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Saint lose

two receivers

METAIRIE, La. — New Orleans Saints receiver Emmanuel Sanders has tested positive for COVID-19 and Michael Thomas remained unable to practice on Friday because of a recent hamstring injury. Neither will be able to play Sunday against Carolina.

Thomas, the 2019 AP Offensive Player of the Year after setting an NFL record with 149 catches in a season, was listed as out on the Saints’ final injury report of the week.

He has not played since the season opener, when he caught three passes for 17 yards before spraining his ankle when running back Latavius Murray was tackled into the back of the star receiver’s lower legs.

Sanders had a career-high 12 catches for 122 yards in New Orleans’ last game, a 30-27 triumph over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Ex-Viking

dead at 70

MINNEAPOLIS — Matt Blair, one of the great linebackers in Minnesota Vikings history and a six-time Pro Bowler who played in two Super Bowls, has died. He was 70 years old.

His death was announced by the team. Blair, who had been suffering from dementia, died Thursday after an extended period in hospice care, according to the Star Tribune.

Drafted in the second round out of Iowa State in 1974, Blair played all 12 of his NFL seasons for the Vikings, from 1974 to 1985. He started 130 of the 160 regular-season games he played, racking up 1,452 tackles, the second most in team history.

NBA targets Dec. 22 start

The NBA may be back before Christmas and fans could return to games at some point next season, if one plan considered by the league’s board of governors becomes reality.

The board is targeting a Dec. 22 start to what would be a season of 70 to 72 games, with the NBA Finals ending in June again as has been in the case for many years, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The person, who spoke to The Associated Press Friday on condition of anonymity because no plan has been finalized, said the possibility of fans being at games would hinge on how a particular market is faring against the coronavirus at that time.

Woods has

better day 2

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The mountain ahead is still steep, but Tiger Woods regained some of his sanity after rebounding in the second round of the Zozo Championship.

Woods – a five-time winner and five-time runner up in his World Challenge event at Sherwood over the years – backed up his career worst score on the track (76) with a 6-under 66 on Friday.

A day after playing the five par-5s in a dismal 3-over, Woods had some revenge by making birdie on four of the five long holes. He added four more birdies throughout the round that were countered by just two bogeys.

The leader after two rounds is Justin Thomas, who backed up his 65 with another 65 on Friday for 14-under par showing. Dylan Frittelli and Lanto Griffin are tied for second, both at 13-under.

From Mirror, wire reports

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