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Fields, No. 3 Ohio State expect No. 18 Penn State’s best
10/30/2020 8:05pm

Justin Fields looked eager to make up for lost time during Ohio States season-opening blowout of Nebraska, operating the Buckeyes offense with such efficiency pollsters vaulted his team to No. 3 in the polls after four quarters of nearly flawless football.

Jets will likely be without receivers Perriman, Crowder against Chiefs
10/30/2020 7:40pm

The New York Jets are likely to be without their top two wide receivers when they play the Chiefs in Kansas City on Sunday.

Patriots coach says he expects Edelman back this season
10/30/2020 7:28pm

Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he doesnt expect a surgical procedure that receiver Julian Edelman underwent on his ailing knee this week will keep him sidelined for the remainder of the season.

Giants offensive line back at work after COVID-19 concerns
10/30/2020 7:19pm

The New York Giants offensive line is back at work after six members spent a day a home because of concerns about the coronavirus.

Zack Britton’s option picked up by Yankees, locking in key part of bullpen for two years
10/30/2020 6:11pm

The Yankees made the first of their important offseason moves Thursday, picking up the option on Zack Brittons contract. It guarantees he will be an anchor in their bullpen for the next two seasons.

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Hebron's A.J. Pollock Celebrates World Series Title With Daughter
10/31/2020 1:19am

Dodgers outfielder A.J. Pollock wasnt sure he would get the chance to play baseball at all this season, let alone become a World Series champion.Were going to look back on this year because it was crazy, it was amazing, it was all of the above, said Pollock, who graduated from RHAM High School in 2006.Fulfilling a lifelong dream is a small prize compared to the moment he experienced after the game. Pollock held his daughter in his arms on the field just months after she was born three months premature, weighing a little more than one pound.The odds were pretty stacked against us that she had a lot of challenges she had to meet, said Pollock.Shortly after his daughter Maddi was born in March, Pollock had his own battle with COVID-19. Once he was clear of the virus, he made the tough decision to participate in the Major League Baseballs shortened season. The season was filled with many challenges for A.J. and his wife Kate but it ended better than they could have ever imagined.We both just shared a moment when we won the World Series, said Pollock. She was crying, I was tearing up. It was a lot. Its a lot that happened.Tuesdays celebration was made extra special by a reunion with Pollocks parents.When we won it, they were able to come up to the front row and thats how they met their granddaughter for the first time, said Pollock.Its wasnt long ago that same family was on the youth fields of Connecticut.You know what, I dont think Ive ever met a World Series champion let alone had one in my program, said longtime RHAM baseball head coach Paul Steiner.Pollock was the Gatorade player of the year in Connecticut during his senior year and led RHAM to its first and only baseball state championship in 2004.Its incredible to look back and think where Ive come from, where my roots are and the people that have helped me along the way, said Pollock.He just wanted to get better every single day, added Steiner. When things were done, he just kept on working.Even on baseballs biggest stage, Pollock was thinking about where it all started.Ive played a bunch of years in the big leagues and I dont really have these flashbacks and stuff but in the World Series, I did. I kept having flashbacks of me playing at West Road Field on the RHAM team, said Pollock. Its a special place. Theyve got special people that are always checking in with me, always in my corner.I always tell him, youre an outstanding young man who just happens to be good at baseball, thats all, said Steiner. Obviously Im so proud and Im so happy for him.Pollock plans to return to his hometown and share the joy of his accomplishment with those who watched him from the beginning.Now Im going to have a World Series ring and its just very special, said Pollock. Ill be able to go back there and show people and share my story.

NFL Recommends Some Sideline Players Wear Masks During Games
10/30/2020 9:30pm

The NFL is recommending that players on the sidelines who are not participating in a game or about to go on the field wear protective masks.In a memo obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, the leagues management council also suggested the 32 teams enhance physical distancing on the sidelines while the NFL considers expanding the bench area.Although the NFL stopped short of mandating masks for all players not on the field, it strongly encouraged all active players in the bench area who are not about to enter the game to wear masks while standing on the sideline and/or sitting on the bench.A player wearing a mask during a close contact has a significantly reduced probability of being designated a High Risk Close Contact after an exposure to a COVID-positive individual, the memo said.Citing a player who tested positive two days after playing in a game and who had close contacts with 17 teammates and two team staffers most of which occurred while the player was standing on the sideline we are strongly recommending that clubs continue to implement measures to encourage physical distancing among players and staff on the sidelines during games, the memo said.While the NFL considers expanding the bench area further down the sideline, teams may consider reconfiguring or adding benches.Assistant coaches and members of the football staff should pay particular attention to ensuring that players remain separated while waiting to enter the game, as well as avoiding grouping or bunching, the league said.Its really a look at how we can expand that physical distancing on the sideline the distancing and face masking are critical, said Dawn Aponte, the NFLs chief football administrative officer. Every week we are learning something and trying to share best practices with our clubs.The league also is offering an additional testing option for bus drivers retained by teams in the away city, prior to the teams arrival.The NFL has been particularly proactive in dealing with coaches who have not obeyed protocols though such efforts might seem unsuccessful given how Panthers coach Matt Rhule and some assistants on Thursday night skirted those rules about properly wearing masks. Several coaches, including Pete Carroll and Jon Gruden, were fined $100,000 for not obeying the requirements, and teams have been fined $250,000 apiece for sideline issues.We do try to remain in constant communication with the clubs through memos, phone calls, conference calls, one-offs, trying to remind and educate, Aponte said. Everyone needs to lead by example. It is more so about trying to educate and get everyone to adhere to the face-covering protocol.Earlier Friday, the NFL said that the Los Angeles Chargers game at Denver this weekend isnt in jeopardy after players on both teams tested positive for the coronavirus.No, it is not. Theres no change to the status of the game, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told The Associated Press. There have been 70-plus instances of a team having a player or players who test positive. The player is isolated and we conduct contact tracing to ensure to mitigate any risk of potential spread among the team.New York Giants guard Will Hernandez tested positive this week and most of the teams offensive linemen were barred from the practice facility. Hernandez is in isolation and it is unlikely he will play Monday against Tampa Bay.The Buccaneers had an equipment staff member test positive for COVID-19 this week.Two teams, the Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots, have had significant outbreaks of the coronavirus, causing juggling of the NFL schedule. Several other clubs have had isolated cases.We have to continue to reinforce all the messages about risk mitigation, something we can never say enough, said Dr. Allen Sills, the leagues chief medical officer. I think it just speaks to the need to be diligent all the time.More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/APNFL

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence Tests Positive for COVID-19
10/30/2020 1:05am

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has tested positive for COVID-19, putting into doubt whether the face of college football will be available to play the top-ranked Tigers biggest game of the season.Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said in a statement released by the school Thursday night that Lawrence is in isolation with mild symptoms.Swinney said Lawrence would miss Clemsons game Saturday against Boston College. The Tigers are scheduled to play No. 4 Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, on Nov. 7.Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for a minimum of 10 days.Lawrence said in a statement on Twitter that his symptoms have been relatively mild and he was following protocol fron Clemson and the ACC about the virus.The only thing that hurts is missing an opportunity to be with my teammates this weekend and play the game I love, he said.Lawrence said hed be watching and cheering for the Tigers from isolation.The junior from Georgia is a leading contender for the Heisman Trophy and potentially the top overall pick in next years NFL draft. He led the Tigers 6-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference to a national championship as a freshman and back to the College Football playoff championship game last season. Clemsons loss to LSU in the title game was the first and still only game the Tigers have lost in Lawrences 32 career starts.Clemson is tested three times a week per Atlantic Coast Conference protocol.Lawrence created a stir earlier this week when asked about his NFL future said he still had the option to stay or leave.My mindset has been that Im going to move on, Lawrence said Tuesday. But who knows Theres a lot of things that could happen.Swinney said that while Lawrence will be missed against the Eagles 4-2, 3-2, it was an opportunity for other guys to step up.Freshman passer D.J. Uiagalelei has been the first in after Lawrence this season when games get out of hand. Uiagalelei, at 6-4 and 250 pounds, was rated the countrys second-best college prospect by Rivals.com last season. He enrolled in January and went through spring drills until the coronavirus pandemic shut down college sports last March.Uiagalelei has completed 12 of 19 passes for 102 yards. The Tigers also have used sophomore Taisun Phommachanh and Hunter Helms at quarterback this season.Clemson has won its past 27 games against ACC competition and the past nine against Boston College.This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

Julian Edelman Out at Least 1 Game With Knee Injury: Reports
10/29/2020 5:25pm

New England Patriots star receiver Julian Edelman will miss at least the teams upcoming game against the Buffalo Bills as he deals with a knee injury, according to reports.The reports, from The Athletic, ESPN and NFL Network, each cite a source and say Edelmans had a knee injury. The Patriots havent yet said anythingESPNs Adam Schefter said Edelman has already undergone surgery for the issue.Its not immediately clear, according to the reports, when Edelman would return to action, but he is expected back this season according to The Athletics Jeff Howe.The injury is yet another setback for the 2-4 Patriots, who on Sunday lost their their third game in a row. The last time that happened was in 2002.Sundays matchup against the Bills looks tricky as well, with the Bills record at 5-2 after a 4-0 start to the season. THANK YOU. ANOTHER ROUGH DAY FOR THE PATRIOTS. LOSING TO OLD FRIEND JIMMY G AND THE 49ERS. BREAKING DOWN WHAT WENT WRONG. HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU HAVE. ALL NIGHT. ALL MORNING. EVERYTHING WENT WRONG. IT STARTS WITH BILL BELICHICK AND THE GAME PLAN. NEWTEN WAS BENCHED AND HIS PERFORMANCE WAS WORST THAN LAST WEEK. THE LAST TIME THE PATRIOTS LOST THREE IN A ROW IS 2002. THIRD INTERCEPTION OF THE DAY. HE WAS BENCHED. WHO THREW A PICK HIMSELF. 33-6 THE FINAL. CAM CONTINUES TO PUT IT ON HIMSELF. I LOVE PLAYING THIS FOOTBALL GIM GAME. I HAVE FUN. THE PERFORMANCE HASNu2019T BEEN DELIGHTFUL FOR ME. I JUST HAVE TO BE BETTER. IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING BELICHICK SAYING HE WILL START NEXT SUNDAY IN A MUST WIN AGAINST THE BILLS. PATS DROP TO 2-4. REMAIN THIRD IN THE EAST. NEWTON FIVE RUCHING TOUCH DOWNS AND TWO PASSING TOUCH DOWNS. SEVEN INTERCEPTIONS IN 2020.,videoid:1811662403673908,videolength:73941,videoprovider:mpx,alleypackscheduleunpublish:,feedremoteid:mpx1811662403673,feedthumbnailurl: data-livestreamfalse data-titlePatriots Pummeled by 49ers, Jimmy G data-vidcid1:5:2218301 data-vidurlhttps://www.nbcboston.com/on-air/as-seen-on/patriots-pummeled-by-49ers-jimmy-g/2218301/ data-isleadfalse data-catnames1813:On Air,1814:As Seen On,206944:News,858:Sports data-tagnames234472:49ers,260:Bill Belichick,31146:Cam Newton,299787:jimmy g,2558:Jimmy Garoppolo,255:New England Patriots,453:Patriots data-customdataContentPartner:None,Source:WEBFM,SyndicationAllowed:true,mSNVideoCategories:MSN Video v4 Connector-most watched news,mSNVideoContentSupplierID:NBCLocal,mSNVideoCountry:us,subtitle:nosubtitle,uploadedByTeam:1,youtubeChannel:None data-autoplayfalse data-cplaytrueAll three of the Patriots quarterbacks have struggled this year, and losing Edelman, who leads the team in receptions, will add to their woes.I have all confidence in whoevers out there and, wherever the read takes me, thats where its going to go, starter Cam Newton said Thursday. I just got to be ready to rock n roll.More Patriots NewsNFLOct 27Here&039s Why Bill Belichick Is Committed to Cam Newton as Patriots&039 Starting QBCam NewtonOct 28Quarterback Neglect Is Coming Back to Haunt BelichickThis story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

MLB Says Turner Violated Protocols When He Returned to Field
10/29/2020 1:51am

Justin Turner violated coronavirus protocols when he celebrated with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and he refused instructions from security to leave the field, behavior that Major League Baseball said risked the safety of others.The commissioners office said Wednesday it is starting a full investigation of the 35-year-old third baseman.The Dodgers won their first World Series championship since 1988 with a 3-1 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 6 on Tuesday night at Globe Life Field.Turner was pulled from the game following the seventh inning after MLB was notified that he had tested positive for COVID-19. He was quarantined in a doctors office off to the side, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said.Turner later returned to the field with a mask to celebrate the Dodgers title. He then took down his mask and posed for a team photo on the field.Immediately upon receiving notice from the laboratory of a positive test, protocols were triggered, leading to the removal of Justin Turner from last nights game, MLB said in a statement Wednesday. Turner was placed into isolation for the safety of those around him. However, following the Dodgers victory, it is clear that Turner chose to disregard the agreed-upon joint protocols and the instructions he was given regarding the safety and protection of others.While a desire to celebrate is understandable, Turners decision to leave isolation and enter the field was wrong and put everyone he came in contact with at risk. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.Turner became a free agent when his $64 million, four-year contract expired following the victory.Turners agent, Greg Genske, did not immediately respond to a text from The Associated Press seeking comment.Last night, nasal swabs were conducted on the Dodgers traveling party, MLB said. Both the Rays and Dodgers were tested again today and their travel back to their home cities will be determined after being approved by the appropriate authorities.Both teams traveled home from the Dallas area on Wednesday in coordination with their local health authorities, a person familiar with the arrangements said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made.No additional players received positive results from rapid PCR tests early Wednesday, the person said, but the wife of one Rays player tested positive, the person said. The wife and the player did not travel with the team and were to travel on their own, the person said.A private plane was being arranged for Turners travel, the person said.One of the Rays two charter planes had a lengthy mechanical delay in Dallas that caused one of the aircraft to be switched, and team said shortly after midnight that both planes had arrived back home.The commissioners office said it will consult with the players association as part of its investigation. The union was in the process of gathering facts on the events.Turner hit .307 with four homers and 23 RBIs in the pandemic-shortened season and .293 17 for 58 with three homers and six RBIs in the postseason, including .320 with a pair of solo homers in the World Series.Having a mask on and staying socially distanced, he wanted to come out and take a picture with the trophy, which cant state strongly enough how big of a role hes played in the success of this organization, Friedman said.But I think for him, just being a free agent, not knowing exactly how the future is going to play out, I dont think there was anyone that was going to stop him from going out, he said. I think from at least my perspective and not watching it super closely with everything going on, but I think he was mindful of other people, especially other people that he hadnt already been in contact with. This is something that were going to wrap our arms around tonight and in the morning and figure out where were going from here.Turner, however, was visible on the field without a mask during the celebration. And Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was nearby, also not wearing a mask.I havent seen the pictures, Friedman said. If there are people around them without masks, thats not good optics at all. I havent seen them, so its hard for me to speak to it specifically.But I think from our standpoint, I think the people who were around him were people that would be in the contact tracing web, anyway, with just how closely a lot of us have been around each other, he said. And so now I think the subsequent tests were going to take are really important to figure out what we do and to make sure that any of us that are potentially positive do not spread it to other people.Turner has served as a player representative on the union executive board and spoke about the protocols on Sept. 29, a day ahead of the Dodgers postseason opener.Obviously theres a lot of protocols and things that were allowed to do and not allowed to do in getting tested every day, and I would say its been a pretty successful season getting to this point and getting to the playoffs, he said then.I was probably in that category where I was optimistic that we were going to have a season, but there was definitely some doubt whether or not it was going to happen. So to be sitting here today watching playoff baseball as the American League kind of kicks off their wild-card round, I would say that we did a good job and I commend everyone for taking it serious and being responsible and making good choices and allowing us to get to this point.He addressed the success of reaching the World Series despite the pandemic on Oct. 19, a day before Game 1.I think its ultimately a testament to the players for being responsible and making good choices and doing everything that we had to do to ensure that the season was able to go on, he said. So I tip my cap to every player who put the uniform on and took that risk of playing and was responsible about it and did it the right way and enabled us to have a full season and now be able to participate in a World Series.More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/APSports

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