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Week 14: Ohio State returns and BYU-Coastal square off

With teams competing for a place in the playoffs, the intrigue isn't about who's playing No. 3 in Ohio, but rather who's playing for the Buckeyes this weekend.
The state of Ohio appears to be on track to play in the state of Michigan on Saturday after a surge in COVID-19 cases in the program forc...

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Grosjean crash a wake-up call for Haas team mate Magnussen

From Abhishek Takle
MANAMA (Reuters) - Romain Grosjean's fiery Grand Prix crash in Bahrain was a wake-up call that made the reality of the dangers of Formula 1 clear, his Haas teammate Kevin Magnussen said on Thursday.
Grosjean retired at high speed on the first lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix last...

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Pats' Newton knows rookie struggles of Chargers' Herbert

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cam Newton gets a feel for what Justin Herbert is going through in his rookie season with the Los Angeles Chargers.
The New England Signal caller set several rookie milestones when he was the top pick for the Carolina Panthers in 2011. While this resulted in Newton becoming the...

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2021 NASCAR Cup Series Silly Season tracker

The driver movement was fast and furious in the final weeks of the 2020 season, previewing the 2021 landscape, the three new teams in the NASCAR Cup series, a two-time championship team boss change, and new drivers at the high-performing Joe Gibbs Racing, Hendrick, includes motorsport and Stewart...

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Manager sure Nick Diaz will return to the UFC in 2021

Nick Diaz after his UFC debut
A few months ago, footage of Nick Diaz's training for a UFC comeback surfaced on social media. His manager Kevin Mubenga insisted that Diaz aim for a comeback.
A few months after Diaz's training, Mubenga reiterated in recent comments on Fanatics View that Diaz will b...

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Chiefs keep things fun with Mahomes' playground plays

KANSAS CITY, Mon. (AP) - Children played games in the playground while soccer was being played. Their bold designs usually feature creative setbacks, multiple side pieces, and even tight ends that throw passes back to the quarterback.
Wait a minute - these are the pieces that Patrick Mahomes desi...

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Ogier starts as he means to continue in title decider

(Reuters) - Six-time world champion Sebastien Ogier started by winning the first stage of 4.33 km in the title-winning Monza Rally on Thursday.
The Frenchman is 14 points behind championship-leading Toyota teammate Elfyn Evans after six rounds of a devastated COVID-19 season.
"I have to win, so I...

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NFL draft: BYU-Coastal Carolina features shocking amount of talent, including possible top-10 pick

From the "Only in 2020" files emerges one of college football's most intriguing, hastily-thrown matchups of the weekend - a game that has a surprisingly high potential for NFL talent for schools that haven't been many players to pros lately have sent years.
It is the first meeting between BYU and...

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The Steelers say the NFL is jobbing them, and they’ve got a point

From the moment the NFL announced their plan to chase legends through the pandemic, you knew there would be at least one team that was going to be screwed. A team that, through no fault of their own, would be forced to change their schedules, play on short notice, and generally make up for the si...

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Buccaneers confident they will rebound, finish season strong

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Bruce Arians never promised that turning the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into championship contenders would be easy.
Even if Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, LeSean McCoy, Leonard Fournette and, more recently, Antonio Brown join a crime that already involves talented playmakers like Mike Ev...

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How did that instantly become a T-shirt? Inside baseball's moment-based merchandise boom

For the most triumphant moment of the 2020 season of the Miami Marlins, the team wore matching black T-shirts with red and turquoise letters that read “MIAMI BOTTOM FEEDERS”.
They had just swept the Chicago Cubs in the best-of-three wild card series that was pinned that year to create an expanded...

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Jaguars-Vikings Preview

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars led New England by less than three minutes in the AFC championship game just under three years ago.
Further down the coast, the Minnesota Vikings in Philadelphia warmed up for the NFC championship game that faced their dream of playing the Super Bowl on...

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Giants-Seahawks Preview

SEATTLE (AP) - If anyone can relate to the current state of the New York Giants, it's Pete Carroll.
A decade ago, Carroll was in Seattle for his first season. And for the season as a whole, NFC West was an ongoing punchline due to its futility that ended with the Seahawks winning the division's t...

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Broncos-Chiefs Preview

KANSAS CITY, Mon. (AP) - The Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes is putting together one of the best quarterback seasons in NFL history.
The Broncos? Well, they're just glad to have a quarterback.
Drew Lock will be back in focus when Denver visits Kansas City in the latest installment of its long-smoldering ...

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Cubs non-tender OFs Kyle Schwarber, Albert Almora Jr

CHICAGO (AP) - Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. became freelance agents on Wednesday when the Chicago Cubs declined to offer two key players contracts from their historic 2016 World Cup.
While Schwarber, Almora, the bat Jose Martinez and the pitcher Ryan Tepera were not advertised, the Cubs o...

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Why the Champions League group stage is in dire need of a revamp

Oh god, there's a whole week left in the Champions League group stage.
The current format of the competition, in which eight groups of four play a double round robin in autumn and a knockout phase follows in spring, has existed since the 1994/95 season. But after a quarter of a century in the sam...

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College football hot seat: Will Michigan, Texas jobs open? Or will 2021 be craziest carousel ever?

It remains a relatively quiet year on the college football coach's carousel, but the slabs beneath the surface of the industry suggest a significant shift. It's just a question of whether it will arrive in weeks or months.
That shift could come soon, depending on what the Michigan and Texas brass...

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Pascal Siakam can't hide how happy he is for Fred VanVleet

Pascal Siakam cemented his place as one of the pillars of the Toronto Raptors' future when he signed a four-year extension for $ 130 million ahead of the 2019-20 NBA season. After Fred VanVleet signed his own four-year $ 85 million extension this off-season, Siakam couldn't be more excited to par...

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UEL roundup: Spurs fall flat; Lacazette’s golazo; Soyuncu injured in return

A round-up of all Thursday's Europa League results, where Tottenham Hotspur (and Joe Hart) were deeply disappointing, Arsenal were far from disappointing and Caglar Soyuncu was injured again just 15 minutes after his return from a previous injury ...
[MORE: Mourinho doubts Kane's pre-NLD injury s...

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Kawhi Leonard recruited Serge Ibaka to the Clippers in the most Kawhi Leonard way possible

The Los Angeles Clippers entered a pivotal off-season with a huge to-do list following their infamous post-season breakdown, and Kawhi Leonard apparently did his best to make this easier.
Possible in probably Kawhi Leonard ways.
Serge Ibaka, the former Toronto Raptors tall man who signed a $ 19 m...

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'Change at any moment' - Virus upends season for Big 12

The 12-man Iowa State has won against Oklahoma and Texas for the first time in the same season and is about to play its first conference championship game in a league.
These may not even be the most notable accomplishments for the No. 12 cyclones in a season so defined by the coronavirus pandemic...

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Jake Paul: 'I am dedicating my life to beating Conor McGregor'

Jake Paul has a new goal in his boxing career after beating a YouTube star, another YouTube star, and an ex-NBA player with no apparent boxing experience.
He wants Conor McGregor.
Yes, this Conor McGregor, who once wore two UFC belts at the same time, stood up to an old Floyd Mayweather Jr. and i...

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Eric Ebron would rather lose game check than play three times in 12 days

The rescheduling of the week 12 game between the Ravens and the Steelers results in the Steelers playing three games in 12 days. Steeler's close end Eric Ebron isn't happy about that.
"We've implemented all of these regulations," Ebron said on Uninterrupted's 17-week podcast on SiriusXM / Pandora...

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Already on injured reserve, Raiders LB Tanner Muse heads to reserve/COVID-19 list

Someday. That's how long the Raiders went with no players on their reserve / COVID-19 list. On Wednesday, they activated Tackle Trent Brown, CB Lamarcus Joyner and RB Theo Riddick from the Reserve / COVID-19 list. On Thursday they put rookie LB Tanner Muse on the list together with training team ...

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Rockets trading Russell Westbrook to Wizards for John Wall, draft pick

Russell Westbrook got his wish.
The Houston Rockets reached an agreement on Wednesday evening to send Westbrook to the Washington Wizards in exchange for John Wall and a future first-round draft pick, the team said.
Westbrook, along with teammate James Harden, had reportedly asked for business ou...

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Giannis Antetokounmpo says he is open to teaming up with another superstar

Giannis Antetokounmpo cannot compete with other NBA superstars. He didn't get through the American AAU system where he met other elite young players, and he's not the type to go on a banana boat vacation to the Caribbean with his superstar friends. Antetokounmpo has a narrow circle - which includ...

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UFC featherweight Yair Rodriguez suspended by USADA

Yair Rodriguez at UFC 211 Media Day
The USADA announced Thursday that Yair Rodriguez, of Chihuahua, Mexico, has accepted a six-month sanction for violating the UFC Anti-Doping Policy resulting from three whereabouts errors within a twelve-month period.
Like all UFC athletes, Rodriguez, 28, is a m...

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Week 13 Fantasy Football Bold Predictions: Taysom Hill in for surprising test

Every week our Yahoo Fantasy Football Crew will publish their wildest predictions for the action ahead. It's time to get brave for week 13!
Hawks want to slow down Taysom Hill
Dalton Del Don: The Falcons have played a lot better since they fired Dan Quinn and played 4-2 after starting 5-0. The de...

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Bucks' investment in Holiday trade makes him feel wanted

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Jrue Holiday took notice, along with the rest of the NBA, when he discovered the extensive package of players and selected the Milwaukee Bucks that were sacrificed to acquire it.
The Bucks exchanged guards Eric Bledsoe and George Hill, R.J. Hampton and two future first round sele...

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Yankees have had contact with free agent OF Michael Brantley: report

Michael Brantley with Astros
The Yankees continue to focus on getting infielder D.J. Bringing LeMahieu back, as SNY insider Andy Martino noted earlier Thursday, but it seems like another veteran batsman is at least on the radar.
According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Yankees were in contact with v...

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