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Tennessee Titans place wide receiver A.J. Brown on injured reserve

The Tennessee Titans placed wide receiver A.J. Brown on injured reserve on Saturday ahead of their matchup with the New England Patriots. Brown suffered chest, rib and hand injuries during last week's 22-13 loss to the Houston Texans. He played 40 offensive snaps and finished with five receptions for 48 yards on nine targets. "Walking by faith as always. GOD makes no mistakes," Brown posted on social media after the news broke that is headed for IR. Brown will now be out for the next three weeks. The earliest that Brown will be able to return is when Tennessee faces the San Francisco 49ers on Dec 23 on Thursday night football. In 10 games, Brown has 46 receptions for 615 yards and three touchdowns. He also missed Tennessee's Week 4 loss to the New York Jets because of a knee injury. The Titans signed veteran free agent receiver Golden Tate to their practice squad last Tuesday. But they did not elevate him to the active...
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Seattle Mariners acquiring utility player Adam Frazier in trade with San Diego Padres

The Seattle Mariners have acquired second baseman/outfielder Adam Frazier in a trade with the San Diego Padres. Going to San Diego will be hard-throwing left-handed reliever  Raymond Kerr and outfielder Corey Rosier. Frazier, who turns 30 in December, was an All-Star last season for Pittsburgh, which dealt him to the Padres. He's in line to play in a super-utility role, especially if Seattle signs a big-name free-agent infielder. "Adam is a proven, versatile and well-rounded player," Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. "His presence makes our lineup longer and our team more complete." The Mariners announced the move on Twitter with a nod to the TV show "Frasier." Frazier is under contract for $7.5 million this season and can enter free agency after the 2022 season. He finished fifth in the National League last season in hits (176) and batting average (.305) and added five home runs and 43 RBIs. In six MLB seasons,...
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Sources: Seattle Mariners acquiring utility player Adam Frazier in trade with San Diego Padres

The Seattle Mariners are acquiring second baseman/outfielder Adam Frazier in a trade with the San Diego Padres, sources familiar with the agreement tell ESPN. Going to San Diego will be hard-throwing left-handed reliever  Raymond Kerr and outfielder Corey Rosier. Frazier, who turns 30 in December, was an All-Star last year for Pittsburgh, which dealt him to the Padres. He's in line to play in a super-utility role, especially if Seattle signs a big-name free-agent infielder. Frazier is under contract for $7.5 million this season and can enter free agency after the 2022 season. He finished fifth in the National League with 176 hits and a .305 batting average last season and added five home runs and 43 RBIs. In six MLB seasons, Frazier has a career .281 average with 313 runs scored and 215 RBIs. Kerr, 27, is a power lefty who can hit 100 mph. Rosier, 21, had an excellent debut in 2021.
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UFC lightweights Beneil Dariush, Islam Makhachev agree to 155-pound, five-round contest in February

UFC lightweights Beneil Dariush and Islam Makhachev have agreed to meet on Feb 26, manager Ali Abdelaziz told ESPN. The 155-pound, five-round contest will headline a UFC Fight Night, said Abdelaziz, who managers both fighters. The promotion has not yet announced a location for that event. "I don't like it when two guys who I really love have to fight, but these two have worked their whole lives to become a champion and this is a No. 1 contender match," Abdelaziz said. "Whoever wins this fight will fight for the title, so who am I to tell them not to fight? They're at the top and I wish both guys the best of luck." The winner will have a strong case for a lightweight title shot in his next appearance. According to the UFC rankings, Dariush and Makhachev are Nos. 3 and 4, respectively. No. 1-ranked Dustin Poirier will challenge Charles Oliveira for the title in December. No. 2-ranked Justin Gaethje is also in the title hunt. In addition to...
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Sources: Michigan State football team affected by flu outbreak

The  Michigan State football team is dealing with a flu outbreak impacting players on both sides of the ball for Saturday's regular-season finale against Penn State, sources told ESPN. A source described the situation as "pretty bad," and noted that every recent day has added to the list of players fighting flu symptoms. Offensive and defensive linemen are affected, as well as the quarterback room and some other positions. A source said some players likely will try to play through their symptoms against the Nittany Lions. The 12th-ranked Spartans are aiming for a 10-2 regular-season record and a potential New Year's Six bowl berth. Penn State had its own flu outbreak last week and had more than 21 players out for a game against Rutgers. "[Nov. 18], it looked like a hospital ward in there," Nittany Lions coach James Franklin said after the Rutgers win. "There was IVs everywhere. Friday was the same way; we didn't have a scholarship quarterback at Friday's...
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Sources -- Michigan State affected by flu outbreak within football team

Michigan State is dealing with a flu outbreak impacting players on both sides of the ball for Saturday's regular-season finale against Penn State, sources told ESPN. A source described the situation as "pretty bad," and noted that every recent day has added to the list of players fighting flu symptoms. Both offensive and defensive linemen are affected, as well as the quarterback room and some other positions. A source said some players likely will try to play through their symptoms against Penn State. The 12th-ranked Spartans are aiming for a 10-2 regular-season record and a potential New Year's Six bowl berth. Penn State had its own flu outbreak last week and had more than 21 players out for a game against Rutgers. "[Nov. 18], it looked like a hospital ward in there," Nittany Lions coach James Franklin said after the Rutgers win. "There was IVs everywhere. Friday was the same way - we didn't have a scholarship quarterback at Friday's practice. We weren't sure...
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Boston Red Sox agree to 1-year deal with RHP Michael Wacha

Right-hander Michael Wacha has agreed to a one-year deal with the  Boston Red Sox, the team announced Saturday. Wacha, 30, was solid in a starting role for the Tampa Bay Rays last season and is expected to add depth to the Red Sox's rotation. Boston lost lefty starter Eduardo Rodriguez this offseason after he agreed to a five-year deal with the Detroit Tigers. Wacha went 3-5 with a 5.05 ERA across 124⅔ innings in 2021.
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November 27

Los Angeles Lakers blow 13-point lead in 4th, fall to Kings in triple overtime

LOS ANGELES -- After the  Los Angeles Lakers blew yet another double-digit lead before losing to the Sacramento Kings  141-137 in triple-overtime Friday,  LeBron James put the onus on himself to improve as L.A. dropped below .500 with a quarter of the season in the books. "I felt like I played a horrible game individually, and I hold myself to a higher standard than that," said James, whose 30 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds were marred by seven turnovers and 2-for-13 shooting from 3-point range. "I've got to do better for this team, especially when we're going through what we're going through on the floor." James certainly wasn't the only problem for the Lakers against Sacramento. L.A. led by 13 with 10:02 remaining in the fourth quarter when the Kings stormed back to go up by five with 2:26 left before the Lakers found themselves needing to come back. The Lakers tied it with a Malik Monk 3, followed by a James layup, and they had a...
November 27
November 27

No. 5 Duke takes out No. 1 Gonzaga in clash of unbeaten teams

LAS VEGAS -- In the second half of his team's electric 84-81 win over No. 1 Gonzaga on Friday night in front of a sold-out T-Mobile Arena crowd, Duke forward Paolo Banchero experienced a terrible case of deja vu. His cramping issues -- the same cramping issues that had interrupted his debut in a season-opening win over Kentucky -- had returned and stalled him after he scored 20 of his game-high 21 points in the first half. "I'm not sure what it is, this game, the Kentucky game," said Banchero, ESPN's projected No. 2 pick in the 2022 NBA draft. "I haven't cramped all season except those two games. Once I felt it, I tried to run it off. ... I almost fell over. Both my quads locked up. At that point, I had to come out." Banchero had to leave the game to get an IV but would return with nearly eight minutes to play. He scored just one point in the second half. With Banchero ailing, however, the No. 5 Blue Devils showcased their depth and turned to a cast of...
November 27
November 27

Sources: New York Mets agree to deals with center fielder Starling Marte, infielder Eduardo Escobar, outfielder Mark Canha

The New York Mets rounded out their first big day this offseason by reaching an agreement with center fielder Starling Marte on a four-year, $78 million contract, sources confirmed to ESPN's Jeff Passan. Marte, 33, began last season with the Miami Marlins before a trade in July sent him to Oakland. He was excellent for both clubs, sporting career-best numbers in 2021. Marte slashed .310/.383/.458 with a .841 OPS while maintaining the strong defense in center that has earned him two Gold Glove awards. Before locking up the best center fielder on the market, the Mets made two other moves on Friday that helped shore up their infield and outfield depth. The team is in agreement on a two-year, $20 million contract with infielder Eduardo Escobar, a source familiar with the situation confirmed to ESPN. They are also nearing a two-year, $26.5 million deal with outfielder Mark Canha, league sources told Passan. Canha, 32, slashed .231/.358/.387 for...
November 27
November 27

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James fined for obscene gesture, warned about profanity

NEW YORK -- LeBron James was fined $15,000 for an obscene gesture Friday by the NBA, which also warned the Lakers superstar about using profane language. James made the gesture after making a shot late in Los Angeles' 124-116 overtime victory in Indiana on Wednesday night. He had missed a loss at New York a night earlier after he was suspended one game for hitting Detroit center Isaiah Stewart in the face and drawing blood last Sunday. He used profanity in an interview with ESPN after the victory in Indiana when discussing the suspension. Also Friday, the NBA fined Portland's Robert Covington $15,000 for throwing his face mask at a referee Wednesday. He was given a technical foul and ejected for that action with 49 seconds left in the second quarter of the Trail Blazers' 125-121 loss at Sacramento. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
November 27
November 27

Memphis Grizzlies' Ja Morant suffered left knee sprain in loss, team says

Preliminary imaging revealed  Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant suffered a left knee sprain in the first quarter of Friday night's 132-100 home loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the Grizzlies said. Morant was hurt while dribbling the ball toward the paint, although there was no contact that appeared to cause the injury. He began to limp, passed the ball and then hobbled off the floor in the middle of the play. After briefly being attended to in front of the Grizzlies' bench, Morant was helped to the locker room, putting no pressure on his left leg. Minutes later, the Grizzlies announced that he was ruled out for the remainder of the game. "I think seeing the way that he went off the floor kind of sent shockwaves through the team," Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. "The Hawks played really, really well. We had a lot of looks that didn't fall. Definitely the mojo was kind of lost." Said Memphis forward  Jaren Jackson Jr. said: "It's just tough when you see...
November 27
November 26

Memphis Grizzlies' Ja Morant injures left knee in 1st, doesn't return

Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant suffered a left knee injury that caused him to exit in the first quarter of Friday night's 132-100 home loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Morant was hurt while dribbling the ball toward the paint, although there was no contact that appeared to cause the injury. He began to limp, passed the ball and then hobbled off the floor in the middle of the play. After briefly being attended to in front of the Grizzlies' bench, Morant was helped to the locker room, putting no pressure on his left leg. Minutes later, the Grizzlies announced that he was ruled out for the remainder of the game. After the loss, Morant posted a statement on social media that read: "It's in God's hands now. All we can do is pray."   Morant, 22, has established himself as one of the NBA's premier young stars. He seemed to be on the path to his first All-Star appearance this season, averaging a career-best 25.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game...
November 26
November 26

Memphis Grizzlies' Ja Morant injures left knee in 1st, out for rest of game

Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant suffered a left knee injury that caused him to exit Friday's game against the Atlanta Hawks in the first quarter. Morant was hurt while dribbling the ball toward the paint, although there was no contact that appeared to cause the injury. He began to limp, passed the ball and then hobbled off the floor in the middle of the play. After briefly being attended to in front of the Grizzlies' bench, Morant was helped to the locker room, putting no pressure on his left leg. Minutes later, the Grizzlies announced that he was ruled out for the remainder of the game. Morant, 22, has established himself as one of the NBA's premier young stars. He seemed to be on the path to his first All-Star appearance this season, averaging a career-best 25.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game entering Friday night.
November 26
November 26

Sources: New York Mets agree to deals with infielder Eduardo Escobar, outfielder Mark Canha

The New York Mets are shoring up their infield and outfield depth with their first two big moves of the offseason on Friday. The team is in agreement on a two-year, $20 million contract with infielder Eduardo Escobar, a source familiar with the situation confirmed to ESPN. They are also nearing a two-year, $26.5 million deal with outfielder Mark Canha, league sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan. Canha, 32, slashed .231/.358/.387 for the Oakland Athletics last season and can play all three outfield positions as well as first base. His deal includes a third-year option, sources said. Escobar, 32, is a versatile switch-hitter who can play second and third base but also played 18 games at first after being traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Milwaukee Brewers last season. Escobar slashed .253/.314/.472 overall last season, including 28 home runs, but was better after the trade in July. He compiled a .800 OPS for the Brewers,...
November 26
November 26

Wake Forest Demon Deacons agree to long-term contract extension with coach Dave Clawson

Wake Forest has agreed to a long-term contract extension with head coach Dave Clawson, the school announced Friday. The move comes as Wake closes in on a berth in the ACC championship game, which it can secure with a win over Boston College on Saturday. Clawson is 49-47 in eight years as the head coach at Wake Forest, but he's taken the Deacons to five straight bowl games and led the team to its highest ranking -- No. 9 in the College Football Playoff committee's ranking two weeks ago -- in program history. Clawson was rumored to be among the top candidates for the head-coaching job at Virginia Tech and figured to be a hot commodity during what is shaping up as one of the busiest years of coaching turnover in recent history. "Earlier this fall, John approached me about the university's interest in extending our relationship and furthering the long-term investment in our program and staff," Clawson said in a statement. "Continuity of our staff has been a key factor...
November 26
November 26

Brooks Koepka bests rival Bryson DeChambeau 4 and 3 in 'The Match'

The match between Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka turned into a rout on Friday, as Koepka throttled his rival in a 4-and-3 victory in a 12-hole match at the Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas. Koepka, a four-time major winner, had four birdies in the match for charity, while DeChambeau didn't have any. "Not going to lie, I just wanted to spank you," Koepka told DeChambeau, shortly before winning the match. The result was a bit surprising, as Koepka hadn't played particularly well since helping the U.S. team win the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in September. He battled knee and wrist injuries this past season, then missed the cut in each of his last two starts and fell to No. 16 in the Official World Golf Ranking. DeChambeau hasn't made a start on tour since the Ryder Cup, and spent much of his time preparing for a long-driving contest. "I haven't played in two months," DeChambeau told TNT. "No excuses, though. I should have done better." Koepka had birdies on...
November 26
November 26

Brooks Koepka bests rival Bryson DeChambeau 4-and-3 in 'The Match'

The match between Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka turned into a rout on Friday, as Koepka throttled his rival in a 4-and-3 victory in a 12-hole match at the Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas. Koepka, a four-time majors winner, had four birdies in the match for charity, while DeChambeau didn't have any. "Not going to lie, I just wanted to spank you," Koepka told DeChambeau, shortly before winning the match. The result was a bit surprising, as Koepka hadn't played particularly well since helping the U.S. team win the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in September. He battled knee and wrist injuries this past season, then missed the cut in each of his last two starts and fell to No. 16 in the Official World Golf Ranking. DeChambeau hasn't made a start on Tour since the Ryder Cup, and spent much of his time preparing for a long-driving contest. "I haven't played in two months," DeChambeau told TNT. "No excuses, though. I should have done better." Koepka had birdies on...
November 26
November 26

New Orleans Pelicans' Zion Williamson cleared for full team activities; still no return timeline

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson has been cleared to participate in full team activities, the team announced on Friday evening. Williamson, who is recovering from a fractured right foot, had his latest set of scans on Wednesday. They were evaluated by Pelicans team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Scott Montgomery and by Dr. Richard Ferkel, a surgeon who has worked on NBA players in the past. "It's been a long road to get him to this point," Pelicans coach Willie Green said. "Anyone that's ever dealt with any type of injury like that, it's hard to come back from. It's hard mentally. He's done a great job pushing through. Z has an opportunity now to be a full go in practices, and we'll have a practice soon. Hopefully that'll add some juice to our team. He's a huge part of what we do there." The Pelicans said Williamson went through 4-on-4, full-court work on Friday while the team is in Utah for a back-to-back. New Orleans plays Utah on Friday and Saturday before heading...
November 26
November 26

TCU Horned Frogs tab SMU Mustangs coach Sonny Dykes as next head football coach, sources say

SMU coach Sonny Dykes will be the new head coach at TCU, sources confirmed to ESPN. Dykes, 51, is 30-17 in four seasons at SMU, including 25-9 in the past three seasons. In 2019, Dykes led SMU to a 10-2 season, becoming the first Mustangs coach to win 10 games in a season since Bobby Collins in 1984, prior to the NCAA's "death penalty" for the program. His .659 winning percentage is the second best in school history behind Collins among coaches who worked at SMU for more than two seasons. Dykes replaces Gary Patterson, who was fired on Oct. 31 after 24 seasons in Fort Worth and 21 as the head coach. Dykes spent the 2017 season as an offensive analyst at TCU under Patterson. Sources told ESPN that Miami offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee is the front-runner to replace Dykes at SMU, and an agreement could arrive in the next few days. Lashlee served as SMU's offensive coordinator in 2018-19 under Dykes. The son of former Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes, Sonny...
November 26
November 26

Source: New York Mets, infielder Eduardo Escobar agree to 2-year, $20 million deal

The New York Mets are in agreement on a two-year, $20 million contract with free-agent infielder Eduardo Escobar, a source familiar with the situation confirmed to ESPN on Friday. Escobar, 32, is a versatile switch-hitter who can play second and third base but also played 18 games at first after being traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Milwaukee Brewers last season.   The Mets are also nearing a deal with outfielder Mark Canha, league sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan. Canha, 32, slashed .231/.358/.387 for the Oakland Athletics last season and can play all three outfield positions as well as first base. Escobar slashed .253/.314/.472 overall last season, including 28 home runs, but was better after the trade in July. He compiled a .800 OPS for the Brewers, appearing at both first and third base. The Mets have an opening at third base, but Escobar is likely to move around the diamond as needed. If the team doesn't...
November 26
November 26

TCU Horned Frogs tab SMU Mustangs coach Sonny Dykes as next head coach, sources say

SMU coach Sonny Dykes will be the new head coach at TCU, sources confirmed to ESPN. Dykes, 51, is 30-17 in four seasons at SMU, including 25-9 in the past three seasons. In 2019, Dykes led SMU to a 10-2 season, becoming the first Mustangs coach to win 10 games in a season since Bobby Collins in 1984, prior to the NCAA's "death penalty" for the program. His .659 winning percentage is the second best in school history behind Collins among coaches who worked at SMU for more than two seasons. Dykes replaces Gary Patterson, who was fired on Oct. 31 after 24 seasons in Fort Worth and 21 as the head coach. Dykes spent the 2017 season as an offensive analyst at TCU under Patterson. Sources told ESPN that Miami offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee is the front-runner to replace Dykes at SMU and an agreement could arrive in the next few days. Lashlee served as SMU's offensive coordinator in 2018-19 under Dykes. The son of former Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes, Sonny...
November 26
November 26

New York Rangers' Artemi Panarin tosses glove at Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand as tempers flare on bench

BOSTON -- Bruins winger Brad Marchand is known for getting under the skin of opponents on the ice. Apparently that extends to the benches too. With 12 seconds left in Friday's game, New York Rangers star Artemi Panarin was given a misconduct penalty after throwing one of his gloves at Marchand as the two were on their respective benches. Marchand was also given a misconduct penalty. As the two players were standing near the ends of their benches yelling at each other, Panarin slipped off his left glove and hurled it with his bare hand, hitting Marchand in the side as the Bruins winger raised his arm in defense. "That one caught me off guard a little bit. I've had a lot of things thrown at me, but not particularly by players," Marchand said. New York won the game 5-2, with Panarin tallying the game-winning goal and adding an assist. Marchand had an assist on the Bruins' second goal. The Rangers weren't addressing the specifics of the...
November 26
November 26

Minnesota Vikings' Everson Griffen goes on non-football illness list

EAGAN, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings have placed defensive end Everson Griffen on the reserve/non-football illness list, the team announced Friday. Griffen, 33, was transported to a mental health facility Wednesday after he refused to come out of his home following a disturbing series of posts he made on Instagram, including one in which he held a gun and said people were trying to kill him. Griffen called 911 shortly after 3 a.m. local time Wednesday and said someone was inside his home and that he needed help from the police. He told the 911 dispatcher that he fired a weapon but that nobody was injured. Local law enforcement and Vikings team psychologists were on site and in communication with Griffen beginning around 7 a.m. Wednesday before the defensive end finally came out of his residence without incident around 1:30 p.m. Griffen's wife and three children were not inside their Minnetrista, Minnesota, home at the time of the incident. Coach Mike...
November 26
November 26

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers doesn't practice because of toe injury but will play vs. Los Angeles Rams

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Keeping quarterback  Aaron Rodgers off his fractured toe was more important to the Green Bay Packers this week than getting him on the practice field. That's how coach Matt LaFleur approached the lead-up to Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field. Rodgers did not practice Friday, making him a nonparticipant all week. A week earlier, he at least got a few reps in the Friday practice leading up to last Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings -- a game in which Rodgers started slowly but was nearly unstoppable after halftime, leading touchdown drives on every second-half possession. Jordan Love handled all the practice snaps all week. "Well, he came down to practice," LaFleur said Friday of Rodgers. "He didn't participate in practice, but he was out there and relaying the calls to Jordan, just getting that practice of just saying the playcalls." LaFleur left no doubt that Rodgers will start, saying, "Yeah, he'll...
November 26
November 26

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers doesn't practice due to toe injury but will play vs. Los Angeles Rams

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Keeping Aaron Rodgers off his fractured toe was more important to the Green Bay Packers this week than getting him on the practice field. That's how coach Matt LaFleur approached the lead-up to Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field. Rodgers did not practice Friday, making him a nonparticipant all week. A week earlier, he at least got a few reps in the Friday practice leading up to last Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings -- a game in which Rodgers started slowly but was nearly unstoppable after halftime, leading touchdown drives on every second-half possession. Jordan Love handled all the practice snaps all week. "Well, he came down to practice," LaFleur said Friday of Rodgers. "He didn't participate in practice, but he was out there and relaying the calls to Jordan, just getting that practice of just saying the playcalls." LaFleur left no doubt that Rodgers will start, saying, "Yeah, he'll play." This...
November 26
November 26

Tennessee Titans WR A.J. Brown ruled out against New England Patriots

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans have ruled out wide receiver A.J. Brown for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. Brown suffered chest, rib and hand injuries during last week's 22-13 loss to the Houston Texans. He played 40 offensive snaps and finished with five receptions for 48 yards on nine targets. The Titans will likely turn to rookie Dez Fitzpatrick to start in place of Brown. Tennessee could also elevate veteran wideout Golden Tate from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. In 10 games, Brown has 46 receptions for 615 yards and three touchdowns. He also missed Tennessee's Week 4 loss to the New York Jets because of a knee injury. Titans coach Mike Vrabel also ruled out defensive tackle Teair Tart, linebackers David Long and Rashaan Evans, running back Jeremy McNichols and guard Nate Davis for Sunday's game.
November 26
November 26

Buffalo Bills CB Tre'Davious White has torn ACL, out remainder of season

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Cornerback Tre'Davious White has a torn ACL and will be out for the remainder of the season, according to the Buffalo Bills, leaving them without one of their best players as they push for the playoffs. The fifth-year corner had an MRI Friday morning, which confirmed the news, after the team returned from New Orleans. The injury happened in the second quarter of the team's 31-6 win over the Saints. White was able to walk off the field on his own with a limp, but eventually was ruled out of the game. Dane Jackson replaced him and will be expected to do so going forward. White, a Shreveport native and former LSU player, was visibly emotional coming off the field. "Obviously, Tre'Davious is a huge playmaker for us, and just his presence on the football field is unmatched," safety Micah Hyde said. "And so, hopefully he's healthy and it's tough to come back home and not be able to finish the game. ... Knowing Tre'Davious, he'll bounce back...
November 26
November 26

Pittsburgh Steelers defense moves closer to full strength with return of T.J. Watt, Minkah Fitzpatrick

PITTSBURGH -- After playing without several key members of their defense a week ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense will be closer to full strength against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. T.J. Watt, who missed Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, doesn't have an injury designation in the final practice report. Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick is good to go after a 10-day stay on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Meanwhile, Joe Haden, who also missed the Chargers game, is questionable. "I'm real happy about it," defensive coordinator Keith Butler said Thursday. "The possibility of getting the other guys back too, that always helps. The last time we played them, we were down a couple of people too. Having those guys come back and be able to play and stuff like that means a lot to us. It means a lot to everybody who's out there on the field because they're used to playing with each other." Watt, who missed the Week 3 loss to the Bengals with a...
November 26
November 26

Source: New Orleans Saints' Deonte Harris appealing a three-game suspension for summer DUI arrest

METAIRIE, La. --  New Orleans Saints receiver/kick returner Deonte Harris is appealing a three-game suspension from the NFL for a summer DUI arrest near his hometown of Baltimore, a source confirmed. A final ruling could be handed down soon since Harris' case was resolved earlier in November when he was sentenced to one year of supervised probation. The length of Harris' suspension was first reported by the NFL Network. Maryland court records show that Harris pleaded not guilty but agreed to the statement of facts in the police report. According to that police report, which was obtained by NOLA.com, Harris registered a blood alcohol content of 0.246% after driving more than 20 miles per hour over the speed limit and swerving across three lanes of traffic on the interstate at 1:30 a.m. Harris, 23, was named first-team All-Pro and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2019 as an undrafted kick returner out of Assumption College. The 5-foot-6, 170-pounder has also become an...
November 26
November 26

Cleveland Browns activating RB Kareem Hunt, RT Jack Conklin off injured reserve

BEREA, Ohio -- Two key offensive players are coming back for the Cleveland Browns. Coach Kevin Stefanski said following Friday's practice that running back Kareem Hunt and right tackle Jack Conklin will be activated off injured reserve. The moves will clear the way for Hunt and Conklin to play Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens. Hunt has been out with a calf injury since Week 6. He has rushed for 361 yards and five touchdowns while averaging 5.2 yards per carry. He also has 20 receptions for 161 yards. Conklin, who was an All-Pro selection in his first season with Cleveland in 2020, suffered a dislocated elbow in Week 8.
November 26
November 26

Houston Rockets rookie Jalen Green out at least one week because of strained left hamstring

Houston Rockets rookie guard Jalen Green will miss at least one week because of a strained left hamstring, coach Stephen Silas told reporters Friday. Green, the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft, exited Wednesday's 118-113 win over the Chicago Bulls in the second quarter because of the injury. Silas said Green would be reevaluated in a week, but there isn't a firm timetable for his return. The 2-16 Rockets, who are attempting to rebuild with Green as a centerpiece, snapped a 15-game losing streak with the upset of the Bulls. Green, 19, has started every game this season. He is averaging 14.0 points, 2.3 assists and 2.7 turnovers per game while shooting 38.2% from the floor and 27.8% from 3-point range.
November 26
November 26

Houston Rockets rookie Jalen Green out at least one week due to strained left hamstring

Houston Rockets rookie guard Jalen Green will miss at least one week due to a strained left hamstring, coach Stephen Silas told reporters Friday. Green, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, exited Wednesday's win over the Chicago Bulls in the second quarter due to the injury. Silas said Green would be re-evaluated in a week, but there isn't a firm timetable for his return. The 2-16 Rockets, who are attempting to rebuild with Green as a centerpiece, snapped a 15-game losing streak with the upset of the Bulls. Green, 19, has started every game this season. He is averaging 14.0 points, 2.3 assists and 2.7 turnovers per game while shooting 38.2% from the floor and 27.8% from 3-point range.
November 26
November 26

Louisiana Tech, football coach Skip Holtz to part ways after regular-season finale vs. Rice

Louisiana Tech and head football coach Skip Holtz have agreed to part ways, the school announced Friday. Holtz, 57, will coach his final game with the Bulldogs on Saturday against Rice. "Skip and I talked and agreed it was time for a change for both parties," Eric Wood, vice president and director of athletics, said in a statement Friday. "Louisiana Tech owes Skip a debt of gratitude for his loyalty and dedication to our football student-athletes, our University, and our community over the past decade." Said Holtz: "This is the right time for me to evaluate a new start in my career. I've had the privilege of mentoring young people and building football programs for more than 30 years, including the last nine as head coach of Louisiana Tech. The past two seasons have brought additional challenges to our program, and I simply think it is time for someone else to have the chance to lead this special group of young men." In nine years at Louisiana Tech, Holtz has compiled a 64-49...
November 26
November 26

Derek Carr channels Jon Gruden advice in Las Vegas Raiders' OT win over Dallas Cowboys

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Derek Carr had not been himself since the Las Vegas Raiders emerged from their bye. A three-game losing streak, with calls from fans for him to be replaced with Marcus Mariota at quarterback growing louder by the loss, had him feeling off. So on a short week, and with a prime-time game at the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day, Carr remembered a piece of advice his former coach Jon Gruden gave him. Don't ever take your arm out of a game. So Carr channeled Gruden, who resigned Oct. 11 after the publication of offensive emails, in the course of the Raiders' 36-33 overtime win and passed for 373 yards, his most since Week 3, when the Raiders were 3-0. Carr also acknowledged starting faster on offense was key. So finding wide receiver  DeSean Jackson on the Raiders' third play from scrimmage for a 56-yard touchdown was the chef's kiss. Even if it was early. "We get that touchdown, I look at the scoreboard,...
November 26
November 25

Tre'Davious White leaves Buffalo Bills' win over New Orleans Saints with knee injury

NEW ORLEANS -- Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White was ruled out after suffering a knee injury in the second quarter of the team's 31-6 win Thursday against the Saints. White is one of the team's best defensive players and was a significant loss for a unit that was almost back to full health. Backup Dane Jackson replaced him with Buffalo up 10-0. When White is the nearest defender this season, the All-Pro corner is allowing a 50.8% completion percentage and 58.9 passer rating, both fourth-best among defensive backs with 50-plus targets this season, per NFL Next Gen Stats. In a quarter and a half against the Saints, White was targeted once, allowing zero receptions. The injury occurred while he was covering wide receiver Marquez Callaway. After walking off the field with a limp, he was visibly frustrated on the sideline before being examined in the team's medical tent and then heading to the locker room.
November 25
November 25

Dallas Cowboys frustrated by amount of penalties in OT loss to Las Vegas Raiders

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones made it clear he did not pin his team's 36-33 overtime loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on the officials. But he also made it clear he wasn't pleased that they affected the game. The Cowboys and Raiders were each penalized 14 times in Thursday's Thanksgiving Day game. The Cowboys were awarded a franchise-record 166 yards off those penalties; the Raiders 110. In the third quarter, Cowboys cornerback Kelvin Joseph and Raiders safety Roderic Teamer were ejected following a scuffle out of bounds after a punt. The final swing of the game came on a 33-yard pass interference penalty on Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown, who did not turn around for a deep pass thrown by Derek Carr on third-and-18 from the Las Vegas 43 that set up the game-winning field goal attempt. "Well, this probably will be arguably the most watched game other than the Super Bowl, and I hated that it...
November 25
November 25

Tre'Davious White leaves Buffalo Bills' game against New Orleans Saints with knee injury

NEW ORLEANS -- Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White has been ruled out after suffering a knee injury in the second quarter of the team's game Thursday against the Saints. White is one of the team's best defensive players and is a significant loss for a unit that was almost back to full health. Backup Dane Jackson replaced him with Buffalo up 10-0. When White is the nearest defender this season, the All-Pro corner is allowing a 50.8% completion percentage and 58.9 passer rating, both fourth-best among defensive backs with 50-plus targets this season, per NFL Next Gen Stats. In a quarter and a half against the Saints, White was targeted once, allowing zero receptions. The injury occurred while he was covering wide receiver Marquez Callaway. After walking off the field with a limp, he was visibly frustrated on the sideline before being examined in the team's medical tent and then heading to the locker room.
November 25
November 25

Tre'Davious White (knee) doubtful to return to Buffalo Bills' game against New Orleans Saints

NEW ORLEANS -- Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White is doubtful to return after suffering a knee injury in the second quarter of the team's game Thursday against the Saints. White is one of the team's best defensive players and would be a significant loss for a unit that was almost back to full health. Backup Dane Jackson replaced him with Buffalo up 10-0. When the nearest defender this season, the All-Pro corner is allowing a 50.8% completion percentage and 58.9 passer rating, both fourth-best among defensive backs with 50-plus targets this season, per NFL Next Gen Stats. In a quarter and a half against the Saints, White was targeted once, allowing zero receptions. The injury occurred while he was covering wide receiver Marquez Callaway. After walking off the field with a limp, he was visibly frustrated on the sideline before being examined in the team's medical tent and then heading to the locker room.
November 25
November 25

Rick Pitino, Iona Gaels make MAAC men's hoops history with upset of No. 10 Alabama

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Rick Pitino's Iona Gaels became the first team in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's history to beat an AP top-10 team after upsetting No. 10 Alabama 72-68 on Thursday night. Nelly Junior Joseph and Walter Clayton Jr. made key free throws in the final seconds to lift Iona in the opening-round game at the ESPN Events Invitational. Clayton got an offensive rebound and made 1 of 2 free throws to make it 70-68 with 20 seconds left. After Jahvon Quinerly missed a shot for Alabama, Joseph secured the win with two free throws with 9 seconds remaining. MAAC teams are now 1-119 in games against an AP top-10 squad. Pitino has now defeated a top-10 team at four different schools (Providence, Kentucky, Louisville, Iona). "I'm happy for the guys,'' Pitino said. "They are great guys to coach. I'm really, really excited, happy for them.'' Tyson Jolly had 13 points, Elijah Joiner 12 and Quinn Slazinski 11 for Iona...
November 25
November 25

Mark Ingram inactive as short-handed New Orleans Saints take on Zack Moss-less Buffalo Bills

NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram II and Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss are both inactive for Thursday night's game in the Caesars Superdome. Ingram was listed as questionable with a knee injury, while Moss was a healthy scratch. Ingram's absence is another significant blow to New Orleans' depleted offense since backfield mate Alvin Kamara was already ruled out Wednesday with his own knee injury. Second-year pro Tony Jones Jr. will likely serve as the Saints' leading runner, with veteran RB/WR Ty Montgomery II among those helping to carry the load. However, it's unclear if the Saints will use quarterback Taysom Hill as part of their running game since he is their only active backup QB ( Ian Book was a healthy scratch). Kamara has now missed three games with his knee injury, but he is expected back soon and was never placed on injured reserve. Ingram also should not be sidelined...
November 25
November 25

Mark Ingram inactive as shorthanded New Orleans Saints take on Zack Moss-less Buffalo Bills

NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram II and Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss are both inactive for Thursday night's game in the Caesars Superdome. Ingram was listed as questionable with a knee injury, while Moss was a healthy scratch. Ingram's absence is another significant blow to New Orleans' depleted offense since backfield mate Alvin Kamara was already ruled out Wednesday with his own knee injury. Second-year pro Tony Jones Jr. will likely serve as the Saints' leading runner, with veteran RB/WR Ty Montgomery II among those helping to carry the load. However, it's unclear if the Saints will use quarterback Taysom Hill as part of their running game since he is their only active backup QB ( Ian Book was a healthy scratch). Kamara has now missed three games with his knee injury, but he is expected back soon and was never placed on injured reserve. Ingram also should not be sidelined...
November 25
November 25

Dallas Cowboys' Kelvin Joseph, Las Vegas Raiders' Roderic Teamer ejected from Thanksgiving game after sideline scuffle

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys cornerback Kelvin Joseph and Las Vegas Raiders safety Roderic Teamer were ejected from Thursday's Thanksgiving Day game after an altercation following a punt with 12:52 remaining in the third quarter. Teamer flung Joseph to the ground well beyond the sideline and near the field-level club area, which started a mini-melee that left field judge Tom Hill with a cut on his chin that required a bandage. Several players were pushing back and forth as a scrum formed behind the Las Vegas bench, but no punches appeared to be thrown and no other players were flagged. The penalties offset but Joseph and Teamer were sent to their locker rooms, missing the rest of the Raiders' 36-33 overtime win over the Cowboys. The game had not been too chippy but the officials were active, calling 28 penalties to give both teams season highs in penalties and yards. Las Vegas was penalized 14 times for 110 yards, and the Cowboys --...
November 25
November 25

Matt Nagy thankful for how Chicago Bears handled 'distractions' to pull out win over Detroit Lions

DETROIT -- Matt Nagy could let out a sigh of relief on Thanksgiving. With all the scrutiny the Chicago Bears coach faced regarding his job status over the past week, the 16-14 victory over the Lions made him extremely thankful for a much-needed celebration as they snapped a five-game losing skid. "When there's distractions, which is in every sport, in all facets of life -- there's always going to be distractions," Nagy said. "It's how you handle them. And again, we got the win today, and it could've went a lot of different ways. But the reason why we got the win is because of how they handled the distractions, you know? That's where to me, when you're in this business and you lead people, it's my job to make sure of honest and open communication. That's where, for me, I just can't tell you how much this win means today to me because of what they did." Controversy surrounded the Bears this week after Patch.com reported on Tuesday that the Bears had already informed...
November 25
November 25

Detroit Lions RB D'Andre Swift exits Thanksgiving game loss to Bears with shoulder sprain

DETROIT, Mich. -- Lions running back D'Andre Swift was ruled out of Detroit's 16-14 Thanksgiving game loss to the Chicago Bears on Thursday with a shoulder sprain. Swift exited the field and headed to the locker room during the second quarter after being pushed out of bounds by Bears linebacker Roquan Smith at Chicago's 32-yard line following a 2-yard gain. "Yeah it's a wait-and-see. We know it's a shoulder sprain," Lions coach Dan Campbell said after the game. "We'll see where it goes."  Swift's day ended with three carries for zero rushing yards. He also had three receptions for 9 yards. He leads the team with 555 rushing yards after posting back-to-back games of 130-plus rushing yards entering Thursday's holiday classic, which dates to 1934.
November 25
November 25

Detroit Lions RB D'Andre Swift exits Thanksgiving game loss to Bears with shoulder injury

DETROIT, Mich. -- Lions running back D'Andre Swift was ruled out of Detroit's 16-14 Thanksgiving game loss to the Chicago Bears on Thursday with a shoulder injury. Swift exited the field and headed to the locker room during the second quarter after being pushed out of bounds by Bears linebacker Roquan Smith at Chicago's 32-yard line following a 2-yard gain. Swift's day ended with three carries for zero rushing yards. He also had three receptions for 9 yards. He leads the team with 555 rushing yards after posting back-to-back games of 130-plus rushing yards entering Thursday's holiday classic, which dates back to 1934.
November 25
November 25

Dallas Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb out Thursday after concussion

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys were without their top two receivers for Thursday's game against the Las Vegas Raiders with CeeDee Lamb unavailable because of a concussion sustained Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.  Coach Mike McCarthy expressed optimism earlier this week that Lamb would play against the Raiders before the receiver went through a limited part of Wednesday's practice. He met with team doctors and an independent neurologist after the workout, and sources said he cleared the protocol. However, Lamb could be susceptible to a second concussion in a short amount of time, which could have knocked him out multiple weeks. The Cowboys already knew they would be without Amari Cooper, who is on the reserve/COVID-19 list, for a second straight game. Lamb, who leads the Cowboys in receptions (50), yards (740) and receiving touchdowns (6), was able to go through meetings Monday and picked up his physical activity Tuesday and...
November 25
November 25

Michigan basketball coach Juwan Howard ready to be '12th man' for Wolverines in pivotal football matchup with Ohio State Buckeyes

The  Michigan football team will have its own "12th man" on the sideline for Saturday's pivotal rivalry game against Ohio State: Juwan Howard. The Michigan men's basketball coach said he will be at the game in Ann Arbor as the No. 5 Wolverines (10-1) take on the No. 2 Buckeyes (10-1) in a matchup with serious College Football Playoff implications. "They're gonna need me out there," Howard said Wednesday after his team's 65-54 win over Tarleton State. "I'm going to be out there loud, lose my voice, because I am coming with the energy. I don't know if [there is] a 12th man in football, but I feel like I'm the 12th man." Howard, the former Fab Five member, did not offer a score prediction, but he praised the team as it prepares for the game. Coach Jim Harbaugh is searching for his first win against the Buckeyes at Michigan after losing his first five matchups. "Harbaugh and his beautiful staff, they are preparing," Howard said. "I love our game plan. I haven't seen...
November 25
November 25

Sources: Dallas Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb out Thursday after concussion

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys will be without their top two receivers in Thursday's game against the Las Vegas Raiders with CeeDee Lamb unavailable due to a concussion suffered Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to multiple sources. Coach Mike McCarthy expressed optimism earlier this week that Lamb would play against the Raiders before the receiver went through a limited part of Wednesday's practice. He met with team doctors and an independent neurologist after the workout, and sources said he cleared the protocol. However, Lamb could be susceptible to a second concussion in a short amount of time, which could have knocked him out multiple weeks. The Cowboys already knew they would be without Amari Cooper, who is on the reserve/COVID-19 list, for a second straight game. Lamb, who leads the Cowboys in receptions (50), yards (740) and receiving touchdowns (6), was able to go through meetings Monday and picked up his...
November 25
November 25

Sources: Dallas Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb out Thursday due to concussion

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys will be without their top two receivers in Thursday's game against the Las Vegas Raiders with CeeDee Lamb unavailable due to a concussion suffered on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to multiple sources. On Friday, coach Mike McCarthy expressed optimism Lamb would play against the Raiders before the receiver went through a limited part of Wednesday's practice. He met with team doctors and an independent neurologist after the workout and sources said he cleared the protocol. However, Lamb could be susceptible to a second concussion in a short amount of time, which could have knocked him out multiple weeks. The Cowboys already knew they would be without Amari Cooper, who is on the reserve/COVID-19 list, for a second straight game. Lamb, who leads the Cowboys in receptions (50), yards (740) and receiving touchdowns (six), was able to go through meetings on Monday and picked up his physical...
November 25

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