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NFL threatens bans, lost draft picks for no masks

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The NFL has issued another strong warning to coaches who won’t wear masks on the sideline during games, threatening suspensions and forfeiture of draft picks as punishment for failing to comply with COVID-19 game-day protocols, according to a league memo obtained Wednesday by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The strongly worded memo,......
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NFL threatens suspensions, stripping draft picks over mask violations

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here USA TODAY The NFL sent a memo to all 32 teams indicating that further violations of the league’s game-day protocols for wearing masks could result in discipline that includes suspensions or forfeitures of draft picks. Sent Wednesday from NFL executive......
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NFLPA President JC Tretter Urges NFL Clubs to Use Exclusively Grass Fields

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Ben Pickman NFLPA president JC Tretter is calling on NFL franchises to change all of their field surfaces to natural grass. In an open-letter shared Wednesday on the NFLPA’s website, Tretter, who is also the starting center on the Cleveland......
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Pots and Potential Groups for the Champions League Draw

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTc1NzcyMDQ3OTU4MzUzNzg1/champions-league-draw-primer.jpg Avi Creditor Bayern Munich’s final triumph over PSG is just over a month old, but the next edition of the Champions League is already set to get going. Technically, it actually has been for weeks. The qualifying rounds began before the final eight commenced in Portugal last month, with......
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Lamet, Clevinger Left off Padres’ Wild Card Roster

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports The Padres left starting pitchers Dinelson Lamet and Mike Clevinger off the roster for their Wild Card series against the Cardinals.  Both starters left their last regular-season appearance due to bicep tightness. Clevinger threw a bullpen session on Tuesday, but he was not healthy enough......
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NFL Rumors: League Threatens Bans, Lost Draft Picks if Mask Protocols Are Not Followed

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Elizabeth Swinton The NFL sent a “strongly-worded” memo to team executives on Wednesday and urged for compliance with game-day protocols, particularly in wearing face masks, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. In the message to teams, the league reportedly stated that......
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N.F.L. Postpones Steelers-Titans Game After New Covid-19 Positive

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Ben Shpigel With the Tennessee Titans roiled by a coronavirus outbreak that has infected multiple players and team personnel, the N.F.L. has rescheduled their game on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers to either Monday or Tuesday. It is the first N.F.L. game to be pushed back because of Covid-19. The......
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NFL postpones Titans-Steelers Week 4 game after positive Covid-19 tests

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Malcolm Butler #21 of the Tennessee Titans knocks the ball away on a deep pass to Justin Jefferson #18 of the Minnesota Vikings in the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Stephen Maturen......
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Tennessee Titans’ game postponed by NFL after positive COVID-19 tests

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Nashville Tennessean NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The NFL has postponed the Tennessee Titans’ home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in the wake of a rash of positive COVID-19 tests. The league announced Wednesday it was moving the game......
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Koeman: Dest ‘Will Be a Very Useful Player’ for Barcelona

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Titans vs. Steelers Postponed After COVID-19 Tests

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Sunday’s matchup between the Steelers and Titans has been postponed due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests, the NFL confirmed on Wednesday.  Four Titans players have tested positive for COVID-19 after Tuesday’s round of testing, per the NFL. Five personnel members have also tested positive. Tennessee’s nine positive tests marks the......
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Fantasy football trades: Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson among players to consider in deals

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The waiver wire might be the most popular route to improve your team during the season’s first month, but it should always be trade season in any fantasy football league. Remember, things change awfully quickly in this game, so be prepared to react when you see any opportunity to improve.......
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Michael Fabiano’s Week 4 PPR Rankings

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Michael Fabiano Week 4 of the 2020 fantasy football season is here! That’s where I come in — let’s set those Week 4 lineups with a little help from my weekly PPR rankings. We’ve got a better feel for the......
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Fourth Titans Player Tests Positive for COVID-19, Vikings Negative

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTc1NzQ2NjEzNjk4ODk3Nzg1/titans-logo-field.jpg Elizabeth Swinton A fourth Titans player tested positive for COVID-19 after Tuesday’s round of testing, an NFL spokesperson announced Wednesday. All other Tennessee and Minnesota Vikings players and personnel returned negative results. The new case of COVID-19 among the Titans comes after three Tennessee players and five personnel members......
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Astros aim to extend Twins’ playoff misery with sweep

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After watching his team push across three unearned runs in the ninth inning to pull out a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker was in no hurry to name his starter for Wednesday afternoon’s Game 2 in the best-of-three American League wild-card series......
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Who is Trey Lance? Meet the NFL draft darling playing only once this fall

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Carlton Lance remembers only two of his son’s passes that could have been intercepted during North Dakota State‘s 16-0 season in 2019. There was an out route in a 27-16 victory against UC Davis when a cornerback cut under the Bison receiver and nearly picked off the pass. And there......
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Playoff Baseball Without Amped-Up Crowds Is a Massive Bummer

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Dan Gartland The sound of silence Wednesday will be a dream for baseball fans—eight playoff games stretching from noon on the east coast to well after midnight. Say what you will about MLB’s new expanded playoff format, but it’s pretty......
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How the NFL is manipulating games in 2020: Fewer holding calls, more scoring

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In its entire 100-year history, the NFL has never opened a season on the kind of scoring tear we’ve seen in 2020. Teams are averaging 24.7 offensive points per game during the first three weeks, 16% better than 2019 over the same period, and 22% higher than their average during......
Sports Illustrated - NCAA Football

Shaq and Kobe (and Not Glen Rice) and the Dawn of the Post-Showtime Lakers

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTc1NzQ3MDk5ODM1NTA3NzY3/dcovlakers2000_hz.jpg Jeff Pearlman Excerpted from Three-Ring Circus: Kobe, Shaq, Phil, and the Crazy Years of the Lakers Dynasty, by Jeff Pearlman. Copyright © 2020 by Jeff Pearlman. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. David E. Klutho/Sports Illustrated The Utah Jazz arrived at the Staples......
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How LeBron Has Shaped the Legacies of His Teammates

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — This week, LeBron James will play in his 10th NBA Finals, a statistic that is both mind-boggling and insufficient, like saying Claude Monet created more than 2,000 paintings or Agatha Christie wrote at least 78 books. James has been the best player on all 10......

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