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SEC acknowledges replay error as Ole Miss' Lane Kiffin fined $25K for retweeting officiating critique

The SEC acknowledged Monday that it should have stopped play to review a fourth-quarter kickoff during the Auburn- Ole Miss game Saturday that appeared to show Auburn's Shaun Shivers make contact with the football. Ole Miss led by 1 with 5:43 left when a kickoff appeared to graze Shivers' finger before it went into the end zone, where the referee ruled a touchback and blew the play dead. Instead of the play resulting in a fumble, Auburn kept possession and went on to score a winning touchdown on the drive, dropping Ole Miss to 1-4. Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin said afterward that referees told him the play was briefly reviewed and upheld, and he later took to social media where he retweeted a post that called SEC officiating a disgrace. Hitting retweet will cost the coach $25,000. According to a statement released Monday, Kiffin's fine was for "his use of social media Saturday after the game made in violation of SEC Bylaw 10.5." The bylaw states, in...
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Cowboys DC Mike Nolan feels heat after hot sauce mishap during conference call

FRISCO, Texas -- When the Dallas Cowboys practice Wednesday, defensive coordinator Mike Nolan might be on the injury report. The reason? Tabasco. Nolan had to step away from his weekly conference call with reporters on Monday because he got some hot sauce in his eye in the middle of answering a question about the effectiveness of pass-rusher DeMarcus Lawrence. "He's been active every week as far as, I think, disrupting the quarterback. He's escaped several times to do that," Nolan said. "Obviously, the frustration for him as well is -- look, it's when he misses them. Whoop, excuse me. I've got something in my eye. Just had some Tabasco on my finger, and it went in my eye. That wasn't good. Ugh. Terrible, geez. I'm sorry." It has been that kind of season for Nolan. The Cowboys are on pace to allow 555 points this season. They have given up 243 points, which is more than they have given up in 11 seasons in franchise history, not counting the strike season in 1982,...
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Daniel Cormier: Khabib Nurmagomedov used triangle choke to not injure Justin Gaethje

Khabib Nurmagomedov closed out his MMA career in style Saturday with a victory and, according to his teammate, an act of compassion. Nurmagomedov successfully defended his UFC lightweight championship by finishing Justin Gaethje with a second-round triangle. He used that submission rather than the armbar he initially had set up, American Kickboxing Academy training partner Daniel Cormier said on Monday, because Nurmagomedov did not want to injure Gaethje in front of Gaethje's parents. "He told me when he was watching the interviews over the course of the week, he saw that Justin said that he would never tap," Cormier, who was an analyst on the UFC 254 telecast, told ESPN's Ariel Helwani on the DC & Helwani program. "He was going to do the armbar, but he had heard Justin saying all week that he would never tap, and he didn't want to hurt him in front of his parents. So he went to the triangle and just kind of put him to sleep." A fighter who does not tap out while...
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Daniel Cormier: Khabib Nurmagomeov used triangle choke to not injury Justin Gaethje

Khabib Nurmagomedov closed out his MMA career in style Saturday with a victory and, according to his teammate, an act of compassion. Numagomedov successfully defended his UFC lightweight championship by finishing Justin Gaethje with a second-round triangle. He used that submission rather than the armbar he initially had set up, American Kickboxing Academy training partner Daniel Cormier said on Monday, because Nurmagomedov did not want to injure Gaethje in front of his parents. "He told me when he was watching the interviews over the course of the week, he saw that Justin said that he would never tap," Cormier, who was an analyst on the UFC 254 telecast, told ESPN's Ariel Helwani on the DC & Helwani program. "He was going to do the armbar, but he had heard Justin saying all week that he would never tap, and he didn't want to hurt him in front of his parents. So he went to the triangle and just kind of put him to sleep." A fighter who does not tap out while stuck...
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Daniel Cormier: Khabib Nurmagomeov used triangle choke to not injury Justin Gaethje, Dan

Khabib Nurmagomedov closed out his MMA career in style Saturday with a victory and, according to his teammate, an act of compassion. Numagomedov successfully defended his UFC lightweight championship by finishing Justin Gaethje with a second-round triangle. He used that submission rather than the armbar he initially had set up, American Kickboxing Academy training partner Daniel Cormier said on Monday, because Nurmagomedov did not want to injure Gaethje in front of his parents. "He told me when he was watching the interviews over the course of the week, he saw that Justin said that he would never tap," Cormier, who was an analyst on the UFC 254 telecast, told ESPN's Ariel Helwani on the DC & Helwani program. "He was going to do the armbar, but he had heard Justin saying all week that he would never tap, and he didn't want to hurt him in front of his parents. So he went to the triangle and just kind of put him to sleep." A fighter who does not tap out while stuck...
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October 26

Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake likely out a few weeks, source says

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals will likely be without leading rusher Kenyan Drake for the next few weeks. Drake is expected to miss "a few weeks" with a slight tear in a ligament in his ankle, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Cardinals are treating the injury like a high ankle sprain, the source said. Without Drake, the Cardinals will rely on Chase Edmonds to be their primary ball carrier. He had 58 yards on five carries and 87 yards on seven catches in Sunday night's 37-34 overtime victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Beyond Edmonds, the Cardinals will go with a group effort between running backs Eno Benjamin, D.J. Foster and Jonathan Ward. Drake suffered the injury with 4:12 left in the game and did not return. He was carted to the locker room with a towel over his head. He had 34 yards on 14 carries and 1 reception for 7 yards. Drake, who is playing this season on a transition tender worth $8.483...
October 26
October 26

Washington coach Ron Rivera cheered at hospital as cancer treatments finish

One day after beating the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera took another victory lap Monday. But it was to celebrate a different win: the end of his cancer treatments. At a northern Virginia hospital Monday, Rivera received his last round of chemotherapy and proton therapy, marking the end of his seven weeks of treatments. He still has several more weeks of follow-up appointments and scans, but Monday marked a milestone for Rivera. As he left the hospital, he walked through a line of cheering staffers who waved pom-poms, tossed confetti and made noise with rattlers. They all wore black Rivera Strong T-shirts. He then rang the bell, raising his left fist, signaling the end of his treatments. Rivera announced in August that he had squamous cell cancer but that doctors had caught it in time and were optimistic about his prognosis. On Friday, Rivera said he was told that the cancer was "headed in the right direction" and that doctors remain...
October 26
October 26

ESPN scraps plans to host 8 men's college basketball events in Orlando bubble

ESPN is canceling plans to host eight of its men's college basketball events at one location in Orlando, Florida. ESPN had planned to move eight of its 10 nonconference events to the ESPN Wide World of Sports property at Walt Disney World in Orlando, including the Champions Classic, Charleston Classic, Myrtle Beach Invitational, NIT Season Tip-Off, Wooden Legacy, Orlando Invitational, Jimmy V Classic and Diamond Head Classic. The ESPN Wide World of Sports was the site for the NBA's bubble. "ESPN Events set out to create a protected environment for teams to participate in early-season events in Orlando," an official statement from ESPN said. "Based on certain challenges surrounding testing protocols, we opted to resume these tournaments during the 2021-22 season." The challenges with testing protocols refers primarily to retesting players who had already previously tested positive for coronavirus and been cleared. The protocols for a player testing positive while in the Orlando...
October 26
October 26

Cleveland Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. has torn ACL in left knee

BEREA, Ohio -- Odell Beckham Jr.'s season is officially over. The Cleveland Browns announced the star wide receiver suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. Beckham underwent an MRI on Monday morning, which confirmed the tear. He was injured on the Browns' second snap Sunday while attempting to chase down a Cincinnati Bengals defender following a Baker Mayfield interception. "Obviously it's a big loss," Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said Monday. "He's a huge part of what we do. So now we'll just have to huddle up, and find some different ways and find some different people and put them in that role. "You never replace a player of Odell's caliber with one player. It's going to take multiple guys," Stefanski added. "That's the challenge we have and I think our guys will be up to the challenge." On Mayfield's first passing attempt against the Bengals, he tried to force a throw to Beckham down the sideline. The ball, however, was underthrown and picked...
October 26
October 26

New England Patriots QB Cam Newton admits starting job could be in jeopardy after being pulled in loss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton is approaching this week as if his job is in jeopardy after being pulled early in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 33-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. "The first thing I said to myself coming home was, 'You keep playing games like that, bro, and it's going to be a permanent change,'" Newton said Monday morning on Boston sports radio WEEI. "You don't need to tell me that for me to understand that. I get it loud and clear." Coach Bill Belichick had said he took Newton out of the game, with the Patriots trailing by 27 points, to give second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham more experience. Belichick also said he's "absolutely" sticking with Newton as his starter. "For any type of competitor, do you feel embarrassed? Yeah," Newton said Monday during the radio interview. "I don't feel offended by what was done. I don't feel offended having this type of conversation. I'm a...
October 26
October 26

New England Patriots QB Cam Newton admits starting job could be in jeopardy after being pulled in loss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton is approaching this week as if his job is in jeopardy after being pulled early in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 33-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. "The first thing I said to myself coming home was, 'You keep playing games like that, bro, and it's going to be a permanent change,'" Newton said Monday morning on Boston sports radio WEEI. "You don't need to tell me that for me to understand that. I get it loud and clear." Coach Bill Belichick had said he took Newton out of the game, with the Patriots trailing 33-6, to give second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham more experience. Belichick also said he's "absolutely" sticking with Newton as his starter. "For any type of competitor, do you feel embarrassed? Yeah," Newton said Monday in the radio interview. "I don't feel offended by what was done. I don't feel offended having this type of conversation. I'm a realist. "I don't...
October 26
October 26

New England Patriots QB Cam Newton admits starting job maybe in jeopardy after being pulled in loss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton is approaching this week as if his job is in jeopardy after being pulled early in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 33-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. "The first thing I said to myself coming home was, 'You keep playing games like that, bro, and it's going to be a permanent change,'" Newton said Monday morning on Boston sports radio WEEI. "You don't need to tell me that for me to understand that. I get it loud and clear." Coach Bill Belichick had said he took Newton out of the game, with the Patriots trailing 33-6, to give second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham more experience. Belichick also said he's "absolutely" sticking with Newton as his starter. "For any type of competitor, do you feel embarrassed? Yeah," Newton said Monday in the radio interview. "I don't feel offended by what was done. I don't feel offended having this type of conversation. I'm a realist. "I don't fear my...
October 26
October 26

Washington's Jon Bostic not expected to be suspended for hit on Dallas Cowboys' Andy Dalton, source says

Washington Football Team linebacker Jon Bostic is not expected to be suspended for his hit on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Dalton suffered a concussion on the hit, which resulted in Bostic's ejection from Sunday's game.  Washington won 25-3. Dalton, who was making his second start in place of injured Dak Prescott, took a hit to the head from Bostic as he slid to the turf with 6:22 to play in the third quarter. According to a team spokesman, Dalton was alert and doing much better than he was when he left the field after the hit.  Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said he was not pleased with the passive reaction teammates had to the Bostic hit. "We speak all the time about playing for one another, protecting one another," McCarthy said. "It definitely was not the response you would expect." Washington coach Ron Rivera told ProFootballTalk.com that he apologized to McCarthy for...
October 26
October 26

Clayton Kershaw beats Tampa Bay Rays again as Los Angeles Dodgers move one win away from Series title

ARLINGTON, Texas -- As Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts strolled to the mound with two outs in the top of the sixth inning, a chorus of boos rained down from the crowd at Globe Life Field. Even though this was Game 5 of Major League Baseball's first neutral-site World Series, Dodgers fans have overrun the stadium, and they let their feelings be known: They did not want Roberts to remove Clayton Kershaw from the game. Roberts did not abide, and as Kershaw strode off the mound, it was to a sound too often unfamiliar to him in October: cheers. If ever there was a postseason to huzzah the Dodgers' left-hander, of course, this is it, and his plenty-solid performance in Game 5 laid the foundation for the Dodgers' 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. The win, on the heels of the Dodgers' brutal Game 4 loss a day earlier, gave L.A. a 3-2 advantage in the series and put them one victory shy of their first championship since 1988. They can lock up a...
October 26
October 26

Arizona Cardinals win on OT field goal to knock Seattle Seahawks from ranks of unbeaten

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Of all the players to lead the Arizona Cardinals to an overtime win over the Seattle Seahawks, he was one of the most unlikely. Rookie linebacker Isaiah Simmons intercepted Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson with 1 minute, 4 seconds left in overtime on his fifth snap of the game. Simmons didn't play in the first half. That led to Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez redeeming himself after he missed the potential winning field goal earlier in overtime. Gonzalez made a 48-yard kick with 20 seconds left in the extra period to give Arizona a 37-34 win and hand the Seahawks their first loss of the season. Arizona improved to 5-2, holding on to second place in the NFC West with the 4-2  Los Angeles Rams playing Monday. Seattle leads the division at 5-1. Coach Kliff Kingsbury nearly cost the Cardinals the game earlier in overtime, when he iced Gonzalez with 2:47 left on second-and-15. Gonzalez made the initial kick,...
October 26
October 26

Clayton Kershaw beats Tampa Bay Rays again as Los Angeles Dodgers move one win away from Series

ARLINGTON, Texas -- As Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts strolled to the mound with two outs in the top of the sixth inning, a chorus of boos rained down from the crowd at Globe Life Field. Even though this was Game 5 of Major League Baseball's first neutral-site World Series, Dodgers fans have overrun the stadium, and they let their feelings be known: They did not want Roberts to remove Clayton Kershaw from the game. Roberts did not abide, and as Kershaw strode off the mound, it was to a sound too often unfamiliar to him in October: cheers. If ever there was a postseason to huzzah the Dodgers' left-hander, of course, this is it, and his plenty-solid performance in Game 5 laid the foundation for the Dodgers' 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. The win, on the heels of the Dodgers' brutal Game 4 loss a day earlier, gave the Dodgers a 3-2 advantage in the series and put them one victory shy of their first championship since 1988. They can...
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October 25

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians on bringing in Antonio Brown: 'I think he's matured'

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said on Sunday that he believes troubled wide receiver Antonio Brown, who is currently serving an eight-game suspension due to multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy, has "matured." Arians also said the decision to bring in Brown didn't come at the urging of quarterback Tom Brady, but was one made between him and general manager Jason Licht. Arians had said in March that Brown "was not a fit" for the Bucs. But that was prior to injuries suffered by their receiving corps. "I think he's matured, and I believe in second chances," Arians said Sunday when asked what made him change his mind. "Everybody wants to say that Tom picked him. Tom didn't have anything to do with it. This was something Jason and I had been talking [about] for a couple weeks, ever since the injuries to our other guys. When the time was right, would we see if we could pull the trigger and fit him in to what we want to get done? And we'll see. If...
October 25
October 25

Wisconsin QB Graham Mertz awaiting confirmation of positive COVID-19 test, per reports

Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz, who had a record-setting first career start Friday, tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, according to reports by the Wisconsin State Journal and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Both newspapers reported Sunday, citing sources, that Mertz had an antigen test come back positive. Mertz will take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm the result. If confirmed, Mertz would have to miss a minimum of 21 days, according to the Big Ten's protocols for athletes who test positive. In a statement issued Sunday night, Wisconsin said it "will not be releasing COVID-related testing information regarding any individual student-athlete, due to medical privacy." The statement did note that no player who participated in Friday's game tested positive prior to the game, nor reported any symptoms.  "Wisconsin Athletics continues to conduct daily antigen testing for the student-athletes, coaches and selected support staff associated with...
October 25
October 25

Atlanta Falcons RB Todd Gurley 'mad as hell' as TD leads to loss to Detroit Lions

Todd Gurley was "mad as hell." He knew he should have gotten down. He should have stopped. He wanted to. He planned to. But he just couldn't stop short of the goal line on a 10-yard run against the  Detroit Lions on Sunday. If he didn't score, the Atlanta Falcons could have run out the clock and kicked a short field goal to beat the Detroit Lions. Instead, he barely fell into the end zone. It gave Detroit a chance, and the Lions ended up beating the Falcons 23-22 on the final play of the game. Afterward, Gurley said he was doing everything he could to not get in. "I was trying not to. My momentum took me in," Gurley said. "It's kind of crazy, the last time I played Detroit, I went down. This time I end up scoring. It's like what goes around, comes around. "It's one of them unfortunate situations. I've been, I mean, plenty of those situations my rookie year, six or seven, and I've always got down. It was an unfortunate one right there." Gurley said he takes...
October 25
October 25

Sources: Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team hit with nine alleged NCAA rules violations

The University of Arizona has been served with nine allegations of misconduct, including five Level I allegations, the most serious under NCAA rules, following a multiyear investigation of its men's basketball program, sources confirmed to ESPN on Sunday. The Athletic, which first reported the number of allegations, also reported on Sunday that Arizona has been charged with lack of institutional control and failure to monitor, and Wildcats coach Sean Miller has been charged with lack of head coach control. The Athletic reported that it obtained the information from a letter that Arizona's outside attorney, Paul Kelly, sent to the NCAA requesting that the infractions case be referred to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP), which was formed to handle complex cases. On Friday, Arizona officials acknowledged receiving a notice of allegations from the NCAA, but declined to release it or provide details. A special meeting of the Arizona board of regents is...
October 25
October 25

Baker Mayfield outduels Joe Burrow as Cleveland Browns edge Cincinnati Bengals

Baker Mayfield 's first quarter Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals couldn't have gone any worse. But from then on, the Cleveland Browns quarterback was perfect. Literally. Mayfield rebounded from an 0-of-5 passing start, including an interception on his first throw, to break a franchise record with 21 consecutive completions, propelling Cleveland to a thrilling 37-34 comeback victory over the Bengals in Cincinnati. Mayfield finished 22-of-28 passing for 297 yards and five touchdowns, with three coming in a wild back-and-forth fourth quarter. His final touchdown was a game-winning, 24-yard strike to rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones with just 15 seconds remaining. "Everybody was talking we need to get to the 30 for a field goal," Mayfield said. "I told the guys, 'Screw that -- we're gonna win.'" Mayfield's only incompletion after the first quarter was a spike to stop the clock on the final drive. He passed Bernie Kosar (1989) and Kelly Holcomb...
October 25
October 25

Adam Gase lets O-coordinator Dowell Loggains call offensive plays, but New York Jets still lose

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In perhaps a last-ditch effort to save his job, New York Jets coach Adam Gase relinquished the offensive playcalling Sunday -- but the result was yet another dreary performance in an 18-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills. With offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains calling plays, the Jets showed an early spark and took a 10-0 lead, but quarterback Sam Darnold cooled off and the offense shut down in the second half as the Jets remained the NFL's only winless team at 0-7. Darnold was sacked six times and threw two interceptions. This was a significant move by Gase, who has been under fire for an offense that has ranked at the bottom of the league in most categories. Sunday marked the first time in 71 games as a head coach that he did not call the plays. Gase on the sideline without his menu-sized play sheet was an odd sight. Gase had considered a change a couple of weeks ago, but he said he decided to retain the duties after...
October 25
October 25

Sources: Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team charged with nine alleged NCAA rules violations

The University of Arizona has been charged with nine alleged rules violations, including five Level I charges, the most serious under NCAA rules, following a multiyear investigation of its men's basketball program, sources confirmed to ESPN on Sunday. The Athletic, which first reported the number of allegations, also reported on Sunday that Arizona has been charged with lack of institutional control and failure to monitor, and Wildcats coach Sean Miller has been charged with lack of head coach control. The Athletic reported that it obtained the information from a letter that Arizona's outside attorney, Paul Kelly, sent to the NCAA requesting that the infractions case be referred to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP), which was formed to handle complex cases. On Friday, Arizona officials acknowledged receiving a notice of allegations from the NCAA, but declined to release it or provide details. A special meeting of the Arizona board of regents is...
October 25
October 25

Adam Gase lets O-coordinator Dowell Loggains call offensive plays, but the Jets still lose

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In perhaps a last-ditch effort to save his job, New York Jets coach Adam Gase relinquished the offensive playcalling Sunday -- but the result was yet another dreary performance in an 18-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills. With offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains calling plays, the Jets showed an early spark and took a 10-0 lead, but quarterback Sam Darnold cooled off and the offense shut down in the second half as the Jets remained the NFL's only winless team at 0-7. Darnold was sacked six times and threw two interceptions. This was a significant move by Gase, who has been under fire for an offense that has ranked at the bottom of the league in most categories. This marked the first time in 71 games as a head coach that he did not call the plays. It was an odd sight, seeing Gase on the sideline without his menu-sized play sheet. Gase considered a change a couple of weeks ago, but he said he decided to retain the duties after...
October 25
October 25

Dallas Cowboys QB Andy Dalton suffers concussion in loss to Washington

A bad season has gotten worse for the Dallas Cowboys. Much worse. Already without starting quarterback Dak Prescott due to a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle, backup Andy Dalton was forced out of the Cowboys' 25-3 loss to the Washington Football Team in the third quarter due to a concussion on Sunday. "We need to be much better, and we're running out of time," coach Mike McCarthy said. Dalton, who was making his second start in place of Prescott, took a hit to the head from linebacker Jon Bostic as he slid to the turf with 6:22 to play in the third quarter. Bostic was ejected from the game; Dalton went straight to the locker room for further examination and was replaced by rookie Ben DiNucci. Before the injury, Dalton completed 9 of 19 passes for 75 yards. He was sacked three times and lost a fumble on the Cowboys' first possession, which led to a safety. He had one pass intercepted on a throw that was behind...
October 25
October 25

Dallas Cowboys QB Andy Dalton out for game after hard hit

A Dallas Cowboys season that has been bad has gotten worse. Andy Dalton, starting his second game for an injured Dak Prescott, was forced to the locker room in the third quarter against the Washington Football Team after taking a big hit from linebacker Jon Bostic on a third-down scramble.  Dalton went straight to the locker room; he was evaluated for a concussion and later ruled out for the game. Bostic was ejected. Dalton was replaced by rookie Ben DiNucci, a seventh-round pick, who saw one series of action in last week's loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Before the injury, Dalton completed 9 of 19 passes for 75 yards. He was sacked three times and fumbled on the Cowboys' first possession, leading to a safety. He had one pass intercepted on a throw that was behind Ezekiel Elliott and tipped into Cole Holcomb's hands for the turnover. The Cowboys' third quarterback, Garrett Gilbert, who joined the team last week, is...
October 25
October 25

Cleveland Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. out for game with knee injury

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. injured his left knee on the Browns' second snap of their game Sunday while attempting to chase down a Cincinnati Bengals defender after a Baker Mayfield interception. Beckham was officially ruled out for the game, a 37-34 Cleveland win. Beckham is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday morning. The Browns did not have any definitive diagnosis after Sunday's road win, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. "Sometimes [it's] hard to know for sure," the source said. "Obviously, hope we dodge a bullet." Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said he wouldn't offer his opinion on the injury. "I'm going to wait for the MRI before we know," Stefanski said. "I would not speculate." On Mayfield's first attempt of the game, he tried to a force a pass to Beckham down the sideline. The ball, however, was underthrown and picked off by Darius Phillips. Beckham turned around to chase Philips the other way but crashed...
October 25
October 25

Sources: New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (hamstring) in jeopardy of missing Week 8 game vs. Chicago Bears

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas, after suffering a hamstring injury during practice this past week, underwent an MRI that revealed a Grade 1 strain that is expected to sideline him one to two weeks, league sources told ESPN. Thomas already has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers, and there's a real chance he will not play next week against the Chicago Bears, either, according to sources. Thomas is likely to be considered questionable for next week, as he tries to recover from his hamstring injury as well as the high ankle sprain that he suffered in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This means the Saints could be without their top two wide receivers for each of the next two weeks, with Emmanuel Sanders already having tested positive for the coronavirus and being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Sunday's contest will be the fifth consecutive game that Thomas has missed after he...
October 25
October 25

Sources: New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (hamstring) in jeopardy of missing Week 8 game vs. Bears

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas, after suffering a hamstring injury during practice this past week, underwent an MRI that revealed a Grade 1 strain that is expected to sideline him one to two weeks, league sources told ESPN. Thomas already has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers, and there's a real chance he will not be able to play next week against the Chicago Bears either, according to sources. Thomas is likely to be considered questionable for next week, as he tries to recover from his hamstring injury as well as the high ankle sprain that he suffered in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This means the Saints could be without their top two wide receivers for each of the next two weeks, with Emmanuel Sanders already having tested positive for the coronavirus and being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Sunday's contest will be the fifth consecutive game that Thomas has missed after he...
October 25
October 25

Source: Antonio Brown's deal with Tampa Bay Buccaneers maxes out at $2.5 million

Wide receiver Antonio Brown can make up to $2.5 million with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Sunday. Brown's deal, which he is expected to sign Monday, includes $1 million in base salary and roster bonuses, the source said. He can earn $750,000 if the Buccaneers win the Super Bowl and has three $250,000 incentives for receptions, yards and touchdowns. For Brown to earn the individual incentives, the Buccaneers must also make the playoffs, per the source. Sources told Schefter on Friday that Brown had reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Buccaneers. He still has to pass COVID-19 protocols before he can join the team but is likely to make his Buccaneers debut in Week 9 against the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 8 -- after he completes an eight-game suspension for multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy. The deal reunites Brown with quarterback Tom Brady and could help a team that...
October 25
October 25

NFL fines Tennessee Titans $350K for COVID-19 violations

The Tennessee Titans have been fined $350,000 by the NFL for COVID-19 protocol violations, the league announced Sunday. The NFL informed the Titans last week that their review had concluded and the organization would face a potential fine, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Individuals would not be disciplined, and there was no discussion of forfeiture of draft picks, according to Schefter. The team was fully cooperative, as the league inspected the facility and found it to be in compliance. There were incidences of people not wearing masks, but there was insufficient communication regarding player workouts outside the facility. Tennessee had 24 players and team personnel members test positive for the coronavirus from Sept. 24 to Oct. 11. That led to the postponement of the Titans' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4, a game that will be played Sunday.
October 25
October 25

Tampa Bay Rays stun Los Angeles Dodgers in World Series Game 4 on dramatic finish at plate

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Tampa Bay Rays won Saturday night's Game 4 on one of the wildest finishes in World Series history, capitalizing on a disastrous error by the Los Angeles Dodgers to secure an 8-7 come-from-behind victory and tie the series at 2-2. With two outs and two strikes in the ninth inning, Brett Phillips, a seldom-used outfielder, laced a single to center field off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, bringing in the tying run. That's when things got wild. Center fielder Chris Taylor kicked the ball, and Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena, who started on first, never stopped running. Taylor threw the ball to first baseman Max Muncy, who relayed it to catcher Will Smith. Arozarena had stumbled around third and was going to be out by 30 feet -- until Smith dropped the ball and the ricochet allowed Arozarena to dive home and prompt a celebration that ended with the Rays running gleefully into the outfield. The ...
October 25
October 25

Tampa Bay Rays stun Dodgers in Game 4 on dramatic finish at plate

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Tampa Bay Rays won Saturday night's Game 4 on one of the wildest finishes in World Series history, capitalizing on a disastrous error by the Los Angeles Dodgers to secure an 8-7 come-from-behind victory and tie the series at 2-2. With two outs and two strikes in the ninth inning, Brett Phillips, a seldom-used outfielder, laced a single to center field off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, bringing in the game-tying run. That's when things got wild. Center fielder Chris Taylor kicked the ball, and Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena, who started on first, never stopped running. Taylor threw the ball to first baseman Max Muncy, who relayed it to catcher Will Smith. Arozarena had stumbled around third and was going to be out by 30 feet -- until Smith dropped the ball and the ricochet allowed Arozarena to dive home and prompt a celebration that ended with the Rays running gleefully into the outfield. The...
October 25
October 24

Indiana Hoosiers take down No. 8 Penn State Nittany Lions with wild finish

Indiana scored its first win over a top-10 opponent in 33 years by letting its opponent score. Up 21-20 with less than two minutes left, No. 8  Penn State forced a turnover on downs deep in Indiana territory, and with the Hoosiers down to one timeout, the Nittany Lions could have used up most or all of the clock. But Devyn Ford raced untouched toward the end zone and, realizing his mistake a split second too late, fell in for a touchdown and a 28-20 lead. Indiana then proceeded to drive 75 yards, scoring with 22 seconds left and converting the tying 2-point attempt on a  Michael Penix Jr. run. Indiana coach Tom Allen acknowledged that the Hoosiers wanted Ford to score. "We have a signal to our defense to let the opposing team score," he said. "So we made that call. I was surprised. I was hoping he wouldn't go down at the 1-yard line." Penn State coach James Franklin said the plan was to stop short of the goal line. "We went through that situation this...
October 24
October 24

Indiana Hoosiers take down No. 7 Penn State Nittany Lions with wild finish

Indiana scored its first win over a top-10 opponent in 33 years by letting its opponent score. Up 21-20 with under two minutes left, No. 8  Penn State forced a turnover on downs deep in Indiana territory, and with the Hoosiers down to only one timeout, the Nittany Lions could have used up most or all of the clock. But Devyn Ford raced untouched toward the end zone and, realizing his mistake a split second too late, fell in for a touchdown and a 28-20 lead. Indiana then proceeded to drive 75 yards, scoring with 22 seconds left and converting the tying two-point attempt on a nifty Michael Penix Jr. run. Indiana coach Tom Allen acknowledged that the Hoosiers wanted Ford to score. "We have a signal to our defense to let the opposing team score," he said. "So we made that call. I was surprised. I was hoping he wouldn't go down at the 1-yard line." Penn State coach James Franklin said the plan was to stop short of the goal line. "We went through that situation...
October 24
October 24

Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle expected out for season after injuring ankle on opening kickoff

Alabama wideout and return specialist Jaylen Waddle is expected to be out for the season after suffering what coach Nick Saban called a combination of a high-ankle sprain and a fracture during the opening kickoff of Saturday's 48-17 win over host  Tennessee in Knoxville.  Saban said the injury is similar to the one former Alabama running back Kenyan Drake suffered in 2014, which caused him to miss most of that season.  "We're going to fly him back privately with the doctors and take him back to Birmingham and see what we have to do right away,'' Saban said of Waddle. "If that's the case, and we're pretty certain that it is, he would probably be out for the year.'' Waddle, an ESPN preseason All-America selection, was hurt when he took the opening kickoff out to the Alabama 15. He was tackled by  Kenneth George Jr., and Waddle's right foot got caught between the grass and George's body. Waddle was helped off the field, putting no weight on his right...
October 24
October 24

Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle out for season after injuring ankle on opening kickoff

Alabama wideout and return specialist Jaylen Waddle is out for the season after suffering what coach Nick Saban called a combination of a high-ankle sprain and a fracture during the opening kickoff of Saturday's 48-17 win over host  Tennessee in Knoxville.  Saban said the injury is similar to the one former Alabama running back Kenyan Drake suffered in 2014, which caused him to miss most of that season.  "He's out for the year," Saban said of Waddle. "And it's a shame because the guy's a great player. It's exciting for college football to see a guy play like that. I hate it that he gets hurt on a play like that. You're not supposed to bring a ball out when you're that deep in the end zone. But he's a great player, so you've got to let him use his judgment." Waddle, an ESPN preseason All-America selection, limped off the field while favoring his right ankle and was taken to the locker room on a cart. According to Saban, Waddle was being flown back to...
October 24
October 24

Clemson Tigers coach Dabo Swinney gets defensive about team's play after win

Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney got defensive over repeated questions about his team's performance in a 47-21 win over Syracuse on Saturday, after the Tigers needed a 21-point scoring run over the final 16 minutes to put the contest out of reach. After a question about the team's energy level to start the game, Swinney said, "I just want to make sure I'm at the right press conference here. We did win the game, I think. Am I in the right spot? You don't usually score 47 points if you don't have the right energy. We made some mistakes. It's not energy when you don't make a certain play, or snap the ball over a head. Just didn't execute, but at the end of the day, it's not easy to win. "There's a lot of teams out there that would have lost this game with some of the mistakes that we made. We won the game by almost four touchdowns. I'm not getting any questions about 'Proud of you guys for winning the game.' It's a lot of negative questions. You're not going to get...
October 24
October 24

Las Vegas Raiders activate offensive linemen Kolton Miller, Denzelle Good, Rodney Hudson, Gabe Jackson off COVID-19 list

HENDERSON, Nev. -- The Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday activated four starting offensive linemen who had close contact with right tackle Trent Brown earlier this week. Left tackle Kolton Miller, left guard Denzelle Good, center Rodney Hudson and right guard Gabe Jackson came off the COVID-19 list but still must test negative for the virus on Sunday morning in order to play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. None of the four players have tested positive since going on the COVID-19 list this week as high-risk close contacts to Brown, who tested positive on Wednesday morning. The four players were with Brown at practice on Monday. According to league protocol, as high-risk contacts they had to test negative for five consecutive days, plus the last day of contact. Safety Johnathan Abram had contact with Brown on Tuesday, so there is not enough time for him to finish the protocol and play against Tampa Bay. Brown was not wearing his tracking device, as mandated...
October 24
October 24

Khabib Nurmagomedov defeats Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, announces retirement

Khabib Nurmagomedov kneeled down and put his head in his hands. Tears streamed from his eyes. The burden he had been carrying for the past three months had been released. The typically stoic champion's emotions got the better of him. Nurmagomedov, one of the best fighters in mixed martial arts history, submitted Justin Gaethje -- whom many said would be Nurmagomedov's toughest test -- via triangle choke at 1 minute, 34 seconds of the second round while fighting with a broken foot Saturday in the main event of UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. And he did it with a broken foot, according to UFC president Dana White. This was Nurmagomedov's first fight since his father and head coach, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, died in July from complications of COVID-19. And afterward, Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from mixed martial arts. Nurmagomedov, 32, said his mother did not want him to compete without his father, but he told her this would be his last...
October 24
October 24

Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle out for season after injuring lower leg vs. Tennessee

Alabama wideout and return specialist Jaylen Waddle is out for the season after suffering a lower leg injury during the opening kickoff of Saturday's 48-17 win over  Tennessee.  "He's out for the year," coach Nick Saban said. "And it's a shame because the guy's a great player. It's exciting for college football to see a guy play like that. I hate it that he gets hurt on a play like that. You're not supposed to bring a ball out when you're that deep in the end zone. But he's a great player, so you've got to let him use his judgment." Waddle, an ESPN preseason All-America selection, limped off the field while favoring his right ankle and was taken to the locker room on a cart. The CBS telecast later showed him being loaded into an ambulance.  The junior from Houston caught 25 passes for 557 yards and four touchdowns through four games this season. He is No. 12 on Mel Kiper's Big Board of NFL draft prospects. With Waddle sidelined, Alabama turned to ...
October 24
October 24

Ohio State Buckeyes coach Ryan Day apologizes for not taking knee late against Nebraska Cornhuskers

Ohio State coach Ryan Day apologized to Nebraska for the Buckeyes offense not taking a knee in the final seconds of Saturday's 52-17 win at Ohio Stadium. Leading 45-17 in the final minute, the Buckeyes reached the Nebraska 2-yard line. Rather than take a knee, freshman quarterback Jack Miller ran into the end zone. "I feel bad about that," Day said. "I had a younger quarterback in the game, and I didn't feel like we had the personnel to take the knee, and I probably should have done that. So I just want to publicly apologize to them, to [Nebraska coach] Scott [Frost]." Frost did not address Ohio State's final touchdown after the game. He did take a timeout with three seconds left to run a final play. Day said he would contact Frost to apologize. The two coaches have a good relationship, and Frost on Monday praised Day and Ohio State for joining Nebraska in the fight to reinstate the Big Ten season. Asked about several Nebraska hits in the second half, including...
October 24
October 24

New York Giants aware of video showing Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley without masks

The New York Giants say they are aware of a video that shows starting quarterback Daniel Jones and injured running back Saquon Barkley maskless and not practicing social distancing while at a bar. "We are looking into the nature and context of what is on the video," the team said in a statement. The video was posted on Instagram but has since been taken down. Sources told ESPN's Jordan Raanan that team discipline is unlikely. The NFL, however, could choose to discipline them. The two Giants had dinner with some teammates, including receiver Sterling Shepard, and friends in a private room at a restaurant in New York on Friday night, a source said. Afterward, they were invited to have a drink at a bar that is closed to the public. A video of Jones sharing a drink with a woman was taken at the Manhattan bar, a source said. Earlier this season, the NFL fined 10 Las Vegas Raiders players, including tight end Darren Waller and...
October 24
October 24

Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle ruled out vs. Tennessee with lower leg injury

Alabama wideout and return specialist Jaylen Waddle was ruled out of Saturday's game against Tennessee after suffering a lower leg injury during the opening kickoff. Waddle, an ESPN preseason All-America selection, limped off the field favoring his right ankle and was immediately taken to the locker room on a cart. CBS reported that Waddle was receiving an X-ray, and the telecast showed him being loaded into an ambulance.  The junior from Houston has caught 25 passes for 557 yards and four touchdowns through four games this season. With Waddle sidelined, Alabama turned to Slade Bolden as the team's third receiver. Bolden, who hadn't caught a pass this season, had receptions on each of Alabama's first two drives against Tennessee.
October 24
October 24

Robert Whittaker beats Jared Cannonier, eyes UFC title shot vs. Israel Adesanya

Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is right back at the top of the division -- and some would say he never left. Whittaker (22-5) defeated Jared Cannonier (13-5) via unanimous decision in the co-main event of UFC 254 on Saturday on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. It is Whittaker's second win in three months, as he outpointed Darren Till in a close fight in July in Abu Dhabi. Whittaker is now 2-0 since losing his title to Israel Adesanya in October 2019. Adesanya (20-0) is still the champion and has defended the belt twice. The champ had picked Cannonier to win on Saturday and be his next title challenger, but Whittaker spoiled those plans. "Straight off the back of my last fight, we diligently worked on a game plan [for Cannonier]," Whittaker said. "We know he's aggressive. Followed [the plan] to a T and got a very classy win." UFC president Dana White said an Adesanya-Whittaker fight makes sense. "Israel has a lot of options, but the fight...
October 24
October 24

Buffalo Bills place four, including tight end Dawson Knox, on reserve/COVID-19 list

The Buffalo Bills have placed four players on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Of the four, only tight end Dawson Knox has tested positive, the team said. The other three players on the list are tight ends Lee Smith, Tommy Sweeney and Nate Becker, all of whom were deemed to have had close contact with Knox. Sweeney is already on the physically unable to perform list, while Becker is on the team's practice squad. Tight end Tyler Kroft wasn't considered a close contact because his wife, Alexa, was in labor for more than 24 hours and delivered baby Grace around 5 a.m. on Friday. Kroft was at practice Friday but missed the meetings where the virus could have spread, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. In their statement, the Bills said Sunday's road game against the New York Jets remains as scheduled, with the team planning to travel later Saturday.
October 24
October 24

Golfer Bryson DeChambeau claims 400-yard carry with driver

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- While most of the top players are preparing for the Masters by playing in this weekend's Zozo Championship, Bryson DeChambeau is at home in his Dallas laboratory, concocting ways to tackle Augusta National Golf Club. On Friday, DeChambeau, known as " the golf scientist," unveiled a little bit of his methodology, disclosing via Instagram story that he had achieved 401.3 yards of carry with the driver he is working with and "not even the 48-inch driver." The device he showed to monitor his progress also showed a ball speed of 211 mph and a hang time of 8.2 seconds. Count to eight and consider how long his golf ball stayed in the air. DeChambeau, who won the U.S. Open last month by 6 strokes, said two weeks ago at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open that he planned to spend the month prior to the Masters hitting "2,000 drivers'' and experimenting with a 48-inch shaft, the longest allowed by the Rules of Golf. Most...
October 24
October 24

Tyson Fury plans Dec. 5 fight in London; Deontay Wilder unlikely

LONDON -- WBC world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury said Saturday that he plans to fight in London on Dec. 5, but his opponent is unknown. "I'd just like to announce I'm definitely fighting December the 5th in London. Opponent to be announced very, very soon," Fury said in a video message posted on his social media accounts. "Just working on some opponents. Let you all know who it's going to be shortly." Fury and his co-promoter Frank Warren recently expressed doubt that a third fight with American Deontay Wilder would happen in 2020. Fury claimed the WBC belt off Wilder with a seventh-round stoppage in February, after their draw in 2018. A fight between undefeated Michael Conlan and former WBO junior featherweight champion Isaac Dogboe has been agreed upon for Dec. 5 at Royal Albert Hall in London. That fight is expected to be part of the Fury card, sources told ESPN's Steve Kim. Fury, 32, announced in June that he had agreed to a two-fight deal with Anthony Joshua....
October 24
October 24

Bettor places $8.6K bet to win $8.60 if Clemson Tigers beat Syracuse Orange

No. 1 Clemson is expected to get past struggling Syracuse on Saturday rather handily, according to the betting odds. The Tigers are favored by 46 points over the Orange, who suffered a 38-21 loss at home to Liberty last week, dropping them to 1-4. Clemson, on the other hand, is rolling at 5-0 and coming off a 73-7 beatdown of Georgia Tech. The Tigers are outscoring their opponents by an average of 36.6 points per game. The odds on Clemson beating Syracuse straight up are so ridiculous that most sportsbooks aren't offering a money-line price on the game. FanDuel, however, is, and has the Tigers listed at -100,000 to win outright, while Syracuse is +4,000 (40-1) to pull off the upset. That's right. If you want to bet on Clemson to beat Syracuse, you'd need to put up $1,000 to win $1 at FanDuel, one of the only U.S. sportsbooks to offer a money-line price on the seemingly lopsided matchup. And someone did. According to FanDuel, a bettor placed an...
October 24
October 24

Syracuse Orange WR Taj Harris not playing a week after making obscene hand gesture

Syracuse's  Taj Harris, who led the ACC in receiving yards entering Saturday, did not play against No. 1  Clemson after not making the trip. Last week in a loss to Liberty, Harris was seen making an obscene hand gesture at television cameras filming the Syracuse bench. Athletic director John Wildhack said after the game that the gesture was "inappropriate" and "unacceptable." Coach Dino Babers said earlier this week that Harris had apologized to the team on Sunday and that the discipline would be handled internally. "That stuff is always in-house. That's family business," Babers said after Saturday's 47-21 loss. "I love that young man and I want nothing but the best for him and his mom." Harris leads Syracuse with 434 receiving yards and four touchdowns and has made 24 career starts.
October 24

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