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October 27

Atlanta Braves' Charlie Morton fractures fibula in Game 1 World Series win against Houston Astros

HOUSTON -- Atlanta Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud noticed his starter, Charlie Morton, walking funny as he returned to Minute Maid Park's third-base dugout at the conclusion of Tuesday's second inning against the Houston Astros. "That one got me good," Morton told him. Morton had retired back-to-back hitters despite taking a 102 mph one-hopper off the bat of Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel and reacted the way pitchers normally do after absorbing hard comebackers that cause only temporary pain. Morton underwent an initial X-ray that, according to Braves manager Brian Snitker, didn't reveal a break. He threw some baseballs against a net, surmised that the pain was tolerable when he wasn't running and came back out for the bottom of the third. Six pitches later, Morton's season ended. It happened on a sharp curveball to Jose Altuve, located perfectly at the bottom of the strike zone for a caught-looking strikeout. Morton noticeably...
October 27
October 27

Atlanta Braves' Charlie Morton fractures fibula in Game 1 of World Series against Houston Astros

HOUSTON -- Charlie Morton's season ended in the third inning of the 2021 World Series. X-rays revealed that Morton, the Atlanta Braves' veteran starting pitcher, suffered a fractured right fibula early in Game 1 on Tuesday night, seemingly after getting hit by a 102.4 mph comebacker off the bat of Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel to begin the bottom of the second. Morton, 37, retired the next two batters, then came back to strike out Jose Altuve to begin the bottom of the third before exiting. Morton noticeably grimaced while delivering the last pitch to Altuve -- a sweeping curveball dotted at the bottom of the strike zone -- and promptly hobbled out of the game after getting checked on by an athletic trainer. Morton's injury prompted Braves manager Brian Snitker to turn to late-game reliever A.J. Minter a lot earlier than he would have anticipated and is a serious blow for his team, which entered the World Series with a three-man...
October 27
October 26

Braves' tomahawk chop gesture a matter for Atlanta's Native American community, commissioner Rob Manfred says

HOUSTON -- Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is deferring to the Native American community in and around Atlanta on whether it's appropriate for the Braves to be encouraging the tomahawk chop gesture when the World Series is there for Games 3-5 this weekend. "It's important to understand we have 30 markets around the country," Manfred said before Game 1 between the Braves and  Astros on Tuesday evening. "They're not all the same. The Braves have done a phenomenal job with the Native American community." Manfred said the Native American community in the Atlanta region "is wholly supportive of the Braves program, including the chop. For me, that's the end of the story." However, opinions on the gesture have varied over the years within Native American communities, including some with ties to the region. The National Council of American Indians has called for the franchise to drop the chop as well as the team nickname. The issues have taken on greater...
October 26
October 26

NFL's investigation into Washington Football Team won't be released, commissioner Roger Goodell says amid pressure

NEW YORK -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell doubled down Tuesday on the league's decision not to make public the results of its investigation into the workplace culture at the Washington Football Team, saying the anonymity of the people who cooperated with the investigation was too high a priority to allow the league to do so. "We're very conscious of making sure we're protecting those who came forward," Goodell said after six hours of NFL owners meetings in midtown Manhattan. "That was a very high priority." The investigation has come under fire again in recent weeks after some of the emails unearthed in the process became public, resulting in the resignation of Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden. In those emails, Gruden used racist, anti-gay and misogynistic language that the league has denounced. Calls to release more of the emails have been rejected. On Tuesday, two former Washington Football Team employees came to the hotel where the owners were...
October 26
October 26

Braves' tomahawk chop gesture an issue for Atlanta's Native American community, commissioner Rob Manfred says

HOUSTON -- Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is deferring to the Native American community in and around Atlanta on whether it's appropriate for the Braves to be encouraging the tomahawk chop gesture when the World Series is there for Games 3-5 this weekend. "It's important to understand we have 30 markets around the country," Manfred said before Game 1 between the Braves and  Astros on Tuesday evening. "They're not all the same. The Braves have done a phenomenal job with the Native American community." Manfred said the Native American community in the Atlanta region "is wholly supportive of the Braves program, including the chop. For me, that's the end of the story." However, opinions on the gesture have varied over the years within Native American communities, including some with ties to the region. The National Council of American Indians has called for the franchise to drop the chop as well as the team nickname. The issues have taken on greater...
October 26
October 26

NFL doesn't yet have enough information about Deshaun Watson lawsuits to make decision, commissioner Roger Goodell says

NEW YORK -- The playing status of Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, one of the hottest topics in the NFL ahead of next Tuesday's trade deadline, does not sound as if it will be altered any time soon. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday at the league owners meetings that the NFL doesn't yet have enough information about the 22 civil lawsuits that have been filed alleging sexual assault and inappropriate behavior by Watson to make a decision on potential discipline, and that the information they do have is not enough to convince the league to place him on the commissioner's exempt list. "Obviously, the police have been investigating, and we don't have access to all of that information at this point in time," Goodell said. "We pride ourselves on not interfering in that and in being as cooperative as we can in order to get all the facts. I think that process is still ongoing." Watson, who has a no-trade clause in his contract, has informed the Texans...
October 26
October 26

NFL's investigation into Washington Football Team won't be released despite pressure, commissioner Roger Goodell says

NEW YORK -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell doubled down Tuesday on the league's decision not to make public the results of its investigation into the workplace culture at the Washington Football Team, saying the anonymity of the people who cooperated with the investigation was too high a priority to allow the league to do so. "We're very conscious of making sure we're protecting those who came forward," Goodell said after six hours of NFL owners meetings in midtown Manhattan. "That was a very high priority." The investigation has come under fire again in recent weeks after some of the emails unearthed in the process became public, resulting in the resignation of Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden. In those emails, Gruden used racist, anti-gay and misogynistic language that the league has denounced. Calls to release more of the emails have been rejected. On Tuesday, two former Washington Football Team employees came to the hotel where the owners were...
October 26
October 26

LeBron James (ankle) out vs. Spurs as Los Angeles Lakers take 'marathon approach'

SAN ANTONIO -- LeBron James will not play in the Los Angeles Lakers' game against the Spurs on Tuesday because of a sore right ankle, the team announced. Lakers coach Frank Vogel, when asked about James' injury, said the team is taking "a marathon approach" with him. Malik Monk will start in James' place Tuesday night and Rajon Rondo will also be back in the rotation. James suffered the injury in Sunday's win against the Memphis Grizzlies when Desmond Bane fell into James' right leg after scoring a layup, causing James to go to the floor. Team medical staff evaluated James and made the decision to hold him out. James did not test the ankle out on the court on Tuesday. James missed 26 games last season with a high right ankle sprain, but Vogel said the Lakers star did not aggravate that injury. "Same ankle. Different spot. Different injury," Vogel said. L.A. plays the second leg of a back-to-back Wednesday in Oklahoma City, and...
October 26
October 26

Houston Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair apologizes for 'inappropriate choice of words' at team event in May

HOUSTON -- Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair apologized Tuesday following a report that he made an anti-Asian comment at a team charity golf tournament in May. According to Bally Sports, which spoke to several individuals who were present for the remark, McNair said, "I'm sorry that we couldn't get together last year, because of the China virus" while briefly addressing the 100-plus attendees at the Houston Texans Foundation Charity Golf Classic at River Oaks Country Club. McNair was referencing a phrase also used by former President Donald Trump. Soon after he made the comment, McNair apologized to the individuals who were still around him before the start of the golf outing. "My comments at the event last May included an inappropriate choice of words," McNair said in a statement to Bally Sports. "I immediately apologized to people who approached me then and I apologize again now. I know how important it is to choose my words carefully. I would never want to offend...
October 26
October 26

Green Bay Packers place Allen Lazard on reserve/COVID-19 list

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The  Packers put Allen Lazard on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday, meaning the team could be without its top three wide receivers heading into Thursday's game against the unbeaten Arizona Cardinals. The news about Lazard, who was added to the list as a close contact, comes one day after leading receiver Davante Adams landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Lazard by all indications is not vaccinated and will have to quarantine for five days, meaning he'll miss Thursday's game. Unless Marquez Valdes-Scantling can come off injured reserve -- he's missed the last four games with a hamstring injury, but there's hope he can return this week -- the Packers could be without their top three wideouts vs. Arizona. "There's a little bit of a shock factor for sure," Aaron Rodgers said about learning of Adams' test. "But we dealt with it last year. We're maybe slightly more healthy than some of the other teams as far...
October 26
October 26

Ex-Washington Football Team employees' letter brought to owners meeting, urges NFL to release investigation report

NEW YORK -- As the first in-person NFL league meetings since December 2019 kicked off, two former Washington Football Team employees arrived in the lobby of the Intercontinental New York Barclay hotel in midtown Manhattan with a stack of letters multiple pages long, asking for the findings of the report into the team's workplace misconduct be made public. Addressed to members of the league's social justice committee -- Gayle Benson of the New Orleans Saints, Michael Bidwill of the Arizona Cardinals, Arthur Blank of the Atlanta Falcons, Jimmy Haslam of the Cleveland Browns and Shahid Khan of the Jacksonville Jaguars -- the letter urged the NFL to "make public the findings of the investigation into the Washington Football Team. "While your working group was formed to address issues of racial justice in the league, you also have the ability to seek justice for the hundreds of women and men, such as us, who bravely came forward to share...
October 26
October 26

Ex-Washington Football Team employees' letter brought to owners meeting, urges NFL release investigation report

NEW YORK -- As the first in-person NFL league meetings since December 2019 kicked off, two former Washington Football Team employees arrived in the lobby of the Intercontinental New York Barclay hotel in midtown Manhattan with a stack of letters multiple pages long, asking for the findings of the report into the team's workplace misconduct be made public. Addressed to members of the league's social justice committee -- Gayle Benson of the New Orleans Saints, Michael Bidwill of the Arizona Cardinals, Arthur Blank of the Atlanta Falcons, Jimmy Haslam of the Cleveland Browns and Shahid Khan of the Jacksonville Jaguars -- the letter urged the NFL to "make public the findings of the investigation into the Washington Football Team. "While your working group was formed to address issues of racial justice in the league, you also have the ability to seek justice for the hundreds of women and men, such as us, who bravely came forward to share...
October 26
October 26

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson confident GM Joe Douglas, coach Robert Saleh 'will get it right'

New York Jets owner and chairman Woody Johnson, apparently not shaken by his team's 1-5 start and historic loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, expressed "unwavering, steadfast confidence" Tuesday in general manager Joe Douglas and coach Robert Saleh. "I've been around for, this is going on 22 years, with my little absence that I had recently, and this is a good group," Johnson told reporters at the NFL owners meetings in Manhattan. "We will get it right. Last week, you know, [was] frustrating, but now we turn the page and we're off to the Bengals." Johnson, who served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2017 to 2020, returned to the team in January, shortly after it had hired Saleh, formerly the San Francisco 49ers' defensive coordinator. The Jets have the youngest roster in the league, so there figured to be growing pains, but they hit rock bottom with a 54-13 loss the Patriots -- their most points allowed since 1979. To make it...
October 26
October 26

Chicago Blackhawks report out; president Stan Bowman resigns

Chicago Blackhawks president of hockey operations Stan Bowman has resigned after investigators released their findings on how the team handled sexual assault allegations against former video coach Brad Aldrich during the 2010 Stanley Cup run. Senior director of hockey administration Al MacIsaac is also out, meaning there are no Blackhawks executives involved with the 2010 team remaining with the organization. The league also said it was fining the team $2 million for the "organization's inadequate internal procedures and insufficient and untimely response in the handling of matters related to former video coach Brad Aldrich's employment with the Club and ultimate departure in 2010." Half of the fine will be set aside for local organizations that support survivors of sexual and other forms of abuse. According to a lawsuit filed in May 2021 by an unidentified former Blackhawks player, "John Doe," Aldrich sexually assaulted him and another player during the 2010 Stanley Cup...
October 26
October 26

James Franklin: Speculation on future with Penn State Nittany Lions not a distraction to team

Penn State football coach James Franklin is aware of potential distractions about his future with the program but hasn't seen them affect his team despite recent on-field struggles. Franklin's name has been connected with the USC coaching vacancy since it opened in September. He also has been mentioned as a potential candidate at LSU, which announced earlier this month that coach Ed Orgeron will not return in 2022.  Franklin, in his eighth season at Penn State, said Tuesday that speculation about his future has not come up in discussions with staff members or players on the team's leadership council. "We've kept it very direct," Franklin said. "There's things that we have discussions in great detail in our building with our family and the players and the staff. We try to do that the best we possibly can. We've done a pretty good job of that over my eight years here, and we'll continue to try to do that. There's things that we can control and there's things...
October 26
October 26

Penn State QB Sean Clifford expected to be '100 percent' healthy vs. Ohio State, says James Franklin

Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford is expected to be at full strength Saturday when the 20th-ranked Nittany Lions visit No. 5 Ohio State. Coach James Franklin on Tuesday said the Nittany Lions will have "a 100 percent Sean Clifford" against the Buckeyes. Clifford was injured in the first half of an Oct. 9 game against Iowa and did not return. He had been limited in practice the next two weeks and in Saturday's 20-18 home loss to Illinois in nine overtimes. The senior quarterback completed 55.9% of his passes for 165 yards and a touchdown against Illinois, and had only five rushes for minus-28 yards. He played the entire game. "Last week, we weren't sure," Franklin said Tuesday. "We were trying to see where he was going to be. Sean's much further ahead now to be in back to 100 percent, so that's a positive." Franklin expects Clifford to be much more mobile against Ohio State. He had rushing totals of 58 and 66 yards earlier this season,...
October 26
October 26

Penn State QB Sean Clifford expected to be '100%' healthy vs. Ohio State, says James Franklin

Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford is expected to be at full strength Saturday when the 20th-ranked Nittany Lions visit No. 5 Ohio State. Coach James Franklin on Tuesday said the Nittany Lions will have "a 100 percent Sean Clifford" against the Buckeyes. Clifford was injured in the first half of an Oct. 9 game against Iowa and did not return. He had been limited in practice the next two weeks and in Saturday's 20-18 home loss to Illinois in nine overtimes. The senior quarterback completed 55.9 percent of his passes for 165 yards and a touchdown against Illinois, and had only five rushes for minus-28 yards. He played the entire game. "Last week, we weren't sure," Franklin said Tuesday. "We were trying to see where he was going to be. Sean's much further ahead now to be in back to 100 percent, so that's a positive." Franklin expects Clifford to be much more mobile against Ohio State. He had rushing totals of 58 and 66 yards earlier this...
October 26
October 26

Pittsburgh Steelers' Mike Tomlin emphatically ends speculation about interest in college football openings

PITTSBURGH -- Steelers coach Mike Tomlin emphatically said Tuesday that he's not contemplating a move to the college coaching ranks -- not now, not ever. Tomlin shut down speculation that he could be in the mix to fill college coaching vacancies at USC or LSU at the end of his weekly news conference Tuesday. "Hey, guys, I don't have time for that speculation," Tomlin said. "I mean, that's a joke to me. I got one of the best jobs in all of professional sport. Why would I have any interest in coaching college football? "That will be the last time I address it. Not only today but moving forward. Never say never, but never. OK? Anybody else got any questions about any college jobs. There's not a booster with a big enough blank check." He wasn't done yet. After a final call for questions, Tomlin ended on one final thought. "Anybody asking [ Saints coach] Sean Payton about that? Anybody asking [ Chiefs coach] Andy Reid about stuff like...
October 26
October 26

Struggling Chicago Blackhawks put Jonathan Toews on COVID-19 list

As if things couldn't go worse for the Chicago Blackhawks to start the season, now they're being hammered by COVID-19. Captain Jonathan Toews and fellow forward  Henrik Borgstrom are the latest players to be added to the COVID protocols list Tuesday. They follow Patrick Kane, Riley Stillman and Jujhar Khaira, who went on the list this weekend and missed Chicago's latest loss -- to the Red Wings. Assistant coach Marc Crawford also missed the game due to the protocols. Being in the protocols doesn't necessarily mean that someone has tested positive. The person could also be a close contact of someone who has.  The Blackhawks are now 0-5-1 and shockingly have not led a game yet this season. The 360 minutes, 57 seconds represent the longest drought to start an NHL season since at least 1979-80. This is a team that committed to rebuilding a few seasons ago, only to change course this past offseason. The Blackhawks traded away their...
October 26
October 26

Retired ex-New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung charged with assault and battery of family member

Former New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung was charged Monday with assault and battery against a family member and vandalism, according to court records. Chung appeared in court Tuesday in Quincy, Massachusetts, and pleaded not guilty to charges involving the mother of one of his children. The woman, who represented herself, also obtained a civil restraining order against Chung at the hearing. Chung was released on $10,000 personal surety. His next court hearing is scheduled for Jan. 7. "Mr. Chung is an upstanding member of the community, wonderful father, and he looks forward to be able to set this straight in respect to what actually occurred. He is the victim in this matter," said Sandy Pesiridis, Chung's attorney, according to The Boston Globe. Chung, 34, played for the Patriots from 2009 to 2012 and then from 2014 to 2019. He was part of three Super Bowl championship teams. Chung had opted out of the 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic and intended...
October 26
October 26

UPDATE 2-Soccer-English Premier League results and standings

Sept 26 - English Premier League results and standings on Saturday. Birmingham City 1 Bolton Wanderers 2 Blackburn Rovers 2 Aston Villa 1 Fulham 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 6 Hull City 1 Portsmouth 0 Everton 1 Stoke City 0 Manchester United 2 Tottenham Hotspur 5 Burnley 0 Wigan Athletic 3 Chelsea 1 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Manchester United 7 6 0 1 17 6 18 2 Chelsea 7 6 0 1 16 6 18 3 Liverpool 7 5 0 2 22 10 15 ------------------------- 4 Tottenham Hotspur 7 5 0 2 17 10 15 ------------------------- 5 Arsenal 6 4 0 2 18 8 12 ------------------------- 6 Manchester City 5 4 0 1 11 6 12 7 Aston Villa 6 4 0 2 9 5 12 ------------------------- 8 Sunderland 6 3 0 3 9 9 9 9 Everton 6 3 0 3 8 10 9 10 Wigan...
October 26
October 25

Draymond Green to buy another $5,000 bottle of wine on Joe Lacob's tab in honor of Stephen Curry's 75th team nod

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Draymond Green is going to celebrate another one of Stephen Curry's historical feats with an expensive bottle of wine -- and for the second year in a row he's going to put it on Warriors owner Joe Lacob's tab. In honor of Curry making the NBA's 75th anniversary team, Green said he was going to enjoy the occasion in style inside of the same Oklahoma City restaurant where he celebrated Curry's breaking Wilt Chamberlain's franchise record for points last season. What makes the meal even more special is that Green said he will be ordering up another bottle of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche -- a French wine that can start around $5,000 a bottle. "Steph just made the 75th anniversary team so y'all can call Joe this time and tell Joe that we about to go order a bottle of DRC because Steph made the 75th anniversary team," Green said after Monday's practice. "And Klay's 77." Green's reference to teammate  Klay Thompson came after ...
October 25
October 25

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs law restricting transgender student participation in school sports

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday signed a law that restricts transgender students from participating in school sports consistent with their gender identity. Texas is the eighth state -- and the largest -- to pass legislation this year addressing transgender athletes' access to sports. South Dakota also enacted restrictions, but did so through executive order. Idaho passed similar legislation in 2020, but it has since been blocked in federal court. The Texas law, known as HB25, passed in the state's third special session. It allows student-athletes to participate only in the interscholastic sports that correspond with the sex listed on their "official birth certificate," which is defined as the document issued "at or near the time of the student's birth." A student-assigned female at birth may participate in boys' sports only if a corresponding girls' sport is not available, such as football and baseball. Texas joins Alabama in affecting not just transgender girls' ability...
October 25
October 25

Jimmy Garoppolo remains starting quarterback for San Francisco 49ers, even after 'his worst game'

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Although the San Francisco 49ers are expecting rookie quarterback Trey Lance to return to practice on Wednesday, veteran Jimmy Garoppolo will remain the starter Sunday against the Chicago Bears. After Sunday night's 30-18 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Niners coach Kyle Shanahan expressed some uncertainty about who his quarterback would be against Chicago, citing the need to get health updates on Lance and, especially, Garoppolo before a decision could be made. In the less than 24 hours that followed, Shanahan got enough information to declare Monday afternoon that Garoppolo will remain the starter with the hope that Lance can do enough in practice this week to play situationally against the Bears. "In terms of deciding who is going at quarterback, that has to do with Jimmy's health," Shanahan said. "Jimmy, I wanted to see how his calf was. It's good today and so he'll be starting and hopefully Trey will get back into...
October 25
October 25

As scandal lingers, Houston Astros say they're not motivated by narratives or outside noise: 'We all want to win'

HOUSTON -- The  Houston Astros are sticking to a theme they've mastered since returning to the national stage after their sign-stealing scandal came to light in 2019: They're not out to prove anything -- except that they're the best team in baseball. They'll get a chance to prove that beginning Tuesday when they take on the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the World Series. "I'm not worried about narratives," third baseman Alex Bregman said Monday. "I'm not worried about any of that. I want to win four games." The Astros were caught electronically stealing signs -- a breach of MLB rules -- during their run to a World Series title in 2017. The fallout was dramatic, with both manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow losing their jobs.  The players weren't punished by the league but have been heckled and taunted by opposing fan bases while on the road. Games 3-5 of the Series are in Atlanta. "We get it everywhere we go," left fielder Michael...
October 25
October 25

Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan rewarded for giving up Tom Brady's 600th TD ball

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady said the fan who was kind enough to give back his 600th career touchdown ball that was thrown into the stands is going to "get something nice in return." Brady, wide receiver Mike Evans and the Bucs are all making good on that promise. "I got the ball back," Brady joked with Peyton and Eli Manning during his appearance on ESPN's Monday Night Football simulcast. "There was a lot of negotiation in order to get the ball back." A team source told ESPN that Byron Kennedy, who was sitting in the end zone when Evans tossed the record-breaking ball into the stands, will receive two signed Brady jerseys, a helmet, another jersey autographed by Evans and Evans' game-worn cleats. Brady told the Mannings that he also promised Kennedy that he'd receive one Bitcoin, which had a value of more than $62,000 as of Tuesday morning. The team is also providing a pair of season tickets to Kennedy for the remainder of...
October 25
October 25

Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan rewarded for giving up Tom Brady's 600th TD ball

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady said the fan who was kind enough to give back his 600th career touchdown ball that was thrown into the stands is going to "get something nice in return." Brady, wide receiver Mike Evans and the Bucs are all making good on that promise. A team source told ESPN that Byron Kennedy, who was sitting in the end zone when Evans tossed the record-breaking ball into the stands, will receive two signed Brady jerseys and a helmet and an Evans autographed jersey as well as his game cleats. The team is also providing a pair of season tickets for the remainder of 2021, all of 2022 and a $1,000 credit to the official team store. Evans had not realized that it was Brady's 600th career touchdown -- making him the first quarterback in NFL history to reach 600 -- until coach Bruce Arians told him. A team official was able to get the ball back from Kennedy, who is an internal medicine resident in Largo, Florida. Evans...
October 25
October 25

New York Jets bring back veteran QB Joe Flacco in trade with Philadelphia Eagles

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- With Zach Wilson sidelined at least two games with a sprained knee, the New York Jets secured quarterback insurance on Monday. They reacquired Joe Flacco in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, both teams announced Monday. It cost the Jets a 2022 sixth-round conditional pick, which can improve to a fifth-round pick based on playing time for Flacco, who spent the 2020 season as the Jets' backup under the previous coaching staff, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Mike White, who replaced Wilson in the second quarter of Sunday's 54-13 loss to the New England Patriots, is poised to start Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. But Flacco, 36, a former Super Bowl MVP with the Baltimore Ravens, provides insurance if White gets hurt or struggles. White has no starting experience; his NFL debut was Sunday. The former Dallas Cowboys 2018 fifth-round pick completed 20-of-32 passes for 202 yards, with one...
October 25
October 25

Sources: Eagles trading veteran QB Joe Flacco to Jets for conditional pick

The Philadelphia Eagles are trading veteran quarterback Joe Flacco to the New York Jets in exchange for a conditional 2022 sixth-round pick that could become a fifth-rounder based on play time for Flacco, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal comes the same day an MRI revealed that Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson has a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will be sidelined two to four weeks. Wilson was injured in the second quarter of New York's 54-13 loss to New England on Sunday when he was hit by Patriots linebacker Matt Judon. Flacco, the 2012 Super Bowl MVP, started four games for the Jets in 2020 before signing with the Eagles in March and eight games for the Broncos in 2019. He spent his first 11 seasons with Baltimore, leading the Ravens to six playoff appearances and one Super Bowl title. The 36-year-old Flacco is 98-77 as a starter in the regular season, 10-5 in the playoffs. He has completed 61.7...
October 25
October 25

Auburn football coach Bryan Harsin declines to disclose vaccination status as mandate deadline looms

With Auburn University last week mandating a Dec. 8 deadline for all university employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, head football coach Bryan Harsin on Monday declined to disclose whether or not he had received the vaccine or planned to receive it. Harsin has refused multiple times to discuss his vaccination status going back to SEC media days in July and said it was a deeply personal decision for everyone. But his comments Monday were his first since the university announced on Oct. 22 that it had modified its vaccine policy to require all employees to be fully vaccinated or face termination. "I'm aware of the new policy and appreciate you have to ask the question and understand it, but it doesn't change -- the executive order and all those things -- that I'm not going to discuss any individual's decision or status on the vaccine or anyone else's, including my own," said Harsin, who's in his first season as Auburn's coach. "From the beginning, I think I've...
October 25
October 25

Green Bay Packers place star WR Davante Adams on COVID-19 list

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers could potentially be without Aaron Rodgers' most important target for their biggest game of the season Thursday at Arizona after receiver Davante Adams was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday. Adams tested positive for COVID-19, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Adams hasn't been forced to follow protocols for unvaccinated players, an indication that he is vaccinated. If Adams is indeed vaccinated and is asymptomatic, he would need two negative PCR tests 24 hours apart to play Thursday against the unbeaten Cardinals. Arizona activated pass-rusher Chandler Jones, who is second on the team with five sacks, and defensive lineman Zach Allen from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday. This news on Adams came shortly after Packers coach Matt LaFleur said the team is expected to be without defensive coordinator Joe Barry for Thursday's game at Arizona because of COVID-19 rules. LaFleur also said the...
October 25
October 25

Houston Astros will meet Atlanta Braves without services of injured right-hander Lance McCullers Jr.

HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros will be without the services of right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. after he declared himself out for the World Series on Monday. McCullers, 28, left Game 4 of the ALDS against the Chicago White Sox with forearm tightness and missed the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox, but remained hopeful he might return to the Fall Classic. He gave himself about a 1% chance, but doctors told him he needed 6-8 weeks before picking up a baseball. It has been only three. McCullers indicated he would be fully ready for spring training after a season in which he went 13-5 with a 3.16 ERA. The club hasn't decided if center fielder Jake Meyers will be available after he injured his left shoulder in the first round of the postseason. Rosters are due before Game 1 on Tuesday morning. In the opener, Houston will start left-hander Framber Valdez against the Atlanta Braves. Valdez, 27, is coming off the best start of any pitcher...
October 25
October 25

Los Angeles Rams trade LB Kenny Young to Denver Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- With a still-growing list of injuries at linebacker, the Denver Broncos acquired linebacker Kenny Young on Monday in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams. The Broncos sent the Rams a 2024 sixth-round draft pick in exchange for Young and a 2024 seventh-round pick. Young is the second linebacker the Broncos have acquired in the past three days to go with Saturday's trade with the Minnesota Vikings to acquire Stephen Weatherly. Broncos coach Vic Fangio said Friday, the day after the Broncos' 17-14 loss to the Browns in Cleveland that saw three linebackers ( Von Miller, Micah Kiser and Curtis Robinson) injured in the game, that general manager George Paton was "looking'' at all options to bring in some help at the position. The 6-foot-1, 234-pound Young, in his fourth NFL season, had started all seven of the Rams' games this season and had played at least 40% of the snaps in six of them. He had a...
October 25
October 25

Texas Tech fires head coach Matt Wells after 13-17 record, names Sonny Cumbie interim coach

Texas Tech football coach Matt Wells has been fired after two-plus seasons in charge. Athletic director Kirby Hocutt said in a Monday afternoon press conference that he met with Wells on Monday morning, conceding that Wells was surprised and "didn't agree with the decision." Despite the Red Raiders being 5-3 this season, Hocutt said Saturday's loss to Kansas State, in which Tech blew a 14-point second-half lead, made it clear there was no point in waiting. Tech is 0-2 at home in Big 12 games this season and will likely be underdogs in all four games remaining, at No. 4 Oklahoma, home against No. 22 Iowa State and No. 15 Oklahoma State and the finale at No. 16 Baylor. Under Wells, Texas Tech is 1-6 against ranked Big 12 opponents since 2019. Only West Virginia (1-8) and Kansas (0-10) have worse records over that span. "There's really no ideal time to make a decision like this," Hocutt said. "Just given where we were, when we looked at the full body of work in the program...
October 25
October 25

Sources: Los Angeles Rams trading LB Kenny Young to Denver Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- With a still-growing list of injuries at linebacker, the Denver Broncos acquired linebacker Kenny Young Monday in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams, according to sources. The Broncos sent the Rams a 2024 sixth-round draft pick in exchange for Young and a 2024 seventh-round pick, the sources said. Young is the second linebacker the Broncos have acquired in the last three days to go with Saturday's trade with the Minnesota Vikings to acquire Stephen Weatherly. Broncos coach Vic Fangio said Friday, the day after the Broncos' 17-14 loss to the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland that saw three linebackers ( Von Miller, Micah Kiser and Curtis Robinson) injured in the game, that general manager George Paton was "looking'' at all options to bring in some help at the position. The 6-foot-1, 234-pound Young, in his fourth NFL season, had started all seven of the Rams' games this season and had played at...
October 25
October 25

Sources: Texas Tech fires head coach Matt Wells after 13-17 record, names Sonny Cumbie interim coach

Football coach Matt Wells has been fired at Texas Tech, sources confirmed to ESPN. Sonny Cumbie, who played quarterback at Texas Tech for Mike Leach between 2000 and 2004, will be the interim head coach. Cumbie served as an assistant at Tech between 2009 and 2013, then left for TCU. He returned again this season as offensive coordinator. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram first reported the news. Wells, in his third season in Lubbock after replacing Kliff Kingsbury, was 13-17. The Red Raiders were 5-3 this season, but Wells was just 7-16 in Big 12 games, and only two of those wins were against teams that finished with a winning record (in 2019 against an 8-5 Oklahoma State team, and in 2020 against 6-4 West Virginia). Wells was under pressure in Lubbock after last year's 4-6 finish. He fired offensive coordinator David Yost, who had come with him from Utah State, and replaced him with Cumbie. Tech blew a 14-point second-half lead in a 25-24 loss to Kansas State on Saturday,...
October 25
October 25

Michael Jordan game-worn rookie sneakers sell for record $1.47M

A pair of game-worn Michael Jordan sneakers from his rookie season sold for $1.472 million to high-end card collector Nick Fiorella on Sunday during Sotheby's Icons of Excellence & Haute Luxury auction in Las Vegas, shattering the record for most expensive game-worn footwear. The sneakers were donned in Jordan's fifth NBA game, a 17-point, 5-rebound and 5-assist outing against the Denver Nuggets. Photo-matching purports that the sneakers could've been worn even earlier. The shoes are Nike Air Ships, designed by sneaker icon Bruce Kilgore -- who created Nike Air Force 1s in 1982 and went on to design the Air Jordan IIs. The legend is that when Nike first made a deal with Jordan in 1984, his first signature shoe (Air Jordan 1s) wasn't ready. In the meantime, Nike supplied Jordan with Air Ships -- but Jordan's were so colorful that the NBA informed him they violated the uniform clause. This pair, notably, was signed by Jordan, as well as gifted to, maintained and now sold by...
October 25
October 25

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy says he tested positive for COVID-19

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy became the latest member of the organization to test positive for COVID-19 in the past week. Nagy announced the positive result on Monday after the Bears returned home from Sunday's 38-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "This is something that for us, it's a reminder for all of us to be extremely cautious and to understand where we're at," Nagy said on a Zoom call. "We've seen it with other teams in the league and society in general, so we're working through that." Nagy said there were no other positive tests on Monday and that he felt OK despite the diagnosis. "I feel pretty good," Nagy said. "Again, you come in in the morning and it's something where every morning on Monday, you come in, you're following protocols, it's what we do. "So when I got the call this morning from our head trainer, Andre Tucker, you try to be prepared. So as of now, no. We're still working through some of the team. But that's a good sign for sure. We need to...
October 25
October 25

Sources: Green Bay Packers DC Joe Barry tests positive for COVID-19, likely out Thursday

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Packers are expected to be without defensive coordinator Joe Barry for Thursday's game at Arizona because he tested positive for COVID-19, sources confirmed. The Packers have not announced who will call the defensive plays against the Cardinals, but Barry is expected to take part virtually in game preparations. NFL Network first reported Barry's positive test. All NFL coaches must be vaccinated, and Barry will require two negative tests 24 hours apart before he could return. The Packers are scheduled to depart for Phoenix on Wednesday. The most likely candidate to call the defensive plays on Thursday is Jerry Gray, a former defensive coordinator with the Buffalo Bills (2001-05) and Tennessee Titans (2011-13). He coaches the Packers' defensive backs and was promoted to defensive passing game coordinator this offseason. Coach Matt LaFleur also considered Gray for the defensive coordinator job before he hired Barry this past...
October 25
October 25

Atlanta Dream continue to rebuild: hire Aces exec Dan Padover as GM, name Darius Taylor assistant GM

Dan Padover, the WNBA's executive of the year for the past two seasons for Las Vegas, is leaving the Aces to take over as general manager of the Atlanta Dream. Announced Monday, this is the latest in a series of moves Atlanta has made to reconstruct its franchise since it was bought by new ownership in February. "It's a basketball purist's dream," Padover said of the role he will take in Atlanta. "You're building in every way: through the draft, through free agency and through a leadership perspective. Kind of every reason you get into the profession." The Dream named a new president and chief operating officer, Morgan Shaw Parker, on Sept. 8, and announced new head coach Tanisha Wright on Oct. 12. Like Padover, Wright -- who played 14 seasons in the WNBA -- comes to Atlanta from Las Vegas, where she was an assistant the past two years. Darius Taylor, who had served as the Dream's interim head coach since July 24, now will be assistant general manager,...
October 25
October 25

New York Jets QB Zach Wilson has sprained PCL, to miss 2-4 weeks, source says

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson is expected to miss two to four weeks with a sprained PCL in his right knee, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. An MRI on Monday morning confirmed what the Jets suspected after their 54-13 loss to the New England Patriots -- a Grade 2 sprain to the posterior cruciate ligament. The Jets have to make a decision about whether to place Wilson on injured reserve, which would sideline him for a minimum of three games. Mike White, who made his NFL debut Sunday, is expected to start this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium. Journeyman Josh Johnson is likely to be elevated from the practice squad to serve as the primary backup. The Jets may look to add an emergency quarterback for the practice squad. Wilson's injury is a blow for the reeling Jets (1-5), who made the former BYU star the focal point of their rebuilding plan. The No. 2 overall pick started the first six...
October 25
October 25

Source: Deshaun Watson open to trade destinations besides Miami Dolphins as Carolina Panthers emerge as option

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who has a no-trade clause in his contract, is willing to consider multiple options for a new team as the trade deadline looms, a source told ESPN. Multiple teams are interested in Watson, and although his interest in joining the Dolphins has become a worst-kept secret of sorts in league circles, the source disputed the notion that it's simply Miami or bust. The Dolphins remain a strong contender to land Watson in a trade, but he will consider potential options as they come because his primary goal is to get out of Houston, according to sources. The Texans also want to maximize Watson's trade value with prospective teams. One emerging option is the Carolina Panthers, who are evaluating their pursuit of a franchise quarterback after Sunday's ugly 25-3 loss to the New York Giants, sources have confirmed to ESPN. The growing expectation is Carolina could reignite Watson talks soon. Carolina was a serious...
October 25
October 25

Close race to host 2016 Olympics nears finish

LONDON -- Close your eyes and imagine the possible scenarios in 2016. Olympic athletes strolling to competition venues along Chicago's lakefront. Volleyball players diving on the sand of Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach. Cyclists whizzing past Tokyo's Imperial Palace. Soccer players curling free kicks in Madrid's Bernabeu stadium. After a two-year global campaign featuring four world-class cities, one of the closest bid races in Olympic history will be decided next Friday in a vote of the International Olympic Committee in Copenhagen. Although IOC votes -- by secret ballot over several rounds -- can be highly unpredictable, Rio and Chicago look to be the main contenders. At stake is international prestige, billions of dollars in potential investment and economic spinoffs, and the honor of staging the world's biggest sports extravaganza. The decision may come down to two key issues: Will President Barack Obama go to Copenhagen to pitch Chicago's case in person? Is the IOC ready...
October 25
October 25

Lakers' Carmelo Anthony passes Moses Malone for 9th on NBA all-time scoring list: 'Still here doing it' in Year 19

LOS ANGELES -- Carmelo Anthony said the best part about passing Moses Malone for No. 9 on the all-time scoring list in the Los Angeles Lakers' 121-118 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday is the level he's sustained nearly two decades into his NBA career. "I'm still here doing it," Anthony said after scoring 18 of his team-high 28 points in the second half to seal the victory. "I think that's what I'm honestly excited about. I'm here in Year 19 still doing what I'm able to do. Still passionate about the game. Still passionate about coming to work every day and getting better. And what a better night to reach ninth than with a win, the way that we needed a win tonight." Anthony came into the night needing 15 points to leapfrog Malone's 27,409 career total. He got going early, scoring five points in the first quarter, followed by another five in the second, before really finding a rhythm in the third. He hit back-to-back 3s in a 48-second span,...
October 25
October 25

2022 Olympic Winter Games athletes to have daily tests for COVID-19, remain in 'closed loop' of Beijing venues

BEIJING -- Competitors in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics will be subject to daily tests for COVID-19 and will be required to remain in a closed loop that includes transport between the various Games venues, organizers said in guidelines released on Monday. China, where measures to tackle COVID-19 are among the world's strictest, has already said international spectators will not be allowed to enter the country for the Games, which will run from Feb. 4 to Feb. 20. China has all but shut its borders to international travelers, with the number of international flights drastically reduced from pre-pandemic levels, and Games organizers said on Monday that domestic and foreign airlines will be encouraged to operate temporary flights available only to participants. Games participants will need to be tested for COVID-19 before arrival, and athletes and team officials must be vaccinated to avoid 21 days in quarantine, with some exceptions for medical reasons granted on a case-by-case...
October 25
October 25

Lakers' Carmelo Anthony passes Moses Malone for 9th on all-time scoring list: 'Still here doing it' in Year 19

LOS ANGELES -- Carmelo Anthony said the best part about passing Moses Malone for No. 9 on the all-time scoring list in the Los Angeles Lakers' 121-118 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday is the level he's been able to sustain nearly two decades into his NBA career. "I'm still here doing it," Anthony said after scoring 18 of his team-high 28 points in the second half to seal the victory. "I think that's what I'm honestly excited about. I'm here in year 19 still doing what I'm able to do. Still passionate about the game. Still passionate about coming to work every day and getting better. And what a better night to reach ninth than with a win, the way that we needed a win tonight." Anthony came into the night needing 15 points to leapfrog Malone's 27,409 career total. He got going early, scoring five points in the first quarter, followed by another five in the second, before really finding a rhythm in the third. He hit back-to-back 3s in a...
October 25
October 25

Lakers' LeBron James says right leg sore after injury scare, hopes to play Tuesday with 'around the clock' treatment

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers barely escaped the Memphis Grizzlies in Sunday's 121-118 win and LeBron James might have narrowly avoided another major injury. Grizzlies forward  Desmond Bane collided with James' right leg in the first half, causing James to tumble to the floor. The Lakers star remained there for several minutes as L.A. called timeout so the team's medical staff could check on him. For James, it was a scare involving the same leg that suffered a high right ankle sprain last season when the Atlanta Hawks' Solomon Hill crashed into his lower body while lunging for a steal. That injury caused him to miss 26 games and didn't fully heal until months into the offseason. "The first thing I was thinking to myself was, 'Not again,'" James said afterward. "Because obviously it was almost similar but not the same kind of play. Guy falls into my leg and there's nothing you can do about it and I couldn't get my leg...
October 25
October 25

Kyle Shanahan on whether Jimmy Garoppolo will remain 49ers' QB at Chicago: 'I would guess so'

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- With the  San Francisco 49ers' losing streak at four, the outside calls for rookie quarterback Trey Lance to replace Jimmy Garoppolo continue to grow louder. When Lance might take over for Garoppolo remains to be seen, but Niners coach Kyle Shanahan sounded more uncertain about his quarterback situation Sunday night than he has at any point this season. On the heels of a 30-18 loss to the Indianapolis Colts that dropped the 49ers to 2-4, Shanahan was asked if Garoppolo will start next week against the Chicago Bears. "I would guess so," Shanahan said. "I'll watch this tape and see if guys are healthy, first of all." A few moments later, Shanahan was asked what his process would be in deciding who his starting quarterback would be in Chicago. "I have got a whole team to worry about," Shanahan said. "I'm not just thinking about the quarterback situation right now. I'll evaluate everything, see where our team's...
October 25
October 24

Rams QB Matthew Stafford throws for 3 TDs in win over former Lions team: 'Glad to have this one over with'

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Matthew Stafford has known since the NFL schedule was released more than five months ago that a matchup against the Detroit Lions, his former team of 12 seasons, loomed. However, the Los Angeles Rams quarterback said it wasn't something he focused much attention on. However, on Sunday, after the Rams defeated the Lions 28-17, Stafford expressed relief that he could finally put the reunion behind him. "Am I happy it's over with? Yeah," said Stafford, who requested a trade from Lions ownership after last season. "Got a lot of great friends, got a lot of people I care about that are on that team or from that city and just glad to have this one over with. Can put the storylines away and just go out and play football the rest of the year and just enjoy it." Rams coach Sean McVay and Lions quarterback  Jared Goff can also move on from the saga that has surrounded their relationship following last January's blockbuster trade...
October 24
October 24

St. Louis Cardinals plan to hire bench coach Oliver Marmol, 35, as next manager, sources say

The St. Louis Cardinals plan to hire Oliver Marmol as their new manager, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Sunday night, confirming an earlier report. Marmol, 35, served as St. Louis' bench coach the past two seasons and is extremely well-regarded within the organization. He was the favorite from the start of the search, and is well-immersed in the culture of the organization, having worked his way up since being drafted by St. Louis in 2007. Marmol will be the youngest active manager in Major League Baseball and the youngest to manage any team on Opening Day since Eric Wedge with Cleveland in 2003. He will be the youngest to manage the Cardinals since Marty Marion in 1951 and is younger than eight Cardinals' players who appeared in a game this past season, including Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright. Despite a team-record 17-game winning streak that carried St. Louis to an MLB wild-card berth, Mike Shildt was fired as manager earlier this month, following...
October 24

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