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Getting to January will be major challenge for NFL

By Barry Wilner The Associated Press In every NFL season, there are losing teams who hit December and just want to get to January, get the schedule done and go home. In 2020, it’s all about the league itself getting to January during a pandemic that daily is becoming harder to deal ...

Texans’ receiver suspended

The Associated Press HOUSTON — Houston Texans receiver Will Fuller says he’s been suspended for six games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Fuller announced the suspension on Instagram on Monday, saying that the suspension was from a medication he was ...

Sports at a glance

Rough times in the Big 10 The Detroit Free Press was reporting on Monday that multiple people within the Michigan football program have tested positive for COVID-19, and that no football was being played or practiced because of the potential outbreak of cases. Michigan is scheduled to host ...

Hoops du Jour

Men: Saint Francis at Virginia Tipoff: 4 p.m., John Paul Jones Arena,Charlottesville, Va. Records: Saint Francis (1-1); Virginia (1-1) TV: ACC Network (Jay Alter, Malcolm Huckaby) Notable: Tonight’s game will be the first ever between Saint Francis and Virginia, which is ranked 15th ...

Ready or not, NBA camp set to open up

The Associated Press For the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat, it was the shortest offseason ever. For the eight teams that haven’t played since March, the offseason dragged for longer than most seasons last. And for all 30 clubs, questions are far more prevalent than answers these ...

NFL moving Steelers-Ravens to 3:40 p.m. kickoff

Better write this down Pittsburgh will host Baltimore on Wednesday at 3:40 p.m. The original date of the game was Nov. 26. The Steelers’ home game with Washington, which was scheduled for this Sunday at 1 p.m., is now Monday at 5 p.m. By David Ginsburg The Associated Press The ...

Tyson returns, earns draw in exhibition with Jones

LOS ANGELES — Mike Tyson stepped through the ropes in his signature black trunks and heard the opening bell in a boxing ring for the first time in 15 years. The former heavyweight champion of the world traded lively punches with Roy Jones Jr. for eight entertaining rounds that ended with ...

Mahomes, Hill lead Chiefs

TAMPA, Fla. — When Tyreek Hill draws single coverage, Patrick Mahomes is going to find a way to get the ball to the Kansas City Chiefs’ most explosive receiver. Mahomes threw for 462 yards, including touchdowns of 75, 44 and 20 yards to Hill, who finished with 13 catches for 269 yards in ...

NFL roundup

Titans 45, Colts 26 INDIANAPOLIS — Derrick Henry battered the NFL’s second-stingiest defense for 140 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, finished with 178 yards and led the Tennessee Titans to a crucial rout of the Indianapolis Colts. The win gives Tennessee (8-3) sole ...

Buffalo back has huge game

A roundup of Saturday’s college football action: Stars Jaret Patterson, Buffalo, tied an FBS record with eight touchdowns and ran for 409 yards to become the fourth major-college football player to have a 400-yard rushing game in a 70-41 win over Kent State. Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, ...

Thanksgiving weekend different this season

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press The Thanksgiving weekend football feast will be missing a few of the dishes that have become mainstays. Schedules altered and seasons delayed by the pandemic have taken off the table a bunch of rivalry games that have become a staple of the last ...

Counting on Browns to erase last week’s bad day

By Barry Wilner The Associated Press Following a dismal week in which we missed on three of our categories, we would like to make it up to our pro football fans with an early holiday present. We missed on the Best Bet, the Upset Special and the Knockout Pool last week so for what it’s ...

Tyson, Jones want to prove you’re never too old to fight

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Mike Tyson stepped onto a spotlighted stage Friday and weighed in at 220 pounds, ripping off his shirt to reveal a muscled torso that could belong to an athlete of half his 54 years. The former heavyweight champion moved into a COVID-protective glass box ...

Sports hangs by thread of the almighty dollar

The games will go on, hanging by the thread of the almighty dollar. Even as the coronavirus rages out of control over wide swaths of the country, and some facets of society are beginning to shut down again in hopes of stemming the deadly tide, there are no plans to shutter sports like they ...

Buckeyes’ game vs. Illinois canceled

The Associated Press No. 3 Ohio State’s game at Illinois on Saturday was canceled because the Buckeyes have had a spike of COVID-19 cases this week, leaving the the Big Ten’s best team precariously close to being ineligible to play for the conference title. The cancelation Friday night ...

Book makes sure Irish avoid upset on road

The Associated Press CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Ian Book kept scrambling to buy time and help No. 2 Notre Dame put together multiple long touchdown drives. The Fighting Irish’s defense allowed little room for Sam Howell and No. 25 North Carolina’s potent offense to do the same. Book threw ...

Trubisky starting for Bears

LAKE FOREST, IIll. — It’s been a long way back from a difficult place for Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. After being benched in Week 3, Trubisky will start against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, Bears coach Matt Nagy said Friday. Trubisky took all the first-team ...

Hoops du Jour

Men: VMI at Penn State Tipoff: 1 p.m., Jordan Center, University Park Records: Virginia Millitary Institute (1-0); PSU (0-0) TV: Big Ten-Plus Radio: SiriusXM Internet: GoPSUsports.com Notable: VMI coached by one-time PSU standout guard Dan Earl. ... The Keydets’ first win was over ...

Diogu saw wave of Nigerians coming

Fifteen years after Ike Diogu was a first-round NBA draft pick, Nigerians are setting records. Diogu was the lone Nigerian-American among a group of international players selected back in 2005. This year, a whole starting five and then some could be built from all the picks with Nigerian ...

Despite ill Ravens, Steelers still on

The Associated Press The Thanksgiving night game between the Ravens and Steelers has been switched to Sunday afternoon because of coronavirus issues with Baltimore. The NFL officially announced the move Wednesday, placing the game at 1:15 p.m. on NBC. Previously, it was scheduled for ...