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5-0 Steelers, Titans set for showdown

Maybe all the delays involving the Titans and the jumbled NFL schedule led to the kind of showcase game we all need. Pittsburgh (5-0) at Tennessee (5-0). Yes, the COVID-19 outbreak in Nashville provided some understandably nervous and upsetting times. And it could be a harbinger for ...

NBA eyeing Dec. 22 as start of new season

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 ...

US to face Wales

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. men’s soccer team will return to the field for the first time since January for a Nov. 12 exhibition at Wales. The Americans have not played since a 1-0 win over Costa Rica on Feb. 1 because of the pandemic. In that match at Carson, California, the U.S. used ...

5 more Raiders on COVID list

The Las Vegas Raiders placed four starting offensive linemen and safety Johnathan Abram on the reserve/COVID-19 list after they were determined to be close contacts with a teammate who had tested positive for the coronavirus. Two people familiar with the moves Thursday confirmed that ...

NC rivalry renewed

No. 23 North Carolina State (4-1, 4-1 ACC) at No. 14 North Carolina (3-1, 3-1), Saturday at noon ET (ESPN). Line: UNC by 15. Series record: UNC leads 67-36-6. WHAT’S AT STAKE? The Tar Heels took a big tumble in the AP Top 25 after a surprising loss at Florida State, falling ...

DA blames track worker for horse death

ELMONT (AP) — A backstretch worker at New York’s Belmont Park caused the death of a $200,000 racehorse by releasing the filly onto blacktop where she fell and broke her leg, prosecutors said Thursday. Ramzan Antooa, 38, released the 2-year-old filly named Pasta from her stall on July 30 ...

Michigan St. dropping swimming, diving teams

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University is dropping swimming and diving teams for men and women after the 2020-21 season, officials said Thursday. “MSU athletics is facing a financial crisis unlike any we’ve ever seen in college athletics,” athletic director Bill ...

Tiger, Mickelson among the few back at Sherwood

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Sherwood Country Club again is hosting some of the world’s best players, some of whom return to memories of clutch shots, free money and a happy time of the year with the holidays right around the corner. Just not very many of them. In another sign of a ...

Raiders send O-line home after a positive COVID test

The Las Vegas Raiders sent all five starting offensive linemen home as part of coronavirus contact tracing after right tackle Trent Brown was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list with a positive test. The Raiders held practice on Wednesday without their starting five as they prepare for ...

Army purring again under coach Jeff Monken

Say this about Army coach Jeff Monken — he’s a master of improvisation. Faced with the loss of his top three quarterbacks to injuries as he prepared the Black Knights to face UTSA on the road last Saturday, he decided to rotate two quarterbacks who had just one snap under center ...

McDermott focused on fixing Bills

ORCHARD PARK — Sean McDermott didn’t mind being reminded of how the Buffalo Bills still lead the AFC East despite consecutive losses to Kansas City and Tennessee. The Bills coach, however, understands there’s plenty that needs to be addressed if the team is going to maintain that ...

Tagovailoa replaces Fitzpatrick as Miami’s starting QB

MIAMI — Tua Tagovailoa now has a role to match his jersey number. He’s the Miami Dolphins’ No. 1 quarterback. The former Alabama star will make his first NFL start next week for the Miami Dolphins, who are turning to him to replace Ryan Fitzpatrick, a person familiar with the ...

Dodgers-Rays a matchup of baseball’s best

ARLINGTON, Texas — The World Series matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays is a rare meeting of baseball’s best for the title, and a matchup of organizations with Andrew Friedman’s imprint. Friedman was the Rays’ director of baseball operations from 2004-05 ...

NASCAR reinstates Larson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kyle Larson can return to NASCAR competition next season following a long suspension for using a racial slur while playing a video game. He was suspended in April for after he used the n-word while playing an online racing game in which viewers could follow along. He ...

Jets send veteran McLendon to Buccaneers

NEW YORK — The New York Jets agreed to terms on a trade that sent veteran nose tackle Steve McLendon to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. According to a person with direct knowledge of the deal, Tampa Bay also acquired New York’s 2023 seventh-round draft pick for the Buccaneers’ ...

Pac-12 sets what-if plans

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Pac-12 has established cancellation and tiebreaker policies for its virus-truncated football season. The conference announced Monday that a minimum threshold of at least 53 scholarship players — with various position minimums — must be available for any team ...

Giants, Judge finally triumph

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Joe Judge won’t have a lot of time to enjoy his first win as New York Giants coach. In fact, the 38-year-old Judge barely had time to celebrate as the Giants rode a wild final four minutes, a decisive play by Mr. Irrelevant and a game-saving late stop by the ...

Broncos kick 6 FGs to beat Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Denver Broncos waited two weeks to finally play again and they were rewarded with their biggest win of the season. Brandon McManus had six field goals and linebacker Malik Reed came up with a big sack late to help the Broncos hold on for an 18-12 win over ...

Logano holds off Harvick in Kansas to clinch spot in finale

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Joey Logano used every bit of the track to hold off Kevin Harvick over a long, finishing green-flag run to win the NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday and earn a spot in the championship round at Phoenix. The 2018 series champion had hung around the ...