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After Clemson Tigers' third loss, 'everything's under evaluation,' including D.J. Uiagalelei's status

After yet another woeful offensive performance in which starting quarterback  D.J. Uiagalelei was benched and Clemson fell 27-17 to Pitt on Saturday, Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said every job on the unit would be up for grabs in practice this week. "Everything's under evaluation at this point," Swinney said, adding that he bore full responsibility for the team's 4-3 start. "Everybody's got to show up every day, and we've got to take it one day at a time. We'll practice and see who has the best practice, and that's the guy who'll run out there first at every position." Uiagalelei, a preseason Heisman Trophy contender and a former top recruit at his position, has struggled all season. But Swinney said after last week's win over Syracuse that he had hoped his QB had turned a corner. Instead, Uiagalelei threw two bad interceptions, including an ill-advised shovel pass that led to a Pitt touchdown on his final drive before being benched. "I thought he...
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Veteran WR Chris Hogan opts to retire from NFL, ending 10-year career

METAIRIE, La. -- After a brief return to the NFL this season with the New Orleans Saints, receiver Chris Hogan decided to retire. The 10-year veteran, who won two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots earlier in his career, was officially placed on the reserve/retired list Saturday. Hogan had already flirted with retirement earlier this year, when he actually switched careers and joined the Premier Lacrosse League. But the Saints lured him back in late July, and he earned a roster spot with the team -- catching four passes for 41 yards and a touchdown in five games. It's unclear exactly why Hogan decided to retire. He was not dealing with any known injuries. But the Saints have added depth to their receiving corps in recent weeks. They signed veteran Kenny Stills last month and designated veteran Tre'Quan Smith to return from injured reserve this week. All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas could also return soon, though he has not yet begun...
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Marvin Vettori bests Paulo Costa by unanimous decision in five-round slugfest

LAS VEGAS -- It was a weird week, to say the least, but Saturday's five-round main event between Marvin Vettori and Paulo Costa delivered as expected. Vettori (18-4-1) handed Costa (13-2) his second consecutive defeat, scoring a unanimous decision victory in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC Fight Night inside the Apex. All three judges scored it 48-46 for Vettori. The bout was originally scheduled to take place at middleweight, where both men are highly ranked, but it was changed to 205 pounds late this week after Costa arrived in Las Vegas heavy. Costa, 30, proved to be in good condition and looked properly motivated, but Vettori's versatility and pace proved to be too much to overcome. "Another improving experience," Vettori said. "I know I have the biggest heart and biggest will. When it goes to fourth and fifth rounds, there is no way nobody can keep up. A lot of people said he wouldn't be ready, but I feel a lot of it was a trick. He actually came pretty...
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Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Lakers unfazed by sluggish start, know 'season is too long' to panic

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- As much as the new-look  Los Angeles Lakers have preached patience, a winless exhibition slate, a handful of injuries and now an 0-2 start to the regular season -- that included tensions boiling over in Friday's loss to the  Phoenix Suns -- would test any team's resolve. Yet  Russell Westbrook, the former league MVP that Los Angeles moved heaven and earth to acquire in the offseason, said he is just fine with the uncomfortable orbit the Lakers currently find themselves in. "I'm OK with adversity, honestly," Westbrook said Saturday after the team gathered for a film session. "I never panic throughout the course of a season. Especially at the start of the season. There's really no need to. The season is too long and nobody is winning nothing right now. "Yes, it's good to get off to a good start and feel good about yourself, but especially me personally, I like to make sure that I'm -- as the season goes on -- I'm constantly just getting...
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Illinois stuns No. 7 Penn State in NCAA's first 9-overtime game

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Over the course of an unprecedented nine overtimes,  Illinois survived  Penn State's botched attempt at a trick play, lost its quarterback and a powerful running back to injury and failed to gain just three measly yards again and again. When Casey Washington finally came down with the winning catch Saturday, he hardly knew what to do. "I actually cried," he said. "It just felt good." The Illini came out victorious in the NCAA's first nine-overtime game, edging the seventh-ranked Nittany Lions 20-18 on Washington's 2-point conversion catch from Brandon Peters to end a string of goal-line stalemates under college football's recently rewritten overtime rules. The sides were tied at 10 after regulation, exchanged field goals in the first two overtimes, then began to alternate one-and-done drives from the 3-yard line in the third OT as part of a format tweaked ahead of the 2021 season. Penn State tried to win it then and there...
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Ole Miss Rebels retire Eli Manning's No. 10 jersey

Ole Miss retired former quarterback Eli Manning's No. 10 jersey number at halftime of its game against LSU on Saturday. The program planned several activities to honor Manning, who set or tied 47 school records during his time at Ole Miss and was later selected No. 1 by the then-San Diego Chargers in the 2004 NFL draft and then traded to the  New York Giants. Both end zones in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium were painted "MANNING." Manning's nephew and coveted quarterback prospect, Arch Manning, was in attendance. Ole Miss is one of a handful of teams Arch is considering. He has also visited Alabama, Georgia and Texas.  ESPN ranks Arch, a five-star prospect, as the No. 1 quarterback in the 2023 class. Manning led the team through the Walk of Champions prior to the game on Saturday. Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin wore Manning's New York Giants jersey. Manning twice won the Super Bowl and was named to the All-Pro team four times during his pro career. His No. 10 jersey was...
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October 23

Los Angeles Dodgers' Max Scherzer wants to start Game 6, 'but his arm's not allowing him'; Walker Buehler set to step in

ATLANTA -- Max Scherzer and Walker Buehler played catch simultaneously at Dodger Stadium moments before a cross-country flight back to Atlanta, and an understanding was reached. Over the course of the four prior days, Scherzer struggled to get past his typical day-after-start fatigue. Come Friday morning, Scherzer's arm was still lagging behind Buehler's, even though Scherzer lined up ahead of him in the rotation. It prompted the decision to start Buehler against the Atlanta Braves in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday night, accounting for his second short-rest start of this postseason, and allowing Scherzer to receive an additional day of rest. "I know Max wants to take the baseball," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, "but his arm's not allowing him." Scherzer pitched the ninth inning in Game 5 of the NL Division Series on Oct. 14, closing out the San Francisco Giants and sending the Dodgers into the penultimate round,...
October 23
October 23

Lincoln Riley heaps praise on freshman QB Caleb Williams for key 4th down play in Oklahoma Sooners win

Oklahoma survived another slow start in a 35-23 win over Kansas, and Caleb Williams once again provided a spark, but in an unusual way. With Oklahoma clinging to a 28-23 lead in the fourth quarter with just over three minutes remaining, the Sooners went for it on fourth and 1 at their own 46-yard line. Running back Kennedy Brooks took a handoff from Williams and was stopped two yards behind the line. But as Brooks was fighting off defenders, Williams took the ball from his arms, turned and ran for a first down. The play allowed Oklahoma to keep the drive alive and bleed out the clock, with Brooks scoring 10 plays later with 42 seconds left to put the game away. The play was reviewed by officials and determined to be allowable since the handoff happened behind the line. Riley praised the heads-up play, saying Oklahoma coaches talk about those scenarios with players in what they call "gotta have it" situations, but said the coaches didn't exactly draw this...
October 23
October 23

Short-handed Pittsburgh Penguins lose defenseman Kris Letang to COVID-19 protocol

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without Kris Letang against Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night after the defenseman was placed in NHL's COVID-19 protocol. Coach Mike Sullivan announced Letang's status following the morning skate. Letang is the latest Penguins player to be sidelined in the early stages of the season, a group headlined by stars Sidney Crosby (wrist) and Evgeni Malkin (knee), both recovering from offseason surgeries. The Penguins are off to a solid start without Crosby and Malkin, posting a 2-0-2 mark heading into Saturday night's visit from Toronto. Crosby and Malkin are hardly the only Penguins players banged up. Forward Bryan Rust is "week to week" with a lower-body injury. Veteran center Jeff Carter, who has filled in for Crosby as the first-line center, will also miss Saturday night's visit by the Maple Leafs after testing positive for COVID-19. Sullivan said Friday that Carter is asymptomatic but...
October 23
October 23

Shorthanded Pittsburgh Penguins lose defenseman Kris Letang to COVID-19 protocol

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without Kris Letang against Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night after the defenseman was placed in NHL's COVID-19 protocol. Coach Mike Sullivan announced Letang's status following the morning skate. Letang is the latest Penguins player to be sidelined in the early stages of the season, a group headlined by stars Sidney Crosby (wrist) and Evgeni Malkin (knee) who are recovering from offseason surgeries. The Penguins are off to a solid start without Crosby and Malkin, posting a 2-0-2 mark heading into Saturday night's visit from Toronto. Crosby and Malkin are hardly the only Penguins players banged up. Forward Bryan Rust is "week to week" with a lower-body injury. Veteran center Jeff Carter, who has filled in for Crosby as the first-line center, will also miss Saturday night's visit by the Maple Leafs after testing positive for COVID-19. Sullivan said Friday that Carter is asymptomatic but...
October 23
October 23

Clemson Tigers to be without leading receiver Joseph Ngata vs. Pittsburgh Panthers

Joseph Ngata, who leads Clemson in receiving yards, will miss Saturday's game against No. 23 Pittsburgh because of COVID-19 protocols. The school announced that Ngata would be absent alongside fellow wide receivers E.J. Williams and  Frank Ladson Jr., who've both had injuries this season. It leaves the Tigers' receiving corps desperately thin. While Justyn Ross leads the team in catches (28) and touchdowns (3), his supporting cast at the position will be led by true freshman Beaux Collins, who has just five receptions in his career. The Tigers' passing game has struggled mightily through six games, with quarterback  D.J. Uiagalelei ranking 100th nationally in passer rating. He's completing just 55.7% of his throws with four touchdowns and three interceptions this year. Clemson has yet to top 19 points in regulation against an FBS foe. For the season, Ngata has 18 catches for 352 yards and one touchdown.
October 23
October 23

Indianapolis Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton ruled out vs. San Francisco 49ers

INDIANAPOLIS --  Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who suffered a quad injury while making his season debut last week, has been ruled out of Sunday night's game against the 49ers, the team announced. Hilton, who was hurt midway through the fourth quarter of last Sunday's 31-3 win over the Houston Texans, downplayed the severity of the injury after that game but did not practice all week. Coach Frank Reich said Friday that the odds were against Hilton playing against San Francisco, but the team wanted to see how he felt Saturday. Hilton, who signed a one-year contract to return to the Colts during the offseason, will now have missed six of seven games this season because of injuries. He missed the first five games after suffering a disk injury late in training camp. Quarterback Carson Wentz will be without his two fastest receivers because Parris Campbell was placed on injured reserve earlier this week with a foot injury....
October 23
October 23

Ride to the Olympics CEO on increase in Black polo players: 'We break barriers'

"Most polo events aren't about us," the group's founder said.
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Miguel Wilson with the Morehouse Polo team.
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Max Scherzer won't start Game 6 of NLCS; Walker Buehler gets nod

ATLANTA -- Walker Buehler will start Game 6 of the National League Championship Series in place of Max Scherzer on Saturday night, prompting Buehler to pitch on short rest for the second time this postseason and giving Scherzer an extra day to get closer to full strength. The Los Angeles Dodgers officially scratched Scherzer from his start against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, six days after he said his arm felt unusually tired in NLCS Game 2. The Dodgers are hoping that Scherzer, 37, can bounce back to start Game 7 on Sunday if they can keep their season alive from Truist Park in Atlanta, a source told ESPN. The Braves, who will start right-hander Ian Anderson in Game 6, hold a 3-2 lead in this series; the winner advances to play the Houston Astros in the World Series, which begins Tuesday. Buehler started on only three days rest for the first time in his career when the Dodgers were facing elimination against the San...
October 23
October 23

Los Angeles Lakers' Dwight Howard, Anthony Davis downplay scuffle: 'We squashed it'

LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers' rocky start to the season continued with teammates Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard getting involved in a heated exchange in the first half of Friday's 115-105 loss to the Suns. Amid a 27-11 run by Phoenix to take a 13-point halftime lead, Howard and Davis had to be separated by teammates after the pair engaged in a verbal spat on the sideline. "When you're getting your ass kicked, sometimes those conversations get heated," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. "Those guys love each other. They talked it out. And that's going to happen from time to time. I'd rather our guys care than not care." With 3 minutes, 13 seconds remaining in the second quarter, following a Suns timeout, Davis confronted Howard, who was seated on the bench, prompting the Lakers backup center to spring to his feet and meet Davis eye to eye. As Howard approached, Davis grabbed Howard's arms and pushed, causing Howard to lose his balance and fall...
October 23
October 23

Tobias Harris expresses support for Ben Simmons after 76ers meeting: 'We have to be there for him as a team'

PHILADELPHIA -- In the wake of Ben Simmons meeting with and addressing his teammates for the first time since his holdout, 76ers forward Tobias Harris gave an impassioned defense of Simmons after Philadelphia's 114-109 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night. "I think it's obviously a good start," Harris said. "But as I said, at this time we have to respect his privacy, his space, and we've got to be there for him, with what he's going through and this process. "It's easy to look at something on the surface and come to assumptions on a lot of things, especially athletes. In general in this space we're depicted as superhumans, and you're not really supposed to have feelings or go through anything. So I think we just have to really understand he's a human first, and if he's going through something at times, we have to respect that and go through that as a team, organization, fans, all the way down the line. "Because when he's in here putting...
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Luis Garcia, Yordan Alvarez send Houston Astros to third World Series in five years

HOUSTON -- The Astros are headed to the World Series for the third time in five years after yet another pitching gem, beating the Red Sox 5-0 in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Friday night. Houston won the final three games of the best-of-seven series to clinch it. "They're all special," third baseman Alex Bregman said on the field as confetti fell after the game. "You can't take any of them for granted. It's been amazing to be part of this team and these guys. But I don't want to think about that right now. I want to think about winning a few more games." Two nights after lefty Framber Valdez threw eight strong innings, rookie righty Luis Garcia was nearly as good, giving up just one hit over 5 2/3. He left after Kiké Hernandez hit a two-out triple in the sixth.   "Everybody was really happy because I did the job that they needed from me tonight," Garcia said. "And as far as being in the World...
October 22
October 22

Sources: Los Angeles Dodgers' Max Scherzer won't start Game 6 of NLCS

Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander  Max Scherzer will not make his scheduled start in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, sources confirmed to ESPN. Scherzer's replacement for Saturday night at Truist Park is not yet known, but there is no logical choice to face the Atlanta Braves and right-hander Ian Anderson. Atlanta can advance to the World Series with a win. Walker Buehler taking the ball would require him starting on short rest for the second time in his career, after previously doing so in Game 4 of the NL Division Series against the San Francisco Giants. Starting anyone outside of Buehler would essentially morph into a bullpen game, made more difficult because the Dodgers also staged a bullpen game in Thursday's Game 5. Scherzer, 37, will skip his start due to lingering concerns over the fatigue of his arm, a source said. He complained of a tired arm after NLCS Game 2 on Sunday, a start that occurred three days after he was...
October 22
October 22

Source: Los Angeles Dodgers' Max Scherzer won't start Game 6 of NLCS

Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander  Max Scherzer will not make his scheduled start in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, sources told ESPN, confirming news first reported by the Los Angeles Times. Scherzer's replacement for Saturday night at Truist Park is not yet known, but there is no logical choice to face the Atlanta Braves and right-hander Ian Anderson. Walker Buehler taking the ball would require him starting on short rest for the second time in his career, after previously doing so in Game 4 of the NL Division Series against the San Francisco Giants. Anything outside of Buehler would essentially morph into a bullpen game, made more difficult because the Dodgers also staged a bullpen game in Thursday's Game 5. The reason for Scherzer's absence is not known, but the 37-year-old right-hander complained of a tired arm after Game 2 on Sunday, a start that occurred three days after he was required in the ninth inning of the deciding...
October 22
October 22

Sources: Southern Miss to join Sun Belt Conference as early as 2023

Southern Miss is set to join the Sun Belt Conference, which could soon add several members, sources confirmed to ESPN. The Southern Miss move is a "done deal," a source said, and the school probably will join the Sun Belt for the 2023 fall athletics season. Southern Miss is the latest school to depart Conference USA, which this week lost six members -- UAB, Florida Atlantic, Charlotte, North Texas, Rice and UTSA -- to the American Athletic Conference. The Sun Belt also has had conversations about membership with two other Conference USA schools, Marshall and Old Dominion, as well as James Madison, one of the nation's top FCS programs, which competes in the Colonial Athletic Association. No formal invitations have been extended to those schools. A source said talks with Old Dominion and James Madison are a bit further along than they are with Marshall. Formal announcements are likely to come next week. The Action Network first reported Southern Miss' move to the Sun Belt. If Old...
October 22
October 22

Miami Hurricanes AD Blake James on football coach Manny Diaz: 'Everyone's constantly being evaluated'

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami Hurricanes athletic director Blake James was not ready to make any pronouncements for how this season would play out for coach Manny Diaz, who has come under fire for a 2-4 start. Asked whether Diaz was on the hot seat, James told ESPN, "I don't know how you define hot seat. Every one of my coaches is evaluated by how they do and how their teams do. Obviously, this is a disappointing season. We're six games in, and we have six games left. Our focus is on doing everything we can to win our next six games." James would not say whether he would make any in-season coaching changes. "It's too hard to look into the future," James said. "I don't know what's going to happen, again. I think everyone's constantly being evaluated, and you make the decisions that you feel are best for the program." Miami went into the season as a preseason top-15 team with high expectations to challenge in the ACC's Coastal Division. But after an opening loss to ...
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October 22

Devonta Freeman expected to start at RB as injuries again plague Baltimore Ravens' backfield

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Devonta Freeman is expected to be the latest running back to start for the Baltimore Ravens as injuries once again hit their backfield. Latavius Murray (sprained left ankle) was ruled out of Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals after not practicing this week. A starter for the past three games, he leads the Ravens' running backs with 212 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Now, Freeman could get his first start in nearly a year (Week 7 of last season). A Pro Bowler in 2015 and 2016, Freeman has gained 95 yards on 16 carries this season (5.9 YPC). "He's doing a nice job for us," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Freeman. "He's a downhill, explosive, accelerating-type runner with some size." Injuries have wreaked havoc on Baltimore's backfield all season. The Ravens' top two backs -- J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards -- suffered season-ending knee injuries just weeks before the start of the regular season. ...
October 22
October 22

Problematic Jon Gruden emails may be 'more common' than thought, congressman says

ASHBURN, Va. -- One of the House Democrats who sent a letter to the NFL seeking more information about its investigation into the Washington Football Team's workplace culture says he fears Jon Gruden's emails are the "tip of the iceberg." Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., told ESPN that the representatives wanted to get involved because the NFL "holds a special place in American life." "The way they handle issues of race and gender and the way they treat their employees really influences the way society handles those very issues," Krishnamoorthi said. "We're very much interested in learning more about exactly why the NFL did what they did and the way they did it." Gruden resigned as Las Vegas Raiders coach earlier this month following reports that emails he wrote over a multiyear period included racist, misogynistic and anti-gay language. The emails were discovered as part of the investigation into Washington's workplace culture. "The biggest fear is that what Jon...
October 22
October 22

Carolina Hurricanes create website to troll Montreal Canadiens, only to have it hacked

The Carolina Hurricanes trolled the Montreal Canadiens with a satirical website after defeating them on Thursday night, only to have that site hacked and turned into an anti-Carolina webpage by Friday morning. After the Hurricanes beat the Canadiens in Montreal, the team sent out a website link to its 506,000 followers on Twitter: DidTheHabsLose.com. The site featured a banner photo with the word "YES" in bold letters. Underneath were two links to buy two Hurricanes player T-shirts: One for center Sebastian Aho, whom the Canadiens unsuccessfully attempted to sign away from Carolina with a free-agent offer sheet in 2019; and one for forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi, whom the Hurricanes poached from Montreal via an offer sheet last offseason. The shirts were on sale for $20 -- which is Aho's number and Kotkaniemi's signing bonus -- for anyone using the promo code "oui." It was an extraordinary bit of postgame gloating and NHL social media trolling, and one...
October 22
October 22

New York Giants rule Saquon Barkley, Kadarius Toney, Kenny Golladay out vs. Carolina Panthers

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It doesn't get any easier for quarterback Daniel Jones and the injury-plagued New York Giants offense this week. They will be without running back Saquon Barkley and wide receivers Kadarius Toney and Kenny Golladay on Sunday when they host the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. It will be the second consecutive game that Barkley (ankle) and Golladay (knee) miss. Toney (ankle) left last Sunday's 38-11 blowout loss to the Los Angeles Rams after he aggravated a previous injury. Toney, a first-round draft pick earlier this year, is the Giants' leading receiver. He has 23 catches for 317 yards despite not playing much the first two weeks of the season. Barkley leads the Giants with three total touchdowns despite playing only four games from start to finish. But at least the Giants appear likely to have tight end Evan Engram (calf) and wide receivers Sterling Shepard (hamstring)...
October 22
October 22

Weight gain: Paulo Costa, Marvin Vettori tip scales for catchweight showdown on UFC Fight Night

LAS VEGAS -- A three-day saga surrounding Saturday's UFC Fight Night main event between Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori is finally over, as both fighters made weight for a five-round light heavyweight matchup. This fight was originally scheduled to take place at middleweight, the division in which Costa and Vettori are both highly ranked. On Wednesday, however, Costa said he weighed 211 pounds and would not be cutting to the 186-pound weight limit. That set off a chain of events that included an initial gentleman's agreement to fight at 195 pounds -- and then an official change to the 205-pound light heavyweight limit. Costa, who weighed in at 204.5 pounds, also forfeited 20% of his purse. Vettori weighed in at 204 pounds. Vettori (17-4-1), of Italy, repeatedly said he didn't care what weight the fight took place at, but he resented Costa's lack of professionalism. Costa did not express any remorse or even provide a reason why he came into the week so...
October 22
October 22

Oklahoma State Cowboys football coach Mike Gundy has 'perpetual five-year contract' restored

Oklahoma State and Mike Gundy have agreed to a new deal that will restore the football coach to a "perpetual five-year contract" with the Cowboys after the rollover had been decreased to four years in 2020, the university announced Friday. Last year, Gundy voluntarily took a $1 million pay cut and amended his contract from a five-year rollover to four years following a review of the football program prompted by criticism of Gundy after Cowboys running back  Chuba Hubbard blasted him for wearing a T-shirt from OAN (One America News) in a photo that appeared on social media. It also reduced his buyout from $5 million to $4 million and dropped his guarantee from 75% to 50%. Gundy apologized for the "pain and discomfort" he caused his players and others, and he vowed positive changes in his football program. This contract restores the rollover to five years. Financial terms were not released. The school said those would be forthcoming at a later date. "Stillwater is...
October 22
October 22

Oklahoma State Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy has 'perpetual five-year contract' restored

Oklahoma State and Mike Gundy have agreed to a new contract that will restore the coach to a "perpetual five-year contract" with the Cowboys after the rollover had been decreased to four years in 2020. Last year, Gundy voluntarily took a $1 million pay cut and amended his contract from a five-year rollover to four years after a review of the football program prompted by criticism of Gundy after Cowboys running back  Chuba Hubbard blasted him for wearing a T-shirt from OAN (One America News) in a photo that appeared on social media. It also reduced his buyout from $5 million to $4 million and dropped his guarantee from 75% to 50%. Gundy apologized for the "pain and discomfort" he caused his players and others, and he vowed positive changes in his football program. This contract restores the rollover to five years. Financial terms were not released. The school said those would be forthcoming at a later date. "Stillwater is home, and I love this community and...
October 22
October 22

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown ruled out of Sunday's game vs. Chicago Bears due to ankle injury

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' growing list of key players missing games because of injury will now include wide receiver Antonio Brown, whom coach Bruce Arians ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears due to an ankle injury. Brown missed practice all week with a sprained ankle, which he suffered in the Bucs' 28-22 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 14. But the extra rest wasn't enough for Sunday. It will be Brown's second game missed this season after missing Week 3 because of COVID-19. Brown's 418 receiving yards are second most on the team -- 2 yards shy of Mike Evans and 9 more than Chris Godwin. Second-year wide receiver Tyler Johnson is expected to step into Brown's role. "Tyler has done a good job. Everyone has a lot of confidence in Tyler," quarterback Tom Brady said. "He does a good job out here whenever he gets his chance and he's made a bunch of plays in games. It's certainly not too big for...
October 22
October 22

Willie Mays' first NFT to feature diploma, benefit Say Hey Foundation

Seventy years after making his major league debut, Willie Mays is still one of the greatest baseball players of all time: the most spectacular combination of power, speed and defense the game has ever seen. And yet, when he graduated from Fairfield Industrial High School in Fairfield, Alabama, in 1950, it read on his diploma that his assigned profession would be in "cleaning, dyeing and pressing," the department in which he had completed his studies. In a blow to that world, though, Mays did not become a dry cleaner. Instead, he became, as Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench said, "the perfect baseball player." Mays' diploma is being made public for the first time in the 90-year-old's first NFT (nonfungible token), which will be released Sunday, ESPN has learned. Mays' 90th Birthday Celebrity Drop is going live -- with Oct. 24 being a nod to Mays' jersey number -- on the marketplace Nifty Gateway. "I didn't really understand how these computer tokens worked at first," Mays told...
October 22
October 22

Miami Dolphins coach reiterates support for Tua Tagovailoa as Deshaun Watson rumors swirl

MIAMI --  Dolphins coach Brian Flores gave a public endorsement Friday of Tua Tagovailoa, after rumors of a potential trade for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson again flared earlier this week. "I don't really get into rumors -- Tua is our quarterback," Flores said when asked about Watson. "We're happy with the quarterback, our quarterback situation. I'll leave it at that, which I've said multiple times." The Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday that a trade between Miami and Houston could be finalized this week involving Watson,  who is facing 22 active lawsuits alleging sexual assault and inappropriate behavior. He requested a trade in January before the first such lawsuit was levied against him, and he has not played in or been active for any game this season. Tagovailoa, who missed three games with fractured ribs, led the Dolphins to their lone win of the season in Week 1; they're currently on a five-game losing streak. Flores...
October 22
October 22

Ben Simmons tells Philadelphia 76ers he's not mentally ready to play, sources say

All-Star  Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons plans to meet with medical professionals for an evaluation after telling the team Friday that he wasn't mentally ready to play to his expectations and needed time to step away, sources told ESPN. Simmons met separately with coach Doc Rivers, medical staff and teammates Friday morning at the team's facility in Camden, New Jersey, and started a process that is expected to continue to keep him from making his season debut, sources said. After he told the team's medical staff of his reasons for needing to seek help, the Sixers continued to offer Simmons whatever resources are necessary to assist him, sources said. Simmons was officially ruled out of Friday's 114-109 loss to the Brooklyn Nets (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) for personal reasons. The Sixers have been fining Simmons for missing games, practices and meetings -- nearing $2 million this season -- but there is a provision in the collective bargaining agreement that...
October 22
October 22

Chris Taylor keeps Los Angeles Dodgers alive with three homers in Game 5 win

LOS ANGELES -- Cody Bellinger had goosebumps. It was the eighth inning of a game his Los Angeles Dodgers already led by nine runs, but Chris Taylor was up to bat, sitting on three home runs, and Bellinger could sense a fourth one coming. "I felt like he was really going to do it," Bellinger said. "He was seeing the ball well all day." Taylor instead struck out and settled for becoming the first player in postseason history to homer three times while his team faced elimination. He drove in six of the Dodgers' first seven runs, providing a much-needed jolt as they cruised to an 11-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Thursday night, cutting their deficit to 3-2 and pushing the series into Atlanta. "It's definitely a surreal feeling," Taylor said. "I never thought I was going to hit three homers in a game, let alone a postseason game." The Dodgers were facing the Braves' best pitcher, Max...
October 22
October 22

Stephen Curry's 45-point night vs. LA Clippers leaves Golden State Warriors in awe

SAN FRANCISCO -- Steve Kerr has run out of superlatives to describe Stephen Curry's brilliance. After watching the two-time MVP pour in 45 points in a 115-113 win over the  LA Clippers on Thursday night, Kerr was left to discuss an unbelievable Curry performance one more time -- a display that included two game-defining 3-pointers in the final two minutes to help secure the win. "Steph Curry was just Steph Curry," Kerr said. "There's never been anybody like him. Those last two 3s were ridiculous." Curry's outburst, which came a day after Golden State's season-opening win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night when he went just 5-for-21 from the field, didn't surprise any of his teammates, but those last two 3-pointers left many inside Chase Center in awe. The first triple, from 31 feet away, came with 1 minute, 54 seconds left in regulation and gave the Warriors a 108-107 lead. The second one, from 27 feet away, came with 57.7 seconds left and gave...
October 22
October 21

Sources: Jack Eichel's camp to meet with Buffalo Sabres, make final case for disk replacement surgery

Jack Eichel's camp is making one last attempt to convince Buffalo Sabres management to let him get his preferred surgery, sources told ESPN. Eichel, 24, has a herniated disk in his neck, and there is now urgency to have it addressed as soon as possible. Initially, Eichel was hopeful that the Sabres would trade him to a team that would allow him to get a disk replacement surgery. The Sabres prefer Eichel receive a fusion surgery, as a disk replacement has never been performed on an NHL player. Under NHL collective bargaining agreement rules, teams have the final say on how to treat injuries. As recently as last week, there were as many as five teams interested in trading for Eichel, according to sources. Buffalo, however, has held firm on its large asking price amid the medical uncertainty, which has cooled most trade talks. Over the past several weeks, Eichel has been visiting various doctors, collecting medical opinions that support his preference to receive a disk...
October 21
October 21

Sources: Jack Eichel to meet with Buffalo Sabres, make final case for disk replacement surgery

Jack Eichel's camp is making one last attempt to convince Buffalo Sabres management to let him get his preferred surgery, sources told ESPN. Eichel, 24, has a herniated disk in his neck, and there is now urgency to have it addressed as soon as possible. Initially, Eichel was hopeful that the Sabres would trade him to a team that would allow him to get a disk replacement surgery. The Sabres prefer Eichel receive a fusion surgery, as a disk replacement has never been performed on an NHL player. Under NHL collective bargaining agreement rules, teams have the final say on how to treat injuries. As recently as last week, there were as many as five teams interested in trading for Eichel, according to sources. Buffalo, however, has held firm on its large asking price amid the medical uncertainty, which has cooled most trade talks. Over the past several weeks, Eichel has been visiting various doctors, collecting medical opinions that support his preference to receive a disk...
October 21
October 21

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield says shoulder has fracture in addition to torn labrum

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield told Fox Sports on Thursday that he suffered a tuberosity fracture in his left shoulder, in addition to the torn labrum. Mayfield added that the fracture in the non-throwing shoulder is "preventing his rotator cuff from firing." "I need that fracture to heal for me to get back out there," Mayfield said shortly before Cleveland's 17-14 victory against the Denver Broncos on Thursday night. He added that he's hoping to return for Cleveland's game against the Steelers on Oct. 31.   Mayfield suffered the torn labrum in Week 2, but he aggravated the injury in Sunday's loss to Arizona. After Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt drove Mayfield's left shoulder into the turf, Mayfield stayed down for several minutes before coming back in to finish the game. Mayfield practiced Tuesday and vowed to play against Denver. But he was ruled out on Wednesday, and backup Case Keenum was announced as the...
October 21
October 21

Congress seeking documents, information from NFL's investigation into Washington Football Team

Two House Democrats sent a letter Thursday to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, demanding the league provide Congress with the results of the investigation into the Washington Football Team's workplace culture. The five-page letter was written nearly two weeks after leaked emails led to Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden's resignation. His emails over a seven-year span, sent to then-WFT president Bruce Allen, included racist, anti-gay and misogynistic language. It also led to renewed calls for the NFL to release the findings of an independent investigation, led by attorney Beth Wilkinson, into Washington's workplace. There was no written report after the nearly year-long investigation, and the league has not released all the findings. According to an NFL spokesman, the league is not going to re-open the investigation or release the 650,000 emails it collected. The letter, sent by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-New York), who is the Chairwoman of the...
October 21
October 21

Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger died of accidental overdose, family says

The family of Jake Ehlinger, a Texas linebacker who died in May, said Thursday that his death was caused by an accidental overdose of what was believed to be Xanax laced with fentanyl. Ehlinger, the younger brother of former Texas and current Indianapolis Colts quarterback Sam Ehlinger, was found unresponsive on May 6. He was 20. "Today we are sad to share that we have learned that Jake was a victim of an accidental overdose of what was believed to be Xanax laced with toxic drugs including deadly Fentanyl," the family said in its statement. "The spread of counterfeit pills is an ongoing and significant issue throughout our country, particularly in schools, colleges, and universities. "As our family continues to process Jake's death, we felt it was important to share these details with the hope that Jake will not have died in vain. We pray that sharing Jake's story will help shed light on this problem and prevent other families from also tragically losing a loved...
October 21
October 21

Marcus Maye doesn't want to be traded, says New York Jets 'know I want to be here'

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Despite a recent tweet by his agent that suggested he's open to a trade, New York Jets safety Marcus Maye said Thursday that he wants to remain with the team -- a sentiment he shared with Jets officials. "They know I want to be here," Maye said. "They know I'm 100% with my guys." The NFL trading deadline is Nov. 2, and Maye's name is floating in the rumor mill. The Jets (1-4) are on the verge of falling out of contention, and there's some question as to whether they want to sign him to a long-term contract extension. Maye, 28, is playing on a $10.6 million franchise tag. A few days after a Week 3 ankle injury, Maye's agent, Erik Burkhardt, tweeted it would be a three- to four-week injury, adding that Maye would be healthy by the trading deadline. That fueled the speculation. Maye, speaking to reporters for the first time since then, said he has no control over what his agent tweets, adding that it was just an injury update. He said...
October 21
October 21

Arizona Cardinals' J.J. Watt says he won't be facing same Texans 'I remember' on Sunday

TEMPE, Ariz. -- When Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman J.J. Watt looks across the line of scrimmage this Sunday and sees the Houston Texans' uniforms and helmets, he'll be reminded of the memories made during 10 seasons with his former team, the playoff games won and AFC South division banners hanging inside NRG Stadium. But that's where the emotion of facing the only team he played for until this season will end. "There's obviously something more to it," Watt said Thursday. "I don't think that it's what people may think it is because, I mean, you look at the roster and you look at the guys that are there, I mean it's been so massively turned over that there's only a handful of guys that are even there from last year that I played with. "So, it's not like, I'm like, 'Oh, I want to go and beat my old team' or 'Oh, I can't wait to face this guy,' because it's not the same team. It's not the same organization that I remember and that I was a part...
October 21
October 21

Ben Simmons skips individual workout at Philadelphia 76ers' facility, receives treatment for back tightness, sources say

Philadelphia 76ers All-Star guard Ben Simmons left the team's practice facility on Thursday without working out and is expected to meet with organizational leadership on Friday morning to again discuss his murky playing status, sources told ESPN. Simmons described discomfort in his back to Sixers staff on Thursday morning and underwent brief treatment before the medical staff cleared him to work out -- only to leave without doing any on-court activity, sources said. Simmons, a three-time All-Star who requested a trade four months ago, has left little mystery to Sixers officials and the rest of the league about his desire to never play another game for the franchise. Philadelphia wants him in the lineup and playing as it searches out a trade, or plans to continue to levy significant fines on Simmons for missing games and violating team policies, sources said. In a Philadelphia radio interview with 97.5 The Fanatic on Thursday, 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl...
October 21
October 21

Arizona Cardinals' J.J. Watt says he's won't be facing same Texans 'I remember' on Sunday

TEMPE, Ariz. -- When Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman J.J. Watt looks across the line of scrimmage this Sunday and sees the Houston Texans' uniforms and helmets, he'll be reminded of the memories made during 10 seasons with his former team, the playoff games won and AFC South division banners hanging inside NRG Stadium. But that's where the emotion of facing the only team he played for until this season will end. "There's obviously something more to it," Watt said Thursday. "I don't think that it's what people may think it is because, I mean, you look at the roster and you look at the guys that are there, I mean it's been so massively turned over that there's only a handful of guys that are even there from last year that I played with. "So, it's not like, I'm like, 'Oh, I want to go and beat my old team' or 'Oh, I can't wait to face this guy,' because it's not the same team. It's not the same organization that I remember and that I was a part...
October 21
October 21

Ben Simmons skips individual workout at Philadelphia 76ers' facility, sources say

Ben Simmons did not take part in a scheduled individual workout at the Philadelphia 76ers' practice facility Thursday, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. It is unclear whether Simmons, who was suspended by the 76ers for Wednesday's season-opening, 117-97 win over the New Orleans Pelicans for conduct detrimental to the team, will play Friday against the Brooklyn Nets (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). Sources told ESPN that Simmons arrived at and left the team's practice facility Thursday without participating in the planned workout. The 76ers did not practice Thursday, and Simmons has yet to fully engage in a team practice since reporting last week. He was thrown out of practice Tuesday after he declined several times to sub in for a drill, sources told Wojnarowski. Amid his trade request, Simmons held out of the first two weeks of training camp. The 76ers have fined Simmons more than $1.4 million for his absence from four preseason games...
October 21
October 21

Jason Kelce on Ben Simmons saga: 'Just play better,' then Philadelphia will 'love you'

PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles center Jason Kelce has some advice for 76ers guard Ben Simmons: "Just play better, man." Speaking on the relationship between Philadelphia fans and its professional athletes Thursday, Kelce turned the conversation toward Simmons, saying his issues boil down to a lack of accountability. "I tell guys, you write your own narrative. I don't want to crush any other players, but what's going on with the 76ers, Ben Simmons, stuff like that, all of that is because of a lack of accountability, a lack of owning up to mistakes and a lack of correcting things," Kelce said. "If all that got corrected, if you're fixing free throws, if you're getting better as a player, none of this is happening. So everybody can bitch and complain about how tough this city is to play in. Just play better, man. This city will love you." Coach Doc Rivers threw Simmons out of practice Tuesday after he declined several times to sub in for a drill,...
October 21
October 21

Joe Judge accepts blame for New York Giants' struggles, says, 'The fish stinks from the head down'

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants coach Joe Judge isn't putting the blame elsewhere for his team's 1-5 start -- he's looking right in the mirror. "There's your answer. I'm the head coach. It's my responsibility, point blank," Judge said Thursday. "Every player on this field, every position group, the execution, it all comes down to me. The fish stinks from the head down. "I've been taught that from great guys who I worked for, played for. There are no excuses, no exceptions. You demand it from your coaches to make sure that the players are playing the right way. You demand it of the players to know what to do and then go out there to do it. "But it starts with me and ends with me." The Giants have dropped their past two games and are coming off a 38-11 demolition last Sunday at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams. They've lost all three of their home games this season by a combined score of 82-38. Judge, who is 7-15 since taking over as head coach,...
October 21
October 21

Joe Judge accepts blame for New York Giants' struggles, says 'the fish stinks from the head down'

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants coach Joe Judge isn't putting the blame elsewhere for his team's 1-5 start -- he's looking right in the mirror. "There's your answer. I'm the head coach. It's my responsibility, point blank," Judge said Thursday. "Every player on this field, every position group, the execution, it all comes down to me. The fish stinks from the head down. "I've been taught that from great guys who I worked for, played for. There are no excuses, no exceptions. You demand it from your coaches to make sure that the player are playing the right way. You demand it of the players to know what to do and then go out there to do it. "But it starts with me and ends with me." The Giants have dropped their last two games and are coming off a 38-11 demolition last Sunday at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams. They've lost all three of their home games this season by a combined score of 82-38. Judge, who is 7-15 since taking over as head coach,...
October 21
October 21

Cleveland Browns activate WR Jarvis Landry from IR ahead of game vs. Denver Broncos

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns have activated Jarvis Landry off injured reserve, clearing the way for the Pro Bowl wide receiver to return for Thursday night's home game against the Denver Broncos. Landry missed the past four games with a medial collateral ligament sprain in his left knee. He suffered the injury on Sept. 19 on the opening drive against the Houston Texans. Landry, who has 80 yards receiving on six catches this season, should provide an immediate boost to a battered Cleveland offense. Against the Broncos, the Browns will be without starting quarterback Baker Mayfield (non-throwing left shoulder) and running backs Nick Chubb (calf) and Kareem Hunt (calf) because of injuries. Wideout Odell Beckham Jr. (shoulder) is questionable to play as well. The Browns also elevated QB Nick Mullens from the practice squad to back up Case Keenum, who starts for Mayfield.
October 21
October 21

Jason Kelce on Ben Simmons saga - 'Just play better,' then Philadelphia will 'love you'

PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles center Jason Kelce has some advice for 76ers guard Ben Simmons: "Just play better, man." Speaking on the relationship between Philadelphia fans and its professional athletes Thursday, Kelce turned the conversation toward Simmons, saying his issues boil down to a lack of accountability. "I tell guys, you write your own narrative. I don't want to crush any other players, but what's going on with the 76ers, Ben Simmons, stuff like that, all of that is because of a lack of accountability, a lack of owning up to mistakes and a lack of correcting things," Kelce said. "If all that got corrected, if you're fixing free throws, if you're getting better as a player, none of this is happening. So everybody can bitch and complain about how tough this city is to play in. Just play better, man. This city will love you." Simmons was thrown out of practice Tuesday by coach Doc Rivers after he declined several times to sub in for a drill,...
October 21
October 21

New Jersey Devils place Jack Hughes on IR with dislocated shoulder

New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes was placed on injured reserve Thursday with a dislocated left shoulder and is out indefinitely. The Devils said Hughes will not need surgery after an MRI confirmed no additional damage to his shoulder. The former No. 1 overall draft pick has begun physical therapy and will be evaluated again next week, when the team expects to determine a timetable for his return. Hughes, 20, suffered the injury late in the first period of New Jersey's victory over the Kraken on Tuesday, when he was ridden hard into the boards by Seattle defenseman Jeremy Lauzon. Hughes scored two goals in the Devils' season-opening win over the Chicago Blackhawks, including the game winner in overtime with a nifty backhand move. Selected first overall by New Jersey in the 2019 draft, he had 11 goals and 20 assists in 56 games last season. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
October 21

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