't stop for a while. Wet weather Thursday should be the last the city sees for several days, Steve said. Cooling temperatures, he added, are what weather watchers in Louisville should turn their attention toward. As temperatures continue to drop over the weekend, he added, frost Sunday night into Monday morning is a "pretty good bet."
Winter season of indoor sports begins next week in Indiana. It won't be without risk
With Indiana high school sports' winter season beginning next week with girls basketball, local health officers’ attention shifts as well. All those things conspire to lower concentration of the virus,” Floyd County health officer Dr. Tom Harris said. That Indiana, along with the rest of the country, is seeing spikes in cases of COVID-19 recently isn’t helpful either. Your defense is getting chested up on something, so there’s risk. "You can easily assume a positive wrestling case is going to knock out whoever their practice partner is and the opponent at a meet.
Here are the Week 8 high school football picks from Jason Frakes, David Kim, Kent Spencer
Here are the Week 8 high school football picks from The Courier Journal’s Jason Frakes and David Kim and WHAS-11’s Kent Spencer. All games are scheduled for Friday. Christian Academy (3-2) at Bullitt Central (3-3), 7:30 p.m.Jason Frakes’ pick: Christian Academy 41-13David Kim’s pick: Christian Academy 28-13Kent Spencer’s pick: Christian Academy 35-21Shelby County (4-2) at Bullitt East (3-4), 7:30 p.m.Frakes: Shelby County 21-14Kim: Bullitt East 35-21Spencer: Shelby County 24-21Holy Cross (5-0) at Walton-Verona (4-3), 7:30 p.m.Frakes: Holy Cross 38-26Kim: Holy Cross 34-13Spencer: Holy Cross 28-14Kentucky Country Day (5-1) at Bethlehem (5-1), 7:30 p.m.Frakes: KCD 45-30Kim: KCD 35-31Spencer: KCD 35-21North Bullitt (5-1) at Elizabethtown (7-0), 7:30 p.m.Frakes: Elizabethtown 42-34Kim: Elizabethtown 24-21Spencer: North Bullitt 35-28Franklin County (3-1) at North Oldham (1-5), 7:30 p.m.Frakes: Franklin County 38-13Kim: Franklin County 34-13Spencer: Franklin County 35-21Great Crossing (3-3) at Oldham County (3-3), 7:30 p.m.Frakes: Oldham County 28-7Kim: Oldham County 23-14Spencer: Oldham County 28-21South Oldham (4-1) at Lexington Christian (6-1), 7:30 p.m.Frakes: Lexington Christian 35-21Kim: Lexington Christian 27-14Spencer: Lexington Christian 35-28John Hardin (3-2) at Spencer County (4-2), 7:30 p.m.Frakes: John Hardin 30-24Kim: Spencer County 28-21Spencer: John Hardin 28-27Bowling Green (5-1) at Trinity (5-0), 7:30 p.m.Frakes: Trinity 31-10Kim: Trinity 35-13Spencer: Trinity 42-21RecordsFrakes: 11-3 last week, 93-18 overallKim: 10-4 last week, 92-19 overallSpencer: 10-4 last week, 88-23 overallJason Frakes: (502) 582-4046; jfrakes@courier-journal.com; Twitter: @kyhighs.
2020 likely to be one of warmest years on record despite La Niña
La Niña climate event is under way, heralding a colder and stormier winter than usual across the northern hemisphere, but 2020 remains likely to be one of the warmest years on record. Petteri Taalas, the secretary general of the WMO, said: “El Niño and La Niña are major, naturally occurring drivers of the Earth’s climate system. “La Niña years now are warmer even than years with strong El Niño events of the past,” said Taalas. This year’s La Niña is expected to endure into the first quarter of next year and is rated by the WMO as “moderate to strong”. La Niña events are defined by sea surface temperatures falling by more than 0.5C for at least five successive three-month periods.
England's centre pairing of Slade and Joseph means evolution will have to wait for now - but it is packed with pace and tries
Slade has had little time to integrate back into the squad following Exeter’s double-winning achievements but is experienced enough to do so without missing a step. Jones, though, has been impressed with Furbank's displays in training, and has taken Saints' poor form in general into consideration. It has been a remarkable achievement for the Leicester scrum-half, who first made his debut against Scotland in March 2010. Jamie George will reach the 50-cap milestone on Saturday. The bench, meanwhile, has a distinctively inexperienced look to it with uncapped trio Tom Dunn, Lawrence and Ollie Thorley alongside scrum-half Dan Robson.
Fran Healy: 'I only went on two holidays as a kid – and one of those was to Blackpool'
I want to be in St Barts in the Caribbean right nowI miss it so much. An artist friend in Berlin rented a house there and told me about it 10 years ago. So although I’m a working-class Glasgow person and have to force myself to go on holidays, I went with my wife and son in the low season five years in a row. St Barts is a poultice, drawing the richest people in the world, but the wonderful thing is that, when they’ve gone, it’s just a beautiful, isolated island with about 22 beaches. I could quietly live out my days in St Barts.
Alun Wyn Jones will become most capped player in Test history as he leads much-changed Wales against Scotland
Alun Wyn Jones will become the most capped player in Test history when he leads a much-changed Wales in their Six Nations finale against Scotland in Llanelli on Saturday. Behind him, flanker Shane Lewis-Hughes will make his debut alongside Justin Tipuric and Taulupe Faletau in the back row. Other changes see Gareth Davies come in at scrum-half and Owen Watkin start at inside centre. Wales XV: Leigh Halfpenny; Liam Williams, Jonathan Davies, Owen Watkin, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Rhys Carre, Ryan Elias, Tomas Francis, Will Rowlands, Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Shane Lewis-Hughes, Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau. Replacements: Sam Parry, Wyn Jones, Dillon Lewis, Cory Hill, James Davies, Lloyd Williams, Rhys Patchell, Nick Tompkins.
JJ Williams - legendary Wales and Lions wing - has died, aged 72
Former Wales and British and Irish Lions winger JJ Williams has died at the age of 72. Williams, who was christened John James but known throughout the world of rugby by his initials, was one of the finest finishers the game has seen. One of Williams' former clubs Bridgend Ravens tweeted: "All at Bridgend Ravens are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former player JJ Williams. Another former club Llanelli tweeted: "It is with great sadness that we hear of the passing of the great JJ Williams. We would like to extend our sincerest condolences to his family, friends and former teammates."
Why Manchester United’s diamond formation worked against RB Leipzig and what could still go wrong
For the first time post-lockdown, Solskjaer deployed four narrow central midfielders in a diamond formation. Nemanja Matic sat at the base of midfield as United’s fulcrum, reference point and foundation stone. Fred had a similar job on the right-hand side of central midfield and was excellent out of possession. If he starts regularly in that set-up, one of Pogba, Bruno Fernandes or United’s defensive stability must be sacrificed. Even so, Wan-Bissaka’s superhuman ability to defend one-on-one situations is a huge strength in a diamond set-up.
Arsenal vs Dundalk predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Europa League fixture tonight
Arsenal host Dundalk in the Europa League group stage at the Emirates this evening. Mikel Arteta’s side ground out a hard-fought victory against Rapid Vienna last week, but have since suffered a dispiriting 1-0 defeat by Leicester in the Premier League. Irish side Dundalk, meanwhile, lost 2-1 to Molde in their opening group stage fixture. Cedric Soares, Mohamed Elneny, Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock are all in contention to make outings on the starting line-up. Predicted line upsArsenal: Runarsson, Soares, Mustafi, Gabriel, Kolasinac, Elneny, Ceballos, Nelson, Willock, Pepe, Nketiah.
England vs Italy team news: Eddie Jones named heavily changed side for Six Nations decider
Ben Youngs will win his 100th international cap for England this weekend after being named in their starting line-up for the Six Nations decider against Italy. Head coach Eddie Jones has named a heavily-changed squad from England’s win over Wales in March, with seven players from that team ruled out of selection for this weekend’s ‘Super Saturday’ encounter. “The team have prepared well and are looking forward to putting on an England shirt and showing what they can do. “We will also celebrate two major achievements in Ben Youngs and Jamie George’s cap milestones. England team vs ItalyGeorge Furbank; Anthony Watson, Jonathan Joseph, Henry Slade, Jonny May; Owen Farrell, Ben Youngs; Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler; Maro Itoje, Jonny Hill; Tom Curry, Sam Underhill, Billy Vunipola.
England team announcement LIVE: Eddie Jones names squad to face Italy in Six Nations decider
In a game that has been on hold for more than seven months, England finally get the chance to try and clinch the Six Nations title in what would be a third championship success under Jones in five years. However, both France and Ireland also have hopes of claiming top honours, with the two sides set to meet in Paris immediately after England’s encounter in Rome.
Paul Scholes compares Marcus Rashford’s finishing to Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy
Paul Scholes compared Marcus Rashford's finishing ability to Ruud van Nistelrooy after the England forward scored a stunning hat-trick off the bench against RB Leipzig in the Champions League. Scholes had previously harboured doubts over Rashford’s striking instincts, but after scoring the match-winner against Paris Saint-Germain last week too, the club legend hailed the 22-year-old's development. "His finishing has been questioned in the past, but tonight you're looking at 25 goals from him if he keeps that attitude. "That was like [Ruud] van Nistelrooy, you see him going through and you know he's going to smash the ball into the corner." "Marcus knows he's gonna get his numbers, I love that.
Nice attack: What we know about the Bastille Day killings
"He was driving really slowly, that's what was astonishing," said Richard Gutjahr, who described seeing the lorry being tailed by a motorcyclist. "The motorcyclist tried to overtake him and even tried opening the lorry driver's door," he told AFP news agency. At that point the motorcyclist fell under the wheels of the lorry.
Puglia closes schools, says they play role in COVID spread - English
On Wednesday Puglia Governor Michele Emiliano signed an order closing the region's schools from this Friday until November 24. "We cannot say that classes are the main source of contagion," Lopalco told Radio Capital. "But schools play a role in transmission". Agriculture Minister Teresa Bellanova, a Puglia native, said Premier Giuseppe Conte's government should challenge the decision to have it reversed. "Closing the schools is a enormous disaster," Bellanova told Radio 24.
Welsh skipper Jones to break McCaw Test record against Scots
Alun Wyn Jones will set a new Test record of 149 caps when he leads Wales out for their Six Nations match with ScotlandAdvertising Read moreCardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP)Welsh captain Alun Wyn Jones will set a new record for Test caps of 149 when he leads out his team in Llanelli for the Six Nations match with Scotland on Saturday. The 35-year-old lock -- who will win his 140th Wales cap to add to the nine Lions Tests he has played -- breaks the record he held with retired New Zealand legend Richie McCaw. Rowlands came off second best with Wasps in the English Premiership final last Saturday against Exeter -- the champions' prop Tomas Francis also starts against the Scots. The Welsh will be bidding to round off their Six Nations, which was halted in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, on a winning note and deny the Scots their first win in Wales since 2002. Team (15-1)Leigh Halfpenny; Liam Williams, Jonathan Davies, Owen Watkin, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Taulupe Faletau, Justin Tipuric, Shane Lewis-Hughes; Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Will Rowlands; Tomas Francis, Ryan Elias, Rhys CarreReplacements: Sam Parry, Wyn Jones, Dillon Lewis, Cory Hill, James Davies, Lloyd Williams, Rhys Patchell, Nick Tompkins© 2020 AFP
Women’s All-Pro Tour to stage two-week, multi-format tournament at World Golf Village
The First Coast has hosted PGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions, Korn Ferry Tour and LOCALiQ events. It’s now adding a women’s professional tournament to the mix — which will be played under two formats. The Orca Golf Bags Women’s Match Play Championship will be held at the two World Golf Hall of Fame courses Oct. 26-Nov. 7 of 2021, an official event of the Women’s All-Pro Tour. There also will be leadership forums, executive networking and educational seminars provided by GenerationW, a national non-profit based in Jacksonville Beach by former PGA Tour executive and WNBA president Donna Orender. Berman got Orca Golf Bags, one of his clients, on board as the title sponsor and in short order, the two tournaments became part of the schedule of 14 official WAPT events for the 2021 season.
Bermuda Championship: Who could be this year’s Brendon Todd?
A year ago, Brendon Todd arrived in Bermuda as a down-on-his-luck journeyman PGA Tour pro winless since 2014. By Sunday he had blitzed the field at the Bermuda Championship, victorious by six strokes, won the next event too, and racked up another 10 top-25 finishes last season as he resurrected his career. The 19-year-old, who has PGA Tour aspirations, played in the U.S. Open in September and jumped at the chance to make another PGA Tour start. The Bermuda Championship also has a couple family affairs as 64-year-old former Players Championship winner Fred Funk and son Taylor, 24, are grouped together Thursday (12:15 p.m. It didn’t hurt the chances for the brothers, who both attended Georgia Tech, that Bermuda Championship tournament director Sean Sovacool is also a fellow Yellow Jackets alum.
Justin Thomas saves par from the cart path at ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP
In the third round of the 2020 ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD, Justin Thomas drives his tee shot to the cart path right of the fairway on the par-5 13th hole. He would pull off an impressive shot from the path and go on to save par.
Harold Varner III shares his goal of winning on TOUR before Bermuda
Prior to the 2020 Bermuda Championship, Harold Varner III, talks about his desire to win and get better on TOUR.
Zeta leaves more than 1.9 million customers without power and at least 2 dead after battering Gulf Coast
(CNN) More than 32 million people are under tropical storm warnings from the Gulf Coast to the mid-Atlantic Thursday morning as former Hurricane Zeta rushes northeast . The storm has killed at least two people and cut power to more than 1.9 million utility customers across the South. This will allow Zeta to keep tropical storm intensity with strong winds throughout its course to the Atlantic. At least 32.7 million people from the Gulf Coast toward the Carolinas were under Tropical Storm warnings Thusday morning. #ENTERGYNOLA: Our crews are encountering damage as a result of Hurricane Zeta.
Opinion: With no transparency, schools like Arizona, LSU are allowed to game NCAA's system
Second, when the NCAA allows schools to hide what they’ve been charged with, it’s easier to pretend like there’s not a major problem on the horizon. Frankly, I wish everyone was as transparent as Kansas, which has made both its Notice of Allegations and the school’s response public on a website. Or, more specifically, schools who make up the NCAA’s rules have shielded themselves by putting the enforcement process under a veil of secrecy. At Arizona and Auburn, specifically, there’s no indication that the schools plan on releasing anything about these cases a minute before they have to. By dodging accountability for as long as they can and saying as little as possible, these schools are gaming the system.
Fantasy football rankings for Week 8: Patrick Mahomes takes aim at Jets
Fantasy football rankings for Week 8 are based on the point-per-reception (PPR) scoring used in most seasonal and daily fantasy football formats. vs. L.A.-C28 Daniel Jones N.Y.-G vs. T.B. 28 Devonta Freeman N.Y.-G vs. T.B. 22 Miami Dolphins vs. L.A.-R23 Detroit Lions vs. Ind. 27 New York Giants vs. T.B.
It's Tua Time, and Tagovailoa will look to someday join this list of the NFL's best left-handed QBs
He will become the first left-handed quarterback to start an NFL game in five years. 1 teamHere's a look at the greatest left-handed quarterbacks in NFL history, a collection that includes two Hall of Famers. Only two QBs in NFL history have done that (Billy Kilmer is the other). In 2016, Stabler became the second left-handed quarterback to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Steve YoungTeams: Buccaneers (1985-86), 49ers (1987-1999)The greatest left-handed quarterback in NFL history was a 2005 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
What to make of what should be a unique and uncertain college football bowl schedule
This was going to be largest bowl season in history with 43 games. How things play out with the three College Football Playoff games and the remaining 36 scheduled bowls remains uncertain. The concept of teams playing bowl games with losing conference records is nothing new. Twenty-one bowl teams in the past two years had losing league records, including 17 from the Power Five. The pairings for the semifinals and the rest of the bowl season are unveiled the following day.
Contracts show Ole Miss on the hook to pay four defensive coordinators this year
The answer this year is four, according to their employment contracts:? One is Wesley McGriff, who was fired as the team’s defensive coordinator in November 2018. Mississippi still owed him at least $1.1 million per year through Jan. 31, 2021, minus any pay he’s receiving at his new job at Auburn (about $300,000 per year). Mississippi still owed him $1.5 million per year through Jan. 31, 2022, minus the pay he’s receiving from his new job at Memphis ($420,000 base salary). In fiscal year 2021, the foundation said it expects to pay $3.5 million for such severance. Both McGriff and MacIntyre had language in their Mississippi contracts that called for them to use pay from any new jobs they got after Mississippi to reduce what they were owed by Mississippi until their contracts with the Rebels ended.
NFL trade deadline: What moves should all 32 teams make?
Spending for 2021 could be limited to $175 million after each club was allocated a record $198.2 million this year. A selloff doesn't even seem realistic given Bill Belichick's unique way of maximizing talents other teams don't seem to see. NFC EastPhiladelphia Eagles (2-4-1): The division is a mess, but so is Philly's 2021 cap – GM Howie Roseman looking at a $69 million overdraw, per overthecap.com. Green to help QB Aaron Rodgers and complement No. But GM Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy really have to ask themselves if it's worth gambling much to bolster this squad.
Dozen MLB players have options turned down, go free
What figures to be a down and perhaps brutal market for baseball free agents in the offseason following the pandemic began Wednesday when a dozen players were told their contract options had been declined, among them St. Louis Cardinals Gold Glove second baseman Kolten Wong. Wong, a first-round pick in the 2011 draft, made his big league debut in 2013 and spent his first eight seasons with St. Louis. Many teams are cutting costs following a shortened regular season played with no fans in attendance due to the novel coronavirus. “I told him that with some of the uncertainties, we’re just not in a position to do that,” Mozeliak said. Players already free agents include catcher JT Realmuto, infielder DJ LeMahieu, pitchers Marcus Stroman and Masahiro Tanaka, and outfielders George Springer and Marcell Ozuna; shortstop Didi Gregorius; and designated hitter Nelson Cruz.
Pac-12 embarks on short season with lots of new faces at QB
Arguably the top returnee is USC's Kedon Slovis, who took over last season when starter JT Daniels was injured in the opener. We can run so many different things from so many different looks,” Slovis said about USC's progression heading into his second season. Costello went to Mississippi State under Mike Leach, who left Washington State in the offseason. At Arizona, Grant Gunnell will take the reins at QB after starting in three games last season when Tate struggled with injury. EARLY RISERSReady or not, Pac-12 fans, you're about to need early Saturday wake-up calls to catch the league's 9 a.m. games.
2021 Boston Marathon postponed at least until the fall
Boston Marathon organizers said Wednesday that the 2021 race won't be run on Patriots Day because of the coronavirus pandemic, the second straight year that it has been moved from the April weekend that was its home for more than a century. "We are unable to host the Boston Marathon this coming April,” BAA CEO Tom Grilk said in a statement. “We are optimistic that the Boston Marathon will continue its tradition of celebrating the spirit of community and athletic excellence next fall." CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMOrganizers said they hope to work with state and local officials to “determine if a fall 2021 date is feasible.” The BAA said it hopes to select a fall date by the end of the year. The 2020 Boston Marathon was originally postponed from April to September, but it was canceled outright two months later — the first time since 1897 that there was no in-person Boston Marathon of any sort.
Fickou shifted to the wing against Ireland as France look to win Six Nations
PARIS (Reuters) - Gael Fickou will be shifted from centre to the wing to make up for the absence of the injured Teddy Thomas as France look to win the Six Nations for the first time in 10 years when they take on Ireland on Saturday. France are third in the table on 13 points, behind England on points difference with Ireland on top with 14 points. “The message to the players was simple: we have the same chances to win the Six Nations as Ireland and England,” team manager Raphael Ibanez told a news conference. Against Wales, France were penalised 16 times, but Galthie said it was the result of his players being aggressive during a promising attacking display at the Stade de France. “Those 16 penalties show that we’re an aggressive team and we must remain an aggressive team.
Alfa Romeo extend Sauber F1 naming rights deal into 2021
(Reuters) - Alfa Romeo will continue a naming rights deal with Swiss-based Sauber for the 2021 Formula One season, they said in a statement on Thursday. The Fiat Chrysler-owned brand has been a partner of Sauber since 2018, with the team renamed as Alfa Romeo in 2019. “The extension of our relationship with Alfa Romeo is a true statement of intent from both parties,” said team boss Frederic Vasseur in a statement ahead of the weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola. “Both parties always intended for this relationship to bear fruit in the long term: we have laid some solid foundations in the last three seasons and we aim to reap the rewards of this work in 2021 and beyond.”The team, currently eighth overall in the constructors’ championship, have yet to name their drivers for 2021. This year’s pairing is 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen and Italian Antonio Giovinazzi.
NFL Week 8 picks: 49ers hold goal line at Seattle; Raiders upset host Browns
Line: 49ers +3Raiders 31, Browns 23: Both franchises went to the 2002 season’s playoffs. Line: Raiders +2 1/2Panthers 30, Falcons 27: Christian McCaffrey resurfaced in practice this week. Line: Titans -5 1/2Bills 26, Patriots 21: Josh Allen’s first of many upcoming wins against a Tom Brady-less Patriots team. Line: Eagles -3 1/2Bucs 27, Giants 23: Has Antonio Brown blown up the Bucs, yet? Line: Giants +10 1/2Last week: 11-3 straight up, 9-5 against the spreadSeason: 62-41-1 straight up, 51-49-4 against the spread
Out of line: How the Bears’ offensive line got this bad and how soon they can fix it
In the endless argument over what the Bears’ biggest problem is, coach Matt Nagy seems to think it’s their offensive line. As Nagy battled an onslaught of questions about the Bears’ failures on offense, he cut through the babble and pointed at his line. “That’s the biggest thing we want to make sure with our offensive line.”That doesn’t excuse Nick Foles, but it’s a factor. Center Cody Whitehair looks like the one sure thing on the line, and he’s on a five-year, $51.3 million deal. That’s troubling, but then again every defensive player is eager to face the Bears’ offensive line.
ASK IRA: Will there be a next Heat step for Gabe Vincent, Kyle Alexander?
Both of the Heat’s two-way players remained with the team through the Disney bubble and were playoff eligible. Both are now impending free agents, free to sign, or be signed, anywhere. The question now is whether there will be two-way contracts in 2020-21, amid uncertainty with whether there will be a G League season. For both Vincent and Alexander, that is a significant factor. Without two-way contracts, for Vincent it could come down to whether Kendrick Nunn is included in a trade.
Mike Anthony: Big East bracing for disruptions to basketball season; UConn returns ‘home’ at most complicated time
“I think we’re going to be in the best position possible to have this happen,” Ackerman said. “What happens with the virus, though, is out of our hands. It’s an unknown that will affect all of us. It’s our mantra to just march on and hopefully we’ll be able to have the kind of season we want, but I would be lying if I said that I didn’t expect that we could have disruption. … Frankly, we have a sense of resignation that certain factors will remain beyond our control.”
Ohio State men's basketball power rankings: No. 11 Zed Key
Ohio State will open its 2020-21 men's basketball season by traveling to South Dakota to participate in the Crossover Classic. In preparation for an unprecedented start to the season, The Dispatch is counting down with power rankings for each member of the Ohio State roster. He committed to Ohio State on Sept. 22, 2019, during a weekend he had initially scheduled an official visit to Marquette. Need to know: While on his official visit to Ohio State, Key spent time with program legends Evan Turner and D’Angelo Russell. Additional reading:After high school basketball career cut short, Zed Key wants to come up big for Ohio StateFreshmen's parents put trust in Ohio State, coachesOhio State freshmen Gene Brown, Zed Key surprising their teammatesPrevious power rankings:No.
Columbus-area basketball community mourns the loss of fixture 'Coach Bob'
If it was an important basketball game in central Ohio, you could bet Coach Bob would be there. “He loved his sports and he loved Ohio State basketball,” Sherece Smith, his wife of 32 years, told The Dispatch. He had a heart of gold.”He also had a name that wasn’t Coach Bob, even if most people didn’t know it. His given name was Henry Smith, but it didn’t suit him much so he went by Coach Bob. The two would often share a glance as the starting lineups were being announced, Pedon said, and he could feel the intensity radiating from Coach Bob.
Rob Oller | Big Three of Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama lead College Football Playoff chase
As the Big Three of Ohio State, Clemson and Alabama jockey for position in the still-embryonic College Football Playoff rankings, a dangerous No. The virus is moving among potential playoff teams with sneaky false positives and 21-day quarantines. Ohio State coach Ryan Day knows it. This season, like last year when Oklahoma clearly was the weakest of the four playoff teams, seeding seriously matters when the final rankings are released on Dec. 20. Clemson, Alabama and Ohio State all want to finish No.
Notebook: Lineup changes, offensive struggles cost Columbus Crew needed points at DC United
The Crew was outshot 9-7, but neither team’s offensive performance was anything worthy of praise. For the Crew, midfielder Pedro Santos struggled to maintain possession in the attacking half as he was being pressured by D.C. defenders. There’s no overstating a big of a role lineup rotation plays in a team’s ability to get a result on the road. Two players who have hardly played for the Crew this season, Nemeth and Francis, had to answer for the performance. “I think there were some good things that I saw, which is important that I saw those things,” Porter said.
Quarterback Justin Fields is ready to run when Ohio State needs him
Early in the third quarter of Ohio State’s season-opening win over Nebraska on Saturday, quarterback Justin Fields was sprinting inside the 5-yard line. More:Justin Fields nearly flawless in leading Ohio State to opening routFields logged 15 carries against the Cornhuskers, the second most in one game in his college career. More:Status of Ohio State receiver Chris Olave looms ahead of matchup with Penn StateThe touchdown run came on such a circumstance. “I think it differentiates between each game.”Last season, Fields averaged 10 carries per game, including sacks. But overall, I thought it was a really good game for him.”jkaufman@dispatch.com@joeyrkaufmanNext gameOhio State at Penn StateWhen: 7:30 p.m. SaturdayTV: Ch.
Patriots calling Bills game a rare must-win
Slowed by three straight losses, the Patriots (2-4) are now calling Sunday’s kickoff in Buffalo a must-win; a nod to their vanishing margin of error and the possibility Buffalo could start soaring up the standings. “It’s a divisional opponent, so you know, you can say every game matters, but this game really does matter,” Pats safety Adrian Phillips said. And a must-win for us.”So far, the Patriots say they’re pleased with the in-house response to almost unprecedented adversity. “We can go out there and have a good week of practice, but it all has to amount to playing well on Sunday. Like if we just bring effort, Buffalo is going to have effort, they’re going to match that without a doubt.
Devin McCourty: ‘Crazy to think’ Patriots are team to beat in AFC East
“So, I definitely wouldn’t call us the team to beat this year.”This year, the roles are reversed. The Patriots are 2-1 against the Bills without Brady, with both wins coming in 2008 with Matt Cassel. “We’re just focused on becoming a better football team,” McDermott said. … Sometimes the results are the result of the process, the work is put in and us growing as a football team. “They’re a very good football team, reigning division champ for many years and coached by one of, if not the best coach in the NFL, the history of the NFL.
I was a juror in Judge Flores’ court; I say retain her
Despite the New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission recommendation to not retain Judge Jacqueline Dolores Flores, I strongly disagree based on my one and only interaction with this judge. A few years ago I was selected to be on a jury before Judge Flores. After I made the jury announcement of acquittal, the jury returned to the deliberation room and Judge Flores came in to thank the jury. This was a very innovative and proactive result of the trial that resulted in both sides complimenting Judge Flores and the jury. So, if this one personal incident helps voters decide, I hope they vote to retain Judge Flores.
BG coach on playing at Trinity and St. X: 'Everybody thinks I'm crazy, insane, stupid'
Bowling Green opened its season Sept. 11 with a 14-0 victory at St. X and will face Trinity at 7:30 p.m. Friday. 1 in Class 6A, and St. X (3-2) is No. Hence, Bowling Green will become the first team since Lexington Catholic in 2010 to play at Trinity and St. X in the same season. “No, it didn’t fit my schedule perfectly,” said Spader, whose Purples lost home games to Trinity and St. X in 2019. “But here we are.”Spader said Bowling Green will continue its series with St. X in 2021 and 2022 but not with Trinity.
Notre Dame at Georgia Tech odds, picks and prediction
Notre Dame at Georgia Tech: Betting odds and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line : Notre Dame -1000 (bet $1,000 to win $100) | Georgia Tech +620 (bet $100 to win $620): Notre Dame -1000 (bet $1,000 to win $100) | Georgia Tech +620 (bet $100 to win $620) Against the spread/ATS : Notre Dame -19.5 (-121) | Georgia Tech +19.5 (+100): Notre Dame -19.5 (-121) | Georgia Tech +19.5 (+100) Over/Under : 57.5 (O: -106 | U: -115)Notre Dame at Georgia Tech: Three things to knowNotre Dame easily covered a 9.5-point spread with the 42-point victory at Pitt. Notre Dame is 2-3 ATS with a 3-2 O/U record, while Georgia Tech is 2-4 ATS with a 5-1 O/U record. Notre Dame at Georgia Tech: Odds, prediction, betting lines and picksPredictionNotre Dame 38, Georgia Tech 17AVOID. Notre Dame has allowed only 9.8 points per game this season, while Georgia Tech is yielding 41.2 PPG.
Watch Now: Why are federal elections held on Tuesdays?
Ever wonder why Americans vote on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November? Like many traditions, the practice goes back a long time and hasn't changed in modern times. What do you think? Should we hold Election Day on another day or should we keep it on Tuesdays?
Athletes and the US election: How a generation of stars got in the game
That day, election day, is now less than a week away. In the end they did return but with assurances that social justice would become more centered in the overall spectacle. Gone are the days when an athlete’s impact on the democratic process was mostly incidental. Just last month, the NCAA’s Division I Council called for a blackout on practices and games on election day. That their impact can already be felt this far away from election day goes to show the hold athletes had on us all along.
Rashford's stunning cameo shows Solskjær is using deep squad wisely | Paul Wilson
Paul Scholes, working as a pundit and putting his finger on the point as usual, said it looked as though they were playing away from home. True enough, but without the usual 75,000 crowd offering encouragement and partisan fervour, is home advantage even relevant any longer? Leipzig, by the same token, were supposed to be playing away, yet an empty Old Trafford is hardly the full European experience. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Donny van de Beek was tidy and efficient without suggesting he deserves a regular slot. Photograph: Phil Noble/ReutersOn the pitch, Van de Beek was tidy and efficient without suggesting he deserves a regular slot ahead of Paul Pogba or Nemanja Matic.
Welsh exam regulator proposes cancelling GCSEs next summer
The Welsh exam regulator has followed Scotland and proposed cancelling GCSEs next summer. The Welsh regulator said that GCSEs and AS levels should have 'external assessments' but not during the normal exam season next summer. The Welsh exam regulator is also recommending schools and colleges are given "windows of opportunity" for when assessments take place within which there will be some flexibility. Earlier this month the English exam watchdog chief revealed that GCSEs and A-levels could include more multiple choice questions. The Welsh Government is due to make a final decision on exams on November 10.
England Six Nations 2020 team announcement live: latest updates as Eddie Jones names side to play Italy
After what has felt like an age, we're finally ready to learn England's team for their final Six Nations match of 2020 against Italy in Rome. All the build up work has been done in camp after last weekend's Barbarians match was scratched following the invitational side's Covid-19 bubble breach. But be sure, Eddie Jones will already have had a keen idea of his plans, regardless of that match. Eddie Jones' men need to see off Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in emphatic fashion, but that is a likely scenario, given that England have beaten the Azzurri in all 26 previous meetings and scored more than 1,000 points. Realistically, England could require something like a 40-point winning margin or more, yet that is something they have managed on six previous occasions in the championship's 20-year history.
Cannon & Ball star Bobby Ball dies aged 76 after testing positive for Covid-19
Bobby Ball, one half of comedy double act Cannon & Ball, has died at the age of 76 after testing positive for Covid-19, his manager has said. A statement from his manager Phil Dale said: "It is with great personal sadness that on behalf of Yvonne Ball, and the family, and Tommy Cannon, I announce that Bobby Ball passed away at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on the 28th October 2020 approximately 21:30. "Bobby had been taken to the hospital for tests as he started with breathing problems. "At first it was thought to be a chest infection but a test proved positive for Covid-19. "Yvonne added that their need for privacy at this time has to be a priority.
Olympic medalist Taku Hiraoka convicted in hit-and-run case
An Olympic snowboarding medalist was found guilty Thursday of causing a car accident in western Japan last year in which six people were injured, and of fleeing the scene to avoid a drunk driving charge. The crash caused minor injuries to the female minivehicle driver and five others who were near the scene. Okuda said Hiraoka had “low social morality,” but was given a suspended term because he had shown remorse and already received a certain amount of punishment from canceled sponsorships. “You won a medal at the Olympics and delivered a lot of hope to people, but disappointed so many because of the incident,” the judge said. A masked Hiraoka answered quietly, “I understand.”Hiraoka, a resident of Gose, Nara Prefecture, had acknowledged his role in hurting the female driver but denied responsibility for the other injuries during his first court hearing in March.
Misato Michishita keeps focus on Paralympic gold, not coronavirus
Visually impaired marathon runner Misato Michishita revealed how coronavirus pandemic struggles helped her find new sources of strength that she hopes will aid her quest for gold at the Tokyo Paralympics, which begin in 300 days. In a recent interview with Kyodo News, Michishita, who holds the marathon world record for the women’s T12 class, said her single-minded obsession with Paralympic gold is what has kept her going for the last six months amid coronavirus-related restrictions. At the Beppu-Oita Marathon in February, Michishita rewrote her own T12 world record for a second time with a time of 2 hours, 54 minutes, 22 seconds. Encouraged by support from those around her, however, Michishita resumed her training in isolation at home. “Now I know even if I can’t run as much, some of that can be compensated by strength training.
Justin Turner's selfish celebration mars Dodgers' World Series triumph
So would the team picture on the field after winning the World Series. The repercussions from his ill-advised decision to celebrate the World Series with his teammates figure to last a whole lot longer. Turner paraded around on national television with the World Series trophy in his hand. Congratulations, Dodgers, you’re the World Series champions. Just as he was enjoying the weight of the world being lifted by finally winning the World Series in his third try, Roberts now has a bigger worry — that he could be infected, too.
Rams want to join Lakers, Dodgers on LA's championship run
Jared Goff texted congratulations to Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson right after the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series on Tuesday night. “Cody actually texted me back and said, ‘It’s your turn now,’” the Los Angeles Rams quarterback recalled Wednesday. 6 first.”The Rams actually arrived in Los Angeles before either the Lakers or the Dodgers, becoming the West Coast’s first major pro sports franchise way back in 1946. The 33-year-old UCLA product is a Los Angeles native who lives in West Hollywood in the offseason. “I don’t think anyone really was” a Rams fan in Los Angeles during his childhood, Forbath said.
Jamie Carragher BACKS Karim Benzema's dressing-down of Real Madrid team-mate Vinicius
Jamie Carragher has come to the defence of Karim Benzema after the Real Madrid striker was caught on camera urging Ferland Mendy to stop passing to fellow team-mate Vinicius. The bizarre scenes were captured at the half-time interval during Madrid's recent Champions League clash against Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany. I think there is one where you think you are helping the team, which I think is the case with Benzema. Carragher admitted he said similar during his own career, and that Benzema simply got caught'There's a flip side to it, with Benzema and Vinicius being attacking players. 'But in terms of someone having a poor game, that is something I have said numerous times, maybe at half-time, maybe at a training session.
Arsene Wenger insists the European Super League would 'destroy' the Premier League
Arsene Wenger has warned the Premier League that it could be destroyed if the European Super League eventually comes into place. Arsene Wenger claims the European Super League would 'destroy' the Premier LeagueWenger told the Guardian: 'The Premier League has a superiority. When quizzed on whether the European Super League is football driven or business-led, Wenger replied: 'It is football as well. The European Super League is expected to involve between 16 and 18 of the biggest teams'What are the investors' first target? The European Super League competition is expected to involve between 16 and 18 teams, and will be played at midweek during the normal European club season.
Arteta insists he feels 'really bad' for leaving Saliba out of Arsenal's Europa League squad
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has suggested he regrets leaving William Saliba out of his 25-man Europa League squad. Mikel Arteta has suggested he regrets leaving William Saliba out his Europa League squadThe Arsenal manager only has two of the eight centre-backs available against DundalkShkodran Mustafi (left) and Gabriel Magalhaes (right) are the only fit central defenders'I feel really bad for William Saliba,' Arteta said. Mesut Ozil, meanwhile, was the other headline omission from the Europa League squad alongside Sokratis and Saliba. The 32-year-old was also left out of the Gunners' Premier League squad for the season, a move which has caused further friction between the World Cup winner and the club. Sokratis Papastathopoulos is also unavailable to Arteta after he was omitted from the squad
Germany bans fans from stadiums again amid spike in Covid infections
Football fans in Germany have been banned from stadiums again as part of Government measures to fight a second Covid-19 wave. Chancellor Angela Merkel unveiled a series of new restrictions on Wednesday after a jump in coronavirus cases and deaths across Germany. The revelations represent a setback for English clubs pressing the government to rethink its current ban on fans in stadiums. 'Fans and clubs then stuck to the rules with discipline living up to their responsibilities. In France, elite sport will continue despite a nationwide lockdown announced by President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday, sports minister Roxana Maracineanu said.
Video: Terrifying moment Ferrari driver loses control on Lambeth Bridge
Video: The moment a Ferrari driver crashes on London's Lambeth bridge, narrowly avoiding cyclists and smashing into a wallThis terrifying moment shows a Ferrari driver speeding on Lambeth Bridge, London, as he loses control and spins out, narrowly avoiding pedestrians and cyclists. The airbags burst due to the impact and the driver...
Soccer: Barca defeat will teach Juve a lot says Bonucci - English
(ANSA) - ROME, OCT 29 - Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci has said that Juventus's 2-0 defeat at home to Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday will teach them a lot. "The defeat certainly hurts," Bonucci said via social media. The hosts had defender Merih Demirel sent off in the closing stages for a second yellow card. They are second in Group G with three points from two games, three behind leaders Barcelona. None of Italy's Champions League contenders won this week as Inter and Atalanta were both held on Tuesday.
France call up Vincent for Ireland Six Nations decider
Arthur Vincent started three games earlier this year during the Six NationsAdvertising Read moreParis (AFP)Centre Arthur Vincent replaces injured winger Teddy Thomas in France's side to host Ireland in this weekend's potential Six Nations decider, coach Fabien Galthie announced on Thursday. Midfielder Gael Fickou moves to the wing as Vincent comes into midfield alongside Virimi Vakatawa for the nail-biting finish to a coronavirus-delayed tournament that sees les Bleus, this Saturday's Irish visitors and England -- who play Italy -- all in a position to win the Six Nations title. Galthie's side must better Eddie Jones' men's result in Rome earlier in the day and have a better points difference to claim the competition for the first time since 2010. Uncapped La Rochelle winger Arthur Retiere is named on the bench in the only other change in the matchday 23. France side (15-1) to face Ireland on Saturday (kick-off 2005 GMT)Anthony Bouthier; Vincent Rattez, Virimi Vakatawa, Arthur Vincent, Gael Fickou; Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont; Gregory Alldritt, Charles Ollivon (capt), Francois Cros; Paul Willemse, Bernard Le Roux; Mohamed Haouas, Julien Marchand, Cyril BailleReplacements: Camille Chat, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Demba Bamba, Romain Taofifenua, Dylan Cretin, Baptiste Serin, Arthur Retitere, Thomas Ramos© 2020 AFP
How the Associated Press Determines US Presidential Election Results
She is the Washington bureau chief for the Associated Press, and the reporters in her care bring their Election Day fears to Pace. Julie Pace is the Washington bureau chief for the Associated Press and, lately, the person reporters talk to about their Election Day nightmares. But no one expects Election Day 2020 to look anything like the ones we remember—which explains all the nightmares in the AP’s Washington bureau. On Election Day, some of them will be back in the office, wearing masks. Counting the votes on Election Day shouldn’t pose a problem, according to Jennifer Nicoll Victor, a political science professor at George Mason University.
Dear Coach Saban: Please endorse Doug Jones for AL Senate. You'll be doing well by doing good!
You have a rare opportunity to pull this off by endorsing Doug Jones for Alabama Senate. Now it’s time for an additional step: Supporting Doug Jones for Senate next Tuesday. On the other hand, when asked about Black Lives Matter, Tommy Tuberville said, “This is not a black issue. Doug Jones or Tommy Tuberville? Marching with your players certainly helped your reputation among African-American recruits , Endorsing Doug Jones would extend and solidify it.
Michigan-Michigan State renew rivalry on Big Noon Saturday
The Race for the White House isn’t the only big game taking place in Michigan this weekend. Michigan State Spartans at Michigan WolverinesWhen: 12 p.m., ET, Saturday, Oct. 31TV: FOXWhere: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MIRanking/Record: Michigan State (0-1), No. Play theand make your selection on this Big Ten rivalry and the best college football games of the weekend. Bo Nix played better, however, against Ole Miss and the veteran quarterback needs another big game. Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Penn State Nittany LionsWhen: 7:30 p.m., ET, Saturday, Oct. 31TV: ABCWhere: Beaver Stadium, Happy ValleyRecord/Ranking: No.
Cowboys deal DE Everson Griffen to Lions
Cowboys deal DE Everson Griffen to Lions originally appeared on NBC Sports WashingtonThe Dallas Cowboys have traded veteran defensive end Everson Griffen to the Detroit Lions, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport first reported. The #Lions give up a conditional 6th rounder for Griffen. Additionally, Dallas was lacking in draft capital and the prospect of bringing Griffen back next season has grown more unlikely based on his initial performance. Washington will see Griffen again in Week 10 when they travel to Detroit. Griffen, an 11-year veteran, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Cowboys in the offseason after spending his first decade with the Minnesota Vikings.
Which teams will be buyers at next week's trade deadline?
Subscribe to The Yahoo Sports NFL PodcastTerez Paylor & Charles Robinson open the podcast this week discussing the state of a handful of rosters as the NFL trade deadline fast approaches. With a reduced salary cap coming next year, we can expect a lot of teams to be sellers, but which teams will be buyers, like the Detroit Lions & Seattle Seahawks, who made defensive additions in Everson Griffen and Carlos Dunlap, respectively? Our experts spend the first half of the episode getting you primed for next week's big deadline. Not only will this game have playoff seeding ramifications, but how could this game affect the trade deadline as well? Follow Charles @CharlesRobinsonFollow Terez @TerezPaylorTag your questions for the guys on Twitter with #YahooNFLPodcastCheck out the rest of the Yahoo Sports Podcast family athttps://apple.co/2Abi8jk or at yahoosports.com/podcastsNew England Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore has been rumored as a player likely to be moved at next week's trade deadline.
Tyler Lockett and Davante Adams Dominate in Week 7 DraftKings Lineups
The Seahawks and Packers wide receivers led all players in fantasy points during an exciting Week 7 in the NFL. DraftKings Roster Breakdown: Week 7Our goal on Bull Market Fantasy is to always educate so we can make our audience a better fantasy football player, Daily Fantasy player, and sports gambler. Davante Adams scored 47 points. I haven’t come across a winning lineup this week that didn’t have Lockett and Adams in it. Are you a DFS player or sports bettor?
Might Cam Newton’s poor performance lately have something to do with his COVID-19 diagnosis?
It’s obvious that Patriots quarterback Cam Newton’s play has slipped since he returned to action after testing positive for COVID-19. There are several causes of brain fog, from lack of sleep to stress. While COVID-19 has not yet been proven as a cause for brain fog, researchers have found there is a correlation between the two. Brain fog is a subjective feeling, so only Newton would know if he’s experiencing relevant symptoms. Should a patient be experiencing brain fog, he recommends reducing stress, sleeping well, and attempting to return to normalcy.
No. 15 UNC, struggling Virginia to meet for 125th time
15 North Carolina at Virginia. The Tar Heels (4-1, 4-1 ACC) climbed as high as No. 5 in the Top 25 before losing at Florida State two weeks ago, and Virginia (1-4, 1-4) , the defending Coastal Division champion, has lost four in a row. The Cavaliers, however, have won three in a row in the series and are 8-3 against teams coached by Mack Brown. Key for the Cavaliers against the Tar Heels' high-powered (37.8 ppg) offense will be a good start, something they haven't done all season.
No. 15 UNC, struggling Virginia to meet for 125th time
15 North Carolina at Virginia. The Tar Heels (4-1, 4-1 ACC) climbed as high as No. 5 in the Top 25 before losing at Florida State two weeks ago, and Virginia (1-4, 1-4) , the defending Coastal Division champion, has lost four in a row. The Cavaliers, however, have won three in a row in the series and are 8-3 against teams coached by Mack Brown. Key for the Cavaliers against the Tar Heels' high-powered (37.8 ppg) offense will be a good start, something they haven't done all season.
Christian Coleman's ban casts another cloud over athletics' blue riband event
But an alarming proportion have, and the higher you climb the ranks of the sports’ blue riband event, the murkier things get. Upon news of the ban being made public, the American’s manager, Emmanuel Hudson, instantly confirmed he will appeal against it. As the world’s fastest sprinter by a considerable margin in 2017, 2018 and 2019, his future as Olympic champion seemed inevitable. Athletics’ headline race, and arguably the biggest single event of the entire Olympics, now heads into the delayed Tokyo Games next year as a largely blank canvas. British pair Zharnel Hughes and Reece Prescod, reigning European gold and silver medallists respectively, are not far behind them on personal bests.
Six Nations 2020 table and permutations: latest standings and how England, Ireland or France can win
If they beat France in Paris on Saturday night with a bonus point, Andy Farrell's team will be crowned champions. Victory without a four-try bonus might still be enough, even if - as expected - England claim five points against Italy in Rome. Tied teams are separated by points difference, and Ireland are currently 23 points better off than England in that department. Ireland will also know exactly what they have to do, as the Stade de France encounter is Saturday's final game. Scotland have not claimed an away win against Wales for 18 years, but they have every chance this weekend.
Liverpool vs West Ham, Premier League: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
A tea-time match up between Jurgen Klopp's injury-hit champions and David Moyes' high-scoring West Ham who have begun the season with two wins, two draws and two defeats to sit safely in mid-table. Can they inflict any damage at Anfield or will Liverpool make it four straight wins in all competitions? This Saturday (Oct 31), the third and final of three Premier League fixtures on the day. What TV channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HD from 5pm.
Arsenal vs Dundalk prediction: How will Europa League fixture play out tonight?
Arsenal welcome Dundalk to the Emirates in the Europa League group stage this evening. Mikel Arteta’s side struggled against Rapid Vienna but ultimately secured a hard-fought victory, and are firm favourites in the group. Irish side Dundalk, meanwhile, lost 2-1 to Molde in their opening group stage fixture. Cedric Soares, Mohamed Elneny, Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock are all in contention to make outings on the starting line-up. Predicted line upsArsenal: Runarsson, Soares, Mustafi, Gabriel, Kolasinac, Elneny, Ceballos, Nelson, Willock, Pepe, Nketiah.
Barcelona’s win over Juventus was ‘best answer’ to boardroom crisis, Sergi Roberto claims
Barcelona's 2-0 win away to Juventus in their Champions League group was the perfect reply to the club's boardroom crisis, midfielder Sergi Roberto said on Wednesday. We want to win titles and matches as we showed today," said Sergi Roberto. Coach Ronald Koeman agreed that his team had tried to put the boardroom issue out of their minds. Barcelona have won their two games in Champions League Group G, a sharp contrast to their La Liga form where they are without a win in their last three matches. This is a big win against an important European side and we were able to play the football we're trying to impose," Koeman said.
Julian Nagelsmann snaps at question over choice of clothing during RB Leipzig’s defeat by Manchester United
RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann was notion a mood to joke about his choice of clothing following the 5-0 thrashing by Manchester United, despite talking up his attire pre-game as “a special” outfit for the Champions League clash. Having seen his side ship five goals though, Nagelsmann was in no mood to discuss his wardrobe. Asked by Sky Deutschland, “So your outfit won’t be going in your wardrobe as a lucky jacket...”, Nagelsmann quickly interrupted: “Don’t talk so much about my clothes. “I have a special one for Wednesday as well,” Nagelsmann said in the days leading up to the match. “The trousers will not be that special but the rest is kind of special.
Tottenham’s Gareth Bale is getting up to speed and is ready to ‘fly’, Jose Mourinho reveals
Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho said Gareth Bale has worked hard to improve his fitness levels and will be ready to "fly" when he takes the field against Royal Antwerp in the Europa League on Thursday. Mourinho confirmed Bale would start the Group J match and was confident the Wales international is ready to deliver. "Bale is playing and we all have not just a feeling but the data to show that Bale is arriving," Mourinho said. A big guy like him travelled to Burnley, stayed on the bench for 90 minutes, didn't play one minute. We can see already Gareth at a good level and hopefully he can fly because he's working very hard."
Royal Antwerp vs Tottenham prediction: How will Europa League fixture play out tonight?
Jose Mourinho takes Tottenham back into Europe with a trip to Royal Antwerp on Thursday. Both sides won their Europa League match last week, with Spurs seeing off LASK and the Belgians beating Ludogorets. Antwerp went top of the table in their own domestic league after beating Beerschot to leapfrog them in the Jupiler Pro. Recent arrivals Gareth Bale and Carlos Vinicius will most certainly start in attack for Spurs along with Erik Lamela. Tottenham: Hart, Doherty, Sanchez, Davies, Reguilon, Sissoko, Winks, Lamela, Lo Celso, Bale, Vinicius.
Arsenal vs Dundalk live stream: How to watch Europa League fixture online and on TV tonight
Arsenal will be looking to continue their Europa League campaign with their second match against Irish side Dundalk on Thursday at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners had a hard-fought victory against Rapid Vienna last week, whilst Dundalk lost 2-1 to Molde who scored twice in a ten-minute spell in the second half. Mikel Arteta’s side were beaten 1-0 by Leicester in the Premier League on Sunday and will be keen to bounce back with a comfortable win against Dundalk. Cedric Soares, Mohamed Elneny, Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock are all in contention to make outings on the starting line-up. Predicted line upsArsenal: Runarsson, Soares, Mustafi, Gabriel, Kolasinac, Elneny, Ceballos, Nelson, Willock, Pepe, Nketiah.
Royal Antwerp vs Tottenham live stream: How to watch Europa League fixture online and on TV tonight
Tottenham Hotspur will look to continue their good run of form when they travel to Belgium in the Europa League on Thursday night. Spurs have won four of their last five, scoring 20 goals in that time, including a 3-0 win in the group stage a week ago. Antwerp have won their last five in all competitions, beating Ludogorets a week ago in Group J.Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match. Recent arrivals Gareth Bale and Carlos Vinicius will most certainly start in attack for Spurs along with Erik Lamela. Tottenham: Hart, Doherty, Sanchez, Davies, Reguilon, Sissoko, Winks, Lamela, Lo Celso, Bale, Vinicius.
Royal Antwerp vs Tottenham live stream: How to watch Europa League fixture online and on TV tonight
Tottenham Hotspur will face Royal Antwerp in Belgium on Thursday in their second match in the Europa League. Jose Mourinho’s side will be wanting to keep their winning momentum after their most recent triumph in the Premier League on Monday at Burnley. Recent arrivals Gareth Bale and Carlos Vinicius will most certainly start in attack for Spurs along with Erik Lamela. Ben Davies and Moussa Sissoko may keep their places in the starting line-up after both playing well against Burnley. Tottenham: Hart, Doherty, Sanchez, Davies, Reguilon, Sissoko, Winks, Lamela, Lo Celso, Bale, Vinicius.
AEK Athens vs Leicester live stream: How to watch Europa League fixture online and on TV tonight
Leicester City face Greek side AEK Athens in their second Europa League fixture of the group stage. They beat Zorya 3-0 in the first group stage game last week, while AEK lost 3-0 to Braga. The Greek side won their league game at the weekend 1-0, but face a struggle to get through this competitive group in Europe. The game will be shown live on BT Sport 1. Subscribers can also stream the game via the BT Sport website or app.
Lille vs Celtic live stream: How to watch Europa League fixture online and on TV tonight
Their hosts, Lille, easily beat Sparta Prague in the first group game and are on a great run of form, winning four of the last five. The game will be shown live on BT Sport 3. Subscribers can also stream the game via the BT Sport website or app. Lille have a full squad available and could name the same XI as won against Sparta Prague a week ago. Predicted line-upsLille: Maignan; Pied, Fonte, Botman, Bradaric; Yazici, Xeka, Soumare, Bamba; Ikone, David.
Gary Lineker: The hypocrisy from government over football salaries is baffling
Gary Lineker understands that his salary will be used as “ammunition” against him and appreciates that like other top-tier talent he is fortunate to be so well compensated but he finds the government’s hypocrisy over wages in football baffling. “It's hard for me to justify the salary for what I do,” Lineker said. “But, you know, I'm not going to sit here, talk to you now and say that I deserve more than one of the nurses that has been on the front line. "I try and do my bit with it as well, try and help a few people and help a few causes along the way. On the subject of players having their salaries held against them too, Lineker added: “Obviously, they're very well compensated.
Video: Bugatti shows off its new Bolide track car in impressive footage
Video: 'Like riding on a cannonball': The Bugatti Bolide is a bonkers racer that uses the 16-cylinder engine from the Chiron road car - and it will hit 311mph in just 20 SECONDSThe Bugatti Bolide is the most extreme, uncompromising, fastest and lightest vehicle concept in our company's recent history with an unprecedented weight-to-power ratio of 0.67 kg per PS.
Claudia Schiffer wears a figure-hugging jumpsuit as she is named Woman of the Year at the GQ Awards
Claudia Schiffer, who turned 50 at the end of August, looked nothing short of sensational as she was honored as Woman of the Year at the GQ Awards in London. While accepting the coveted title, the stunning supermodel wore a navy, figure-hugging jumpsuit, which cinched her in at the waist and showed off her slim figure. The star-studded roster of victors also included Jean Paul Gaultier, Zachary Quinto, Leon Goretzka, and Kimberly Jones and more. Upon accepting his award, Quinto, who received the Movie International award, reflected on gravitating toward an acting career at an early age. She is a strong advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement and has more than 240,000 Instagram followers.
Pakistan host Zimbabwe as cricket rehabilitation gathers pace
After Pakistan toured England and agreed to visit South Africa -- both hard-hit by Covid-19 -- the two heavyweights were moved to show their gratitude by studying reciprocal trips. Zimbabwe, West Indies and Bangladesh have all toured Pakistan since the attack, and last year Sri Lanka ended their decade-long absence with a limited-overs tour. In the 13-team World Cup Super League, seven sides plus hosts India will qualify for the World Cup. - 'Not taking Zimbabwe lightly' -The series makes Pakistan just the third host of international cricket since the coronavirus pandemic. "Super League games are very important because we have to qualify for the World Cup, which we missed in 2019."
Yadav responds to India snub with another match-winning knock
Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh was among those who had questioned Yadav’s omission from Australia tour. “Don’t know what else @surya_14kumar needs to do get picked in the team India ... different people different rules I guess. I request all the selectors to see his records,” Singh tweeted on Tuesday. After Yadav’s “class” innings against Bangalore, the 40-year-old tweeted “hope selectors are watching him play...”Mumbai captain Kieron Pollard said Yadav just needed to be patient for his India call-up. While Kohli was at the receiving end of it, India head coach Ravi Shastri hailed the performance on Twitter and advised Yadav to “Stay strong and patient”.
Djokovic marks Italian teenager Sinner as a potential number one
(Reuters) - Novak Djokovic feels Italian teenager Jannik Sinner leads the pack of ‘Next Gen’ players with the potential of becoming a future world number one, the Serbian said after all but securing his year-end top ranking with a win in Vienna on Wednesday. Oct 6, 2020; Paris, France; Jannik Sinner (ITA) in action during his match against Rafael Nadal (ESP) on day 10 at Stade Roland Garros. The 19-year-old Sinner won the Next Gen ATP Finals in 2019 and is currently at a career-high ranking of 43, having reached his maiden Grand Slam quarter final at this month’s French Open. “(Sinner) definitely possesses a game that is powerful and is with a lot of quality, and you can say he has the potential to be a top player of the world. “And to endure, because I think you have a much better chance to have a great Grand Slam or a great season.
The Latest: Zeta weakens into a tropical storm over Alabama
Hurricane Zeta passed through Wednesday leaving much of the city and metro area without power. Hurricane Zeta passed through Wednesday leaving much of the city and metro area without power. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Zeta (all times CDT):1:30 a.m.Zeta has weakened into a tropical storm over central Alabama. The storm was about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south southeast of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (112 kmh). — Mackenzie Umanzor didn’t evacuate from D’Iberville, Mississippi, when she heard Hurricane Zeta would be coming through the area.
Los Angeles Dodgers Win 2020 World Series
Los Angeles has officially transformed into Titletown. For the second time in October, the city claimed a major sports championship as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 2-1, in Game 6 of the 2020 World Series. Probably because the Dodgers have fallen short time and time again since becoming perennial World Series contenders in 2013. However, a stunningly early hook by Rays manager Kevin Cash gave Los Angeles the opening it needed to strike. Mookie Betts, who many believed would be the difference maker for Los Angeles in 2020, once again showed us why.
Seahawks won’t know status of RB Chris Carson until end of the week
The Seattle Seahawks are set to square off against the San Francisco 49ers but won’t know the playing status of starting running back Chris Carson until at least the end of the practice week. Carson left Sunday night’s contest early with a foot injury that was later confirmed as a mid-foot sprain by the MRI. “Chris has something going on his foot that we have to see how it goes,” coach Pete Carroll told reporters Wednesday. “We’ll be real quiet on Chris until the end of the week and see how he goes on the weekend. “So we won’t know entirely what’s happening until the week is out.”Seahawks backup running backs Travis Homer (knee bruise) and Carlos Hyde (hamstring) are also dealing with minor injuries following the loss to Arizona.
Mookie Betts' tweet after World Series win is bittersweet for Red Sox fans
Betts' tweet after WS win is bittersweet for Red Sox fans originally appeared on NBC Sports BostonLife is moving fast for Boston Red Sox fans. On Oct. 28, 2018, Mookie Betts was celebrating at Dodger Stadium after his Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the World Series. Red Sox fans who were dismayed to see Boston trade their superstar right fielder to Los Angeles in February may have a hard time stomaching Betts' celebratory tweet after winning a World Series in another uniform. Betts was beloved in Boston, and some Red Sox fans may be happy to see the 28-year-old achieve more greatness. But the fact that Betts has been such a smashing success in L.A. while the Red Sox recover from one of their worst seasons ever has to be a tough pill to swallow.
Dodgers finally add to championship tally: Explore the history of the World Series in augmented reality
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ championship drought is finally over. After topping the Tampa Bay Rays in six games in the 2020 World Series, Dodgers fans are celebrating for the first time since Orel Hershiser, Kirk Gibson and Tommy Lasorda brought home the Commissioner's Trophy in 1988. Not only did this Dodgers team end over three decades of waiting, it culminated eight seasons of dominance that had been soured by disappointment. [Yahoo Store: Get your Los Angeles Dodgers championship gear here!] A dynastic run could see Los Angeles soar past Boston and Oakland, and challenge St. Louis' 11 titles.
Don't blame analytics for the Blake Snell decision, blame the Rays
Through 5 1/3 innings, Tampa Bay Rays starter Blake Snell dominated the best lineup in baseball. By securing that victory, the Dodgers gave Rays critics permission to fire off bigger and bolder — which, on the Internet, translates to dumber — opinions about Cash’s decision. Cash’s decision to remove Snell became an excuse for the old guard to decry their favorite buzzwords: Sabermetrics and analytics. Blame the Rays for the Blake Snell decisionRodriguez — and everyone else re-litigating arguments that are now old enough to drive — are misplacing their anger. Cash’s decision to pull Snell in Game 6 was not the result of analytics, it was a result of how the Rays operate.
South Alabama at Georgia Southern
Steelers at Ravens, who wins? Yes NoWill there be a defensive touchdown in PIT/BAL? Patriots at Bills, who wins? Yes NoWill either Cam Newton or Josh Allen have a rush TD Sunday? How many TDs does Tua account for in his first start?
College football notebook: Mike Leach predicts more Mississippi State players will leave the program
Leach confirmed Tyrell Shavers, Tre Lawson and Jamari Stewart are on their way out during Wednesday’s SEC teleconference. Minutes after Mississippi State lost 24-2 to Kentucky on Oct. 10, Leach hinted that a purge of “malcontents” could be coming. Mississippi State fans might be surprised, but Leach isn’t. We might lose more.”That was only the beginning of Leach’s comments during the teleconference on players leaving his program. Leach and his assistants had a vision for Hill leading the SEC in yards from scrimmage this season.
No. 8 Texas A&M looks for 9th straight victory over Arkansas
Arkansas has won two Southeastern Conference games this season after going winless in the league the past two years. After snapping their streak of conference futility, the Razorbacks (2-2) will attempt to end another long skid when they visit No. The Aggies have won eight straight meetings in the series with the last victory by Arkansas coming in 2011. Johnny Football led the Aggies to a 45-33 victory in 2013. But the next two meetings went to overtime, and all but one game since has been decided by a touchdown or less.
NASCAR resumes Texas playoff race 3 days after it started
FORT WORTH, Texas — Martin Truex Jr. went from the back of the field at the start of NASCAR’s playoff’s race at Texas three days earlier to finishing second in each of the first two stages Wednesday. Truex led four times for 46 laps in the first 210 laps, and was running 1.2 seconds behind Kyle Busch at the end of the second 105-lap stage. Busch, who is not among the remaining playoff contenders, is still looking for his first win this season. A win could take care of that for the 2017 Cup champion who was the runner-up each of the past two seasons. He did win earlier this season at Martinsville, NASCAR’s oldest and shortest track where they race Sunday.
No. 4 Notre Dame passing game picking up with Ga Tech next
(AP) — Five games in and a little over a week away from its showdown with top-ranked Clemson, No. 4 Notre Dame’s passing attack is beginning to show life again heading into Saturday’s game at Georgia Tech. Few expected the Fighting Irish to struggle there, particularly with grad student Ian Book back at the helm after throwing for 3,034 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2019. “We’re ascending at the right time,” Book said. “I feel like my game is starting to ascend and I need to keep doing the same things.”
Hawkeyes host Northwestern with sense of urgency after loss
Kirk Ferentz's best Iowa teams tend to improve by the week, which means the Hawkeyes better get going if they want to be a factor in the Big Ten West. The timetable is accelerated this season because of the conference's shortened schedule. Ferentz is looking for his team to make a big jump at home against Northwestern on Saturday after its season-opening loss at Purdue. “If we’re going to be successful, that’s paramount," Ferentz said. The Wildcats' offense has a polished quarterback in Peyton Ramsey and a rushing attack that generated 325 yards in the season opener against the Terrapins.
Purdue wary of Illini as Boilermakers try to go 2-0
Purdue wary of Illini as Boilermakers try to go 2-0CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Purdue is fresh off a minor upset over Iowa. Purdue coach Jeff Brohm made it clear the Boilermakers are taking nothing for granted when the two teams meet on Saturday. “Illinois is a team that put it to us last year, pure and simple. They played harder than us and they outcoached us.”Lovie Smith's Illini beat Purdue 24-6 last year, ending a three-game skid to the Boilermakers in a series that dates to 1890. But Illinois did not look good against the Badgers in its opener a day before Purdue edged Iowa 24-20.
Sports Scoreboard for Thursday, Oct. 29
Sports Scoreboard for Thursday, Oct. 29 shares emailFOOTBALL High School Thursday’s Games Class 5A El Reno at Southeast Class 3A Perkins at Douglass Class A Morrison at Caney Valley Talihina at Central Sallisaw Class B Alex at Caddo Quinton at Weleetka GOLF College Wednesday’s Results East Lake Cup Match PlayAt Atlanta, Ga. PEPPERDINE 4, OU 1 Derek Hitchner, Pepp, def. Logan McAllister, 3&2 Joe Highsmith, Pepp, def. Patrick Welch, 5&4 Jonathan Brightwell, OU, def. William Mouw, 2&1 RJ Manke, Pepp, def. Quade Cummins, 2&1 Dylan Menante, Pepp, def.
Tier 3 lockdown rules: what are the 'very high' alert level restrictions?
The Government's new model of “Local Covid Alert Levels” in England will work as a traffic light system with three distinct tiers: medium, high and very high. In areas with particularly high levels of infection, pubs, gyms and casinos could be forced to close their doors to stop the spread of the virus. Boris Johnson said these new Covid-19 alert levels were being introduced to "avoid the misery of a second lockdown". The Government will set a baseline of measures for any area in this local alert level. The areas of Liverpool and Merseyside in Tier 3 lockdown include Knowsley, The Wirral, St Helens, Sefton and Halton.
The latest local lockdown restrictions in Nottingham, Mansfield, Manchester and Liverpool
In addition to these measures, gyms and leisure centres, betting centres, adult game centres and casinos are also closed. People should try to avoid travelling outside the very high alert level or entering a very high alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities or to travel through as part of a longer journey. Residents should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK, and others should avoid staying overnight in the very high alert area. Greater Manchester, Warrington and CheshireGreater Manchester and Warrington are under Tier 3 restrictions, while Cheshire remain under Tier 2 restrictions. Greater Manchester moved to the "very high" alert level on Friday October 23.
2001 remembered: The last time a Six Nations was interrupted and England suffered
England could wind up on Saturday evening as Six Nations champions after facing Italy, seven months later than originally planned due to Covid-19. Nineteen years ago, hit with a similar extraordinary delay, the stakes for England were even higher. Having missed out on the Grand Slam the year before at Murrayfield, sunk by 19 points from Scotland's Duncan Hodge, 12 months later England seemed as though they would not be denied. England lost 20-14 to Ireland and watched another chance at a Grand Slam go up in smoke after the failures of 2000 and 1999 against Wales. It wasn’t a particularly great memory for myself, because it was the second opportunity I’d had to captain a Grand Slam-winning side and again I had ballsed it up!"
Exclusive interview: Meet Gary Rogers - the veteran keeper who will be busiest man in Europe on Thursday night
Rogers’ durability is a result of consistency, preparation and, as ever, the good fortune that meant he has avoided major injury. “The way the club is in Dundalk, it is set up for you to get the best out of yourself. He could easily have taken a different path, though, as Gaelic football was his main passion as a boy. “I played Gaelic football first and soccer second,” he says. The course of his life changed when, as a teenager, he was handed a three-month ban following an altercation with a Gaelic football referee.
Exclusive interview with Italy's Maxime Mbanda: From rucks and mauls to the front line of the coronavirus battle
“He tried once, when I was 14, to make me work for a Milan ambulance service. This work with the Yellow Cross didn’t stop when the emergency finished. I’m not just Italian, I’m not just Congolese, I’m both. While I was with the Yellow Cross in April, my girlfriend told me that we were expecting a baby. “When the stadium is full, it will be much better, because it will mean that the virus has passed away.
Manchester United vs RB Leipzig player ratings: Marcus Rashford shines off the bench for United
Manchester United produced a clinical performance to beat RB Leipzig 5-0 in the Champions League. Lots of concentration was called for on the night and he came up with the answers to Leipzig’s constant movement. Showed good movement in the channels and almost created a great chance early on. Excellent in possession to push Leipzig upfield and spread play wide, but easily beaten by Rashford for the third in particular. Another who showed great pressing and short passing, but not enough incisive running or goal threat.
NFL denies report of plans to limit attendance at Super Bowl
Super Bowl tickets might be harder to get than ever. The NFL currently plans to limit attendance to 20% for Super Bowl LV, scheduled for Feb. 7, 2021, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, ESPN reported Wednesday. Later Wednesday, the NFL issued a statement denying that a capacity limit is set for the Super Bowl. The date of the game will not change if the NFL adds a Week 18 to the regular season, according to the report. The week off currently scheduled between the conference championships and the Super Bowl would be eliminated instead.
Jack Nicklaus says he has voted for Donald Trump in what the president declares is 'a great honor'
Golfing legend Jack Nicklaus has announced that he has again voted for Donald Trump, in what the president said was 'a great honor'. Trump replied: 'Jack, this is a Great Honor. Donald Trump, Jack Nicklaus and Ivanka in February 2015 unveiling the Jack Nicklaus Villa at Trump Doral. Nicklaus and the president have played golf together several times. Trump has played almost 300 rounds of golf as president, with the 290th round on September 5, according to GolfNews.net.
REPORT: The NFL Is Preparing For 20% Capacity At The Super Bowl
The NFL is planning for limited capacity at the Super Bowl. According to Adam Schefter, the NFL is preparing for 20% capacity at the Super Bowl in Tampa during the coronavirus pandemic. One other note to the limited seating now expected at Super Bowl LV: If a Week 18 is added to this regular season, the off week would be eliminated and Super Bowl LV would stay on February 7. pic.twitter.com/wANGPM1Z7f — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 28, 2020Did anyone really think the NFL would have 100% capacity at the Super Bowl? There’s not a single major sporting event in America that I’m aware of that has had 100% capacity since the pandemic started. Let’s also hope nothing happens which requires the NFL to change the date of the Super Bowl and push it back.
NASCAR’s Kyle Larson Signs With New Race Team Following Scandal Over Use Of Racial Slur
NASCAR star Kyle Larson has signed a new deal with Hendrick Motorsports after using a racial slur during a virtual race. 5 Chevrolet Camaro at the beginning of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, according to a press release published Wednesday by NASCAR. pic.twitter.com/MFjFQlTpsi — Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) October 28, 2020“Hendrick Motorsports is a championship organization that has set a high bar for performance and for how drivers represent the team and its partners,” Larson said in a team release. Larson was reinstated by the organization earlier in October and will reportedly be allowed to race again starting in January of 2021. Larson reportedly did not know his audio was broadcasting out to other users on Twitch while he was streaming.
REPORT: Daryl Morey To Sign 5-Year Deal As President Of Philadelphia 76ers
Former Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey will reportedly sign a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers to oversee the franchise’s basketball operations. Morey’s deal as President of the 76ers will last for five years, according to a report published Wednesday by Shams Charania of The Athletic. Sources: Former Rockets GM Daryl Morey will sign a five-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers as soon as this weekend to run the franchise’s basketball operations. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 28, 2020“Sources: Former Rockets GM Daryl Morey will sign a five-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers as soon as this weekend to run the franchise’s basketball operations,” Charania tweeted. “For me, it was just a great run,” Morey told ESPN at the time.
Stores Looted Amid Dodgers World Series Celebration In Downtown LA
Multiple stores and an 18-wheeler trailer were looted amid the Los Angeles Dodgers World Series win celebration Tuesday night. Police arrested eight people and reported injuries to three Los Angeles Police officers, according to NBC Los Angeles. (RELATED: The Dodgers Win The World Series After Beating The Rays In Game 6)The Dodgers won the World Series for the first time in 32 years. The last time the Dodgers won a World Series was against the New York Mets in 1988. pic.twitter.com/6d4muukUyR — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 28, 2020“I know you want to celebrate like everybody else, but let’s do it properly, let’s do it the way the Dodgers did, with pride in themselves and pride in our great city,” Scully said in the video.
New Orleans Saints Player Juwan Johnson Tells His Wife He’s Playing In His 1st NFL Game In Heartwarming Video
New Orleans Saints receiver Juwan Johnson is slated to play his first game Sunday, and the moment he told his wife was awesome. Johnson posted a video to TikTok of him informing his wife Chanen that he was suiting up for his first NFL action this Sunday against the Bears. Saints WR @juwanplease told his wife Chanen he was going to play in his first NFL game. This reaction ?? pic.twitter.com/lkws1oZ5yf — B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) October 27, 2020Yeah, I think we found the best video on the internet today. (@chanenjohnson) on Feb 19, 2020 at 11:42am PSTLet’s all hope Johnson tears it up in his NFL debut this Sunday.
Post-Game Stat Correction Takes $1M Betting Prize From Sports Gambler
A sack being turned into a tackle in the fourth quarter of Monday’s Rams v. Bears game left a bettor without a million dollar prize. Rob Huntze had believed he had won $1 million before realizing a sack had been taken away from the Chicago Bears, according to ESPN. Stat change costs man $1M prize on MNF game https://t.co/ojVEDF1JF4 pic.twitter.com/7L2aO5qIf4 — ESPNChicago (@ESPNChicago) October 28, 2020“Heartbreaking on many levels,” Huntze told ESPN. Then to also realize it probably should have been considered a sack, but the NFL just decided it wasn’t. Five other entries ended up splitting the $1 million prize, ESPN reported.
The World Series Gets Horrible TV Ratings For The Dodgers Winning The Championship
The Los Angeles Dodgers winning the World Series got pretty poor TV ratings Tuesday night. According to ShowBuzzDaily.com, the sixth and final game in the series against the Rays averaged 12.627 million viewers on Fox as the Dodgers won the title. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Los Angeles Dodgers (@dodgers) on Oct 27, 2020 at 11:31pm PDTFor comparison, the Nationals winning the title in 2019 in game seven had an average of more than 23 million viewers, according to SportsMediaWatch.com. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Los Angeles Dodgers (@dodgers) on Oct 27, 2020 at 10:03pm PDTWhy are ratings so bad for the MLB and other sports leagues? View this post on Instagram A post shared by Los Angeles Dodgers (@dodgers) on Oct 27, 2020 at 8:39pm PDTEither way, the MLB needs to figure things out quickly to make sure the ratings bounce back in 2021.
Ep. 590 - If You Elect Democrats, You Get The Chaos You Deserve
590 - If You Elect Democrats, You Get The Chaos You DeserveThe Matt Walsh Show | Oct 28th, 2020Today on the Matt Walsh Show, rioting raged in Philadelphia for a second night, and spread to New York, DC, and elsewhere. This is what you get from Democrats: they sit and watch while their cities burn. He is not the only BLM martyr in the last few months to have a history of abusing women. And in our Five Headlines, an explosive Tucker Carlson interview with the man blowing the whistle on Biden family corruption. And for our Daily Cancellation, in perhaps my most deserved and necessary cancellation yet, I will be cancelling dancing.
World Series 2020 -- The oddest of World Series ends with the most 2020 moment of the season
To Turner's left, gleaming, sat the World Series trophy. From the moment spring training started, the Dodgers were the favorites to win the World Series. He homered in the first inning of Game 3 of the World Series and again in Game 4. In that time, the World Series would be won. It will be the day the Dodgers won the World Series again, the day they delivered ecstasy to a city and history for themselves.
Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner pulled mid-game during World Series win after positive Covid-19 test
(CNN) The World Series hadn't seen anything quite like it in what was the most extraordinary of finales that posed as many questions as it did talking points. Los Angeles Dodgers star Justin Turner had to be pulled in the middle of his team's World Series-securing Game 6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays after testing positive for Covid-19. Turner initially didn't join his teammates on the field for the post-game celebrations and tweeted: "Can't believe I couldn't be out there to celebrate with my guys!" However, he did eventually return to the field to celebrate, hugging his teammates, posing for photos with the roster and at times not wearing a mask, which has led to both the 35-year-old third baseman and the Dodgers organization coming in for criticism. "I don't think there was anyone that was going to stop him from going out [onto the field]," Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers president of baseball operations, told reporters after the game.
Justin Turner Celebrates With Dodgers After Testing Positive for COVID
Justin Turner, the third baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was pulled during the eighth inning of Game 6 of the World Series Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19. The Dodgers won the game 3-1 to earn their first World Series championship in over thirty years, and Turner celebrated with teammates on the field after they completed their victory. Here’s an exclusive look at Justin Turner celebrating on the field after testing positive for COVID-19. His test from earlier today was then expedited, and when it came back positive, he was removed from the game. So proud of this team & unbelievably happy for the City of LA#WorldSeriesChamps — Justin Turner (@redturn2) October 28, 2020What would have happened if the Rays had forced Game 7?
Brett Favre: Poor NBA, NFL Ratings Show ‘Fans Clearly Do Not Want Political Messaging’ In Sports
Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Brett Favre blamed “struggling” ratings for professional sports on “political messaging” that has been infused into games. Favre appeared via video at a town hall with President Donald Trump on Sinclair Broadcast Group’s “America This Week” hosted by Eric Bolling. During the town hall, which aired Wednesday, Favre asked the president how professional athletes and teams can balance sports and social justice without losing their fan bases. “The NBA and the NFL are struggling with lower ratings as fans clearly do not want political messaging mixed with their sports, so how should the leagues support and promote an anti-racism position without becoming political and alienating fans?” Favre asked. Trump responded to Favre by saying that people want sports to remain about sports only.
7 Sports Figures Who Should Go Into Politics, and 5 Who Shouldn’t
Recently, Barkley had this to say about anthem kneelers: “The thing is, the national anthem means different things to different people. Because everybody has a preconceived idea for what I should do and what I shouldn’t do. Walker exudes class, something that’s missing from today’s politics, and he’s a legend in his home state. And he knows it, too, calling it “the biggest mistake I ever made.”Sports Figures Who Should Not Enter Politics1. Once he inevitably gets into politics, he’ll be a public meltdown waiting to happen.
Most majors won: Wins in men's professional golf events
Jack Nicklaus, considered by many to be past his prime in 1986, came from behind to win that year's Masters with a stirring back-nine charge. That was the Golden Bear's final major victory and the 18th of his remarkable career. Tiger Woods has won the second most majors in men's professional golf history with 15. He snapped an 11-year drought to win the 2019 Masters Tournament — his fifth green jacket — to pull closer to the all-time majors record. Here is the complete list of every professional golfer who has won a men's major.
World Series Proved It…Woke Sports Are Unwatchable
As a sports fan, it pains me to say this: I watched not one inning of the 2020 World Series. The Tampa Bay Rays’ instant classic walk-off Game 4 win drew 8.95 million viewers, the second-lowest viewership in World Series history — ahead of only Game 3’s 8.2 million. For contrast, remember that only four short years ago, Game 7 between the Cubs and Indians peaked at 49.9 million viewers. The Daily Wire is one of America’s fastest-growing conservative media companies and counter-cultural outlets for news, opinion, and entertainment. Get inside access to The Daily Wire by becoming a member.
Joe Rogan Interview Temporarily Unavailable on Spotify
Keep up to date with our latest:Alex Jones’ recent interview with podcast host Joe Rogan was removed momentarily from Spotify, multiple users reported. Joe Rogan's podcast #1555 with Alex Jones just magically disappeared from Spotify. Did Spotify put the entire Alex Jones interview back up, or did they cut out parts of it and put an edited version up? — Mark Dice (@MarkDice) October 29, 2020Spotify has brought back the Joe Rogan podcast with Alex Jones now. Episode #1555 of the Joe Rogan Experience is still available on YouTube – watch it while you still can:Watch highlights and special behind-the-scenes footage of Jones appearance on Episode #1555 of the Joe Rogan Experience:
NYU professor bravely compares himself to the heroes of Flight 93, because voting is basically his own personal 9/11 [pic]
If you’re hungry for a piping-hot voting take, boy have we got a tasty one for you. Ladies and gentlemen, please to enjoy the intellectual stylings of NYU marketing Prof. Scott Galloway:Whenever I do this, I think of flight 93 (9/11). They voted pic.twitter.com/bA7F4AD6en — Scott Galloway (@profgalloway) October 28, 2020We grabbed a screenshot, juuuuust in case:That is just … that is amazing. The hijackers also voted on which plane to hijack (they picked flight 93) — Unidentified Smiling Object (@SmilingObject) October 28, 2020You're not even brave enough to go to a polling station. https://t.co/WEiMPt3ePY — David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) October 28, 2020We can’t with this guy.
CNBC’s Shep Smith asks Dr. Fauci why U.S. can’t impose a ‘111-day lockdown’ like the one that worked in Australia
You might remember Shep Smith from Fox News. Well, he’s moved on to CNBC and on Wednesday was interviewing Dr. Fauci and asked him one of the most Shep Smith questions ever:CNBC’s Shep Smith to Dr. Fauci: “Why can’t we” impose "an 111-day lockdown" like Melbourne? pic.twitter.com/OA9nvOBDc9 — Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) October 28, 2020Why won’t “111-days to flatten the curve” go over in the U.S. now? — Scott Coleman (@bandphan) October 28, 2020Only if Shep goes without a paycheck for 111 days pic.twitter.com/L15Wh7PgDD — CPrice (@CPriceDenver) October 28, 2020I don’t know. — Darci Duey (@dahduey) October 28, 2020Sadly we already know that answer.
Raptors G Davis arrested on assault charge
FILE PHOTO: Mar 5, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Terence Davis (0) reacts against the Golden State Warriors during the second quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports FILE PHOTO: Mar 5, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Terence Davis (0) reacts against the Golden State Warriors during the second quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY SportsOctober 28, 2020Toronto Raptors guard Terence Davis was arrested Tuesday night in New York City and charged with assault and criminal mischief, according to multiple media reports. USA Today said the 20-year-old woman told authorities she was Davis’ girlfriend. The Raptors signed Davis, 23, as a free agent after he wasn’t drafted in 2019.
Djokovic marks Italian teenager Sinner as a potential number one
Djokovic saved four set points in the opener against Croatia’s Borna Coric to win 7-6(11) 6-3 to reach the third round of the Erste Bank Open in the Austrian capital. The 19-year-old Sinner won the Next Gen ATP Finals in 2019 and is currently at a career-high ranking of 43, having reached his maiden Grand Slam quarter final at this month’s French Open. “I definitely see a lot of quality in the young players,” said Djokovic. “(Sinner) definitely possesses a game that is powerful and is with a lot of quality, and you can say he has the potential to be a top player of the world. Djokovic felt the duo are already established players and would need to sustain their performances over a period to wrest the top ranking.
MLB criticises Turner for returning to field after COVID-19 positive
Oct 27, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (10) celebrates with the Commissioner's Trophy after the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays to win the World Series in game six of the 2020 World Series at Globe Life Field. “Turner chose to disregard the agreed-upon joint protocols and the instructions he was given regarding the safety and protection of others,” MLB said in a statement. “When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.”The Dodgers did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It was not immediately clear what, if any, disciplinary action Turner or his team would face. “Last night, nasal swabs were conducted on the Dodgers’ traveling party,” MLB said.
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MLB: Dodgers player ignored security, insisted on celebrating with teammates after testing positive for COVID
They made it all the way to the seventh inning of Game Six of the World Series before running into a problem. He had an inconclusive test the day before, which the Dodgers assumed meant that he was okay to take the field. Then, whoopsie:In the second inning tonight, the lab doing COVID tests informed MLB that Justin Turner’s test from yesterday came back inconclusive. He’s one of the Dodgers’ star players, someone who suffered through their World Series disappointments in 2017 and 2018. After the final out, he was back on the field — against the orders of MLB security.
Luntz: Dodgers win the World Series, Is a Trump victory imminent?
In case you don’t follow baseball, the L.A. Dodgers won the World Series Tuesday. The Rays beat the Houston Astros in the play-off series, so there may be a little residual disappointment around the World Series this year on my part. The World Series title was the second championship title celebrated in a matter of weeks for a Los Angeles team. He noted that every time the Dodgers win the World Series, the Republican candidate wins the presidency. My Dodgers won the World Series.
4 Great Shotgun Hacks That Actually Work
Try these four simple hacks to increase your effectiveness with the shotgun. Extended Spring Tension MaintenanceProbably the weakest part of a shotgun is its magazine-tube spring, especially if it’s an extended magazine. In fact, I bet some folks make the decision not to buy a shotgun due to its low capacity. With your finger on the trigger guard ready to press the safety off, it’s often tough for onlookers to tell. Shotgun Fit TestTo see if your shotgun fits you correctly, bend your gun hand 90 degrees at the elbow.
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The Phantom Soapbox: Communist China Runs Your Bookstore and WorldCon too.
"...the deep searing hatred of free speech, free association and freedom of ideas reveals itself every time." floppy cameltron, 2018
Nashville SC becomes sixth MLS expansion team to clinch playoff berth in first season
Nashville SC was never far off from MLS Cup playoff contention. Now, the 2020 expansion team has become just the sixth club to secure its spot in the postseason during its first campaign. Nashville has three matches remaining in the regular season and can clinch home-field in the process. 7-10 will enter into a play-in round. Nashville would host Montreal in the play-in round if the season ended today.
Top 2022 quarterback prospect Quinn Ewers decommits from Texas
The Texas Longhorns suffered a five-star loss Wednesday night when 2022 quarterback prospect Quinn Ewers backed away from his pledge. Ewers is the top-rated quarterback in the current junior class and is the second-ranked prospect nationally on the 247Sports composite rankings. Ewers thanked Texas "for their belief in me and my abilities" and thanked Longhorns fans "for their interest and support." :Midseason college football awardsOpinion:Big Ten's remade plan for the regular season has already fallen apartEwers is the top-rated prospect in Texas for the 2022 class. Ewers is currently the only in-state quarterback with a Texas offer.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says 'baseball should be proud' of 2020 season
ARLINGTON, Texas — With the 2020 Major League Baseball season in the books, commissioner Rob Manfred reflected on a campaign that looked dramatically different from anything we've ever seen before. “I think baseball should be proud of what it accomplished this year,’’ Manfred told USA TODAY Sports. “I thought the first week of the playoffs, the two-out-of-three series, were outstanding for the game,’’ Manfred said. We had two great seven-game series in the NLCS and the ALCS, and a really competitive World Series with great storylines. “I think the neutral site for these circumstances was a huge plus,’’ Manfred said.
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus explains why he voted for President Donald Trump
Legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus posted a statement to Twitter on Wednesday night urging people to vote and detailing why he cast his ballot for President Donald Trump. Shortly after the posting of Nicklaus' statement, Trump – an avid golfer – thanked the Golden Bear for his support. Trump wrote in a tweet he pinned atop his page. President Trump and Nicklaus have played rounds of golf together on multiple occasions. Tiger Woods, second behind Nicklaus on golf's all-time majors list, joined Nicklaus and Trump for one round in 2019.
Dallas Cowboys' release of Dontari Poe was due to his weight and lack of production
The Dallas Cowboys' release of defensive tackle Dontari Poe on Wednesday was due to his weight and lack of production, team owner Jerry Jones told ESPN. Then on Wednesday, the Cowboys released Poe and defensive back Daryl Worley. "When you're 30 pounds overweight and you're not doing anything about what's keeping you from performing well on the field, there is no reason to get into the other stuff," Jones told ESPN. According to ESPN, the "other stuff" Jones was referring to is Poe being the only Cowboys player to protest during the national anthem. In seven games – all starts – for the Cowboys this season, Poe had just seven tackles and no sacks.
Red Bulls blank Revolution and clinch a playoff spot
Aaron Long scored in the 89th minute and the New York Red Bulls beat the New England Revolution 1-0 on Wednesday night in Harrison, N.J. Both teams clinched playoff spots later when FC Dallas beat Inter Miami. Long put away a half-volley from the top of the 6-yard box after Tim Parker’s re-directed a corner kick by Alejandro Romero Gamarra. The Red Bulls (8-8-5) are unbeaten in their last five games, but has just two wins in its last seven. New England (7-6-8) is winless, with two losses, in its last three games.
Mike Anderson’s mentality with St. John’s a sleeper in Big East
“It’s kind of like, seeing is believing,” Anderson said during Wednesday’s Big East media day. St. John’s had won three of its final four games, which included a blowout victory over No. St. John’s was picked by the Big East coaches to finish ninth in the league, with no players earning preseason honors. Last season, St. John’s was picked to finish ninth and held that seeding in the Big East Tournament. “I think a lot of people are sleeping on St. John’s,” Willard said.
NBA players union ‘negative’ on league’s Dec. 22 start proposal
In response to the NBA’s proposed 72-game schedule the league is considering for the 2020-21 regular season, which includes a Dec. 22 tipoff, NBPA executive director Michele Roberts says that players are currently mostly against the plan. With a Friday deadline for owners or players to choose to nix the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, Roberts told The Athletic Wednesday that the proposal is being reviewed extensively. Members of the NBA Board of Governors are mulling the feasibility of a short free agency period following the Nov. 18 draft with training camps starting Dec. 1. “Our players deserve the right to have some runway so that they can plan for a start that soon,” Roberts said. “The overwhelming response from the players that I have received to this proposal has been negative.”
Jesus Medina scores for second straight game to propel NYCFC
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Jesús Medina scored for the second consecutive game and New York City FC beat Toronto FC 1-0 on Wednesday night. NYCFC (10-8-3) has won back-to-back games following a three-game winless streak. Toronto FC (12-4-5) has dropped consecutive games, including a 5-0 loss to Philadelphia, following a nine-game unbeaten streak. Philadelphia beat the Chicago Fire 2-1. Toronto FC had 45.5 percent of the possession against NYCFC, was outshot 15-7 and didn’t have a shot on target.
Revitalized D.C. United stays in mix for playoffs with third straight win
Chicago (5-9-6, 21) is ahead of United because of a superior goal differential. Even with a low playoff bar, United seemed to have lost hope this fall amid a nine-game winless streak. Julian Gressel scored in the 32nd minute, and United recorded its first shutout since Sept. 6. United midfielder Júnior Moreno prevented a goal in the 22nd minute, volleying Jonathan Mensah’s header off the goal line. With Columbus pressed forward, United wasted counterattacking opportunities but consumed enough possession to limit the Crew’s threats.
AP sources: Rockets hiring Stephen Silas to replace D'Antoni
The Houston Rockets and Stephen Silas have an agreement for the Dallas assistant to replace Mike D'Antoni as coach, multiple people with knowledge of the deal said Wednesday. The longtime NBA assistant has worked with elite guards before, most recently in two seasons with the Mavericks and 21-year-old sensation Luka Doncic. The nine seasons as a Charlotte assistant for Silas included time with Kemba Walker, and he was with Golden State when the Warriors drafted Stephen Curry in 2009. Silas started his coaching career on his father's staff with the Charlotte Hornets in 2000. Paul Silas spent 16 years as a player in the NBA and another 22 as a coach.
Predict six winners, win the $1 million rollover with Fox Super 6
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NFL's plans for Super Bowl LV in Tampa include limited fan attendance, report says
The coronavirus pandemic has affected sports around the world, and it will likely have an impact on America’s biggest sporting event when Feb. 7 rolls around. The NFL is expected to have limited seating with a capacity set at 20 percent for Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Fans will sit in pods six feet apart and masks will be required, ESPN reported. NFL WEEK 8 POWER RANKINGS: STEELERS ARE NEW NO. 1, PATRIOTS TAKE SIGNIFICANT DROPIf a Week 18 is added to the end of the schedule to make up regular-season games that get postponed, the bye week between the AFC and NFC Championship Games and the Super Bowl would be eliminated, which means the Super Bowl would remain on Feb. 7.
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus endorses Trump
Jack Nicklaus, the legendary golfer, took to Twitter late Wednesday to endorse President Trump and urged Americans who have not made up their minds to give the incumbent another look. He said his grandfathers worked on the railroad and relished living in a country where the American dream is achievable. Nicklaus wrote that he wants more families to achieve that dream and fears the U.S. could turn into a socialist country where the government runs your life. PRESIDENT TRUMP PITCHES NEVADA VOTERS FROM ARIZONA AFTER RALLY-RELATED FINES“This is not a personality contest; it’s about patriotism,” he said. He continued, “His love for America and its citizens, and putting his country first, has come through loud and clear.”
125th Boston Marathon Postponed Until at Least Fall 2021 Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Charles Krupa/Associated PressThe 2021 Boston Marathon has been postponed until at least next fall, a six-month delay from its traditional April date. "By shifting our focus to a fall date, we can continue to work with stakeholders to adjust the in-person experience for runners and supporters alike. This is the second time the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the Boston Marathon. "We are optimistic that the Boston Marathon will continue its tradition of celebrating the spirit of community and athletic excellence next fall," Grilk said. "We know there will be many questions and we will look to address them in the coming months ahead."
5-Star QB Quinn Ewers Decommits from Texas; No. 2 Prospect in Class of 2022
Back on the recruiting trail looking for a new future quarterback to build its program around, that is. On Wednesday, Quinn Ewers announced he is decommitting from the Longhorns' 2022 recruiting class:Ewers is a 5-star prospect, the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the 2022 class, per 247Sports' composite rankings. Jeremy Birmingham of Lettermen Row noted Ohio State offered Ewers a scholarship before he even started his high school career. The Buckeyes will be far from alone in their pursuit of one of the best players in the 2022 class.
Djokovic marks Italian teenager Sinner as a potential number one
(Reuters) - Novak Djokovic feels Italian teenager Jannik Sinner leads the pack of ‘Next Gen’ players with the potential of becoming a future world number one, the Serbian said after all but securing his year-end top ranking with a win in Vienna on Wednesday. The 19-year-old Sinner won the Next Gen ATP Finals in 2019 and is currently at a career-high ranking of 43, having reached his maiden Grand Slam quarter final at this month’s French Open. “I definitely see a lot of quality in the young players,” said Djokovic. “(Sinner) definitely possesses a game that is powerful and is with a lot of quality, and you can say he has the potential to be a top player of the world. “And to endure, because I think you have a much better chance to have a great Grand Slam or a great season.
Los Angeles parades on hold in the 'City of Champions'
Slideshow ( 2 images )The Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday to clinch the club’s first championship in 32 years after enduring heartbreaking losses in the 2017 and 2018 World Series. But COVID-19 has no off-season, over-ruling the strong desire of players to parade their hardware before tens of thousands of adoring fans. “I know I know we can’t but DAMN I wanna celebrate with our Lakers & Dodgers fans!!! Although fans of both teams took to the streets in large numbers for rowdy impromptu celebrations in defiance of city orders on the nights of their victories, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw preached patience. “No matter what, we’re World Series champions.”
Hurricane Zeta batters New Orleans, Gulf Coast; massive power outages
“Guys, we received the brunt of Zeta, and Zeta gave us a good punch,” McInnis told WDSU-TV. More than 815,000 customers were without electricity in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, including about 350,000 in metro New Orleans. Zeta had top sustained winds of 110 mph as a Category 2 hurricane at landfall and is the 27th named storm of a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season — with over a month left to go. Hurricane warnings stretched from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Alabama/Mississippi state line, including Lake Pontchartrain and metropolitan New Orleans. Winds could be “especially severe” in the southern Appalachian Mountains, where flash flooding is possible, the hurricane center said.
Justin Fields off to a hot start, but can he catch up to Trevor Lawrence?
The pass officially welcomed Justin Fields back into the college football consciousness, updating an on-field portfolio to match the progress of a revelatory offseason. With the Big Ten’s late start and shortened schedule, Fields' trajectory this season must remain similar to that of his highlight-reel touchdown pass. Can Justin Fields catch his old friend Trevor Lawrence? After Ohio State ended its season with a bitter loss to Lawrence's Clemson team in the College Football Playoff semifinal, Fields and Ohio State are playing a compelling game of catch-up. 3 Ohio State plays its primetime matchup at No.
J.R. Smith reveals the one teammate he didn't like in his 16 years in the NBA
Over that period, Smith has played with plenty of teammates, but there was only one he didn’t like. That would be Smith’s former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Sam Dekker, Smith revealed on the “All Things Covered” podcast. JR Smith says he’s only had 1 teammate that he didn’t like over his 16 year career?Via @E_DeBerardinis pic.twitter.com/Y2JX8lH8Iz — NBA Retweet (@RTNBA) October 24, 2020Smith said he wasn’t on board with Dekker’s comments. “This dude Sam Dekker,” Smith said. J.R. Smith and Sam Dekker weren’t teammates for longSmith didn’t have to spend that much time around Dekker.
It's official: 2020 World Series was least-watched Fall Classic ever
The Los Angeles Dodgers finally tasted victory in October on Tuesday, winning the 2020 World Series. Game 6 of this year’s World Series, a 3-1 Dodgers win to clinch the series, drew in 12.6 million viewers, according to the Associated Press. Here’s how the viewership for each game broke down:Game 1: 9.195 million Game 2: 8.950 million Game 3: 8.156 million Game 4: 9.332 million Game 5: 10.059 million Game 6: 12.627 millionJust how bad are those numbers? Let’s put it this way: The previous record low for viewership of a World Series game was 9.8 million in the 2008 World Series. Why were the World Series ratings so bad?
NBA draft: With Steph and Klay healthy, should Warriors keep the No. 2 pick or trade down?
During August’s NBA draft lottery show, Golden State Warriors fans got a glimpse of their star point guard Steph Curry looking relaxed, healthy and sporting a new offseason look. Curry was there to represent the Warriors in whatever draft pick they landed. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry are healthy and ready to go for the 2020-21 NBA season. Who will the Warriors draft to play alongside them? 2 if they keep the draft pick.
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus tweets endorsement of President Donald Trump: 'He has delivered on his promises'
Jack Nicklaus has liked what he’s seen from President Donald Trump, and now he wants four more years. The 18-time major winner posted a lengthy statement via Twitter on Wednesday saying he has cast his vote for Trump and urging others to do the same. pic.twitter.com/IfQb3NeSO3 — Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) October 29, 2020Nicklaus states that Trump has already delivered on his promises, though neglects to specify which victories Trump has achieved since moving into the White House. Soon after Nicklaus’ endorsement, Trump welcomed it with open arms:Jack, this is a Great Honor. https://t.co/60WWISm5hs — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2020Nicklaus has been a longtime financial donor to Republican causes, including to Trump’s presidential campaign.
Week 8 fantasy football metrics notebook: Re-drafting Round 1 with Calvin Ridley and more
5 guys who would be first-rounders if we re-drafted todayWe had a fun episode of The Fantasy Football Survival Kit video series this week. He has been Russell Wilson’s go-to guy in scoring position with 14 red-zone targets and six inside the end zone. If you couldn’t have made it work around his two slow games, your team probably isn’t good in the first place. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta FalconsThe rare player who was roundly hyped in fantasy circles and still somehow exceeded expectations. Baker Mayfield called the narrative that’s he’s better without Odell Beckham Jr. “insensitive” to his teammate who just got hit with devastating injury news.
FanDuel to open sports book in Bally's Atlantic City
The online sports betting company FanDuel will open an in-person sports book at Bally's casino in Atlantic City once the casino's sale to a Rhode Island company is finalized. Continue Reading BelowWhen that happens, all nine Atlantic City casinos will have on-location sports books as New Jersey vies for the national lead in the fast-growing sports betting industry. Enter FanDuel, which already has sports betting dealings with Twin River in Colorado, and is eager to replicate the experience in New Jersey. FANDUEL, TURNER SPORTS AGREE TO EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP“They are great partners and we are thrilled to work with them in another exciting, gaming-centric market like Atlantic City, said George Papanier, Twin River’s president and CEO. The New Jersey Casino Control Commission is due to consider Twin River’s application for authority to operate a casino in Atlantic City on Tuesday.
Plaschke: Justin Turner's act of selfishness leaves stain on Dodgers' championship moment
Justin Turner wouldn’t quarantine for two hours. Justin Turner wouldn’t skip a trophy celebration. The third-base cornerstone of the Dodgers’ first championship in 32 years has botched his last play. Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, bottom center, poses for a team photo following the team’s World Series championship victory Tuesday. “We’re not excluding him from anything.”AdvertisementOnly Justin Turner could truly shut down Justin Turner.
LAFC clinches MLS playoff berth with win over Houston Dynamo
LAFC didn’t take the most direct route nor did it have the smoothest of journeys, but the team got where it wanted to go Wednesday, clinching an MLS playoff berth with a 2-1 win over the Houston Dynamo. “We have high standards and I don’t think a game like tonight is good enough in any way,” he said. “There’s no celebrations tonight,” Bradley saidAs for the playoffs LAFC has been there before, reaching the postseason in its first two seasons — then winning just one game once it got there. Houston thought it had another chance at the PK in the closing moments but that was overturned after a video review. The victory was Bradley’s 170th in MLS, breaking a tie with Dominic Kinnear for third on the league’s all-time wins list.
Another horse dies at Los Alamitos, 28th since December
Los Alamitos had its 28th racing fatality since the season started on Dec. 27 when quarter horse Hit It Up died Wednesday morning, five days after suffering an injury in the last race on Friday’s program. Arthur did not have a report on what happened since the last examination by the CHRB veterinarian over the weekend. It was the first racing or training death at Los Alamitos since Sept. 13. Los Alamitos came under the scrutiny of the CHRB in the summer when eight horses died either racing or training between May 26 and July 5. The CHRB took Los Alamitos off probation when it announced enhanced safety protocols.
Cristian Pavón scores twice in Galaxy’s loss to Timbers
Jaroslaw Niezgoda scored a pair of first-half goals and the Portland Timbers clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 5-2 victory over the Galaxy on Wednesday night. It is the fourth straight season that the Timbers (10-5-5) have made the postseason. But then Eryk Williamson scored in the 60th minute and Andy Polo’s stunning volley in the 74th padded Portland’s lead. The Timbers won the previous one 6-3 at Dignity Health Sports Park for the first victory by a road team in the series since 2017. AdvertisementThe Galaxy haven’t won in Portland since 2016.
Richmond man indicted on federal sex trafficking charges, allegations date back to 2006
OAKLAND — Four months into an existing human trafficking case, federal prosecutors in the Bay Area have indicted a Richmond man on charges that he trafficked a minor 14 years ago. Chase McMillon, 37, was already facing charges alleging that he trafficked a woman around the Bay Area in September 2019. The conspiracy count alleges that McMillon and uncharged co-conspirators “harbored” the woman, known in court records as “Victim 1,” in hotels around the Bay Area, including Oakland, San Francisco, Richmond, and San Jose. The FBI began investigating McMillon after the alleged adult victim accused McMillon and a woman of assaulting her in Salinas after she refused to perform sex work due to back pain. Evidence includes statements by the alleged victim as well as a videotape that federal prosecutors have yet to describe in public.
Deandre Ayton eager to start 'winning legacy' after Phoenix Suns' 8-0 bubble run
That's how Deandre Ayton describes the environment of Phoenix Suns' locker room. The 30-minute chat concluded with Ayton expressing a desire to carry over the success Phoenix had in the Orlando Bubble into next season. Phoenix (34-39) closed out the longest season in NBA history by winning all eight of its "seeding" games in the Orlando Bubble. "Having a great arena coming in and the season we just finished off 8-0, it's a lot," Ayton said. The Suns also have a $45-million practice facility in Phoenix that was scheduled for completion this month.
Report: Arizona Coyotes' Ekman-Larsson glad to remain with team after trade talk
Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson hadn't been heard from publicly in almost three months since the team was last together during the NHL playoffs in Edmonton. After the Coyotes hired Bill Armstrong as general manager in September, the team sought trade offers for Ekman-Larsson, the longest-tenured Coyotes player who has been with the team for 10 seasons. Ekman-Larsson broke his silence on the matter in a report posted late Wednesday morning on a Swedish hockey website. Ekman-Larsson only would have waived his no-move contract clause for Vancouver and Boston. He said he was glad that the team roster didn't change much in order to gain major salary cap space.
Joseph Sousa III, 81, was a singer, career railroader, and loving family man
Born on Aug. 5, 1939, Mr. Sousa was one of four children and grew up in the fishing village of Stonington, Conn. His backyard was the Atlantic Ocean, so his childhood was filled with swimming, sailing, and fishing. He met Terry Martini on a blind date in 1964, told her then they would marry, and they did five years later.
Texas high school football central: Previews, predictions and must-read stories for Dallas-area teams
Get ready for this week’s Texas high school football games with preview material from The Dallas Morning News. On a normal fall Monday evening, Nevada Community coach Dustin Blann’s television would be tuned into ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Instead, Blann will be coaching in his own high school football game against Quinlan Ford, a Monday night anomaly amidst a year that has been anything but normal. Carter must forfeit wins in its first three football games this season for using an ineligible player, the 8-4A Division I district executive committee ruled Monday. Other notable reads+++++Find more high school sports stories from The Dallas Morning News here.
Cowboys RG Zack Martin returns to practice, expected to start vs. Eagles
Wednesday afternoon its best offensive lineman, right guard Zack Martin, returned as a full participant to practice after missing last week’s game with a concussion. Martin is expected to start Sunday night’s game against the Eagles. The return of Martin brings some stability to a front that’s lost a player at four of the five positions. He was greeted with a hug by one of his teammates as he ran to start individual drills. “Yeah it’s tough, obviously we talk all the time, offensive line, getting that continuity down,” Martin said.
Ezekiel Elliott impressed with Cowboys rookie QB Ben DiNucci
FRISCO — Rookie quarterback Ben DiNucci got first-team reps in practice Wednesday and is expected to get more Thursday with starter Andy Dalton out with a concussion. DiNucci might get his first NFL start Sunday against the Eagles, if Dalton isn’t cleared by team medical officials. “He definitely has a little [expletive] to him, confidence,” running back Ezekiel Elliott said. Last month, Rush was removed from the Giants practice squad and did have a workout with the Texans but remained unsigned. Rush played with the Cowboys from 2017-2019Briefly: Starting safety Xavier Woods missed practice due to a non-injury related issue.
Cowboys not willing to deal WR Michael Gallup ahead of NFL trade deadline
The third-year wide receiver has not been overly involved of late. A Cowboys official was approached Wednesday about the concept of Gallup possibly being dealt before Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline. If the Cowboys were to trade a wide receiver, he wouldn’t be the logical choice. Any trade partner might wince at Cooper’s fully guaranteed $20 million salary in 2021, as all NFL clubs brace for the aforementioned tightened cap. The trade partner would need to place $20 million into escrow and provide the Cowboys suitable draft-pick compensation to complete the deal.
Message received: Cowboys' recent personnel moves speak to the organization, not just the players
FRISCO — Personnel moves made by the Cowboys in recent days do more than send a message to the players who remain. Two players with underwhelming performances on the league’s worst defense fail to spark interest on the trade market. It’s appropriate to question whether or not these moves will make a difference or if they were done strictly for appearances. The next part of the message came Wednesday when Poe and Worley were held out of practice and then released before the day was done. There’s more love there than there is for the Cowboys free agent defensive class.
Robin Lod, own goal help Minnesota United beat Rapids 2-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Robin Lod scored and an own goal by Colorado helped Minnesota United beat the Rapids 2-1 on Wednesday night. On the counterattack, Ethan Finlay played an arcing cross that Colorado’s Lalas Abubakar attempted to clear but slipped under the crossbar for an own goal in the 89th minute to give Minnesota the go-ahead goal. Minnesota (8-5-6) has won back-to-back games an is unbeaten in its last six games. Andre Shinyashiki scored for the Rapids to make it 1-1 in the 69th. Colorado (5-6-4) has lost back-to-back games.
Three Points: Rapids fall on late own goal, playoff picture tightens
The Colorado Rapids dropped their second-straight match Wednesday night, this time falling 2-1 to Minnesota United FC. “The scoreline hurts and it’s still zero points but we’re showing improvement and that’s important as well,” Shinyashiki said. MLS will likely use points per game to determine seeding and who makes the playoffs. At the bare minimum, the Rapids likely need four points to make the playoffs, and six points would all but guarantee it. For Wednesday’s game, the Rapids had to get creative surrounding Jack Price with Younes Namli and Cole Bassett.
Fire drop third straight, lose to Union 2-1
CHESTER, Pa. — Cory Burke scored on a header in the 65th minute, helping the Philadelphia Union beat the Fire 2-1 on Wednesday night. The Union (13-3-5) have won five of their last six matches and lead the MLS with 44 points. Kacper Przybylko scored on a penalty kick for the Union in the 28th minute. He was awarded the kick when Fire defender Francisco Calvo was whistled for a handball in the box. Blake finished with three saves for the Union, who have allowed only nine goals in their last 11 games.
Vegas Nation Blitz — 3-3 through the Gauntlet
The Vegas Nation crew breaks down the latest with the Raiders. Vegas Nation host Cassie Soto is joined by Vinny Bonsignore, Le’Andre Fox, Review-Journal sports reporter Sam Gordon and Vegas Nation podcast host Heidi Fang and Adam Hill. The Raiders fall to .500 after a Week 7 loss to the Buccaneers, ending one of the toughest stretches of a schedule in the NFL. This week they prepare for the 5-2 Cleveland Browns.
UNLV police looking for suspects after golf carts reported stolen
UNLV police issued a statement Wednesday asking that anyone with information about the thefts, which happened between Sept. 15 and Oct. 23, call the department. The UNLV police department released these photos of suspects and vehicles that might be linked to the theft of golf carts. (UNLV police department)Seven golf carts were reported stolen from the UNLV campus in what officials are calling a coordinated effort. UNLV police issued a statement Wednesday asking that anyone with information about the thefts, which happened between Sept. 15 and Oct. 23, call the department. UNLV police released images of the white truck, as well as a four-door car police believe those involved in the thefts were dropped off in.
Chicago Fire lose 2-1 to Philadelphia Union in a game played hours after a Union player tested positive for COVID-19
The news on Martínez also came two weeks to the day after he returned to Philadelphia from a stint with Venezuela’s national team. There is no evidence yet that Martínez contracted the virus while out of town, but the Union likely will be furious. They were afraid of this scenario when they fought to stop him from going, conceding only when FIFA threatened the team with punishment if he wasn’t released.
Portland Timbers clinch spot in MLS Cup playoffs, rout troubled LA Galaxy
Led by two goals from on-and-off starter Jaroslaw Niezgoda, the Timbers beat the LA Galaxy 5-2 Wednesday at Providence Park and officially clinched their spot in the MLS Cup playoffs after weeks near the top of the standings. It is the Timbers' fourth straight season reaching the playoffs. “We are now in playoffs, yes, it’s sure now, but I was sure earlier that we will be here in playoffs," said Niezgoda, a native of Poland. Over the summer, the Timbers won the MLS is Back tournament, a one-off trophy awarded to mitigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The regular season is scheduled to end on Nov. 8 with the MLS Cup playoffs beginning on Nov. 20.
‘A program guy’: Back on defense, again, Daewood Davis in position to contribute for Oregon Ducks in 2020
EUGENE — The color of Daewood Davis' practice jersey has changed multiple times over the past 20 months, but his commitment hasn’t. “Me playing corner last spring, I already knew the defense and had some experience in it,” Davis said. “What he’s done in this camp here in our preparation to play on Nov. 7, going into it we asked him to come play defense and be a part of this and be all-in. We look forward to him contributing at the corner position.”Cristobal called Davis the “most unselfish guy I’ve ever seen. Tough, tough, tough in every sense of the word.”Players changing positions, even multiple times, is hardly unprecedented.
Reactions: Bengals trade Carlos Dunlap to Seattle Seahawks for B.J. Finney, 7th-rounder
Wednesday's news that the Cincinnati Bengals are finalizing a trade of defensive end Carlos Dunlap to the Seattle Seahawks for offensive lineman B.J. Finney and a 2021 seventh-round pick drew a variety of reactions from Twitter. The Enquirer's Tyler Dragon offered a closer look at the deal announced Wednesday afternoon. announced Wednesday afternoon. [ Subscribe now for unlimited access to Cincinnati.com ]
UM fraternity in legal fight after admitting women, non-binary members
Sigma Phi Society said the UM fraternity members' actions are causing harm to the national organization and its trademarks, used in commerce since 1920. "National Sigma Phi has suffered irreparable harm to the valuable Trademarks, including infringement and dilution thereof, and to National Sigma Phi’s image, identity, and goodwill," said the lawsuit. But within one of the court filings, the society's lawyers wrote: "In a nutshell, Defendants want to continue to operate as a Sigma Phi Chapter, identify as a Sigma Phi Chapter, and use the Trademarks — without following the rules. But the lawsuit says that during its 2019 national convention, Sigma Phi Society voted on motions brought by Michigan Sigma Phi. But Michigan Sigma Phi continue to operate without liability insurance coverage, "subjecting both its members and National Sigma Phi to undue exposure."
Oh, 'Brother': Michigan's Nicole Franzel finishes third on 'Big Brother: All Stars'
Though she made it to finale night, Nicole Franzel couldn't go all the way, and the shining star of Ubly, Mich. — it's in the Thumb just south of Bad Axe, population 800 — finished in third place on Wednesday's finale of "Big Brother: All Stars." With the clean sweep, Calafiore becomes only the second unanimously voted champ in "Big Brother" history, after Metro Detroiter Dan Gheesling's win on "Big Brother 10" in 2008. Franzel's ouster came after she lost the final competition of the season to Calafiore, a trivia competition, by a score of 8-7. I never saw any other way around it," said Franzel, who also competed on "Big Brother 16" in 2014. Wednesday's finale came after 12 weeks of alliances, scheming, lies and backstabbing inside the "Big Brother" house.
OHSAA finalizes plans for three upcoming state tournaments
The Ohio High School Athletic Association has finalized plans for three of its upcoming state tournaments. The girls games will be Nov. 13 and the boys games Nov. 14. The girls state volleyball tournament has found a temporary home at Vandalia Butler High School, to be held Nov. 13-15. The tournament's usual home, Wright State University's Nutter Center, opted out because of concerns about the coronavirus. The state meet will be held for the first time at Fortress Obetz, after a run at National Trail Raceway.
High Schools: Wednesday's results, schedule
SAVES: Thomas 7. Watterson 1, Dublin Jerome 1(Watterson wins shootout 5-4)DJ — GOAL: Mitchell. Olentangy Berlin 25-14, 25-21, 25-7Worthington Kilbourne def. Worthington Christian 25-20, 25-27, 25-19, 19-25, 15-6Thursday’s semifinals: Ready at North Union (1); Johnstown (6) at Liberty Union (5)Saturday’s finals (2:30 p.m.): Cardington (3) at Northridge (2); Ready-North Union winner vs. Johnstown-Liberty Union winnerSoutheast DistrictWednesday’s semifinalWestfall def. Huntington 25-14, 25-17, 25-15Saturday’s final: Westfall vs. Albany Alexander at Waverly, 11 a.m.Division IVSaturday’s final: Fisher Catholic (3) at Newark Catholic (2), 2:30 p.m.
D.C. United 1, Columbus 0 | Caleb Porter press conference
D.C. United 1, Columbus 0 | Caleb Porter press conferenceThe Columbus Crew lost 1-0 to D.C. United on Oct. 28, 2020 at Audi Field. Here are Crew coach Caleb Porter's remarks following the loss.
Rossi, Segura score goals as LAFC beats Dynamo 2-1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Diego Rossi and Eddie Segura scored to help Los Angeles FC beat the Houston Dynamo 2-1 on Wednesday night. Rossi, despite missing three games on international duty with Uruguay, has an MLS-leading 13 goals this season. Using the outside of his foot, Mohamed El-Munir slipped a cross past goalkeeper Marko Maric to Rossi for an empty-netter in the ninth minute. Segura tapped one into the side of the net in the 22nd, making it 2-0. Los Angeles (9-7-4) has won back-to-back games for the second time this season — both in October.
Rookies to step up as Liverpool reels from defensive crisis
Such is the defensive crisis unfolding at Liverpool that a teenager who spent last season on loan at sixth-tier Kidderminster is set to be entrusted to hold together the injury-hit backline of the Premier League champions over the next few weeks. Expect to be seeing a lot of 19-year-old Rhys Williams in the coming matches. With his 6-foot-5 (1.97-meter) frame and a man-bun that is becoming a common sight in England’s top division, he is hard to miss. Williams is highly regarded, too, having played for England’s under-18, under-19 and under-21 teams. Still, his likely presence at the heart of Liverpool’s defense for Saturday’s match against West Ham at Anfield — and probably for a few more games after that — will be ringing some alarm bells among Liverpool fans, and is hardly the kind of predicament Jurgen Klopp can be relishing as he juggles domestic and European commitments in a packed schedule.
Union beats Fire 2-1, breaks tie with Toronto for MLS lead
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Cory Burke scored on a header in the 65th minute and the Philadelphia Union beat the Chicago Fire 2-1 on Wednesday night to break a tie with Toronto FC for the MLS lead. Philadelphia (13-3-5) has won five of its last six. Chicago (5-9-6) is winless in its last three. Kacper Przybylko scored on a penalty kick for the Union in the 28th minute. Robert Beric tied it in the 42nd minute on a pass from Djordje Mihailovic.
Timbers clinch playoff berth with 5-2 win over Galaxy
Ore. (AP) — Jaroslaw Niezgoda scored a pair of first-half goals and the Portland Timbers clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 5-2 victory over the LA Galaxy on Wednesday night. It is the fourth straight season that the Timbers (10-5-5) have made the postseason. “It's obvious that it was our goal, not only to play in the playoffs — we want to do something more this year,” Niezgoda said. “I know we can do something more because we have the potential, we have the quality.”Cristian Pavon scored twice for the Galaxy (5-11-3), who have lost eight of their past nine games and are sitting in last place in the Western Conference.
Wondolowski scores twice, Earthquakes top Real Salt Lake 2-0
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Chris Wondolowski scored twice and the San Jose Earthquakes beat Real Salt Lake 2-0 on Wednesday night. San Jose (7-8-6) moved into seventh place in the Western Conference, one point behind LAFC and FC Dallas. Real Salt Lake (5-8-7) has been shut out in back-to-back games and remains two points back of eighth-place Vancouver with two games remaining in the regular season. Cristian Espinoza fired a shot that hit the left post and Wondolowski tapped in the rebound from close range in the 16th minute. Shea Salinas later crossed to Wondolowski, who tapped in his sixth goal of the season in the 74th minute.
Raiders RB Josh Jacobs calls latest game 'embarrassing'
Josh Jacobs didn’t mince words when asked to evaluate his latest performance. It was very embarrassing for me,” Jacobs said Wednesday. I went and watched practice. I was trying to see where I could improve my game, what I could bring to this team to try to get the guys motivated to be where we want to be.”Jacobs and the Raiders running game haven’t been there so far this season. Jacobs is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry following the worst game of his young career, ranking 44th out of 46 qualified runners so far this season.
No. 3 Buckeyes look to keep rolling at No. 18 Penn State
3 Buckeyes look to keep rolling at No. 18 Penn StateHere are things to watch during the second week of play in the Big Ten Conference:GAME OF THE WEEKNo. 18 Penn State. The Buckeyes are coming off a 35-point win over Nebraska and are a double-digit road favorite against the Nittany Lions. Penn State is smarting after losing to Indiana in overtime and hasn't opened Big Ten play 0-2 since 2010.
Opinion: MLB's season of sacrifice amid pandemic ends with galling breach of protocol by Justin Turner
Opinion: MLB's season of sacrifice amid pandemic ends with galling breach of protocol by Justin TurnerThey came so close. For 58 days, Major League Baseball avoided a positive coronavirus test among its hundreds of players. As the playoffs unfolded, the player pool shrank and its teams were shuffled into luxe isolation, the protocols and the logistics and the myriad sacrifices that went into staging this unprecedented season built a kind of momentum that made the whole operation seem invulnerable. And so it was — almost to the last out. What could have been a well-earned coda to an emotionally wrenching season for MLB and its 2020 champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers, instead ended with a pair of gut punches — one of them self-inflicted.
No. 6 Oklahoma St and Texas always seem close in Big 12 play
The undefeated Cowboys (4-0, 3-0 Big 12) have allowed only 12 points a game, while the Longhorns (3-2, 2-2) are the Big 12's highest-scoring team at 45 points a game. Some things to watch in the Big 12 on the last Saturday of October, when No. The Horned Frogs and Bears were the only Big 12 teams that didn't get to play their nonconference games because of COVID-19 issues. 16 Kansas State is looking to open Big 12 play with five consecutive wins for the first time since 2014. When Oklahoma State beat Iowa State last weekend, it was coach Mike Gundy's 30th win over an AP Top 25 team.
Wednesday's Sports in Brief
BASEBALLARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Justin Turner violated coronavirus protocols when he celebrated with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and he refused instructions from security to leave the field, behavior that Major League Baseball said risked the safety of others. The commissioner’s office said it is starting a full investigation of the 35-year-old third baseman. The Dodgers won their first World Series championship since 1988 with a 3-1 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 6 on Tuesday night at Globe Life Field.
Beleaguered Barcelona beats Juventus in Champions League
Barcelona played some of its best soccer in a while to earn a 2-0 win at Juventus on Wednesday in a Champions League match that offered plenty of entertainment even though the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo prevented a highly anticipated duel against Lionel Messi. Ronaldo was out for the game, more than two weeks after the Juventus forward initially tested positive for the coronavirus. Messi converted a late penalty for Barcelona after Ousmane Dembele gave the visitors the lead in the 14th minute to send Barcelona on its way to its first victory over Juventus in Turin. Barcelona took the sole lead in Group G, three points above Juventus. Messi played a great ball over the top to Dembele on the right flank and he cut inside before unleashing a shot which was deflected into the far top corner.
2021 Boston Marathon postponed until at least fall
Boston Marathon organizers said Wednesday that the 2021 race won’t be run on Patriots Day because of the coronavirus pandemic, the second straight year that it has been moved from the April weekend that was its home for more than a century. “We are unable to host the Boston Marathon this coming April,” BAA CEO Tom Grilk said in a statement. “We are optimistic that the Boston Marathon will continue its tradition of celebrating the spirit of community and athletic excellence next fall.”Organizers said they hope to work with state and local officials to “determine if a fall 2021 date is feasible.” The BAA said it hopes to select a fall date by the end of the year. The 2020 Boston Marathon was originally postponed from April to September, but was canceled outright two months later — the first time since 1897 that there was no in-person Boston Marathon of any sort. A total of 15,972 people ran a “virtual” race this year, completing the 26.2-mile (42.2 km) distance on their own over a 10-day period.
MLB says Justin Turner risked safety of others by returning to field despite positive COVID-19 test
Justin Turner violated coronavirus protocols when he celebrated with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and refused instructions from security to leave the field, behavior that Major League Baseball said risked the safety of others. Turner was pulled from the game following the seventh inning after MLB was notified that he had tested positive for COVID-19. Turner later returned to the field with a mask to celebrate the Dodgers’ title. “Immediately upon receiving notice from the laboratory of a positive test, protocols were triggered, leading to the removal of Justin Turner from last night’s game,” MLB said in a statement Wednesday. No additional players received positive results from rapid PCR tests early Wednesday, the person said, but the wife of one Rays player tested positive, the person said.
All Blacks out to snap Bledisloe drought in Australia
It means Australia must win on Saturday to stand any chance of lifting the trans-Tasman trophy for the first time since 2002 at the fourth and final game in Brisbane on November 7. "None of our players, even our experienced ones, have had to win the trophy in Australia," said Foster ahead of Saturday's game. Whitelock returns after missing the Auckland Test with concussion, the same injury that has kept Joe Moody out of Saturday's fixture, opening the way for Tu'inukuafe. - 'Eye to the future' -Australia head into the game without experienced pair Matt To'omua and James O'Connor, who are injured -- potentially a crushing blow. The Wallabies and All Blacks will both play Argentina twice, with the last game on December 5.
Schoolboy teammates face off as Bledisloe rivals
The pair formed a strong centres partnership playing schoolboy rugby together at Auckland's Mount Albert Grammar in 2013, when their team won 17 of its 20 matches. Goodhue said they had an "awesome" time playing together but their paths diverged when Simone headed off to Australia to try his hand at rugby league. Now the 25-year-olds will confront each other as Bledisloe rivals, and Goodhue said he would be holding nothing back. "He would always say 'Jack, he's yours, you make the tackle!' "I wouldn't know what to say if I tried to get some banter out there -- I'd probably say 'good carry'."
Former Baltimore Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Jimmy Orr dies at 85
Jimmy Orr, the sure-handed wide receiver who played 13 years in the NFL with the Baltimore Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers, died Tuesday at the age of 85. Orr was a two-time All-Pro and a member of two championship teams, catching 400 passes for 7,914 yards and 66 touchdowns in his career. But quarterback Earl Morrall never saw him and his pass over the middle was intercepted by the Jets' Jim Hudson. Orr was one of the Colts' most popular players with a section in the south end zone at Memorial Stadium nicknamed "Orr's Corner" after him. Colts owner Jim Irsay was among those who offered his condolences to Orr's family, calling him an "NFL legend."
In California: Dodgers' win marred by COVID. And are you hoarding groceries again?
Dodgers win World Series! But then Commissioner Rob Manfred received a call saying that Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner had tested positive for COVID-19. The fuel moistures are really low.”Approximately 150 animals from the Orange County Zoo were relocated to the Santa Ana Zoo to keep them safe. Residents in affected areas have been advised by the Orange County Health Care Agency to stay indoors, limit outdoor activity, keep windows and doors closed and run air conditioners to filter the air. Also contributing: The Orange County Register, San Francisco Chronicle.
18 men jump off diving board at same time
18 men jump off diving board at same time18 friends simultaneously jumped from 7 different diving boards into a swimming pool in Helsinki, Finland.
Dodgers' first World Series championship win since 1988 attracts 12.6 million viewers, much lower than last year's ratings
The Los Angeles Dodgers' first World Series championship in more than three decades attracted 12.6 viewers on Tuesday night, the most-viewed game of the series. Game six of the 2020 World Series between the Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays peaked at 14.3 million viewers on Fox Sports. By comparison, Game 6 of the 2019 World Series between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals drew 15 million while Game 7 of the series attracted 23 million viewers. Shortstop Corey Seager took home World Series Most Valuable Player honors for the Dodgers, who won their first World Series since 1988. Game Three attracted slightly over 8 million and became the least-watched World Series game ever -- or at least since Nielsen began tracking ratings in 1968.
Los Angeles parades on hold in the 'City of Champions'
Slideshow ( 5 images )The Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday to clinch the club’s first championship in 32 years after enduring heartbreaking losses in the 2017 and 2018 World Series. But COVID-19 has no off-season, over-ruling the strong desire of players to parade their hardware before tens of thousands of adoring fans. “I know I know we can’t but DAMN I wanna celebrate with our Lakers & Dodgers fans!!! Although fans of both teams took to the streets in large numbers for rowdy impromptu celebrations in defiance of city orders on the nights of their victories, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw preached patience. “No matter what, we’re World Series champions.”
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Los Angeles parades on hold in the 'City of Champions'In a year when it seemed like nothing could go right, the sports Gods smiled on Los Angeles, rewarding long-suffering fans of the city's beloved Dodgers and Lakers with titles just weeks apart, but formal celebrations will have to wait due to COVID-19.
Hurricane Zeta slams Louisiana
Katy D'Aquino boards up the gallery she opened with her husband Jason in January, Fawkes Fine Art, for the eighth time since the beginning of the pandemic, in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Zeta in New Orleans, Louisiana, October 28, 2020....more
Cricket: Australia squad to play India in limited overs series
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia squad to play India in limited overs series in November/December. Squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa
Dozen MLB players have options turned down, go free
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — What figures to be a down and perhaps brutal market for baseball free agents in the offseason following the pandemic began Wednesday when a dozen players were told their contract options had been declined, among them St. Louis Cardinals Gold Glove second baseman Kolten Wong. Wong, a first-round pick in the 2011 draft, made his big league debut in 2013 and spent his first eight seasons with St. Louis. Many teams are cutting costs following a shortened regular season played with no fans in attendance due to the novel coronavirus. “I told him that with some of the uncertainties, we’re just not in a position to do that,” Mozeliak said. Players already free agents include catcher JT Realmuto, infielder DJ LeMahieu, pitchers Marcus Stroman and Masahiro Tanaka, and outfielders George Springer and Marcell Ozuna; shortstop Didi Gregorius; and designated hitter Nelson Cruz.
World Series TV ratings average drops 32% below previous low
(Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers’ six-game win over the Tampa Bay Rays received an average television rating 32% below the previous World Series low. The six games on Fox averaged a 5.2 rating, 12 share and 9,785,000 viewers, Nielsen Media Research said Wednesday. The previous low was a 7.6 rating, 12 share and 12,660,000 viewers for the San Francisco Giants’ four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers in 2012. Last year’s Series average was boosted by Game 7, when the Nationals’ 6-2 win drew a 13.1 rating, 25 share and an average of 23,217,000 viewers. This year’s Series averaged a 21.2 rating and 40 share in Los Angeles, and a 15.2 rating and 29 share in Tampa.
Average World Series TV ratings plunge 32% below previous low
ARLINGTON, Texas — The Los Angeles Dodgers’ six-game win over the Tampa Bay Rays received an average television rating 32% below the previous World Series low. The six games on Fox averaged a 5.2 rating, 12 share and 9,785,000 viewers, Nielsen Media Research said Wednesday. The previous low was a 7.6 rating, 12 share and 12,660,000 viewers for the San Francisco Giants’ four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers in 2012. Last year’s Series average was boosted by Game 7, when the Nationals’ 6-2 win drew a 13.1 rating, 25 share and an average of 23,217,000 viewers. This year’s Series averaged a 21.2 rating and 40 share in Los Angeles, and a 15.2 rating and 29 share in Tampa.
Bruce Arians touts 'fantastic' Antonio Brown as Chris Godwin faces another injury
“He looks fantastic,” Arians said of Brown, per ESPN. “In our conversation today, it's 'Go to football practice, go to work, come home and go back to work,’” Arians said, per ESPN. I don't think we'll have any problems with those things.”Bruce Arians is confident that Antonio Brown won't create problems in Tampa. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) MoreAnother Godwin injury opens need at WRThe Bucs may look to Brown more than they anticipated when they signed him last week. “I think it's very optimistic that he'll be back in a week,” Arians said.
Seven Dodgers become free agents a day after winning the World Series
Dodgers second baseman Kiké Hernández celebrates with the World Series trophy after Tuesday's championship victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. (Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press)Major League Baseball’s business side doesn’t stop for anything — not even World Series celebrations. Hours after the Dodgers won their first championship since 1988, the players’ union announced that 147 players, including seven Dodgers, were declared free agents Wednesday. Turner, 35, is a free agent after seven seasons with the Dodgers, which culminated with a bizarre twist in the team’s World Series Game 6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. He earned his first playoff save in Game 5 of the World Series.
Does Dodgers World Series victory warrant an asterisk? No way
Fans celebrate outside Dodger Stadium while watching the television broadcast of Game 6 of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays . [Yahoo Store: Get your Los Angeles Dodgers championship gear here!] View photos Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the World Series in Game 6. 2020 Los Angeles Dodgers: Played 18, won 13. Until the World Series, teams played every day until one of them dropped.
Barcelona-Juventus was supposed to be Messi vs. Ronaldo. Instead it reminded us the iconic rivalry is in its last gasps
When the group stage was drawn for the UEFA Champions League, the games that immediately seized the imagination were the Group G home-and-away matchups between Barcelona and Juventus. Messi won 16 times; Ronaldo 10. Lionel Messi (right) and Barcelona prevailed Wednesday in the Champions League, but Juventus didn't have Cristiano Ronaldo for the encounter. On the eve of the game, club president and occasional Messi antagonist Josep Maria Bartomeu was finally compelled to resign, along with the rest of the board. MESSI ?? DEMBELE ? pic.twitter.com/GLegaGMQnJ — Champions League on CBS Sports (@UCLonCBSSports) October 28, 2020And in the late going, Messi fed Ansu Fati in the box, who was brought down for a penalty.
The Latest: Dodgers' Turner tests positive for coronavirus
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Game 6 of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays (all times local):11:10 p.m.Justin Turner was removed from the Dodgers’ World Series-clinching victory after testing positive for the coronavirus. The red-headed third baseman was replaced on defense in the eighth inning and was not on the field as Los Angeles celebrated its first championship since 1988. “We learned during the game Justin tested positive and he was immediately isolated to prevent spread,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said after presenting Los Angeles with the championship trophy. ___10:10 p.m.With postseason star Julio Urías on the mound, the Los Angeles Dodgers are clinging to a 2-1 lead over the Tampa Bay Rays heading into the eighth inning. ___9 p.m.Blake Snell is sailing along and dominating the Los Angeles Dodgers as the Tampa Bay Rays hold a 1-0 lead through five innings on Randy Arozarena’s homer in the first.
UCLA suspends defensive lineman Steven Mason after felony arrest
UCLA reserve defensive lineman Steven Mason has been suspended indefinitely after his arrest this month on suspicion of felony domestic violence and child endangerment. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office declined to file felony charges and has referred the case to the L.A. City Attorney’s Office, which has scheduled the matter for informal resolution during a hearing at the L.A. Airport Courthouse. Mason, 22, was arrested Oct. 10 at 10:56 p.m. after UCLA police responded to a report of domestic violence in the 3300 block of Sawtelle Boulevard. Mason was transported to the UCLA Police Department, where he was booked and transported to L.A. County Jail on $150,000 bail. Mason, a redshirt senior from San Diego who spent two seasons at Southwestern Junior College before arriving at UCLA, played in eight games with the Bruins in 2019, making seven tackles.
Rich Gannon says Justin Herbert is mentally armed to be a Chargers star
He had just finished doing research for an upcoming telecast when Rich Gannon met with a few members of the CBS production crew. In reference to Justin Herbert, Gannon recalled saying, “Man, that dude’s impressive.”And understand, he wasn’t talking about Herbert’s physical ability, which has been trumpeted leaguewide for five games in a row in the form of eye-grabbing highlights. Gannon’s assessment instead came after a Zoom call with the Chargers rookie quarterback. Advertisement“I guess he’s made it look easier because he’s such a smart guy,” Gannon said Wednesday. They pay attention to what a kid in Herbert’s position says.
Kyle Busch wins rain-delayed NASCAR playoff race in Texas
Out of contention to defend his NASCAR Cup title, Kyle Busch at least extended his season winning streak to 16 with his first victory of 2020. “But I got a win.”Busch won the NASCAR playoff race at Texas that finished Wednesday, three days after it started. Truex had to go to the back of the field when the Texas race started Sunday because of an illegal spoiler and lost crew chief James Small for the extended time in Texas. Advertisement“Coming here we had a lot of confidence and we had a strong run,” Truex said. The two-time Cup champion got his fourth Cup win at Texas, and his first Cup win since his championship-crowning win at Homestead last November.
Seven Dodgers become free agents a day after winning the World Series
Major League Baseball’s business side doesn’t stop for anything — not even World Series celebrations. Hours after the Dodgers won their first championship since 1988, the players’ union announced that 147 players, including seven Dodgers, were declared free agents Wednesday. Turner, 35, is a free agent after seven seasons with the Dodgers, which culminated with a bizarre twist in the team’s World Series Game 6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Turner left the dugout and missed the Dodgers’ trophy presentation but returned to the field to celebrate with the team. He earned his first playoff save in Game 5 of the World Series.
A night of crazy 8s propels Duxbury girls' volleyball to another Patriot League title
Advertisement“We knew how important this match was,” said Buell, a senior captain. AdvertisementWhitman-Hanson 3, Silver Lake 0 — Junior captain Lily Welch recorded 10 kills in the 25-23, 25-23, 25-18 Patriot League win. Senior libero Sarah Byers had 12 digs and senior captain Sophia Berardinelli delivered 27 assists. Stoughton 6, Sharon 2 — Zofia Bangs fired in three goals for the Black Knights in the Hockomock League win. Prophet won his match 5 & 4 to lead the Storm to a Cape & Islands league win.
Kyle Busch ends drought in rain-delayed NASCAR playoff race at Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas — Kyle Busch won for the first time this season to extend a 16-season streak while his penalized teammate missed a chance to secure a spot in the championship in the NASCAR playoff race at Texas that finished Wednesday, three days after it started. The only race before then is Sunday at Martinsville, NASCAR’s oldest and shortest track where Truex won in June and last fall. The race was red-flagged Sunday after 52 laps because of the precipitation that lingered until Wednesday morning. AdvertisementLogano secured his spot in the final four with his win 10 days earlier at Kansas to open the three-race round of eight. The two-time Cup champion got his fourth Cup win at Texas.
Red Bulls snap Revolution’s unbeaten road streak
The Revolution’s playoff plans might have to wait. After a 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls Wednesday night, the Revolution remained a point away from clinching a postseason berth for the second straight season. Aaron Long’s 89th-minute score off a corner kick ended the Revolution’s four-game road unbeaten streak and extended their winless streak in regular-season games against the Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. The Revolution (7-6-8, 29 points) have two games remaining to gain a postseason place, against D.C. United on Sunday and at the Philadelphia Union on Nov. 8.
Whicker: Dodgers’ Justin Turner forgot he was part of a larger community
No one deserved to sit dead center and front row, in the championship picture, like Justin Turner did. Turner came off the field in the eighth inning of Game 6 on Tuesday night and went into an isolation room. Turner was unmindful of the larger team. Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen admitted Tuesday that he still isn’t all the way back from his coronavirus episode. And how did Turner pick up COVID-19 when, for 65 of 66 days, no major league player had?
Union’s win over Chicago Fire is overshadowed by José Andrés Martínez testing positive for COVID-19
The news came two weeks to the day after Martínez returned to Philadelphia from a stint with Venezuela’s national team. There is no evidence yet that Martínez contracted the virus while out of town, but the Union will likely be furious. They were afraid of this scenario when they fought to stop him from going, conceding only when FIFA threatened the Union with punishment if he wasn’t released.
Shaka Toney, Deion Barnes show Penn State DE Jayson Oweh the ropes on and off the field
“Since he came here, he’s taking me under his wing and really tried to get me right in all aspects of the game, in terms of hand work,” he said. “Over the summer, he just really helped me in terms of hand work, film, just understanding the game more. So I really owe a lot of my development to him. And the thing about him, he’s very relatable as well. He has a lot of what Shaka brings to the table.”
Southlake Carroll QB Quinn Ewers, the top national recruit in 2022, de-commits from Texas
The highest-rated recruit in Texas history is no longer committed to the Longhorns. Southlake Carroll quarterback Quinn Ewers, the top-ranked recruit in the nation in the class of 2022, announced Wednesday night that he’s re-opening his recruitment. @SportsDayHS | #txhsfb pic.twitter.com/rkPJybuLlE — Joseph Hoyt (@JoeJHoyt) November 23, 2019Through the first three games of his junior season, Ewers posted 13 total touchdowns and nearly 1,000 yards passing. When Ewers committed, he was ranked in 247Sports’ database right next to the top recruit in Longhorns history: former Texas quarterback Vince Young, who led the Longhorns to a national title in 2005. Current Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger even tweeted “Congratulations on making the best decision of your life man.
DeSoto Mayor Curtistene McCowan has died of lung cancer, three weeks after announcing diagnosis
DeSoto Mayor Curtistene McCowan has died of lung cancer, a little more than three weeks after announcing her diagnosis during a City Council meeting on Zoom. Her influence and her leadership was felt in DeSoto, her first love.”My heart is heavy as I send my condolences to the family of my good friend, DeSoto Mayor, Curtistene McCowan. DeSoto Mayor Curtistene McCowan announced at a City Council meeting in early October that she had been diagnosed with cancer. In a Facebook post late Wednesday, the DeSoto High School band sent condolences to the McCowan family. “We will forever appreciate the support and kind words from Mayor McCowan, as she truly loved the DeSoto Eagle Band,” the post read.
Long-delayed NASCAR playoff race at Texas finally ends as Kyle Busch snaps winless streak
The only race before then is Sunday at Martinsville, NASCAR’s oldest and shortest track where Truex won in June. It was in the mid-40s when the race finally resumed Wednesday after being on hold for 72 hours, 28 minutes, 34 seconds. The race was red-flagged Sunday after 52 laps because of the precipitation that lingered until Sunday morning. Logano secured his spot in the final four with his win 10 days earlier at Kansas to open the three-race round of eight. The two-time Cup champion got his fourth Cup win at Texas.
Kiszla: How long will John Elway put up with fumbles, special-team gaffes and home losses before somebody gets fired?
1 rule in Broncos Country since 1983: Don’t cross John Elway. That’s historically very bad for the happiness of the head coach in Denver. Way back in 1994, Wade Phillips opened his second season in charge of the team with three consecutive home losses, including a 48-16 blowout against the Raiders, which was the beginning of his end as head coach. “We’ve turned it over too much lately,” said Fangio, whose Broncos rank 31st in a 32-team league with a turnover differential of minus-8. That somebody could be McMahon, who finds it necessary to apologize for bad play by his not-so-special teams way too often.
Carr’s continued development as runner could help pass game
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr carries the ball during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Las Vegas. “A lot of completions outside the pocket on scramble drills, me running for first downs … that’s stuff that we have stressed. “I think if I go back the first year, it was a struggle because I was just learning the playbook, trying to figure my way and play the way he wants me to play,” Carr said. Tackle Sam Young, who left Sunday’s game with a knee injury and did not return, also got in a limited practice on Wednesday. “We’re hoping Trent Brown can get back in the building later this week and possibly play for us.
Stevens in his element during ‘the time of his life’ Circa opening
(Las Vegas Review-Journal)The first roll of the dice is thrown at a craps table at Circa during the grand opening event in downtown Las Vegas on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoStadium Swim, open year-round, at Circa in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__raeStadium Swim, open year-round, at Circa in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. “I’ve been (to Las Vegas) 12, 13 times, but I’ve never had a chance to go to a casino opening,” he said. “This is Circa,” Stevens began.
Silver Knights’ future home taking shape in Henderson
(Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoComposite images of the future arena of the Henderson Silver Knights during a construction event hosted by the AHL team on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Henderson. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoComposite images of the future arena of the Henderson Silver Knights during a construction event hosted by the AHL team on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Henderson. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphoto Henderson City Councilman John Marz Silver Knights Head Coach Manny Viveiros Golden Knights forward Reid Duke Golden Knights forward Gage QuinneyComposite images of the future arena of the Henderson Silver Knights during a construction event hosted by the AHL team on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Henderson. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoConstruction continues on the future arena of the Henderson Silver Knights on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Henderson. Construction is underway at the Henderson Silver Knights arena, located on the former site of the Henderson Pavilion.
Review-Journal named finalist in 2 EPPY Awards categories
The Las Vegas Review-Journal was named a finalist in two categories of a contest that highlights the best in digital media. An exterior view of the Las Vegas Review-Journal at 1111 W. Bonanza Road in Las Vegas. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal)The Las Vegas Review-Journal was named a finalist in two categories of a contest highlighting the best in digital media. Editor & Publisher’s annual EPPY Awards honor excellence in online journalism and digital storytelling and design. The recognition was the result of the company’s work taking the Academic Excellence Awards virtual in 2020.
The Chicago White Sox face key decisions in free agency, including whether to retain Alex Colome and James McCann
“We felt like we were taken in like family,” McCann said when asked of his time with the Sox on Oct. 1. “Having success here and really coming into my own as a player. I’ll always look back on my time here in Chicago regardless of what happens in the future.”
AP sources: Rockets hiring Stephen Silas to replace D'Antoni
The Houston Rockets and Stephen Silas have an agreement for the Dallas assistant to replace Mike D'Antoni as coach, multiple people with knowledge of the deal said Wednesday. Silas inherits a team led by a pair of former MVPs in Harden and Russell Westbrook. The longtime NBA assistant has worked worked with elite guards before, most recently in two seasons with the Mavericks and 21-year-old sensation Luka Doncic. The nine seasons as a Charlotte assistant for Silas included time with Kemba Walker, and he was with Golden State when the Warriors drafted Stephen Curry in 2009. Paul Silas spent 16 years as a player in the NBA and another 22 as a coach.
Bill de Blasio spokesman denies report that mayor is 'trying to kill' Mets sale to Steve Cohen
The Mets’ ownership change nearly complete, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio still wants to have a say. What he wants to say, exactly, depends on who you ask. The New York Post reported Wednesday night that de Blasio is "trying to kill" the sale of the team to Steve Cohen and he called commissioner Rob Manfred this month to say he opposes the hedge-fund billionaire’s takeover. Bill Neidhardt, a spokesman for de Blasio, said the juiciest part of the story is false. "The Mayor did call Commissioner Manfred, but the rest of this isn't true," Neidhardt wrote on Twitter.
World Series TV ratings average drops 32% below previous low
ARLINGTON, Texas - (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers' six-game win over the Tampa Bay Rays received an average television rating 32% below the previous World Series low. The six games on Fox averaged a 5.2 rating, 12 share and 9,785,000 viewers, Nielsen Media Research said Wednesday. The previous low was a 7.6 rating, 12 share and 12,660,000 viewers for the San Francisco Giants' four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers in 2012. Last year's Series average was boosted by Game 7, when the Nationals' 6-2 win drew a 13.1 rating, 25 share and an average of 23,217,000 viewers. This year's Series averaged a 21.2 rating and 40 share in Los Angeles, and a 15.2 rating and 29 share in Tampa.
Twins decline 2021 option on Sergio Romo
The Twins declined the 2021 club option on reliever Sergio Romo on Wednesday, a source confirmed. The veteran reliever is now a free agent. Romo, 37, joined the Twins ahead of the July trade deadline in 2019 after the Twins struck a deal with the Miami Marlins. He re-signed with the club before the 2020 season, signing a one-year deal with an option. Rather than pick up that option for $5 million, the Twins will pay him a buyout.
Fentress Film Session: Oregon State’s Hamilcar Rashed Jr. is program’s best LB prospect since Nick Barnett
Oregon State’s Hamilcar Rashed Jr. has a chance to become the top linebacker prospect to come out of the state of Oregon in nearly a decade and the best the Beavers have produced in 18 years. Rashed led the Pac-12 in sacks (14) and tackles for loss (22 1/2) last season while setting program records in both categories. With about 10 more pounds added to put him at 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, Rashed is out to elevate his stock. According to one NFL scout, Rashed could certainly benefit from this final season especially with the added weight. However, we’re talking about the difference between being regarded as having strong NFL potential and being viewed as an elite prospect, which could land Rashed inside the first three rounds.
Portland Timbers vs Los Angeles Galaxy score updates, odds, time, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online (10/28/2020)
• You can watch Galaxy vs. Timbers live for FREE with fuboTV (free trial). Jarek Niezgoda locks up a brace early in the match.#PORvLA | #RCTID pic.twitter.com/p3SusC1twh — Portland Timbers (@TimbersFC) October 29, 2020Goal - 5th minute: The Timbers open the scoring here early. Latest odds: Timbers -125 | Draw +290 | Galaxy +310HOW TO WATCH TIMBERS VS. GALAXYWhat: Portland Timbers FC host the Los Angeles Galaxy in a regular season MLS match. ET on Wednesday, October 28Where: Providence Park | Portland, OregonTV channel: ESPN, ESPN DeportesHow to watch live stream online: You can watch this match live on Watch ESPN with your cable or satellite provider login, or you can watch the game live for FREE with FuboTV (free trial). You can also get this game on Hulu + Live (free trial) or Sling TV (free trial, promotional offers), if you are out of fuboTV trials, or simply prefer those platforms and their pricing plans.
At least 1 dead as Hurricane Zeta hammers Gulf Coast
“Guys, we received the brunt of Zeta, and Zeta gave us a good punch,” McInnis told WDSU-TV. More than 815,000 customers were without electricity in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, including about 350,000 in metro New Orleans. Zeta had top sustained winds of 110 mph (177 kph) as a Category 2 hurricane at landfall and is the 27th named storm of a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season — with over a month left to go. Hurricane warnings stretched from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Alabama/Mississippi state line, including Lake Pontchartrain and metropolitan New Orleans. Winds could be “especially severe” in the southern Appalachian Mountains, where flash flooding is possible, the hurricane center said.
Loons eke out 2-1 win over Colorado, benefiting from an own goal
The Colorado Rapids defender headed a Loons crossing pass into his own net and the Loons escaped with a 2-1 win Wednesday night at Allianz Field. United winger Robin Lod scored the opening goal for Minnesota just before halftime, and Andre Shinyashiki netted the equalizer when Loon goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair came off his line in the 69th. St. Clair kept it 2-1 with a punch of a Nicolas Mezquida shot in the five minutes of stoppage time. Once the final whistle blew, Abubakar crouched over heartbroken, with Loons coach Adrian Heath one of the first to console him. The only conspicuous absence from Wednesday’s lineup was left back Chase Gasper, who had started 19 of 21 games this season.
Boise State transfer Jordan Happle intends to return to Oregon in 2021
EUGENE — Jordan Happle dreamed of playing at Oregon and the Portland native intends to maximize the time he’s able to do so. The Portland native and Boise State transfer joined the Ducks earlier this month, beginning with their second practice of fall camp. Happle said he’ll utilize the additional year of eligibility granted to him to return in 2021 as well. “What he brings is he’s a guy who’s been in coach Avalos' scheme," safeties coach Keith Heyward said. “Besides experience, knowledge of the scheme, another guy that’s made of the right stuff,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said.
College Football Show: MSU in heap of trouble in UM showdown
The Detroit NewsMichigan State faces an uphill battle as 24 1/2-point underdogs in Saturday's in-state rivalry against Michigan at the Big House in Ann Arbor on Saturday. Bob Wojnowski, John Niyo, Angelique Chengelis and Matt Charboneau don't give the Spartans much of a chance in Mel Tucker's coaching debut against the Wolverines. Here's their predictions for Saturday's showdown at Michigan Stadium:?Wojo: Michigan 42, Michigan State 13?Niyo: Michigan 38, Michigan State 10?Chengelis: Michigan 35, Michigan State 20?Charboneau: Michigan 38, Michigan State 10Here's the highlights of this week's The Detroit News' College Football Show:?:40: Wolverines in mid-season form?3:20: Rocky Lombardi on seven turnovers vs. Rutgers?5:30: MSU's inability to run the ball?8:20: Fielding H. Yost's point-a-minute offense?10:10: Elijah Collins' slow start?12:20: Ed Warriner on the COVID era?15:30: Spartans with eight new starters on defense?18:10: Predictions
D.C United 1, Columbus 0 | Crew loses fourth of past seven games on Gressel's goal
In the past seven games since having the best record in the league, the Crew has now lost to the bottom two teams in the Eastern Conference with three games to play before the playoffs. lost 1-0 to D.C. United at Audi Field on Wednesday night, marking the fourth loss in seven games. Once the linchpin of the Crew’s identity, the defense has struggled to keep the game scoreless in the first half in the past seven games, especially on the road. Including Wednesday night, the Crew has conceded the first goal five times in the past seven games. More:Conceding the first goal has become a trend for Columbus Crew on the roadBefore Gressel’s goal, defender Jonathan Mensah nearly put the Crew ahead on a corner kick.
World Series TV ratings average drops 32% below previous low
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers’ six-game win over the Tampa Bay Rays received an average television rating 32% below the previous World Series low. The six games on Fox averaged a 5.2 rating, 12 share and 9,785,000 viewers, Nielsen Media Research said Wednesday. The previous low was a 7.6 rating, 12 share and 12,660,000 viewers for the San Francisco Giants’ four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers in 2012. This year’s rating was down 36% from the 8.1 rating, 16 share and average of 14,067,000 viewers for the Washington Nationals’ seven-game win over the Houston Astros last year. Los Angeles’ 3-1 win in Game 6 on Tuesday night drew a 6.8 rating, 15 share and an average of 12,627,000 viewers, down from a 9.6 rating, 19 share and average of 16,551,000 viewers for Washington’s 7-2 win in Game 6 last year.
Rams want to join Lakers, Dodgers on LA's championship run
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Jared Goff texted congratulations to Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson right after the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series on Tuesday night. “Cody actually texted me back and said, ‘It’s your turn now,’” the Los Angeles Rams quarterback recalled Wednesday. “And I said, ‘Absolutely.’”Los Angeles has become a city of champions again in an incredible October, and the Rams (5-2) want to extend this winning feeling into February. They’ve been discussing it on group chats and in the locker room ever since the Lakers raised their trophy two weeks ago, and the anticipation only increased when the Dodgers claimed their own championship. “It’d be good to make that a little three-peat with us involved there,” Goff said.
Cory Burke scores in the 65th, Union beat Fire 2-1
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Cory Burke scored on a header in the 65th minute, helping the Philadelphia Union beat the Chicago Fire 2-1 on Wednesday night. Philadelphia (13-3-5) has won five of its last six matches and leads the MLS with 44 points. Kacper Przybylko scored on a penalty kick for the Union in the 28th minute. Robert Beric tied it in the 42nd minute on a pass from Djordje Mihailovic. It was Beric's 10th goal of the season.
Dike continues strong play, Orlando City tops Atlanta United
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Daryl Dike had a goal and an assist to continue his strong rookie campaign, Chris Mueller scored on a free kick, and Orlando City beat Atlanta United 4-1 on Wednesday night. The 20-year-old Dike, who was the No. Mueller bent a free kick from 25 yards past the outstretched arm of diving goalkeeper Brad Guzan in first-half stoppage time. Mueller has a career-high nine goals in his third MLS season. Orlando City (9-3-8) bounced back from a loss that ended a 12-match unbeaten streak and snapped a four-game winless skid.
Sporting KC earns playoff berth, beating FC Cincinnati 1-0
CINCINNATI (AP) — Roger Espinoza scored and Sporting Kansas City clinched a playoff berth with a 1-0 victory over FC Cincinnati on Wednesday night. Sporting Kansas City (11-6-3) also moved into the Western Conference lead. Cincinnati (4-13-4) lost its third straight match and was eliminated from playoff contention. Espinoza's shot from close range deflected off goalkeeper Spencer Richey's left foot in the 57th minute. Melia broke the record with his first save, a deflection off Jurgen Locadia’s left-footed shot to the near post in the 46th minute.
Aaron Long scores in 89th, Red Bulls beat Revolution 1-0
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Aaron Long scored in the 89th minute and the New York Red Bulls beat the New England Revolution 1-0 on Wednesday night. Long put away a half-volley from the top of the 6-yard box after Tim Parker's re-directed a corner kick by Alejandro Romero Gamarra. Ryan Meara had two saves for his third shutout of the season. New York (8-8-5) is unbeaten in its last five games, but has just two wins in its last seven. New England (7-6-8) is winless, with two losses, in its last three games.
Dozen MLB players have options turned down, go free
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — What figures to be a down and perhaps brutal market for baseball free agents in the offseason following the pandemic began Wednesday when a dozen players were told their contract options had been declined, among them St. Louis Cardinals Gold Glove second baseman Kolten Wong. Wong, a first-round pick in the 2011 draft, made his big league debut in 2013 and spent his first eight seasons with St. Louis. 265 with a homer and 16 RBIs in 53 games during the pandemic-shortened season, helping the Cardinals make the playoffs for the second straight year. Many teams are cutting costs following a shortened regular season played with no fans in attendance due to the novel coronavirus. Many teams already have eliminated front-office staff and many scouts to cut expenses, uncertain what attendance and revenue can be expected in 2021.
Pentucket girls strike early, down Amesbury, 3-2
The Pentucket Sachems did just that by scoring twice in the first quarter and holding off Amesbury, 3-2, to put themselves in the driver’s seat to win the Kinney division with a handful of games left to play. “It’s in our hands,” Pentucket coach Daniel Millard said. Junior Mollie Cahalane made it 2-0 off a rebound chance to finish off the helper from Jennings and make it 2-0 after one. Amesbury added another with about 20 seconds left on a penalty kick by Pettet to make it interesting, but Pentucket was able to fend off the final attack. Next up, the Sachems will face Lynnfield on Saturday in a state tournament rematch from last season that saw Pentucket come out on top.
New York Red Bulls late goal beats Revolution, 1-0
Red Bulls New York center back Aaron Long scored in the 89th minute to secure a 1-0 victory over the Revolution on Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena. The Revolution and the Red Bulls battled to a 1-1 draw at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 29. Red Bulls interim coach Bradley Carnell added three formidable substitutes, Cristian Casseres, Daniel Royer and Alejandro Romero, in the 59th minute. “We thought that change could bring us energy and the Red Bulls did the same thing right before us,” said Arena. The Red Bulls broke the deadlock in the 89th minute on a spectacularly executed corner kick from the left side.
October 28 recap: Tucson news you may have missed today
The AHL said in a news release that it "continues to work with its member clubs to monitor developments and local guidelines in all 31 league cities," and that further details — presumably including whether fans will be allowed — are still to be determined.
Women’s basketball: NMSU won’t have Pack, but retains experience
ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................“Every possession, every play and every game has to be with that same exact effort,” Atkinson said. We can’t afford to have a play where we just don’t play. “We have to lean much more on each other,” sophomore guard Soufia Inoussa said. “We have more team play. The 5-foot-8 guard from San Antonio, Texas averaged 11.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last season.
California’s COVID status may complicate Lobo football plans
UNM football would not be exempt from the 14-day quarantine requirement, Nora Meyers Sackett, Press Secretary for Gov. UNM’s game against San Jose State was originally scheduled to be played in Albuquerque, but on Monday it was relocated to San Jose, California due to the rising prevalence of COVID-19 in Bernalillo County. After the cancellation announcement came on Oct. 20, Nuñez and San Jose State administration worked on relocating the game, among other scenarios, Nuñez said. Prior to the Lobos’ season opener against Colorado State being canceled, Nuñez said he believed UNM could safely play. SaturdayNew Mexico at San Jose State5 p.m., FS1, 770 AM/96.3 FM
NIKE, UNM renew contract through 2022-23
Nike will give UNM $100,000 in “Nike Elite” collection apparel for coaches and staff. There are reasons for NIKE well beyond Lobo basketball to target UNM as a partner. First-year Lobo football coach Danny Gonzales noted the partnership with NIKE is something that helps recruiting, too. Yet based on recent results, it’s the UNM men’s and women’s track & field and men’s and women’s cross country teams with the most likely path toward cashing from NIKE. For cross country, it’s $7,500 for a national title down to $500 for a fourth place finish.
Muttiah Muralitharan on the 'challenge' of his disputed biopic
"I meant that after 2009, we had peace in this country. For me when the war finished, it was the happiest day of my life because peace came - not because Tamil civilians were killed," he said, speaking from Dubai, where he is a bowling coach for the Sunrisers Hyderabad team at the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament being held there.
Eddie Jones set to select experienced line-up for England's first Test match back against Italy
Eddie Jones is expected to name an experienced line-up for England's first Test match since lockdown, led by Owen Farrell as the primary playmaker in a revamped back line. With George Ford, Manu Tuilagi, Courtney Lawes, Elliot Daly, Joe Marler and Mark Wilson all ruled out due to injury, and George Kruis preparing for a move to Japan, Jones is destined to fill various voids with established men. Eddie Jones will name an experienced team for England's first Test match since lockdownFarrell is set to switch back to the No 10 shirt normally occupied by Ford, leaving two midfield spaces to fill as Tuilagi is recovering from Achilles surgery. Slade has been in supreme form during Exeter's glorious campaign which led to an historic double of Premiership and Heineken Champions Cup titles. Jones has repeatedly emphasised that he does not regard the forthcoming autumn schedule as an opportunity for experimentation.
Team Sky medic raised concerns that measures drafted by Freeman may 'jeopardise safety of riders'
Concerns over the use of intravenous infusions in hotel rooms were raised by a Team Sky medic responding to protocols written by Richard Freeman, a medical tribunal heard. Dr David Hulse added that measures drafted by former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Freeman, currently facing a fit-to-practise hearing, could jeopardise the safety of riders and breach anti-doping rules. Dr David Hulse raised concerns over measures drafted by former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman (pictured) and the use of intravenous infusions in hotel roomsFreeman admits ordering sachets of banned testosterone to the HQ of both organisations in 2011. In ongoing cross-examination, Jackson quoted from an October 2010 email sent to Freeman by Hulse, who would leave the team a short time later. Jackson added: 'He (Hulse) raised concerns that the practice was in fact inconsistent with WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) regulations.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is spotted in the stands at Krasnodar in first Blues game since 2019
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was in the stands for his side's Champions League clash at Krasnodar on Wednesday night as he watched his first game live since their Europa League final victory over Arsenal in 2019. The influential Russian billionaire withdrew his application for a new visa in the UK in 2018 amid a Government crackdown on wealthy overseas investors, and has stayed away from Britain ever since. The 54-year-old was spotted in the stands at the Krasnodar Stadium wearing a face mask, with coronavirus restrictions easing in Russia to allow a portion of fans to attend. The oligarch, a friend of Russia president Vladimir Putin, is one of the most well-known Premier League owners and has been in charge of Chelsea since he took the club over in 2003. His investment has reaped huge success with the Blues winning five Premier League titles, five FA Cups and the Champions League.
FA confident Wembley WILL stay as a host venue for Euro 2020 if lockout of fans continues
The FA have been given assurances that Wembley will remain a host venue for Euro 2020 even if fans do not return to Premier League stadiums — but they risk losing the tournament final should the Government shutout continue. And chief among UEFA's concerns is the capacity of host nations to accommodate fans and sponsors inside stadiums, given their importance from a financial and aesthetic perspective. Practices and protocols are already in place and they are ready to act quickly once given the all-clear to allow fans into Wembley. England may even be asked to stage more than its seven allocated matches given the expected reduction in hosts. A petition to allow fans back into stadiums has reached nearly 200,000 signatures and parliament will debate the issue on November 9.
Neymar hobbles off INJURED midway through first-half for PSG against Istanbul Basaksehir
PSG are set to be without Neymar for 'a few games' according to manager Thomas Tuchel, ahead of the forward undergoing a scan on Thursday. Neymar seemed in some discomfort as he was substituted with what appeared to be a thigh injury in the first-half of PSG's Champions League clash victory against Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday night. PSG boss Thomas Tuchel fears Neymar's injury could keep him out for a few games'He had to come off. Meanwhile Kylian Mbappe - who started on Wednesday - has been encouraged to win the Champions League with PSG before leaving to test himself elsewhere, by club ambassador Youri Djorkaeff. 'Last year he had a great opportunity to win the Champions League.
Filippo Giovagnoli plotting to shock Arsenal as Dundalk boss hopes to down the Gunners
Filippo Giovagnoli, the man plotting Arsenal’s downfall in the Europa League on Thursday night, briefly considers what tempted Dundalk to pluck him from the obscurity of youth development in New York City. I was confident, I have a plan, I am organised, I am strong, and they picked me, so I was lucky. Filippo Giovagnoli is plotting Arsenal's downfall as Dundalk visit in the Europa League‘They are well-educated and they can be strong, they can manage. To see who is training hard and play the players who deserve to play, which we did. We were hoping to play a big team and Arsenal came.’‘We are looking to be competitive,’ says Giovagnoli.
The impossible is now possible! Paul Elliott believes there will be a black leader of the PFA
He's just been asked whether he believes there will be a black leader of the Football Association in his life time. Paul Elliott believed a black leader of the PFA was impossible, but now believes it is possibleNo wonder Elliott is almost euphoric as he conducts this interview. He is already a fixture at all FA board meetings, so the only tangible benefit Elliott would have had would have been a vote. Becoming the first black man on the FA board is still within reach, there is a certainly a will from within the FA for it to happen. Pride in Mings - who he believes has the makings of a future FA leader.
Stunning mural of the world's first black professional footballer is unveiled in Darlington
A stunning mural of the world's first black professional footballer Arthur Wharton - who was also remarkably a record-breaking sprinter - was today unveiled in Darlington, the first club he played for. 'I know how much this means – for Darlington to finally have a meaningful testament to the icon that is Arthur Wharton,' he told the Northern Echo. 'Black lives will only matter when black history is embedded in the fabric of our education system and culture. During a 17-year career, he played for Rotherham, Preston North End, Sheffield United, Stalybridge Rovers, Ashton North End and Stockport County. 'But in paying tribute to Arthur Wharton, we must also recognise the incredible work of Shaun Campbell.'
Marcus Rashford would be a 'very worthy winner' of Sports Personality of the Year, says Gary Lineker
The BBC's Gary Lineker has told Sportsmail that he believes Marcus Rashford would be 'a very worthy winner' of Sports Personality of the Year, as debate continues to rage over whether the 22-year-old should be included on the shortlist. Lineker, who will co-present the awards show in Salford before Christmas, said he thought the Manchester United player should meet the criteria. Marcus Rashford would be a worthy winner of the SPOTY award, says host Gary LinekerThe Man United star was odds-on favourite due to his campaigning for free school mealsThe Match of the Day host stressed, however, that he has no say over the forward's inclusion'I think he would be a very worthy winner,' Lineker told Sportsmail. 'What Marcus Rashford has done, in terms of feeding our poorest children... is a wonderful example.' BBC bosses, who know Rashford's omission from the main award shortlist would be controversial, are looking at alternative ways they could honour the player during the event on December 20.
Liverpool 'receive boost with Fabinho's hamstring injury not as bad as first feared'
Jurgen Klopp has received a much-needed boost with the reported news that Fabinho's hamstring injury suffered on Tuesday is not as severe as first feared. The Liverpool makeshift centre-half was forced from the pitch after half-an-hour in the Reds' win against Midtjylland, worsening an already serious defensive injury crisis after Virgil van Dijk's long-term ACL injury. Joel Matip is returning to full fitness but is unlikely to be risked for the Premier League clash with West Ham at Anfield on Saturday. Klopp admitted on Tuesday night that the injury to Fabinho, filling in at centre back, was 'exactly the last thing we needed.' After the West Ham game, Klopp has to manage difficult trips to Atalanta in the Champions League and Manchester City in the Premier League before the two-week break for internationals.
Marcus Rashford compared to ex-Man Utd striker Van Nistelrooy by Paul Scholes after his hat-trick
Paul Scholes lauded the finishing ability of Marcus Rashford on Wednesday night after the Manchester United striker came off the bench to score a brilliant hat-trick against RB Leipzig. Rashford also scored the match-winner in last week's victory against Paris Saint-Germain and after his first United hat-trick, ex-United midfielder Scholes was full of praise for the 22-year-old and compared him to a team-mate of old in the Sir Alex Ferguson era, Ruud van Nistelrooy. Marcus Rashford came on to devastating effect on Wednesday as he scored a brilliant hat-trickThe Manchester United striker scored his first hat-trick for the club against RB LeipzigFormer United midfielder Paul Scholes was full of praise for Rashford's finishing ability'You come to expect this from him. 'That was like [Ruud] van Nistelrooy, you see him going through and you know he's going to smash the ball into the corner.' Ex-United centre back Rio Ferdinand was also full of praise for Rashford following his explosive 27-minute cameo in Europe on Wednesday.
A life of excess: Maradona turns 60 in self-isolation
Argentina football great Diego Maradona, pictured at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, has always lived a life of excessAdvertising Read moreBuenos Aires (AFP)Notorious for his wild lifestyle, Argentina great Diego Maradona turns 60 on Friday in far more sober circumstances sheltered in self-isolation to protect him from the coronavirus pandemic. Perotti was referring to Maradona's early fame that set him on a path to brilliance, glory but also excess and almost tragedy. Born in a poor Buenos Aires neighborhood on October 30, 1960, Diego Armando Maradona quickly marked himself out as special talent. At 25 he -- practically singlehandedly -- dragged Argentina to World Cup glory at Mexico 86. Since their divorce, Maradona has admitted to fathering at least five children in Italy, Cuba and Argentina through extra-marital affairs.
Valcke and Al-Khelaifi braced for corruption trial verdict
Prosecutors have called for a jail term of three years for Valcke, a 28-month sentence for Al-Khelaifi, who is also president of beIN Media, and 30 months for Deris -- with partial suspension in all three cases. Valcke, the former right-hand man of disgraced FIFA president Sepp Blatter, was on trial on two charges related to his quest for money to maintain what Federal Prosecutor Joel Pahud called a "spendthrift" lifestyle. The defence argued that the trial was "muddied" by the revelation of informal meetings between former Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber and current FIFA president Gianni Infantino. The Swiss prosecutors had to drop a charge of corruption because of an out-of-court settlement in January between Al-Khelaifi and FIFA, which then withdrew its complaint against him. FIFA is claiming "between 1.4 and 2.3 million euros" from Valcke for having benefitted from Villa Bianca for 18 months.
Children's soccer club hires security firm after parents rage against COVID-19 rules
Chilliwack FC published a notice to parents Tuesday night saying abuse and poor behaviour toward club staff has escalated to the point where workers are afraid it's going to turn violent. "They're very abusive, verbally," club chair Andrea Laycock said of some players' family members. The club hired its own team of contact tracers to take spectators' information when they arrive, so they can pass information along to provincial health authorities if an outbreak happens. "We've had people come up to the contact tracers' table and say, 'I'm bleeping fine, I don't need this, you don't need my information,' " she said. Contact tracers can call security if they need help.
MLB Says Turner Broke Isolation Rules After Positive COVID Test
Major League Baseball on Wednesday condemned Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner for “emphatically” refusing to comply and stay in isolation after he tested positive for the novel coronavirus during Game 6 of the World Series. The Dodgers took Turner off the field in the eighth inning of Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays in Arlington, Texas, on Tuesday night, after his COVID-19 returned positive. After the Dodgers won the game, 3-1, Turner left the clubhouse where he was told he had to isolate and went onto the field where he celebrated with his teammates. When MLB security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply," it adds. MLB is investigating how Turner contracted the virus as he and his teammates were kept in a soft bubble for three weeks in a Dallas hotel with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Report: Super Bowl to Be Played at 20 Percent Capacity
The National Football League is planning to stage its Super Bowl at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium on Feb. 7 by limiting spectators to about one-fifth capacity because of the novel coronavirus and requiring everyone to wear a mask, ESPN reported Wednesday citing unidentified sources. The ESPN report said that even if the NFL needs to add an 18th week to its schedule to accommodate games postponed due to positive coronavirus tests among players or staff, it would still stage the Super Bowl on Feb. 7. The NFL routinely has two weeks between the final playoff games and the Super Bowl championship game. The NFL has considered postponing the Super Bowl as much as four weeks to allow for the completion of the regular season. More than a dozen games have been rescheduled to accommodate postponed games due to coronavirus-related issues.
Hurricane Zeta Crashes Onshore in Storm-Weary Louisiana
Zeta had top sustained winds of 110 (177 kph) as a Category 2 hurricane and was the 27th named storm of a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season — with over a month left before it ends. Zeta had been predicted to hit as a relatively weak Category 1 hurricane, but Louisiana residents awoke to updated forecasts predicting a Category 2 at landfall around the southeastern part of the state. A tourist walks on a cordoned-off beach before Hurricane Zeta’s landfall in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, on Oct. 26, 2020. Clouds gather over Playa Gaviota Azul as Tropical Storm Zeta approaches Cancun, Mexico, on Oct. 26, 2020. Hurricane warnings stretched from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Alabama/Mississippi state line, including Lake Pontchartrain and metropolitan New Orleans.
Big East teams bracing for COVID-19 challenge: ‘Total s–t show’
Big East coaches and players talked about their hopes and goals for the upcoming men’s basketball season. At the forefront of the Big East’s media day was the novel coronavirus and how (if?) “There are going to be more challenges this season than any other season in the history of college basketball,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said. “It’s just a total s–t show,” coach Kevin Willard said, a phrase many coaches have used to describe scheduling during the current climate. Big East commissioner Val Ackerman told The Post there is talk within the NCAA of lowering it to 10 days.
Evan Roberts pays tribute to longtime WFAN co-host Joe Benigno
After 13 years working together, Evan Roberts and Joe Benigno’s partnership will end on Nov. 6 because of Benigno’s retirement. “I knew this day would eventually come … it has been an absolute honor to listen and then have the privilege of working with the great Joe Benigno for the last 14 years,” Roberts wrote on Twitter. “Great host, great man I will absolutely miss working with him. Benigno’s retirement, which he officially announced on Wednesday afternoon, comes after a 25-year-career as a full-time sports talk voice on WFAN. It’s been a stellar 25 years.”While Benigno plans to move to Florida and spend his days playing golf, Roberts has a new job in front of him: an afternoon drive-time show with Craig Carton.
Adam Gase will give up Jets play-calling again after flicker of hope
Jets coach Adam Gase said offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains will call the plays again this week against the Chiefs. Loggains took over play-calling last week against the Bills and had success early, with the Jets gaining 186 yards and scoring 10 points in the first half. The second half was a complete failure, though, as the Jets gained just 4 yards and failed to score. “I do think there’s going to be things that I’ll notice throughout this process,” Gase said. The Jets hope he can practice Thursday and play this week against the Chiefs.
Super Bowl 2021 won’t have many fans in attendance
The first Super Bowl didn’t sell out, but Super Bowl 2021 might set the record for smallest crowd in attendance. The NFL is planning for 20 percent seating capacity for the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., according to ESPN. The solution on the table is to eliminate the bye week between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl, as has been done at times in the past. Super Bowl I drew a crowd of 61,946 to the Los Angeles Coliseum on $6 and $12 tickets in 1967. It is the only Super Bowl not to sell out.
Nats decline options for Kendrick, Eaton, Sánchez, Thames
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Nationals declined 2021 club options on right fielder Adam Eaton and right-handed starter Aníbal Sánchez on Wednesday, and declined their part of mutual options for infielder Howie Kendrick and first baseman Eric Thames. Kendrick, Eaton and Sánchez were members of Washington’s World Series championship team in 2019. Eaton gets a $1.5 million buyout rather than a $10.5 million salary in 2021; Sánchez receives $2 million instead of $12 million; Kendrick’s buyout is worth $2.25 million, instead of a $6.5 million mutual option; Thames gets $1 million, rather than the $4 million mutual option. Kevin Long stays on as hitting coach; the team previously had said Jim Hickey would be the new pitching coach, replacing Paul Menhart. ___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsSign up for Daily Newsletters Manage NewslettersCopyright © 2020 The Washington Times, LLC.
Cardinals decline $12.5M option for INF Kolten Wong
The St. Louis Cardinals have declined Kolten Wong’s $12.5 million option, making the Gold Glove second baseman a free agent. Wong, a first-round pick in the 2011 draft, made his big league debut in 2013 and spent his first eight seasons with St. Louis. 265 with a homer and 16 RBIs in 53 games during the pandemic-shortened season, helping the Cardinals make the playoffs for the second straight year. John Mozeliak, the president of baseball operations for the Cardinals, said he spoke with Wong on Wednesday. While leaving the door open for a reunion with Wong, Mozeliak also mentioned giving Tommy Edman a shot at second base.
MATCHDAY: Arsenal-Dundalk likened to a boxing mismatch
A look at what’s happening around the Europa League on Thursday:ARSENAL VS. DUNDALKDundalk head coach Filippo Giovagnoli has likened his side’s game against Arsenal to a heavyweight boxing mismatch. Giovagnoli used the fact that Mesut Ozil, Arsenal’s biggest earner, hasn’t even made the English team’s Europa League squad to highlight the difference between the clubs. ANTWERP VS. TOTTENHAMBoth Antwerp and Tottenham won their opening games and their current form bode for an entertaining match. Spurs are on an 11-match unbeaten run while Antwerp, the Belgian league leader, won its five past matches in all competitions. Hoffenheim started the Europa League with a 2-0 win over Red Star Belgrade but was held to a draw 1-1 by struggling Werder Bremen at the weekend.
AFC East-leading Bills know better than to dismiss Patriots
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Jerry Hughes knows better than to dismiss the New England Patriots. As much as the Buffalo Bills defensive end would enjoy acknowledging a changing of the guard taking place in the AFC East seven weeks into this season, Hughes wasn’t prepared to go that far on Wednesday. “I feel you’ve got to take that title away before we can make that statement,” Hughes said as Buffalo prepares to host the Patriots on Sunday. The standings and the spread - the Bills opened as three-point favorites - don’t mean much to the team’s longest active-tenured player. The Bills have scored just 51 points in their past three games after scoring 123 in their first four.
World Series TV ratings average drops 32% below previous low
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers’ six-game win over the Tampa Bay Rays received an average television rating 32% below the previous World Series low. The six games on Fox averaged a 5.2 rating, 12 share and 9,785,000 viewers, Nielsen Media Research said Wednesday. The previous low was a 7.6 rating, 12 share and 12,660,000 viewers for the San Francisco Giants’ four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers in 2012. Last year’s Series average was boosted by Game 7, when the Nationals’ 6-2 win drew a 13.1 rating, 25 share and an average of 23,217,000 viewers. This year’s Series averaged a 21.2 rating and 40 share in Los Angeles, and a 15.2 rating and 29 share in Tampa.
AP sources: Rockets hiring Stephen Silas to replace D'Antoni
The Houston Rockets and Stephen Silas have an agreement for the Dallas assistant to replace Mike D’Antoni as coach, multiple people with knowledge of the deal said Wednesday. The longtime NBA assistant has worked worked with elite guards before, most recently in two seasons with the Mavericks and 21-year-old sensation Luka Doncic. The nine seasons as a Charlotte assistant for Silas included time with Kemba Walker, and he was with Golden State when the Warriors drafted Stephen Curry in 2009. Paul Silas spent 16 years as a player in the NBA and another 22 as a coach. __More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsSign up for Daily Newsletters Manage NewslettersCopyright © 2020 The Washington Times, LLC.
Patriots place LB Brandon Copeland on injured reserve
(AP) - The Patriots have placed linebacker Brandon Copeland on injured reserve, the latest blow to a team that has lost three straight. The Patriots also placed tight end Jake Burt on practice squad injured reserve. Copeland has appeared in six games with four starts this season, totaling 10 tackles. New England visits Buffalo on Sunday. ___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLSign up for Daily Newsletters Manage NewslettersCopyright © 2020 The Washington Times, LLC.
Seahawks extremely thin at running back as 49ers approach
Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde and Travis Homer are all dealing with injuries coming out of last Sunday’s 37-34 overtime loss to Arizona. Still, that leaves only rookie Deejay Dallas as the lone running back not limited by injury ahead of Sunday’s matchup with the 49ers. Tre Flowers stepped in after Griffin was injured and would likely get the start if Griffin is not cleared. When he met with the media ahead of practice, Carroll expected Adams to participate on a limited basis. Also returning to practice was defensive end Rasheem Green, who has been sidelined since Week 1 with a neck stinger.
Hewitt leads fan vote for International Tennis Hall of Fame
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Two-time Grand Slam title winner Lleyton Hewitt led the fan voting for the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021 and will get a bonus of 3% added to his tally from the official voting group. The Hall announced the results of four weeks of fan voting Wednesday. Lisa Raymond finished second and gets a 2% boost to her official vote, and Jonas Bjorkman was third and so gets a bonus of 1%. Players need 75% support from the official voting group — which includes tennis media and historians — to be elected to the Hall, and the fan vote can help push someone over that threshold. ___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsSign up for Daily Newsletters Manage NewslettersCopyright © 2020 The Washington Times, LLC.
Dee Strange-Gordon's $14M option declined by Mariners
SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Mariners declined their $14 million club option on infielder Dee Strange-Gordon for the 2021 season on Wednesday, making the veteran eligible for free agency. Strange-Gordon spent the past three seasons with the Mariners. Strange-Gordon appeared in 141 games in 2018, 117 in 2019 and played in just 33 of 60 games this season. He hit .266 in his three seasons with the Mariners but his on-base percentage was under .300 in two of his three seasons. ___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsSign up for Daily Newsletters Manage NewslettersCopyright © 2020 The Washington Times, LLC.
Cleveland's teams push for meaningful wins, lasting change
“We want to make an impact,” Indians President of Baseball Operations Chris Antonetti said. During an online discussion, Altman stressed how it’s essential for the teams - and players - to utilize their powerful platforms. “We’re going to put ourselves out there and we’re going to measure ourselves and we’re going to measure ourselves with success. It’s on us to deliver and we’re excited about the challenge.”One area identified by the teams in needing immediate attention is underserved communities lacking internet capabilities. “We want to make an impact, and we want to make a sustainable impact,” Antonetti said.
D-backs decline options for three pitchers, including Leake
PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Diamondbacks have declined options for the 2021 season for right-handed pitchers Mike Leake, Hector Rondón and Junior Guerra. The 32-year-old Leake went 3-3 with a 4.35 ERA in 10 starts for the D-backs in 2019 after being traded from the Mariners. He opted out of the 2020 season because of concerns with the coronavirus. The reliever gets a $500,000 buyout instead of next year’s $4 million salary. He receives a $100,000 buyout instead of a $3.5 million salary.
Sporting KC earns playoff berth, beating FC Cincinnati 1-0
CINCINNATI (AP) - Roger Espinoza scored and Sporting Kansas City clinched a playoff berth with a 1-0 victory over FC Cincinnati on Wednesday night. Sporting Kansas City (11-6-3) also moved into the Western Conference lead. Cincinnati (4-13-4) lost its third straight match and was eliminated from playoff contention. Melia broke the record with his first save, a deflection off Jurgen Locadia’s left-footed shot to the near post in the 46th minute. Cincinnati will play next season at West End Stadium.
Dozen MLB players have options turned down, go free
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - What figures to be a down and perhaps brutal market for baseball free agents in the offseason following the pandemic began Wednesday when a dozen players were told their contract options had been declined, among them St. Louis Cardinals Gold Glove second baseman Kolten Wong. Wong, a first-round pick in the 2011 draft, made his big league debut in 2013 and spent his first eight seasons with St. Louis. “I told him that with some of the uncertainties, we’re just not in a position to do that,” Mozeliak said. Players already free agents include catcher JT Realmuto, infielder DJ LeMahieu, pitchers Marcus Stroman and Masahiro Tanaka, and outfielders George Springer and Marcell Ozuna; shortstop Didi Gregorius; and designated hitter Nelson Cruz. ___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsSign up for Daily Newsletters Manage NewslettersCopyright © 2020 The Washington Times, LLC.
IHSA announces high school basketball will start next month
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Despite the Illinois Department of Public Health’s decision to rate basketball a high-risk activity, the Illinois High School Association announced Wednesday the state’s high schools will have a basketball season. J.B. Pritzker and the health department to rate basketball a high-risk activity. Practice for boys and girls basketball is scheduled to begin Nov. 16, with games being played by Nov. 30. It’s possible some schools and school districts could follow the lead of the health department and decide not to play. Pritzker said school districts have been told what the rules are when it comes to COVID-19 and high school sports.
Aaron Long scores in 89th, Red Bulls beat Revolution 1-0
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) - Aaron Long scored in the 89th minute and the New York Red Bulls beat the New England Revolution 1-0 on Wednesday night. Long put away a half-volley from the top of the 6-yard box after Tim Parker’s re-directed a corner kick by Alejandro Romero Gamarra. New York (8-8-5) is unbeaten in its last five games, but has just two wins in its last seven. New England (7-6-8) is winless, with two losses, in its last three games. Sign up for Daily Newsletters Manage NewslettersCopyright © 2020 The Washington Times, LLC.
Rams want to join Lakers, Dodgers on LA's championship run
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - Jared Goff texted congratulations to Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson right after the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series on Tuesday night. “Cody actually texted me back and said, ‘It’s your turn now,’” the Los Angeles Rams quarterback recalled Wednesday. 6 first.”The Rams actually arrived in Los Angeles before either the Lakers or the Dodgers, becoming the West Coast’s first major pro sports franchise way back in 1946. The 33-year-old UCLA product is a Los Angeles native who lives in West Hollywood in the offseason. “I don’t think anyone really was” a Rams fan in Los Angeles during his childhood, Forbath said.
Georgetown picked to finish last in Big East's coaches poll
Georgetown was voted Wednesday to finish last in the Big East this upcoming season by the conference’s coaches in their annual preseason poll. The results come after a rocky offseason for the Hoyas in which the program saw guard Mac McClung transfer to Texas Tech and big man Omer Yurtseven declare for the NBA draft. Georgetown finished last season with a 15-17 record, 5-13 in the Big East. It ended the season on a seven-game losing streak and finished eighth in the conference. Sign up for Daily Newsletters Manage NewslettersCopyright © 2020 The Washington Times, LLC.
Dodgers beat Rays for first World Series title since 1988
ARLINGTON, Texas — Mookie Betts came to the Dodgers to make a World Series difference. “It’s just a special group of players, organization, all that we’ve kind of overcome.”Betts bolted from third for the go-ahead run on World Series MVP Corey Seager’s grounder in the sixth, even with the infield playing in, then had a punctuating homer leading off the eighth. Los Angeles had come up short in the World Series twice in the previous three years. The Rays had 16 Ks and the Dodgers 11, the most combined strikeouts in a nine-inning World Series game. “This year has been crazy, but no matter what, we’ll look back on this and we’re World Series champs.
Dodgers star pulled from World Series clincher after positive coronavirus test
They started the party without Justin Turner, too, after their red-headed star received word of a positive COVID-19 test in the middle of their clinching victory. Turner was removed from Los Angeles‘ 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 on Tuesday night after registering Major League Baseball’s first positive test in 59 days. When asked about what happened after the game, Friedman said Turner wanted to take a picture with the trophy. “It’s gut-wrenching,” World Series MVP Corey Seager said. Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed Turner’s positive test moments after presenting the World Series trophy to Los Angeles — a jarring reminder of all that’s been different in this season where the perennially favored Dodgers finally broke through.
Cory Burke scores in the 65th, Union beat Fire 2-1
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) - Cory Burke scored on a header in the 65th minute, helping the Philadelphia Union beat the Chicago Fire 2-1 on Wednesday night. Philadelphia (13-3-5) has won five of its last six matches and leads the MLS with 44 points. Kacper Przybylko scored on a penalty kick for the Union in the 28th minute. Goalkeeper Andre Blake blocked Beric’s left-footed shot from a difficult angle in the 64th minute. Blake finished with three saves for the Union, who have allowed only nine goals in their last 11 games.
Dike continues strong play, Orlando City tops Atlanta United
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Daryl Dike had a goal and an assist to continue his strong rookie campaign, Chris Mueller scored on a free kick, and Orlando City beat Atlanta United 4-1 on Wednesday night. Orlando City (9-3-8) bounced back from a loss that ended a 12-match unbeaten streak and snapped a four-game winless skid. Tesho Akindele put away a one-touch shot, off a pass from Dike, in the 60th before Atlanta’s Erick Torres scored in the 87th minute. It was the first goal of the season for Torres, who scored 14 goals in 27 appearances for the Houston Dynamo last season. Matheus Aias, a 23-year-old who signed with Orlando City on Aug. 21, scored his first MLS goal in the second minute of stoppage time.
Wisconsin pauses football activities due to COVID-19, Saturday's game canceled
After an increase in confirmed coronavirus cases, Wisconsin announced it will pause its football team activities for at least seven days. As of Wednesday morning, 12 people within the team have tested positive for the coronavirus. That meant Mertz, and any other players who tested positive, would miss at least 21 days and undergo cardiac screening, as per Big Ten protocol. Chryst received news Wednesday morning that he had tested positive for the coronavirus after taking a PCR test. “I informed my staff and the team this morning and am currently isolating at home,” Chryst said in a statement.
Juan Soto a favorite for MVP-caliber year in way-too-early 2021 MLB odds
The Dodgers may have won the World Series on Tuesday night, but the way-too-early odds for what the 2021 MLB season will bring are here. According to the oddsmakers at Sports Betting Dime, Washington Nationals star Juan Soto could be primed for an MVP-caliber season. And in 2020, Soto led the league with a .351 batting average, .490 on-base percentage and .695 slugging percentage. Even though Soto could be ready for another standout season, oddsmakers have the Nationals at 30-1 odds to win the World Series — the 12th best odds. However, in 2019, Washington’s odds fell to 55-1 in the middle of July, sitting at 32-38 and trailing the Braves by 8.5 games in the NL East.
After lengthy recovery, Maryland's Jeshaun Jones shares return with his mom
As Maryland’s team bus pulled up to Ryan Field on Saturday, the tears began to fill Jeshaun Jones‘ eyes. “I’m here,” Jones told his mom over the phone, standing on the field pregame. Baran was there, too, having flown in from Florida to Chicago to see Jones play against Northwestern. That’s when excitement first began to build for Baran and Jones, with a date to circle on the calendar: Oct. 24 against Northwestern. By that point, with the temperature falling well below the 42 degrees it was at kickoff, Baran couldn’t feel her toes.
Ewing eyes 'restart' with Georgetown's projected last-place finish in Big East
Big East coaches aren’t allowed to vote for their own school in their annual preseason poll. During Big East media day, the Georgetown coach said Wednesday that he understood why his program was voted to finish dead last in the conference. Last year, coaches voted Georgetown to finish sixth only for the program to slide to eighth following a tumultuous season. The Big East Conference is honoring the late John Thompson Jr. with an award in his name. “It’s a great honor for the Big East to have the award in his name, the things he fought for over the course of his life,” Ewing said.
Washington passed on several now-rising stars to draft Haskins in 2019
Even as the 15th overall pick in the 2019 draft is glued to the bench these days, Washington desperately needed a quarterback. Washington needed to try and find a long-term answer at the position. But imagine, for a moment, that Washington didn’t draft Haskins. Let’s take a look at the notable players who Washington passed on:? DE Brian Burns (No. Washington, too, wasn’t the only team that passed on him — and there likely would have been a negative wave of criticism for Washington had it picked him 15th overall.
Nationals decline options on four veterans to create roster flexibility
By the time the 2021 season rolls around, the Nationals will look different. With the latest series of moves coming Wednesday, Washington opened its offseason by declining to pick up 2021 options on veterans Adam Eaton, Aníbal Sánchez, Howie Kendrick and Eric Thames. The 31-year-old right fielder hit .226 with four home runs after hitting .279 during the World Series run. Thames hit .203 with three longballs in the shortened campaign, warranting Washington to decline his $4 million mutual option. Kendrick slapped the go-ahead two-run homer in Game 7 of the 2019 World Series.
Cashed Out: Rays Manager Roasted for Pulling Snell in Game 6
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Blake Snell turned away from his manager and yelled an expletive as Kevin Cash headed to the mound. I’m not going to ask any questions, but he was pitching a great game,” Betts said. “I thought it was Blake’s game to lose,” Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier said. “Kevin Cash, our front office, they put together a certain game plan and they’ve been right time and time again. Every decision’s that made, that end result has a pretty weighing factor in how you feel about it,” Cash said.
MLB Blasts Dodgers’ Justin Turner for Violating Coronavirus Isolation
Major League Baseball has thrown Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner under the bus for refusing to abide by the league’s coronavirus rules as the team clinched the 2020 World Series on Tuesday. Turner was pulled from Game 6 after he tested positive for the virus on Tuesday, the AP reported. But on Wednesday, the league lambasted Turner for violating the coronavirus strictures, according to TMZ. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply,” the league exclaimed. MLB also said it is launching a “full investigation” into Turner’s violation of its coronavirus rules.
Texans Shut Down Facilities After Positive Coronavirus Test
The Houston Texans had to shut down operations at their practice facility on Wednesday, after a player tested positive for the coronavirus. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport shared the announcement on Twitter:According to Pro Football Talk:The Texans are on their bye this week, so there’s no immediate threat to the schedule. All NFL players are tested every day, including during bye weeks. The Packers were at the Texans on Sunday. There has been no immediate word on whether the Packers will need to take any additional precautions.
DeAndre Hopkins Explains Why He Flipped Off Trump Supporters
Normally DeAndre Hopkins confines all of his headline-making activity to the football field. However, on Sunday, the Cardinals star receiver made news for giving a caravan of Trump supporters the “salute.”Images surfaced on social media showing Hopkins in his Ferrari driving near and flipping off a Trump caravan near Glendale, Arizona. Deandre Hopkins flipped off a bunch of Trump supporters on his way to the stadium then put up 10 catches for 100 yards and a TD. According to Hopkins, it was the Trump supporters who were being aggressive and that’s what prompted the middle finger. Hopkins accounted for over 100 yards in receiving as the Cardinals beat the Seahawks in overtime, 37-34.
Best Betts: Dodgers Win First World Series Title Since 1988
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mookie Betts came to the Dodgers to make a World Series difference. With a mad dash to home plate, he put Los Angeles over the top. The end of a frustrating championship drought for LA — and perhaps just the start for Betts and the Dodgers. Los Angeles had come up short in the World Series twice in the previous three years. The Rays never got another runner past second base as LA’s bullpen gave reliever-reliant Tampa Bay a taste of its own medicine.
Dodgers’ Turner Pulled from World Series After Testing Positive for Coronavirus
Justin Turner was removed from the Dodgers’ World Series-clinching victory after testing positive for the coronavirus. The red-headed third baseman was replaced on defense in the eighth inning and was not on the field as Los Angeles celebrated its first championship since 1988. Dodgers players and coaches wore face masks during the celebration. There was no dogpile on the infield that’s typical of such celebrations, although there were still hugs and high fives. “We learned during the game Justin tested positive and he was immediately isolated to prevent spread,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said after presenting Los Angeles with the championship trophy.
Dodgers’ Justin Turner Returns to Field for World Series Celebration Despite Testing Positive for Coronavirus
There was a surge of humanity onto the field in Arlington last night as the Dodgers celebrated their first World Series championship since 1988. Dodgers infielder Justin Turner was pulled form the game in the seventh inning after the Major League Baseball was informed that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. Turner was also there, maskless, for the team photo on the field. “Him being a free agent, I don’t think anyone was going to stop him from going out. Turner tweeted after the game that he had “no symptoms” and felt “great.”MLB had gone 57 days without a positive test, USA Today Sports reports.
Hendrick Hires NASCAR’s Kyle Larson After N-Word Incident
5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. Larson, who is half-Japanese, also kept racing under the radar: He has won 42 sprint car races in 2020 while suspended from NASCAR. “Kyle is unquestionably one of the most talented race car drivers in the world,” team owner Rick Hendrick said in a statement. 5 — the first car campaigned when Hendrick Motorsports launched in 1984 — and discontinue use of the No. “I view it as Hendrick Motorsports’ flagship team in a lot of ways.
Jabrill Peppers used wrong hand to defend completion on Eagles score
Jabrill Peppers needed to be perfect on the final fateful play for the Giants’ defense last Thursday night. Instead, Peppers was good, but not good enough, which is why he got beat and the Giants lost, again. The strong safety ran with diminutive running back Boston Scott as the Eagles faced first-and-goal from the Giants’ 18-yard line. “I expect every guy to go with the left hand and try to be hand to hand and play that ball out of it. He’ll be healthier this week than he was last week, so that’s a positive sign for us.’’
Jets’ offensive woes embodied by tight ends’ disappearing act
There was a lot of optimism and hope, entering the season, that the tight ends would be a huge part of this offense. But instead of production, the Jets have gotten barely anything out of their tight ends. Head coach Adam Gase talked up the tight ends this summer. Griffin pointed to fewer targets as a function of the Jets keeping the tight ends in to block. With the offensive line struggling, Gase has used the tight ends in production more.
The revenge of Le’Veon Bell could be a Jets horror
In a season of one nightmare after another, here comes arguably the biggest one of all for the New York Football Jets:The Revenge of Le’Veon Bell. Tank for Trevorites and the legion of long-suffering Jets fans can picture it now:Le’Veon Bell unleashed and running wild in garbage time of Jets-Chiefs. He’s supposed to be. There were times with the Steelers when they said similar things about the young Le’Veon Bell. Now Le’Veon Bell tries to pick it up and run to daylight again.
Kira Lewis on Knicks’ radar as 2020 NBA Draft approaches
On the other end were Oats’ former point guard, Kira Lewis Jr., Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau, general manager Scott Perry and senior VP William Wesley. Yes, the Knicks are serious about Lewis, the 6-foot-3 speed demon who has climbed up draft boards during the pandemic. Oats said he believes Thibodeau can be great for Lewis, whose major question marks at Alabama were defense, 3-point prowess and strength. Oats said Lewis has used the pandemic to bulk up, through weight lifting and diet, to more than 180 pounds. At 17, he’s playing against all older kids.
Giants legend Mark Bavaro on Evan Engram’s pain: ‘I’ve been there’
Plays define players. “I’ve been there,’’ Mark Bavaro, the greatest tight end in Giants history, told The Post on Wednesday. “I lost a lot of confidence in myself after that drop,’’ Bavaro recalled. It did take a while to overcome it.’’Before his drop, Bavaro had caught nine passes for 148 yards in that game. “One play doesn’t define Evan and doesn’t define our offense.’’Until Engram changes the narrative, though, that play will define his 2020 season.
De Blasio’s shameful Steve Cohen ploy traces back to Alex Rodriguez
He has targeted you, Mets fans. A-Rod’s longtime (and played-out) boyhood affinity for the Mets holds little significance in the minds and hearts of Mets fans: most can’t stand him. Mets fans certainly hope so. The mayor wants to try and extinguish that flame? It’s his political funeral, and his odd legacy: add a few million Mets fans to his personal roster of disillusioned and disabused New Yorkers.
Mississippi State’s players are fleeing. Mike Leach doesn’t seem to mind.
Leach suspended Hill for the Bulldogs’ most recent game against Texas Tech, and the coach seemed to suggest Wednesday that Hill’s Mississippi State career was over. Washington State cleared Leach after conducting an investigation, and Wilson later redacted his statement. Leach oversaw a similar turnaround at Texas Tech, turning a middling Big 12 program into a consistent winner in the first decade of the century. But his tenure in Lubbock ended in December 2009 after the school investigated his treatment of wide receiver Adam James, who claimed he was twice confined to an equipment room after suffering a concussion. A Texas Tech official said at the time that “other things” had come to light about Leach as well, though he never elaborated, and Leach would unsuccessfully sue the school for wrongful termination.
Boston Marathon postponed to an already busy fall 2021 race calendar
The marathon is traditionally held on the third Monday in April, which is celebrated as Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts. It was postponed this year amid the coronavirus pandemic and eventually was staged in September as a virtual-only event. ADOf the six major marathons, only Tokyo and London staged races this year, and they were restricted to elite-level participants. The Boston Marathon was canceled entirely as an in-person event for the first time in a history that had dated back continuously to 1897. “The Marathon is one of Boston’s most beloved traditions,” the city’s mayor, Marty Walsh, said Wednesday in a statement.
Raptors G Davis arrested on assault charge
Toronto Raptors guard Terence Davis was arrested Tuesday night in New York City and charged with assault and criminal mischief, according to multiple media reports. FILE PHOTO: Mar 5, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Terence Davis (0) reacts against the Golden State Warriors during the second quarter at Chase Center. USA Today said the 20-year-old woman told authorities she was Davis’ girlfriend. According to a criminal complaint, the woman’s son was standing next to her when Davis hit her, causing the son to fall. The Raptors signed Davis, 23, as a free agent after he wasn’t drafted in 2019.
Pac-12 embarks on short season with lots of new faces at QB
(AP Photo/Kyusung Gong, File)The so-called Conference of Quarterbacks has had some considerable turnover at the position heading into the season. Arguably the top returnee is USC’s Kedon Slovis, who took over last season when starter JT Daniels was injured in the opener. Costello went to Mississippi State under Mike Leach, who left Washington State in the offseason. ADVERTISEMENTAt Arizona, Grant Gunnell will take the reins at QB after starting in three games last season when Tate struggled with injury. Oregon’s backup last season, Tyler Shough, is the presumed starter for the Ducks, while Tristan Gebbia is expected to top the depth chart at Oregon State.
Dodgers 3rd Baseman Tests Positive For COVID-19 — Then Celebrates With Teammates
Dodgers 3rd Baseman Tests Positive For COVID-19 — Then Celebrates With TeammatesEnlarge this image toggle caption Ronald Martinez/Getty Images Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesAfter your team wins the World Series, it's only natural to run onto the field to celebrate with your teammates. Turner took a COVID-19 test on Monday, but on it came back inconclusive during the second inning of Tuesday's game, CBS Sports explains. "Turner was placed into isolation for the safety of those around him," the MLB said in a statement. "When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply." "He's part of our team," Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts told reporters.
MLB scolds Dodgers’ Justin Turner for violating coronavirus protocols
The Dodgers won their first World Series championship since 1988 with a 3-1 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 6 on Tuesday night. Turner was pulled from the game following the seventh inning after MLB was notified that he had tested positive for COVID-19. He was quarantined in a doctor’s office off to the side, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. Turner later returned to the field with a mask to celebrate the Dodgers’ title. “Immediately upon receiving notice from the laboratory of a positive test, protocols were triggered, leading to the removal of Justin Turner from last night’s game,” MLB said in a statement Wednesday.
NASCAR at Texas live updates: Kyle Busch wins for first time in 2020
7:51 p.m.: Lead change with 20 laps to goAfter a brief pit by Bowyer, Kyle Busch retakes the lead with teammate Martin Truex Jr. 1 second behind. 7:43 p.m.: 36 laps to go with Clint Bowyer in frontClint Bowyer has a 2.6-second lead over Kyle Busch, but the 14’s crew tell him not to focus on Busch. Clint Bowyer is back in front, slightly ahead of Kyle Busch. 7:08 p.m., Lap 231: Kyle Busch leads at TexasBusch and Bowyer battle on the restart with Busch choosing the inside lane. Kyle Busch and Hamlin were also reporting vibration earlier.
Shea Pitts hopes UCLA can break through for sustained success
Every time he sees his father’s UCLA bowl game champion rings, it reminds Shea Pitts what he hasn’t accomplished as a Bruin. Ron Pitts’ haul from the 1980s, when the Bruins won seven consecutive bowls, seems absurd by comparison. He’s seen it in teammates showing up 20 minutes before the start of training camp sessions to work on individual technique. He’s seen it in cerebral cornerback Obi Eboh predicting play calls before the snap. He’s seen it in fellow nickelback Qwuantrezz Knight getting him excited just to practice.
Dodgers win but the 2020 World Series TV audience hits record low
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ first World Series win since 1988 delivered the smallest TV audience in the history of the Fall Classic. The previous TV audience low for a series was 12.6-million viewers for the San Francisco Giants’ four-game sweep over the Detroit Tigers in 2012. Despite the historic low viewership, the World Series still has relative strength compared to its competitors. Last week, the World Series audience on Fox was 56% higher than NBC’s prime-time programming, 101% higher than ABC and 120% higher than CBS. “That’s generally what we want to see from a World Series.”
Utah Jazz owners to sell majority stake to tech entrepreneur
Gail Miller , whose family has owned the Utah Jazz for 35 years, agreed to sell a majority interest in the franchise to Ryan Smith , co-founder of Qualtrics, a Utah-based software company. Miller, 77, who along with her late husband, Larry , bought a 50 percent stake in the Jazz in May 1985, announced the agreement Wednesday. Smith, 42, is a Utah native and longtime Jazz fan. AdvertisementRockies decline Murphy’s optionThe Colorado Rockies declined infielder Daniel Murphy’s $12 million option , bringing a close to his two-year stint with the team. The event, which featured two-time world champion Nathan Chen, took place Monday and will air on NBC on Nov. 15.
How does the NCAA appeals process work? And does UMass tennis have a chance at winning?
UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford said the school is appealing the penalty to the Infractions Appeals Committee. • The facts found by the COI do not constitute a violation of the NCAA constitution and bylaws. In December 2019, the COI punished TCU after the school self-reported 33 athletes in football and basketball being paid for work they didn’t do. UMass was not as fortunate, and will have its work cut out as it proceeds with an appeal. Advertisement? UMass informs the committee of its decision to appeal within 15 days of the ruling.
Might Cam Newton’s poor performance lately have something to do with his COVID-19 diagnosis?
It’s obvious that Patriots quarterback Cam Newton’s play has slipped since he returned to action after testing positive for COVID-19. There are several causes of brain fog, from lack of sleep to stress. While COVID-19 has not yet been proven as a cause for brain fog, researchers have found there is a correlation between the two. Brain fog is a subjective feeling, so only Newton would know if he’s experiencing relevant symptoms. Should a patient be experiencing brain fog, he recommends reducing stress, sleeping well, and attempting to return to normalcy.
For COVID-positive Justin Turner, celebrating took precedence
When the Dodgers gathered for a team photo, Turner sat down in the front, took his mask off and smiled for the camera a foot away from manager Dave Roberts. ARLINGTON, Texas — It wasn’t difficult to spot Justin Turner on the field after the Dodgers won the World Series on Tuesday night. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.”The statement also said the commissioner’s office is beginning an investigation into the matter. There are plenty of photos and video of Turner on the field. It also appeared at one point he tried in vain to convince Turner to return to the clubhouse.
What makes 49ers’ Fred Warner the ‘best linebacker in ball’ — and how he mimics Seahawks’ Wagner
As you’re multi-tasking, as usual, it’s announced to millions on national television that you’re the best at your profession. That was Fred Warner on Sunday. “That’s the best linebacker in ‘ball,” Romo declared. Similar praise was once reserved for Warner’s 49ers predecessors, Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman. Warner’s counterpart on the other sideline is Bobby Wagner, the linebacker Warner studied most before entering the NFL out of BYU, where he showcased his coverage ability as a nickel back and outside linebacker.
Phoenix Rising FC looks to finish topsy-turvy season with USL championship
Phoenix Rising FC will have the chance to close out its chaotic 2020 season with a title if it beats the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the 2020 USL Championship Final on Sunday. Despite the many obstacles, Phoenix Rising FC is now one game away from being crowned champions of the USL. Schantz, who returned for the Western Conference Final win over El Paso, believes the adversity gives the team the motivation it needs. Solomon Asante and Kevon Lambert join Lubin and Farrell as the other players who were part of the 2018 championship loss to Louisville City FC. Winning the cup would give Phoenix Rising FC the distinction of bringing Arizona its first major soccer title.
It isn’t Jim Schwartz’s favorite tool, but Eagles' Jalen Mills likes to blitz when opportunity knocks
There has been intrigue around the status of wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who has been kept on the 53-man roster all season and has been practicing on a limited basis for several weeks. Doug Pederson confirmed that Jeffery’s foot injury, which required surgery last December, is healed, but he said Jeffery suffered a calf injury in practice and is being held back by that. Pederson said Jeffery is day to day. He did not practice Wednesday. Pederson said he will play when he is ready to do so.
In Daryl Morey, Philadelphia Sixers place future in hands of an executive who can see it
The difference, as it often is in this modern era of professional sports, was the hiring of a bona fide leader. In reaching an agreement with Morey to become the president of basketball operations, the Sixers have acknowledged that the first step toward charting a sustainable future is hiring a captain who understands it. Morey, whose tenure in Houston saw the Rockets win more games than any NBA team north (or south) of San Antonio, has spent the last 13 years consistently positioning the Rockets a step ahead of the curve. Despite being in a conference that included three of the NBA’s most successful dynasties, the 48-year-old Wisconsin native built a series of rosters that produced seven seasons of 53-plus wins, two conference finals, and six conference semifinals under three head coaches. All of this, without drafting a single player inside the top 10 and only one inside the top 14.
For Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, help is on the way as Jalen Reagor, Dallas Goedert, and Jason Peters return to practice
“It’s definitely exciting. They’re big pieces of our offense," Wentz said Wednesday. “Reagor, we saw what he could do early in the season and the explosiveness he brings. Obviously, we know what Dallas can do, both in the blocking game but also run after catch, and getting open. He’s one of the top tight ends in the league.”
Keeler: If Steve Addazio wants to make friends at CSU, he can start by beating Wyoming, Air Force and the CU Buffs
For a place that teaches rocket science, it doesn’t take an aerospace engineering degree to figure out what CSU football fans want, deep down. Jim McElwain went 2-1 against Wyoming as the Rams’ football coach. He beat the CU Buffs twice in three Rocky Mountain Showdowns, the last one a 31-17 spanking. Bobo went 1-4 against Wyoming, 0-4 over his final four seasons. Keeler: Why Broncos have a shot at the playoffs, and nobody should apologize for beating a bad Bill Belichick teamKeeler: CU Buffs vs. UCLA isn’t special to Karl Dorrell?
Kevin Cash’s World Series interruption is an analytics horror story, and the Rangers need to learn from it
Just once in World Series history had the 1-2-3 hitters struck out in their first two at bats, and that was at the hands of Sandy Koufax. Consider the witness of Jack Morris, a Hall of Famer who won four World Series titles with three organizations. Grand as the World Series stage may be, it’s a short run. Rangers scouts told Ron Washington before the 2010 World Series that Renteria was about done. Cash took a delightful World Series and turned the takeaway into a horror story about a manager who tried to do too much.
Livestream Highlight: When do the Packers expect Lazard and Kirksey to come off IR?
Livestream Highlight: When do the Packers expect Lazard and Kirksey to come off IR? Olivia Reiner and Ryan Wood discuss when the Packers may expect WR Allen Lazard and ILB Christian Kirksey to come off IR after their first practice.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: Davante Adams' 'versatile' abilities earn him opportunities
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: Davante Adams' 'versatile' abilities earn him opportunitiesPackers quarterback Aaron Rodgers discusses why wide receiver Davante Adams has found success in 2020.
UNLV, UNR football to meet for 1st time on Nevada Day
Bizuayehu Tesfaye Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfayeAllegiant Stadium is ready for UNLV's first home game of the 2020 season. (UNLV Athletics)UNLV celebrates with the Fremont Cannon after defeating the Nevada Wolf Pack 34-29 following an NCAA football game at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. Richard Brian Las Vegas Review-Journal @vegasphotographThe Fremont Cannon is displayed after being painted red outside of the Student Union at UNLV on Monday, Nov, 26, 2019, in celebration to the UNLV's football team victory against in-state rival the University of Nevada, Reno. Bizuayehu Tesfaye Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfayeChances to make history don’t come around often, but there will be plenty of opportunities Saturday when UNLV hosts UNR. If the Rebels win, they paint it red.
A look at who Raiders could aquire at trade deadline
With the NFL trade deadline approaching on Tuesday, the Raiders figure to be looking to acquire some much-needed help, especially on defense. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)With the NFL trade deadline approaching on Tuesday, the Raiders figure to be looking to acquire some much-needed help, especially on defense. They have seven draft picks in 2021 to use as trade bait, with picks in rounds one, two, three, five, six (two picks) and seven. He is familiar with Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, having played for him with the Bengals, and isn’t guaranteed any money beyond next season. His experience in Mike Zimmer’s defense makes him a perfect fit as the Raiders’ defensive coordinator is a Zimmer disciple.
World Series: Letting COVID-19 positive Justin Turner celebrate with Dodgers was shameful
Turner tested positive for a highly contagious, deadly virus that has claimed the lives of 227,000 Americans and is rapidly on the uptick again nationwide. And here was Turner after the Dodgers’ clinching victory, parading around on national TV, his every reckless move done in plain sight. "Immediately upon receiving notice from the laboratory of a positive test, protocols were triggered, leading to the removal of Justin Turner from [Tuesday] night’s game," MLB’s statement said. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply." The Dodgers were ordered to remove Turner in the eighth inning of Game 6 after an expedited test from MLB’s Utah lab came back positive -- a huge problem in itself.
Live updates | FC Cincinnati vs. Sporting Kansas City in final match at Nippert Stadium
Welcome to Cincinnati.com's live coverage of FC Cincinnati's final Major League Soccer match at the University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium against Sporting Kansas City (7:30 p.m.). Refresh this page throughout the match for live updates and analysis of the game, and follow Enquirer beat reporter Pat Brennan on Twitter for further updates (@PBrennanENQ). In-game updates -• Halftime: FC Cincinnati 0, Sporting Kansas City 0. • Match underway at 7:38 p.m.Pre-match updates -• FC Cincinnati starting XI (bench): Spencer Richey (GK), Zico Bailey, Nick Hagglund, Tom Pettersson, Andrew Gutman, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Haris Medunjanin, Frankie Amaya, Siem de Jong, Joseph-Claude Gyau, Jurgen Locadia (Bobby Edwards (GK), Kendall Waston, Saad Abdul-Salaam, Mathieu Deplagne, Yuya Kubo, Tommy McCabe, Rashawn Dally, Jimmy McLaughlin, Brandon Vazquez). • In the only change to FCC head coach Jaap Stam's starting lineup, Jurgen Locadia replaces Álvaro Barreal in the starting lineup for the final home match at Nippert Stadium.
Coutinho and Fabinho out of Brazil's WCup qualifying squad
SAO PAULO (AP) — Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho and Liverpool midfielder Fabinho were dropped from Brazil's squad for a pair of World Cup qualifying matches in November because of injury. The Brazilian soccer confederation said Wednesday that Coutinho will be replaced by Lyon forward Lucas Paquetá, while Everton's Allan was called up in place of Fabinho for matches against Venezuela on Nov. 13 and Uruguay four days later. The Paris Saint-Germain striker left his team's 2-0 Champions League win at Istanbul Basaksehir due a groin problem. Coutinho injured his left thigh on Saturday in Barcelona's 3-1 loss to Real Madrid. Paquetá had initially been called up for Brazil's Olympic team, which will play Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
AFC East-leading Bills know better than to dismiss Patriots
AFC East-leading Bills know better than to dismiss PatriotsORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Jerry Hughes knows better than to dismiss the New England Patriots. As much as the Buffalo Bills defensive end would enjoy acknowledging a changing of the guard taking place in the AFC East seven weeks into this season, Hughes wasn’t prepared to go that far on Wednesday. At least, not yet. “I feel you’ve got to take that title away before we can make that statement,” Hughes said as Buffalo prepares to host the Patriots on Sunday.
MATCHDAY: Arsenal-Dundalk likened to a boxing mismatch
Dundalk head coach Filippo Giovagnoli has likened his side's game against Arsenal to a heavyweight boxing mismatch. Both Antwerp and Tottenham won their opening games and their current form bode for an entertaining match. Spurs are on an 11-match unbeaten run while Antwerp, the Belgian league leader, won its five past matches in all competitions. On the other hand, we have seen often enough in football that the best team does not always win." Milan will again be without goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and winger Jens Petter Hauge after both players tested positive for COVID-19.
Hewitt leads fan vote for International Tennis Hall of Fame
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Two-time Grand Slam title winner Lleyton Hewitt led the fan voting for the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021 and will get a bonus of 3% added to his tally from the official voting group. The Hall announced the results of four weeks of fan voting Wednesday. Lisa Raymond finished second and gets a 2% boost to her official vote, and Jonas Bjorkman was third and so gets a bonus of 1%. Juan Carlos Ferrero and Sergi Bruguera are also on the ballot in the player category. Players need 75% support from the official voting group -- which includes tennis media and historians -- to be elected to the Hall, and the fan vote can help push someone over that threshold.
Seahawks get pass rush help in Carlos Dunlap from Cincinnati
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Carlos Dunlap made it clear he wanted out of Cincinnati and got his wish. The Seattle Seahawks hope by getting Dunlap out of Cincinnati, they've landed an answer to help solve their underperforming defense. In dire need of defensive help, the Seahawks acquired Dunlap from the Bengals on Wednesday. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Dunlap will step into the LEO position on the defensive line once he clears COVID-19 protocols, which will come next week. “Glad to bring a guy of Carlos' stature and background to the club and I'm happy for him to come here.”
Cardinals decline $12.5M option for INF Kolten Wong
The St. Louis Cardinals have declined Kolten Wong's $12.5 million option, making the Gold Glove second baseman a free agent. The 30-year-old Wong will receive a $1 million buyout. Wong, a first-round pick in the 2011 draft, made his big league debut in 2013 and spent his first eight seasons with St. Louis. 265 with a homer and 16 RBIs in 53 games during the pandemic-shortened season, helping the Cardinals make the playoffs for the second straight year. They were eliminated by San Diego in the NL wild card round.
Jimmy Orr, former star WR for Colts and Steelers, dies at 85
Jimmy Orr, former star WR for Colts and Steelers, dies at 85Jimmy Orr, a sure-handed wide receiver who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Colts after starring at the University of Georgia, has died. His death was confirmed Wednesday by Edo Smith and Sons Funeral Home in Brunswick, Georgia. Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, said on Twitter: “Rest in peace to another NFL legend, JIMMY ORR. Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas had plenty of targets to choose from in 1960s, including Raymond Berry, John Mackey and Lenny Moore. But he often connected with Orr in a place that became known to many as “Orrsville."
Patriots place LB Brandon Copeland on injured reserve
(AP) — The Patriots have placed linebacker Brandon Copeland on injured reserve, the latest blow to a team that has lost three straight. The Patriots also placed tight end Jake Burt on practice squad injured reserve. Copeland has appeared in six games with four starts this season, totaling 10 tackles. He signed with New England in March following two seasons with the Jets. New England visits Buffalo on Sunday.
Seahawks extremely thin at running back as 49ers approach
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks started this week with only one healthy running back on the its roster and little certainty that any of its three injured options will be able to play Sunday against San Francisco. Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde and Travis Homer are all dealing with injuries coming out of last Sunday’s 37-34 overtime loss to Arizona. Carson has a sprained foot, while Hyde (hamstring) and Homer (bruised knee) have more minor ailments. Still, that leaves only rookie Deejay Dallas as the lone running back not nursing an injury ahead of Sunday’s matchup with the 49ers. “They’re all in their own situation and they’re different entirely,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said on Wednesday.
How Walker Buehler, Cody Bellinger and other former OKC Dodgers fared in the 2020 World Series
How Walker Buehler, Cody Bellinger and other former OKC Dodgers fared in the 2020 World SeriesBricktown to Title TownEighteen of the 28 players on Los Angeles' World Series roster had played at least one game with the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers. Here's how they fared in the playoffs:Pedro Baez (played eight games for OKC from 2015-18): Reliever posted a 3.52 ERA in 7 2/3 innings. Walker Buehler (played in 15 games in 2017-18): Went 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 25 innings.
College basketball: OSU's Cade Cunningham, OU's Austin Reaves named to the All-Big 12 First Team
Kyle Larson will be back in NASCAR next season driving the flagship No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. Larson signed a multi-year contract Wednesday with Hendrick that ended his seven-month banishment from NASCAR for using a racial slur while playing an online racing game last spring. He'd been considered the top pending free agent in the sport but was promptly fired by Chip Ganassi Racing and lost all his sponsors. Larson, who is half-Japanese, also kept racing under the radar: He has won 42 sprint car races in 2020 while suspended from NASCAR.
Former Sooner star Jake Hager loving life fighting in Bellator, talking OU football with Jim Ross at AEW
Yup, what a blessing it is to get back to work with Jim and work with him at AEW. Whether that’s professional wrestling, whether that’s MMA, whether that’s being a professional accountant, you need to have something that people can connect to. As a professional wrestler, it’s definitely fun for me when a crowd, an MMA crowd, starts booing me. Because I know how to handle it and I can respond accordingly and get them to boo even more. I think from that moment I really learned how to embrace the boos and let it empower me.
Bollin verbally commits to Duke
Bridgewater-Raynham junior Shay Bollin had some of the top basketball programs in the country coveting her on-court skills. After receiving nearly 40 Division 1 scholarship offers, the two-time Herald Dream-Teamer and 6-foot-3 combo guard picked her college destination Wednesday when the 17-year-old verbally committed to Duke. “For a little while I’ve known that’s where I wanted to be,” said Bollin, who started drawing interest from colleges as a 7th-grader. Bollin’s father, Tim, suited up at Colgate while her mother, Laurie, played at Ithaca and now runs the Bay State Jaguars, which Bollin plays AAU for. “I know all my hard work has paid off and I finally found the place I belong,” Bollin said.
Who will be the Arizona Wildcats' MVP in 2020? Here are 5 prime candidates
For the first time in his Arizona career, Harris has a coach — Andy Buh — dedicated to his position. Harris has been a popular choice to have a breakout season for the last two years. Maybe that time will come now that he possesses a captain’s title and is working with a veteran coach. Lorenzo Burns, CBArizona defensive backs coach Greg Burns (no relation) classified Burns as an “old head” of the Wildcats’ secondary. With Schooler gone to Texas Tech and Tony Fields II now at West Virginia, Pandy is the most experienced linebacker on the team.
Los Angeles celebrations of Dodgers win mostly peaceful
Updated 4 times AlertMeLOS ANGELES — A World Series win by the Los Angeles Dodgers left the team’s hometown fans celebrating in the streets and setting off fireworks late into the night, but some people used the occasion to smash store windows and loot merchandise, overshadowing a largely happy night of revelry. At least 18 people were arrested throughout Los Angeles County, authorities said Wednesday, in a marked difference from when the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA championship earlier this month and more than 75 people were arrested and more than 30 buildings and businesses were damaged as a downtown celebration turned chaotic. Although the celebration was largely peaceful, some objects were thrown at police, and officers fired rubber bullets, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We’re seeing some large, at times unruly crowds, taking over intersections in various parts of the city,” the Los Angeles Police Department wrote on Twitter. Sheriff’s deputies moved through East Los Angeles trying to clear streets clogged with fans.
L.A. Dodgers’ World Series Clincher Scores All-Time Viewership Low In Early Numbers; ‘This Is Us’ Returns Down From 2019
After decades of drought, the Los Angeles Dodgers finally bathed in triumph in the World Series last night. Of course, it was a very different type of World Series from back in the last year of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. With the coronavirus pandemic still raging across America, it actually was a very different type of World Series compared to any year. Mike Dukakis, the Dodgers beat the Oakland A’s 5-2 to win that World Series in five games. ABC’s The Bachelorette (1.2, 4.35M) fared well against This Is Us and the World Series, up in the demo from last week.
19-year-old man sentenced to 25 years for shooting, killing Florida K-9
articleA 19-year-old man who fatally shot a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office K-9 named Fang two years ago will spend the next 25 years in prison. RELATED: 19-year-old who shot and killed Florida K-9 asks judge for leniency after pleading guiltyPaskel apologized, saying he was "a man ready to take responsibility” for mistakes he made as a child. RELATED: Jacksonville K-9 dog killed by carjacking suspectOfficer Matt Herrera described a 120-mph chase down Interstate 10 and how he released the dog to stop Paskel when the young man ran away. PREVIOUS: Florida teen faces adult charges in killing of police K9 named FangAssistant State Attorney L.E. Hutton said Paskel killed Fang “in cold blood.”Paskel’s defense attorney had argued for a 15-year sentence with probation to follow.
Sacred Heart heads to state championship game after 2-1 win over Greenwood
The Valkyries and Gators battled and traded set-pieces, but no one found the net in the game’s opening twenty minutes. Also:Sacred Heart beats Simon Kenton in shootout, advances to state soccer semifinals“I wanted to do everything I could to get the ball in,” said Leith. An insurance goal from Glass with a little over 15 minutes left sealed the win and allowed the Sacred Heart fans to breathe a sigh of relief. Lauria was proud of how his team responded playing on a short turnaround after their 2-1 win over Simon Kenton on Monday. "Now, we’re in the state championship game.
Pete Watt Says 2020 Election 'Most Bet-On Event in History'
British oddsmaker Pete Watt told Mediaite founder Dan Abrams on his SiriusXM radio show that the 2020 election is now “the most bet-on event in history,” having pulled in a staggering $260 million in wagers so far. Speaking on Abrams’ show on SiriusXM POTUS channel 124 on Wednesday, Watt, spokesman for OddsCheckerUS, said the 2020 election’s handle surpassed the betting pool on the 2016 election earlier this month. “The 2020 election is the most bet-on event in history,” Watt pointed out. Of note: those odds are much more sanguine about Trump’s chances than the major polling aggregators at FiveThirtyEight and The Economist. Currently, they have Trump’s odds of winning the Electoral College and re-election at just 11% and 3%, respectively.
Marcus Rashford 'can't stop smiling' after scoring first Man United hat-trick on day petition surpasses one million signatures
“It was a real team performance and those who started the game did well and those who came on did well. “Now is not the time to think about how many goals you’re going to end up with, just concentrate on the next job in hand,” Solskjaer said. “We have lost one in eight at the moment, I think that’s quite consistent. I think every player knows that what we have done here today is hard work and graft, that’s the key. For me, that consistency has been there since February, it has been getting better and better.
Andy Farrell relishing opportunity to pit wits against old mentor Shaun Edwards in Six Nations showdown
A meeting of rugby minds from almost 30 years ago will play a central role when Ireland face France in their Six Nations decider on Saturday night. At just 15 years old, when Andy Farrell was making his first steps into a stellar rugby league career with Wigan, he was mentored by Shaun Edwards – now the France defence coach. “As a young kid Shaun took me under his wing. He looked after me and showed me what professionalism is because he was ahead of his time as far as that is concerned,” he said. “You can see the difference [Edwards has made] straight away,” said Farrell.
Manchester United vs RB Leipzig LIVE: Result, final score and reaction tonight
Rashford scores hat-trick as United thrash RB LeipzigMANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates with his team mates after scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group H stage match between Manchester United and RB Leipzig at Old Trafford on October 28, 2020 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Getty Images
Chelsea hit four to earn dominant Champions League win over Krasnodar
Chelsea delivered a commanding Champions League performance to seal an emphatic 4-0 win at Krasnodar. Jorginho had just been substituted with 15 minutes to play when Chelsea won a second penalty in the match. Chelsea won a deserved penalty shortly after though, when Brazilian defender Kaio lost his composure and caught Werner in his own box. If Chelsea's missed penalty carried an air of misfortune, then their opening goal was laden with luck. Defender Aleksandr Martynovich's handball gifted Chelsea a second penalty in the match with a quarter-hour to play.
Marcus Rashford goal: Watch Manchester United forward complete hat-trick in thrashing of RB Leipzig
Marcus Rashford completed a stunning hat-trick in less than half an hour after coming off the bench in Manchester United’s 5-0 thrashing of RB Leipzig in the Champions League group stage. The England international, whose campaign for free school meals has become a huge political force across the country, was introduced in the second half as United led 1-0 and combined to devastating effect with Bruno Fernandes to spring the offside trap and rifle home his first goal. His second goal was electric, too, seizing on a rare error from Leipzig’s defence, jinking past the last defender and fizzing a shot into the far corner. He might have completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot, but generously allowed Anthony Martial to get on the scoresheet, before another fantastic goal ensured that Rashford’s cameo was rewarded with the match ball.
Marcus Rashford grabs hat-trick as Manchester United’s new shape rips through RB Leipzig
The intensity of Leipzig’s play both in and out of possession demanded a disciplined defensive performance but Nagelsmann’s side had very few clear-cut chances. He delivered, sprinting through clear on goal after his fellow substitute Bruno Fernandes had exploited Leipzig’s high line with a first-time through ball. Television replays showed that his toe was on the white of the halfway line as Fernandes played the ball forward. Rashford added his second a few minutes later after Fred showed Leipzig some counter-pressing of his own. All that was left was to claim the match ball for the first time in his career.
Five things we learned as Man United thrash RB Leipzig
And so, restored on the right-wing, his impression on this game was immediate, loitering off the last man, his change of acceleration constantly striking fear. But in those rare glimpses when he has been given a chance, Van de Beek clearly adds a new dimension to United’s side. Upamecano proves his prodigious talentManchester United fans are no stranger to Dayot Upamecano, a player whom they courted and ultimately rejected as a teenager. Instead, it must be a mutual relationship, a formula that allows both the team and player to thrive. The substitutions completely transformed United as a team, and it was an option to which Leipzig simply had no answer.
Juventus vs Barcelona: Five things we learned as Ousmane Dembele delivers Champions League win
Dembele’s new chanceThe idea that Lionel Messi is surrounded by sub-par footballers is far from the truth. With the club in disarray following the Messi summer-saga and the resignation of the board, the possibility of a revived Dembele offers fresh hope. After three draws in Serie A and this Champions League defeat, it seems Juventus are far from their dominant best of recent years. The cross came but this time a crucial interception by Leonardo Bonucci prevented what would have been a certain goal. It is predictable stuff, but stopping it remains one of the great challenges when facing Messi and Barcelona.
Alex Telles: Manchester United new signing tests positive for coronavirus
Manchester United’s new signing Alex Telles has tested positive for coronavirus. The 27-year-old was also absent from Saturday’s goalless draw with Chelsea, having made his debut in last week’s 2-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the United manager, confirmed on Wednesday night that Telles’ absence was due to a positive test but did not put a timescale of the defender’s return. “Telles has tested positive for coronavirus so he’s been out for a few days," Solskjaer said. Back soon.”Telles is the second United player to test positive for Covid-19 since the start of the season, with Paul Pogba contracting the virus while on international duty with France.
Marcus Rashford puts match-winning cameo down to ‘kill the game off’ attitude from Manchester United bench
Marcus Rashford was Manchester United’s star performer against RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Wednesday, despite only being named as a sub. The Old Trafford side had to repel a constant wave of pressure and possession from the German visitors, up until Rashford, off the bench, ran through to score the second goal on the counter-attack. From then on United were ruthless with their fast-paced attack and clinical finishing, as Rashford scored three and passed on a penalty which Anthony Martial scored instead, adding to Mason Greenwood’s first-half goal. “The manager told us when we come on to up the tempo,” Rashford told BT Sport. The ones who started did well and the ones who came on did well too.
Hidden in plain sight, how Fred made United tick against RB Leipzig
So it was for the interjections that led to two Manchester United’s goals on a perfect Wednesday night at Old Trafford. But in a match in which last season’s semi-finalists RB Leipzig had more of the ball, getting it back was always going to be key. And for the first goal that eased United into the lead after a tough start, and the third on 78 minutes which decided the fixture outright, Fred played the key, forgettable parts. When he’s not winning the ball back to other people, he is winning for himself and giving it away too many times not to notice. And that energy to shuttle from side to side came good towards the opposition goal as the game got stretched.
Rashford stars again for Man Utd in Champions League as Barcelona beat Juventus
"We looked dangerous throughout and that we could score every time we went forward," said Rashford. Their next game is away at Ferencvaros, who came from behind to draw 2-2 with 10-man Dynamo Kiev in Budapest. Timo Werner smashed in a spot-kick on 76 minutes to double Chelsea's lead, with Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic adding late goals. For Ziyech it was a first Chelsea goal on his first start since signing from Ajax for £37 million ($48 million). Sevilla beat Rennes 1-0 in the same section with Luuk de Jong scoring the only goal.
'Amazing coup' as former All Blacks coach Hansen joins Aussie league club
Advertising Read moreSydney (AFP)Former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has agreed to act as a consultant for struggling Australian rugby league side Canterbury Bulldogs in what the club called "an amazing coup". Bulldogs chief executive Andrew Hill hailed Hansen as "one of the most highly respected figures throughout all of sports". "Steve will work closely with our coaching and management staff, in addition to our players leadership group," he said in a statement late Wednesday. "To be able to have someone with Steve's record and background work with our staff and players will be a great asset to our club," he added, calling it an "amazing coup". Hansen was the All Blacks head coach when they won the World Cup in 2015 and an assistant coach when they claimed the title in 2011.
Colt Ford takes another crack at the PGA Tour Champions — this time at TimberTech Championship
Colt Ford can outperform Daly on a stage as much as Daly can outdrive Ford on the golf course. Ford was given a sponsor exemption into this week’s PGA Tour Champions event at Broken Sound Club. “I did it (played professional golf) for a long time in the past, but that was a long time ago. While I have been playing music, those guys have been playing golf every day.”The 51-year-old Ford has done well with his career mulligan. Once country music became mainstream, his career took off.”Ford shot rounds of 74-78-72 at the Sanford International, finishing just a shot behind Gary Nicklaus.
2 Mexicans help lead LA Dodgers to big World Series win
Two Mexicans were instrumental in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ win of their first World Series Major League Baseball title in 32 years on Tuesday. The victory was the fourth of the best of seven series for the Dodgers, securing the team its seventh World Series title and its first since 1988. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called on Urías, also 24, in the seventh inning and he got the final out. Urías also pitched in the eighth and ninth innings, keeping Tampa Bay scoreless in both and thus ensuring victory for the Dodgers. So we’re happy and enjoying this dream together.”Urías and González now join a select group of just 12 Mexican-born baseball players who have won a World Series title.
Houston Rockets hire Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas for head coaching job
Veteran NBA assistant coach Stephen Silas, who has been the Dallas Mavericks since 2018, has reached a deal to coach the Houston Rockets, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly until the Rockets made an official announcement. On Twitter, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban offered a “congrats.”The son of former NBA player and coach Paul Silas, Stephen Silas has been a candidate for other top jobs in previous seasons and was a finalist for the Rockets job that went to Mike D’Antoni in 2016. After the Mavericks finished with the league’s top-rated offense in 2019-20, Silas again generated interest from teams searching for a coach. Hiring Silas was the first major decision for new GM Raphael Stone, who was Houston’s vice president of basketball operations under Morey.
Kyle Larson officially retuning to NASCAR after signing deal to drive No. 5 for Hendrick Motorsports
And Hendrick Motorsports noted that it will no longer field the No. I can't put into words how grateful I am for the commitment, the faith and the confidence from him and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports." Under the terms of his reinstatement, he will be cleared to return to all NASCAR racing activities effective January 1, 2021." Kyle has done important work over the past six months, and Hendrick Motorsports is going to support those continued efforts." Larson's first race for Hendrick Motorsports will be the season-opening Daytona 500 in February.
Veterans, Gold Star families, 5th graders to get free entry to national parks
Starting on Veterans Day next month, the federal government will grant free access to national parks and other public lands to veterans and Gold Star families, the Department of the Interior said on Wednesday. The fifth-grade passes can be printed from the National Park Service website and should be presented at park entrances. On Nov. 11 the department will permanently waive entrance fees for veterans and Gold Star dependents. Veterans Day is also a free day for entrance to national parks for everyone. National parks have become a popular and lower-risk way for Americans to get outdoors during the pandemic.
Fantasy player loses out on $1 million DraftKings prize after stat correction
A man thought he had won almost a million dollars in a daily fantasy contest Monday night – but his money was called back due to a stat correction. And it was the result of what fantasy football players have come to despise over the years – a stat correction. He lost a point and ended up taking home $3,078.94, instead of the million he thought he won. “Heartbreaking on many levels,” Huntze told ESPN. Huntze told ESPN he had also lost out on $5,000 in a different contest because of a stat correction, though he admitted a million dollars was much more painful.
M.L.B. Says Justin Turner Refused to Stay Off Field After Dodgers’ Win
The joy of the Dodgers’ long coveted World Series title was overshadowed on Tuesday night when Justin Turner, the team’s veteran third baseman, joined his teammates in celebration on the field shortly after learning he had tested positive for the coronavirus. said on Wednesday afternoon that it would investigate the incident, but placed the blame squarely on Turner, saying he had refused the orders of league security to remain in isolation. “Turner was placed into isolation for the safety of those around him,” M.L.B. “However, following the Dodgers’ victory, it is clear that Turner chose to disregard the agreed-upon joint protocols and the instructions he was given regarding the safety and protection of others. Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.”
NBA stars pushing for MLK Day start date
The NBA wants to restart games in time for Christmas, but its star players have another holiday in mind. A “substantial faction of players and star players” are pushing for the next season to begin on Jan. 18 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day — after free agency gets underway Dec. 1, according to a Yahoo Sports report. The league reportedly is targeting Dec. 22 and an abbreviated 72-game season that finishes before the 2021 Summer Olympics. The NBA got its lockout-shortened 2011-12 season underway on Dec. 25, less than three weeks after a labor agreement was reached. Martin Luther King Jr. Day typically features special matinee games in some markets and nationally televised games all day long.
Giants desperately trying to avoid benching Andrew Thomas
Yes, the Giants can try to help Andrew Thomas. There are ways to help the left tackle as he struggles through a brutal rookie season. The Giants will help Thomas, when they can. “It’s your job as the left tackle to block a defensive end in the NFL one-on-one,’’ offensive line coach Marc Colombo said Wednesday. “He’s gonna play here for a long time, and he’s gonna be a really good tackle,’’ Colombo said.
For USMNT’s return, Gregg Berhalter weighs European roster options
Few, if any, MLS players will cross the Atlantic, thanks to the league’s rejigged schedule in reaction to the health crisis and the self-isolation requirements upon their return stateside during the playoffs. ADThe last time the U.S. squad visited Europe, in November 2018 for friendlies against England and Italy, eight MLS players were included. This time, the roster of about 25 will draw heavily, if not exclusively, from English, German and other European leagues. Because the regular season ends Nov. 8, MLS players would not be able to join U.S. workouts until one or two days before the Wales match. He played for the first team in friendlies and twice this month made La Liga’s game-day roster.
Nationals decline options for Adam Eaton, Howie Kendrick, Aníbal Sánchez and Eric Thames
Eaton, a 31-year-old outfielder, had his $10.5 million club option declined and will instead receive a $1.5 million buyout. ADADFor Kendrick and Thames, a pair of veteran first basemen, the Nationals held a mutual option for next season. Since the Nationals didn’t, Kendrick gets a $2.25 million buyout and Thames will receive $1 million. None of this precludes the Nationals from negotiating with Eaton, Kendrick, Sánchez or Thames in the coming weeks and months. Before Zimmerman decided against playing, that rotation was supposed to include Kendrick and Thames, a left-handed slugger.
UPS CEO on how the company has planned for peak season 'for months'
UPS CEO on how the company has planned for peak season 'for months'"We are ready for the volume that's going to come our way," UPS CEO Carol Tomé said as some warn of a "shipageddon" this holiday season.
Why the NBA's Biggest Offseason Prize Could Be 35-Year-Old Chris Paul
Michael Dwyer/Associated PressThe race to the 2020-21 NBA championship might be decided by a 35-year-old who is objectively and colossally overpaid. This past season, his 15th in the Association, he paced his position and ranked fifth overall in ESPN's real plus-minus. I know it would be a dream come true for Chris," an Eastern Conference executive told B/R's Eric Pincus. Then again, so is the idea of Paul joining forces with two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo on the Milwaukee Bucks. If Paul stays, maybe Danilo Gallinari returns in free agency and Steven Adams never sniffs the trade block.
Jazz, Vivint Arena Sold to Ryan Smith After 35 Years Under Miller Family
Kim Raff/Associated PressGail Miller has agreed to sell the Utah Jazz to Qualtrics co-founder Ryan Smith. Our family remains invested in the success of the Utah Jazz and these businesses, and we will retain a minority interest." The Jazz have been controlled by the Miller family since Larry Miller purchased a 50 percent stake in 1985. In January 2017, Miller announced she was placing the Jazz into a legacy trust that would "keep the franchise in Utah for generations." Selling the Jazz to Smith would mean ending that legacy trust, which was intended to remain within members of the Miller family for years.
Sub Rashford nets rapid hat-trick as United crush Leipzig
MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Substitute Marcus Rashford scored a superb quickfire hat-trick for Manchester United as they overwhelmed Germany’s RB Leipzig 5-0 at Old Trafford in Champions League group H on Wednesday. Rashford is only the second United player to score a hat-trick as a substitute after his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did so against Nottingham Forest in 1999. We looked dangerous throughout and that we could score every time we went forward,” Rashford said. Rashford came on for Greenwood in the 63rd minute and soon set about deciding the match. The hat-trick, inside 19 minutes, was completed in stoppage time when Rashford blasted home after good work from Martial cutting in from the left.
Barcelona overcome Juve as Morata has three goals disallowed
TURIN, Italy (Reuters) - Ousmane Dembele struck early and Lionel Messi converted a late penalty as Barcelona won 2-0 at Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday after Alvaro Morata had three goals disallowed for offside for the Serie A side. Slideshow ( 4 images )Dembele struck with a deflected shot in the 14th minute for a Barcelona side smarting from Saturday’s home defeat by Real Madrid and rocked by the resignation of club president Josep Maria Bartomeu on Tuesday. Barca turned on the style at the start of the second half, penning Juve into their own half with some flowing passing moves. Juve thought they had equalised again when Morata turned in an acrobatic Cuadrado cross but, after a long VAR check, it was again ruled out because his left heel was offside. Juventus defender Merih Demiral was sent off for a second booking before Ansu Fati was clipped from behind and Messi emphatically converted the penalty.
Los Angeles parades on hold in the 'City of Champions'
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In a year when it seemed like nothing could go right, the sports Gods smiled on Los Angeles, rewarding long-suffering fans of the city’s beloved Dodgers and Lakers with titles just weeks apart, but formal celebrations will have to wait due to COVID-19. Oct 27, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers players celebrate winning the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays after game six of the 2020 World Series at Globe Life Field. “I know I know we can’t but DAMN I wanna celebrate with our Lakers & Dodgers fans!!! It is unclear how quickly the Dodgers and Rays will even be able to return home. “No matter what, we’re World Series champions.”
Jimmy Orr, 1958 NFL Rookie of Year, dies at 85
Two-time Pro Bowl receiver and 1958 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Jimmy Orr died Tuesday at age 85. A 25th-round draft pick (291st overall) out of Georgia in 1957, Orr immediately exceeded expectations with 33 catches for 910 yards and seven touchdowns in his debut campaign with Pittsburgh in 1958. One of the league’s premier deep threats, he led the NFL in yards per catch in 1958 (27.6), 1964 (21.7) and 1968 (25.6). “My wonderful friend/teammate Jimmy Orr died last night. Thanks Jimmy, Love you Man.”Orr retired after the 1970 campaign with exactly 400 receptions for 7,914 yards and 66 touchdowns.
MLB To Investigate Justin Turner For Intentionally Exposing Team To Coronavirus
Major League Baseball said Wednesday it has opened an investigation into Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner after he willfully exposed numerous others to the coronavirus Tuesday night, including his teammates. Turner was pulled from the team lineup during the eighth inning of Tuesday night’s World Series-winning game after testing positive for the virus, and was placed in isolation. Despite the positive test, Turner later returned to the field to celebrate the Los Angeles Dodgers’ win. Photos and video show Turner removing his mask and smiling while he’s surrounded by teammates. The league said Turner “emphatically refused to comply” when MLB security asked him to leave the field.
Hurricane Zeta Makes Landfall On Louisiana Coast
Zeta had top sustained winds of 110 (177 kph) as a Category 2 hurricane and was the 27th named storm of a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season — with over a month left before it ends. Zeta had been predicted to hit as a relatively weak Category 1 hurricane, but Louisiana residents awoke to updated forecasts predicting a Category 2 at landfall around the southeastern part of the state. Hurricane warnings stretched from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Alabama/Mississippi state line, including Lake Pontchartrain and metropolitan New Orleans. And as the 11th named storm to make landfall in the continental U.S., Zeta will set a new record, well beyond the nine storms that hit in 1916. ___Plaisance reported from Laffite, Louisiana, and Santana from Shell Beach, Louisiana.
Column: Turner’s selfish celebration mars Dodger triumph
So would the team picture on the field after winning the World Series. Turner’s quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 during the clinching win over Tampa Bay ended up lasting just two innings. The repercussions from his ill-advised decision to celebrate the World Series with his teammates figure to last a whole lot longer. Turner paraded around on national television with the World Series trophy in his hand. Instead of talking about Mookie Betts, Corey Seager, and the satisfaction of finally getting their first World Series title since 1988 fans were talking about the virus.
Spain: judge probes Catalan separatism links with Russia
Spanish officials say that police have arrested 21 individuals with links to the Catalan separatist movement on suspicion of corruption and promoting public disorder. Spanish officials say that police have arrested 21 individuals with links to the Catalan separatist movement on suspicion of corruption and promoting public disorder. The Spanish government had accused Russia in 2017 of meddling in the Catalan conflict, a charge that Russian officials denied then. Another detainee, Oriol Soler, is a publisher who is considered one of the top strategists of the separatist movement. Catalonia’s independence movement is supported by roughly half the population of wealth region but rejected by the other half and across Spain as a whole.
Veterans, Gold Star families, 5th graders to get free entry to national parks
Starting on Veterans Day next month, the federal government will grant free access to national parks and other public lands to veterans and Gold Star families, the Department of the Interior said on Wednesday. The fifth-grade passes can be printed from the National Park Service website and should be presented at park entrances. Veterans Day is also a free day for entrance to national parks for everyone. National parks have become a popular and lower-risk way for Americans to get outdoors during the pandemic. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: National parks to give free entry to veterans, 5th graders
Rams get reminder that the pressure's on them to bring L.A. championship trifecta
Rams quarterback Jared Goff was surprised to get a text back from Cody Bellinger, celebrating during the playoffs above, after the Dodgers won the World Series on Tuesday night. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)After the Dodgers won their first World Series title since 1988, Rams quarterback Jared Goff sent outfielders Joc Pederson and Cody Bellinger congratulatory text messages. “And I said, ‘Absolutely.’”With the Lakers winning the NBA title on Oct. 11 and the Dodgers following with a championship 16 days later, the pressure is now seemingly on the Rams. The Rams are 5-2 heading into Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins (3-3) in Miami. “You’ve got to be great to be relevant” in Los Angeles, coach Sean McVay said.
NASCAR to resume Texas Cup playoff race Wednesday
NOTE: The race is scheduled to resume at 5 p.m. Rain has prevented NASCAR from resuming the Cup playoff race for a second consecutive day. NASCAR states that if the race can be completed Wednesday, then Martinsville’s weekend schedule will be able to remain the same. Trucks are scheduled to race at Martinsville on Friday, followed by Xfinity on Saturday and Cup on Sunday. RUNNING ORDER AFTER 52 LAPS:NASCAR to resume Texas Cup playoff race Wednesday originally appeared on NBCSports.com
In ‘Detail’ show, Peyton Manning says a great Tom Brady pass likely was an accident
Fox Sports broadcaster Troy Aikman called the pass “unbelievable” and “as good as it gets.”During the Buccaneers’ 38-10 win over the Green Bay Packers earlier this month, Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady completed a nearly perfect pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski. But former Colts/Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning wasn’t so sure that pass wasn’t an accident. In a preview of his “Detail” show on ESPN+, Manning broke down the play and as usual, it was insightful. Here is the clip with Manning explaining why Brady got lucky:Nothing gets by Peyton, especially when it comes to @TomBrady getting a little too much credit. #DETAIL: https://t.co/wZvh0BpmZO pic.twitter.com/IVe2Ad4ISB — NFL Films (@NFLFilms) October 27, 2020Manning also poked fun at Tom Brady losing track of the downs, and said NFL players have it easy because they are doing Zoom interviews with reporters.
NASCAR resumes Texas playoff race 3 days after it started
Drying trucks continue to prepare the track for a possible NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Another 115 laps have to be completed to get to the halfway mark of 167 laps that would make Texas an official race. Busch, who is not among the remaining playoff contenders, is still looking for his first win this season. He did win earlier this season at Martinsville, NASCAR's oldest and shortest track where they race Sunday. TMS and NASCAR planned to give each of them hot garage and pit passes to the NASCAR All-Star Race at the track next June.
NASCAR playoffs rained out for 3rd consecutive day at Texas
Drying trucks continue to prepare the track for a possible NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — NASCAR will make a fourth attempt to complete its playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway on Wednesday after persistent mist and cold temperatures continued the long delay. The resumption of the race was set for Wednesday at 3 p.m. EDT at the Texas track. The Truck Series and Xfinity Series are scheduled for Friday night and Saturday afternoon, and both series completed racing in Texas. The bigger concern is likely the NBC production crews that must complete the Texas broadcast and then prepare Martinsville for Friday night's Truck Series race.
Badgers vs Huskers canceled, Kiffin pays with pennies, Chicken Wars III?
Breaking news interrupted the podcast from Wisconsin and Nebraska as the Big Ten canceled their matchup due to a COVID-19 breakout. Where did the conference go wrong and how many more canceled games can we expect? Back in SEC country, Lane Kiffin was fined $25,000 for his retweet lashing out at the SEC for blowing a call during the Auburn vs Ole Miss game last weekend. The man, myth, and legend got his money’s worth by responding with a hilarious rant on Twitter. Check out the rest of the Yahoo Sports Podcast family at https://apple.co/2Abi8jk or at yahoosports.com/podcasts
Repeat? Dodgers are super early World Series favorites for 2021
The Dodgers have finally won a World Series again, but you know the scary part? Vegas agrees, as the Dodgers are the World Series favorite again in 2021, according to BetMGM. early to anoint such things, obviously — but these day-after-the-World Series odds are always fun. After the Dodgers, you’ll see it’s a bunch of the teams we just saw playing deep into October. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) MoreA couple observations:• Dodgers and Yankees?
Things I Noticed: Derrick Henry already has a Hall-of-Fame stiff arm, but is he on track to make Canton too?
For starters, Henry, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound tower who combines his rare size with 4.5 sprinter speed, rarely gets caught from behind. That’s been my go-to ever since I started playing football,” said Henry, who recently spoke to Yahoo Sports on behalf of Old Spice. Now, as one of 48 Pro Football Hall of Fame voters scattered throughout the country, I often think about players’ individual legacies when watching games. Now, I’m writing all of this with one enormous caveat, and it’s this: The 26-year-old Henry only has 4,496 career rushing yards. Fifteen retired backs, for instance, have finished their career with between 10,000 to 11,999 rushing yards, and only two, O.J.
Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski join elite company
On Sunday, Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady connected with Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski for a six points. It was the 92nd time they’ve been on both ends of a touchdown pass, both in the regular season and postseason. According to the NFL, that ties Brady and Gronk for second on the all-time list, with 49ers quarterback Steve Young and 49ers receiver Jerry Rice. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and Colts receiver Marvin Harrison were on both ends of a touchdown pass a whopping 114 times. Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski join elite company originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
Video reveals Matt Ryan repeatedly told Todd Gurley not to score before catastrophic TD
And yet, against all logic, Gurley got the ball and scored a touchdown. But he still scored and possession reverted to the Lions, who drove down the field for a game-winning touchdown. Matt Ryan specifically told Todd Gurley not to score a touchdownTodd Gurley made a mistake on Thursday. Specifically, it showed Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan repeatedly telling Gurley not to score:I wish that I had never seen this... pic.twitter.com/XiAwzMWTgX — ?? Atlanta Falcons ?? (@ATLFalconsUK) October 28, 2020“Hey, don’t score. Falcons head coach took blame for Gurley getting the ball in the first placeGurley still isn’t blameless in all this, though.
Everything you need to know about Justin Turner’s positive coronavirus test
Here’s everything you need to know about Justin Turner’s positive coronavirus test result and why he left Game 6 of the World Series:Why did he leave the game? After the game, news broke that Turner had tested positive for the coronavirus. MLB said it found out about the result in the seventh inning, leading to Turner’s removal from the game before the eighth. He sat down directly beside Turner, mask also off, laughing and smiling as the final shots were captured. Friedman, who had sat near Turner without a mask during the team pictures, approached Turner near the first base line.
Rams get reminder that the pressure’s on them to bring L.A. championship trifecta
After the Dodgers won their first World Series title since 1988, Rams quarterback Jared Goff sent outfielders Joc Pederson and Cody Bellinger congratulatory text messages. “And I said, ‘Absolutely.’”With the Lakers winning the NBA title on Oct. 11 and the Dodgers following with a championship 16 days later, the pressure is now seemingly on the Rams. Advertisement“It would be good to make that a little three-peat with us involved,” Goff said. The Rams are 5-2 heading into Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins (3-3) in Miami. “I had a lot of friends text last night joking around, saying “Well, it’s the Rams — you’ve got to hit the trifecta.’“So a little added pressure but that would be amazing for the city too.”
EMass girls’ soccer: Danvers midfielder Arianna Bezanson headlines Players of the Week
Top performances from girls' soccer players from Eastern Mass. leagues in the past week:Arianna Bezanson, Danvers — The junior midfielder scored 11 times in a three-game stretch. She delivered four goals in a 5-2 win against Northeastern Conference rival Swampscott, three more in a 7-0 triumph vs. Gloucester two days later, and four more Tuesday in a 6-1 victory over Peabody. Brady Deschamps, Nauset — The junior keeper has six shutouts for the 6-0-1 Warriors, including one against Dennis-Yarmouth (2-0) last Thursday and another vs. Monomoy (1-0) on Monday.
Dolphins eager to see what Tua Tagovailoa can do in starting debut
Tagovailoa has worked hard to build bonds with teammates, even spending time grilling defensive players and assistant coaches regarding how he can improve. Staying cautious, Browns rest Myles GarrettCleveland defensive end Myles Garrett, the NFL’s sacks leader, didn’t practice because of an ankle injury. Stefanski said he expects Garrett to practice later this week, but stressed the team will “gather more information” on the No. Advertisement? Newly acquired defensive end Everson Griffen will not be available to practice or play for Detroit until next week due to NFL’s COVID-19 protocols. Running back Dalvin Cook (groin) was a limited participant in practice, after missing the game before the bye.
What Bills coach Sean McDermott learned about Cam Newton in six seasons in Carolina
If McDermott, who spent hundreds of practices scheming against Newton, has spotted something affecting Newton’s recent performances, he isn’t letting on. The two spent the first six seasons of Newton’s career together in Carolina (where McDermott served as defensive coordinator) before McDermott shuffled off to Buffalo. When asked about the challenges Newton and the Patriots present, McDermott said it starts with the decision-makers. Offensive lineman James Ferentz (COVID-19 reserve list) and core special teamer Cody Davis (injured reserve) returned to practice. Later in the day, Burt, a Boston College product, was placed on injured reserve.
In an ‘impossible year,’ Dodgers rose above the weighty burden of a 32-year World Series drought to win it all
The exact tonnage of the San Gabriel Mountains, which frame Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine, has never been measured. But if anybody wants a good guess, they can ask any Los Angeles Dodger. This Dodgers title, clinched Tuesday with a 3-1 win over Tampa Bay in Game 6 of the World Series, will now be scrutinized and weighed. AdvertisementFinally, burdened by memories of previous chokes over the past decade, Los Angeles had to digest the most embarrassing walk-off defeat in World Series history. One double-error, quadruple-blunder play flipped a 7-6 win to an 8-7 loss when the Rays were down to their last strike.
Four SF Giants pitchers become free agents, 40-man roster due for changes
Four San Francisco Giants pitchers became free agents on Wednesday, joining veteran starter Jeff Samardzija, who was designated for assignment with two days left on his contract with the team. Trevor Cahill, Kevin Gausman, Drew Smyly and Tony Watson are officially free to have discussions with other clubs, but the Giants will maintain exclusive negotiating rights with each player for the next five days. The loss of four pitchers to free agency clears spots on the team’s 40-man roster, but the club must add players from the 60-day injured list back to the 40-man roster within the next five days. The Giants must also add catcher Buster Posey and right-handed pitcher Jordan Humphreys back from the restricted list within the next five days, so the 40-man roster may fill up quickly. By Nov. 20, the Giants must also add minor league players to the 40-man roster who the team wants to protect from the Dec. 10 Rule 5 draft.
Raiders’ Josh Jacobs shakes off embarrassment and looks to break a long one against Browns
At this point a year ago, Josh Jacobs had established himself as one of the NFL’s breakout stars. Plus, the Raiders were coming off a bye and facing the NFL’s top-rated run defense. Jacobs’ longest run is 16 yards, where at this point last season he had runs of 51 yards and 42 yards — both in games the Raiders lost. Cleveland, the Raiders’ next opponent, is ranked fifth against the run (92.9 yards per game) and sixth in yards per carry, giving up just 3.8. For all the talk about Jacobs being a bigger part of the passing game, they’ve got plenty of targets.
Kyle Shanahan, Pete Carroll share their thoughts ahead of 49ers-Seahawks showdown
KYLE SHANAHANWith Jordan Reed, opening his window, is maybe a little bit ahead of schedule? Guys aren’t ready to all the time and you’d like to keep them on practice squad until they’re ready. He was having such a good game and every time he’s gone in there, he’s played very well and that was his best game yet. Usually, they keep it close until the fourth and then Russell kind of takes over and that’s why they’re hard to beat. So, you can understand why they’re doing it.”On Russell Wilson mastering the quarterback position with his experience while still holding on to physical tools:“Oh yeah, definitely.
Chandler set to name aquatics complex after swim coach Kerry Croswhite, who died of COVID-19
The Chandler Unified School District is expected to approve the naming of Chandler High School's aquatic complex after coach Kerry Croswhite. The complex will be called the Kerry Croswhite Aquatic Center. "Our family is deeply touched that the Chandler pool will be named after Kerry," Laurie Croswhite said in a text message. MORE:How Chandler swim team has moved forward after coach's deathChandler High Athletic Director Jim Culver said that Croswhite had a positive impact not only on Chandler High but the community. The naming of Chandler High School’s pool is testament to a person who had such a huge impact on so many people throughout his time as a teacher and coach at CHS."
Tour that aims to bring greater diversity to golf coming to TPC Scottsdale in 2021
TPC Las Vegas. TPC Scottsdale. In addition to Las Vegas and Scottsdale, the APGA will visit three other TPC courses as part of an expanding partnership with the PGA Tour. In addition, 2020 APGA Tour Championship winner Kamaiu Johnson has earned a sponsor exemption for 2021 Farmers Insurance Open. 2021 APGA scheduleJan. 28: APGA Tour at The Crossings at Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CaliforniaJan. 30: APGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open Invitational, Torrey Pines (North), La Jolla, CaliforniaFeb. 19-21: APGA Tour Black History Month Classic, PGA Golf Club, Port St. Lucie, FloridaMarch 21-23: APGA Tour at World Golf Village, St. Augustine, FloridaApril 11-13: APGA Tour Las Vegas, TPC Las VegasApril 18-20: APGA Tour Scottsdale, TPC ScottsdaleMay 23-25: APGA Tour Louisville, Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, KentuckyMay 31-June 2: APGA Tour New Orleans, TPC Louisiana, New OrleansJuly 18-20: APGA Tour Deere Run, TPC Deere Run, Silvis, IllinoisAug. 8-10: APGA Tour Championship, TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, GeorgiaSupport local journalism.
New-look ASU defensive line taking form as opener approaches
So the only question mark on that side of the ball is the defensive line. "The coaches have done a great job preparing us for the USC game. Not just for the USC game but for the season period and just learning the defense. But he is thinking more about it being his first game as a position coach at ASU. "It's my first game as a full-time position coach," he said.
Jason Peters is back at left tackle for the Eagles, Jordan Mailata at right tackle, but that’s subject to change
“I don’t make the decisions, at the end of the day. I know that Jason Peters has been doing this a long time, and he’s been rock solid every time he’s in there,” Wentz said. “He’s going to be, in my opinion, a future Hall of Famer, one of the best to do it. I’ve been very thoroughly impressed with Mailata, and really all of these guys up front who have had to fill in and step in, but as soon as JP is back and healthy, I’m sure he’ll be ready to go. Nothing but confidence in whoever’s up.”
More than 4 years after starting college football journey, SMU DT Will Jones is on scholarship and producing
The road that Will Jones took to become a contributing scholarship player at SMU is was both long and emotionally taxing. And it’s been more than a year since he joined SMU, feeling he would earn a scholarship more quickly than he did. "He’s a really, really tough kid. The summer before Jones' senior year of high school, he said he went to 19 football camps. He said there were even coaches on his high school team that tried to push him in the direction of FCS schools or D-II schools.
Rockies decline $12M option for infielder Daniel Murphy
DENVER — The Colorado Rockies declined infielder Daniel Murphy’s $12 million option on Wednesday, bringing a close to his two-year stint with the team. The 35-year-old never really flourished at hitter-friendly Coors Field after signing a $24 million, two-year deal — with a mutual option for ’21 — in December 2018. He hit .269 with 16 homers and 94 RBIs in 172 games with the Rockies. Colorado brought Murphy in to play first base, but he was replaced this season by Josh Fuentes, who’s the cousin of Rockies star third baseman Nolan Arenado and batted .306. Murphy is a three-time All Star and a .296 career hitter with the New York Mets, Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs and the Rockies.
Big 12 football midseason review: College Football Playoff hopes, most interesting trend, best player and more
Halfway through its season — well for some teams — the Big 12 has done its best to contribute to the weirdness that is 2020. And for the first time since 2014, Oklahoma is not the front-runner to claim the Big 12 championship. Most interesting trend: Big 12 defenses are actually playing defense, and not just one or two of them, but the majority. Seven Big 12 teams rank among the top 50 in total defense. Best player: Usually by now, a Heisman Trophy candidate or two has surfaced in the Big 12 or at least some one with gargantuan numbers.
Broncos Briefs: Vic Fangio looking for help on coverage units, but supports coordinator Tom McMahon
If Broncos coach Vic Fangio makes changes to his special teams units for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers, it won’t start with special teams coordinator Tom McMahon. The Broncos allowed a 102-yard kick return to Kansas City on Sunday and rank last in covering kicks (32.4-yard average) and are 21st in punt coverage (8.8). Against Kansas City, 12 players had at least 10 special teams snaps and eight were either rookies and/or didn’t start the season on the 53-man roster. One player who could help is inside linebacker Austin Calitro, who played 41 special teams snaps before sustaining a hamstring injury in Week 3 against Tampa Bay. Cox and Bradham were game-day call-ups against Kansas City.
Packers WR Davante Adams: Vikings defense historically good at 'hiding' coverages
Packers WR Davante Adams: Vikings defense historically good at 'hiding' coveragesPackers wide receiver Davante Adams discusses why the Vikings are historically among the best at disguising coverages.
Packers formulating plan should injuries sideline kicker Mason Crosby
Kicker Mason Crosby was not at practice Wednesday and the Packers later listed him on their injury report as “did not participate” because of left calf and back injuries. Crosby did not attempt a field goal, but he kicked off six times and landed each one in the end zone for a touchback. Vogel arrived Sunday, so if he passes all five COVID tests, he would kick in front of Packers scouts and coaches Saturday. If Crosby can’t play Sunday against Minnesota, Vogel will be their kicker because there are no other options unless they want to use punter JK Scott. The other kickers the Packers have brought in this season are Casey Bednarski, Chris Blewitt, Ramiz Ahmed, Chandler Catanzaro, Giorgio Tavecchio and Josh Gable.
Steve Wojciechowski at Big East media day
Steve Wojciechowski at Big East media dayMarquette University men's basketball coach Steve Wojciechowski talks about his team's 14-day quarantine after a positive COVD-19 test.
UW's coach who tested positive for COVID-19 admits he should have been more diligent about wearing his mask properly
Chryst, who learned Wednesday morning he had tested positive for the coronavirus, acknowledged his error. The Journal Sentinel has reported that quarterbacks Graham Mertz and Chase Wolf have tested positive. According to Big Ten protocols, any coach who tests positive must sit out for 10 days. That means Chryst and any other assistant who tested positive likely will not be able to return until Nov. 7. And with UW having to pause activities for seven days, it appears the earliest the team could resume practice would be Nov. 4.
Giannis tweets that he's looking for young actors to portray him as a youth in Disney movie
Giannis Antetokounmpo tweeted Wednesday that he's on the lookout for actors to portray a younger Giannis and Thanasis for a forthcoming Disney Channel project, and no experience is necessary. "Disney is making a movie based on my family’s story and they are searching for actors to play me and my brother, Thanasis, in our younger days," Giannis wrote. The film, set for the Disney+ streaming service, was first announced almost a year ago. The project, called "Greek Freak," traces the family's roots from Nigeria to Greece and Giannis's unlikely rise to NBA superstardom. RELATED:Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo is NBA Most Valuable Player for second straight seasonJR Radcliffe can be reached at (262) 361-9141 or jradcliffe@gannett.com.
Hiring a championship manager, finalizing a championship roster top White Sox’ to-do list
The White Sox’ Twitter account spelled out its pitch for 2021 season tickets this way Wednesday:“We’ve transitioned from the first stage to the final stage in being ready to win championships. The Sox, Tigers and Red Sox are the only teams with openings, and the Sox and Tigers are both in the hunt for Hinch, 46. Nov. 20: Deadline for adding players to 40-man roster to protect them from Rule 5 Draft. White Sox free agentsCatcher James McCann, RHP Alex Colome, outfielder Jarrod Dyson. Club contract options for 2021OF/IF Leury Garcia ($3.5 million), DH Edwin Encarnacion, ($12 million), LHP Gio Gonzalez ($7 million).
Pandemic forces American Hockey League to move start of season to Feb. 5
A typical AHL season usually starts after the NHL gets underway. This season will the be the first for the Chicago Wolves as the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes. The league could mimic Major League Baseball’s 2020 season by dividing teams into regional groups to reduce travel, including multiple games in the same city between teams. In making that announcement, the league said it had not altered its plans to start on or around Jan 1. The NHL’s return-to-play committee of league and player representatives hasn’t yet met to discuss the 2021 season.
Matt Nagy, Nick Foles must worry about more pressing matters than ‘Griesegate’
On the air, Griese said Foles told him Nagy didn’t know, when calling plays, how little time the quarterback has to throw the ball. “Even though that wasn’t true, what Brian said, it was important for … Coach Nagy and I, to speak about what was said — for our relationship,” Foles said Wednesday. Foles’ defense sounds likely — that, during a pre-production meeting, he told Griese he informs Nagy when plays won’t work because defenses are bringing pressure. “We’re in a really, really good place right now,” Nagy said. That took on more significance when the Bears promoted Foles, who boasts more experience, with more teams, than Mitch Trubisky.
Ken Kraft, the longtime Northwestern wrestling coach and administrator who founded the Midlands Championships, dies at 85
“It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Coach Kraft,” current NU wrestling coach Matt Storniolo said in a statement. “Ken was — and will forever be — a legend in both the wrestling and Northwestern communities. He was so much more than a coach. He was an innovator, ambassador and a role model that impacted the lives of so many.”
Frank Gore expects Le'Veon Bell to prove he can still play
Frank Gore expects Le’Veon Bell to have some extra juice for Sunday’s game. Kansas City signed Bell after the running back cleared waivers. "I know he’s going to be hyped up. He’s playing behind rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire in Kansas City and had six carries for 39 yards in his Kansas City debut last week. Injury updatesJamison Crowder (groin), Breshad Perriman (concussion protocol), Jordan Jenkins (ribs/shoulder), Bradley McDougald (shoulder), Sam Ficken (groin) and Conor McDermott (illness) did not practice Wednesday.
St. John's surge late last season doesn't impress Big East coaches
The last impressions of the St. John’s men’s basketball team last season were positive ones. It won three of its last four and led seventh-ranked Creighton in a Big East quarterfinal when the season was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic. But Big East coaches don’t see St. John’s (17-15) picking up where it left off. The Storm was picked ninth of 11 in the preseason poll of Big East coaches released Wednesday before the conference’s virtual media day. It’s first conference game will be Dec. 11 at UConn, which returns to the Big East this season.
Kasi Samuda's three goals push Holy Trinity past St. John the Baptist
Kasi, a sophomore forward, and Katrina, a junior defender, for the Holy Trinity girls soccer team. That ability was on display Wednesday, as Kasi scored three goals and Katrina helped limit some of the Cougars’ top playmakers as Holy Trinity defeated host St. John the Baptist, 4-2, in CHSAA girls soccer action. Kasi scored Holy Trinity’s final three goals of the contest -- making this her fourth-straight game with at least three goals. Holy Trinity (4-1) opened the scoring with a 15-yard strike from Brooke Grossjung less than five minutes into the contest. But Kasi scored twice in the second half for the win.
NFL Week 8 TNF pick: Panthers cover against reeling Falcons
5, NFL, 8:20 p.mLine: Carolina by 2.5; O/U: 51.5Put yourself in the Falcons' players cleats for a minute. The Panthers, on the other hand, have plenty to play for and will be motivated to get to .500. The players have bought into first-year coach Matt Rhule's system, with Teddy Bridgewater playing well and Robby Anderson making Jets fans miss him every week. Carolina beat Atlanta, 23-16, in Week 5, which turned out to be Dan Quinn's last game, and the Panthers will know where to attack an overmatched defense. Carolina has covered four of its last five, including in a 27-24 loss at New Orleans on Sunday.
Giants' Marc Colombo looking on the bright side with struggling lineman Andrew Thomas
The Giants have two choices when it comes to Andrew Thomas at this precise moment in his career. Marc Colombo, the Giants’ offensive line coach, said he is not in favor of the latter more drastic measure. Colombo said the biggest issue holding Thomas back from being the dominant player the Giants thought they drafted is his timing. "What Andrew does in practice right now is not really translating to the games," Colombo said. "That’s why he’s here, that’s why he’s going to hang around for a long time .
Column: Turner's selfish celebration mars Dodger triumph
So would the team picture on the field after winning the World Series. Turner's quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 during the clinching win over Tampa Bay ended up lasting just two innings. The repercussions from his ill-advised decision to celebrate the World Series with his teammates figure to last a whole lot longer. Turner paraded around on national television with the World Series trophy in his hand. Let's hope Turner's positive test -- the only one on the Dodgers all season -- remains the only one.
How COVID-19 has affected Illinois high schools, from cancellations in March to the IHSA’s decision to proceed with the boys and girls basketball seasons
"(We) made the decision today to continue with the basketball season as scheduled in 2020-21. In August, the board slated basketball to take place from November to February based on the Illinois Department of Public Health assigning a medium risk level to the sport. The IHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee offered additional mitigations, such as masks during play and social distancing on benches, that the SMAC believed would allow basketball to be played safely.
Pick-prone Vikings QB Kirk Cousins looks ‘to finish the year in a much different place’
The Vikings (1-5) had a bye last weekend after Cousins threw three interceptions in a 40-23 home loss to Atlanta on Oct. 18. In his first two seasons with the Vikings, he threw 10 interceptions in 2018 and six in 2019. “You want to finish the year in a much different place.”Through all his interceptions, Cousins’ teammates have remained supportive. After the game, Cousins said that if he continues at a similar interception pace, he “won’t finish season” as the starter. We’re hitting home runs, we’re hitting triples, but we’re not hitting as many singles.
Hurricane Zeta hits Louisiana with flooding, power outages
More than 100,000 customers were without electricity in Louisiana, including more than 77,000 in metro New Orleans. Zeta had top sustained winds of 110 (177 kph) as a Category 2 hurricane and was the 27th named storm of a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season — with over a month left before it ends. On Tuesday, Zeta raked across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, toppling trees and briefly cutting power to more than 300,000 people but causing no deaths. Hurricane warnings stretched from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Alabama/Mississippi state line, including Lake Pontchartrain and metropolitan New Orleans. Winds could be “especially severe” in the southern Appalachian Mountains, where flash flooding is possible, the hurricane center said.
Vikings’ Dalvin Cook returns to practice, hopeful of playing Sunday at Green Bay
Running back Dalvin Cook returned to practice Wednesday on a limited basis and the Vikings are hopeful he will play Sunday at Green Bay after missing one game due to a groin strain. Cook was injured on Minnesota’s first play of the second half on Oct. 11 at Seattle and then sat out the Oct. 18 game against Atlanta. “(The practice) will be a good test for us.”Speaking before the practice, Cook was hopeful of playing against the Packers. “I feel good,” Cook said. “The extra week helped me get back to just feeling good, you know, just getting back to feeling like Dalvin,” he said.
Galen Rupp and Suguru Osako are aiming for a fast half marathon on Friday near Eugene
Olympians Galen Rupp and Suguru Osako have signed on for what is expected to be a blazingly fast half marathon Friday at an undisclosed location in Lane County. Rupp won the men’s race at 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials last February in Atlanta. Osako is the Japanese record-holder in the marathon, as well as the 3,000 and 5,000 meters. But he is old enough and wise enough now that if he says wants to run a good, hard, fast half marathon, you have to believe he is ready to go. And if the race is fast, well, the U.S. record for a half marathon of 59 minutes, 43 seconds has been held by Ryan Hall since 2007.
USC football goal -- get a matchup with Oregon for the Pac-12 title?
Matt Zemek covers USC football and joined me on Wednesday for a deep dive on the upcoming Pac-12 football season. We talked about the Trojans' talent, coach Clay Helton, and what the strengths of USC football will be this season. “It’s very much a mixed bag for USC fans,” Zemek said. They want the program to succeed but they’re skeptical of the program returning to the Pete Carroll-era. On goal for USC this football season:“If you were to ask me what the goal is for USC this season, obviously they’d love to win the Pac-12 and get to a New Years Six bowl game... but as much as USC would like to win the Pac-12 outright, the thing USC needs to make sure to do is to win back the South.”Listen to the full interview here:
In a pandemic that damaged the economy, advisory group recommends overhaul of workforce development in Connecticut
Among its recommendations, the advisory group called for the launch of three to five skills-based hiring pilot initiatives, establish talent retention organizations in three cities by 2022 and establish training programs for “high-priority jobs” in manufacturing, health care, and IT by December 2021.
Scheduling? Testing protocols? Quarantine period? A bubble? Plenty of questions remain on the likelihood of pulling off a college basketball season after Big East media day
“The one positive test and 14-day quarantine is a challenge. There’s no question about that," said Marquette’s Steve Wojciechowski, whose school recently paused basketball activities after it had one positive case in the men’s program and one in the women’s. "There’s going to be outbreaks across the country. There’s going to be outbreaks across our league. And the 14-day quarantine creates a lot of problems, not only for the school that is going through it, but also when we’re in season, the schools that are supposed to play that school.”
'I'm my biggest critic:' UM defensive back Chris Hinton finds increasing role as confidence grows
Hinton, a five-star recruit from Georgia, started in Michigan’s win at Minnesota last Saturday and appears to have locked down the position. “Confidence is one of the largest things I’ve seen myself grow from last year to this year,” Hinton said this week. “With playing a couple games last year, a couple big games, I felt my confidence on a different level this year. “Fans or no fans, we want to win every game, but it’s a huge game, it’s a rivalry game, so fans would not affect our determination, our drive to win this game. We want to win every game, and this is a big one, fans or no fans.
Memphis Tigers: A look at No. 7 UC Bearcats' next opponent
7 (both Associated Press and Coaches polls) Bearcats (4-0, 2-0 AAC) host the Tigers on Saturday (noon on ESPN). Cincinnati played Memphis twice in eight days last season and lost both matchups, including one for the AAC championship. “This is probably a game they had circled on their calendar,” Memphis Head Coach Ryan Silverfield said of the Bearcats. I’m sure their kids are pissed off, and rightfully so.”Our First Look at the Memphis TigersRECORD: Memphis is 3-1 (2-1 AAC) this season with wins over Arkansas State (3-3), UCF (3-2) and Temple (1-2). He scored 16 touchdowns for the Tigers and had five plays from scrimmage of 60 yards or longer.
Wet weather forecast causes New Albany to move Halloween celebration to Saturday
Torrential rains predicted for Thursday have caused the New Albany city government to move the Halloween celebration to late Saturday afternoon. Originally, New Albany was going to allow Trick or Treat between 4 and 6 p.m. on Thursday. But late Wednesday, the city of New Albany put out an advisory saying they are changing the celebration to 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The New Albany city government said in a Facebook post that they want to keep children out of the cold and rain, especially with COVID-19 being a factor. "The weather should be better for the event during this time, and the event will be over before the OSU football game," the statement said.
Do-everything LB Fred Warner helps stead banged-up 49ers D
Yet the 49ers defense has still managed to perform at a high level almost every week thanks in large part to the play of middle linebacker Fred Warner. Warner has been the main reason why his unit hasn’t faltered despite starting 22 players on defense while dealing with injuries to the entire starting secondary, as well as several front seven players. “I’m the one in the middle, the one that everybody is looking at every single day, every play. So as long as I’m on point, I know that we can continue to get better and better. I got a great group of guys around me and they make it easy on me for sure.”
Opinion: Big Ten's remade plan for the regular season has already fallen apart
The Big Ten’s inability to play even two weeks of the regular season without having a game canceled due to COVID-19 highlights the stupidity of trying to force nine games into nine weeks in an effort to gain ground in the College Football Playoff race. After an outbreak of cases forced Wisconsin to call off Saturday's game against Nebraska, it's clear the abbreviated and condensed schedule may end up doing the opposite: preventing the best teams in the Big Ten from playing enough games and putting together the resume needed to earn a place in the national semifinals. Trying to play football amid a pandemic is trouble, period, as shown in the rash of positive results and growing list of canceled games across the Bowl Subdivision. But the Big Ten worsened this already troublesome scenario in August by first backing out of the regular season and then coming back in September with plans to begin nearly one month after the SEC.
US skaters get chance to earn money in additional event
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Top American figure skaters were given an opportunity to compete again and earn prize money during the pandemic-shortened season in the new Las Vegas Invitational. The event, which featured two-time world champion Nathan Chen, took place Monday and will air on NBC on Nov. 15. The Grand Prix series was cut from six events to four, and each of those four are only for athletes from the host country or training there. The Grand Prix Final in Beijing also has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Their scores were added for a total team score.
With a hat trick, Rashford delivering on and off the field
With a hat trick, Rashford delivering on and off the fieldMANCHESTER, England (AP) — Widely praised for his campaigning against child poverty during the pandemic, Manchester United star Marcus Rashford made just as explosive an impact in the Champions League on Wednesday. Rashford came off the bench to score an 18-minute hat trick in United’s 5-0 thrashing of Leipzig, handing the German league leaders — and Champions League semifinalists last season — the heaviest defeat in their 11-year history. The England striker even passed up the opportunity to take a penalty, when he was on two goals for the night, to allow Anthony Martial the opportunity to score his first goal of the season. Rashford’s third goal — completing his first hat trick for United — came along minutes later, anyway, with Martial setting him up to return the favor.
Way-too-early look at MLB teams who could win the 2021 World Series
Still, here's a way-too-early look (in no particular order) at the teams capable of making a deep run in October 2021:At this point, it's unclear exactly what baseball will look like next year. Los Angeles Dodgers: With the long-tenured Justin Turner, Joc Pederson and Enrique Hernandez up for free agency, this team could look a bit different come spring training. 1 prospect, and promising young players like LHP Brendan McKay (injury) and 1B/3B Nate Lowe, who didn't get much of a chance to contribute en route to the World Series. Atlanta Braves: The three-time defending NL East champions came up just short of the World Series in 2020. Expect the Yankees to spend big again this winter hoping to end the World Series drought.
MLB says Turner violated protocols when he returned to field
MLB says Turner violated protocols when he returned to fieldARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Justin Turner violated coronavirus protocols when he celebrated on the Globe Life field with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and he refused instructions from security to leave the field, behavior that Major League Baseball said risked the safety of others. The commissioner’s office said Wednesday that it is starting a full investigation of the 35-year-old third baseman. The Dodgers won their first World Series championship since 1988 with a 3-1 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 6 on Tuesday night. Turner was pulled from the game following the seventh inning after MLB was notified that he had tested positive for COVID-19. He was quarantined in a doctor’s office off to the side, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said.
Cowboys release DT Poe amid shakeup of disappointing defense
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys released defensive tackle Dontari Poe on Wednesday, cutting ties with a veteran expected to play a key role for a disappointing defense now going through a midseason shakeup. Poe was also the first Dallas player to kneel during the national anthem in protest of issues of racial injustice and police brutality. Owner Jerry Jones has been outspoken against such protests, at one time threatening to bench any Dallas players who did. Poe was the only Dallas player to kneel in the first seven games. Poe and defensive back Daryl Worley were released a day after the Cowboys (2-5) traded defensive end Everson Griffen to Detroit for a conditional draft pick in 2021.
Dortmund beats Zenit 2-0 for first Champions League win
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund got its misfiring Champions League campaign into gear on Wednesday as it beat a defensive Zenit St. Petersburg 2-0 in heavy rain thanks to goals from Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland. Haaland added a second on the counter in stoppage time for the Norwegian's 12th goal in 10 career Champions League games. Haaland was set free behind the Zenit defensive line by a header from 17-year-old Jude Bellingham and sent a precise shot between goalkeeper Mikhail Kerzhakov's legs. “That's football and we knew the chances would come,” Haaland told broadcaster Sky. “You saw we had the ball a lot and we had to be patient and not to rush things.”
Rivers shares football intel to help Colts' defense improve
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Philip Rivers is a fiery competitor on game day — and on the practice field. Anyone who's heard ever Rivers' brash (if profanity-free) trash-talking understands how feisty the 38-year-old quarterback can be and understands it's a big reason he's still playing in the NFL. So after spending the past 16 1/2 seasons reading and dissecting defenses, the Indianapolis Colts' starting quarterback has learned a few things and is passing on that knowledge to his daily opponent. “It matters how you affect and put mental and physical pressure on a player," Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus said. Philip talks to us as coaches and he talks to the players even more.”
Oklahoma high school football: The Oklahoman's Week 9 picks
Cameron JourdanCameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internship with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in a... Read more ›
Pentucket girls strike early, down Amesbury, 3-2
The Pentucket Sachems did just that by scoring twice in the first quarter and holding off Amesbury, 3-2, to put themselves in the driver’s seat to win the Kinney division with a handful of games left to play. “It’s in our hands,” Pentucket coach Daniel Millard said. Junior Mollie Cahalane made it 2-0 off a rebound chance to finish off the helper from Jennings and make it 2-0 after one. Amesbury added another with about 20 seconds left on a penalty kick for Perret to make it interesting, but Pentucket was able to fend off the final attack. Next up, the Sachems will face Lynnfield on Saturday in a state tournament rematch from last season that saw Pentucket come out on top.
Oklahoma high school cross country: OSSAA moves state races from Saturday to next week
Oklahoma high school cross country: OSSAA moves state races from Saturday to next weekThe Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced Wednesday it has moved the cross country state races from Saturday to next week. The state races for Classes 6A-2A will be held at Edmond Santa Fe next Wednesday. The recent ice storm in the area has caused poor running conditions and forced the postponement. “The schedules will remain the same,” the OSSAA said in a Twitter post. “This is due to damage on the course and for the safety of the runners."
Memphis at Cincinnati odds, picks and prediction
Below, we analyze the Memphis-Cincinnati college football betting odds and lines, with picks and predictions. Memphis at Cincinnati: Betting odds and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line : Memphis +200 (bet $100 to win $200) | Cincinnati -250 (bet $250 to win $100): Memphis +200 (bet $100 to win $200) | Cincinnati -250 (bet $250 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS : Memphis +6.5 (+100) | Cincinnati -6.5 (-121): Memphis +6.5 (+100) | Cincinnati -6.5 (-121) Over/Under : 55.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)Memphis at Cincinnati: Three things to knowMemphis has scored 91 points over the last two weeks and is ranked fifth in the nation in total offense (548.8 yards per game). Memphis atCincinnati: Odds, predcition, betting lines and picksPredictionCincinnati 31, Memphis 24Money line(ML)The one common opponent here - SMU - spells big things for Cincinnati. Additional college football coverage from USA TODAY Sports Media Group:Alabama football / Auburn football / Florida football / Georgia football / LSU football / Michigan football / Michigan State football / Notre Dame football / Ohio State football / Oklahoma football / Tennessee football / Texas football / USC football / Wisconsin footballGannett may earn revenue from audience referrals to betting services.
Las Vegas Raiders at Cleveland Browns odds, picks and prediction
Joe WilliamsSportsbook WireThe Las Vegas Raiders (3-3) and Cleveland Browns (5-2) square off at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday of Week 8 at 1 p.m. Raiders at Browns betting odds and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line : Raiders +135 (bet $100, win $135) | Browns -162 (bet $162, win $100): Raiders +135 (bet $100, win $135) | Browns -162 (bet $162, win $100) Against the spread/ATS : Raiders +3 (-115) | Browns -3 (-106): Raiders +3 (-115) | Browns -3 (-106) Over/Under : 52.5 (O: -115 | U: -106)Special NFL Week 8 Betting PromotionBet $1 on ANY TEAM'S money line Sunday, WIN $100 (in free bets) if any team scores a touchdown during Sunday's NFL action. Raiders at Browns game notesThe Raiders returned from a bye and took it on the chin at Allegiant Stadium, falling 45-20 to the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 7. The Raiders (+135) are more than giving on defense, so you can expect Cleveland's good times at home to continue.
With surge in COVID-19 cases, Clark County puts attendance restriction on sporting events
With Clark County identified as an orange county by the Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday, the Clark County Health Department announced attendance restrictions on K-12 extracurricular activities and sports events effective Friday. All activities will be restricted to event staff, players and limited spectators, which shall not exceed parents and immediate household members of student-athletes. ISDH assigns each county a color based on the average of scores assigned for the number of weekly cases per 100,000 and its seven-day positivity rate. More:Providence football advances to sectional finals after game is canceled due to COVID-19In the past seven days, Clark County saw 237 residents test positive for COVID-19, with a positivity rate of 15.54%. The Clark County Health Department noted that transmission of COVID-19 has been limited during school hours, but data suggest that there is a community wide transmission, which is why it is implementing the attendance restriction.
New residence hall to be recruiting showpiece for Louisville basketball, women's lacrosse
University of Louisville’s board of trustees approved plans for a Southeast Corridor Housing Project residence hall Wednesday that will serve as a recruiting showpiece for Cardinals men’s and women’s basketball and women’s lacrosse. The Southeast Corridor Residence Hall is estimated to cost $23.5 million and slated to open in the fall of 2022. The building also will serve as a Living Learning Community for Sport Administration majors who are sophomores and above. The Southeast Corridor Residence Hall agreement will include a parking lot and improvements for university students. Louisville Athletics has committed $3.5 million in donations toward the project with more coming and retains the residence hall’s naming rights.
Marcus Rashford hits hat-trick off bench as Manchester United thrash RB Leipzig
On Wednesday night they emphatically beat RB Leipzig, last season’s semi-finalists, to complement victory over runners-up, Paris Saint-Germain, in their Group H opener. When Bruno Fernandes slipped Marcus Rashford in on 75 minutes the forward beat Peter Gulasci, Leipzig’s No 1, with ease. The assistant referee flagged yet VAR showed Rashford was not over halfway and onside, and the goal was reinstated. Solskjaer gave Donny van de Beek a first start in the competition, having yet to do so in the Premier League. Now, though, came United’s grandstand finish as Rashford sealed a remarkable hat-trick off the bench: they are beginning to hit high gear.
Scottish football awarded extra European place from next season and both sides of the Old Firm can take credit
The Old Firm sides extend their Europa League group campaigns on Thursday night - in markedly contrasting circumstances - but having already guaranteed Scotland an extra European place next season. The Scottish Cup winners will enter the Europa League in the third qualifying round and the third and fourth placed teams in the Scottish Premiership will feature in the second qualifying round of the inaugural Europa Conference League. “The players that have got the shirt at the moment, or are playing more than others, realise that they need to stay in a good place and stay confident. We’ve got two good goalkeepers. “And the forward area is where we’ve got the most numbers.
England hopeful Ollie Lawrence ready to excel in international rugby, says Worcester director of rugby Alan Solomons
Uncapped centre Ollie Lawrence is ready to take the international stage by storm for England according to Worcester director of rugby Alan Solomons. A big strong boy with a lot of power but with really good feet. “He’s a really good character, asks really good questions, extremely flexible in the way he goes about his poaching as we call it,” Mitchell said. “Charlie’s a really good leader,” Mitchell said. “He speaks extremely well, he’s clear and specific, he’s a very good lineout caller as well, which is important.
Leeds coach Richard Agar believes Super League has reached 'tipping point' with conclusion of season threatened
Leeds coach Richard Agar has called for strong leadership from the Rugby Football League as the conclusion of the Super League season threatens to descend into chaos. Two matches scheduled for Friday night have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic and Agar says the competition is reaching a “tipping point”. Huddersfield’s clash with Castleford was called off after the Tigers reported 12 positive coronavirus tests. The match between Salford and Warrington is also off after the Red Devils informed the authorities they only had 13 players available. Rhinos coach Agar, whose side take on Wakefield on Thursday, said: “We are reaching a tipping point.
Ruthless Mason Greenwood repays Solskjaer faith as he caps first Champions League start with a goal
Off the pitch, he has not always got his timings right, and has had a ticking off for tardiness. The biggest compliment you could have paid Manchester United’s ruthless young striker on Wednesday night was that it would have been a surprise if he had missed. Upamecano is one of the brightest young centre-halves in Europe, and coveted by United, but he was well beaten here by Greenwood. He just expects to score.”The Champions League demands cutting edge and punishes profligacy, which is why Greenwood should feel right at home in the competition. This was the 19-year-old’s first Champions League start and he crowned with a goal that one imagines will be the first of many.
Arsenal are just one defensive injury away from 'big trouble', says Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta has said Arsenal are only one defensive injury away from being in “big trouble” as he attempts to manage the club’s troubling lack of options at the heart of their defence. Arsenal are in the midst of a defensive injury crisis after David Luiz picked up a thigh injury in Sunday’s defeat by Leicester City. Arteta has eight centre-backs in his squad but only two of those, Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel Magalhaes, are available to play in Thursday’s Europa League meeting with Irish side Dundalk. Luiz, Calum Chambers, Rob Holding and Pablo Mari are all currently injured, while William Saliba and Sokratis were both left off the club’s Europa League squad list. “In the last 10 days we have picked up a lot of issues at the back with our central defenders,” said Arteta.
Hurricane Zeta barrels towards New Orleans after making landfall in Louisiana
AdvertisementHurricane Zeta made landfall in storm-weary Louisiana on Wednesday with New Orleans squarely in its path. Hurricane warnings are in place from Morgan City to the Mississippi-Alabama border; there are tropical storm warnings in place from the Mississippi-Alabama border to Florida. yler McCoy, Willie Malone and Daquan Hamis load sand bags as Hurricane Zeta approaches in Gulfport, Mississippi WednesdayMost bars on Bourbon street are closed and shuttered ahead of Hurricane Zeta landfall in New Orleanss French QuarterA boat on the road south of the levee system in Golden Meadow. Hurricane warnings stretched from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Alabama/Mississippi state line, including Lake Pontchartrain and metropolitan New Orleans. Hurricane Zeta was set to slam the southern United States Wednesday, bringing dangerous winds and storm surges to Louisiana, which has been hit repeatedly during a busy hurricane season.
Sancho, Haaland rescue toiling Dortmund in 'game that won't go in history books'
Sancho's 77th-minute spot-kick and a stoppage time strike from Haaland decided an otherwise turgid game in Dortmund's favour, giving them the first three points of their Group F campaign. We had the ball a lot and we had to be patient and not rush things," Haaland told Sky. It's a big relief," Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc told Sky, adding that the game "won't go down in the history books". Sancho orchestrated a couple of half-chances before the break, but neither Marco Reus nor Haaland could squeeze the ball past Mikhail Kerzhakov. Haaland sealed the three points in stoppage time, latching onto a flicked header from Jude Bellingham and drilling the ball underneath Kerzhakov.
Rashford hat-trick as Man Utd smash Leipzig 5-0 in Champions League
Advertising Read moreManchester (United Kingdom) (AFP)Marcus Rashford scored a second-half hat-trick as Manchester United seized control of their Champions League group with a thumping 5-0 win against German league leaders RB Leipzig on Wednesday. Substitute Rashford struck three times after coming on in the 63rd minute to remind Solskjaer he is the main man at Old Trafford. Leipzig started brightly, pinning the home side back but United soon settled. Fernandes sent a superb first-time ball through to Rashford, who raced through and slotted past Gulasci. But the England man completed his hat-trick in added time to cap a devastating display.
Hurricane Zeta slams into Louisiana coast
Zeta, packing sustained winds of 110 miles (175 kilometers) an hour, strengthened and moved onto land near Cocodrie in remote in southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday afternoon. The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning that covered New Orleans, and said a "life-threatening storm surge and strong winds (are) expected along portions of the northern Gulf Coast." Zeta hit with just six days to go until Election Day, although it was not expected to affect the outcome, with early voting in Louisiana already finished. The hurricane is the fifth major storm to hit Louisiana this year. The hurricane brought strong winds and heavy rains to Mexico's Caribbean coast on Tuesday after making landfall near the resort town of Tulum.
Juventus fall to Messi's Barcelona without Covid-hit Ronaldo
Advertising Read moreTurin (Italy) (AFP)Cristiano Ronaldo missed Juventus' Champions League clash against Lionel Messi's Barcelona, two weeks after testing positive for coronavirus, with the Italian giants losing 2-0 at home on Wednesday in his absence. Barcelona are top of Group G with six points after two games with Juventus on three. - Barca recover from Clasico loss -Ronald Koeman's Barcelona handed Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo his first defeat since taking over last summer. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu also resigned on Tuesday along with his board of directors, following mounting pressure from fans and his public falling out with six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi. Morata latched onto a Juan Cuadrado cross to turn home after half an hour, but again he was ruled offside.
Sancho, Haaland rescue toiling Dortmund
Sancho's 77th-minute spotkick and a stoppage time strike from Haaland decided an otherwise turgid game in Dortmund's favour, giving them the first three points of their Group F campaign. As Zenit sat back, Dortmund were starved of space up front and their attacks repeatedly fizzled out in a tangle of short passes. Sancho orchestrated a couple of half-chances before the break, but neither Marco Reus nor Haaland could squeeze the ball past Mikhail Kerzhakov. Reus struck the post early in the second half, while Kerzhakov palmed away a long-range effort from Dahoud on 66 minutes. Haaland sealed the three points in stoppage time, latching onto a flicked header from Jude Bellingham and drilling the ball underneath Kerzhakov.
Mike Leach won't be surprised if Mississippi State loses more players after latest departures
Minutes after Mississippi State lost 24-2 to Kentucky on Oct. 10, Leach hinted that a purge of "malcontents" could be coming. Leach confirmed Tyrell Shavers, Tre Lawson and Jamari Stewart are on their way out during Wednesday's SEC teleconference. Mississippi State fans might be surprised, but Leach isn't. Players, especially ones as important and talented as Hill, leaving the team in the middle of the season can be a distraction. Leach also hinted that the players who have left might not have been good fits for the culture he is trying to establish.
How Detroit Lions' trade for Everson Griffen went down: 'Motown we coming, baby!'
The Everson Griffen trade fell into the latter category, as the Detroit Lions found a motivated partner in the Dallas Cowboys and the two sides consummated a deal in the span of three or four hours Tuesday afternoon. "It really helps (to know the player), especially when things go down maybe last-minute or pretty quick," Lions coach Matt Patricia said Wednesday. He must pass COVID-19 tests on five consecutive days before joining the Lions for team activities. Griffen posted an Instagram story of him catching a private flight to Detroit to join his new team. I'm ready to go to work, I'm ready to help this team win.
Virus forces Wisconsin to cancel Nebraska game
Virus forces Wisconsin to cancel Nebraska gameWisconsin has canceled its scheduled game at Nebraska on Saturday and paused all team activities for at least seven days after a dozen people within the program including coach Paul Chryst had tested positive for COVID-19.
'New era': Take a look inside the brand-new Circa Resort & Casino in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS – In this town, every opening is grand. The debut Wednesday of the 44-story Circa Resort & Casino – now the tallest building in downtown Las Vegas – was no exception. More:First smoke-free resort on Las Vegas Strip opens: 'My clothes aren't smelling'Inside, gaming tables on both levels of the casino filled quickly. That became Fitzgeralds, which Derek and Greg Stevens bought in 2011 and renamed D Las Vegas. More:Neon cowgirl 'Vegas Vickie' will soon kick again at new Downtown Las Vegas casino"I'm a huge sports fan," Calderon said, but there's one thing he likes about Circa more than anything else.
Opinion: Justin Turner controversy again reveals selfishness of our broken society
Justin Turner finally got his World Series title and Major League Baseball got its postseason TV riches, so to hell with everybody else. Turner was pulled from Game 6 in the eighth inning and put in isolation following confirmation that he had tested positive for COVID-19. Yet as the Dodgers celebrated their first championship since 1988, Turner was back on the field, often maskless, not social distancing. None of the Dodgers held Turner accountable in the moment, and president Andrew Friedman even excused his behavior. There was no reason for Justin Turner to participate in the post-game celebration Tuesday night.
UConn’s Big East return stirs up coaching drama: ‘Sucks for us’
On Wednesday, Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard didn’t hide his feelings during the league’s virtual media day, half-jokingly saying he was against the move. In the spring, for example, UConn beat out Seton Hall for four-star prospect and current freshman forward Adama Sanogo of The Patrick School. When asked about Willard’s comments, UConn coach Dan Hurley — a Seton Hall alum — didn’t really go at Willard, but he didn’t back down, either. “That logic, it doesn’t make a ton of sense to me, but then again I’m not the coach at Seton Hall,” he said. Hurley played for Seton Hall from 1991-96 and has twice faced the Pirates while he was coaching at Rhode Island, splitting a pair of games.
Browns push back hard on ‘insensitive’ Odell Beckham narrative
“It’s completely insensitive to a guy that just tore his ACL,” Mayfield added, declining to discuss the topic further. Mayfield added that Beckham’s season-ending injury is “just awful,” and he expects opposing defenses to “play us differently” without OBJ on the field. “I think it’s about understanding the looks we’re getting and going through our offense based on the looks and just efficiently working through that,” Mayfield said. “I would say that’s not true at all,” Landry said in a radio interview Tuesday on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland. “I think a lot of our offense has been solely based on having Odell on the field.
MLB condemns Justin Turner, launches probe into COVID-19 defiance
Justin Turner’s decision to celebrate on the field after the Dodgers clinched the World Series despite having learned during the game he’d tested positive for COVID-19 could cost the third baseman. The Post’s Joel Sherman reported Turner and some teammates resisted MLB security’s request for Turner to leave the field. “Him being a free agent, I don’t think anyone was going to stop him from going out,’’ Dodgers’ team president Andrew Friedman told reporters after the game. “I think he was mindful of other people, especially other people he hasn’t seen around.’’As of Wednesday afternoon, Turner hadn’t commented on the situation, but MLB clearly wasn’t satisfied with Friedman’s explanation of Turner’s actions. Turner’s stunning breach of protocol came after he seemed to be at the forefront of preventing a breakout on the Dodgers earlier in the season.
The Utah Jazz will have a new owner for the first time in 35 years
While the Jazz did not disclose the sale price, ESPN.com reported the deal for the Jazz and its home arena to be worth $1.66 billion. That number falls short of the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014 and the $2.2 billion sale of the Houston Rockets in 2017, but both of those franchises operate in significantly bigger markets. The Jazz said the sale agreement should be approved by the NBA’s Board of Governors by the end of the year. Her goal, she said, was to ensure the Jazz would remain Utah. The 40-year-old Smith is a lifelong Utah resident and a longtime Jazz fan.
MLB investigating after Justin Turner ‘refused to comply’ with officials during celebration
When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.”In its statement, MLB added that everyone in L.A.’s traveling party was given nasal swab tests. ADADThe sport was mere hours away from a satisfying conclusion to a fraught season when Turner was pulled. That doesn’t sit right with me.”But only minutes later, Turner had returned to the field, initially wearing a mask. ADThere was some irony in the fact it was Turner and the Dodgers at the center of baseball’s coronavirus controversy. They were one of only nine teams to have no players test positive during the 60-game regular season.
Tim Tebow urges Trevor Lawrence really 'evaluate' playing for Jets: The 'system' can predict your success
Tim Tebow is urging Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence to proceed with caution when approaching the possibility of being drafted by the winless New York Jets in the next draft, telling the young quarterback to do his homework before making a decision. With the Jets on the way to landing the first-round pick, critics are telling Lawrence to play his senior year instead of declaring for the draft. "My mindset has been that I'm going to move on," Lawrence said Tuesday. For Tebow, it would be a risk for Lawrence’s future in the NFL if he were to get drafted by a team like the Jets. Because he’s so good and he’s so talented and he’s a great prospect, he will have leverage.”
MLB says Justin Turner violated protocols when he returned to field
Justin Turner violated coronavirus protocols when he celebrated on the Globe Life field with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and he refused instructions from security to leave the field, behavior that Major League Baseball said risked the safety of others. Turner was pulled from the game following the seventh inning after MLB was notified that he had tested positive for COVID-19. Turner later returned to the field with a mask to celebrate the Dodgers’ title. “Immediately upon receiving notice from the laboratory of a positive test, protocols were triggered, leading to the removal of Justin Turner from last night’s game,” MLB said in a statement Wednesday. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.”Turner became a free agent when his $64 million, four-year contract expired following the victory.
AP sources: Morey in advanced talks to lead 76ers
The Rockets made the playoffs 10 times since Morey was hired in 2007, including the last eight seasons, for the longest active streak in the NBA. The Rockets reached the Western Conference finals twice under Morey but were unable to win their first championship since consecutive titles in 1994-95. The Sixers named Doc Rivers coach this month as they chase their first NBA championship since 1983. Morey and the Rockets split a little over a year after he sparked a rift between the NBA and Chinese government. Hinkie started The Process and now it's up to Morey, if hired, to finally complete what his onetime underling started.
Ravens intend to show Pittsburgh they play defense better
CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMWhich team plays defense better? Both teams come in with strong defenses, and defense is usually going to win this game.”The Ravens are stingy, but the rankings suggest Pittsburgh's defense is better — at least for now. “I think he’s going to really help complete this defense," McPhee said of Ngakoue. For now, however, Harbaugh is focused on trying to solve a Pittsburgh defense that has thus far showed few weaknesses. So, it’s a Pittsburgh defense.
Better without Beckham? Stats say maybe; Mayfield disagrees
Baker Mayfield has been a better quarterback for the Browns when Odell Beckham isn't around. Mayfield lacked on-field chemistry over two seasons with Beckham, forcing passes to the speedy, sometimes needy, star wide receiver labeled a diva by detractors. Stefanski doesn't think the QB will play any more freely simply because he won't feel pressure get Beckham the ball. After the injury, Mayfield responded with 21 straight completions and five touchdown passes while looking more like the player who set a league rookie TD passing record in 2018 — before Beckham's arrival. Stefanski wouldn't debate the numbers, and he's certain Beckham makes the Browns better.
2021 Boston Marathon postponed, ‘at least’ until the fall
BOSTON (AP) — Next year’s Boston Marathon has also been postponed. BOSTON MAYOR URGES RESIDENTS TO GET TESTED AFTER CORONAVIRUS SPIKEThe Boston Athletic Association said Wednesday that it won’t hold the race as scheduled in April because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers say it will be put off “at least until the fall of 2021.”This year’s marathon was initially postponed until the fall and later canceled outright. says it is working with government officials and others involved in the race to see if a fall 2021 date is feasible. Organizers say they are hoping to announce a date for an in-person race before the end of this year.
Kean at the double as PSG beat Basaksehir 2-0
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Paris St Germain’s Moise Kean scored twice and Kylian Mbappe grabbed two assists as they overcame a sluggish start to beat Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir 2-0 away on Wednesday, securing their first win in this season’s group stage. Slideshow ( 5 images )Kean opened the scoring in the Group H encounter in the 64th minute, heading home unmarked from an Mbappe corner from the left. The 20-year-old Kean, on loan at PSG from Premier League Everton, got their second in the 79th minute, firing a left-footed shot into the net after controlling a pass from Mbappe. But we played a good game and held out until the end,” Kean said. Last season’s beaten finalists PSG had suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United in their opening encounter last week, increasing the pressure on manager Thomas Tuchel.
Chelsea ease to Champions League win at Krasnodar
KRASNODAR, Russia (Reuters) - Chelsea kickstarted their Champions League group campaign by coasting to a 4-0 win at Krasnodar on Wednesday thanks to goals from Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and a late strike from Christian Pulisic. Frank Lampard’s side went ahead in the 37th minute with a stroke of fortune when Hudson-Odoi’s tame shot squirmed through the hands of Krasnodar keeper Matvey Safonov. Krasnodar nearly equalised when Yuri Gazinskiy hit the crossbar in the second half but Chelsea extended their lead when Werner smashed home from the penalty spot in the 76th minute, after Jorginho had been substituted. Krasnodar were really hard to play against, they caused us a lot of problems. Krasnodar, who visit Sevilla next, have one.
Super Bowl seating will be cut due to COVID-19: report
FILE PHOTO: NFL Football - Super Bowl LIV - Kansas City Chiefs v San Francisco 49ers - Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida, U.S. - February 2, 2020. Kansas City Chiefs fans during the game. REUTERS/Mike Blake(Reuters) - The National Football League is planning to restrict Super Bowl seating to just 20% at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium over COVID-19 health and safety concerns, ESPN reported on Wednesday. The ESPN report said spectators would have to wear masks and sit in pods six feet (1.83 m) apart. The United States has had a surge in COVID-29 cases recently with the death toll reaching more than 227,000 Americans.
MLB criticises Turner for returning to field after COVID-19 positive
“Turner chose to disregard the agreed-upon joint protocols and the instructions he was given regarding the safety and protection of others,” MLB said in a statement. “While a desire to celebrate is understandable, Turner’s decision to leave isolation and enter the field was wrong and put everyone he came in contact with at risk. “When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.”The Dodgers did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It was not immediately clear what, if any, disciplinary action Turner or his team would face. “Last night, nasal swabs were conducted on the Dodgers’ traveling party,” MLB said.
MLB rips Justin Turner for celebrating with Dodgers teammates after positive coronavirus test
Major League Baseball chastised Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner on Wednesday for breaking isolation and celebrating a World Series title with his teammates after he tested positive for the coronavirus. The positive test and Turner's on-field celebration apparently delayed the travel plans of both the Dodgers and the Rays, MLB said. It wasn't clear whether anyone in the traveling party had tested positive. The Dodgers, Turner's agent and a representative for the players union couldn't be immediately reached for comment Wednesday. Statistically, the more time you spend around someone who's positive, the greater the likelihood or the risk is that you yourself will test positive.
College Football Picks: Validation time for ’Pokes, Michigan
(AP Photo/Brody Schmidt, File)After the big game, comes the validation game. 6 Oklahoma State took control of the Big 12 with a staunch defensive effort against Iowa State last week. 6 Oklahoma StateCowboys and Longhorns have played three times before when Oklahoma State is ranked and Texas is not; Cowboys went 3-0 in those ... OKLAHOMA STATE 27-21. Arkansas (plus 12 1/2) at No. 23 Iowa State (minus 28) at KansasCylones RB Breece Hall leads the nation in rushing at 143.2 yards per game ... IOWA STATE 38-13.
MLB says Turner violated protocols when he returned to field
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Justin Turner violated coronavirus protocols when he celebrated on the Globe Life field with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and he refused instructions from security to leave the field, behavior that Major League Baseball said risked the safety of others. Turner was pulled from the game following the seventh inning after MLB was notified that he had tested positive for COVID-19. ADVERTISEMENTTurner later returned to the field with a mask to celebrate the Dodgers’ title. “Immediately upon receiving notice from the laboratory of a positive test, protocols were triggered, leading to the removal of Justin Turner from last night’s game,” MLB said in a statement Wednesday. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.”Turner became a free agent when his $64 million, four-year contract expired following the victory.
Dr. Anthony Fauci reflects on the pandemic response
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), looks back at how the pandemic has been handled so far. Video Transcript[MUSIC PLAYING]DR. ANTHONY FAUCI: When you look at what we've done, could we've done anything different? From a scientific standpoint, I think what is going to turn out, and I hope so. So I think we can look forward to something positive there. Could we have done things better from a public-health standpoint?
Report: Rockets hiring Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas as head coach
The Houston Rockets are hiring Dallas Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas as their new head coach, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Silas replaces Mike D’Antoni, who stepped down in September after four seasons as the Rockets head coach. Stephen Silas will be a first-time NBA head coach in Houston. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) MoreSilas’ coaching backgroundSilas, 47, has spent 20 seasons on NBA sidelines as an assistant or associate head coach. He got his NBA coaching start in 2000 as a Charlotte Hornets assistant alongside his father and veteran NBA coach Paul Silas.
Report: NFL planning to host fans at 20 percent capacity at Super Bowl LV
If you were hoping to attend the Super Bowl in 2020, you’re in luck. The NFL is planning to host Super Bowl LV with around 13,000 fans in attendance — or 20-percent capacity — according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Super Bowl LV will be held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Feb. 7, 2021. One other note to the limited seating now expected at Super Bowl LV: If a Week 18 is added to this regular season, the off week would be eliminated and Super Bowl LV would stay on February 7. pic.twitter.com/wANGPM1Z7f — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 28, 2020Fans who attend Super Bowl LV will be in pods six feet apart, according to Schefter. If the league has to add a Week 18 to make up for postponements, the Super Bowl will still take place Feb. 7, according to Schefter.
Dodgers' Justin Turner reportedly refused to leave field despite positive COVID-19 test
Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner celebrated the team's World Series win on Tuesday alongside his fellow players — even though he tested positive for COVID-19. Justin Turner returned to the field for the team picture after being removed from Game 6 for testing positive for COVID-19 (via @MLBONFOX)pic.twitter.com/k7XNLy0A0L — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 28, 2020The Dodgers learned that Turner tested positive partway through the game, and the team "immediately removed" him and "instructed him to isolate," The Wall Street Journal reports. Still, Turner "defied orders" by returning to the field to celebrate, and "when told by MLB security that he had to leave," Turner "refused," the Journal also reports. In a tweet, Turner said he feels "great" and has "no symptoms at all." Turner's return to the field despite his positive coronavirus test immediately drew criticism, with USA Today's Gabe Lacques writing that it was a "galling image."
The most intriguing player in the NBA draft: Iowa State's Tyrese Haliburton
Tyrese Haliburton was a 6-foot-4 point guard and only weighed 170 pounds when he was entering his freshman year at Iowa State. Iowa State guard Tyrese Haliburton reacts after making a 3-point basket during a February game against Kansas State in Ames, Iowa. So who is Tyrese Haliburton? In 22 games this past season, Haliburton ranked in the 99th percentile in both spot-up shooting and assists in transition, according to Synergy Sports. Ball was the second pick in the 2017 NBA draft and has had a decent career in the NBA despite having to modify his jump shot.
Chiefs' Kelce continues to evolve into all-around tight end
You see, the two-time All-Pro tight end is still defining himself eight years into a career that has already produced five trips to the Pro Bowl and a Super Bowl title. “It's at the tight end position you're asked to do so many things,” Kelce said Wednesday, as the Chiefs looked ahead to this Sunday's game against the winless New York Jets. On both lists, the only player Kelce trails is another tight end with a remarkable pedigree: Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez. “He's obviously a complete player — Pro Bowl player, All-Pro player, record-holder, all those things,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “Kansas City is a great spot for any franchise to be,” Mahomes said.
Golfer Jade Zamora of Santa Margarita has won three tournaments this month
It has been a memorable October for junior golfer Jade Zamora of Santa Margarita. She has won three tournaments on the Future Champions Golf tour, giving her confidence and excitement for the upcoming high school season. “Everything started clicking.”She’s won tournaments in Murrieta, Chino Hills and Santa Barbara. She shot 67 on a course where last year’s Southern Section champion shot 68 to win the individual title. AdvertisementOn Wednesday, Zamora said she received three phone calls from college recruiters asking for information about her.
MLB says Justin Turner violated protocols when he returned to field
Justin Turner violated coronavirus protocols when he celebrated on the Globe Life field with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and he refused instructions from security to leave the field, behavior that Major League Baseball said risked the safety of others. Turner was pulled from the game following the seventh inning after MLB was notified that he had tested positive for COVID-19. AdvertisementTurner later returned to the field with a mask to celebrate the Dodgers' title. “Immediately upon receiving notice from the laboratory of a positive test, protocols were triggered, leading to the removal of Justin Turner from last night’s game,” MLB said in a statement Wednesday. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.”Turner became a free agent when his $64 million, four-year contract expired following the victory.
Elizabeth Finn switches fields, gives a boost to hometown Scituate
From the moment Rob Williams first saw Elizabeth Finn at the U-8 level nearly a decade ago, while coaching youth soccer in Scituate, he knew Finn was a player, one with lightning speed, skill, and maturity. “And [with] the way that other schools were shutting down, I honestly didn’t think that there was going to be a soccer season at all. "I mean, you can see it in our results — it’s happening as a team, not just Elizabeth Finn. Scituate is playing a high level of soccer, but it’s not the style that is familiar for Finn. At Scituate, she’s surrounded by multi-sport varsity athletes who bring entirely different — but no less valuable — skill sets to the pitch.
Red Sox add opportunities for minor leaguers to make up ground on a lost season
Red Sox prospects have played a limited number of seven-inning doubleheaders against minor leaguers from the Rays, whose prospects are training in Port Charlotte. For the most part, Red Sox minor league activity has taken on a sort of Groundhog Day feel this year. During the big league season, activity at the team’s alternate site in Pawtucket was limited to workouts and intrasquad games, with Red Sox prospects limited to facing their teammates repeatedly. Oliver worked with several top Red Sox prospects in recent years, including Rafael Devers, Andrew Benintendi, and Bobby Dalbec. The Red Sox are expected to tab someone from within the organization to manage the Sea Dogs next year.
Next year’s Boston Marathon will be postponed, BAA announces, with eye toward Fall 2021 date
The Boston Marathon will not be held on its traditional Patriots' Day date in 2021, the Boston Athletic Association announced Wednesday. AdvertisementPart of the work of the BAA will be to determine if a fall 2021 date is even “feasible,” according to the release. In its place, the BAA conducted the “Boston Marathon Virtual Experience” and had 15,972 participants in 83 countries run 26.2 miles on their own. I personally don’t.”In September, the BAA announced it was postponing registration for the 2021 Boston Marathon and had formed a task force to advise the organization about logistics surrounding the 2021 race. Other events in the World Marathon Majors series for the “largest and most renowned marathons,” were canceled in 2020, including the New York City Marathon, Berlin Marathon, and Chicago Marathon.
Oregon State season preview: Game-by-game predictions, program trajectory, coach and quarterback assessment and more
In 2018, Oregon State’s defense was worse than lousy and pretty darn close to unfathomably bad. The Beavers allowed 7.42 yards-per-play, the highest total in major college football for teams not named Connecticut or Georgia State. Not coincidentally, their win total increased from two to five. Whether the defenses becomes truly stout or remains merely solid depends on the works-in-progress that are the front and the secondary. Contract status: Smith is signed through the 2025 season and reportedly will earn $2.4 million this fall.
Steve Kerr, Doc Rivers give one last anti-Trump message before Election Day
Warriors coach Steve Kerr and new 76ers coach Doc Rivers, two of the NBA’s most outspoken opponents of President Trump, teamed up in a powerful video by The Lincoln Project to once more implore Americans to choose Joe Biden in next week’s election. pic.twitter.com/WnzHJlGqw4 — The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) October 28, 2020The coaches urged voters to think about their choice at the polls and the impact their decision will have on the future of the country. We stand with Joe Biden.”The Lincoln Project is a political action committee (PAC) created by former Republicans to lobby against Trump and others in government who support him. The Warriors coach has famously railed against Trump’s actions and behavior throughout the president’s four-year term and, with the election just six days away, he delivered one final message. “A vote for Donald Trump is a vote against the very ideals upon which our country was founded,” Kerr said.
AHL anticipates February start to 2021 season, nearly 11 months after coronavirus shutdown
The American Hockey League now knows when it would like to start next season, though several questions remain before a date is finalized. AHL President and CEO Scott Howson announced Wednesday the league’s Board of Governors has approved moving the anticipated start date of the 2020-21 season to Feb. 5. But that became impractical after the NHL and the NHLPA earlier this month announced Jan. 1 as a target date to start next season. The San Jose Barracuda and all other AHL teams have not played a game or practiced since the second week of March. The Sharks, who finished 29th out of 31 teams last season, were not part of the NHL’s Return to Play this summer.
Arizona Diamondbacks play waiting game on coaching staff
The Diamondbacks intend to bring back their entire coaching staff for next year, but moves by other clubs could alter those plans. Diamondbacks bench coach Luis Urueta already has interviewed with two teams — the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers — for their managerial openings. Not only would the Diamondbacks potentially need to replace Urueta, they might also have to find replacements in the event Urueta were to bring fellow Diamondbacks coaches with him. The Chicago White Sox also are in search of a manager, and their decision also could impact the Diamondbacks. La Russa, who served as the Diamondbacks’ Chief Baseball Officer for parts of three seasons from 2014-2016, remains close with Diamondbacks first base coach Dave McKay.
Favorite Phoenix Suns: Paul Westphal, Walter Davis and other early players fans loved
The first player chosen by Phoenix in the 1968 expansion draft will forever have a place in the hearts of longtime Suns fans. MORE:Who are your four all-time favorite Phoenix Suns? "He was sort of an idol of mine," said Suns fan Hugh Doctorman. He's not in the Suns "Ring of Honor" like Van Arsdale, Hawkins, Westphal, Davis or Adams. Suns fans were familiar with Westphal from his college days, but fell in love with him once he arrived in Phoenix.
Cardinals wouldn't have beaten Seahawks without a strong, second-half defensive surge
The Seahawks and their MVP-candidate quarterback, Russell Wilson, were rolling over the Cardinals. But something happened when the Cardinals’ defense re-emerged from the locker room. “We weren’t playing the football that we wanted to play and we weren’t displaying who we are as a defense. During the Seahawks’ two overtime possessions, the Cardinals’ defense recorded two sacks, four tackles for loss, an interception and held Seattle to minus-6 rushing yards. Great player, great teammates, great attitude.
Arizona Diamondbacks decline contract options on Mike Leake, Hector Rondon, Junior Guerra
Leake, who turns 33 next month, posted a 4.35 ERA in 10 starts for the Diamondbacks in 2019. Guerra received a $100,000 buyout on a $3.5 million option; Rondon received $500,000 on a $4 million option. The decision on Guerra could be an indication of what the Diamondbacks are anticipating from the free-agent market this offseason. In that case, the relatively modest $3.5 million option might look overpriced in the long run. As for Kelly, the Diamondbacks have until Sunday — five days after the World Series, which ended on Tuesday — to determine whether to pick up his $4.25 million option.
Sixers set to make two new hires for Doc Rivers' coaching staff
Cassell has been an NBA assistant for 11 years, including the last six with the Clippers. In 15 NBA seasons, he played on three champions, two with Houston (1994 and 1995) and one with Boston in 2008, when Rivers was the head coach.
Source: Cowboys adding QB Cooper Rush to practice squad
A familiar face is returning to the Dallas Cowboys quarterback room. After injuries to both Dak Prescott and Andy Dalton, the Cowboys are signing Cooper Rush to their practice squad, a source tells The Dallas Morning News' Calvin Watkins. A source tells @dmn_cowboys QB Cooper Rush will return to the Cowboys and join the practice squad. Rush played with Dallas 2017-2019 — Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) October 28, 2020The news was first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The Cowboys also recently signed quarterback Garrett Gilbert to the roster.
World Series winner Clayton Kershaw of Dallas is regarded as a gifted performer ... like his late musician dad
Clayton Kershaw, a native of Highland Park, recently won the 2020 World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Original story:Folks in North Texas remember Clayton Kershaw as the fastball-throwing southpaw with limitless potential who graduated from Highland Park High School. Clayton Kershaw, pitching in Game One of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on Oct. 24 in Los Angeles. (Tim Bradbury / Getty)The younger Kershaw won Game 1 with a devastating mixture of curveballs and fastballs, underscoring his reputation as baseball's best pitcher. For more coverage of the World Series in Arlington, click here.
Source: Stephen Silas to be Houston Rockets' next head coach, leaving coveted opening on Mavs' staff
Mavericks assistant coach Stephen Silas will be Houston’s next head coach, a source confirmed Wednesday afternoon. The promotion will mark the first head-coaching gig for Silas, whose father, Paul, was head coach in Charlotte and Cleveland from 1997 to 2012. As a Charlotte Hornets assistant in 2016, Silas was reported to be a finalist for the Rockets' head-coaching vacancy before the organization hired D’Antoni. He inherits a Rockets team that operates around star guards James Harden and Russell Westbrook. During his first full Mavericks season, Kristaps Porzingis showed stretches of increasing comfortability and dominance, especially late in the season and during the summer restart, before tearing the meniscus in his right knee.
MLB angry with Dodgers’ Justin Turner, who chose to disregard safety protocols
After beating the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6, Major League Baseball announced Dodgers’ Justin Turner was pulled from the game after learning he tested positive for coronavirus. Following the game, Turner was seen on the field celebrating with teammates. On Wednesday, MLB responded to inquiries on Turner and issued a statement “regarding the circumstances” involving the star third baseman. However, following the Dodgers’ victory, it is clear that Turner chose to disregard the agreed-upon joint protocols and the instructions he was given regarding the safety and protection of others. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.
Broncos running back Melvin Gordon “upset” he put himself in position to be arrested earlier this month
In his first public comments since his arrest earlier this month, Broncos running back Melvin Gordon said Wednesday he was “very apologetic,” about the incident in downtown Denver on Oct. 13. “Because of the legal things, I haven’t been able to publicly say what I needed to say, but to put it out (there), I am sorry I was even in the situation,” Gordon said after practice. Gordon was driving 71 mph in a 35 mph zone when he was pulled over by Denver police, according to a probable cause statement. Gordon said he called general manager John Elway, members of the coaching staff and selected teammates after his arrest. Right now, I’m focused on the Chargers and getting my mind prepared to win this game.”This story will be updated.
2021 Boston Marathon postponed, “at least” until the fall
BOSTON — Next year’s Boston Marathon has also been postponed. The Boston Athletic Association said Wednesday that it won’t hold the race as scheduled in April because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers say it will be put off “at least until the fall of 2021.”This year’s marathon was initially postponed until the fall and later canceled outright. says it is working with government officials and others involved in the race to see if a fall 2021 date is feasible. Organizers say they are hoping to announce a date for an in-person race before the end of this year.
Steve Wojciechowski at Big East media day
Steve Wojciechowski at Big East media dayMarquette coach Steve Wojciechowski talks about his team's 14-day quarantine after a positive COVD-19 test.
Alvarez on cancelling the game against Nebraska
Alvarez on cancelling the game against NebraskaUW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez explains the decision of cancelling the Badgers game against Nebraska.
Packers still 'good to go' after Texans player tests positive
The Atlanta Falcons had a player test positive for COVID-19, but it happened two weeks before they headed to Green Bay. “We can’t control much about the team that we're playing,” Packers wide receiver Davante Adams said. Of course, even if there were several positive tests the Packers could play as scheduled Sunday. Obviously he’s a huge part to this whole team, everything he brings on game day. Packers add to practice squadThe Packers have filled their practice squad with two players and by agreeing to sign a third, following the passing of COVID-19 protocols and a physical.
Pandemic forces American Hockey League to move start of season to Feb. 5
The American Hockey League moved its projected start of next season back to Feb. 5 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, president and CEO Scott Howson announced Wednesday. The AHL’s board of governors finalized that projected start date during a brief conference call. The AHL is the top minor league affiliate for the NHL, which is targeting a Jan. 1 start for the season. “This gives us the best chance to have a significant season,” Howson said in a phone interview. The ECHL — a tier below the AHL in North American minor league hockey — announced earlier in October it will start its season Dec. 11 with 13 of 26 teams participating right away.
Bears star Khalil Mack (ankle) misses practice heading toward Saints game
Injuries have been a relatively minor issue for the Bears this season, but their list of concerns this week is alarming. Pass-rushing star Khalil Mack, the most expensive defensive player in the NFL in terms of salary-cap hits this season, missed practice Wednesday as the Bears began preparing to face the Saints. Mack appeared to hurt his left ankle trying to make a tackle in the third quarter against the Rams on Monday. While Mack has missed just two games in his seven-year career, the accumulation of injuries is growing. Mack at partial strength isn’t enough for the Bears considering that, financially and strategically, they have more riding on him than any other player.
Dealing with the core on top of Cubs’ to-do list this winter
On the top of the Cubs’ to-do list this offseason will be deciding what to do with their core. Javy Baez, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber are due to become free agents after the 2021 season. The team could also move one or more of them at the 2021 trade deadline, but that also comes with its own risks. We don’t know what our revenues are going to be next year. We don’t know how many fans we’re going to be able to have and at different points in the season.
Cop killer Shomari Legghette gets life in prison for murder of Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer
Cop killer Shomari Legghette was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for the murder of Chicago Police Cmdr. In her statement in court, Bauer’s wife, Erin, said she preferred to focus on her husband’s life rather than his death. Legghette, 47, did not address or acknowledge the comments Bauer’s wife and daughter made before Cook County Judge Erica Reddick. Bauer, who was leaving City Hall in uniform, spotted Legghette coming out of a stairwell and joined the pursuit. After a quick succession of gunshots rang out, Kulic took cellphone video of officers arresting Legghette at the scene.
IHSA defies Gov. Pritzker, says basketball season can start on schedule
The Illinois High School Association announced Wednesday that the basketball season can start as scheduled. The disagreement between the IHSA and the governor/IDPH likely means the final decision will come down to the individual school districts. Theoretically the school districts would open themselves up to tremendous liability by playing against the guidelines of the governor and the IDPH. “Illinois is a large and diverse state, and the IHSA membership is reflective of that,” the IHSA board said in a statement. Some schools who remain in remote learning may not be able to start winter sports on time, and we feel for those in that situation.
American Hockey League gets new tentative start date
The AHL, which will welcome the Henderson Silver Knights next season, has pushed back its tentative start date for next season. Home of the Henderson Silver Knights sign is posted as construction crews are demolishing the Pavilion to make way for the new arena, on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Henderson. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayeThe American Hockey League announced Wednesday a new tentative start date of Feb. 5, moving back the beginning of the Silver Knights’ first season. The league has been exploring a number of scheduling options since the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to cut its 2019-20 season short. The Silver Knights are planning to play at Orleans Arena in their first season while their new rink on the site of the Henderson Pavilion is built.
AFC West: Broncos seek turnaround Sunday against Chargers
“I don’t have a bad attitude about it, but I’m not happy with the results that we have right now,” Fant said. The Broncos appear to be mired in mediocrity yet again during a 2-4 start filled with struggles on both sides of the ball. “I just feel like we need to make a lot more plays and turn the ball over,” Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb told reporters earlier this week. Herbert also ranks second in the NFL in passing TDs of 2o or more yards with eight, per Pro Football Focus. Pringle returned a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown to ignite a 28-0 scoring run.
No tickets remain for NHRA Finals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
All available tickets for this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Finals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have been sold. Funny Car racer Jack Beckman burns his tires during the second round of the Dodge NHRA Nationals at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Las Vegas. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesAll available tickets for this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Finals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have been sold. All those tickets have been sold, according to LVMS, and there will be no walk-up sales during the weekend. Fans who have purchased tickets will be required to wear face coverings and adhere to social distance guidelines.
Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa ready to take first hit since his last, and how he’s prepared for his first NFL start
“I come off the sideline and Fitz always has something he wants to say to me,” Tagovailoa said, “whether it has to do with protection, where he would look at as far as progression reads, and how you can read certain things out that can make it easier for me come Sunday.”
Could more playing time be on the horizon for UM freshmen after bye week?
“He’s one of our faster guys. I think everybody knows that,” UM receivers coach Rob Likens said. “Keyshawn can run, and he can get behind people. He is a freshman — and this happens to a lot of freshmen — he’s just got to learn how to process all the information. Once he becomes just assignment-sound, where it becomes extremely tight, you’re going to see him take off as a player.”
IHSA board goes against Gov. Pritzker, will start boys and girls basketball seasons on time
“Illinois is a large and diverse state, and the IHSA membership is reflective of that. We understand that this decision will impact each high school and district differently. Some schools who remain in remote learning may not be able to start winter sports on time, and we feel for those in that situation. However, we have also learned that we cannot continue to look down the road to a season that may never come.
Big East releases only a portion of schedule entering 2020-21 season complicated by pandemic
The Big East managed on Wednesday to hold its annual men’s basketball media day — this time virtually instead of at Madison Square Garden — and there was plenty of news. And the conference released only about a quarter of its schedule — only through Dec. 23 — instead of the entire slate. For years we’ve talked about college basketball programs being "on the bubble," but the Big East is contemplating having its teams play "in the bubble" during the second semester as students return to campus. Because of the success of the NBA and WNBA returning successfully this summer in isolated bubble formats, the Big East is considering doing this in a variety of forms. By the second week in November, all Big East programs will have coronavirus testing three times each week.
MLB says Turner violated protocols when he returned to field
ARLINGTON, Texas - (AP) -- Justin Turner violated coronavirus protocols when he celebrated on the Globe Life field with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and he refused instructions from security to leave the field, behavior that Major League Baseball said risked the safety of others. Turner was pulled from the game following the seventh inning after MLB was notified that he had tested positive for COVID-19. Turner later returned to the field with a mask to celebrate the Dodgers' title. “Immediately upon receiving notice from the laboratory of a positive test, protocols were triggered, leading to the removal of Justin Turner from last night's game,” MLB said in a statement Wednesday. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.”Subscribe to Sports Now newsletter By clicking Sign up, you agree to our privacy policy.
NASCAR resumes Texas playoff race 3 days after it started
FORT WORTH, Texas - (AP) -- NASCAR's playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway finally resumed Wednesday, three days after it started. The restart came nearly 72 1/2 hours after the race was red-flagged Sunday because of misty conditions and drizzle in the area that persisted until early Wednesday. It was overcast with temperatures still in the mid-40s when the race resumed, but there was no more precipitation in the forecast. The 40-car field resumed with four caution laps before going green on lap 57. Harvick won the last three fall races in Texas and is a nine-time winner this season, but was running 36th and a lap down.
Ravens intend to show Pittsburgh they play defense better
Which team plays defense better? Both teams come in with strong defenses, and defense is usually going to win this game.”The Ravens are stingy, but the rankings suggest Pittsburgh's defense is better -- at least for now. “I think he's going to really help complete this defense," McPhee said of Ngakoue. For now, however, Harbaugh is focused on trying to solve a Pittsburgh defense that has thus far showed few weaknesses. So, it's a Pittsburgh defense.
Vikings place CB Cameron Dantzler on COVID-19 list
The Vikings on Wednesday placed Cameron Dantzler on the COVID-19 reserve list, further depleting their roster at cornerback. Dantzler did not practice Wednesday and the Vikings announced the roster move after the workout. It remains to be seen how long Dantzler will be out for the Vikings, who play at Green Bay on Sunday. At least the Vikings did get back at practice on a limited basis cornerback Kris Boyd, who missed the last two games. VIKINGS TO ADD SAFETYThe Vikings will sign safety Curtis Riley to the 53-man roster off Arizona’s practice squad, Draft Diamonds reported.
Gophers coordinator Joe Rossi has a laundry list of things to improve on defense
— “In instances, we need to do a better job of diagnosing plays and fitting runs.”Lindenberg was the biggest surprise starter on Saturday. He led Minnesota with eight tackles Saturday, and fellow safety Tyler Nubin was tied for second with five. “On all three levels our defense needs to be better,” Rossi said. I think in the back end (at safety), we’ve got to do a better job of taking angles. We have to do a better job of fitting runs.”Senior cornerback Coney Durr has been encouraging Nubin, a sophomore.
Vikings defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo finding his voice
Vikings defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo spent the early part of his career simply trying to blend in. Wonnum, fellow defensive end Jalyn Holmes and the recently signed Jordan Brailford. “Just him being in my corner has helped me tremendously.”It’s likely that Odenigbo and Wonnum with start at defensive end on Sunday against the Packers in Green Bay. “It’s like, ‘These young guys are getting better. I’ve got to keep getting better.’ “
Hurricane Zeta crashes onshore in storm-weary Louisiana
Zeta had top sustained winds of 110 (177 kph) as a Category 2 hurricane and was the 27th named storm of a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season — with over a month left before it ends. New Orleans has been in the warning areas of seven previous storms that veered east or west this season. Zeta had been predicted to hit as a relatively weak Category 1 hurricane, but Louisiana residents awoke to updated forecasts predicting a Category 2 at landfall around the southeastern part of the state. Hurricane warnings stretched from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Alabama/Mississippi state line, including Lake Pontchartrain and metropolitan New Orleans. ___Plaisance reported from Laffite, Louisiana, and Santana from Shell Beach, Louisiana.
Oregon State has a huge reconstruction project with left side of offensive line, after losing four-year starters Blake Brandel, Gus Lavaka
But there’s no area of Oregon State’s starting unit on either side of the ball getting a greater makeover than the left side of the offensive line. Gone are left tackle Blake Brandel and left guard Gus Lavaka, who combined for 89 starts during their Oregon State careers. It is possible Oregon State’s starting left tackle and guard for 2020 will have combined to play in less than a handful of games, with no career starts. Left guard is up for grabs, as the offensive coaching staff is looking at seniors Keli’i Monitbon, Korbin Sorensen and Nous Keobounnam and redshirt sophomore Jake Levengood. Left guard remains a crapshoot, a position that might not get sorted out until this weekend.
Justin Turner under MLB investigation for World Series celebration on field despite positive COVID-19 test
The Dodgers won their first World Series championship since 1988 with a 3-1 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 6 on Tuesday night. Turner was pulled from the game following the seventh inning after MLB was notified that he had tested positive for COVID-19. Turner later returned to the field with a mask to celebrate the Dodgers' title. So proud of this team & unbelievably happy for the City of LA#WorldSeriesChamps — Justin Turner (@redturn2) October 28, 2020“Immediately upon receiving notice from the laboratory of a positive test, protocols were triggered, leading to the removal of Justin Turner from last night’s game,” MLB said in a statement Wednesday. Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the baseball World Series in Game 6 Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas.
UConn men and Big East: Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard on Huskies return, says ‘It sucks for us’ ... Let the rivalries begin
“For the league in general, I think it’s great,” Willard said. “It’s a great program, great tradition, great history. I think the program where it’s at now with Danny, it’s definitely on the rise. I’m a big fan of what Dan does and how he coaches and how his teams play. Obviously we’ve been the best basketball league in the country three of the last four years.
Early Taft football forfeit reversed after appeal to Ohio High School Athletic Association
An 8-0 Oct. 2 victory over Withrow High School by the Taft Senators has been restored and will stand. Earlier this month, the Ohio High School Athletic Association scored the game a forfeit when it was thought the Senators had put a player previously ejected back into the contest. Had they won Taft would have matched up against Roger Bacon and Ohio Mr. Football candidate Corey Kiner. Edgewood (5-4) is a Division II school and Taft is Division V, but the Senators are trying to play out a schedule. The Senators will play one more Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference game on Friday, Nov. 13 when takes on Hughes.
Bengals' Joe Burrow wins FedEx Air Player of Week; UC's Desmond Ridder wins Manning Award
Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow was named FedEx Air Player of the Week on Wednesday afternoon. It's the first time Burrow has won the award. He edged Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield in voting - 39 to 37 percent. Burrow was 35 of 47 for 406 yards with three touchdowns in the Bengals' loss Sunday to Cleveland. Earlier this week, Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback Desmond Ridder was named Manning Award Star of the Week as well as to the Davey O'Brien Great 8 List.
UC Bearcats men, women both top-5 in preseason AAC polls, named to award lists
Unlike those three teams, the Bearcats lost two first team all-conference forwards in Jarron Cumberland and Tre Scott. With a new-look roster, senior forward Keith Williams said the Bearcats should finish higher than where they are projected. The coaches named Williams to the first team and Vogt to the second team. “It was cool, but for the past two years I didn't make any teams,” Williams said. Bearcats women's basketball highly regardedFor the first time since UC joined the AAC, the Bearcats women's basketball team is in the mix for a conference title.
MLB: Dodgers' Justin Turner violated protocols when he returned to field
Associated PressArlington, Texas — Justin Turner violated coronavirus protocols when he celebrated on the Globe Life field with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and he refused instructions from security to leave the field, behavior that Major League Baseball said risked the safety of others. Turner was pulled from the game following the seventh inning after MLB was notified that he had tested positive for COVID-19. He was quarantined in a doctor’s office off to the side, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. Turner later returned to the field with a mask to celebrate the Dodgers’ title. “Immediately upon receiving notice from the laboratory of a positive test, protocols were triggered, leading to the removal of Justin Turner from last night’s game,” MLB said in a statement Wednesday.
Michigan State, Michigan ground games running in opposite directions as showdown nears
Turning around Michigan State football – namely the Spartans’ offensive production – is a much bigger job. Michigan State scored some points against the Scarlet Knights – 27, to be exact, a number that is better than the Spartans averaged in any of their previous four seasons. However, Michigan State ran the ball 39 times for 50 yards for an average of 1.3 yards a carry. Michigan State, instead, opted to go with junior Connor Heyward, last year’s starter to begin the season before he decided after four games to enter the transfer portal. 2019: UM won, 44-10 (MSU 54 yards rushing, UM 83)2018: UM, 21-7 (MSU 15, UM 183)2017: MSU 14-10 (MSU 128, UM 102)2016: UM, 32-23 (MSU 217, UM 192)2015: MSU, 27-23 (MSU 58, UM 62)2014: MSU, 35-11 (MSU 219, UM 61)2013: MSU, 29-6 (MSU 142, UM minus-48)2012: UM, 12-10 (MSU 112, UM 163)2011: MSU, 28-14 (MSU 213, UM 82)2010: MSU, 34-17 (MSU 249, UM 162)
AHL, with Grand Rapids Griffins, now aims for Feb. 5 start of season
Detroit – The start of the professional hockey season keeps getting punted forward. The American Hockey League, the minor league development arm of the NHL, announced Wednesday it’s aiming for a Feb. 5 start to its 2020-21 regular season. The Red Wings’ top minor league team, the Grand Rapids Griffins, are in the AHL. The Griffins, like all AHL teams, depend primarily on ticket sales to maintain their operations. There has been speculation recently that the NHL is now considering a 48-game NHL season, beginning mid-January to early February, with geography-based realignment.
Blue Jackets' Kevin Stenlund re-signs, prospect Jacob Christiansen headed to European team
Their top two free agents remain unsigned, but that hasn’t stopped the Blue Jackets from reaching agreements with others. Thurkauf and Stenlund both saw action for the Blue Jackets in 2019-20, filling in during a stretch with numerous NHL regulars out with injuries. He spent the bulk of last season with Cleveland, but made his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets on Feb. 22 in Nashville and logged three games. Also unresolved are contract negotiations with center Pierre-Luc Dubois and defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov, the Jackets' top two restricted free agents. Their next contracts will add clarity to the Blue Jackets' salary-cap situation, which currently has about $12 million in available space under the league's cap ceiling of $81.5 million for next season.
BuckeyeXtra Football podcast | Ohio State prepares to face Penn State
Ohio State football beat reporters Bill Rabinowitz and Joey Kaufman speak with Dispatch sports columnist Rob Oller on the latest edition of the BuckeyeXtra Football podcast. During this episode we discuss our takeaways from the 52-17 Nebraska victory, preview the upcoming game against the Penn State Nittany Lions, and speculate if we think wide receiver Chris Olave will play in the next game. More:Two months after being shot, Haskell Garrett dazzled in season debut for Ohio StateMore:Status of Ohio State receiver Chris Olave looms ahead of matchup with Penn StateMore:Opinion: Big Ten's remade plan for the regular season has already fallen apartMore:Ryan Day press conference | It’s Penn State week>> Listen to this episode of the BuckeyeXtra Football podcast here.
Browns' Hunt, Chiefs' Bell among best bets to score
Las Vegas has allowed 1.33 TDs per game to RBs, the highest mark in the league, so expect Hunt to add to his tied for league-leading seven TDs. Here are the best bets to score in Week 8. TODD GURLEY, FalconsYes, Kareem Hunt has seven TDs, but so does Todd Gurley, who has had a renaissance since moving to the Falcons from the Rams. This week, he faces the Panthers defense that has given up 10 rushing TDs in 2020, the fourth most in the NFL. Expect Taylor to get more chances, and the majority of goal-line work coming out of the bye.
Djokovic saves 4 set points, beats Coric for Vienna quarter
VIENNA (AP) — Novak Djokovic saved four set points in a 7-6 (11), 6-3 win over Borna Coric on Wednesday to reach the Erste Bank Open quarterfinals and move one step closer to sealing the year-end No. Djokovic can lock up the top position by winning the title on Sunday. Otherwise Rafael Nadal could still mathematically overtake him, although the Spaniard would need to enter a tournament in Bulgaria next month in order to do so. Djokovic will play either Hubert Hurkacz or Lorenzo Sonego in Friday’s quarterfinal.
As 1st NFL start looms, Tua says he's not caught up in hype
MIAMI (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa's days as a student were recent enough that he remembers how to cram for a test, which is what he has been doing lately. Newly promoted to the starting job with the Miami Dolphins, Tagovailoa didn't spend last weekend celebrating even though the team had a bye. “I was here a lot,” he said at the team complex Wednesday. “I spent a lot of my time here just watching some film, but also working out. I got with some of the guys as well so we could work on some timing with certain routes.”The test comes Sunday when Miami (3-3) plays host to the Los Angeles Rams (5-2).
With quarterback Garbers leading the way, Cal tries to build
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — As California coach Justin Wilcox looks to navigate a season like no other, he can at least lean on a veteran quarterback who has endured his share of trials winning the job. Garbers redshirted then played through a pair of quarterback competitions to become the Golden Bears' offensive leader. Now, Garbers is the most experienced quarterback in the Pac-12, an understated star who leads all others in the conference at his position for starts and wins. “Experience this year will be a huge part of anyone’s success especially with the shortened season that we have,” Garbers said. “I think we’re one of the most experienced teams in the Pac-12 this year and that will help us with where we want to succeed.”
NASCAR resumes Texas playoff race 3 days after it started
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — NASCAR's playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway finally resumed Wednesday, three days after it started. The restart came nearly 72 1/2 hours after the race was red-flagged Sunday because of misty conditions and drizzle in the area that persisted until early Wednesday. It was overcast with temperatures still in the mid-40s when the race resumed, but there was no more precipitation in the forecast. Air Titan and jet dryer trucks, including some extras brought in from other tracks, did laps around the 1 1/2-mile track for nearly five hours before Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson restarted 1-2. The 40-car field resumed with four caution laps before going green on lap 57.
American Hockey League pushes start of season back to Feb. 5
The American Hockey League is planning to drop the puck on its next season on Feb. 5 in hopes of syncing up its schedule with the NHL and getting some fans into arenas for most, if not all, of its 31 teams. AHL President and CEO Scott Howson said “everything's on the table" when it comes to divisional alignment, formats and how many games are played, though beginning in early February answers one question after it became unrealistic to start the season Dec. 4 as initially planned because of the state of the COVID-19 pandemic. “This gives us the best chance to have a significant season with fans in the building and we’ll just see what happens here in the next two months,” Howson said by phone after the AHL's Board of Governors voted to approve the Feb. 5 start date. “We’re going to be flexible and we’re going to do everything we can to play.”The AHL is the top minor league affiliate for the NHL, which is targeting a Jan. 1 start for the season. A typical AHL season usually starts after the NHL gets underway.
Chelsea beats Krasnodar 4-0 after flurry of late goals
KRASNODAR, Russia (AP) — Chelsea enjoyed its first match in front of fans in nearly eight months, beating Krasnodar 4-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday to spoil the Russian club’s home debut in the competition. Krasnodar goalkeeper Matvei Safonov let a shot from Callum Hudson-Odoi squirm through his grasp and over the line to gift Chelsea a 37th-minute lead, before Timo Werner — from the penalty spot — Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic added further goals in the second half. There were 10,544 fans — a restricted number because of the coronavirus pandemic — at Krasnodar Stadium in the south of the country for what was arguably the biggest match in the history of a club founded just 12 years ago. It was the first time Chelsea had played a competitive match in a stadium containing fans since before the outbreak of the virus in March.
Lake Show: New coach but same expectations for Washington
SEATTLE (AP) — When Jimmy Lake was named the successor to Chris Petersen at Washington in December, getting ready for a season opener against Michigan seemed his biggest priority. Nearly 11 months later and still in the middle of a pandemic, Lake will finally get his opportunity as Washington’s coach when the Huskies open the season on Nov. 7 at California. It should have been a seamless transition for the Huskies when Petersen decided to step aside and his defensive coordinator was promoted. But the pandemic kept Lake and his staff guessing about whether there would even be a season. It’s created the kind of challenges no first-year head coach could have anticipated.
No. 9 Wisconsin cancels Nebraska game; Chryst tests positive
9 Wisconsin canceled its game at Nebraska and paused team activities for at least a week after a dozen people in the program — including coach Paul Chryst — tested positive for COVID-19. Alvarez said the team had only one positive test two days before Friday’s season-opening 45-7 victory over Illinois and 12 positive tests afterward. Alvarez said Wisconsin had reached the “orange/red” levels in the Big Ten protocols based on its rate of positive tests. “We’ll see where we are as far as testing, and we’ll make that decision as we move closer to the game,” Alvarez said. Players who test positive must undergo comprehensive cardiac testing an be cleared by a university-designated cardiologist before they can return to action.
MLB says Turner violated protocols when he returned to field
ARLINGTON, Texas — Justin Turner violated coronavirus protocols when he celebrated on the Globe Life field with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and he refused instructions from security to leave the field, behavior that Major League Baseball said risked the safety of others. Turner was pulled from the game following the seventh inning after MLB was notified that he had tested positive for COVID-19. Turner later returned to the field with a mask to celebrate the Dodgers’ title. “Immediately upon receiving notice from the laboratory of a positive test, protocols were triggered, leading to the removal of Justin Turner from last night’s game,” MLB said in a statement Wednesday. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.”Turner became a free agent when his $64 million, four-year contract expired following the victory.
Patriots WR N’Keal Harry absent, RB Damien Harris limited at practice Wednesday
Since Sunday’s 33-6 loss to the 49ers — the team’s second-worst of the Bill Belichick era — several players have been hampered by new injuries. Wide receiver N’Keal Harry did not practice Wednesday due to a concussion. Running back Damien Harris (ankle) was limited, as was Julian Edelman (knee) and two starting defensive linemen. In Buffalo, the Bills were without starting safety Micah Hyde and defensive end Jerry Hughes on Wednesday. Both teams’ complete practice reports are below.
22 Southern Arizona high school football players to watch this fall
Digital Sports Producer & ReporterAlec has been with the Star since October 2019. He writes stories and produces digital content primarily about the Arizona Wildcats. Alec graduated from the University of Arizona in May 2020.
AHL, Tucson Roadrunners targeting February start to upcoming season
Conor Garland's Southern Arizona fans will get a chance to see their guy on TV at least a few more times this season, if not more than that. The Coyotes take on the Nashville Predators in a best-of-five series beginning Aug. 2, part of the NHL’s efforts to reboot its schedule and crown a Stanley Cup champion.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens odds, picks and prediction
Joe WilliamsSportsbook WireThe Pittsburgh Steelers (6-0) and Baltimore Ravens (5-1) meet at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday of Week 8 at 1 p.m. Here, we analyze the Steelers-Ravens Week 8 matchup, including the betting odds, spread and lines, and our NFL picks and predictions. Steelers at Ravens betting odds and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line : Steelers +155 (bet $100, win $155) | Ravens -176 (bet $176, win $100): Steelers +155 (bet $100, win $155) | Ravens -176 (bet $176, win $100) Against the spread/ATS : Steelers +4 (-110) | Ravens -4 (-110): Steelers +4 (-110) | Ravens -4 (-110) Over/Under : 45.5 (O: -115 | U: -106)Special New Jersey and West Virginia Betting Promotion:Bet $1 on the Pittsburgh Steelers money line, win $100 (in free bets) if the Steelers score a touchdown during Week 8 vs. the Baltimore Ravens! They have covered five in a row inside the division, and they're 7-3-1 ATS in the past 11 vs. Pittsburgh.
A record four Louisville City FC players earn All-League First Team honors
For their performance this season, four Louisville City FC players received All-League First Team honors from the USL Championship on Wednesday. Not since the Richmond Kickers in 2013 had a team had as many as four All-League First Team selections. This year, 35 teams competed in the USL Championship. “This All-League representation is another sign of how talented our players are as a whole,” coach John Hackworth said in a press release. The 2020 USL Championship Final is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Sunday between the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Phoenix Rising FC.
Indiana at Rutgers odds, picks and prediction
We analyze the Indiana-Rutgers college football betting odds and lines, with picks and predictions. Indiana at Rutgers: Betting odds, spread and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line : Indiana -455 (bet $455 to win $100) | Rutgers +335 (bet $100 to win $335): Indiana -455 (bet $455 to win $100) | Rutgers +335 (bet $100 to win $335) Against the spread/ATS : Indiana -11 (-110) | Rutgers +11 (-110): Indiana -11 (-110) | Rutgers +11 (-110) Over/Under : 52.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)Indiana at Rutgers: Three things to knowIndiana won last year's meeting (Oct. 12) in shut-out fashion, with the Hoosiers blanking the Scarlet Knights 35-0. Indiana at Rutgers: Odds, prediction, betting lines and picksPredictionIndiana 34, Rutgers 17The straight up tag is laced with extra juice, enough so to figure the true odds as being well bracketed. Additional college football coverage from USA TODAY Sports Media Group:Alabama football / Auburn football / Florida football / Georgia football / LSU football / Michigan football / Michigan State football / Notre Dame football / Ohio State football / Oklahoma football / Tennessee football / Texas football / USC football / Wisconsin footballGannett may earn revenue from audience referrals to betting services.
Kentucky men's soccer game postponed by positive COVID-19 tests
LEXINGTON - A Kentucky men's soccer game against Duke has been postponed due to COVID-19 testing. According to a UK news release, "positive COVID-19 tests and appropriate quarantine procedures of close contacts on Kentucky’s men’s soccer team," resulted in the postponement of the game originally scheduled for Friday. Men's soccer is one of two UK teams that does not compete in the SEC, which does not offer men's soccer as one of its sponsored sports. More:Capacity at Rupp Arena to be limited for 2020-21 Kentucky basketball seasonRecruiting:Former Louisville commitment Bryce Hopkins pledges to Kentucky basketballIn September, UK announced the men's soccer team would compete in seven nonconference games this fall with C-USA play postponed to the spring. The Duke game was set to be the team's final game of the fall slate.
Turner rebuked by MLB for returning to field after positive Covid-19 test
Major League Baseball on Wednesday issued a scathing rebuke to Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner after he returned to the field with his team-mates following their World Series-clinching Game 6 win having tested positive for Covid-19. In a strongly worded statement, MLB said Turner “emphatically refused to comply” with coronavirus protocols and “put everyone he came in contact with at risk”. LA Dodgers win World Series as Turner exits mid-game for positive Covid test Read more“Immediately upon receiving notice from the laboratory of a positive test, protocols were triggered, leading to the removal of Justin Turner from last night’s game,” the statement read. So proud of this team & unbelievably happy for the City of LA.”Justin Turner (@redturn2) Thanks to everyone reaching out! It was not immediately clear what, if any, disciplinary action Turner or his team would face.
Hakim Ziyech stars as Chelsea crush Krasnodar in Champions League
Chelsea disappointed 11,000 Russians inside the Krasnodar Stadium but managed to keep the most important one entertained. Krasnodar 0-4 Chelsea: Champions League – as it happened Read moreThe challenge for Lampard remains finding the right blend after spending on attacking reinforcements in the summer. Later on, with Krasnodar ragged, there were goals for Werner, Ziyech and Christian Pulisic, who shone after coming off the bench. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Chelsea players celebrate with Hakim Ziyech after his first goal for the club. Soon Werner found Ziyech, wriggling into space before finishing calmly.
One third of indoor tennis centres facing closure without state support, LTA warns
At least a third of indoor community tennis centres face the “catastrophic” prospect of closure without urgent government support, the Lawn Tennis Association has warned. The consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on public leisure facilities has been especially severe and, in tennis, the LTA has forecast potentially dire consequences for its network of 54 community indoor tennis centres, which often provide a vital route into the sport. “This money will be spread thinly across a huge range of publicly owned sport and leisure facilities,” said Scott Lloyd, the chief executive of the LTA. “As it stands, a large proportion of community indoor leisure centres still face the very real prospect of closure, which would be catastrophic for tennis players up and down the country. Most community indoor tennis centres are operated on behalf of a local council and, despite being allowed to reopen in July and August, have continued to operate at a loss.
Jose Mourinho confident Gareth Bale will soon show his best form for Tottenham
Jose Mourinho believes Gareth Bale is ready to show he is back to his best when he starts Tottenham’s Europa League game against Royal Antwerp on Thursday. He made his second full debut against LASK last week, and looked well off the pace, but Mourinho says Bale is now reaching peak condition. “Bale is playing and we all have not just the feeling, but also the data that Bale is arriving,” Mourinho said. A big guy like him, travelled to Burnley, stayed on the bench for 90 minutes, didn’t play one minute. But the way we work between coaching staff, medical staff, sports science area, we are providing all the best conditions for his evolution.
Exclusive: Ireland and France's Women's Six Nations fixture called off due to Covid-19 outbreak in French camp
The Women’s Six Nations fixture between Ireland and France has been called off due to an outbreak of Covid-19 within the French camp. Scotland and Italy’s third round meeting was the first Six Nations fixture of the women’s or men’s to be postponed due to Covid-19 spreading in Italy. The Scots also had to call off their fourth round fixture against France after an undisclosed player tested positive for Covid-19. Scotland and Italy’s rescheduled Six Nations fixture is being used as part of the European qualification process for the World Cup. England will have a keen eye on the developments, as they are due to play France in a two-Test series on November 14 and 21.
NASCAR driver Kyle Larson signs with Hendrick Motorsports after his suspension for using racial slur
5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports following a turbulent year in which he was suspended for using a racial slur during a live broadcast. Larson signed a multi-year contract Wednesday with Hendrick that ended his seven-month banishment from NASCAR for using the n-word while playing an online racing game last spring. Larson, who is half-Japanese, also kept racing under the radar: He has won 42 sprint car races in 2020 while suspended from NASCAR. Kyle Larson signed a multi-year contract Wednesday with Hendrick that ended his seven-month banishment from NASCAR for using the n-word while playing an online racing game last spring. Kyle Larson immediately became the target of angry NASCAR fans on social media after using the slur on Twitch, a gaming websiteThe No.
MLB: Dodgers' Turner disregarded COVID-19 protocols
Turner (center right) came back to celebrate after the Dodgers posted a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays to win the franchise's first championship since 1988. one Twitter user said sharing a photo of Turner smiling next to Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts. Turner tested positive for COVID-19 hours earlier'Immediately upon receiving notice from the laboratory of a positive test, protocols were triggered, leading to the removal of Justin Turner from last night's game,' MLB said in a statement on Wednesday. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply. Turner batted .320 (8-for-25) with two homers and two RBIs is the six-game World Series.
Ziyech hits first Chelsea goal in rout of Krasnodar
Advertising Read moreKrasnodar (Russia) (AFP)Hakim Ziyech scored on his first start for Chelsea as Frank Lampard's side powered to a 4-0 victory away to Champions League debutants Krasnodar in Russia on Wednesday. Jorginho missed a penalty for Chelsea but Callum Hudson-Odoi put the Blues in front before half-time after a mistake by Krasnodar goalkeeper Matvei Safonov. Timo Werner smashed in a spot-kick on 76 minutes to double Chelsea's lead, with Moroccan international Ziyech and Christian Pulisic adding late goals. Chelsea were awarded a penalty when Werner was clipped by Brazilian defender Kaio, but Jorginho's effort hit the post and bounced off Safonov before Krasnodar scrambled clear. With Jorginho having been substituted, Werner took over spot-kick duties and lashed the ball beyond Safonov.
PSG win in Turkey with Kean brace as Neymar goes off injured
The world's most expensive player limped out of the action before the half-hour mark and went straight down the tunnel to join an already lengthy queue to the PSG treatment room. The result allows PSG, last season's beaten finalists, to get off the mark in Group H, a week after they started with a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Manchester United. Kylian Mbappe played the role of provider with a corner from the left that was headed home from six yards by the unmarked Kean. Their skipper, the Bosnian international Edin Visca, twice narrowly missed the target from range, while PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas made a key save to deny Deniz Turuc shortly after Kean's opener. This time a miscontrol by Mbappe fell kindly to Kean, who controlled and turned before firing past Mert Gunok to make sure of the points.
Djokovic virtually assures year-end top ranking for sixth time
If the 33-year-old Serb wins the Vienna title on Sunday, he will make sure of the landmark regardless of whether or not Nadal plays in Bulgaria. "Sampras was my childhood idol growing up and it will be amazing to tie his record by being the year-end world number one six times," Djokovic said on Sunday. He is currently enjoying his 292nd week in total as world number one. "It was very tiring and very challenging," said Djokovic after his fourth win in four meetings with Coric, the world number 24. Elsewhere, third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas opened his Vienna campaign with a 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 6-4 win over Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff.
NBA revenue dip 10% to $8.3 billion in 2019-20: report
Advertising Read moreNew York (AFP)NBA revenues fell 10% to $8.3 billion for the 2019-20 season disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, ESPN reported Wednesday, saying the league lost $800 million in ticket income alone. Citing financial numbers shared with league clubs and obtained by ESPN, the report said the NBA lost $400 million in sponsorships and merchandise. The details emerged as the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association talk over possible start dates for the 2020-21 season and financial terms to update the collective bargaining agreement in the wake of the pandemic. The NBA told clubs that a potential 40% overall revenue loss -- about $4 billion -- would occur if the 2020-21 season took place without spectators and gate receipts. That would push the finish of the season to mid-September and have NBA games compete with the Olympics and NFL for television audiences.
Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson Opened Up About His Facial Injury and How It Happened
"Sometimes things get intense here in the iron paradise," the Rock said of his gym, where the injury happened. Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson Opened Up About His Facial Injury and How It HappenedDwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been seriously into fitness for decades, but a recent experience shows that even the pros don't always get those gym moves right. The actor and former pro wrestler shared an Instagram video to reveal injuries to his face that happened during a workout. In the post's caption, Johnson explained what caused the injury. When it comes to your workout gear, comfort is key—and it's important to think carefully about how safe your footwear is.
The Best Winter Staples to Buy Now
Photographed by Zoe Ghertner, Vogue, August 2019When shopping for the best winter staples, there are three key things to look for: something to keep you warm, a piece that offers ample versatility, and items that can withstand the test of time. That might sound like a lofty demand for one piece of clothing, but there are several winter staples that deliver on all three needs. Wearing one on an icy day feels as comforting as a warm hug. It’s also an all-around hero for its ability to work with every outfit, from fancy dresses to casual sweatsuits. In addition to being cozy classics, they can anchor any day or night ensemble during the winter.
Jess Caroline DESTROYS Body-Shaming Trolls: You Can't Hurt Me, I'm Hot!
A year after breaking up with cheating loser Colt Johnson, Jess Caroline married the man of her dreams. "Your words can't hurt me anymore!" Soon, it was apparent that Colt had moved on from his Brazilian model wife, Larissa, to his Brazilian model girlfriend, Jess. At this point, Colt was obviously just wasting Jess' time, using her to film for the show and get laid. Fortunately, Jess moved on with a much hotter dude, leaving Colt as nothing but a bad memory.
Wieden+Kennedy Moves New York Execs Into Global Leadership Roles
Wieden+Kennedy elevated New York managing director Neal Arthur and executive creative director Karl Lieberman to global roles as chief operations officer and chief creative officer, respectively. The duo will work alongside Colleen DeCourcy, who remains in her role as president as global CCO. WKNY has notched significant wins like Ford, McDonald’s, Michelob Ultra, Kraft Heinz and Duracell, invigorating the indie’s New York operation. Additionally, under Arthur and Lieberman, the office has had four consecutive years of its best revenue growth since opening in 1995. “There is momentum, but we’re not trying to export the style of the New York office,” Lieberman said.
Adam Gase says Jets coach will keep Quinnen Williams at trade deadline, but should they?
And second-year defensive tackle Quinnen Williams looks to be a part of it, despite rampant speculation to the contrary. Coach Adam Gase left zero doubt about the Jets' plans for Williams, a day after a report that the team was shopping the 22-year-old before Tuesday’s trading deadline. But a person with knowledge of the situation told NorthJersey.com and USA TODAY NETWORK that the Jets were never seeking to trade Williams. And surely teams have called about Williams, with the Jets clearly looking to add draft capital as ammunition for their rebuild. If the Jets were to trade Williams now it wouldn’t impact their salary cap situation much, but they’d be paying significant dead money next season for a player who is somewhere else.
Daryl Morey on verge of joining 76ers as president of basketball operations
Like Doc Rivers, Daryl Morey won’t be without an NBA job for long. And just as Rivers ended up as coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, Morey is on the verge of joining the 76ers in a prime front-office role. The Sixers are in advanced discussions with Morey to become president of basketball operations, a person familiar with talks told USA TODAY Sports. Morey is considered the father of the modern-day NBA analytics movement and co-founded the popular and influential MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. But with Embiid and Simmons, the Sixers are also one of the better shooting teams inside of five feet, according to NBA.com/stats.
MLB says Justin Turner 'emphatically refused to comply' and stay in isolation after COVID-19 positive
Commissioner Rob Manfred got the telephone call that Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner tested positive for COVID-19. He immediately telephoned Dodgers owner Mark Walter and president Andrew Friedman, and ordered them to get Turner off the field quickly as possible. Turner was removed and ordered to stay in isolation in a room outside the clubhouse. The game wrapped up, the World Series trophy celebration commenced and Manfred left the field, only for Turner to return and join the celebration. When MLB security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply."
Should There Be Permanent Sites for the Summer and Winter Olympics?
It isn’t easy to host an Olympics, and over the years it has only gotten harder. And more controversy about the impact on the lives of host cities’ residents—particularly those who are displaced to make room for the Games. One solution that has been suggested is to hold the Games at a permanent site or sites—most likely one site for Summer Games and another for Winter Games. Proponents argue that permanent sites would be more efficient and spare cities around the world a host of troubles. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College, argues that the Olympics should have one permanent summer and one permanent winter location.
Red Bulls’ late heroics masking toothless performances
The Red Bulls have certainly been testing that question recently. But the Red Bulls’ recent results shouldn’t be viewed as some sustainable type of gutsiness, especially within the larger context of their performances. In Chicago, the Red Bulls didn’t take a second-half shot until stoppage time. The late, dramatic ties of the last two games have been a bandaid for the Red Bulls. Naturally, that’s something New York City will want to avoid, making this week’s clashes vs. Toronto and the Red Bulls vital.
Wilson Ramos’ Mets tenure set to end with team declining option
Wilson Ramos’ disappointing season with the Mets will end his tenure with the club. The Mets are set to decline their $10 million option on the 33-year-old catcher for next season, according to an industry source, sending him to free agency. The Mets ended the season with Ramos sharing playing time at catcher with Robinson Chirinos. Ramos’ contract calls for him to receive a $1.5 million buyout. Realmuto is the top player available in free agency and could become a Mets target once Steve Cohen is officially confirmed as the team’s new owner.
Cowboys will cut Dontari Poe, Daryl Worley without trade
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that the team has informed nose tackle Dontari Poe and cornerback Daryl Worley they’ll be released if they can’t be traded. He was with the Falcons for a year and spent two seasons with the Panthers before joining the Cowboys. The 6-foot-3, 346 pound nose tackle signed a two-year, $8.5 million contract with a $1.5 million signing bonus in April which carries a $3.94 million cap hit ($3.5 dead cap) in 2020 and a $4.75 million cap hit ($750,000 dead cap) in 2021. The cornerback signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with a $1 million signing bonus that carries a $2.97 million cap hit ($2.5 million dead cap) in 2020. The 32-year-old four-time Pro Bowler had joined the Cowboys this offseason as well via a one-year, $6 million deal with a $5.8 million cap hit ($3 million dead cap) in 2020.
Bermuda Championship odds, predictions: Henrik Stenson, Henrik Norlander the picks
In fact, defending champion Brendon Todd is the only player in this week’s Bermuda Championship field who played last weekend at the Zozo Championship. Zalatoris is favored to win a PGA Tour event for the second time despite not being a member of said tour. PGA Tour Bermuda Championship best betsHenrik Stenson (40/1)Has made only nine starts in 2020, but finds himself outside of the OWGR Top 50 for the first time in eight years. Henrik Norlander (40/1)Was fourth at the Sanderson Farms Championship four weeks ago where he rated third in Putting Average. Trahan (125/1) has made three straight cuts starting the 2020-21 PGA Tour season.
Dodgers edge Yankees in early 2021 World Series odds
With the Los Angeles Dodgers wrapping up the 2020 World Series on Tuesday night, sportsbooks are already looking toward the 2021 Fall Classic. And to no one’s surprise, the Dodgers are the early favorites to repeat as champions after winning their first title since 1988, edging out the Yankees as the 2021 World Series frontrunners. The Yankees lost in the ALDS to the Tampa Bay Rays, who have the sixth-best 2021 World Series odds at 12/1 after falling to the Dodgers Tuesday. The Atlanta Braves (8/1,) Chicago White Sox (10/1) and San Diego Padres (10/1) round out the top five. Here’s the full list of 2021 World Series odds.
Daryl Morey taking over 76ers in NBA power move
The new trusted process with the Philadelphia 76ers will be run by Daryl Morey. The longtime general manager of the Houston Rockets is in “advanced talks” to oversee the Sixers’ basketball operations, and a deal could be finalized within “the next few days,” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. In October of last year, Morey sparked issues between the NBA and China officials after he tweeted support for anti-government and pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong, along with an image with the caption: “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.”The famed tanking process in Philadelphia began with Morey’s lieutenant in Houston, Sam Hinkie, being hired as the 76ers GM. Now, Morey will look to finish what Hinkie, who was fired in 2016, started.
Mayor de Blasio to decide on Mets sale within ‘the next few days’
Mayor Bill de Blasio said he’ll announce whether he plans to approve the Mets sale to hedge-funder Steven Cohen in the coming days after city lawyers complete a review of the deal. “The city Law Department is reviewing that transaction. They’re doing their due diligence,” Hizzoner said Wednesday at a City Hall press briefing. At the point that the Law Department’s come to a determination, we’ll announce that publicly for sure. De Blasio, an avowed Boston Red Sox fan, has the right to weigh in on the pending sale by the Wlipon family because the Mets’ stadium, Citi Field, sits on public land.
J.T. Realmuto ‘not keen’ on New York as MLB free agency begins
MLB free agency officially opened Wednesday morning following the conclusion of the World Series, and it seems an expected marquee target for both the Mets and the Yankees might not have the Big Apple in his plans. According to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia, a person described as close to Phillies catcher J.T. The Mets figure to be serious players in free agency with hedge-fund billionaire Steve Cohen slated to be approved as their new owner this week. Within five days of the conclusion of the World Series, teams must decide whether to tender one-year qualifying offers worth $18.9 million to their free-agent players to retain draft-pick compensation. NBC Sports reported that the 29-year-old Realmuto “definitely” will receive a qualifying offer from the Phillies.
Joe Benigno’s fitting WFAN goodbye: ‘25 years, no championships’
As Joe Benigno rose to stardom, his beloved New York sports teams fell in the toilet. Benigno made official at 2 p.m. Wednesday what already had been reported by The Post: He is retiring after a 25-year career as a full-time sports talk voice on WFAN. The final “Joe & Evan” afternoon-drive show co-hosted with Evan Roberts will be Friday, Nov. 6. “Twenty-five years on the air, bro, and not one of my teams won a championship,” Benigno said. “Saw everybody but the Jets in the final … but 25 years, no title.
The World Series champion Dodgers don't deserve an asterisk
This Dodgers title, clinched Tuesday with a 3-1 win over Tampa Bay in Game 6 of the World Series, will now be scrutinized and weighed. The first Dodger title in 32 years should carry exactly as much heft — and as capably bear the examination of time — as any World Series won by their predecessors. ADIn a worst-possible example, almost too grim to contemplate, what if the (29-31) Houston Cheating Astros had beaten the Dodgers? As a great team should, the Dodgers swept the Brewers in the kind of made-for-a-fluke-upset best-of-three series — against a sub-.500 team — that no best-in-MLB team should ever again have to play. Finally, burdened by memories of previous chokes over the past decade, Los Angeles had to digest the most embarrassing walk-off defeat in World Series history.
Loaded No. 21 USC grateful to be in Pac-12 title chase
Southern California and the Pac-12 appeared to be on the way to spending 2020 without football until the Trojans got involved. Although Orlando didn't get spring practices to teach his defense, he's hoping a month of training camp will be sufficient. BIG BLOCKThe USC offense got a major boost three weeks ago when lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker reversed course and returned to school for another season. VIRUS UPDATEThe football program paused workouts in August after a coronavirus outbreak among USC athletes apparently traced to parties near campus. USC and the Fighting Irish hadn't missed their matchup since 1945, and the Trojans were scheduled to host this year.
Villanova the Big East pick as league warily watches virus
“This year, as we’ve all learned, anything can happen," said Wright, whose Villanova team was the coaches' pick to win the league. “The Big East is at the forefront of having minority coaches at the helm,” Ewing said. PARTIAL SCHEDULEThe Big East announced its conference schedule through the month of December with play beginning Dec. 11 with three games. Zegarowski’s season ended before the start of the Big East Tournament last March as he was sidelined with a torn meniscus in his right knee. The Pirates have to replace Big East Player of the Year Myles Powell.
No. 9 Wisconsin cancels Nebraska game; Chryst tests positive
9 Wisconsin has canceled its game at Nebraska on Saturday and paused all team activities for at least seven days after a dozen people within the program including coach Paul Chryst tested positive for COVID-19. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM“This morning I received the news that I had tested positive via a PCR test I took yesterday,” Chryst said. I had not been experiencing any symptoms and feel good as of this morning.”Wisconsin said six players and six staff members had tested positive over the last five days. Wisconsin becomes the first Big Ten school to postpone a game since the league started its pandemic-delayed season last week. The announcement followed reports that quarterback Graham Mertz had tested positive twice – which would require him to sit out at least 21 days under Big Ten protocols – and that backup quarterback Chase Wolf had tested positive at least once.
Raptors' rookie Terence Davis arrested for assault in NYC, police say
Toronto Raptors rookie Terence Davis was arrested in New York on Tuesday night for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend during a heated dispute, police say. Davis, 23, was charged with third-degree assault and criminal mischief after he allegedly hit his girlfriend in the face during an argument, police told Fox News in an email on Wednesday. PLAY SUPER 6 FOR PANTHERS, FALCONS THURSDAY NIGHT CLASHA spokesperson for the Raptors told Fox News in an email: “We are aware of the reports, and are seeking more information.”Davis was still in police custody as of Wednesday afternoon, police said. CLICK HERE TO GET MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMAn undrafted rookie out of Ole Miss, Davis played briefly with the Denver Nuggets for the NBA Summer League before signing with the Raptors in July 2019. He averaged 7.5 points in 72 regular-season games and 7.2 points in six postseason games.
Oregon looks to Tyler Shough to replace Justin Herbert
Easily the most obvious question for Oregon this season is how to move on after Justin Herbert. In spring ball, he got off to a great, great start. “Obviously you can’t replace a guy like Justin Herbert and the guys before him,” Shough said. Mississippi State had dismissed Moorhead after two seasons and hired Washington State coach Mike Leach to replace him. The rivalry game against Oregon State will still be Thanksgiving weekend, but it won't cap the season.
Qualtrics co-founder Ryan Smith joins the NBA ownership club after buying the Utah Jazz
Ryan Smith, Co-Founder and CEO of Qualtrics peaks on stage during the 2015 Web Summit on in Dublin, Ireland. Those are the early labels people who know him are using to describe pending National Basketball Association owner Ryan Smith. The co-founder of tech company Qualtrics agreed to purchase the NBA's Utah Jazz, the team announced on Wednesday in a surprise move. Our family remains invested in the success of the Utah Jazz and these businesses, and we will retain a minority interest." "The Miller family has had an unbelievable impact on countless people through the Utah Jazz and the other organizations they run," said Smith in a statement.
NFL Announces 90 Percent of Active Players Are Registered to Vote in Election
Tyler Kaufman/Associated PressThe NFL announced Wednesday that 90 percent of its players have registered to vote after a leaguewide effort to increase voter turnout. The league previously announced all club facilities will be closed on Election Day to allow players and team employees the opportunity to cast their ballots. In addition to internal efforts, the NFL has encouraged fans to register to vote in November's presidential election and placed "Vote" signage on the field during the 2020 season. "We're launching NFL Votes to inspire everyone in the NFL family—including our fans—to participate in the civic process by getting registered to vote and ultimately exercising their right to vote," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in August. Most major sports leagues have placed an increased emphasis on urging fans and players to vote, with next week's presidential election considered one of the more hotly contested in history.
2021 Boston Marathon pushed back from traditional April date
FILE PHOTO: Apr 15, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; A sign at the start of the Boston Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports(Reuters) - Next year’s Boston Marathon will not be held in April as it usually is and will be moved to the autumn due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers said on Wednesday. The BAA will try to announce a new date for the 2021 race by the end of this year. “We are optimistic that the Boston Marathon will continue its tradition of celebrating the spirit of community and athletic excellence next fall,” Grilk added. “We know there will be many questions and we will look to address them in the coming months ahead.”
Rays left to wonder what might have been after World Series loss
(Reuters) - The Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday began the first day of an offseason sure to be haunted by thoughts of what might have been after a controversial decision to pull their ace pitcher from a do-or-die World Series game backfired. Oct 27, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes (15) and relief pitcher Julio Urias (7) celebrate defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in game six of the 2020 World Series at Globe Life Field. But the ace left-hander, with his team up 1-0, was pulled by Rays manager Kevin Cash after 5-1/3 innings when he allowed his second hit. Six pitches later, the Dodgers led 2-1 and went on to close out the best-of-seven World Series. Not humans,” tweeted Alex Rodriguez, who won a World Series with the New York Yankees in 2009.
Barack Obama To Appear On LeBron James' Show; NBA Star Calls It 'An Honor'
Barack Obama will appear on an upcoming episode of LeBron James’ HBO show “The Shop: Uninterrupted. The four-time NBA champion called the former president’s appearance “an honor.”James, who received his fourth finals MVP award after the Los Angeles Lakers won the 2020 NBA championship earlier this month, tweeted about Obama’s appearance on Tuesday while encouraging his followers to vote in the upcoming presidential election. “My President giving us the perspective and motivation we need right now,” James tweeted about the show. !”Obama also tweeted about his appearance and shared a message about voting:“In Miami this weekend, I dropped by The Shop to talk with @KingJames and @MavCarter about the NBA bubble, the racial justice movement, and what’s at stake over these next seven days,” he wrote. He added, “Do not give up your power.”
No. 4 Notre Dame, others look to end No. 1 Clemson’s ACC run
North Carolina State rushes North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell (7) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. “You’ve got to have a belief you can do it,” said EJ Manuel, an analyst for the ACC Network and former Florida State quarterback. 15 North Carolina all believe they have the talent to get it done. — North Carolina has the firepower to keep up with the Tigers if the teams meet in the ACC title game. Despite a rebound win over North Carolina State last Saturday, the Tar Heels have work to do to compete for an ACC title.
AP sources: Morey in advanced talks to lead 76ers
FILE - This is a July 26, 2019, file photo showing Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey during an NBA basketball news conference in Houston. The Philadelphia 76ers are in advanced negotiations with Morey to become president of basketball operations as part of the overhaul of the front office that began after an underachieving season. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)FILE - This is a July 26, 2019, file photo showing Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey during an NBA basketball news conference in Houston. The Philadelphia 76ers are in advanced negotiations with Morey to become president of basketball operations as part of the overhaul of the front office that began after an underachieving season. Morey and the Rockets split a little over a year after he sparked a rift between the NBA and Chinese government.
NASCAR set to resume Texas playoff race 3 days after start
Drying trucks continue to prepare the track for a possible NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. The race was stopped on Sunday because of drizzle and misty conditions that allowed drivers to complete just 52 of 334 laps. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Drying trucks continue to prepare the track for a possible NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The misty conditions moved out and the track was finally drying at Texas Motor Speedway, where NASCAR was set Wednesday to resume its playoff race that started three days earlier. ___More AP NASCAR: https://apnews.com/NASCAR and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
2021 Boston Marathon postponed, ‘at least’ until the fall
BOSTON (AP) — Next year’s Boston Marathon has also been postponed. The Boston Athletic Association said Wednesday that it won’t hold the race as scheduled in April because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers say it will be put off “at least until the fall of 2021.”This year’s marathon was initially postponed until the fall and later canceled outright. says it is working with government officials and others involved in the race to see if a fall 2021 date is feasible. Organizers say they are hoping to announce a date for an in-person race before the end of this year.
Northwestern Could Copy Hesburgh’s Protest Rules
Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro need look no further than to the late Father Theodore Hesburgh for guidance on how to respond to student bad behavior (Notable & Quotable: Northwestern Protests, Oct. 23). During the Vietnam War in the late 1960s and early ’70s, Notre Dame was the scene of protests and demonstrations like those that permeated most college campuses. As Notre Dame’s president, Hesburgh maintained order at a time when college presidents throughout the country were unsure of how to handle the situations...
How Do We Get More Black Coaches in Pro Sports?
If you watch a National Football League game this weekend, chances are that most of the players in the action will be Black, led by a white man as head coach. That’s because in a league with 59% Black players—and a total of 70% who are people of color—only five of the 32 head coaches are Black (two are interim coaches), plus one head coach is Hispanic. After the 2001 season, when two of the three Black head coaches were fired, the league commissioned a study that led to the Rooney Rule. Under the rule, teams must interview at least one diverse candidate for head-coaching and senior football-operations jobs. And even in the National Basketball Association, known for its progressiveness, 83% of the players are people of color and 30% of the head coaches are.
Qualtrics founder Ryan Smith to buy the Utah Jazz for $1.6 billion
The NBA’s Utah Jazz are being sold to Ryan Smith, CEO and founder of Qualtrics, the team announced on Wednesday. Ryan Smith’s Qualtrics is an experience management company that was acquired by SAP SAP, -5.65% for $8 billion in 2019. Because of our friendship and several high-level conversations over the years, Ryan recently approached our organization to inquire about the possibility of purchasing the Utah Jazz and some of our other sports and entertainment properties. The Utah Jazz were recently valued at $1.55 billion by Forbes. Qualtrics is based in Provo, Utah, which is less than 50 miles from where the Jazz play in Salt Lake City.
Peyton Manning takes shots at Tom Brady over pass to Gronk, fourth down confusion
Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady threw a pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski that appeared to find Gronk between three Green Bay defenders and drew praise as a great pass on the game broadcast. “Do you think Tom was throwing to Gronk?” Manning asked. It’s Gronk,” Manning said. But there also seemed to be some truth in what Manning was saying, that he thinks Brady has gotten a pass for some big mistakes this season. Peyton Manning takes shots at Tom Brady over pass to Gronk, fourth down confusion originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
Report: Cowboys release DT Dontari Poe, CB Daryl Worley
The woeful Dallas Cowboys have made some personnel changes to fix their Swiss cheese defense. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Cowboys have released defensive tackle Dontari Poe and cornerback Daryl Worley. The decision to cut the veteran defenders arrived after the team attempted and failed to trade both players, according to the report. DT Dontari Poe and CB Daryl Worley will be saying goodbye to the Cowboys on Wednesday one way or another. On Tuesday they dealt veteran defensive end Everson Griffen to the Detroit Lions for a conditional draft pick.
MLB will investigate Dodgers' Justin Turner for joining World Series celebration after positive COVID-19 test
Major League Baseball intends to investigate Los Angeles Dodgers player Justin Turner’s actions after what appeared to be blatant breaches of coronavirus protocols during Tuesday night’s World Series postgame celebration, league officials said Wednesday. Turner, according to witnesses, chose to leave that area, against the orders of on-hand medical experts and league officials. Several of his Dodgers teammates supported Turner’s presence, according to witnesses, forcing league security officials to choose whether to expose themselves to the virus or allow Turner to proceed. Even after receiving news of his positive test, Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner posed for photos without a mask on. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.
Watch: Dodgers fans celebrate the team’s World Series title
It’s been 32 years since Dodgers fans could celebrate a World Series victory — so long that Kirk Gibson’s iconic walk-off homer in 1988 seems like ancient history. Finally, fans can embrace new memories — clutch performances from Mookie Betts, Julio Uríasand Corey Seager, and a postseason of redemption for Clayton Kershaw. It’s been a long time coming, and despite COVID-driven restrictions, fans found ways to observe the team’s 2020 championship after Tuesday’s 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6. While a few thousand baseball-starved fans flew to Arlington, Texas, to watch the game at Globe Life Stadium and celebrate the win, many more fans throughout the city basked in the victory — from East L.A. to Highland Park to the Dodger Stadium parking lot. Advertisement× VIDEO | 01:01 Fireworks and pure joy for Dodger fans in Highland Park Fans gather outside The Hermosillo to celebrate the team’s World Series victory.
Dodgers assure fans a World Series celebration will happen when ‘it is safe to do so’
Dodgers fans have waited a long time to celebrate a World Series championship with the team. That championship has finally happened — but the group fiesta with the players and staff will have to wait. But rest assured, Los Angeles, a fan-tastic celebration eventually will happen. It was just missing one thing: The best fans in baseball,” the team said in a statement the day after beating the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 of the World Series to clinch its first championship since 1988. “While the wait for a World Championship is finally over, a celebration worthy of our great fans and the City of Los Angeles will unfortunately have to wait until it is safe to do so.
Dodgers’ celebration produced one last unprecedented moment in pandemic-era season
So began a championship celebration befitting baseball’s reality in 2020, a pandemic-era season that produced one last unprecedented scene. At the center were three men who’d thought they’d seen almost everything — short of this Dodgers team winning a championship of its own. “But I’m just happy we finally did it.”Manager Dave Roberts celebrates after the Dodgers’ World Series win. AdvertisementDodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw celebrates with his family after winning the World Series championship. My kids were here with me, I can remind them of this moment, that we are world champs.”Kenley Jansen celebrates with teammates after winning the World Series.
MLB investigating Justin Turner returning to field after positive coronavirus test
The league stated that officials received word of Turner’s positive test during the game, which prompted them to order the Dodgers to remove Turner. Turner wasn’t on the field for the Dodgers’ trophy presentation but later emerged to celebrate with the team on the field. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply. Despite the MLB statement, Binney said Turner was not the only party at fault. However, Binney said, the Dodgers and MLB should have promised him a celebration at another time and place.
Your guide to the Red Sox' offseason
That reality isn’t exclusive to just the Red Sox. The Red Sox offseason is officially underway with the conclusion of the World Series, and it will certainly be different from years past because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Red Sox' key free agent is outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr, who has said that he wants to test the free agent market. Bradley had his ups and down in a Red Sox uniform but his defense was unmatched, earning him the title of one of the best — if not the best — Sox center fielder ever. Mid-February: Red Sox report to spring training in Fort Myers, Fla.Feb. 26: Red Sox spring training exhibition season begins with game vs. Northeastern UniversityJulian McWilliams can be reached at julian.mcwilliams@globe.com.
Whoop expects to add hundreds of new jobs, mostly in Boston, after $100M in new funding
Ahmed said he expects to double the company’s workforce over the next year, potentially adding 300-plus jobs, with most of them in Boston. This funding round essentially doubles the amount of venture dollars Whoop has received since its formation eight years ago. Wearable-technology startup Whoop plans to add hundreds of new employees, mostly in the Boston area, during the next year, with help from a new influx of $100 million from investors that the company disclosed on Wednesday. “Long-term, we do expect to have a strong Boston headquarters,” Ahmed said. Ahmed founded Whoop in Harvard University’s “i-lab” after graduating from Harvard in 2012, with the help of cofounders John Capodilupo and Aurelian Nicolae.
Bridgewater-Raynham star Shay Bollin commits to new coach Kara Lawson at Duke
After two stellar seasons in which she was named to the Boston Globe’s Super Team twice, Bridgewater-Raynham junior forward Shay Bollin has committed to the Duke women’s basketball program. Former Celtics assistant and Olympic gold medalist Kara Lawson is taking over the Duke women’s basketball team, and Bollin expressed excitement to work with the former WNBA star. “I am extremely humbled and excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at Duke University,” Bollin said via twitter. 19 recruit for the Class of 2022 according to ESPN’s latest rankings, she has scored 836 points while leading B-R to a 42-5 record over two seasons. Bollin averaged 18.8 points, 10 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.2 steals, and 2.5 blocks per game while leading the Trojans to a Division 1 South title this past winter.
10 post-World Series thoughts on the Giants-Dodgers rivalry
With the 2020 season now complete, here are 10 thoughts on the state of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry. The left-hander rectified that this October by posting a 4-1 record in five starts and picking up two World Series victories over the Tampa Bay Rays. It’s OK for Giants fans to acknowledge Kershaw’s greatness, just as it’s still OK to consider Bumgarner the greatest playoff pitcher of his era. Julio Urías closed out the World Series in dominant fashion. The Rays didn’t, but Giants fans probably don’t have to worry about the direction the organization is headed.
Phoenix Suns' 8-0 bubble run vs. Arizona Cardinals' 5-2 start
Phoenix Suns' 8-0 bubble run vs. Arizona Cardinals' 5-2 startWhat's more impressive: The Suns 8-0 NBA bubble run or the Cardinals 5-2 start? azcentral sports columnists Kent Somers and Greg Moore weigh in.
Why Phoenix Suns' 8-0 NBA finish is better than Arizona Cardinals' 5-2 NFL start
Larry Fitzgerald was hoping the Arizona Cardinals could continue the momentum the Phoenix Suns built in their unbeaten bubble run. The Cardinals are having a magical start to their 2020 season. Biggest wins: 117-115 vs. Dallas, 117-115 vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 119-112 vs. Miami. Then Dallas rested Luka Doncic in the second half of their rematch, which Phoenix won to close out the 8-0 run. Washington was the only team out of that group of 10 that didn't make the playoffs as Phoenix faced Dallas twice.
A fourth day of protests winds peacefully through Philly for hours; police report 703 arrests since Saturday, mandate use-of-force reporting
Several dozen peaceful protestors on Tuesday walked down 52nd Street in West Philadelphia, a calm scene compared to what on Sunday had been the site of tense protests and looting.The march was intended to “bring some positivity to the neighborhood,” said Tymair Johnson, 22, who along with 20-year-old Sam Sessoms led the group in chanting George Floyd’s name and “No justice, no peace, reform we need.”As the commercial corridor gets cleaned up, Johnson and Sessoms — a member of the Penn State basketball team — said they wanted to present a different image in the aftermath of Sunday. They dribbled basketballs as they marched and said they were supported by police officers.“We did it the right way,” Johnson said.Of the the events underlying the ongoing protests, Johnson said, “It’s nothing new,” but credited social media and the ability to share images and video with broadening national consciousness of racism.“Once the cameras came out, it’s like everybody sees it,” he said.Several dozen peaceful protestors on Tuesday walked down 52nd Street in West Philadelphia, a calm scene compared to what on Sunday had been the site of tense protests and looting.The march was intended to “bring some positivity to the neighborhood,” said Tymair Johnson, 22, who along with 20-year-old Sam Sessoms led the group in chanting George Floyd’s name and “No justice, no peace, reform we need.”As the commercial corridor gets cleaned up, Johnson and Sessoms — a member of the Penn State basketball team — said they wanted to present a different image in the aftermath of Sunday. They dribbled basketballs as they marched and said they were supported by police officers.“We did it the right way,” Johnson said.Of the the events underlying the ongoing protests, Johnson said, “It’s nothing new,” but credited social media and the ability to share images and video with broadening national consciousness of racism.“Once the cameras came out, it’s like everybody sees it,” he said.
Eagles safety Rodney McLeod reacts to Walter Wallace Jr. shooting, the Dodgers wanted Justin Turner in their celebration, and more sports news
After having been told he tested positive for COVID-19 during Game 6 and having left the game, Turner was seen in multiple photos and videos after the final out. According to The Athletic, Dodgers officials wanted to give Turner one photo before getting him off the field despite league officials and security requesting he be isolated.
Previews and predictions for notable high school football games, including matchups with big playoff implications
SportsDayHS staff writer Joseph Hoyt breaks down biggest games (Oct. 28-31), impact players to watch and picks his winners. Sachse vs. RowlettNotable games for the week of Oct. 28-31 of the 2020 season: Sachse vs. Rowlett. (SportsDay Staff)Where: 7 p.m. Friday at HebronThe place race in District 6-6A should be tight, which means every game is vital. Hoyt’s pick: Denton Guyer 35, Prosper 31Spotlight: Frisco vs. Frisco LibertyNotable games for the week of Oct. 28-31 of the 2020 season: Frisco vs. Frisco Liberty. Hoyt’s pick: Frisco 31, Frisco Liberty 21Find more high school sports stories from The Dallas Morning News here.
Volleyball area rankings (10/28): Guyer beats nationally ranked Prosper; three new schools join poll
Denton Guyer jumped into this week’s area rankings — and vaulted all the way to No. In Class 5A, area-ranked Woodrow Wilson has been in quarantine for the last two weeks for COVID-19 reasons, Dallas ISD said Wednesday. Woodrow Wilson last played on Oct. 13. Woodrow Wilson will return to action Saturday, playing matches against Conrad (9 a.m.) and Thomas Jefferson (10:30 a.m.) at Conrad. Woodrow Wilson, 10-1 (LW: 10)Dropped out: No.
Colorado high school football teams’ seasons once again threatened by COVID-19
Once again, the coronavirus is threatening Colorado’s fall high school football season. Adams County moves to the second-highest level of COVID-19 restrictions at 5 p.m. Wednesday, less than a week after it prohibited fans from attending high school football games. Under that level, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment advises counties to limit group sports to 10 people. How that will affect the ability of high school football teams in the area to practice and play was unclear Wednesday morning — even for coaches and administrators who have teams with games scheduled this weekend. Colorado High School Activities Association assistant commissioner Adam Bright said such decisions are entirely up to local and county health authorities.
Packers still 'good to go' after Texans player tests positive
GREEN BAY - Through six games, the Green Bay Packers have practiced and played under the specter of the coronavirus pandemic but have remained untouched by it. The Tennessee Titans experienced an outbreak and had a game postponed, but their scheduled date at Lambeau Field in late December was not affected. The Atlanta Falcons had a player test positive for COVID-19, but it happened two weeks before they headed to Green Bay. But now, the Packers are on the alert as Green Bay native and Houston Texans offensive lineman Max Scharping tested positive Tuesday and was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, per the Houston Chronicle. Of course, even if there were several positive tests the Packers could play as scheduled Sunday.
2021 Boston Marathon postponed, ‘at least’ until the fall
BOSTON — Next year’s Boston Marathon has been postponed. The Boston Athletic Association said Wednesday that it won’t hold the race as scheduled in April because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers say it will be put off “at least until the fall of 2021.”This year’s marathon was initially postponed until the fall and later canceled outright. says it is working with government officials and others involved in the race to see if a fall 2021 date is feasible. Organizers say they are hoping to announce a date for an in-person race before the end of this year.
Commentary: Big Ten’s remade plan for the regular season has already fallen apart
But the Big Ten worsened this already troublesome scenario in August by first backing out of the regular season and then coming back in September with plans to begin nearly one month after the SEC. If the conference had stayed in step with other Power Five leagues, the Big Ten could’ve played nine or more games across three months rather than just two. As expected, the remade plan took one week to fall apart. At most, Wisconsin will now play seven games before the championship weekend on Dec. 19. Already playing from behind, the Big Ten’s suddenly flimsy playoff hopes hinge on completing a full regular season.
IHSA will defy Gov. Pritzker, says basketball season can start on schedule
According to several sources, the Illinois High School Association will announce Wednesday that the basketball season can start as scheduled. It’s a totally unexpected move that directly contradicts the guidelines Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health outlined on Tuesday. Pritzker and the IDPH put winter sports on an indefinite hold and moved basketball from a medium-risk sport to a higher-risk sport in the IDPH guidelines. Theoretically the school districts would open themselves up to tremendous liability by playing against the guidelines of the governor and the IDPH.
Miami Hurricanes aim to limit targeting penalties, argue for fewer ejections
“I know Amari Carter is a good young man. I know he’s not trying to do that. Two, I don’t feel it’s fair to take a senior who has a limited amount of time to play football out of a game. Everything that these young men have had to do to get onto a football field from March through the summer, dealing with COVID, all the different things that they had to sacrifice to get onto a college football field, for themselves, for their family, for college football, for fans. I feel like that’s not the right thing to do — to take a kid off the field when he’s not doing it on purpose.”
Kansas City's Eric Bieniemy will be the next hot name in NFL coaching
Kansas City's offensive coordinator will be a hot candidate – maybe the hottest, in fact – in the next hiring cycle. And it was another Reid assistant, Doug Pederson, who authored the Eagles’ Super Bowl championship win over the Patriots after the 2017 season. Reid goes back to Bieniemy when he was an Eagles running back for his final NFL season in 1999. "I saw him as a captain of our Philly team," Reid said. Those guys [like Bieniemy], that’s a hard thing to find.
Injuries to Allen Robinson and Cody Whitehair are a concern as the Chicago Bears try to rebound in Week 8
“It’s like a lot of these other teams when they lose a star player on any side of the ball, it’s always going to hurt you,” Nagy said. “You look at it from the defensive perspective, there are a lot of games we go into that they have to change their game plan as to how they’re going to play against him. And so from our end, when we’re talking about scheming, we have to make sure we’re scheming for both sides of it. We have to be prepared he is playing. And we have to be prepared he’s not playing.”
Why can’t Illinois sports bettors wager on in-state college football and basketball?
“You also assume the pressure to accept a bribe would be greatest in the locality. It’s going to be very unlikely that someone from California is going to connect with the sixth man on a basketball team to see if he can dribble off his foot in the last seconds of a close game. It’s more likely to come from someone here.”
AP sources: Morey in advanced talks to lead 76ers
Morey stepped down as GM of the Rockets earlier this month after blockbuster moves that failed to lead the franchise to the NBA Finals. The Rockets made the playoffs 10 times since Morey was hired in 2007, including the last eight seasons, for the longest active streak in the NBA. The Sixers named Doc Rivers coach this month as they chase their first NBA championship since 1983. Morey and the Rockets split a little over a year after he sparked a rift between the NBA and Chinese government. Hinkie started The Process and now it's up to Morey, if hired, to finally complete what his onetime underling started.
Source: Mets plan to decline options on Wilson Ramos, Todd Frazier, Robinson Chirinos
The Mets plan to decline the 2021 team options held on the contracts of Wilson Ramos, Todd Frazier and Robinson Chirinos, a source said Wednesday. Ramos, Frazier and Chirinos will become free agents. That includes $2.5 million total for the catching tandem — $1.5 million for Ramos, $1 million for Chirinos — and another $1.5 million for Frazier, a third baseman. Had the Mets decided to pick up his option, Ramos would have been due a $10 million salary next season. That figure was $5.75 million for Frazier and $6.5 million for Chirinos.
Oregon looks to Tyler Shough to replace Justin Herbert
Easily the most obvious question for Oregon this season is how to move on after Justin Herbert. In spring ball, he got off to a great, great start. “Obviously you can't replace a guy like Justin Herbert and the guys before him,” Shough said. Mississippi State had dismissed Moorhead after two seasons and hired Washington State coach Mike Leach to replace him. The rivalry game against Oregon State will still be Thanksgiving weekend, but it won't cap the season.
Joe Benigno announces retirement from WFAN after 25 years
Joe Benigno announced his retirement from full-time work at WFAN at the top of his afternoon drive time show on Wednesday, saying, "This is it for me. "It’s time, as far as my situation is concerned," he said shortly after 2 p.m. "It’s time to go for me. He partnered with Roberts for 14 years and was at WFAN 25 years overall after previously having been a fan and caller. He moved into afternoon drive time from middays in January. "Twenty-five years on the air, and not one of my teams won a championship," he said, referring to the Jets, Mets, Knicks and Rangers.
Smithtown strip club owner defends business that town wants to condemn
Smithtown Town Attorney Matthew Jakubowski said in an email the town began negotiating with Murray in 2018 and gave him a "valuation" in 2019. In January 2020, the town received a "counter-offer for an amount that simply could not be justified given the Town’s appraisal." Smithtown Town planner Peter Hans on Tuesday described "potential to redevelop the waterfront area around the bull for park purposes." Howard Greenberg, a Smithtown lawyer representing Murray, said the town’s appraisal did not account for the value of his client’s business or an apartment above the club. But the dancing that takes place at the club is constitutionally protected and the business is legal, he said.
Vikings’ Dalvin Cook returns to practice, on schedule to play Sunday at Green Bay
Running back Dalvin Cook returned to practice Wednesday and the Vikings are hopeful he will play Sunday at Green Bay after missing one game due to a groin strain. Cook was injured on Minnesota’s first play of the second half on Oct. 11 at Seattle and then sat out the Oct. 18 game against Atlanta. “We haven’t practiced yet (Wednesday), but (Wednesday) will be a good test for us.”Speaking before the practice, Cook was hopeful of playing against the Packers. “I feel good,” Cook said. “I’m going to go out here and practice, and we’re going to go from there.
Oregon State names its 2020 football captains, a group that includes quarterback Tristan Gebbia
Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith announced the Beavers' four captains for the 2020 season following Wednesday’s practice. Three of four captains play on defense in outside linebacker Andrzej Hughes-Murray, safety Jaydon Grant and defensive end Isaac Hodgins. The lone captain on offense is quarterback Tristan Gebbia. Hodgins has started all 24 games of his Oregon State career, while Grant played substantial minutes in the secondary in 2019. Oregon State opens the 2020 season on Nov. 7 with a 7:30 p.m. game against Washington State in Reser Stadium.
Big East Preseason Awards
The Big East Conference announced its preseason honors and coaches' poll at the annual media day on Wednesday:
Here’s what we know and don’t know with a month to go until the UConn women’s first game of the season
It’s worth noting that games held at UConn in December and most of January will take place with no students on campus. Students will be off campus from Nov. 21 through Jan. 19, and upon their return most quarantine for two weeks. (According to the NCAA, at least three-quarters of Division I schools will have ended their fall terms or moved the rest of the semester online by the Nov. 25 start date.
Cincinnati Bengals' makeshift O-line did fine vs. Browns. Titans present next test.
Makeshift is a fair word to use when describing the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive line going into Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans. So the offensive line will be down at least one starter and possibly three for Sunday. [ Bengals trading Carlos Dunlap to Seattle Seahawks for 7th round pick, offensive lineman ][ Reactions: Bengals trade Carlos Dunlap to Seattle Seahawks for B.J. Finney, 7th-rounder ][ Five things to know about new Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman B.J. Finney ]CADENCE THE SAME: Burrow said he wouldn't alter his cadence no matter who's on the line.
Rays manager Kevin Cash on removing starter Blake Snell in sixth inning
Rays manager Kevin Cash on removing starter Blake Snell in sixth inningRays manager Kevin Cash on why he removed starter Blake Snell in the sixth inning of Game 6 Tuesday. Dodgers rallied for a 3-1 victory to win their first World Series since 1988.
Red Wings' Tyler Bertuzzi 'grateful' after arbitration, ready to 'prove myself again'
Detroit — Tyler Bertuzzi has no hard feeling toward the Red Wings. Sure, Bertuzzi basically lost his salary arbitration hearing, Tuesday’s decision coming in at a $3.5 million salary for Bertuzzi (he filed for $4.25 million and the Wings $3.15 million), but again, no hard feelings. There's no disappointment about the arbitration decision, or the fact Bertuzzi and the Wings weren’t able to work out a long-term contract. Despite whatever the term was going to be, Bertuzzi said, his gritty style of play wasn’t, or isn’t, going to change. It changes every day, something changes every day, but that’s our life, we’re here to play hockey,” Bertuzzi said.
Can Lakota West girls soccer make another state title run?
WEST CHESTER -As magical as 2019 was for the Lakota West High School girls soccer team, 2020 has dealt the Firebirds a few kicks in the shins. Fortunately, Lakota West has senior captains Kailyn Dudukovich and Sydney Jones, both Ohio State commits to help keep them together. Both are Cincinnati Development Academy players when not suiting up for Lakota West. In a Tuesday night district semi against Turpin, Lakota West had a five-goal second half to end Turpin's season with a 7-1 victory. Through nine games in October, the Lakota West defense has given up just three goals.
Five things to know about new Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman B.J. Finney
When the Cincinnati Bengals traded one of the best defensive lineman in the history of the franchise, the Bengals got in return an offensive lineman, B.J. The Bengals signed Su'a Filo to start at right guard during the offseason, and Su'a Filo is on a three-year, $9 million contract. Finney is already the third-highest-paid offensive lineman on the Bengals' roster. [ Bengals trading Carlos Dunlap to Seattle Seahawks for 7th round pick, offensive lineman ][ Reactions: Bengals trade Carlos Dunlap to Seattle Seahawks for B.J. Finney played in every game as a blocker on special teams, but he will have a better opportunity to play more in Cincinnati.
'It should be interesting': Eli Brooks OK with any role in Michigan's versatile backcourt
When Michigan coach Juwan Howard first arrived in Ann Arbor last year, he posed a question to Eli Brooks. Sometimes I'm the point guard and sometimes I'm the shooting guard, even last year with X being here. Then last season under Howard, Brooks moved into a full-time starting role at the two alongside Simpson and flourished. “I think he complements me really well because we both can play on the ball and off the ball,” Brooks said. “There's a lot of different combinations that could happen, just like last year with three guards or just one guard,” Brooks said.
Vikings not declaring rebuild; DE Hunter has neck surgery
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings emerged from their bye week down two starting defensive ends, after a salary-dump trade of Yannick Ngakoue and a season-ending surgery for Danielle Hunter. Though they're much closer to having the top pick in the next draft than qualifying for the expanded playoffs, Vikings leaders have so far declined to declare this a rebuilding year. Coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Wednesday that defensive end Danielle Hunter, a two-time Pro Bowl pick at age 25, had an operation Tuesday that went as planned to repair a herniated disk in his neck. “I don’t know exactly the timetable, but he should be back and playing football again," Zimmer said.
No. 18 Penn State eyeing fixes as No. 3 Ohio State looms
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State expected some early growing pains after installing a mostly new offense in a socially distanced offseason. The Nittany Lions never thought they’d translate into so many mistakes and an overtime loss to an unranked opponent. Yet there they were, trudging off the field in stunned silence after falling to Indiana in overtime last weekend. 18 Penn State (0-1, 0-1 Big Ten) plays all season when third-ranked Ohio State (1-0, 1-0) visits Beaver Stadium on Saturday. “It’s a big week and everyone knows what’s at stake,” tight end Pat Freiermuth said.
Arizona State adds new coordinators in Edwards' third season
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Herm Edwards has changed perceptions about Arizona State football, both with wins on the field and victories on the recruiting trail. To continue the upward trajectory, the Sun Devils will not only have to hit the ground running during the Pac-12's pandemic-shortened season, they'll have to adjust to new schemes on both sides of the ball without the benefit of spring football. “Putting in a new offense and defense, as far as applying it, it's in but the retention of the players (isn't),” Edwards said. “That said, every week you're going to have a different plan of what you're going to do defensively and offensively. I'm just excited about seeing what it's going to look like.”Arizona State won seven games and played in a bowl game in 2018, exceeding outside expectations in its first season under Edwards, the former NFL player, coach and commentator.
Arizona facing defensive questions after transfers
Coach Kevin Sumlin had done well bringing in talented players on defense, appearing to put Arizona in position to turn the corner on the side of the ball that has long held the program back. The offseason didn't do Sumlin and the Wildcats any favors. Key losses on defense, including three key transfers, and a new group of coaches have turned what should have been a strength into a question mark heading into Sumlin's third season in Tucson. "We've just got to get on the same page, but we've got new people," Sumlin said. We've got to get our best people on the field.”
Tebas: Pérez behind Bartomeu announcement on Super League
MADRID (AP) — The head of the Spanish soccer league accused Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez on Wednesday of being behind the surprising announcement that Barcelona is pushing forward with the idea of a European Super League. Javier Tebas told The Associated Press it was Pérez who prodded outgoing Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu to talk about the proposed new league in an effort to give it more credibility. “Bartomeu was directed by Florentino, that is what I believe,” Tebas said in a telephone interview. “This (league) has been a dream by the Real Madrid president. But it is a big mistake because he doesn’t understand its financial consequences.”Tebas has been one of the more outspoken critics of the much talked-about Europe-wide competition for only elite teams, saying a Super League would be disastrous because it would hurt the local leagues and the majority of European clubs.
Leach: 3 Miss. State players depart, RB Hill possibly next
Leach announced the players’ departures during Wednesday’s Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference. He was preseason All-SEC first team selection after rushing for 1,350 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. Hill has caught 23 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown in the coach’s pass-oriented Air Raid scheme but did not play in a 28-14 home loss to then-No. Leach has repeatedly said that Hill was unavailable because of personal reasons. Asked again about Hill during the call, the first-year coach said, “I haven’t talked to Kylin, but what I’ve heard is he is opting out, preparing for the NFL.”
Priestman takes over as coach of Canadian women's team
Bev Priestman, who was an assistant on England's World Cup team last year, has been named the head coach of the Canadian women's national team. Priestman replaces Kenneth Heiner-Moller, who resigned this summer to join the Danish soccer federation after leading Canada to an Olympic berth earlier this year. Priestman, 34, will take over on Nov. 1 in preparation for the Tokyo Games, which were postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. After her stint as an assistant on England's World Cup team, Priestman served as head coach of England's under-18 team. Before that, she worked with Canada soccer's national teams for five years.
Breeders' Cup Classic may feature Triple Crown race winners
Kentucky Derby winner Authentic heads a field of 11 horses, possibly including filly and Preakness winner Swiss Skydiver against males, for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, with trainer Bob Baffert entering three horses in the $6 million race that includes Belmont winner Tiz the Law. Besides Authentic, second to Swiss Skydiver in the Preakness, Baffert has Improbable and Maximum Security in the 1 1/4-mile Classic at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. The Hall of Fame trainer has won the race a record three times. Baffert is the all-time leader among trainers in Breeders’ Cup earnings with over $30 million. The Classic field was among a total of 201 horses pre-entered Wednesday for the $28 million, 14-race world championships on Nov. 6-7.
COVID-19, ice storms leaves homeless scrambling for scarce overnight shelter
The Oklahoma City metro awoke Wednesday to a third wave of ice storms and an increasing number of households without power even as crews raced to restore outages from the previous two days. Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. reported 253,000 customers out of power Wednesday morning, a jump from 226,000 without power Tuesday night. Spokesman Brian Alford reported crews have restored power to more than 100,000 customers. “As we continue to restore power, outage numbers may increase with today’s precipitation and as ice melts,” Alford said. “Once the system has completely passed, we can compete damage assessment and have a clearer picture of how long restoration.”
2021 Boston Marathon postponed, pushed to at least the fall amid coronavirus pandemic
The 2021 Boston Marathon will not take place in April, the Boston Athletic Association announced on Wednesday, pushing the iconic race until at least next fall amid the coronavirus pandemic. The decision to postpone comes in the wake of this year’s in-person race getting canceled because of the virus. The Boston Marathon had a virtual race instead this year. “By shifting our focus to a fall date, we can continue to work with stakeholders to adjust the in-person experience for runners and supporters alike. “We are optimistic that the Boston Marathon will continue its tradition of celebrating the spirit of community and athletic excellence next fall,” Grilk said.
New residence hall to be recruiting showpiece for Louisville basketball, women's lacrosse
University of Louisville’s board of trustees approved plans for a Southeast Corridor Housing Project residence hall Wednesday that will serve as a recruiting showpiece for Cardinals men’s and women’s basketball and women’s lacrosse. The Southeast Corridor Residence Hall is estimated to cost $23.5 million and slated to open in the fall of 2022. The building also will serve as a Living Learning Community for Sport Administration majors who are sophomores and above. The Southeast Corridor Residence Hall agreement will include a parking lot and improvements for university students. Louisville Athletics has committed $3.5 million in donations toward the project with more coming and retains the residence hall’s naming rights.
Philadelphia Issues Citywide Curfew Following Second Night Of Protests, Looting
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia is issuing a citywide curfew following a second night of protests and looting. The curfew will last from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m.ALSO BREAKING: Philadelphia has issued a curfew for tonight from 9 until 6 a.m. on Thursday. They also tell us 23 officers were hurt overnight and all are ok. A total of 53 police officers have been injured since Monday’s police-involved shooting of Walter Wallace. The looting and protests stem after two police officers shot and killed 27-year-old Walter Wallace Jr. in West Philadelphia on Monday. The city also issued a curfew over the summer during the protests surrounding George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.
Q&A: Why was Christian Coleman banned and what next for US sprinter?
That the Athletics Integrity Unit, which handles doping tests and investigations, has been able to prosecute one of the biggest names in the sport shows it has real teeth. World 100m champion Christian Coleman hit with two-year ban Read moreColeman has never failed a doping test so why did he get a two-year ban? Coleman did not contest his first missed test on 16 January 2019 but disputed a filing failure on 26 April 2019 and a whereabouts failure on 9 December 2019. When officials turned up to test Coleman at his home in Lexington, Kentucky, he was at a relay event in Des Moines, Iowa, almost 700 miles away. And Coleman’s whereabouts failure that December?
Tier 3 lockdown rules: what are the 'very high' alert level restrictions?
The Government's new model of “Local Covid Alert Levels” in England will work as a traffic light system with three distinct tiers - medium, high and very high. Boris Johnson said these new Covid alert levels were being introduced to "avoid the misery of a second lockdown". For areas with a very high level of infections. The Government will set a baseline of measures for any area in this local alert level. South Yorkshire also came under the 'very high' level alert on October 24..
Exclusive: Championship clubs pushing for key aims of 'Project Big Picture' to be revived
Championship clubs are pressing England's big six to revive key aims of 'Project Big Picture' as the Premier League races to produce its alternative vision for the pyramid by Christmas. A tug-of-war over the future of the English game is intensifying again in the coming weeks as key figures at the heart of separate reform plots launch fresh lobbying campaigns for support. The Premier League is inviting the Football League to be part of a strategic review it announced in response to Telegraph Sport revelations that Liverpool and Manchester United were plotting sweeping changes. Both those proposals are seen as a non-starter for the top tier's planned blueprint - expected by the New Year - because the 14 smaller clubs would end up with a smaller slice of the pie. As a result, EFL clubs face a race against time to persuade the big six clubs to end their reticence in going public with an endorsement for the merits of PBP, now in its 18th draft.
Manchester United vs RB Leipzig, Champions League: live score and latest updates
After a chastening first few weeks of the season, Manchester United enjoyed a broadly positive week with a convincing victory at Newcastle, another famous night in Paris and a solid performance against Chelsea. They face a stringent test against last season's Champions League finalists RB Leipzig, who lost Timo Werner to Chelsea but remain one of the best coached teams in Europe under Julian Nagelsmann. Outstanding defender Dayot Upamecano is a United transfer target, and speaking before the game Solskjaer defended the club's decision to spend £ 40m on Van de Beek. "I'd be disappointed if some of my team-mates said I wasn't important at Manchester United but I didn't start many games. Boyhood Bayern Munich fan Nagelsmann has extra motivation tonight, revealing he was heartbroken by Solskjaer's late winner in the 1999 Champions League final.
Exeter Chiefs handed tough draw as they prepare to defend inaugural Champions Cup title
Exeter Chiefs have been handed a difficult draw ahead of the start of their Champions Cup defence in December, with the Gallagher Premiership champions facing Toulouse and Glasgow Warriors in the tournament's pool stage. Each tier contains six clubs, with Tier 1 made up of the number one and number two ranked clubs from each league at the end of last season - Exeter and Wasps, Leinster and Ulster, Bordeaux and Lyon. The teams have been allocated so that no clubs in the same tier are from the same league in the same pool. The top four teams from each pool of 12 will then qualify for the quarter-finals, while the clubs ranked from fifth to eight in each pool will drop into the Round of 16 stage in the Challenge Cup. Exeter were crowned champions of Europe for the first time a couple of weeks ago with their 31-27 victory over Racing 92 in Bristol.
Former fly-half John Rutherford believes 'high tempo' key for Scotland to end 18-year wait for win in Wales
If anyone knows how Scotland feel going to Wales this weekend having not won there for 18 years, it is John Rutherford. Although Scotland had beaten Wales 15-6 the previous year at Murrayfield, no one gave them a prayer of ending Welsh domination on home soil. After all, the last time Scotland had won in Cardiff was in 1962, when Harold Macmillan was Prime Minister. Scotland were a pretty mediocre side – Rutherford had won just five times in 18 attempts while wearing the dark blue of Scotland – while Wales were in their pomp. It obviously wasn’t that bad because Jim scored a try the next day.” Wales were ever-presents in Rutherford’s career.
Son of Walter Wallace Jr: 'White racist cops got my own dad'
When asked to talk about his father, Zamir Wallace remembered the times he played with him and taught him how to be a man.
Spanish police arrest 21 people in raids on Catalan separatists
Spanish police have detained 21 people with links to the Catalan separatist movement on suspicion of corruption and promoting public disorder. Spain's interior ministry said in a statement that the individuals were being investigated for alleged embezzlement of public funds and money laundering. The arrests took place during 31 police raids in the Catalan cities of Barcelona and Girona early on Wednesday morning. "Different ways of financing with public funds the irregular activities unrelated to the legal destination of the money are being investigated," the ministry said. A Barcelona court had earlier named David Madi and Oriol Vendrell, two former politicians for Catalan separatist parties, as being among ten people under investigation.
Next year's Boston Marathon gets postponed 'at least' until fall of 2021
Next year's Boston Marathon is already being postponed after the 2020 race was cancelled outright due to the ongoing pandemic, and organizers are not sure when the celebrated event will take place again. Organizers say it will be put off 'at least until the fall of 2021.' This year's marathon was initially postponed until the fall and later canceled outright. In this April 17, 2017, runners in the 121st Boston Marathon head down the stretch to the finishWomen's winner Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia crosses the finish line during the 123rd running of the Boston Marathon on the sixth anniversary of the 2013 Boston marathon bombings in Boston, Massachusetts on April 15th, 2019The B.A.A. says it is working with government officials and others involved in the race to see if a fall 2021 date is feasible.
Utah Jazz owners sell NBA team to software entrepreneur for '$1.7BN'
The Miller family, the longtime owners of the Utah Jazz, have agreed to sell the NBA franchise to local software entrepreneur Ryan Smith for a reported $1.7 billion. The club was founded in New Orleans in 1974 and moved to Salt Lake City five years later. He earned his wealth through car dealerships and other businesses in the Salt Lake City area. Gail Miller (right) has agreed to sell the Utah Jazz to billionaire Ryan Smith (left) for $1.7 billion. The Utah Jazz, the state of Utah, and its capital city are the beneficiaries of the Millers' tremendous love, generosity and investment.
Gatland says South Africa could be 'underdone' for Lions tour
British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland says he fears next year's opponents world champions South Africa will be underdone due to a lack of rugby after they withdrew from the Rugby ChampionshipAdvertising Read moreLondon (AFP)British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland says he is surprised by world champions South Africa's decision to withdraw from the Rugby Championship. Gatland will lead the Lions for a third time on their tour of South Africa and said the Springboks risked being "underdone" for the series in 2021. A condensed tour starting on July 3 will see the Lions play three Tests against the Springboks as part of an eight-match schedule. "It could end up being 20 months between their last game and the first (Lions) Test," the 57-year-old former Wales coach told the BBC. - Brexit negotiations -The Lions will prepare for their tour with a one-off Test against 2019 World Cup hosts Japan in Edinburgh on June 26.
Djokovic virtually assures year-end top ranking for sixth time
On top of the world: Novak Djokovic reacts after his win against Borna CoricAdvertising Read moreVienna (AFP)Novak Djokovic virtually ensured equalling Pete Sampras's record of ending the year as world number one for the sixth time on Wednesday when he reached the Vienna ATP quarter-finals. If the 33-year-old Serb wins the Vienna title on Sunday, he will make sure of the landmark regardless of whether or not Nadal plays in Bulgaria. "Sampras was my childhood idol growing up and it will be amazing to tie his record by being the year-end world number one six times," Djokovic said on Sunday. Djokovic also has another target -- beating Federer's all-time best of 310 weeks spent on top of the rankings. He is currently enjoying his 292nd week in total as world number one.
2021 Boston Marathon moved from April slot over virus concerns
Advertising Read moreNew York (AFP)The 2021 Boston Marathon will be moved from its traditional slot in April until later next year because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said Wednesday. However, in a statement on Wednesday, the Boston Athletic Association said next year's event would now be postponed "until at least the fall of 2021." The BAA said it would continue meeting with public health, city and state officials to determine how the Boston Marathon could be held again. "We are optimistic that the Boston Marathon will continue its tradition of celebrating the spirit of community and athletic excellence next fall," Grilk said. Covid-19 decimated this year's major marathon schedule, with races in Boston, Berlin, Chicago and New York all cancelled.
Fighting cock kills police chief in Philippine raid
Monday's freak accident in the central province of Northern Samar happened when Lieutenant Christian Bolok picked up a fighting cock as he gathered evidence of the unlawful event. Its blade struck his left thigh and he bled to death, provincial police chief Colonel Arnel Apud told AFP. "It was an unfortunate accident and a piece of bad luck that I cannot explain," Apud said. This is the first time in my 25 years as a policeman that I lost a man due to a fighting cock's spur." Three people were arrested and two fighting cocks seized along with two sets of spurs in the raid in San Jose town where Bolok was the police chief, Apud added.
UAE to become first Arab state to open consulate in Morocco-controlled Western Sahara
The United Arab Emirates is set to become the first Arab state to open a consulate in the disputed Morocco-controlled Western Sahara region, Rabat said on Tuesday. The consulate will be opened in Laayoune, the largest city in the Western Sahara, which has been under the control of Morocco since the end of Spanish colonial rule in 1974. History of the Green March Read More »Gaining international recognition for its claim to Western Sahara has long been Morocco's most important diplomatic ambition and the UAE decision may help build support towards that end with other Arab allies. Some 15 African states have also opened consulates in Western Sahara. The Polisario and its ally Algeria reject this and say they want a referendum, with independence for Western Sahara as one of the options.
John Bream: Ex-paratrooper taken to hospital after jumping without parachute from helicopter into sea
A former paratrooper has been taken to hospital as a precaution after he jumped without a parachute from a helicopter into the sea during a world record attempt. But he was then seen waving from a boat and later walking and chatting with paramedics as he was checked over before being taken to hospital. Image: Mr Bream waves after jumping from a helicopter into the seaMr Bream was raising funds and awareness for All Call Signs and Support Our Paras, two charities which provide mental health support for veterans. Image: The 34-year-old (wearing blue hat) is picked up from the waterThe current world record for the highest jump into water is 191ft (58 metres). According to his GoFundMe.com page, Mr Bream is hoping to raise £5,000 with his leap from the helicopter which he also made to prove "veterans can still achieve brilliance".
Dodgers Pitcher Clayton Kershaw Calls World Series Win 'Incredible' — But Can't Wait to 'Go Home'
The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the 2020 World Series on TuesdayDodgers Pitcher Clayton Kershaw Calls World Series Win 'Incredible' — But Can't Wait to 'Go Home'Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is feeling grateful after coming off his first World Series win. The Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the 2020 World Series, which took place at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Three decades of waiting was ended swiftly in the 9th inning with Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias dashing the Rays' final hopes. The Dodgers earned their ticket to the World Series by beating the Atlanta Braves, who blew a 3-1 lead in the National League Championship Series. The Rays beat the Houston Astros in seven games to represent the American League at the Fall Classic.
Justin Turner Tests Positive for COVID Mid-Game Then Takes Off Mask to Celebrate Dodgers Win
The Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the 2020 World Series, which took place at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The historic win marked the first Dodgers championship victory since 1988. According to ESPN, teammate Mookie Betts defended Turner celebrating with the team despite his positive COVID-19 result: "He's part of the team. RELATED GALLERY: Celebrities Who Have Tested Positive for CoronavirusDodgers shortstop Corey Seager was awarded the MVP of the 2020 World Series. He said, according to ESPN, that Turner not being able to fully celebrate the win due to his diagnosis is "gut-wrenching."
Simone Biles Calls Boyfriend Jonathan Owens Her ‘Man Crush Every Day' in Sweet Snap
Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens went public with their relationship over the summerSimone Biles can't help but swoon over boyfriend Jonathan Owens. "Mancrush every day," Biles wrote alongside the photo, adding a heart emoji. Image zoom Jonathan Owens | Credit: Simone Biles/InstagramEarlier this month, Biles attended the Texans game against the Jacksonville Jaguars — which Houston won 30-11 — and shared a photo of herself throwing up a peace sign and rooting for Owens. In August, when Biles confirmed her relationship with Owens, she posted two photos on Instagram of the new couple cozying up to one another. Image zoom Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens | Credit: Simone Biles/InstagramPrior to Owens, Biles dated Stacey Ervin Jr., whom she confirmed her split from in July's cover story for Vogue.
'Big Brother: All-Stars' Pre-Jury Reveal Winner Picks
The Big Brother: All-Stars pre-jury members may not cast a vote for the winner of the season, but it doesn’t mean fans don’t want to know what they think of how the game will end. Enzo Palumbo has always been a favorite for his social game, but did he do enough to warrant a win? And will early front-runner Cody Calafiore make the same mistake he did in season 16 or could he sweep the jury? Scroll down to find out who Keesha, Nicole, Janelle, Kaysar and Bayleigh picked to win the game! The Big Brother: All-Stars finale airs on CBS Wednesday, October 28, at 9 p.m.
'Big Brother' Alums Reveal Picks to Win 'All-Stars' Season 22
As the Big Brother: All-Stars season 22 finale approaches, the focus becomes which finalist – Cody Calafiore, Nicole Franzel or Enzo Palumbo – played the best game and deserves to win $500,000. Us Weekly reached out to tons of BB alums – including five former winners in Lisa Donahue (season 3), Jun Song (season 4), Rachel Reilly (season 13), Andy Herren (season 15) and Josh Martinez (Season 19) – to get their winner picks. He’s also won a few competitions, but did he do enough strategy-wise to convince the jury he deserves the votes? Scroll down to see what former players have to say about the final three houseguests and pick who they want to win All-Stars. The Big Brother: All-Stars finale airs on CBS Wednesday, October 28, at 9 p.m.
Dodgers’ Justin Turner Slammed at World Series 2020 Over Coronavirus
ET: The MLB spoke out on Wednesday, October 28, after coronavirus-positive Los Angeles Dodgers player Justin Turner came under fire for celebrating at the 2020 World Series. I hope you and everyone you exposed are fine, but you may have just ruined this lifelong Dodger fan’s World Series fun. Seriously, please explain yourself.”After his team clinched their first World Series title since 1988, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts spoke to Fox Sports about the backlash. Turner was the first MLB player known to test positive since the shortened 2020 season began in July. For the most up-to-date coronavirus information, guidance, and support, consult the CDC, WHO, and information from local public health officials.
Nearly 60 vehicles involved in a snowy Chicago pile-up, 14 people hospitalized
Nearly 60 vehicles involved in a snowy Chicago pile-up, 14 people hospitalizedAdded: 27.10.2020 20:20 | 12 views | 0 commentsLow traction on the expressway due to overnight snow and icy conditions caused multiple collisions, NBC Chicago reports.
Alcott slams U.S. Open 'discrimination' over wheelchair omission
Added: 18.06.2020 15:10 | 11 views | 0 commentsAustralian Paralympic tennis champion Dylan Alcott has slammed the omission of the wheelchair tournament from the U.S. Open, calling it "disgusting discrimination".
On this day: Born June 19, 1978
Added: 18.06.2020 12:59 | 11 views | 0 commentsDallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki was one of the finest imports to feature in the NBA and became the first European player to win the league's Most Valuable Player award (MVP) in 2007 before he led the franchise to a maiden championship in 2011.
Fauci casts doubt on football this fall
Added: 18.06.2020 16:52 | 11 views | 0 commentsWith the United States bracing for a possible second wave of the novel coronavirus, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Thursday cast doubt on the National Football League playing this year.
Djokovic says important all players free to travel to U.S. Open
Added: 18.06.2020 16:22 | 11 views | 0 commentsWorld number one Novak Djokovic says he is excited by the prospect of playing at the U.S. Open but says it would only be fair if every player eligible is able to compete.
Golf: Poulter, Hubbard share early lead at RBC Heritage
Added: 18.06.2020 19:37 | 11 views | 0 commentsBritain's Ian Poulter capped an error-free opening round with a birdie-birdie finish to grab a share of the early lead with American Mark Hubbard at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina on Thursday.
Horse racing: Stradivarius takes third successive Ascot Gold Cup
Added: 18.06.2020 19:33 | 11 views | 0 commentsStradivarius, ridden by Frankie Dettori, blew away the field to land a third successive Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday in a race run without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Golf: Spieth uses birdie blitz to climb Harbour Town leaderboard
Added: 18.06.2020 18:52 | 11 views | 0 commentsJordan Spieth recovered from a poor start with a stunning run of birdies to tie the lowest nine-hole score of his career in the opening round of the RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Thursday.
Lamine Diack will die in jail if sentenced
Added: 18.06.2020 18:50 | 11 views | 0 commentsLawyers for former world athletics chief Lamine Diack, who is on trial for corruption, on Thursday protested their client's innocence and said the 87-year-old would die in jail if sentenced to a prison term.
Barcelona in turmoil as president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigns along with entire board of directors
Barcelona in turmoil as president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigns along with entire board of directorsAdded: 27.10.2020 23:00 | 34 views | 0 commentsA major shake-up is underway at Barcelona after Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned as club president with immediate effect.
Report: Some NFL coaches want season delayed
Report: Some NFL coaches want season delayedAdded: 18.06.2020 19:42 | 10 views | 0 commentsSome NFL coaches want the 2020 regular season delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN's Ed Werder reported.
Juve faces nervy wait on Ronaldo's coronavirus test results
Added: 28.10.2020 5:19 | 25 views | 0 commentsCristiano Ronaldo is expected to find out later on Tuesday if he will be able to play in the highly anticipated Champions League clash against Barcelona and Lionel Messi
Los Angeles Dodgers win World Series for the first time since 1988, defeat Tampa Bay Rays in six games
Los Angeles Dodgers win World Series for the first time since 1988, defeat Tampa Bay Rays in six gamesAdded: 28.10.2020 4:05 | 24 views | 0 commentsAfter a Major League Baseball season unlike any other, the Los Angeles Dodgers are World Series champions, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Game 6 to win the best-of-seven series four games to two.
Late drama as Real Madrid rescues point in the Champions League
Added: 27.10.2020 23:38 | 49 views | 0 commentsA last-minute goal from Casemiro completed a stunning comeback from Real Madrid on Tuesday which earned the Spanish giants its first point of the new Champions League campaign.
Baseball star pulled mid-game during World Series win after positive Covid-19 test
Added: 28.10.2020 12:17 | 19 views | 0 commentsAfter a Major League Baseball season unlike any other, the Los Angeles Dodgers are World Series champions, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Game 6 to win the best-of-seven series four games to two.
Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup to be played in 'two-week festival of golf' in 2023
Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup to be played in 'two-week festival of golf' in 2023Added: 28.10.2020 15:21 | 15 views | 0 commentsThe 2023 Ryder Cup and the Solheim Cup will be played in back-to-back weeks in what has been billed a "two-week festival of golf."
Mystery surrounds much vaunted '$6 billion European Super League'
Added: 28.10.2020 12:40 | 20 views | 0 commentsOutgoing Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu says that the club has accepted invitations to join a much talked about new European Super League.
USWNT stars on equal pay: To win that fight is bigger than World Cup victory
Added: 28.10.2020 16:35 | 14 views | 0 commentsWhen you have the chance to sign two star soccer players from the US Women's National Team, who happen to be winners of the 2019 Women's World Cup in France, the decision would seem to be a no-brainer.
Ronaldo ruled out of renewing rivalry with Messi in Champions League
Added: 28.10.2020 15:21 | 16 views | 0 commentsFootball fans looking forward to seeing the renewal of the rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are going to have to wait a bit longer for that prospect.
Tributes paid to Olympic silver medal bobsledder who has died at 37
Tributes paid to Olympic silver medal bobsledder who has died at 37Added: 28.10.2020 16:25 | 13 views | 0 commentsTributes from the winter sports community have been paid to German Olympic silver medalist bobsledder Richard Adjei who has died at the age of 37.
The future of golf could be shorter than you think
The future of golf could be shorter than you thinkAdded: 28.10.2020 15:21 | 7 views | 0 commentsThere can surely be no greater advert for golf than an 11-year-old boy hitting a hole-in-one on the inaugural tee shot at the opening of a Tiger Woods-designed short course in front of the 15-time major winner himself.
Southern California wildfires force Chargers players, including starting QB, to evacuate homes
Added: 27.10.2020 20:38 | 18 views | 0 commentsSeveral players and staff of the Los Angeles Chargers have been forced to leave their homes because of the ongoing fires in Southern California.
London Heathrow loses the title of Europe's busiest airport
Added: 28.10.2020 11:49 | 18 views | 0 commentsLondon Heathrow has lost the title of Europe's busiest airport to Charles de Gaulle in Paris and is downgrading its forecasts for passenger numbers this year and next as the outlook for aviation deteriorates further.
Breonna Taylor grand jurors say police actions on night she died were 'criminal'
Breonna Taylor grand jurors say police actions on night she died were 'criminal'Added: 27.10.2020 23:19 | 11 views | 0 commentsThe actions of Louisville, Kentucky, police on the night Breonna Taylor was fatally shot were "negligent" and "criminal," two anonymous grand jurors in the case said in a broadcast interview to air Wednesday.
Xbox Series X games, specs, price, how it compares to PS5, Xbox Series S
Added: 28.10.2020 17:22 | 7 views | 0 commentsAll we know about Microsoft's forthcoming game console, which is almost everything at this point.
Hacker changed Florida governor's address in voter registration database
Added: 28.10.2020 18:20 | 5 views | 0 commentsGov. Ron DeSantis didn't notice the change until he went to vote on Monday.
The Xbox Series X is now an actual refrigerator
The Xbox Series X is now an actual refrigeratorAdded: 28.10.2020 18:14 | 5 views | 0 commentsSource: wallpapersite.comYou can enter to win a $500 Xbox Series X fridge now. More in www.cnet.com »
Formal remembrance of Congressman John Lewis begins Saturday
Formal remembrance of Congressman John Lewis begins SaturdayAdded: 29.07.2020 15:14 | 12 views | 0 commentsSource: www.al.comCivil rights icon Congressman John Lewis died last week at age of 80. Lewis was a leader of the freedom riders, and a protege of Martin Luther King Junior. He often faced arrest and violence during his fight against racial segregation. Lewis's body left Atlanta Saturday morning, and is now on its way to Alabama. More in feeds.cbsnews.com » Alabama Tags: Congress
Late Congressman John Lewis departs Washington for final time
Added: 29.07.2020 16:24 | 11 views | 0 commentsA funeral will be held for Lewis in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday.
Man advertises room for rent with brutal amount of honesty
Added: 15.01.2018 13:26 | 9 views | 0 commentsRaphael Briand is leaving London and is trying to get a new renter to move into his old room (some may find the language offensive)
Billy Joe Shaver, singer-songwriter and hero of 'outlaw' country, dies at 81
Billy Joe Shaver, singer-songwriter and hero of 'outlaw' country, dies at 81Added: 28.10.2020 19:29 | 3 views | 0 commentsHis songs were recorded by Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, David Allan Coe, Patty Loveless, Tom T. Hall, Jerry Lee Lewis, among others.
My Money: 'We haven't got Covid here yet'
My Money: 'We haven't got Covid here yet'Added: 28.10.2020 14:20 | 14 views | 0 commentsSian Williams from Indonesia takes us through her week during the coronavirus pandemic.
Judges' decisions in sport focus more on vigor than skill
Added: 28.10.2020 19:30 | 3 views | 0 commentsResearchers analyzed almost 550 men's and women's mixed martial arts contests, using data collated for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and found the rate at which competitors fight is more likely to result in judges awarding victory than the skill with which they attack their opponents.
Sadiq Khan condemns price hike 'triple whammy' under Government's proposals for TfL funding
Added: 28.10.2020 17:17 | 6 views | 0 commentsSadiq Khan has accused the Government of trying to "punish" Londoners with a "triple whammy" of price hikes as part of a financial support plan for TfL.
Whole of Nottinghamshire to enter Tier 3 Coronavirus restrictions from Friday
Whole of Nottinghamshire to enter Tier 3 Coronavirus restrictions from FridayAdded: 28.10.2020 17:58 | 14 views | 0 commentsSource: www.onenewspage.co.ukThe whole of Nottinghamshire is to move under Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions from Friday, the Department of Health has announced. More in www.standard.co.uk »
Andy Burnham accuses Government of 'walking away' from talks for Manchester Tier 3 restrictions
Andy Burnham accuses Government of 'walking away' from talks for Manchester Tier 3 restrictionsAdded: 28.10.2020 17:17 | 7 views | 0 commentsGreater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said £65 million was the minimum sum needed to prevent a "winter of real hardship" under Tier 3 restrictions but the Government refused to accept this and walked away from negotiations.
Hawk-inspired robot with movable wings is an agile long-distance flyer
Hawk-inspired robot with movable wings is an agile long-distance flyerAdded: 28.10.2020 18:00 | 5 views | 0 commentsSource: www.etsy.comA robot with wings that move like a hawk’s can fly more stably and nimbly than other flying robots – and it uses less power, extending flight time More in www.newscientist.com »
Metro-North's core riders have vanished, railroad wonders if they'll ever return
Added: 28.10.2020 13:11 | 15 views | 0 commentsDuring the pandemic, health care workers have overtaken finance workers as the most typical Metro-North rider. What is the future of the rail agency?
Looking to 2021 travel? Southwest announces routes, deals for new Chicago, Colorado Springs flights
Looking to 2021 travel? Southwest announces routes, deals for new Chicago, Colorado Springs flightsAdded: 28.10.2020 16:15 | 12 views | 0 commentsFlights to Chicago O'Hare, which the airline is expanding to because it's running out of room at crosstown Midway Airport, begin Feb. 14.
Loaded No. 21 USC grateful to be in Pac-12 title chase
21 USC grateful to be in Pac-12 title chaseAdded: 28.10.2020 19:00 | 5 views | 0 commentsSouthern California and the Pac-12 appeared to be on the way to spending 2020 without football until the Trojans got involved.
Arozarena's breakout postseason not quite enough for Rays
Arozarena's breakout postseason not quite enough for RaysAdded: 28.10.2020 18:47 | 5 views | 0 commentsSource: www.espn.com.auRandy Arozarena did pretty much everything during a breakout performance for the Tampa Bay Rays. More in www.foxnews.com »
No. 4 Notre Dame, others look to end No. 1 Clemson's ACC run
4 Notre Dame, others look to end No. 1 Clemson's ACC runAdded: 28.10.2020 19:13 | 5 views | 0 commentsNotre Dame coach Brian Kelly doesn't try to hide it: The Fighting Irish are looking directly at No. 1 Clemson and the chance to end the Tigers' domination of the league.
Heineken Champions Cup: Exeter Chiefs drawn against Toulouse and Glasgow Warriors
Heineken Champions Cup: Exeter Chiefs drawn against Toulouse and Glasgow WarriorsAdded: 28.10.2020 17:16 | 11 views | 0 commentsHolders Exeter will begin next season's Champions Cup defence with challenging group-stage matches against Toulouse and Glasgow in December.
FC Krasnodar: Chelsea's Champions League opponents with the maverick owner
Added: 28.10.2020 17:16 | 14 views | 0 commentsIn the Champions League on Wednesday, Chelsea come up against a club who go against the grain in Russian football.
Matthew Stafford, Tom Brady & Russell Wilson in NFL plays of the week
Matthew Stafford, Tom Brady & Russell Wilson in NFL plays of the weekAdded: 28.10.2020 15:17 | 15 views | 0 commentsMatthew Stafford's last-second throw, Tom Brady's perfect touchdown and Russell Wilson heroics in NFL plays of the week.
Vuelta a Espana: Primoz Roglic wins stage eight to gain time on leader Richard Carapaz
Vuelta a Espana: Primoz Roglic wins stage eight to gain time on leader Richard CarapazAdded: 28.10.2020 18:16 | 13 views | 0 commentsDefending champion Primoz Roglic wins stage eight to gain time on overall leader Richard Carapaz at the Vuelta a Espana.
Federal assault charges filed against woman for charging Mar-a-Lago barrier in SUV
Added: 28.10.2020 18:50 | 5 views | 0 commentsThe woman was charged with racing an SUV toward a barrier at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, in January, prompting officers to fire at her vehicle.
Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Week 8 Tight Ends - Sleepers, Fades, Matchups, DFS Bargains
So for those looking for a tight end with a pretty decent floor, Graham is well worth a look this weekend. He's second in fantasy points since Week 5 while averaging more than 14 fantasy points. Miami has been tough on tight ends, allowing the third-fewest fantasy points to the position. So unless you’re desperate for a tight end in a league with big bonuses for tight ends, I’d keep Olsen on the sidelines versus the 49ers. Their defense has allowed one touchdown and the sixth-fewest fantasy points to enemy tight ends.
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NFL DFS Week 8: QB Report - Baker Mayfield Retains Value Without OBJ
He passed for fewer than 240 yards in three of his previous four games while delivering only seven passing touchdowns over his past four starts. His only impact game came in Week 3 (43.85 fantasy points) against the Ravens. His floor should be 300 passing yards and four touchdowns. Wilson leads the NFL in quarterback scoring (33.70 FPPG) while already posting four impact games (35.00, 37.30, 39.95, and 36.80 fantasy points). San Francisco had no problem with the Patriots’ passing game in Week 7 (4.7 fantasy points).
Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Week 8 Defenses - Sleepers, Fades, Matchups, DFS Bargains
This week is no different, as Dallas might have to start third-string quarterback Ben DiNucci if Andy Dalton (concussion) cannot start. Week 8 Start 'Em, Sit 'EmMORE: Week 8 Rankings, Articles, Reports & Tools HubStart ‘EmChiefs D/ST vs. More StartsRams D/ST at DolphinsBills D/ST vs. PatriotsSleepersTitans D/ST at BengalsChargers D/ST at BroncosIt's time to join the club! Defenses have averaged the fifth-fewest points against Ben Roethlisberger and his offense, which has averaged more than 30 points per game. BETTOR'S DREAM: Up to $1,000 Sign Up Bonus at DraftKings SportsbookMore SitsVikings D/ST at PackersBroncos D/ST vs. ChargersBustsSteelers D/ST at RavensPatriots D/ST at BillsMichael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on Sports Illustrated and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame.
Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Week 8 Kickers - Sleepers, Busts, Matchups
No team in the league has allowed more field-goal conversions (19) or fantasy points (14.0 PPG) to opposing kickers. That includes a Week 1 game against the Packers when Crosby connected on two field goals and scored 11 fantasy points. Week 8 Start 'Em, Sit 'EmMORE: Week 8 Rankings, Articles, Reports & Tools HubStart ‘EmJake Elliott vs. Cowboys (SNF)Notice a trend of start ‘em Eagles? In fact, three kickers have scored at least 11 fantasy points while two others produce a respectable eight points. Their defense has allowed just five field goals and the fewest fantasy points per game (3.7 PPG) to opposing kickers.
Sports Illustrated Presents L.A. Dodgers Commemorative Issue
NEW YORK – Maven Media Brands announced today the release of a special SPORTS ILLUSTRATED PRESENTS commemorative issue celebrating the Los Angeles Dodgers’ World Series victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. The magazine will hit newsstands in Los Angeles on Nov. 5, and is available now for purchase online. Readers can purchase the LA Dodgers commemorative issue along with Sports Illustrated’s LA Lakers and Kobe Bryant commemoratives in a limited-time bundle at si.com/lachamps. Get SI’s special-edition Los Angeles Dodgers 2020 World Series Champions commemorative issue hereKelly Gavin/MLB Photos/Getty ImagesThe Dodgers World Series issue is a 96-page celebration of the 2020 team’s run through October, its players and the franchise’s rich Fall Classic history. Earlier this month SI Presents celebrated the Lakers’ NBA Finals victory over the Miami Heat with a special commemorative issue.
Fantasy Football Week 8 Waiver Wire: If This Running Back is Available, Add Him ASAP
MORE FANTASY: Week 8 DroppablesTua Tagovailoa, MIARyan Fitzpatrick certainly has reason to be disappointed. Kyle Allen, WASI am starting to warm up to Allen as a potential add in the deepest of leagues. He is probably not available in most deep leagues, but in shallow leagues, he probably is--and is well worth the selection. With the Ravens coming off their bye week, look for Duvernay's fantasy production to increase quickly. Subscribe to SI Fantasy+ and you'll have our check-cashing, high-stakes experts on standby ready to answer all your questions!
New York Giants in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: The Complete History
Pro Football Hall of Fame logo at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton, Ohio © Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsHow Many Giants Are in the Hall of Fame? He is the only person to be inducted into both Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Arena Football Hall of Fame. Giants Pro Football Hall of Fame FAQsWhich Hall of Famers spent their entire careers with the Giants? The Giants Hall of Fame family includes career Giants as well as those who made a whistle-stop in New York. But the Pro Football Hall of Fame, unlike the National Baseball Hall of Fame, does not associate its inductees with specific teams.
Week 8 DraftKings Quarterback Breakdown and Rankings
Week 8 in the NFL and Daily Fantasy Sports players are looking to figure out which quarterbacks to use for their DraftKings lineups. Sports Illustrated has a full breakdown of every passer and their match-up for Week 8 but in the above video we focus on a handful of quarterbacks in match-ups with a high projected point total. Sports Illustrated’s fantasy football analysts Ben Heisler and Frank Taddeo discuss this week’s top passer. DFS lineups made easy thanks to the incredibly powerful and accurate DFS lineup optimizer. This powerful tool is exclusive for anyone with a SI Fantasy Pro membership!
Week 8 DraftKings Wide Receiver Breakdown and Rankings
DFS players looking to cash in on DFS contests need to choose the right wide receivers for their DraftKings lineups. Sports Illustrated has a full breakdown of every pass catcher but in this video we discuss a handful of receivers to consider for Week 8 including teammates Davante Adams and Tyler Lockett. Sports Illustrated’s fantasy football analysts Frank Taddeo and Ben Heisler discuss those wide receivers and their predictions for Week 8. DFS lineups made easy thanks to the incredibly powerful and accurate DFS lineup optimizer. This powerful tool is exclusive for anyone with a SI Fantasy Pro membership!
Week 8 DraftKings Running Back Breakdown and Rankings
With four teams on a BYE the running back pool is limited and DFS players need to choose the right running backs for their DraftKings lineups to maximize profits. Sports Illustrated has a full breakdown of every rusher but in this video we discuss a handful of backs to consider for Week 8 including Derrick Henry, Alvin Kamara and Darrell Henderson. SI fantasy football analysts Ben Heisler and Frank Taddeo, discuss those running backs and their predictions for Week 8. If so, SI Fantasy PRO has you covered for every sport. Become a member of SI Fantasy Pro today!
NFL Week 8 Odds, Spread and Line Movement
Welcome to Week 8 of the NFL season where smart gamblers are getting even smarter with seven weeks of action under our belt. The smart gamblers also know to only pay attention to a handful of games. That’s why Sports Illustrated’s gambling analysts Frank Taddeo have their eye on a handful of match-ups for Week 8 with some interesting movements in the spread including the Steelers and Ravens. If so, SI Fantasy PRO has you covered for every sport. Become a member of SI Fantasy Pro today!
Week 8 DraftKings Tight End Breakdown and Rankings
Week 8 in the NFL and Daily Fantasy Sports players are looking to figure out which tight ends to use for their DraftKings lineups. Sports Illustrated has a full breakdown of every pass catcher and their match-up for Week 8 but in the above video we focus George Kittle, Travis Kelce, Jonnu Smith, and Hunter Henry. SI fantasy football analysts Frank Taddeo and Ben Heisler give their full breakdown. DFS lineups made easy thanks to the incredibly powerful and accurate DFS lineup optimizer. This powerful tool is exclusive for anyone with a SI Fantasy Pro membership!
Joe Judge Addresses Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley Video
Judge said he addressed the matter with the players in question about the video's contents and what the video didn't show. "The only thing I'm going to say on that is, this group of guys has been very responsible from the very beginning. They've tried to do the right thing the entire time based on the conversation, the information I've gathered from our players. "I believe they're trying to do the right thing as teammates with going out and having dinner together the other night. The video clips showed the Giants players without face coverings and in one shot showed Jones accepting a drink from an unidentified woman standing right in front of him, neither wearing a mask.
Top 5 Head Coaches in Cleveland Browns History
Who Are the Greatest Browns Head Coaches of All Time? Since 1999, when the Browns returned as an expansion franchise, there has been a revolving door of head coaches. A list of the top five head coaches in Browns history follows, as well as a handful of honorable mentions. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (right) shakes hands with former Browns coach Hue Jackson after a 2017 game. © Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY SportsHonorable MentionsSeveral other Browns head coaches have left an indelible mark on franchise history but fell just short of the top five.
Packers Donate $250,000 to Support Racial Justice Initiatives
The Packers announced on Tuesday they will donate five $50,000 grants to non-profit organizations throughout Wisconsin as part of their "ongoing pledge to support social justice and racial equality in Wisconsin communities." Green Bay previously donated $300,000 to the Sherman Phoenix and Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. "Our players and the Packers organization remain committed to doing our part to address the pervasive issues of racial inequality and social injustice in our communities," Packers president Mark Murphy said in a statement. The Packers currently lead the NFC North at 5–2 following a win over the Texans on Oct. 25. Green Bay will host the Vikings on Sunday after defeating Minnesota 43-34 in Week 1.
The Best Wide Receivers in Los Angeles Rams Franchise History
The Rams have had numerous superstar wide receivers over the years, but there are five who stand out above the rest. With 36 individual 1,000-yard seasons in franchise history, the Rams ’ top receivers cover some of the finest years the team has seen. In NFL history, he is 16th in career receiving yardage, 21st in receptions and tied for 37th in receiving touchdowns. Torry Holt's Statistics With the RamsYear G GS Rec Yds TD 1999 16 15 52 788 6 2000 16 15 82 1635 6 2001 16 14 81 1363 7 2002 16 11 91 1302 4 2003 16 15 117 1696 12 2004 16 16 94 1372 10 2005 14 14 102 1331 9 2006 16 16 93 1188 10 2007 16 16 93 1189 7 2008 16 14 64 796 31. The following is a list of franchise receiving records and individual statistics for every 1,000-yard receiving season in the Rams history.
Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Week 8 Quarterbacks - Sleepers, Fades, Matchups, DFS Bargains
He’s scored at least 21.4 points in four of his last five games, during which time he’s averaged 23.5 points. Dallas fields the league’s worst defense, and quarterbacks have averaged nearly 21 fantasy points per game against it. Falcons (TNF): Bridgewater put up another solid line last week, scoring 19.2 fantasy points in a loss to the Saints. The Bears have allowed a mere six touchdown passes, and the second-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. What's more, they've held Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, Jared Goff, Matthew Stafford, and Teddy Bridgewater to fewer than 17 fantasy points this season.
Source: Bengals Trading DE Carlos Dunlap to Seahawks
The Bengals are trading defensive end Carlos Dunlap to the Seahawks, according to The MMQB's Albert Breer. Dunlap had seen his playing time diminish in recent weeks in his 11th season with the Bengals. The Bengals drafted Dunlap in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft. The Florida product will leave the Bengals as the franchise's all-time sack leader. The Seahawks lead the NFC West at 5–1.
Budda Baker shocked by DK Metcalf tackle in mic'ed up video
Seahawks wide receiver D.K. The Ole Miss product reached 22.64 miles per hour as he tracked down Baker, looking like the Terminator as he made perhaps the best tackle of the 2020 season. Metcalf's tackle will remain a highlight play for years to come, but Seattle's wide receiver is unlikely to make a positional switch anytime soon. The Ole Miss product currently leads the NFL with 21.6 yards per reception. Sunday's touchdown-saving tackle wasn't enough to vault the Seahawks over the Cardinals.
Stat Correction Costs St. Louis Man $997,000 in DraftKings Contest
The NFL season is often rife with bad beats, but the Rams' win over the Bears on Monday night provided one man with perhaps the worst wager luck in recent memory. St. Louis resident Rob Huntze thought he won the $1 million prize in a DraftKings contest for Week 8 after his daily lineup scored the most points out of 176,470 entries. Strong defensive performances from both Chicago and Los Angeles appeared to put Huntze over the top, but upon further review, Huntze fell just short. Rather than taking home the $1 million prize, Huntze received a whopping $3,078.94 for his efforts. Huntze said he's an avid daily fantasy player, and he plans to return to NFL gambling once again on Thursday night despite his historic bad beat.
NBPA's Michele Roberts weighing Dec. 22 season start date
National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts told USA Today Sports' Mark Medina on Tuesday that she is still evaluating what impact a December start to the next NBA season would mean. "I don’t know what I think yet," Roberts said. On Friday, the NBA's league office reportedly told the Board of Governors it was targeting a Dec. 22 start date for next season. Lakers guard Danny Green said on a recent Ringer podcast that he said wouldn't expect to see many league veterans if the NBA settles on a Dec. 22 start date. "If we start in December, I think most guys [are like], 'I'm not going to be there,'" Green said.
Rafael Nadal French Open dominance: Impact on GOAT debate
The fact that Nadal has won 13 French Opens, or that he is 13-0 in semifinals and 13-0 in finals. 4. Credit Steve Weissman with this dig: Nadal had won (at last) four straight French Opens, three different times! 2)We always say, “clutch is impossible to quantify.” But, again, Nadal going 26-0 when reaching the semifinals of the French Open is, statistically significant. —Jeremy from Calgary• No question, “Success at the ATP Finals” is not your chief piece of evidence when making the Nadal GOAT case. If I get to attend next year’s U.S. Open, I’m bringing my umpire’s counter clicker to log the number of bounces by Djokovic in one match.
Terence Davis Charged with Assault in New York
Toronto Raptors guard Terence Davis II was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly slapping his girlfriend at a New York hostel, according to the NYPD. The assault allegedly occurred at 8:30 p.m. outside the Beekman Hotel when Davis and his girlfriend got into a verbal dispute. Davis allegedly slapped the woman and then grabbed and broke her phone, the police said in a statement. The story was first reported by the New York Post and ABC 7 New York. The 23-year-old Davis is coming off his rookie season with the Raptors.
BREAKING: Cowboys Trades Begin With Griffen to Lions
FRISCO - The Dallas Cowboys seem dead-serious about "staying the course,'' as head coach Mike McCarthy put it in the wake of yet another debacle, this one Sunday's 25-3 loss at Washington. McCarthy does not wish to change his system and he does not wish to change his staff, but ...Could Dallas be willing to change personnel? And now comes the first movement, NFL Network first to report that Dallas is trading Griffen to the Detroit Lions for "draft pick considerations.'' READ MORE: Sources: Cowboys Trying To Trade Griffen, Two OthersREAD MORE: 'Tabasco Fiasco': Cowboys Not 'Hot' in NFL Power RankingsREAD MORE: Cowboys 10 Most Embarrassing Losses Ever: The Good, Bad & UglyREAD MORE: WFT Cheap Shot: What Drives These Cowboys? And now Everson Griffen is gone.
Is a Late December Start Too Soon For the NBA?
Danny Green speculated Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James may skip the beginning of next NBA season if it does indeed start in December as has been reported. But would a Christmas time start actually be too quick a turnaround? Sports Illustrated host Robin Lundberg and "The Fantasy Exec" Corey Parson discussed the prospects of the possible start date.
NBA season: Danny Green expects LeBron, veterans to skip early start
Lakers guard Danny Green said to The Ringer NBA Show podcast on Monday that he doesn't expect to see many veterans at the start of the season if the NBA does tipoff on Dec. 22. "If we start in December, I think most guys [are like], 'I'm not going to be there,'" Green said. I wouldn't expect to see him probably for the first month of the season. He'll probably be working out with us ... but I just don't expect guys to want to be there, or show up willingly. It's, 'All right, let me start getting into shape'—lifting a little bit, start running around a little bit.
Dodgers Shortstop Corey Seager Named World Series MVP
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was named the MVP of the 2020 World Series. Seager drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth-inning of Los Angeles' series, clinching the Game 6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Dodgers fans: Get SI’s special-edition Los Angeles Dodgers 2020 World Series Champions commemorative issue here"This was just awesome," Seager said after receiving the Willie Mays MVP trophy. By claiming the World Series MVP, Seager became the first player since Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants in 2014 to be named to be both the LCS and World Series MVPs in the same postseason. He also became just the sixth shortstop ever to win the World Series MVP award and the first since Edgar Renteria in 2010.
2021 MLB World Series Odds, Favorites, Longshots, Plays and Best Bets
After winning the World Series in 2020, are the Los Angeles Dodgers the top team listed to win it all again in 2021? DraftKings Sportsbook has listed their World Series 2021 Team Futures bets, and the Dodgers are once again the favorite to repeat as champions at +480. The San Diego Padres and Chicago White Sox have taken the biggest jump for World Series Futures odds in 2021. Chicago entered 2020 at +2500 to win the World Series, and now moves all the way up to +1500 heading into next year. Additionally, the 2019 World Series champion Washington Nationals come in at +3500.
Sports World Reacts to Dodgers' First World Series Title Since 1988
The Los Angeles Dodgers topped the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 on Tuesday night, claiming the franchise's first title in 32 years. Los Angeles trailed 1-0 after the first inning on Tuesday night, but took the lead in a two-run sixth-inning and added an insurance run in the bottom of the eight inning. Figures from all over the sports world reacted to Los Angeles winning its first World Series since 1988. Dodgers fans: Get SI’s special-edition Los Angeles Dodgers 2020 World Series Champions commemorative issue here
Dodgers to Hold Championship Celebration at Later Date
The Dodgers' official celebration with fans and the city of Los Angeles will not occur until it is safe to do so, the team announced Wednesday morning. Los Angeles knocked off Tampa Bay on Tuesday night in Game 6 to claim the franchise's first title since 1988. Within minutes of the Dodgers winning their first title in 32 years, Lakers star LeBron James voiced his desire for a championship parade. Dodgers fans: Get SI’s special-edition Los Angeles Dodgers 2020 World Series Champions commemorative issue here“I know we can’t but … I wanna celebrate with our Lakers and Dodgers fans!! Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday night that he "definitely intend[s] to have the opportunity for Angelenos to celebrate the Lakers and, on their own day, the Dodgers."
Newspapers celebrate Los Angeles Dodgers ending World Series drought
Los Angeles dropped Game 7 of the 2017 World Series to the Astros, and then fell one game short of the 2019 World Series after losing to the Nationals in Game 7 of the NLCS. Los Angeles cruised to 43 wins in the regular season and their star-studded roster shined throughout the playoffs and World Series. Newspapers across the country commemorated Los Angeles' victory on Tuesday as it claimed its first World Series since 1988. Now three decades after Kirk Gibson and Co. took home the Commissioner's Trophy, a new generation of fans has a Dodgers World Series of their own. Check out the top newspaper front pages celebrating Los Angeles' victory below:Dodgers fans: Get SI’s special-edition Los Angeles Dodgers 2020 World Series Champions commemorative issue here.
Hell in a Cell: Roman Reigns, Sasha Banks impress, Randy Orton crowned next champion
McIntyre’s first time in the main event ended in defeat, as Randy Orton finished their match with an RKO to crown himself the new WWE Champion. Incredibly, a WWE title change was somehow the third most noteworthy part of the show. After winning the title at WrestleMania, McIntyre redefined himself in his run as WWE Champion. Orton now begins his first reign as WWE Champion since 2017 and seeing him appear on Monday’s Raw as champ will be a familiar sight for wrestling fans. Five years after making magic at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, Banks and Bayley did it again in the Hell in a Cell cage.
The Great Goal Chase: Ovechkin shooting for Gretzky's all-time NHL record
Alex OvechkinThere was a time when Gordie Howe's NHL record of 801 career goals was thought to be unbreakable. And then there was a time when Gretzky's record of 894 career goals was thought to be unbreakable. But when you play 26 NHL seasons, well, the numbers start to add up. He just kept scoring and scoring and scoring and scoring. Which brings us to the key question: can Ovechkin break Gretzky's all-time NHL record of 894 goals?
COVID-19 will put a damper on Stanley Cup celebrations in 2020
In normal years, each member of the winning team gets the Stanley Cup for a day to share with his family and friends, but we all know that 2020 has been anything but a normal year. With uncertainty over when next season is going to start and concerns about plummeting ratings and revenues, the off-season Stanley Cup tour isn’t exactly uppermost on the league’s list of priorities at the moment. But just as COVID has done with almost everything else in 2020, it has put the Stanley Cup’s celebration tour in serious doubt. And that’s unfortunate because one of the things that makes the Stanley Cup so appealing is the fact that the league and the Hall of Fame make it so accessible. But we do know that they’ll have their names on the Cup and they are Stanley Cup champions.”
The Hockey News Podcast: Do Last-Place Teams Deserve Better Draft Lottery Odds?
Does the worst team in the NHL need a better shot at the No. Why are the Coyotes giving Mitchell Miller another chance? (Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ken Campbell, Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin:- Were the Arizona Coyotes wrong to draft Mitchell Miller? - After the GM meeting last week, the NHL still says it’s shooting for a Jan. 1 season start and an 82-game schedule. - Some GMs believe the draft lottery odds need to go up for the worst team in the league after seeing Detroit get jobbed.
Christian Coleman banned two years for three anti-doping whereabouts failures
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsWorld champion Christian Coleman will miss next year's Tokyo Olympics after the Athletics Integrity Unit (track and field's independent anti-doping watchdog) determined that he recorded three whereabouts failures for anti-doping tests over a 12-month period. Last year, Coleman's missed tests were revealed when the United States Anti-Doping agency charged Coleman with the three whereabouts failures but then dropped its case when one of the missed tests was not counted due to a technicality. Coleman did not contest the first missed test but challenged the April and December strikes. Since Coleman did not go home until after his 8:22 p.m. purchase, he was hit with a missed test. "The consequences for athletes who are subject to three missed tests are draconian," the verdict read.
Should Belarus Still Host The World Championship?
As much as possible, the hockey world does not like to get political. But the upcoming 2021 IIHF World Championship has at least forced the international community to consider the real-life consequences of its decisions, as one of the host countries is Belarus - the European nation currently on the brink of revolution. Minsk, the capital of Belarus, is set to host the 2021 worlds, along with neighboring Latvia, beginning on May 21st. As for the 2021 worlds, the question must be asked: can you host a safe hockey tournament if police in Belarus are hurling stun grenades at citizens in the streets? This is being done to identify and evaluate any potential risks to players, staff, and spectators travelling to the 2021 World Championship."
Ryan and Akil's Excellent Adventure
Two such players are Los Angeles Kings pick Akil Thomas and Edmonton Oilers prospect Ryan McLeod, both repped by agent Joe Resnick. Both players had to clear Covid-19 tests upon arrival in Europe and from there, they began their newest adventures. "Turcotte and I had to share a room," Thomas said. "It's definitely way different," Thomas said. For McLeod, Switzerland has been an adjustment on the ice as well.
Donny Van De Beek: Solskjaer won't rush Man United signing
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Donny Van De Beek has started more matches for the Netherlands than for Manchester United since his move to the English club in early September. For United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, there’s no reason to rush his big offseason season signing into the team. “Donny is going to play a big, big part this year.” Solskjaer said Tuesday as he fielded questions about Van De Beek’s limited role since joining from Ajax in early September. In recent games, Solskjaer has preferred Scott McTominay and Fred in central midfield, not just over Van De Beek but also Paul Pogba. “Give him time, let him adapt to the league, let him settle into his new house or wherever he is living and really let him concentrate on his season.”
Barcelona President Bartomeu, Club's Board Resign
President Josep Bartomeu and the board have resigned with immediate effect, on the eve of the club's Champions League group stage match vs. Juventus, bringing an end to the ongoing strife and crisis at Camp Nou. Bartomeu, who spoke for over 30 minutes in the resignation announcement, and the board were facing a vote of censure after 20,000 of the club's members signed a petition to enact a vote of no confidence. Even so, a motion from Bartomeu to delay that vote was not approved, but now, that vote is unnecessary. Messi claimed that Bartomeu had broken on his word to allow the Argentine legend to leave the club last summer. Before leaving, Bartomeu dropped a couple of major news items, saying that the Barcelona board approved the club's participation in a new, proposed European Super League and also the format of the new FIFA Club World Cup.
NWSL expansion draft rules, wrinkles set for Racing Louisville
NWSL expansion team Racing Louisville FC has two players in the fold for its inaugural season, and over a dozen more are on the way. The broad strokes are as follows: Teams can protect 11 players, including up to two who are on U.S. Soccer's designated list of 23 allocated USWNT players. "We as a club are pleased the rules are now finalized for the NWSL expansion draft," manager Christy Holly said in a statement. It acquired forwards Yuki Nagasato and Savannah McCaskill, while also accruing a draft pick and international roster slot in exchange for expansion draft relief. That limits the pool of allocated players considerably, which Chicago employing five of the 23 (Morgan Gautrat, Julie Ertz, Casey Short, Alyssa Naeher, Tierna Davidson).
Cristiano Ronaldo out for Juventus vs Barcelona, Messi in UCL
The Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Lionel Messi Champions League showdown will have to wait. Ronaldo has been ruled out for Juventus's group stage clash vs. Barcelona on Wednesday, as he has not yet tested negative for the coronavirus. Ronaldo tested positive while on international duty with Portugal on Oct. 13, and he has been in isolation in Turin upon returning to Italy. Ever since the group draw that pitted Juventus and Barcelona against one another, there has been plenty of anticipation of Ronaldo and Messi sharing the field again. They still have an opportunity to later in the group stage, with Barcelona due to host Juventus on Dec. 8.
Bartomeu Bows Out at Barcelona, Leaving Behind a Crisis and a Bombshell
Josep Maria Bartomeu left the Barcelona presidency on Tuesday as he had occupied it: amid rancor, bewilderment and controversy. But just as everybody was wondering what had taken him so long, came his bombshell: the announcement that he had committed Barcelona to a European Super League. “Yesterday we accepted a proposal to participate in a future European Super League, which would guarantee the future financial sustainability of the club. It remains possible that Bartomeu and his board may face civil action over a budgetary shortfall since he took power in 2014. Messi responded by truculently committing to the club for a further year, while savaging Bartomeu, saying there had been “no project” at Barcelona for years.
World Series: Dodgers beat Rays for first championship in 32 years
It is the seventh World Series in Dodgers franchise history. More than anything else, this World Series was a story of redemption and vindication for the Dodgers. Celebrate the Dodgers' World Series title With SI's Commemorative IssueThis time was different. Greg Nelson/Sports IllustratedCorey Seager, honored as World Series MVP, once again established himself as one of the game’s best players after two years of injuries. He trusted the process again in World Series Game 6.
Real Madrid Is Walking a Champions League Tightrope
Two very late goals for Real Madrid at Borussia Monchengladbach perhaps staved off any real talk of crisis. A single point from its first two games mean Real Madrid is in serious danger of failing to make it through its Champions League group for the first time since 1997. After winning three Champions League titles in a row, Madrid has been eliminated in the last 16 in each of the last two seasons. Lars Baron/Getty ImagesAll the familiar problems, all the issues that have beset Real Madrid against Cadiz and then Shakhtar were there again in Germany. Real Madrid, though, faces Inter in each of its next two games.
World Series: Dodgers Mookie Betts proves he's MLB's biggest star
I can’t say with certainty that he’s MLB’s best player, but I can tell you this, I’d rather be Mookie Betts than any other player in baseball, and that includes Mike Trout. Betts was at his best when it mattered most, and in watching him, it’s hard to believe there is anyone better. Some of the others in that conversation are hardly seen on TV, much less in the World Series. Which is why Mookie has earned his current place in the game...as baseball’s biggest star. You can argue whether that also makes him the best player in the sport, but I’ll tell you this, unlike the Boston Red Sox, I wouldn’t trade Mookie Betts for anyone.
World Series: Justin Turner's positive COVID-19 result dampens Dodgers celebration
This Los Angeles Dodgers team deserved a World Series. Personally, I have one question, how was Blake Snell pulled from the game before Justin Turner? But then I saw Turner, who tested positive for COVID-19, in a team photo, maskless. The World Series trophy probably needs to be quarantined for a while because buddy was all up on that thing too. We always hear about sports as a distraction, but Turner, MLB, and the Dodgers actually gave us yet another reminder.
Is Mookie Betts Officially the Biggest Star in Baseball?
Mookie Betts helped lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a World Series win and his individual brilliance was highlighted in the process. After winning with Boston and now LA, is Betts now baseball's biggest star? Sports Illustrated host Robin Lundberg explains how he would rather be Mookie than any other player in MLB, including Mike Trout.
NXT Halloween Havoc: Shotzi Blackheart thrilled to host
The Week in Wrestling: Shotzi Blackheart on hosting NXT’s “Halloween Havoc” special, a photographer’s quest to capture the soul of the deathmatch scene and more. There were also all-time classic matches, with Eddie Guerrero–Rey Mysterio from Halloween Havoc in ’97 remaining a bout with few peers. “I didn’t even know Halloween Havoc was coming back, but when I found out I was hosting, I was so happy I almost fainted,” Blackheart says. “I want them asking, ‘Is Shotzi Blackheart going to die tonight?’”Authenticity pours out of Blackheart’s words and corresponding actions. “I always loved Halloween Havoc, so to be resurrecting it after 20 years, it’s insane,” Blackheart says.
Last-Minute Sports Halloween Costume Ideas for 2020
With Halloween just a few days away, there’s a good chance you haven’t given any thought to a costume. Nobody will be going to Halloween parties this year—at least they shouldn’t be—so there’s no pressing reason to get dressed up. The NBA (or WNBA, or NHL) bubblePut on your favorite team’s jersey and cover your body in bubble wrap. All you need to do to dress up like him is put on a long sleeve Cowboys shirt, rub some red coloring around your left eye and hold a bottle of Tabasco. The 2020 NFC EastAre you a fan of the Giants, Cowboys, Eagles or Washington Football Team?
In a Season of Uncertainty, Dodgers' Greatness Felt Guaranteed
The Dodgers won, and kept winning, and it seemed hard to figure that they would ever stop. Celebrate the Dodgers' World Series title With SI's Commemorative IssueThe Dodgers’ postseason struggles from the last few years were understandable on an individual basis—bullpen mishaps, poorly timed offensive fades, all of the usual painful culprits. This did not fundamentally change any serious evaluation of the club: The Dodgers still looked like the best team in baseball. The threat of total randomness instead gave way to a season governed by some wonderfully straightforward logic: The best team in baseball earned the best record in baseball. The 2020 World Series was not inevitable.
Can college football avoid NFL's 2020 injury bug?
Programs will be tested again as they look to remain relatively injury-free after dealing with the most unusual preseason college football has ever seen. The NFL Players Association created a joint committee of doctors, strength coaches and trainers to establish its recommendations on how players should prepare before the 2020 NFL season. A study published in the Journal of Arthroscopy in 2017 details the risks associated with football programs increasing their training in an insufficient amount of time. “There’s been some modifications in terms of how even preseason practices and regular-season practices are going to be run from a coaching standpoint,” Aukerman said. Even still, it was a tough balance to navigate this unusual preseason while combining conditioning, lifting and full football practice.
Mailbag: Which Player Has the Biggest Upside Right Now?
If you could buy stock in a tennis player (male or female) at their current price, who would it be? In other words: Which tennis player has the biggest upside as of now? I analyze numbers for a living and if I had to rank the big three on demonstrated performance, I’d say Djokovic, Nadal, Federer. They have the biggest draws, biggest purses, biggest durations on the calendar, biggest ration of sets demanded of male players. As I'm currently teaching my daughters how to play tennis, I'm wondering what is the role of a tennis academy in developing one's game?
Rick Gosselin's Week 8 NFL rankings: Here we go Steelers, here we go...
Editor's note: Rick Gosselin is in his 48th season reporting on the NFL in 2020. Buffalo has drawn the Cheffers crew for two of its seven games. Murray has rushed for a touchdown in all but one of Arizona’s seven games this season and has seven on the year. Only the Green Bay game is at home. Quarterback Cam Newton ranks 31st in the NFL in passing, offsetting his two touchdown passes on the season with seven interceptions.
Can the Knicks Find the Right Path in the 2020 Offseason?
Evidence suggests the Knicks could be in line to repeat their recent failures in the summer of 2021. The Knicks could very well bottom out in 2020–21, attempt to gather draft capital and prepare for the 2021 draft. Yet the safest route may not be the Knicks’ preferred choice as we enter the offseason. The Knicks could theoretically walk a tightrope where they both move toward playoff contention in 2021 and remain flexible for the following offseason. If the Knicks play their cards right, they could contend for the conference crown by the middle of the 2020s.
Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Week 8 Wide Receivers - Sleepers, Fades, Matchups, DFS Bargains
Their defense has struggled against slot receivers, allowing 7.5 catches and the third-most fantasy points per game to the position. In their first meeting of the season back in week 5, Anderson scorched the Falcons for eight catches, 112 yards, and nearly 20 fantasy points. Their defense has been dreadful against wide receivers, allowing 60.2 fantasy points per game (not a typo) to the position. Their defense has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to enemy slot receivers, including six catches and 80.2 yards per game. Over his last four games, Edelman has scored no more than 6.5 fantasy points and is being targeted just 5.3 times on average in that time.
MLB players react to Kevin Cash pulling Blake Snell from World Series game
Fans, media members and random people across the world are always questioning moves made by a manager or coach. It's not often, though, that a slew of players within a sport will publicly call out one of their own. A brand-new SI Media Podcast dropped Wednesday morning, and it features a great conversation with ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit. The college football analyst covered a ton of topics during the interview, including doing College GameDay without fans, college football getting politicized, his thoughts on social injustice, working with Brent Musburger and Lee Corso, the infamous Eminem interview, whether he’d leave college football for the NFL and much more. Be sure to catch up on past editions of Traina Thoughts and check out the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast hosted by Jimmy Traina on Apple, Spotify or Stitcher.
Blake Snell ‘Disappointed’ by Early Exit From Game 6
Cash pulled Rays starter and 2018 Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell from the game in the sixth inning of Game 6. I want to win, and I want to win the World Series, and for us to lose, it just sucks." Snell struck out 18 batters in 10 innings in the World Series as he allowed just three runs. But the left-hander's excellence wasn't enough to propel the Rays to their first World Series victory in franchise history. Dodgers fans: Get SI’s special-edition Los Angeles Dodgers 2020 World Series Champions commemorative issue here.
BREAKING: Bengals Trade Carlos Dunlap to Seahawks
CINCINNATI — Carlos Dunlap got his wish. The Bengals have agreed to trade the two-time Pro Bowler to the Seattle Seahawks according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The team told Dunlap to stay home on Wednesday, which was a sign that trade talks were progressing. The Bengals don't have to worry about the distraction anymore. The Bengals drafted Dunlap in the second-round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Houston Texans close facility after positive COVID-19 test
The Texans announced on Wednesday they have closed their facility after a player tested positive for COVID-19. The player has been put in isolation, and the facility will undergo a "deep cleaning," per Houston. "Late last night, we received notice that a Texans player tested positive for COVID-19," the Texans said in a statement. Wednesday marks the Texans' first positive COVID-19 test of the season as they join a litany of teams to battle the virus. Houston has limped out of the gate in 2020 after reaching the playoffs in four of the last five seasons.
2021 Boston Marathon moved: Race date changed due to coronavirus concerns
The 2021 Boston Marathon will not be held on its originally scheduled date in April as organizers announced it will be postponed to at least the fall of 2021. Boston is one of the six World Marathon Majors along with Berlin, Chicago, New York, London and Tokyo. 2021 will mark the 125th running of the Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon usually features more than 30,000 finishers and there's no word yet as to how big the 2021 field size is expected to be. The writing was on the wall for the 2021 Boston Marathon to be postponed after the Tokyo Marathon moved from March until Oct. 17 due to ongoing concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Daryl Morey, 76ers nearing deal to run basketball operations
The Philadelphia 76ers are in advanced talks on a deal to hire former Rockets general manager Daryl Morey to oversee the franchise's basketball operations, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. On Oct. 15, Morey announced he was stepped down as the Rockets' general manager, a role he held for 13 years. Morey's hiring is also especially interesting considering his close relationship with former Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie. Dinwiddie was hired to assume the role of executive vice president of basketball operations. Karangwa will be the team's vice president of player personnel.
Inside Kansas City's Push to Host the Raptors
With COVID-19 limiting travel between Canada and the United States, Kansas City is going all out to host the Toronto Raptors for the upcoming NBA season. After the 1984–85 NBA season, the Kansas City Kings left the middle-American city and headed for the West Coast. “Kansas City is an outstanding city, a major league city. However, it recently got a boost from arguably Kansas City’s most famous resident, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Lukenbill said in October 1984 that “our commitment to the people of Kansas City remains the same."
Dodgers' Justin Turner returns to field after COVID test for celebration
Watching the Dodgers celebrate their first World Series in 32 years was an anxiety-inducing experience. Fox’s Kevin Burkhardt had informed viewers just before the start of the trophy ceremony that Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner had tested positive for the coronavirus. In the celebratory team photo, Turner is dead-center, between the trophy and manager Dave Roberts, not wearing a mask. “He insisted upon it, the Dodgers insisted upon it, and that is why he was out there.”Missing out on the celebration would have surely been heartbreaking for Turner. ... Netflix has signed on to produce shows based on the popular Assassin’s Creed video game series.
Wisconsin vs Nebraska Canceled After Positive COVID-19 Tests
Wisconsin announced its matchup with Nebraska will be canceled due to an "elevated number of COVID-19 cases within the Badgers program." The Badgers have registered 12 positive COVID-19 tests in the last five days, according to the university. Head coach Paul Chryst is among those who have tested positive. "As of Wednesday morning (Oct. 28), a total of 12 people within the Wisconsin football program had tested positive for COVID-19 in the past five days. Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz recorded a second positive COVID-19 test on Tuesday.
Will Matt Nagy give up play-calling duties in Chicago?
Answering questions on the Bears' play-calling, the Patriots and Jets as potential trade deadline sellers, what the Giants would do with the No. Don, the answer to that is no: I don’t think there’s an insecurity there. If Chicago can’t get its line in order—and remember, the team fired O-line coach Harry Hiestand in December—then the rest won’t matter. And I think there’s some reason for concern. That said, I do think the team owes it to itself to be as honest with itself as possible.
Justin Turner has COVID-19, celebrates Dodgers World Series
After testing positive for COVID-19, Justin Turner celebrated the Dodgers' World Series title on the field with his teammates. ARLINGTON, Texas — The 2020 Major League Baseball season ended in the most appropriate way possible: with a trophy presentation and a possible superspreading event. Then, in the second inning, the league learned that Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner had tested positive for COVID-19. They got the result during the seventh inning: That, too, tested positive. “We can’t state strongly enough how big a role he played for this organization.”In fact, for much of his time on the field, Turner did not wear a mask, nor did he stay socially distanced.
MLB: Justin Turner was 'wrong' to celebrate after COVID positive
Major League Baseball issued a statement saying Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner's decision to celebrate with his team on Tuesday night despite testing positive for COVID-19 was "wrong" and "put everyone he came in contact with at risk." MLB said it learned of Turner's positive test results during last night's 3-1 Dodgers victory. The league says it immediately put Turner into isolation for the safety of those around him upon receiving notice of a positive test result. "...When MLB security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply." “We can’t state strongly enough how big a role he played for this organization.”Turner marked the first known positive test by any player throughout the entirety of the 2020 MLB postseason.
Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Week 8 Running Backs - Sleepers, Fades, Matchups, DFS Bargains
The pitiful defense has been gashed by running backs, allowing eight total touchdowns and the ninth-most fantasy points to the position. Their defense has been bad against enemy running backs, which was evident last week when James Robinson put up nearly 32 fantasy points. Week 8 Sit ‘Em: Running BacksSit of the WeekDavid Montgomery vs. SaintsMontgomery was my Week 7 running back sit of the week, and he finished with a ho-hum 11.9 fantasy points. What’s more, only Ezekiel Elliott and Miles Sanders have put up more than 16.1 fantasy points against them. Their defense has been tough on running backs, allowing two rushing scores and the third-fewest fantasy point to the position.
Dodgers' World Series title confirms greatness
He hit .328 with eight homers and 20 RBI in 18 games, winning the MVP Award of both the league Championship Series and World Series. Dodgers fans: Get SI’s special-edition Los Angeles Dodgers 2020 World Series Champions cover hereBetts blasted the third fastball down the left-field line for a double. For good measure, Betts added a titanic home run blast in the World Series clincher, a reprise of the same punctuation mark he put on the 2018 World Series clincher for Boston. They came from behind to win the clincher in the Division Series, LCS and World Series. Dodgers fans: Get SI’s special-edition Los Angeles Dodgers 2020 World Series Champions commemorative issue hereRead more of SI's Daily Cover stories here
Why So Many Esports Pros Come From South Korea
I’ve been reporting on esports since 2011, and over the years, I’ve had the great privilege of interviewing dozens of Korean pro gamers. From all those conversations, a curious pattern emerged: Virtually every Korean pro gamer I spoke with told me they came from a working-class family. When I asked them how many Korean players they could think of who are the children of college graduates, they could only name a handful of exceptions. South Korea is a famously well-educated country where roughly 70 percent of students pursue higher education after high school. For Korean students whose families can’t afford private tutors or cram schools, the odds are stacked considerably against them.
Why The Queen’s Gambit Is the No. 1 Netflix Show Right Now
In the new limited series The Queen’s Gambit, the only thing that's real is the chess. Yet, amidst all of that, every chess game played is extremely accurate. For non-players of chess, there’s something far more ineffable. In The Queen’s Gambit, Beth Harmon learns how to play from a janitor in her orphanage; the real chess player who inspired Queen of Katwe, Phiona Mutesi, learned the game from a missionary. Watching gifted chess players is a reminder that brilliance exists in everyone, even if you don’t understand their game.
Dodgers Player With COVID Justin Turner Celebrates On Field
Photo: YouTubeLast night, Los Angeles erupted in celebration as the L.A. Dodgers won the World Series; a first since 1988. It also may have erupted in a hyperlocalized coronavirus superspreader event, as third baseman Justin Turner rushed the field to celebrate real up close and personal with his teammates despite testing positive twice for coronavirus. That’s six whole innings that the L.A. Dodgers let a ’rona-positive player continue to play. According to baseball writer Jared Diamond, “When MLB officials found out, they instructed security to get Turner back into isolation. So proud of this team & unbelievably happy for the City of LA#WorldSeriesChamps — Justin Turner (@redturn2) October 28, 2020
Badgers Football COVID Outbreak Might Doom Trump in Wisconsin
Photo: Morry Gash/AP/ShutterstockIf you are a Wisconsin football fan, your past week has been an emotional roller coaster. Friday night, the Badgers crushed Illinois in their season opener, while their highly touted freshman quarterback, Graham Mertz, completed a mind-boggling 20 of his 21 passing attempts. Wisconsin is a football state. And Donald Trump is closing out the election complaining that “COVID, COVID, COVID” is a media hoax just like Russia, Russia, Russia. So, yes, canceling the football game the weekend before the election probably matters.
DAZN Resumes Expansion With Global App Aimed at Distribution
DAZN in early March had declared its intention to go global, but COVID-19 then threw everything into question. By the end of 2019, DAZN had reached 8 million global subscribers. The global expansion will involve a consolidation of DAZN’s unprofitable Brazil presence into the global platform. In various global territories, DAZN has rights to the NFL, Major League Baseball and other top leagues, but not in the U.S., where they are the costliest. But we’re there.”Unlike legacy media competitors managing linear networks and other assets, DAZN is a digital company with a singular focus.
Report: NFL stat correction in Bears-Rams game costs bettor nearly $1 million
Stat corrections, minor tweaks to sometimes seemingly insignificant plays that more accurately reflect what happened in a game, happen all the time in the NFL. One out of Monday night's 24-10 Rams victory over the Bears is costing a bettor nearly $1 million. "Heartbreaking on many levels," Huntze told ESPN. "It had to be a sack," Huntze said. Huntze told ESPN that, despite the massive letdown, he was planning on playing once again this coming week.
Which current sports greats need a championship to cement their legacies?
Championships will always be the highlights of one's career, especially for the all-time greats, no matter which way it's sliced. They made it to the AFC Championship Game once. A championship or two would cement his legacy as the player of a generation. They've returned to the playoffs three times since, most recently losing in the NFC Championship Game in 2015. Phil Mickelson (US Open)Three Masters titles, a PGA Championship and one Open Championship.
Steve Kerr, Doc Rivers endorse Joe Biden for president in 'The Lincoln Project' ad
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers urged Americans to vote for Joe Biden over President Donald Trump in next week's election, appearing in a new advertisement for "The Lincoln Project" on Tuesday night. "We're at a crossroads, this country of ours, and it's time to decide where you stand," Rivers and Kerr say to begin a video clip shared over social media. "I stand for truth over lies," Kerr says. Rivers was hired by the 76ers earlier this month after guiding the Los Angeles Clippers for seven years. He was outspoken at the NBA's restart in the bubble, frequently encouraging NBA players to be out front voting.
Opinion: Coyotes created another problem for themselves by drafting player who admitted to bullying Black classmate
That’s the message the team sent earlier this month when it used its first draft pick, a fourth-rounder, on Mitchell Miller. OPINION:Coyotes have no excuse for drafting a player who admitted to racial abuseIt was an ugly, horrifying incident. The Coyotes provided The Republic with Miller’s letter of apology, but Joni Meyer-Crothers said the family never received it. In a statement to The Republic, Coyotes President and CEO Xavier Gutierrez said, “... it would have been easy for us to dismiss (Miller) — many teams did. They didn’t, said Joni Meyer-Crothers.
Houston Texans close team facility after player tests positive for COVID-19
The Houston Texans are closing down their team facility Wednesday after a player tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced. The Texans are on their bye week after a 35-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday dropped the team to 1-6 on the season. “Late last night, we received notice that a Texans player tested positive for COVID-19," the Texans said Wednesday in a statement. "In accordance with NFL protocols, the player immediately self-isolated and our Infection Control Officer and other members of the Infection Response Team began working with the NFL to perform contact tracing. The health and safety of our team, as well as our entire staff, are of highest priority.”Backup offensive guard Max Scharping was the player who tested positive, the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports.
Commissioner Rob Manfred weighs in on Justin Turner COVID-19 controversy, next steps for MLB
Commissioner Rob Manfred got the telephone call that Los Angeles Dodgers star third baseman Justin Turner tested positive for COVID-19. He immediately telephoned Dodgers owner Mark Walter and president Andrew Friedman, and ordered them to get Turner off the field quickly as possible. The game wrapped up, the World Series trophy celebration commenced and Manfred left the field, only for Turner to return and join the celebration. MLB officials were livid, and Manfred plans to issue a strong statement Wednesday condemning his actions. “It depends on what we found with the follow-up testing,’’ Manfred said, “depending on the spread and how we evaluated the situation.’’
Utah Jazz owners reach deal to sell team to Utah billionaire Ryan Smith
Longtime Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller and family have reached a deal to sell a majority interest in NBA franchise to Utah billionaire Ryan Smith, the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies announced. Because of our friendship and several high-level conversations over the years, Ryan recently approached our organization to inquire about the possibility of purchasing the Utah Jazz and some of our other sports and entertainment properties. "The Miller family has had an unbelievable impact on countless people through the Utah Jazz and the other organizations they run," said Smith. "We all owe a great debt to the Miller family for the amazing stewardship they have had over this asset for the past 35 years. The Utah Jazz, the state of Utah, and its capital city are the beneficiaries of the Millers' tremendous love, generosity and investment.
Opinion: To thrive with Buccaneers, Antonio Brown needs to check his ego at the door
Yet there’s no doubt that for Brown to thrive in an offense that includes Pro Bowl wideouts in Godwin and Mike Evans, he’ll have to check his ego at the door. Think Brady warned Brown of factors that could derail this new opportunity with the Bucs? I think he can really help my game out in the future.”Arians called Brown “an insurance policy” when assessing the addition. Such a scenario might tell us a lot about whether Brown will jell with a group that touts unselfishness. But that’s really because he’s double-teamed the whole game.
Looking to 2021 travel? Southwest announces routes, deals for new Chicago, Colorado Springs flights
Southwest Airlines' new flights to Chicago O'Hare will debut in February and new service to Colorado Springs will follow a month later. Flights to Chicago O'Hare, which the airline is expanding to because it's running out of room at crosstown Midway Airport, begin Feb. 14. Southwest's flights to Colorado Springs, its fourth destination in Colorado, begin March 11. The airline plans to offer up to 13 nonstop flights a day to five destinations: Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Dallas Love Field and Chicago Midway. Southwest has yet to announced the start date or routes for three other new destinations: Houston Bush Intercontinental; Savannah, Georgia, and Jackson, Mississippi.
Covid Puts L.A. Dodgers’ Unorthodox Ownership Structure to the Test
The coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the baseball season are providing the biggest test yet of the unusual structure used by a group of business associates to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers. The pandemic cut the 2020 Major League Baseball season by more than half and slashed revenue its 30 teams collect from ticket sales and concessions. The Dodgers, like so many other professional-sports teams this year, are losing money, according to a spokesman for the team.
The Dodgers Won the World Series. Then Covid-19 Bumbled in From the Bullpen.
The Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series Tuesday night, the franchise’s first in more than three decades, and in an ordinary year, this column would be a giddy account of this accomplishment, and how they did it—how the Dodgers climbed back from repeated heartbreak to finally prevail. But it isn’t an ordinary year. So this column winds up being about you-know-what, becoming an instant, ruefully comic parable about the continued rivalry between public health, and the public just doing whatever it wants to do....
Looking Back on Baseball’s Silent Season
“I’m glad for this little window we had, a sense of normalcy and being able to see some baseball games,” his father said. The regular season came and went like a meek note squeezed out of an accordion. And they may have saved Major League Baseball from a nightmare scenario. over recent years: In January, Major League Baseball concluded an investigation that found Houston guilty of a sign-stealing scheme during the 2017 season in which the team ended up winning the World Series. Rumors persisted that the Astros continued to cheat well after the 2017 season, which they have denied.
Rowdy Dodgers fans loot massive tractor-trailer after World Series win
Los Angeles descended into chaos following the Dodgers’ World Series win Tuesday night, as fans looted and vandalized shops — and an 18-wheeler filled with goods — in the city’s downtown area. Vandals also smashed their way inside a Foot Locker and other stores and spray-painted buildings and at least one police car, NBC Los Angeles reported. The Los Angeles Police Department declared an unlawful assembly just after midnight and arrested at least eight people, according to CBS Los Angeles. The chaos ensued despite a message from legendary Dodgers sportscaster Vin Scully, who pleaded for a calm celebration. “Let’s show the rest of the country that we know how to celebrate the proper way.”The Dodgers went 4-2 against the Tampa Bay Rays to win their first World Series in 32 years.
Take Cardinals to win NFC West while there is still good value
Listen Live to VSiN's sports betting showsWant even more betting news? Most (including myself) were not “buying” in on the Big Red, citing previous wins over the troubled Jets and Cowboys by a combined 68-20 scoreline as being scant evidence for an endorsement. Then the Cardinals promptly reminded any remaining doubters that they need to be taken seriously in the NFC West when they rallied to a thrilling overtime win while dealing Seattle its first loss in the process. Sunday night’s win over the Seahawks suggests the Big Red could be for real, and it might be a good idea to take advantage before the oddsmakers and wagering public come to the same conclusion. The play: Cardinals to win the NFC West, 5/1 at BetMGM.
Alex Rodriguez unloads on ‘Ivy Leaguers’ after Rays pitching debacle
At least we know an Alex Rodriguez-owned baseball team wouldn’t be run by a computer. The Rays’ vaunted bullpen promptly blew the lead and the Los Angeles Dodgers won, 3-1, to capture their first title since 1988. “At a macro level, these front offices are really ruining our game,” Rodriguez said on the Fox postgame show. Cash said the decision to pull Snell wasn’t predetermined pregame, no matter how it looked. “Once the game starts, trust your baseball people, they’re the Ivy Leaguers of #MLB,” he Tweeted on Wednesday.
Bengals trade Carlos Dunlap to Seahawks after ‘crazy’ saga
First, Carlos Dunlap was told to stay home. The 31-year-old pass-rusher was traded Wednesday from the Cincinnati Bengals to the Seattle Seahawks for an unknown player and a draft pick. Dunlap addresses a major need for the Seahawks but will not be available for this weekend’s game because COVD-19 entry protocols require a six-day testing period. Originally a second-round pick of the Bengals in 2010, Dunlap made the Pro Bowl in 2015 and 2016, but the longtime marriage dissolved this season. He was told not to report to practice Wednesday and it got “a little crazy there,” according to an ESPN report.
Quinnen Williams isn’t going anywhere at NFL trade deadline
Jets coach Adam Gase put to rest any rumors that the team is looking to trade second-year defensive lineman Quinnen Williams on Wednesday. Gase said definitively the Jets do not want to trade Williams. He was asked what the organization’s stance on Williams is amid the rumors the team is looking to move him. “I talked to Quinnen. It’s false.”With the Jets at 0-7, there has been speculation the team would look to move Williams before Tuesday’s trading deadline.
Yankees’ hard roster decisions will shape crucial free agency
Free agency begins the day after the World Series ends. Contract options can be exercised or not within five days of the World Series’ Tuesday ending. Masahiro TanakaBring free agent Masahiro Tanaka back to slot in behind staff ace Gerrit Cole as either the No. Zack BrittonThe Yankees have three days following the World Series to pick up Zack Britton’s $14 million option for 2022. The Yankees can non-tender Sanchez and make him a free agent or agree to a pre-tender deal.
How Steve Cohen could splash cash for Mets as MLB free agency begins
But beyond Steve Cohen’s expected confirmation by MLB owners to complete his controlling-interest purchase of the club, on-field improvements are needed for 2021. Free agency is underway, following the Dodgers’ 3-1 victory over the Rays in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday. RealmutoThe Phillies catcher is the best free agent on the market and happens to play a position at which the Mets could use an upgrade. The Mets hold team options on Wilson Ramos and Robinson Chirinos for next season and Tomas Nido remains under club control. Conforto contractHe won’t reach free agency until next offseason, but Conforto is coming off his best year and would appear ripe for a nine-figure extension.
Michigan fan gets prison time for threatening mass shooting at OSU game
A deranged Michigan Wolverines fan who threatened to shoot Ohio State University football players during a college football showdown has been sentenced to prison, federal prosecutors said. “Your school is going to get shot the f–k up and I’m seriously going to hurt the students and all the players from the football team,” Rippy wrote on Facebook, court records show. Prosecutors said Rippy also threatened relatives of OSU players and Meyer in other messages, but was ultimately determined not to pose an immediate danger at the game, which OSU later won 62-39. “It’s not just a fan rooting for his team against another team,” Judge Algenon Marbley told Rippy, according to the Dispatch. A few days prior to the OSU game, Rippy also made similar threats on a Gonzaga University social media site after his favored Duke lost to the Bulldogs.
J.R. Smith feud escalates with Sam Dekker’s wife after ‘bulls–t’ accusations
J.R. Smith touched off a feud with Sam Dekker and his wife this week after saying Sam was the only teammate he disliked during his time in the NBA. “Throughout my whole career, there’s only one teammate I don’t like,” Smith told Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson on the NFL star’s “All Things Covered” podcast. Man, this dude Sam Dekker. Because some people just go through their life not necessarily knowing, but not aware and privy to someone else’s circumstances. And I don’t respect anything about that.”The alleged disagreement would appear to be from 2018, when Smith and Dekker were briefly teammates on the Cavaliers.
Justin Turner recklessly defied MLB security trying to get him off the field: Sherman
To be out there with COVID-19 and, according to eyewitnesses, defying MLB security’s requests that he leave the post-game on-field celebration defines reckless. Through the weekend, they were at 57 straight days without a positive test. So MLB told the lab to expedite the spit sample that Turner had given before Tuesday’s game. Word was sent to the Dodgers that Turner needed to be pulled from the game, which he was after the seventh inning. MLB security personnel — up to the head of the department — implored Turner to leave the field, according to eyewitnesses.
Wisconsin-Nebraska football game canceled after 12 positive coronavirus tests
That caused a 36th pandemic-related college football game cancellation or postponement since early September, and a first for the Big Ten. ADADOn Wednesday morning, the school reported 12 positive tests, six among players and six among staff, including head coach Paul Chryst, who said, “I informed my staff and the team this morning and am currently isolating at home. The eight-game, conference-only schedule runs without off weeks from Oct. 24 to Dec. 12 with the Big Ten championship game planned for Dec. 19. The Big Ten already had seen another pandemic phenomenon, that of a head coach testing positive and watching a game from home. Tony Evers said, “Yesterday Wisconsin reached another concerning and tragic milestone as we surpassed 200,000 positive cases of covid-19 in our state.
LeBron James calls for a Lakers-Dodgers championship parade in L.A., with plenty of masks
James acknowledged on social media that the kind of dual celebration he envisioned was not feasible during the novel coronavirus pandemic. I know I know we can’t but DAMN I wanna celebrate with our @Lakers & @Dodgers fans!! “LA is the city of CHAMPIONS”ADIn another tweet, he added, “PARADE PARADE PARADE!!! Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said late Tuesday that he hoped for be some sort of celebration at some point. “I definitely intend to have the opportunity for Angelenos to celebrate the Lakers and, on their own day, the Dodgers,” he told the Los Angeles Times.
Justin Turner's World Series celebration was a frustrating end to baseball's season
ADAD“He’s part of the team,” Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts said of Turner’s inclusion in the photo. The protocols worked: For nearly two months, no player tested positive. The restaurants in nearby Fort Worth, where I stayed, are open and, over the weekend, were packed, even indoors. ADADBut the frustration with people not wearing masks or mingling closely — or both — is that their personal choice impacts others. “I totally understand the question,” Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, said early Wednesday morning, when asked about the celebration.
‘We all wanted to play’: Aging softball buddies defy pandemic for joy of the game
After the coronavirus pandemic hit this past spring, Thornton, whose off-field first name is John, wondered when — or if — he would play again. Like other leagues, from T-ball to the majors, the Montgomery County Senior Sports Association softball program was put on hold. “But I know they are both in a better place.”The pandemic was painful in other ways, beyond stealing precious time from Thorton and his aging softball buddies. “Take a pitch!” a Lions player yelled about the Jaguars’ pitcher. Before the game, Reuben spent several minutes wrapping his toes — all of them — with gauze and tape made by Johnson & Johnson, a company in which his family, for obvious reasons, owns stock.
Bengals' Carlos Dunlap to be traded to Seahawks after being told to sit out team practice: report
The Cincinnati Bengals are reportedly trading Carlos Dunlap to the Seattle Seahawks after the veteran defensive end was told not to attend Wednesday’s team practice. The Bengals are expected to officially trade Dunlap to the Seahawks later today in exchange for offensive lineman B.J. Dunlap has made it abundantly clear that he was ready to part ways with the team after 11 years. He has been publicly at odds with the Bengals since he was apparently demoted to the third-string earlier this week. CLICK HERE TO GET MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMDunlap had a solid season in 2019 despite the Bengals’ poor record.
Cristiano Ronaldo out of Juventus' match against Barcelona
Cristiano Ronaldo was left off Juventus' match squad for the Champions League game against Barcelona on Wednesday, more than two weeks after the 35-year-old forward initially tested positive for COVID-19. Ronaldo tested positive Oct. 13 and was reported to have no symptoms. “Forza Juve!”Ronaldo first tested positive two days before Portugal's Nations League match against Sweden. He was dropped from the squad after another test on Oct. 14 confirmed the positive result. Álvaro Morata replaced Ronaldo against Dynamo Kyiv last week and scored twice in a 2-0 win in Group G.
Wisconsin cancels Nebraska game after 12 positive COVID-19 cases, including coach Paul Chryst
9 Wisconsin has canceled its game at Nebraska on Saturday and paused all team activities for at least seven days after a dozen people within the program including coach Paul Chryst tested positive for COVID-19. School officials said Wednesday that athletic director Barry Alvarez and Chancellor Rebecca Blank made the decision in consultation with Big Ten officials. PLAY SUPER 6 FOR PANTHERS, FALCONS THURSDAY NIGHT CLASH“This morning I received the news that I had tested positive via a PCR test I took yesterday,” Chryst said. I had not been experiencing any symptoms and feel good as of this morning.”Wisconsin said six players and six staff members had tested positive over the last five days. Wisconsin becomes the first Big Ten school to postpone a game since the league started its pandemic-delayed season last week.
Rays' Blake Snell lauds Game 6 performance but won't question Cash's decision to pull him: 'Hell of a manager'
DODGERS’ JUSTIN TURNER SEEN ON FIELD AFTER WORLD SERIES WIN WITHOUT MASK AFTER POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST“Definitely disappointed, upset,” he said when asked about being pulled while the Rays were still ahead in the lead early in the sixth. I just -- I wanna win and I wanna win a World Series and that’s the goal, so for us to lose, it just sucks,” Snell said. “I mean, I’m not going to question him, he’s a hell of a manager so I’m not gonna question him. CLAYTON KERSHAW LIFTS WORLD SERIES TROPHY, QUIETS CRITICS FOR NOWCash’s argument for pulling Snell was to avoid him facing hitters for a third time in a game. But for Snell, he was confident in his ability to adapt even a third time around.
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Wisconsin vs. Nebraska Canceled After Badgers Pause Activities Due to COVID-19
A statement from Wisconsin Football said that 12 people within the football program have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past five days, including head coach Paul Chryst. The responsible thing for us to do is to pause football-related activities for at least seven days." ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reported earlier this week that Wisconsin starting quarterback Graham Metz had tested positive for COVID-19 as well. It was also reported that backup quarterback Chase Wolf tested positive for COVID-19, meaning redshirt junior Danny Vanden Boom is the top healthy quarterback on Wisconsin's roster. After testing positive for COVID-19, however, Mertz will reportedly be out a minimum of 21 days.
Cycling: Roglic surges back into Vuelta contention with stunning stage win
ALTO DE MONCALVILLO, Spain (Reuters) - Slovenian Primoz Roglic pulled off a brilliant late attack to win stage eight of the Vuelta a Espana on Wednesday and eat into the overall lead of Richard Carapaz. FILE PHOTO: Cycling - Tour de France - Stage 20 - Lure to La Planche des Belles Filles - France - September 19, 2020. Team Jumbo-Visma rider Primoz Roglic of Slovenia, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, finishes. Roglic also earned 10 bonus seconds for the stage win to help his pursuit of Carapaz, who picked up six bonus seconds. I always like to win, so if there is a small opportunity I will take it.
Exeter drawn with Toulouse, Glasgow in Champions Cup group
FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Premiership Final - Exeter Chiefs v Wasps - Twickenham Stadium, London, Britain - October 24, 2020 Exeter Chiefs players celebrate winning the final Action Images/Andrew Boyers(Reuters) - Exeter Chiefs will begin the defence of their European Champions Cup title in a group with four-times winners Toulouse and Glasgow Warriors following Wednesday’s draw in Lausanne, Switzerland. The format for next season’s Champions Cup was overhauled because of the pandemic, with the group and knockout stages expanded. The 2020-21 competition will be contested by 24 clubs - four more than in regular seasons - with the eight top-ranked sides from the Premiership, Pro14 and Top14 competitions. The top four teams from each pool advance to the knockout stages, which begin with home-and-away quarter-finals, while the bottom four drop into the Challenge Cup. The Champions Cup semi-finals will be held on the weekend on April 30, with the final at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on May 22.
Wisconsin coach tests positive; Badgers cancel Saturday game
Wisconsin paused team activities on Wednesday after head coach Paul Chryst became one of 12 in the program to test positive for COVID-19. FILE PHOTO: Dec 27, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Paul Chryst looks on prior to the game against the Miami Hurricanes in the 2018 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. 9 Badgers will not play Saturday’s game at Nebraska and the Big Ten said the game will not be rescheduled. Chryst is the second Big Ten football coach to test positive for COVID-19. Purdue’s Jeff Brohm has been quarantined following a positive test.
Dodgers delay World Series celebration because of pandemic
The Los Angeles Dodgers are delaying a public celebration of their long-awaited World Series championship because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Oct 27, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers players celebrate winning the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays after game six of the 2020 World Series at Globe Life Field. I know I know we can’t but DAMN I wanna celebrate with our @Lakers & @Dodgers fans!!! The Dodgers last won the World Series in 1988. Mayor Eric Garcetti told the Los Angeles Times that will happen when the time is right.
Fitting finale: Dodgers win title, Turner tests positive
He wasn’t on the field initially as the Dodgers enjoyed the spoils of a title earned during a most unusual season. The 35-year-old Turner has been a staple in the Dodgers’ lineup for seven of their eight consecutive NL West titles. ADVERTISEMENTLos Angeles had come up short in the World Series twice in the previous three years. The Rays had 16 Ks and the Dodgers 11, the most combined strikeouts in a nine-inning World Series game. “This year has been crazy, but no matter what, we’ll look back on this and we’re World Series champs.
Hendrick hires banished Kyle Larson to drive flagship No. 5
5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson will be back in NASCAR next season driving the flagship No. 5 — the first car campaigned when Hendrick Motorsports launched in 1984 — and discontinue use of the No. “I view it as Hendrick Motorsports’ flagship team in a lot of ways.
Can Falcons find yet another unique way to lose a game?
Can Falcons find yet another unique way to lose a game? Gurley landed on the goal line for a touchdown that, as it turned out, led to another stunning loss for the Atlanta Falcons. Gurley landed on the goal line for a touchdown that, as it turned out, led to another stunning loss for the Atlanta Falcons. The Atlanta Falcons have mastered the capitalized version. Still ...BEST BEST: CHIEFS, 38-10No.
AP sources: Seahawks land Carlos Dunlap from Cincinnati
(AP Photo/Nick Wass)RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Carlos Dunlap made it clear he wanted out of Cincinnati and got his wish. The Seattle Seahawks hope by getting Dunlap out of Cincinnati, they’ve landed an answer to help solve their underperforming defense. In dire need of defensive help, the Seahawks acquired Dunlap from the Bengals on Wednesday, according to multiple people with knowledge of the deal. Dunlap was thoroughly unhappy with his situation in Cincinnati, to the point of briefly putting his house for sale on social media last weekend. Dunlap, 31, has spent his entire career with the Bengals and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2015 and 2016.
No. 9 Wisconsin cancels Nebraska game; Chryst tests positive
9 Wisconsin has canceled its game at Nebraska on Saturday and paused all team activities for at least seven days after a dozen people within the program including coach Paul Chryst tested positive for COVID-19. “This morning I received the news that I had tested positive via a PCR test I took yesterday,” Chryst said. I had not been experiencing any symptoms and feel good as of this morning.”ADVERTISEMENTWisconsin said six players and six staff members had tested positive over the last five days. Wisconsin becomes the first Big Ten school to postpone a game since the league started its pandemic-delayed season last week. This is the 37th game involving Football Bowl Subdivision teams to be postponed or canceled since Aug. 6.
AP sources: Morey in advanced talks to lead 76ers
FILE - This is a July 26, 2019, file photo showing Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey during an NBA basketball news conference in Houston. The Philadelphia 76ers are in advanced negotiations with Morey to become president of basketball operations as part of the overhaul of the front office that began after an underachieving season. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)FILE - This is a July 26, 2019, file photo showing Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey during an NBA basketball news conference in Houston. The Philadelphia 76ers are in advanced negotiations with Morey to become president of basketball operations as part of the overhaul of the front office that began after an underachieving season. ___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Utah Jazz Sold to Qualtrics Founder Ryan Smith for $1.66 Billion
The owners of the Utah Jazz struck a deal to sell the team to Qualtrics chief executive Ryan Smith for $1.66 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter, making the Jazz the first NBA team to change hands during a pandemic. Smith, an entrepreneur who grew up in Utah and graduated from Brigham Young University, started Qualtrics with his brother in their parents’ basement in 2002—and it earned him a fortune that allowed him to buy his favorite NBA team. “I dreamed of playing for the Jazz,” Smith said on Wednesday, “but that didn’t work out.”He bought the team from the Miller family, Utahan owners with a long tenure in the league. They purchased half the team in 1985 for $8 million and the other half in 1986 for $14 million. Gail Miller said on Wednesday that Smith pledged to keep the team in their home state.
NBA’s Utah Jazz being bought by Qualtrics founder for $1.6 billion
The NBA’s Utah Jazz are being sold to Ryan Smith, CEO and founder of Qualtrics, the team announced on Wednesday. The sale is worth an estimated $1.6 billion, according to ESPN. Ryan Smith’s Qualtrics is an experience management company that was acquired by SAP SAP, -5.24% for $8 billion in 2019. The Utah Jazz were recently valued at $1.55 billion by Forbes. Qualtrics is based in Provo, Utah, which is less than 50 miles from where the Jazz play in Salt Lake City.
University of Wisconsin football team cancels Saturday game against Nebraska amid COVID-19 diagnoses
9 Wisconsin has canceled its game at Nebraska on Saturday and paused all team activities for at least seven days after a dozen people within the program including coach Paul Chryst tested positive for COVID-19. “This morning I received the news that I had tested positive via a PCR test I took yesterday,” Chryst said in a statement. The announcement followed reports that starting quarterback Graham Mertz had tested positive twice — which would require him to sit out at least 21 days under Big Ten protocols — and that backup quarterback Chase Wolf had tested positive at least once. Wisconsin already had lost 2019 starting quarterback Jack Coan to foot surgery that has left him out indefinitely. “I am disappointed for our players and coaching staff who put so much into preparing to play each week,” Chryst said.
Report: Bengals trade DE Carlos Dunlap to Seahawks days after he tried to sell his house on Twitter
Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap is getting out of the Queen City and will need to sell his house after all. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Wednesday that the Bengals are trading the disgruntled Dunlap to the Seattle Seahawks. Sources: The #Bengals are trading DE Carlos Dunlap to the #Seahawks in exchange for draft pick compensation. This is Carlos Dunlap arguing with a coach at the end of the game. Defensive end Carlos Dunlap has gotten his wish and has been traded from the Bengals to the Seahawks.
AP sources: Seahawks land Carlos Dunlap from Cincinnati
(AP Photo/Nick Wass)RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Carlos Dunlap made it clear he wanted out of Cincinnati and got his wish. The Seattle Seahawks hope by getting Dunlap out of Cincinnati, they've landed an answer to help solve their underperforming defense. In dire need of defensive help, the Seahawks acquired Dunlap from the Bengals on Wednesday, according to multiple people with knowledge of the deal. Dunlap was thoroughly unhappy with his situation in Cincinnati, to the point of briefly putting his house for sale on social media last weekend. Dunlap, 31, has spent his entire career with the Bengals and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2015 and 2016.
Wisconsin's game at Nebraska becomes first Big Ten game canceled because of COVID-19
Twelve people within the program have tested positive for the coronavirus. The game is the first Big Ten game to be canceled due to COVID-19. One of the people who tested positive was head coach Paul Chryst. "This morning I received the news that I had tested positive via a PCR test I took yesterday," Chryst said. That means a Wisconsin player who tested positive after the Illinois game could miss two more weeks of competition before being allowed to play.
Report: Bengals trying to trade unhappy DE Carlos Dunlap, who tried to sell his house on Twitter
The Cincinnati Bengals and their disgruntled defensive end Carlos Dunlap apparently agree on one thing: It’s time to part ways. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday that the Bengals are trying to trade Dunlap, and have told him to stay home and not come to the facility. Sources: The #Bengals have told DE Carlos Dunlap to stay home rather than come to work today as the team sorts out his future. This is Carlos Dunlap arguing with a coach at the end of the game. The Bengals and DE Carlos Dunlap appear to be ready to move on from each other.
Texans close facility after player tests positive for COVID-19
The Houston Texans announced on Wednesday that they’re closing their team facility after a player tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday night. Statement from the Houston Texans: pic.twitter.com/hcvw5h5wra — Texans PR (@TexansPR) October 28, 2020The player who tested positive has not identified himself, and the Texans did not release his name. The timing of this is somewhat fortunate for the Texans, as they’re on a bye and aren’t scheduled to play a game in Week 8. This unnamed player is the first Texans player to test positive for COVID-19 this season. The Texans are closing their facility after a player tested positive for COVID-19.
Kyler Murray gets another NFC offensive player of the week award
Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray has won the NFC player of the week award for the second time in three weeks. Murray received the award in Week Five, and he just got it again for his Week Seven performance against the Seahawks. On Sunday night Murray completed 34 of 48 passes for 360 yards and three touchdowns, and he added 67 yards and a touchdown rushing. Murray is on pace to score 16 rushing touchdowns this season, which would be an NFL record for a quarterback. Kyler Murray gets another NFC offensive player of the week award originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
Why Trevor Lawrence should embrace the challenge of the Jets over the comforts of Clemson
Lawrence is 35-1 at Clemson, including a national title as a freshman and a championship game appearance as a sophomore. Trevor Lawrence hinted he could return to Clemson instead of being the No. (Ken Ruinard/Pool Photo via AP) MoreLawrence even speculating he might return to school sent the football world off its axis. About the only exciting thing terrible NFL teams have going for them this fall is that their failures might be rewarded with the long-haired, 6-foot-6 future superstar. 1 pick in the draft is terrible, of course, but the Jets represent another level of dysfunction.
NFL Week 8 picks: Buckle up, it's Steelers-Ravens week
We knew the Ravens would be one of the best teams in the NFL. The Steelers were a little more of a mystery before the season, but they’re the NFL’s last undefeated team. Many NFL games are decided on a razor-thin margin, and for a game like this it’s hard to have a strong opinion. This is Pittsburgh’s game of the year, at least until the next Ravens game, and they’ll be as ready as they can be. The point spread is Ravens -4, and I’m not sure either team should be favored by more than a field goal.
How to remember the Rays, and the Blake Snell decision that ended their World Series hopes
If you’re a Tampa Bay Rays fan — even if you’re not, probably — what you’ll remember from the end of the 2020 World Series is the decision to pull Blake Snell. He was pitching one of the best games of his career at the exact right moment: Game 6 of the World Series, with his Rays facing elimination. Those tactical decisions — whether made by Cash, or the front office, or a combination — got the team to the World Series, after all. View photos Rays ace Blake Snell reacts as manager Kevin Cash pulls him from Game 6 of the World Series. If they didn’t enter the game intending to pull Snell at a particular juncture, why did they pull him when they did?
Justin Turner's selfish World Series celebration is a symptom of a much larger problem
You’d think baseball, of all sports, would know the dangers of celebrating before the final out is in the books. You’d think the Dodgers, just three days removed from one of the most wrenching last-second defeats in World Series history, would realize that a game’s not over just because you want it to be. I don’t know what it’s like to win a World Series, and probably neither do you. But here’s what we all do know: We know what it’s like to go months without hugging our distant loved ones. Justin Turner (bottom, middle) celebrates with teammates after winning the World Series.
Gail Miller and family reportedly selling Utah Jazz to Qualtrics founder Ryan Smith for $1.66B
After over three decades of ownership, Gail Miller and the Miller family are selling a majority interest in the Utah Jazz to Ryan Smith, the founder of Utah-based cloud computing company Qualtrics. The Utah Jazz is being sold to cloud computing billionaire Ryan Smith. “The Miller family has had an unbelievable impact on countless people through the Utah Jazz and the other organizations they run. The Utah Jazz, the state of Utah, and its capital city are the beneficiaries of the Millers’ tremendous love, generosity and investment. In her statement, Miller expressed confidence that Smith would continue to keep the Jazz in Utah.
Report: Philadelphia 76ers nearing deal to hire Daryl Morey as president of basketball operations
The Philadelphia 76ers are nearing an agreement with former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey on a five-year contract to run their basketball operations department, according to multiple reports. Elton Brand will reportedly remain Philadelphia’s GM under Morey, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. After 13 seasons as GM of the Rockets, Morey stepped down two weeks ago, citing personal reasons. The Rockets also reportedly wanted Morey to remain as GM. The 76ers hired Brand in 2018, shortly after Bryan Colangelo’s GM tenure ended in his own Twitter controversy.
St. Francis football coach and former UCLA quarterback Jim Bonds has died at 51
Jim Bonds, who was a star quarterback at Newhall Hart, played quarterback at UCLA and served 20 years as football coach at La Canada St. Francis High, died Wednesday morning, his brother, Tom, said. Tom Bonds said he died peacefully with family at his side. Dodger manager Dave Roberts honored St. Francis football coach Jim Bonds. His St. Francis teams made the playoffs 19 out of 20 years. In 2017, St. Francis made its first CIF championship game since 1964.
Dodgers Dugout: The moment we’ve all been waiting for
I remember leaving Game 2 of the 1988 World Series and telling my dad we would have to go to a World Series game the next year, or the year after that. Little did I know that the 1988 World Series game would be the last one we would attend together. She was texting all of us during every World Series game (try imagining that in 1988). Thank you Matt Beaty, for being just like the rest of us: Watching and not playing in the World Series. Dodgers World Series batting averagesSome of you hate when I start listing stats.
Column: Ripple effects from Justin Turner’s positive coronavirus test could just be starting
But the ripple effects of Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner’s positive test for coronavirus, which was confirmed Tuesday and forced manager Dave Roberts to pull him from the game in the eighth inning, have only just begun to be measured. It would have caused chaos and massive public relations nightmares for MLB while it dealt with historically low World Series TV ratings. × The Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Game 6 of the World Series to win their first championship since 1988. Justin Turner sits between manager Dave Roberts and the World Series trophy. Asked if he had seen Turner on the field after the positive test results had become widely known, Betts seemed surprised anyone would think Turner shouldn’t have been there.
LeBron James and other celebs cheer the Dodgers: ‘LA is the city of CHAMPIONS’
“I know we can’t but DAMN I wanna celebrate with our @Lakers & @Dodgers fans!!! For the Dodgers fans out there, here’s my attempt at #ITFDB from earlier in the playoffs.”Congratulations @Dodgers! For the Dodgers fans out there, here’s my attempt at #ITFDB from earlier in the playoffs. #WeLoveLA #WSCHAMPS #2020 pic.twitter.com/UOgrYbx9fT — Mario Lopez (@mariolopezviva) October 28, 2020LA — ashton kutcher (@aplusk) October 28, 2020Congrats to the LA Dodgers!!!!! #WorldSeries ? — Becky G. (@iambeckyg) October 28, 2020Congrats Dodgers!
Trump supporters stranded for hours in freezing cold after president’s Nebraska rally
Throngs of people who attended a campaign rally held by President Trump at a Nebraska airport had to wait around in frigid weather for hours after it ended before they could get back to their cars. Thousands attended the Tuesday night rally at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield. Most parked in designated lots a mile or two from the airport and were shuttled to the 7:30 p.m. event on buses. AdvertisementPolice tried to clear traffic and respond to medical emergencies, including some people who suffered adverse effects from the cold, with temperatures around 30 degrees. Trump’s deputy press secretary, Samantha Zager, said that because of the size of the crowd, 40 shuttle buses were deployed instead of the normal 15.
Will the Patriots trade Stephon Gilmore? Bill Belichick says he doesn’t know anything about it
A Foxborough house owned by Gabrielle Gilmore, wife of Stephon, was listed for sale this week. When asked Wednesday morning about speculation that Gilmore could be moved, coach Bill Belichick was blunt: “Yeah, I don’t know anything about those.”The Patriots, at 2-4, could look to be sellers as the NFL trade deadline approaches next week. One possible candidate is cornerback Stephon Gilmore, the reigning defensive player of the year, who is in his fourth year of a five-year contract with New England. The Globe’s Ben Volin examined potential trade candidates, including Gilmore, in this piece. The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday at 4 p.m.Katie McInerney can be reached at katie.mcinerney@globe.com.
Pulling Blake Snell in Game 6 of the World Series was not the finest hour for MLB’s analytics crowd
Poor Cash, a former Red Sox catcher, gave the 2020 World Series to the Dodgers by listening to his analytics department instead of his baseball heart. The 2020 World Series could not have gone worse for your Boston Red Sox. AdvertisementBut the stat heads had decided before the game that Snell would not face any batter a third time. Morris told Minneapolis columnist Patrick Reusse, "Blake Snell was throwing better tonight than anyone I’ve ever seen in the World Series. The Dodgers are world champs with a big assist from the Red Sox.
Boston Marathon will not be held in April 2021, BAA announces
The Boston Marathon will not be held on its traditional Patriots' Day date in 2021, the Boston Athletic Association announced Wednesday. The organization is aiming to reschedule the race for later in the year, possibly in the fall. “With fewer than six months until Patriots' Day and with road races prohibited until Phase 4 of the Massachusetts reopening plan, we are unable to host the Boston Marathon this coming April,” Tom Grilk, CEO of the BAA, said in a statement. “By shifting our focus to a fall date, we can continue to work with stakeholders to adjust the in-person experience for runners and supporters alike. Prioritizing the safety of participants, volunteers, spectators, and community members, we continue to assess all elements of the race including a potential reduced field size or weekend date.”
After missing minor league season, 60-plus Giants prospects find a way to train for 2021
As the Los Angeles Dodgers spent the month of October battling through the postseason en route to their first title in 32 years, San Francisco Giants players were stuck at home. More than 60 Giants prospects have spent the month participating in a fall Instructional League in Arizona where they’ve competed against the best young players from other farm systems. Giants farm director Kyle Haines said the organization’s two Instructional League teams are playing nine-inning games almost every day. The Instructional League isn’t operating in a similar fashion to the alternate site, but that’s turned out to be a good thing for prospects and staff alike. 2 overall prospect, outfielder Heliot Ramos, hasn’t been participating in instructional league games due to an oblique injury.
Just out of prison, Minnesota’s most notorious drunken driver dies of natural causes
NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. — A Minnesota man who had at least 28 DWI arrests died of natural causes last week, less than a month after being released from prison. Danny Bettcher, 67, of New York Mills died unexpectedly at his home on Oct. 20, according to an online obituary. He had been freed on Sept. 28 from state prison after serving about 2½ years for a felony conviction of refusing to submit to a DWI test. A police officer said he saw Bettcher run a stop sign and then proceed at 10 mph on a highway. A construction worker who had served with the Minnesota National Guard, Bettcher had DWI arrests dating back to the 1980s.
Photos: Napa Valley mansion owned by Kansas City Chiefs tycoon gets $8 million price cut
The price of a Napa Valley vineyard ranch owned by Norma Hunt and the late Lamar Hunt — sports pioneer and longtime owner of the Kansas City Chiefs — has been reduced by $7.95 million to $12 million. The four-bedroom, four-bathroom home spans 6,615 square feet and sits on 40 acres of ranch and vineyard along the banks of Bidwell Creek in Knights Valley. The property’s grapes are sustainably cultivated, and the vineyard is lauded for its Cabernet Sauvignon wine production. Related Articles Photos: Antonio Brown trims price on Bay Area mansionPhotos: Robin Williams’ Tiburon mansion for sale for $7.25 millionPhotos: Ex-Cal Coach Lindsay Gottlieb now with NBA selling Oakland mansionHunt owned the Kansas City Chiefs since the team’s inception in 1959 until his death in 2006. He was also the principal founder of the American Football League and Major League Soccer, as well as MLS’s predecessor, the North American Soccer League.
49ers on Wednesday: Tevin Coleman, Jordan Reed, K’Waun Williams return to practice
SANTA CLARA — Tight end Jordan Reed, running back Tevin Coleman and nickel back K’Waun Williams are cleared to practice Wednesday on their much-anticipated path back from the 49ers’ injured reserve list. Coleman, out the past five games with a knee sprain, is especially needed for a thinning running back corps. Williams’ knee injury has cost him the past three games. PRACTICE SQUAD MOVESWide receiver Chris Finke, who signed with the 49ers after going undrafted out of Notre Dame, was signed to the practice squad. Defensive lineman Alex Barrett and cornerback Parnell Motley also went on the practice squad after clearing waivers with their Monday release.
Hotline newsletter: Loose ends as the season approaches, Utah’s testing plan, UCLA’s meal plan and more
*** The Pac-12 Hotline newsletter is published each Monday-Wednesday-Friday during the college sports season and twice-a-week in the summer. We’re just 11 days from the start of the long-awaited, long-delayed Pac-12 football season. We know the men will play 20 conference games and the women will play 22, but the specifics have not been made public; nor have the non-conference games. Looking AheadWhat’s coming on the Pac-12 Hotline:• The season preview series shifts to the North division in the second half of the week. *** Follow me on Twitter: @WilnerHotline*** Pac-12 Hotline is not endorsed or sponsored by the Pac-12 Conference, and the views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the Conference.
Pac-12 Networks: The programming plan for a fall without football to broadcast
The absence of football on the Pac-12 Networks this fall won’t stop the networks from promoting Pac-12 football. The decision to place every game on the major networks, including eight Friday matchups, was a financial necessity:The conference generates millions of dollars more per broadcast from Fox and ESPN than it does from the Pac-12 Networks. The absence of games, budget cuts, staff reductions and health restrictions related to Covid-19 have conspired to limit the Pac-12 Networks’ programming options:— There will be no mid-week studio show on the linear network. “It’s most effective when it’s the lead-in for a game,’’ Meyers said. *** Send suggestions, comments and tips (confidentiality guaranteed) to pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com or call 408-920-5716*** Follow me on Twitter: @WilnerHotline*** Pac-12 Hotline is not endorsed or sponsored by the Pac-12 Conference, and the views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the Conference.
Dodgers’ Justin Turner pulled mid-game during World Series win after positive Covid-19 test, celebrates on field with teammates
The World Series hadn’t seen anything quite like it in what was the most extraordinary of finales that posed as many questions as it did talking points. Los Angeles Dodgers star Justin Turner had to be pulled in the middle of his team’s World Series-securing Game 6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays after testing positive for Covid-19. The Dodgers and Rays have also remained in bubble environments while playing the World Series at the neutral venue of Arlington, Texas. LA sporting successMLB Commissioner Rob Manfred told Fox during his post-game interview that it was “a bittersweet night for” the league. As well as the Dodgers securing the World Series, the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA title earlier this month, while two LA NFL teams are back in action.
Prop 22: Both sides throw last-minute millions into close fight
“In this case, we are a heavily Democrat, bright blue state, and the opposition (to Prop 22) is led by labor, which Democrats typically support,” she said. Hotly contested campaigns often see a flurry of late contributions, and Prop 22 will be fought to the end, Diaz said. 22 is another front in a long-running war between the state and the gig-economy companies over the classification of workers. Nearly a million gig jobs are at risk if Prop 22 fails, because of “the potential loss of app-based ride-share and delivery services after the election,” said Yes campaign spokesman Geoff Vetter. The “No on Prop 22” campaign argues that the initiative would let the companies “continue exploiting their workers” by depriving them of legally required benefits, including paid sick leave and unemployment insurance.
Arizona Cardinals not yet at level of San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks or LA Rams
Perhaps the most head-scratching ranking, however, was his spot for the 4-3 San Francisco 49ers. MORE:NFL playoff picture: Arizona Cardinals vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers in first round showdownArizona beat the 49ers in San Francisco in Week 1 of the season, 24-20. MORE:NFL power rankings: Arizona Cardinals vault into Top 10 with win over Seattle SeahawksCowherd had the Green Bay Packers (5-1) at No. A Seattle win would put San Francisco back another game in the standings. A San Francisco win would further muddle the division and the playoff picture for the NFC West.
'It’s an unfortunate endpoint': Dodgers' World Series win marred by Justin Turner's return to field for celebration
“To have that happen to a guy like that ... what he meant to this franchise, this community,’’ said shortstop Corey Seager, the World Series MVP, “it’s gut-wrenching for me. “This year’s been crazy, obviously,’’ said Clayton Kershaw, who exorcised his October demons by winning two of the Dodgers’ World Series games. “No matter what, we’ll look back on this and say we’re World Series champs. The 2020 Dodgers won the World Series, who cares about all of that other stuff. “No matter what, we’ll look back on this, we’re World Series champions.’’Follow Nightengale on Twitter: @Bnightengale
Steve Kerr, Doc Rivers attack Donald Trump, support Joe Biden in Lincoln Project video
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has long been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump. In the video, Kerr says that voting for Trump "is a vote against the very ideals upon which our country was founded." "So funny to watch Steve Kerr grovel and pander when asked a simple question about China. “I watched this guy Steve Kerr. He was like a little boy who was so scared to be answering the question,” Trump told reporters at the time.
ASU, Arizona selling fan cutouts for 2020-21 Pac-12 college football season
You may not be able to attend ASU or Arizona football games during the 2020-21 season in person, but you can still have a presence at Sun Devil Stadium or Arizona Stadium. The school is offering the cutouts to season ticket holders and ASU faculty and staff for $40. The proceeds from cutouts will help support ASU student-athletes, according to ASU Athletics. Their last regular season game at home is scheduled for Dec. 5 against UCLA. Click here for more information and to order a cutout for Arizona home football games.
MLB power rankings: Low expectations, odds for Arizona Diamondbacks in 2021 season
The Arizona Diamondbacks entered the 2020 season considered by some to be a possible World Series contender. Early MLB power rankings were released for the 2021 season after the Los Angeles' Dodgers took home the World Series title on Tuesday night and you have to scroll down a while to find the Diamondbacks. Arizona entered the 2020 season at 50/1 to win take home the World Series title. MORE:MLB power rankings: Arizona Diamondbacks finish 'mess' of a 2020 MLB seasonESPN: Diamondbacks ranked No. The Diamondbacks are scheduled to open their 2021 season on April 1 against the San Diego Padres in San Diego.
Wisconsin's game against Nebraska canceled with Badgers unable to play due to COVID-19 protocol
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin’s Big Ten football game this Saturday at Nebraska has been canceled because of positive COVID-19 tests among players and staff, including head coach Paul Chryst, Badgers officials announced Wednesday morning. According to Big Ten protocols, the game should be declared no contest and will be neither a victory nor a loss for either team. “We have said from the beginning that the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff members comes first,” Alvarez said. “Over the past several days we have seen a rising number of student-athletes and staff contract the virus. “I am disappointed for our players and coaching staff who put so much into preparing to play each week.
Fountain Hills cancelling in-person classes, all athletics for 14 days due to COVID-19
Fountain Hills High School is closing down for 14 days due to COVID-19. All sports and activities are shut down during this time, superintendent Kelly Glass said in an email. "We will be canceling all athletics, activities, and classes for the next 14 days due to COVID-19 illness," she wrote. Fountain Hills football coach Jason Henslin, whose team is 2-2, said he could not comment. Fountain Hills is cancelling its next two football games against Show Low this Friday and Chandler Arizona College Prep on Nov. 6.
AZ Compass Prep adds Duke Brennan after beating Hillcrest, Dream City in Border League
Chandler's AZ Compass Prep added former Gilbert Perry big man Duke Brennan this week, after his short-lived time with Gilbert's Eduprize. That gives a loaded Compass Prep team a front line that goes 7 feet, 6-10 and 6-10. Last weekend, without Brennan, AZ Compass Prep proved it is the best Arizona prep boys basketball team after going 4-0 beating both Hillcrest Prep and Dream City Christian, to win the prep division of the Border League at Gilbert Highland High School. AZ Compass Prep announced the addition of Brennan on social media. On Nov. 4, AZ Compass will play Glendale Dream City at 8 p.m.Other local prep teams playing are host PHH Prep and Scottsdale Bella Vista.
Arizona high school football Week 5 Game of the Week top recruits: Centennial, Chandler
The Peoria Centennial and Chandler high school football teams have huge talented bases. Some of the top youth players come to these schools out of grade schools because of the powerful football reputations. Here's a look at some of the top football recruits from each school:Centennial Coyotes (3-1)Rashon Adams, WR/DB, 6-3, 185, Sr. Great athlete. Nason Coleman, TE, 6-3, 230, Jr.A three-star recruit with 11 offers, including Arizona and Arizona State, Iowa State, Nebraska, Utah, Arkansas and BYU.
ASU basketball could be 'historically great' under Bobby Hurley in 2020-21 season
Wittry wrote that Arizona State could have its best season since 1994-95 in the 202-21 season. Under coach Bobby Hurley, Arizona State earned a No. Bobby Hurley should have a squad that will be chased from the outset." "Bobby Hurley should have a squad that will be chased from the outset." MORE:ASU basketball's Remy Martin, Bobby Hurley look to win 'championships' in 2020-21 season
Arizona high school football midseason report: COVID, comebacks, craziness
Just to make it to midseason in a high school football season marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, Arizona gets an A. It's been COVID crazy through four weeks with 25 schools (and likely counting) having to shut it down two weeks at a time. There has been a lot to break down in the season's first half, and not just about which schools got dinged by COVID. He has completed 70% of his passes, throwing for 1,137 yards and 10 touchdowns with two interceptions on 134 attempts. This is quietly confident team, led by quarterback Quade Swearingen, running back Anyale Velazquez and tight end Jake Schmitt.
Jason Peters could return to Eagles lineup as Doug Pederson says several injured players will practice
There has been intrigue around the status of wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who has been kept on the 53-man roster all season and has been practicing on a limited basis for several weeks. Pederson confirmed that Jeffery’s foot injury, which required surgery last December, is healed, but he said Jeffery suffered a calf injury in practice and is being held back by that. Pederson said Jeffery is day-to-day.
Daryl Morey to be named Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations
Morey has many decisions to make in a short time, with the NBA draft scheduled for Nov. 18. The Sixers have the No. 21 pick in the first round and four second-round selections.
Report: Cowboys to release DT Dontari Poe, CB Daryl Worley if Dallas can’t trade them Wednesday
The Cowboys have informed Poe and Worley of their intent to release them if trades can’t be made, Pelissero reports. The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday. https://t.co/D1w3ocJ0Us — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 28, 2020Asked about Poe and Worley during his media availability Wednesday morning, Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy declined to confirm the NFL Network report. Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy declined to confirm @TomPelissero report NT Dontari Poe and Daryl Worley are being released today if not traded. — Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) October 28, 2020Mike McCarthy won't say if Poe or Worley will be at practice today.
Which North Texas school districts offer the highest teacher salaries? One suburb leads the rest
Irving ISD ranks No. 1 in offering the highest salaries to experienced teachers in North Texas for the 2020-2021 school year, according a study released by the United Educators Association. Teachers with 10 years of experience in Irving ISD earn an average salary of $63,763; those with 20 years earn $66,448, and 30 years earn $73,423. There is just no way around it,” Irving ISD Superintendent Magda Hernandez said in a statement. Teachers with five years' experience fare the best in Dallas ISD, with an average salary of $61,200.
Dallas City Council approves master plan to revitalize Fair Park
The Dallas City Council on Wednesday approved an updated master plan for historic Fair Park that attempts to infuse new life into the South Dallas neighborhood while helping to heal old wounds in the Black community. Representatives from Dallas Park and Recreation, Fair Park First, the nonprofit that manages the area and its for-profit partner, Spectra, presented the plan to council members at a briefing last week. “It’s an exciting time to see the ‘park’ come back to Fair Park. The park department and Fair Park First have hired Rise 360 to raise money for the project, which is expected to be completed in 2024. (Perkins & Will / Fair Park First)Fundraisers have said they are confident of reaching the $58 million goal because of Fair Park’s historical significance.
Dallas Stars unveil new black and neon green alternate jersey
• By using black numbers on a black background, relying on the bright green to make the jerseys functional both in person and on television. The Dallas Stars revealed their new third jersey on Wednesday morning, named "Blackout" by the team and using a neon green the team called "Skyline Green." They were set on creating a black jersey — although they tested a charcoal design at one point. The Dallas Stars revealed their new third jersey on Wednesday morning, named "Blackout" by the team and using a neon green the team called "Skyline Green." (Dallas Stars)On reverse retros: While the Blackout jersey is the Stars' third for next season, don’t expect a fourth one.
The new narrative: World champions. It sounds good to Highland Park’s Clayton Kershaw
In the moment he’d waited his whole life for – the clinching of a World Series championship – Clayton Kershaw became more observer than participant. It was his third World Series. It hasn’t sunk in.”He launched into his favorite topic, which is really talking about anybody not named Clayton Kershaw. He lauded his pitching mates, namely Walker Buehler, whom he called the staff’s new workhorse, and Julio Urias, who closed out the World Series. And then the interview concluded and he was ushered off as somebody said, Clayton Kershaw, you are a world champion right here in our own hometown.
Jackson: Noah Fant’s decision to play through injury way of establishing identity in Broncos locker room
Broncos tight end Noah Fant answered this query in the affirmative before the Chiefs game last Sunday and proceeded to take the field on an injured ankle in the freezing snow. Once you get used to the support of the tape, to play without it is to play naked. In addition to ankle tape on bare feet, players also get tape wrapped around the outside of the shoe, called a “spat”, which adds even more stability. These measures fortify weak ankles and can help provide confidence to an injured player that he can play, despite his injury. Nate Jackson is a former wide receiver/tight end for the Broncos who lives in Denver.
Led by Arrowhead freshman Jessica Guiser, youth reigns supreme on all-state golf team
The freshman from Arrowhead has been named the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin player of the year. Brookfield Central junior Sarah Balding and Cedarburg senior Elise Hoven earned first-team distinction for the second straight year. All-state teamFirst teamJessica Guiser, fr., Arrowhead; Sarah Balding, jr., Brookfield Central; Elise Hoven, sr., Cedarburg; Norah Roberts, soph., Union Grove; Ava Salay, soph., Prescott; Kylie Walker, fr., Union Grove. Second teamJenna Anderson, jr., Kettle Moraine; Ellie Behring, sr., Oak Creek; Madeline Fiebig, jr., Kettle Moraine; Lauren Haen, sr., Appleton Xavier; Madison Haugen, fr., Brookfield East; Reagan Stuke, sr., Kettle Moraine. Third teamGrace Durkin, soph., Green Bay Notre Dame; Maya Heckemann, sr., Lakeside Lutheran; Amanda Karvala, sr., New Berlin Eisenhower; Brin Neuman soph., Tomah; CJ Romero, sr., Brookfield Central; Katelyn Walker, fr., Westosha Central; Kyley Wipper, sr., Brookfield Central.
Wes Matthews vote commercial
Wes Matthews vote commercialWesley Matthews of the Milwaukee Bucks played a starring role in a new commercial encouraging Wisconsinites to vote.
Marquette men picked for sixth in Big East; Dawson Garcia is preseason freshman of year
The Golden Eagles were picked to finish sixth in the Big East by the conference coaches. MU's Dawson Garcia was picked as the Big East's preseason freshman of the year. The 6-foot-11 Garcia, from Prior Lake, Minnesota, is a highly skilled forward expected to play a major role for the Golden Eagles this season. Carton and Garcia are the two most prominent new faces for the Golden Eagles, who graduated their top two scorers from last year in Markus Howard and Sacar Anim. The Big East hopes to release the rest of its schedule in the next month.
Fantasy player misses out on winning $1 million due to late Bears-Rams stat correction
1, good for a million bucks. A sack previously credited to the Bears was taken away and Goff was credited with four fewer rushing yards. The win turned into a sixth-place finish for $3,078.94, which isn’t terrible. But it isn’t $1 million. One Twitter user seems to have found the play that was initially a sack and then wasn’t:And the box score shows: pic.twitter.com/FuwkbSJU8J — Justin Freeman (@JustinFreeman18) October 27, 2020Read more at usatoday.com
Bears WR Allen Robinson in concussion protocol
Bears star receiver Allen Robinson is in the NFL’s concussion protocol, coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday. Nagy said the Bears have to scheme for two scenarios — that he will play, or will not, Sunday against the Saints. Robinson has not missed a game since 2018, when he sat out three games in his first season with the Bears. Robinson is playing the final year of a three-year contract that he signed after beginning his career with Jacksonville. The Bears could always keep Robinson next year by giving him the franchise tag, though the receiver would likely be annoyed by such a move.
So many problems with the Bears’ offense, but the biggest one is GM Ryan Pace
So what’s wrong with the Bears’ offense? Everything is wrong with the Bears’ offense. Foles’ struggles could be because of the offensive line that Pace “built.’’ Or it could be because of the coach Pace hired. What it looks like, though, is that he thinks the running game is about as necessary as celery. The Bears’ culture also is averaging 3.8 yards per rush, tied for third worst.
Wisconsin cancels Nebraska game after 12 people, including coach Paul Chryst, test positive for COVID-19
9 Wisconsin has canceled its game at Nebraska on Saturday and paused all team activities for at least seven days after a dozen people within the program including coach Paul Chryst tested positive for COVID-19. “This morning I received the news that I had tested positive via a PCR test I took yesterday,” Chryst said. I had not been experiencing any symptoms and feel good as of this morning.”Wisconsin said six players and six staff members had tested positive over the last five days. Wisconsin becomes the first Big Ten school to postpone a game since the league started its pandemic-delayed season last week. The Big Ten requires teams to play at least six games to be eligible for the league championship game.
DraftKings deepens Nevada roots with UNLV sponsorship
DraftKings isn’t yet licensed in Nevada, but its logo is about to be plastered across UNLV’s Stan Fulton Building. The daily fantasy sports company has entered a multiyear agreement with UNLV to become a primary sponsor of its Center for Gaming Innovation, inside the university’s International Gaming Institute. The university’s Fulton Building also will feature DraftKings Gaming Innovation Studio signage and DraftKings branding as part of the agreement. “The talented students in this program are learning skills that we covet.”The announcement follows the opening of a 300-person DraftKings Las Vegas office in January, its second-largest office in the country behind its Boston headquarters. “DraftKings has years of experience developing strong relationships with elected officials and regulators in numerous jurisdictions, including Nevada,” Liberman said.
Marlins pick up $12.5M option on OF Starling Marte
Miami swept two games from the NL Central champion Chicago Cubs before getting swept in three games by the NL East champion Atlanta Braves. Marte went 2 for 4 with a double in the first-round opener against the Cubs but was hit by a pitch late in the game and missed the rest of the expanded postseason with a broken left hand.
Drink local: Shady Distillery opens at Fort Lauderdale’s Sistrunk Marketplace
“I had to get back to the ocean, and Florida just seemed like a really good spot to relocate,” he says. “Fort Lauderdale is a really good hub for me. You’ve got this whole neighborhood that’s coming into its own and the Sistrunk Marketplace next door. … It’s just a super cool operation.”
COVID-19 outbreak on Wisconsin — 12 people, including 6 players and head coach Paul Chryst — forces cancellation of Saturday’s Big Ten game vs. Nebraska
“We have said from the beginning that the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff members comes first,” Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said. “Over the past several days we have seen a rising number of student-athletes and staff contract the virus. The responsible thing for us to do is to pause football-related activities for at least seven days.”
An aging Gegard Mousasi still can bring the fight to Douglas Lima at Bellator 250
The fight serves as the main event of Bellator 250 behind closed doors at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. He’s good everywhere. He’s a great striker, good wrestler, really good on the ground," Lima said. "I've never fought in Holland, at least since the beginning of my career, but no one knew me," Mousasi said. "Now, [Bellator is] working with Showtime and CBS, so maybe a boxing fight, but I don't know how realistic that is.