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Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor's lung punctured by team doctor, sources say

A Los Angeles Chargers team doctor accidentally punctured quarterback Tyrod Taylor's lung just before kickoff Sunday while trying to administer a pain-killing injection to the quarterback's cracked ribs, league and team sources told ESPN. That is the reason Taylor did not start Sunday and rookie quarterback Justin Herbert unexpectedly did against the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs, in an arrangement that is likely to continue Sunday against the Carolina Panthers and quite possibly beyond. It also helps explain why Chargers coach Anthony Lynn strongly backed Taylor on Sunday night and again this week. Many coaches believe that no player should lose his job to an injury -- especially one that accidentally came at the hands of a team doctor. The Chargers previously said Taylor suffered complications from an injection.  The NFL Players Association is investigating the medical mishap, according to NFLPA assistant executive director of...
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Notre Dame-Wake Forest football rescheduled for Dec. 12 after coronavirus postponement

The makeup date for Wake Forest and Notre Dame's rescheduled football game will be Dec. 12, the ACC announced Wednesday. The game, billed as the Duke's Mayo Kickoff Classic, was originally set to be played in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday. The game was moved to Winston-Salem when attendance was capped by the state's coronavirus restrictions, then was postponed Tuesday after seven Notre Dame players tested positive for COVID-19. The school also announced that 13 players were in isolation. Wake Forest moved up its game against Campbell, originally scheduled for Oct. 9, to Oct. 2 to prevent the Demon Deacons from having consecutive open dates. The ACC's adjusted schedule, released in August, called for teams to play 11 games -- 10 in conference and one out of conference -- concluding with the ACC championship game on Dec. 12 or Dec. 19. Given that Wake Forest-Notre Dame and Virginia- Virginia Tech -- rescheduled from Sept. 19...
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Notre Dame-Wake Forest rescheduled for Dec. 12 after coronavirus postponement

The makeup date for Wake Forest and Notre Dame's rescheduled game will be Dec. 12, the ACC announced Wednesday. The game, billed as the Duke's Mayo Kickoff Classic, was originally set to be played in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday. The game was moved to Winston-Salem when attendance was capped by the state's coronavirus restrictions but was postponed Tuesday after the Irish had seven players test positive for COVID-19 and announced that 13 players were in isolation. Wake Forest moved up its game against Campbell, originally scheduled for Oct. 9, to Oct. 2 to prevent the school from having consecutive open dates. The ACC's adjusted schedule, released in August, called for teams to play 11 games -- 10 in conference and one out of conference -- concluding with the ACC championship game on Dec. 12 or Dec. 19. Given that Wake Forest-Notre Dame and Virginia- Virginia Tech -- rescheduled from Sept. 19 -- have been moved to Dec. 12, it...
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USF pauses football while waiting for coronavirus test results

A day after Notre Dame postponed its upcoming game against Wake Forest, its previous opponent, South Florida, called a halt to football activities while it awaits test results for possible coronavirus spread among players. USF announced that it was pausing activities until receiving the results of Wednesday's tests, but it said that tests done last Friday before its 52-0 loss to Notre Dame as well as Monday's postgame testing resulted in no positive cases. The school said the pause in activities was due to "an abundance of caution." USF is scheduled to play FAU this Saturday. FAU has yet to play a game this season because of virus-related scheduling difficulties. Notre Dame postponed its game against Wake Forest, scheduled for Saturday, because of an outbreak of COVID-19 on the team. Seven Irish players tested positive. Combined with testing results from the previous week, 13 players are currently in isolation, with 10 in quarantine. That game has been rescheduled for...
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Chicago Bears' Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers dies at age 77

Former Chicago Bears star Gale Sayers, considered one of the greatest running backs in the history of the NFL despite a career cut short by knee injuries, has died at age 77 after living with dementia. Known as the "Kansas Comet," Sayers was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977 despite playing just seven seasons, all with the Bears. At 34, he was the youngest player ever inducted. "All those who love the game of football mourn the loss of one of the greatest to ever play this game with the passing of Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers," Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker said in a statement. "He was the very essence of a team player -- quiet, unassuming and always ready to compliment a teammate for a key block. Gale was an extraordinary man who overcame a great deal of adversity during his NFL career and life." Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement, "The NFL family lost a true friend today with the passing of Gale Sayers. Gale was one of the...
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Georgia disputes ex-safety Otis Reese's claim of racial insensitivity

The Georgia athletic department is disputing a former football player's claims that it maintains an "unsafe, unsupportive, or racially insensitive environment." In a statement posted to social media Tuesday night, former Bulldogs safety Otis Reese wrote that his time on the team "took a devastating mental toll" on him. "From the first moments I stepped on Campus, it was not what I expected," Reese wrote. "The Racist events that I kept experiencing weighed on me heavily and seemed never ending." Reese, who transferred to Ole Miss in January, is seeking waivers from the NCAA and SEC to play for the Rebels this season. A junior from Leesburg, Georgia, Reese played in 25 games for the Bulldogs, including all 14 in 2019. He wrote that when he informed Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart that he was leaving the team on Oct. 4, "I was led to believe by Coach Smart that if I finished the season and not 'Let my team down' as he requested, he would support both my...
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Chicago Bears Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers dies at age 77

Former Chicago Bears star Gale Sayers, considered one of the greatest running backs in the history of the National Football League despite a career cut short by knee injuries, has died at age 77 after living with dementia. Known as the "Kansas Comet," Sayers was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977 despite playing just seven seasons, all with the Bears. At 34, he was the youngest player ever inducted. "All those who love the game of football mourn the loss of one of the greatest to ever play this game with the passing of Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers," Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker said in a statement. "He was the very essence of a team player -- quiet, unassuming and always ready to compliment a teammate for a key block. Gale was an extraordinary man who overcame a great deal of adversity during his NFL career and life." Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement, "The NFL family lost a true friend today with the passing of Gale Sayers....
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September 23

Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone dubs Jamal Murray a superstar after another key performance

A 20-point  Denver Nuggets lead had dwindled to four with over two minutes left in the game when Nikola Jokic handed the ball off to Jamal Murray. Murray backed Alex Caruso off the 3-point line only to spin and drill a step-back 3. On the next possession, Murray hit Paul Millsap for a dunk with a beautiful pass on two defenders. And then Murray sealed Tuesday's Game 3 of the Western Conference finals with a 29-foot rainbow shot as Denver held on for a 114-106 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. "Now I know every night what I'm getting from Jamal," Denver coach Michael Malone said. "Last year, we knew what we were getting from Nikola, but what kind of game would Jamal have. That's no longer the case. "We have two superstars in Nikola and Jamal." The Lakers have arguably two of the NBA's top five players in Anthony Davis and LeBron James, who combined to score 57 points Tuesday. But it...
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September 23

Los Angeles Dodgers clinch NL's top seed, 8th straight division title

LOS ANGELES -- Wrapping up an NL West title has become routine for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but in a year in which no one was sure three months ago if there would be a baseball season, manager Dave Roberts wanted his team to savor the moment. The Dodgers clinched the NL's top postseason seed and eighth straight division title with a 7-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday. They are the third team to win at least eight straight division titles, joining the Atlanta Braves (14 straight from 1991 to 2005) and New York Yankees (nine straight from 1998 to 2006). "To fast-forward a couple months and be crowned NL West champs is a credit to everyone. It should never be taken for granted,'' Roberts said. "Truth be told, a lot of guys didn't know we could clinch. We were responsible, but I let it know that it has to be appreciated.'' The Dodgers, who own the best record in the majors at 39-16, were the first team in baseball to clinch a playoff...
September 23
September 23

After another key performance, Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone dubs Jamal Murray a superstar

A 20-point Denver lead had dwindled to four with over two minutes left when Nikola Jokic handed the ball off to Jamal Murray. Murray backed Alex Caruso off the 3-point line only to spin and drill a step-back 3. On the next possession, he hit Paul Millsap for a dunk with a beautiful pass on two defenders. And then Murray sealed Game 3 with a 29-foot rainbow shot to help Denver hold on to a 114-106 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. "Now I know every night what I'm getting from Jamal," said Denver coach Michael Malone. "Last year we knew what we were getting from Nikola, but what kind of game would Jamal have. That's no longer the case. "We have two superstars in Nikola and Jamal." The Lakers have arguably two of the top five players in the league in Anthony Davis and LeBron James, who combined to score 57 points on Tuesday. But it was Murray who raised his level in crunch time in Game 3, orchestrating an 8-0 run that...
September 23
September 23

Falcons' Hayden Hurst shares support for Cowboys' Dak Prescott speaking on mental health: 'I've got nothing but respect for him'

Atlanta Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst said he approached Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott after Sunday's game to express his support in the wake of what Hurst called "disgusting" comments made by Fox Sports 1's Skip Bayless about Prescott's opening up about his mental health. Prescott recently shared in an episode of "In Depth with Graham Bensinger" that he sought help in the offseason for anxiety and depression brought on by the death of his older brother, Jace, and the coronavirus pandemic. Jace Prescott died by suicide in April. The quarterback's mother died of colon cancer in 2013. In response to Prescott's comments, Bayless said on his "Undisputed" show, "I don't have sympathy for [Prescott] going public with, 'I got depressed' and 'I suffered depression early in COVID to the point that I couldn't even go work out.' Look, he's the quarterback of America's team." Fox later issued a statement condemning Bayless' remarks.  Hurst, who has ...
September 23
September 23

Baylor AD Mack Rhoades 'disappointed' in Houston coach Dana Holgorsen's 'chirping'

Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades on Tuesday took exception to the tone of recent comments made by Houston football coach Dana Holgorsen in the aftermath of the two teams' postponed game, which was to be played last Saturday. Rhoades, in an appearance on SicEm365 Radio in Waco, Texas, was asked if he was disappointed by the "chirping" going on from Houston, and Rhoades admitted that he was. "Yeah, you know, I'll be candid: I'm disappointed in their head coach and the chirping," Rhoades said. "And I let the [Houston athletic director] know it. And, you know, in my opinion, [it's] not professional, but we'll move on and we'll move forward." Holgorsen, in a news conference on Monday, sounded frustrated when discussing the postponed game between Houston and Baylor. The game was quickly manufactured after Houston's original Week 3 opponent -- Memphis -- had to pause practice on Sept. 11 because of coronavirus testing results and eventually postponed the game....
September 23
September 23

New York Giants adding Devonta Freeman on 1-year, $3 million deal

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants are signing former Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman after losing Saquon Barkley for the season. Freeman and the Giants agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $3 million, Freeman's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday. Freeman is expected to sign the contract Wednesday morning, practice with the Giants later Wednesday and could play as soon as Sunday. "Devonta turned down more money from other teams because he likes the opportunity with the Giants best," Rosenhaus told Schefter. Barkley tore the ACL in his right knee in Sunday's 17-13 loss to the Chicago Bears. Dion Lewis played every snap in his absence. Freeman, 28, spent the first six years of his career with the Atlanta Falcons. He has two 1,000-yard rushing seasons (2015-16) and has averaged 4.2 yards per carry throughout his career. But Freeman had 656 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 184...
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September 22

Chicago Bulls hire Billy Donovan as coach to replace Jim Boylen

The Chicago Bulls have hired former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan as their new head coach, the team announced Tuesday. Arturas Karnisovas, the Bulls' executive vice president of basketball operations, aggressively pursued Donovan after the coach left the Oklahoma City Thunder, sources said, selling Donovan on a partnership and vision for a talented young roster and a chance to lead one of the league's anchor franchises. In an official statement, Donovan thanked the team's ownership "for the opportunity to coach the Chicago Bulls" and said he is looking forward to working with Karnisovas. "I'm excited to partner with Arturas as we work together on behalf of this historic franchise," he said. Donovan's representative, Oliver Winterbone of Wasserman Media Group, finalized the deal with Chicago officials on Tuesday, sources said. Karnisovas and general manager Marc Eversley believed Donovan was the best coach available and that his track...
September 22
September 22

Source: Raiders' Jon Gruden, Saints' Sean Payton fined $100K for violating mask protocols

Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden and New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton have both been fined $100,000 by the NFL for not wearing masks on the sideline during Monday night's game, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Raiders and Saints also have each been fined $250,000, the source said. The fines are the same as what the NFL levied Monday against the Denver Broncos and Vic Fangio, the Seattle Seahawks and Pete Carroll, and the San Francisco 49ers and Kyle Shanahan for similar violations this past Sunday of the league's COVID-19 game-day protocols. Gruden, who revealed after Monday night's 34-24 victory over the Saints that he had previously contracted COVID-19, said Tuesday that he did not want to get into specifics about how he dealt with the virus. "It wasn't pleasant," he said, "and it was reported that I made up that I had the virus, and it really ticked me off because I would never do something like that. "But it's a...
September 22
September 22

Bad handoff: Colts' Darius Leonard gives fan his gloves with wedding ring inside

INDIANAPOLIS -- Colts linebacker  Darius Leonard's desire to make a young fan's day -- outside of getting a win -- nearly cost him his wedding ring following Sunday's victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Leonard was on his way back to the locker room when he gave the fan his gloves as a souvenir. Little did Leonard know, though, that his wedding ring, which he wears during the game, was also inside his left glove. It wasn't until Leonard had showered and dressed that he realized his ring was gone. "Once I put my gloves on, my ring is on," Leonard said on SportsCenter. "Once I knew I took the gloves off and that's the only thing that could have possibly happened, that's when in my mind when I threw my glove, the ring went with it. Thought I might not see that ring again." What Leonard didn't realize was that the fan had no intention of keeping his wedding ring, he just wanted the gloves. The fan went to social media and sent a direct message to the...
September 22
September 22

Notre Dame-Wake Forest football game postponed after more positive coronavirus tests

The Notre Dame-Wake Forest football game scheduled for Saturday has been postponed after the Irish announced 13 players are in isolation. In a statement Tuesday, Notre Dame said seven players tested positive for coronavirus out of 94 tests done Monday. Combined with testing results from last week, 13 players are in isolation, with 10 in quarantine. As a result, Notre Dame has paused all football-related activities. The two schools are working on a date to reschedule the game. "With student-athlete health and safety our primary focus, we will continue to follow our prevention protocols and ongoing testing procedures," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said in a statement. "We managed an increase in positivity rates in August, and the players handled it wonderfully. "We knew COVID would present challenges throughout the season, and we'll always put student-athlete health and safety at the forefront of our decision making. We look forward to resuming team activities and getting back on...
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September 22

Notre Dame-Wake Forest football game postponed after more positive COVID tests

The Notre Dame-Wake Forest football game scheduled for Saturday has been postponed after the Irish announced 13 players are in isolation. In a statement Tuesday, Notre Dame said seven players tested positive for coronavirus out of 94 tests done Monday. Combined with testing results from last week, 13 players are in isolation, with 10 in quarantine. As a result, Notre Dame has paused all football-related activities. The two schools are working on a date to reschedule the game. "With student-athlete health and safety our primary focus, we will continue to follow our prevention protocols and ongoing testing procedures," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said in a statement. "We managed an increase in positivity rates in August, and the players handled it wonderfully. "We knew COVID would present challenges throughout the season, and we'll always put student-athlete health and safety at the forefront of our decision making. We look forward to resuming team activities and getting back on...
September 22
September 22

Notre Dame-Wake Forest football game postponed after more positive tests

The Notre Dame-Wake Forest football game scheduled for Saturday has been postponed after the Irish announced 13 players are in isolation. In a statement Tuesday, Notre Dame said seven players tested positive for coronavirus out of 94 tests done Monday. Combined with testing results from last week, 13 players are in isolation, with 10 in quarantine. As a result, Notre Dame has paused all football-related activities. The two schools are working on a date to reschedule the game. "With student-athlete health and safety our primary focus, we will continue to follow our prevention protocols and ongoing testing procedures," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said in a statement. "We managed an increase in positivity rates in August, and the players handled it wonderfully. "We knew COVID would present challenges throughout the season, and we'll always put student-athlete health and safety at the forefront of our decision making. We look forward to resuming team activities and getting back on...
September 22
September 22

NBA commissioner Adam Silver: Best guess is next season won't start until 2021

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said his "best guess" is that the league will not begin its next season until 2021, emphasizing that "the goal is to play a standard season." Silver discussed the NBA's plans for the 2020-21 season Tuesday as part of a wide-ranging interview with CNN. The NBA announced earlier this year that the tentative start date for the 2020-21 season was Dec. 1, but Silver acknowledged last month that the date was "feeling a little bit early to me." Silver said Tuesday that the NBA had hoped as recently as a week ago that "the earliest we would start is Christmas of this year," but he then said that as more coronavirus-related information becomes available, he believes that the league will "be better off getting into January." Silver clarified that a "standard season" would include an 82-game regular season and full postseason, and he noted that "the goal would be to play games in home arenas in front of fans." "But there's still a lot that we need to...
September 22
September 22

NBA commissioner Adam Silver: Best guess on start of next season not until 2021

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says his "best guess" is that the league will not begin its next season until 2021, emphasizing that "the goal is to play a standard season." Silver discussed the NBA's plans for the 2020-21 season amid the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday as part of a wide-ranging interview with CNN. The NBA announced earlier this year that the tentative start date for the 2020-21 season was Dec. 1, but Silver acknowledged last month that the date was "feeling a little bit early to me." Silver said Tuesday that the NBA had hoped as recently as a week ago that "the earliest we would start is Christmas of this year," but then said that as more virus-related information becomes available, he believes that the league will "be better off getting into January." Silver clarified that a "standard season" would include an 82-game regular season and full postseason and noted that "the goal would be to play games in home arenas in front of fans." "But there's still a lot...
September 22
September 22

Storm-Lynx WNBA semifinal to start Tuesday after postponement

The WNBA announced that Game 1 of the semifinal between the Seattle Storm and Minnesota Lynx will be Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The game was postponed Sunday after there were inconclusive coronavirus test results for three Storm players. The players in question underwent extensive additional testing and have been cleared to rejoin the team, the league said Tuesday afternoon. One player who most recently tested negative is awaiting the results of a second test taken 24 hours apart from the first, pursuant to the WNBA health and safety protocols. The number of players in question was not known until Tuesday when WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert revealed the number is a Zoom call with reporters. "The health and safety of all players and staff continue to be our top priority," Engelbert said in a statement. "After comprehensive consultation with health and safety specialists following the additional testing of Seattle's players and staff as well as the implementation of...
September 22
September 22

Storm-Lynx semifinal to start Tuesday after postponement

The WNBA announced that Game 1 of the semifinal between the Seattle Storm and Minnesota Lynx will be Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The game was postponed Sunday after there were inconclusive coronavirus test results for some Storm players. The players in question underwent extensive additional testing and have been cleared to rejoin the team, the league said Tuesday afternoon. One player who most recently tested negative is awaiting the results of a second test taken 24 hours apart from the first, pursuant to the WNBA health and safety protocols. "The health and safety of all players and staff continue to be our top priority," WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement. "After comprehensive consultation with health and safety specialists following the additional testing of Seattle's players and staff as well as the implementation of contact tracing, we feel confident in moving forward with the Storm and Lynx taking the court for Game 1 of their Semifinals...
September 22
September 22

Source: Notre Dame cancels practice after four positive coronavirus tests

Notre Dame will not practice Tuesday afternoon after four players tested positive for COVID-19 in the team's latest round of testing, a source told ESPN. The program on Monday announced the four positive results out of testing last week as well as six other players being placed in quarantine because of contact tracing. The seventh-ranked Irish (2-0) are set to visit Wake Forest (0-2) on Saturday. Yahoo first reported the cancellation of Tuesday's practice. Notre Dame had only 14 positive COVID-19 tests before the latest round since testing started June 18. The team's overall negative rate is 99.1%. The team paused practices for three days last month after five positive results during two rounds of testing. Notre Dame beat South Florida 52-0 at home last Saturday.
September 22
September 22

SEC football to utilize devices used by NFL for contact tracing, distancing

Every football player in the SEC will wear the small, lightweight device also used in the NFL to help with COVID-19 contact tracing efforts, the conference announced Tuesday. The devices, which are produced by a company called KINEXON, are called SafeTags and are approximately the size of a watch face, according to a news release. They can be worn as a wristband or on a lanyard, or can be built into equipment for use on field in practices and games. The SafeTags can also be used to help enforce physical distancing regulations by flashing a red warning light when people are within 6 feet of each other. "Through this new relationship with KINEXON, the SEC is committed to using innovative technology to provide solutions for use by our member institutions as we all work to support a healthy environment for student-athletes," SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a prepared statement. "KINEXON provides the SEC with a modern and effective solution to meet the unique contact tracing...
September 22
September 22

SEC football to use devices used by NFL for contact tracing, distancing

 Every football player in the SEC will wear a small, lightweight device also used in the NFL to help with COVID-19 contact tracing efforts, the conference announced on Tuesday. The devices, which are produced by a company called KINEXON, are called SafeTags, and are approximately the size of a watch face, according to a release. They can be worn as a wristband or on a lanyard, or can be built into equipment for use on-field in practices and games. The SafeTags can also be used to enforce physical distancing regulations by flashing a red warning light when people are within six feet of each other. "Through this new relationship with KINEXON, the SEC is committed to using innovative technology to provide solutions for use by our member institutions as we all work to support a healthy environment for student-athletes," SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a prepared statement. "KINEXON provides the SEC with a modern and effective solution to meet the unique contact tracing...
September 22
September 22

Source: Denver Broncos to sign QB Blake Bortles after Drew Lock injury

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- With starting quarterback Drew Lock expected to miss three to five weeks with a shoulder injury, the  Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with  Blake Bortles on a one-year deal, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler on Tuesday. Bortles will start the mandated COVID-19 protocols, which will include multiple tests spread over four days. Coach Vic Fangio on Monday said that the Broncos had brought in a quarterback and that the player wouldn't be able to attend meetings or practice "until Friday or Saturday." Jeff Driskel will start Sunday's home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Brett Rypien is expected to serve as backup after moving from the practice squad to the roster. Moving forward, Bortles is expected to serve as Driskel's backup. Bortles, 28, was with the Los Angeles Rams last season and appeared in three games with two pass attempts. The No. 3 draft pick in 2014, Bortles spent his first five NFL...
September 22
September 22

Sources: ESPN moving college basketball events to Wide World of Sports in Orlando

ESPN is planning to move at least eight of its men's college basketball events to the ESPN Wide World of Sports property at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, conference and team sources told ESPN. ESPN runs 10 nonconference events in November and December, and at least eight of them are expected to take place in Orlando this year. The Champions Classic, Charleston Classic, Myrtle Beach Invitational, NIT Season Tip-Off, Wooden Legacy, Orlando Invitational, Jimmy V Classic and Diamond Head Classic are expected to move to Disney. The ESPN Wide World of Sports has been the site of the NBA's bubble, but different protocols are expected to be in place for college events, team sources told ESPN. The events are expected to begin on Nov. 25, the new start date of the 2020-21 college basketball season, and run for the first two weeks of the season. Specific dates for the events are undetermined for now, but the Champions Classic -- which annually takes place on the first night...
September 22
September 22

Sources: ESPN moving college basketball events to Orlando

ESPN is planning to move at least eight of its men's college basketball events to the ESPN Wide World of Sports property at Walt Disney World in Orlando, conference and team sources told ESPN. ESPN runs 10 nonconference events in November and December, and at least eight of them are expected to take place in Orlando this year. The Champions Classic, Charleston Classic, Myrtle Beach Invitational, NIT Season Tip-Off, Wooden Legacy, Orlando Invitational, Jimmy V Classic and Diamond Head Classic are expected to move to Disney. The ESPN Wide World of Sports has been the site of the NBA's bubble, although there is expected to be different protocols in place for the college events, team sources told ESPN. The events are expected to begin on Nov. 25, the new start date of the 2020-21 college basketball season, and run for the first two weeks of the season. Specific dates for the events are undetermined for now, but the Champions Classic - which annually takes place on the first night of...
September 22
September 22

Drew Brees laughs off talk of decline, says out-of-sync Saints 'not even close' to full capability

Drew Brees chuckled Monday when asked about the growing narrative that he is showing signs of decline to start his 20th NFL season. "Well, my job is to execute the offense. ... My job's not to have the most air yards or throw the ball down the field most or anything like that," the New Orleans Saints quarterback said after his team flopped in several areas during a 34-24 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football. "I think I've always evaluated myself on being a great decision-maker. And so, at the end of the day, I'll throw the ball to the open guy, move the ball down the field, score points, help us win football games. So that's my job," Brees said. "My job's to help us win. My job's to help put everyone around me in the best position to succeed." However, the numbers show a noteworthy trend. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Brees' average of 4.82 air yards on passes this season is the lowest of any quarterback through two games...
September 22
September 22

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank weighs in on onside kick blunder

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and coach Dan Quinn had different takes on the onside kick blunder that led to the Falcons' stunning 40-39 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, a loss that dropped Atlanta to 0-2 and sparked more speculation about Quinn's future with the team. Falcons players Jaeden Graham, Hayden Hurst, and Olamide Zaccheaus failed to aggressively fall on an onside kick by Greg Zuerlein, a kick recovered by Cowboys defensive back and former Falcon C.J. Goodwin. The Cowboys took possession with 1 minute, 48 seconds left in the game down 39-37 and finished off the win with Zuerlein's 46-yard field goal as time expired. Blank, appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday to promote his new book "Good Company,'' was asked by hosts Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan to talk about his feelings on the plane ride home from the game. "Well, you think about, do you want to respond out of doing something that's immediate and...
September 22
September 22

Sources: NFL fines Broncos' Vic Fangio, Seahawks' Pete Carroll, 49ers' Kyle Shanahan $100K each for mask noncompliance

The NFL fined three head coaches -- Denver's Vic Fangio, Seattle's Pete Carroll and San Francisco's Kyle Shanahan -- $100,000 each for not wearing masks Sunday, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.  In addition, the league fined each coach's team $250,000, sources said.  The $1,050,000 in punishments comes a week after the league sent a memo to teams reinforcing its requirement that coaches wear coverings over their mouths and noses at all times on the sidelines during games, threatening discipline for those who don't comply. The sharply worded message, written by executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent, came in response to wide variance in compliance during the first Sunday of the 2020 season. Players are exempt from these protocols. More fines could be coming, as several other coaches violated the league's rules, among them New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and both coaches in Monday night's game, Jon Gruden of the ...
September 22
September 22

Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin to field NASCAR Cup car with Bubba Wallace driving

NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan announced Monday night that they will field a car for the 2021 Cup Series season. Their driver: Bubba Wallace. "Bubba has shown improvement since joining the Cup series, and we believe he's ready to take his career to a higher level," Hamlin wrote. Added Jordan: "Growing up in North Carolina, my parents would take my brothers, sisters and me to races, and I've been a NASCAR fan my whole life. The opportunity to own my own racing team in partnership with my friend, Denny Hamlin, and to have Bubba Wallace driving for us, is very exciting for me. Historically, NASCAR has struggled with diversity and there have been few Black owners. The timing seemed perfect as NASCAR is evolving and embracing social change more and more. In addition to the recent commitment and donations I have made to combat systemic racism, I see this as a chance to educate a new audience and open more opportunities for Black people in...
September 22
September 22

Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl wins Hart Trophy, given to NHL's most valuable player

The Stanley Cup Final is in Edmonton, Alberta, and  Oilers star Leon Draisaitl made history Monday night. Only it had more to do with his home country than his home arena. Draisaitl became the first German player to win the Hart Trophy as MVP after leading the league in scoring with 110 points in 71 games. He also won the Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player as voted by peers. Draisaitl joins former NBA star Dirk Nowitzki as the only German players to earn MVP honors in one of the four major North American professional sports leagues. "Dirk was obviously someone that I look up to, someone that I admire: the way he presents himself and the way he really has achieved everything that there is to achieve for a professional athlete in North America," Draisaitl said. "He's always been someone that I look up [to] and it's a big honor for me to be in that conversation with him." Draisaitl finished ahead of Colorado Avalanche center Nathan...
September 22
September 21

Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl wins Hart Trophy, given to the NHL's most valuable player

Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl won the NHL's Hart Trophy Monday night, given to the league's most valuable player. Draisaitl also won the Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player, as voted on by the players, during the league's awards show leading up to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final in Edmonton, Alberta. Draisaitl, awarded the Hart in a virtual presentation given by Hall of Famer and former Oilers center Wayne Gretzky, had 43 goals and 110 points for Edmonton this season, including 16 power-play goals in 71 games. Draisaitl won the award ahead of finalists Artemi Panarin of the New York Rangers, and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche. Edmonton advanced to the NHL qualifying round, where it was eliminated by the Chicago Blackhawks. Playoff performances do not count for these awards, but Draisaitl had three goals and six points in that series vs. the Blackhawks. Nashville's Roman Josi won the Norris...
September 21
September 21

Los Angeles Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor 'recovering well' after chest pains, coach says

Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said there were "complications" with quarterback Tyrod Taylor's treatment for chest pains Sunday but Taylor is "recovering well." Lynn did not elaborate on what led to Taylor being hospitalized, but he said the quarterback was home Sunday night and at practice Monday. Though rookie Justin Herbert played well in his first start -- a 23-20 overtime loss to the  Kansas City Chiefs -- he's still the team's No. 2 quarterback as long as Taylor is healthy. "If Tyrod is 100 percent, he's our quarterback," Lynn said. He added that Herbert is "a backup for a reason." Lynn, however, said he doesn't have enough information yet to assess Taylor's chance of playing Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. If Herbert gets the nod again, he'll be more prepared this time, as Lynn said he'll get his rookie quarterback "more reps in practice until Tyrod's back." The late change at quarterback came as a surprise to...
September 21
September 21

San Francisco 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo has chance to play Sunday; Tevin Coleman likely out multiple weeks

As though the quantity of their injuries weren't enough cause for concern, the San Francisco 49ers were having trouble finding out the severity of their many ailments as they began their week at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. Niners coach Kyle Shanahan had only limited injury updates in his usual Monday media session because of something else entirely out of the team's control. "We had an MRI truck scheduled up here, and that truck broke last night," Shanahan said. "The local hospital is helping us out with MRIs, so that's why we're behind on everything." The 49ers were able to confirm later Monday that defensive linemen Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas each tore their left ACL, and are out for the season. Shanahan had some updates on the many other injuries the Niners suffered in Sunday's 31-13 win over the New York Jets. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who has a high right ankle sprain, is still considered day-to-day,...
September 21
September 21

Carolina Panthers' Christian McCaffrey out 4-6 weeks with high ankle sprain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey isn't giving up on this season despite being expected to miss four to six weeks with a right high ankle sprain, and he doesn't want his teammates to give up because of an 0-2 start. "The last thing I want this team to focus on is the negative," McCaffrey said less than 24 hours after suffering his first significant NFL injury during a 31-17 loss at Tampa Bay. "Football, especially in the NFL, can have a lot of factors that can affect your mental, emotional and physical play. "We've lost two games, not because we're a bad team. That's something that can be corrected, injury or not with me. This team has a lot of fight. Our team has a lot of resiliency. And we have the right guys to pick it up from here." McCaffrey, 24, echoed what cornerback Donte Jackson said on Sunday about still having the potential to make the playoffs. That's why McCaffrey opened a Zoom call with a statement...
September 21
September 21

Alabama Crimson Tide names Mac Jones starting QB for opener

Mac Jones will be Alabama's starting quarterback when it opens the season Saturday against Missouri, coach Nick Saban announced Monday. Jones, a redshirt junior, started four games last season when Tua Tagovailoa was injured. Jones threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions during a 35-16 win over Michigan in the Citrus Bowl. From Oct. 25 on, Jones posted the second-highest QBR (92.7) in the country behind only Joe Burrow, who won the Heisman Trophy and was selected with the first pick in the NFL draft. "Mac has had a really good camp," Saban said. "Really played well in the last scrimmage. Did a good job of taking the leadership role. I think he's playing with a lot of confidence." Jones beat out Bryce Young, a former five-star prospect who enrolled early and has drawn positive reviews from coaches and teammates during preseason practice. Young and Paul Tyson, the great-grandson of...
September 21
September 21

Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton (ACL) out for season, QB Drew Lock out 3-5 weeks

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The 2020 season is all of eight quarters old, and the Denver Broncos are already without many of their top players. Wide receiver Courtland Sutton suffered a torn ACL during Sunday's 26-21 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and will miss the remainder of the season. Sutton had missed the season opener with a right shoulder injury suffered Sept. 8 in practice and had been limited in practice in the days leading up to Sunday's game. Additionally, Broncos quarterback Drew Lock will miss three to five weeks with a severe strain of the rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder, an injury he suffered in the first quarter Sunday. "Drew's going to be out anywhere from three to four to five weeks," coach Vic Fangio said. "It all depends on the healing process. ... When it's your throwing shoulder, it's going to take time to heal it. It's got to calm down, get his strength back to where he fully has it, and he can operate at 100...
September 21
September 21

LSU Tigers pick Myles Brennan to succeed Joe Burrow at QB

LSU has named Myles Brennan the team's starting quarterback when the Tigers open the season on Saturday at home against Mississippi State. Brennan steps in for  Joe Burrow, who threw 60 touchdown passes in 2019 and had perhaps the best season in college football history. Burrow, a former transfer, won the Heisman Trophy and led the Tigers to the national championship before being selected No. 1 overall in the NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. A junior from Mississippi, Brennan has appeared in 17 games in his career, including 10 last season. Coach Ed Orgeron lauded Brennan's accuracy and said his arm strength might be better than Burrow's. "I've always believed in Myles Brennan," Orgeron said. He later added: "The only thing we don't know -- and we do believe he'll do very well -- is how he'll do under fire." LSU heads into the season opener down 19 starters from last year's team, including star wideout Ja'Marr Chase.
September 21
September 21

Sources: Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton (ACL) out for season

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The 2020 season is all of eight quarters old and the Denver Broncos are already without many of their top players. Wide receiver Courtland Sutton suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's 26-21 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, sources confirmed to ESPN Monday morning, and he will miss the remainder of the season. Sutton had missed the season opener with a right shoulder injury suffered Sept. 8 in practice and had been limited in practice in the days leading up to Sunday's game. Additionally, Broncos quarterback Drew Lock is expected to miss at least two weeks with a severe strain of the rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder, an injury he suffered in the first quarter Sunday. Lock and Sutton join a Broncos injury list that includes linebacker Von Miller (ankle surgery) and running back Phillip Lindsay (toe). Miller could miss the remainder of the season, while Lindsay, who sat out Sunday, is expected to be sidelined for...
September 21
September 21

MRI confirms New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley has torn ACL

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tests on Monday confirmed that New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley has a torn ACL in his right knee. He will miss the remainder of the season. Barkley underwent an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan the day after he was injured during a 17-13 loss to the Chicago Bears. He will undergo surgery in the "near future" according to the team. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard is dealing with turf toe that forced him from the second half of the game. He will likely miss time, a source told ESPN. The Giants knew that losing Barkley for the season was the likely outcome. Former Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is set to visit Tuesday, according to sources. Freeman, 28, rushed for 656 yards and a pair of touchdowns last season. Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman are likely to split the workload in the meantime. Barkley was hurt as he ran toward the sideline Sunday...
September 21
September 21

Carolina Panthers' Christian McCaffrey out multiple weeks with high ankle sprain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers won't change their offense just because star running back Christian McCaffrey will miss "multiple weeks'' with a high ankle sprain, coach Matt Rhule said Monday. " Mike Davis is a starting tailback in the National Football League," Rhule said of the 27-year-old who will replace McCaffrey. "He got out there [Sunday] and made some great catches. Was physical. He was ready when his number was called. He'll play well in Christian's absence." McCaffrey didn't return to Sunday's 31-17 loss at Tampa Bay after limping to the sideline following a 7-yard, fourth-down touchdown run that cut the deficit to 21-14. Rhule said the injury actually occurred two plays earlier, when McCaffrey gained two yards around the right side on a trap play. Rhule said the injury was unrelated to McCaffrey taking himself out in the first quarter. "I hate it for him," Rhule said. "No one wants to be out there and play more than Christian...
September 21
September 21

Carolina Panthers' Christian McCaffrey likely to miss month with high ankle sprain, source says

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is expected to be sidelined for a month with a high ankle sprain he suffered Sunday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. McCaffrey was injured with 13:30 remaining in Carolina's 31-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He had 18 rushes for 59 yards and two touchdowns and four catches before the injury, which occurred during a 7-yard touchdown run. He walked off the field with a limp after the touchdown and did not return. The Panthers made McCaffrey the NFL's highest-paid running back during the offseason with a four-year, $64 million extension. McCaffrey is coming off a 2019 season in which he became the third player in NFL history to have 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season.
September 21
September 21

Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt calls punch by Ross Blacklock 'stupid, selfish'

HOUSTON -- After Houston Texans rookie defensive tackle Ross Blacklock was ejected Sunday against the Ravens for throwing a punch, teammate J.J. Watt called it a "stupid" and "selfish" play. "It's stupid. It's selfish," Watt said after the game. "It was a stupid play. It was selfish. It's something -- I mean, I've spoken to Ross before and so it pisses me off. It's a very selfish move. Late in the game, and it's dumb, very dumb to hurt your team in that type of setting for no reason." The punch was not shown on the TV broadcast, and on Sunday night, Texans coach Bill O'Brien said he didn't see what happened. Monday morning, O'Brien told reporters that an official told him Blacklock was ejected for a punch. "I've spoken to him, and I didn't see it on the tape," O'Brien said. "But I know that it happened. So yeah, I've spoken to him. "I just know what the official told me. ... I didn't see it either, but the official told me that he threw a punch, which I...
September 21
September 21

Carolina Panthers' Christian McCaffrey likely out 'multiple weeks' with ankle injury, source says

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is expected to be sidelined "multiple weeks" with the ankle injury he suffered Sunday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. McCaffrey was injured with 13:30 remaining in Carolina's 31-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He had 18 rushes for 59 yards and two touchdowns and four catches before the injury, which occurred during a 7-yard touchdown run. He walked off the field with a limp after the touchdown and did not return. The Panthers made McCaffrey the NFL's highest-paid running back during the offseason with a four-year, $64 million extension. McCaffrey is coming off a 2019 season in which he became the third player in NFL history to have 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season.
September 21
September 21

MLB, MLBPA commit $10M for programs aimed at increasing Black participation

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association committed $10 million to help fund programs from The Players Alliance, made up of more than 100 active and former MLB players, aimed to increase Black American participation in all levels of baseball. "As the stark racial minority in all aspects of our game, The Players Alliance has given a voice and platform to our Black players, unified in our stance against systemic racism," said former outfielder Curtis Granderson, president of The Players Alliance. "We stand together for what is right and to change our game for the better. The power of our player membership, including our non-Black teammates, coupled with the support of MLB and the Players Association, gives us the unique ability to create increased opportunities for the Black communities we care so much about." Through the programs, The Players Alliance will receive grants, delivered annually through 2024, for programs meant to increase player-led mentorship; raise...
September 21
September 21

Jackson State announces Deion Sanders as its next head football coach

Deion Sanders will be the next head football coach at Jackson State, he announced Sunday on his new podcast. "God called me to Jackson State," Sanders said on the first episode of "21st & Prime," according to a transcription by the Clarion Ledger. Jackson State announced the hiring on Monday. Sanders, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame following a stellar NFL career during which he also played Major League Baseball, is a first-time head coach at the collegiate level. "I am truly blessed to be the 21st Head football coach of Jackson State University," Sanders said in the school's statement Monday. "It's my desire to continue this storied tradition and history of JSU and prayerfully bring more national recognition to the athletes, the university, the Sonic Boom of the South, and HBCUs in general." "It's very big for Jackson State University," athletic director Ashley Robinson said, according to the Clarion Ledger's transcription. "Not only for Jackson State...
September 21
September 21

Anthony Davis channels Kobe Bryant with game-winning 3 to put Lakers up 2-0 in West finals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- After his shot dropped to beat the buzzer, win the game and lift the Los Angeles Lakers to within two victories of their first NBA Finals appearance since 2010, Anthony Davis shouted out one word that said it all: "Kobe!" Davis' 3-pointer from the left wing won the game 105-103 as time expired, put L.A. up 2-0 over the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference finals and improved L.A.'s postseason record to 3-0 when wearing the alternative "Black Mamba" uniforms, which Kobe Bryant helped design several years before his death. "Obviously, we're representing him," said Davis, who scored 10 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter. "Especially in those jerseys. It's his jersey, one he created, and any time we put it on, we want to win." Lakers coach Frank Vogel reminded his team late in the fourth quarter of the power of their uniforms, which was picked up on the TNT telecast during a huddle as the Nuggets...
September 21

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