Giants lose Daniel Jones but move to top of NFC East standings with road win over Bengals
The Giants grinded to the top of the NFC East standings on Sunday for the first time since 2016, but they paid a price.Franchise quarterback Daniel Jones left their 19-17 road win over the Cincinnati Bengals with a right hamstring injury at the 6:04 mark in the third quarter and did not return. The severity of his injury is not yet known.Backup Colt McCoy managed the rest in his first snaps as a Giant and let kicker Graham Gano (four field goals) and the defense win the game — barely.Defensive lineman Jabaal Sheard’s sack-fumble in the final minute, recovered by Leonard Williams, sealed a nail...
New York Daily News
Alabama tops first 2020 College Football Playoff rankings
The first College Football Playoff rankings of the 2020 season were released Tuesday night, and the Tigers are ranked No. 3.Clemson (7-1) is in the top four of the CFP rankings, despite losing to Notre Dame (8-0) in their last game on Nov. 7.In front of the Tigers is No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Notre Dame. Ohio State rounds out the top 4 at No. 4.College Football Playoff committee chair Gary Barta explained why Clemson is No. 3 and said injuries and players who missed the game played into the decision.Clemson was without starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence against the Irish, as well as starting l...
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Florida ranked No. 6 in first College Football Playoff rankings
The Florida Gators were No. 6 in the first round of College Football Playoff rankings, but they have a strong chance to vault into the coveted top four if they beat Alabama in the SEC Championship Game.Alabama grabbed the top spot in the first playoff rankings of the 2020-21 season released Tuesday night.The Crimson Tide (7-0), who are making their 38th appearance in the rankings, feature the top offense in the SEC and have won all seven of their games by an average of 30 points per game this season.Notre Dame (8-0) entered the rankings at No. 2, its highest spot ever in the rankings. The Figh...
College Football Playoff's first rankings of season coming Tuesday
The College Football Playoff selection committee will unveil its first rankings of the season Tuesday night after sorting through some unique complications caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Some teams have played twice as many games as others. The lack of non-conference games makes it harder than usual to compare teams from different leagues. Cancellations and postponements of games have disrupted the normal flow of the season.Nevertheless, the 13-member committee, which includes Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury, will release its initial “Top 25” rankings of 2020 shortly after 7 ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Big Ten releases men's basketball schedule that allows for COVID-19-related makeup dates
CHICAGO — The Big Ten released its long-awaited men’s basketball schedule Wednesday, proceeding with a 20-game schedule that includes built-in open dates to provide makeups for potential COVID-19-related postponements.The conference season tips off Dec. 13 with Penn State at Michigan and features four games on Christmas: Wisconsin at Michigan State, Iowa at Minnesota, Michigan at Nebraska and Maryland at Purdue.The Big Ten Tournament is scheduled for March 10-14 at the United Center. Last season’s tournament in Indianapolis was canceled after one day of games at the onset of the pandemic.COVID...
Brad Biggs' Week 10 NFL rankings
The Kansas City Chiefs stay at No. 1, with their bye week next. As for the Chicago Bears, a third straight loss has them almost out of the top 20 in Brad Biggs’ NFL power rankings for Week 10.Last week’s ranking in parentheses.———1. Chiefs 8-1 (1)The Chiefs enter their bye week with the Raiders on the other side Nov. 22. No one is better coming out of a bye than Andy Reid, who’s 18-3 in the regular season.2. Steelers 8-0 (2)Ben Roethlisberger had both knees banged up in what shouldn’t have been such a close game at Dallas. He has to be a shoo-in for comeback player of the year.3. Saints 6-2 (4...
NASCAR championship at Phoenix race results: Chase Elliott wins Cup title
AVONDALE, Ariz. — Chase Elliott’s first championship appearance didn’t look like his first. Elliott controlled the final 40 laps of the race after making a title-winning pass of Joey Logano, who finished in third.The race stayed green after Elliott took the lead, and he put nearly three seconds on the rest of the field by the checkered flag. Elliott said he was “just waiting on the caution” in the final laps, referencing late-lap yellow flags that foiled him earlier this season.It never came, and Elliott sailed to his first NASCAR Cup Series championship Sunday at Phoenix Raceway.“All you can ...
The Charlotte Observer
Pac-12 football preview: Ranking the most impactful newcomers of 2020
One of the few certainties in this Pac-12 football season — in any Pac-12 football season — is the impact made by newcomers.The newbies could be players, either transfers or freshmen.They could be assistants, coordinators or strength coaches.They could even be conference executives.The best recent example is former Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew, who arrived in the spring of 2018 and became a sensation several months later.Last year’s collection didn’t have a newcomer of such singular impact but, rather, an array of influential players and coaches, including Oregon defensive coor...
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NASCAR at Martinsville race results: Championship 4 drivers finalized; Harvick out
MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Kevin Harvick will not be racing for the NASCAR championship this year after dominating the regular season. Instead, the four drivers competing for a title in 2020 are Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski.Elliott won Sunday evening at Martinsville Speedway in a tense elimination race at the Virginia short track.“Biggest win ever for us,” Elliott said on NBC.The No. 9 Chevrolet driver’s 10th career Cup win sends him to the Championship 4 for the first time. He held an almost seven-second lead over second-place finisher Ryan Blaney at the checkered fla...
The Charlotte Observer
James Franklin pleased, but nervous, about the encouraging results of Penn State's COVID-19 testing
The reports of COVID-19 test results for Penn State athletics have been encouraging the last three weeks, and the latest finding in Wednesday’s report — one positive in 1,241 tests administered to athletes — is eye-catching.And that makes head football coach James Franklin nervous.“I don’t want to say anything because I kind of get this feeling, as soon as people feel like they’re doing good and got a good system and don’t respect the virus enough, then it gets you,” Franklin said Wednesday night at his weekly post-practice availability.“So I just keep pounding the same messages home over and ...
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