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Ukraine is set to join Spain and Portugal in a combined bid to host the 2030 World Cup. A person familiar with the project tells The Associated Press that Ukraine is being added to the Spain-Portugal bid. The bid is scheduled to be announced on Wednesday at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement has not yet been made public. Ukrainian soccer federation president Andriy Pavelko confirmed to the AP he will go to Switzerland for the announcement but he declined to confirm details of the project.

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Former University of Texas standout Tiffany Jackson, who was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2007 WNBA draft, has died of cancer at age 37. A three-time All-Big 12 selection, Jackson was drafted by the New York Liberty in 2007 and played nine seasons in the WNBA. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and managed to return to the court for a final season with Los Angeles before retiring in 2018. She was hired as head coach at Wiley College in April. Jackson still ranks in the top five in career points, rebounds and steals at Texas. Read more

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Jon Rahm’s 62 in the final round of the BMW PGA Championship last month wasn’t enough to win at Wentworth. But it did give him a much needed morale boost ahead of this week’s home Spanish Open and the final part of the European tour season. Rahm says the great round at Wentworth will go a long way in giving him an edge again after a relatively “bad” year in which he felt he hasn't been getting the breaks he got last season. Rahm's only win this season came at the Mexico Open in May. He's ranked No. 6. The only other top-30 player in the field is Tommy Fleetwood. Read more

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Bobby Wagner delivered one of the biggest hits on a person who got onto the field. The Rams linebacker flattened the protester who ran on the field with a device emitting pink smoke late in the second quarter of Los Angeles’ game against the San Francisco 49ers. With less than a minute left in the first half, the person got onto the field and ran across while being chased by security as the pink smoke filled the field. As the person ran toward the Rams sideline, Wagner came off the sideline and laid him out with a big hit. The protestor was taken off the field by security and the game quickly resumed. Read more

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Top-seeded Casper Ruud lost and Nick Kyrgios won at the Japan Open. Ruud reached the final at both the French Open and the U.S. Open this year but lost to Jaume Munar 6-3, 6-3 in Japan. Kyrgios defeated Tseng Chun-hsin 6-3, 6-1 to reach the round of 16. The victory for Kyrgios came on the same day that his lawyer asked an Australian court to dismiss assault charges against him on mental health grounds. Magistrate Glenn Theakston adjourned the case until Feb.  3. The 27-year-old Kyrgios will appear in court in person on that date for the first time since he was charged by police by summons in July. Read more

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UNDATED (AP) — This was reset week for Associated Press college football poll voters. A season-high 10 teams that entered the weekend ranked in the AP Top 25 lost. That included five ranked teams losing to unranked opponents. The fallout was more than a quarter of the poll turning over Sunda… Read more

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UNDATED (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban says quarterback Bryce Young is “day-to-day” with a sprained throwing shoulder. Saban said he didn’t have any substantive update on Young’s status for the top-ranked Crimson Tide's game with Texas A&M on Saturday night. Saban described it as “a lit… Read more

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Indonesian police investigators say the gates at the soccer stadium where police fired tear gas that set off a deadly crush were too small and could only accommodate two at a time when hundreds were trying to escape. Photos from the Malang stadium where 125 people died and hundreds were injured on Saturday night showed four connecting door panels forming one exit. There were 14 gates in total. Police said the investigation was focused on six of the 14 gates where most of the people died. The police spokesperson said the gates were unlocked but only able to accommodate two people. Contrary to the police account, some survivors said that some of the gates were locked and they were unable to escape. Read more

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Saudi Arabia will host the Asian Winter Games in 2029 in mountains near the $500 billion futuristic city project Neom. The Olympic Council of Asia has picked the Saudi candidacy that centers on Trojena. It is planned to be a year-round ski resort by 2026. The OCA announces “The deserts & mountains of Saudi Arabia will soon be a playground for Winter sports!”  Saudi sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal says the kingdom's winter sports project “challenges perception.” The Neom megaproject is being fund by Saudi sovereign wealth vehicle the Public Investment Fund. Read more

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Pinch hitter Tony Kemp had an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning, capping a spirited comeback that sent the Oakland Athletics to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Cristian Bride’s sacrifice bunt leading off the inning against Angels reliever Zack Weiss (0-1) advanced automatic runner Jonah Bride to third, and Kemp punched a single through the right side of the infield to drive in the winning run. The A’s trailed 4-2 going into the bottom of the ninth and were down to their last out when Seth Brown’s two-run single off Aaron Loup tied it. Loup blew his fifth save in six attempts. Ernie Clement doubled and Nick Allen walked to start the inning against reliever José Quijada. Domingo Acevedo (4-4) pitched a scoreless 10th inning for the win. Read more

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All-Star pitcher Tony Gonsolin tossed two innings in his return from the injured list, an encouraging sign for the playoff-bound Los Angeles Dodgers in their 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.Trayce Thompson homered for the NL West champions, who have already clinched home-field advantage throughout the postseason.Michael Toglia singled home the tiebreaking run for the Rockies in the ninth off Brusdar Graterol (2-4), scoring Sean Bouchard.Jake Bird (2-4) worked two hitless innings and Justin Lawrence got three outs for his first career save.  Gonsolin, who is 16-1 with a 2.14 ERA during a breakout season, pitched for the first time since Aug. 23 after missing 40 games with forearm tightness. He struck out three and allowed one earned run on three hits. Read more

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The Seattle Mariners will start their first playoff trip in two decades on the road after a costly 4-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers, who got a two-run homer from Javier Báez. Sam Haggerty singled with two outs in the ninth inning and hurt his left groin while sliding into second base on a successful steal. He needed assistance to leave the field, an arm draped over manager Scott Servais and an athletic trainer. Haggerty is scheduled for an MRI on Tuesday. Andrew Chafin struck out Carlos Santana for his third save. Seattle will open a best-of-three series at Toronto or Cleveland on Friday. Read more

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Aaron Nola took a perfect game into the seventh inning and Kyle Schwarber homered twice as the Philadelphia Phillies clinched their first playoff berth in 11 years with a 3-0 win over the Houston Astros Monday night. Philadelphia’s postseason drought was the longest active one in the majors after the Seattle Mariners clinched their first playoff berth in 21 years Friday night. Read more

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 32nd homer and the Toronto Blue Jays earned the top seed for an American League wild card series with a 5-1 rain-shortened victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Play was halted by rain with Toronto batting with two outs in the eighth and called after a wait of 55 minutes. Toronto clinched the right to host a best-of-three playoff series against Seattle or Tampa Bay starting Friday when the Mariners lost to Detroit later Monday. Whit Merrifield went 3 for 3 with an RBI for the Blue Jays, who have won four straight. Read more

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The Los Angeles Rams efficiently moved the ball down the field on the opening drive before a sack stalled them and led to a field goal. That set the tone for the night for the Rams, who struggled to move the ball consistently and failed to finish off the few drives when they did. It all added up to a 24-9 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in one of the worst offensive performances in six years under coach Sean McVay. Read more

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Deebo Samuel turned a short catch into an electric 57-yard touchdown, Talanoa Hufanga returned an interception for a score and the San Francisco 49ers beat the Los Angeles Rams 24-9. Jeff Wilson Jr. also scored on a 32-yard run that gave the Niners their seventh straight regular-season win over their in-state rivals. The Rams won the matchup that meant most in last season’s NFC championship game on the way to a Super Bowl title, but this meeting looked more like their recent regular-season meetings. San Francisco used a relentless defense to slow down coach Sean McVay’s offense and got enough big plays for the win. Read more

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Hunter Renfroe homered in a ninth-inning comeback and singled home the winning run in the 10th as Milwaukee rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks just before the Brewers’ playoff hopes vanished Monday. The Brewers knew at the start of the night they could earn the NL’s final wild-card spot only if they won their last three games while the Philadelphia Phillies lost three straight. The Phillies beat the Houston Astros 3-0 in a game that ended several minutes after the Brewers completed their rally. Read more

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Jesús Luzardo struck out 12 in six innings, Bryan De La Cruz hit a two-run homer and the Miami Marlins prevented Atlanta from clinching its fifth straight NL East title by beating the Braves 4-0. After sweeping the rival Mets at home over the weekend, Atlanta arrived in Miami needing one win or a New York loss to wrap up the division crown and a first-round playoff bye. But the Braves were unable to solve Luzardo or slow De La Cruz — and the Mets were rained out at home against Washington. New York is 1 1/2 games behind Atlanta heading into Tuesday’s doubleheader versus the last-place Nationals, while the Braves will play the second of three games at fourth-place Miami. Read more

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Hunter Greene pitched six scoreless innings and the Cincinnati Reds remained at 99 losses, beating the Chicago Cubs 3-1. The Reds are 61-99 this season. They snapped a six-game skid and can avoid losing at least 100 games for the second time in franchise history if they sweep the three-game series against Chicago. Cincinnati finished 61-101 in 1982. Greene and relievers Derek Law, Buck Farmer and Alexis Diaz combined on a two-hitter to stop the Cubs’ winning streak at seven games. Chicago only got one runner past second base before scoring in the ninth against Diaz, who picked up his 10th save. Read more

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The scheduled game between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets has been postponed by rain and will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader Tuesday at Citi Field. The first game is set to begin at 4:10 p.m., though the forecast is similarly soggy. New York is 1 1/2 games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East after the Braves lost 4-0 at Miami. The only way the playoff-bound Mets take the division title and bypass a best-of-three wild-card series this weekend is by sweeping three games from the last-place Nationals while Atlanta loses all three to the fourth-place Marlins. Read more

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The Chicago Bears continue to struggle offensively in the passing game and stopping the run on defense. The Bears are 2-2 and play at NFC North-leading Minnesota this week. Chicago figures to be without an important player on its offensive line for a while. Left tackle Cody Whitehair injured his right knee on Sunday against the Giants. The Bears' running game remains a bright spot, but second-year quarterback Justin Fields continues to struggle and missed out on a potential big play in the loss to New York. Read more

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Broncos standout running back Javonte Williams is done for the season after tearing his right ACL on Sunday at Las Vegas. And pass rusher Randy Gregory needs knee surgery and will miss multiple weeks. Williams got hurt on the first play of the third quarter when he was tackled for a loss on a handoff from Russell Wilson. The Broncos say Wilson has a sore right shoulder. The loss of Williams is a huge blow for the Broncos, who have troubles with their backup running backs, including fumble-prone Melvin Gordon. Read more

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New York Yankees right-hander Luis Severino pitched seven no-hit innings against the Texas, and Josh Jung got the Rangers’ first hit with a one-out single in the eighth off Miguel Castro. In the same game slugging teammate Aaron Judge is looking for his 62nd homer, Severino faced the minimum 21 batters through seven innings in only his thrd start since missing two months with a right lat strain. Castro made his first appearance since July 10 after recovering from a strained shoulder. With the Yankees ahead 3-0, he allowed a clean single to left by Jung, Read more

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First-year New Orleans Saints coach Dennis Allen isn’t ready to commit to Jameis Winston or Andy Dalton as the starting quarterback for his increasingly desperate team’s next game. Allen says he needs to get a clearer picture of Winston's health later this week before making any that decision. Winston played through a back injury for two weeks before being held out during the Saints' 28-25 loss to Minnesota in London. Allen says he thought Dalton “operated the offense efficiently” overall. The Saints try to snap a three-game skid when they host Seattle this Sunday. Read more

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The upside for the Minnesota Vikings is they’ve finished the first quarter of their season with a 3-1 record. There’s no hiding that an experienced and talented offense has left a whole lot of points on the field. The Vikings escaped London with a 28-25 victory over New Orleans. They are ranked 26th in the NFL in red zone scoring. They’ve turned just seven of their 15 trips inside the 20-yard line into touchdowns, a 46.7% rate. They have the fourth-best average starting field position in the league. They’re 15th in scoring. Read more

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Jim Leonhard would have preferred that it happen under just about any other circumstance. But the former Wisconsin safety and NFL veteran has an opportunity to lead his alma mater’s football program. How long he has this chance could depend on whether he can help Wisconsin salvage a season that’s gone so far off track that it led to former coach Paul Chryst’s exit. Wisconsin fired Chryst and named Leonhard interim head coach after a 34-10 loss to Illinois that dropped the Badgers' record to 2-3. Leonhard had been Wisconsin's defensive coordinator since 2017. Read more

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The Atlanta Falcons are about to see how good their ground game is without Cordarrelle Patterson. A day after outrushing Cleveland in a 23-20 home victory, the Falcons placed Patterson on injured reserve following minor knee surgery. The team's leading rusher will miss at least the next four games. The good news is the offensive line has played cohesively, helping Atlanta average 5.8 yards per carry against the Browns. The Falcons won back-to-back games for the first time since Weeks 8 and 9 of 2020, when they won at Carolina and beat Denver at home. Read more

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Cavaliers starting forward Evan Mobley will miss at least two weeks with a sprained right ankle suffered during practice. The injury could sideline him for the start of the regular season. Mobley injured his ankle during a workout on Saturday. The team said an MRI confirmed the injury to the 7-footer. Mobley will miss Wednesday’s exhibition game at Philadelphia. The Cavs have three preseason games next week before opening the season on Oct. 19 in Toronto. Cleveland’s expecting big things this season from Mobley, who averaged 15 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks as a rookie. Read more

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Defensive tackle Arik Armstead is back in the lineup for the San Francisco 49ers after missing one game with a foot injury. Armstead was active for Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Rams after being listed as questionable. Tight end Ross Dwelley was also active after being listed as questionable with a rib injury. Defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw (knee) and receiver Danny Gray (hip) both were on the inactive list. Read more

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The standings say the Arizona Cardinals are an average team with a 2-2 record. That’s pretty much how defensive lineman Zach Allen would rate the season’s first four weeks. Allen says the Cardinals are off to a “good, not great” start to the season. The Cardinals have a bad habit of falling into big holes early, but have also shown resiliency in rallying to win twice. The Cardinals are home on Sunday against the Eagles, who are the NFL's only undefeated team. Read more

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Tampa Bay coach Todd Bowles says tight end Cameron Brate experienced delayed symptoms of a concussion after initially complaining about shoulder discomfort following a collision with a teammate during the first half of the Buccaneers’ 41-31 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Bowles said Monday that Brate was checked out three times before being allowed to re-enter Sunday night’s game. Brate was shaken up after catching a pass for a 9-yard gain and colliding with Bucs receiver Chris Godwin while being tackled. The tight end remained on the ground for a few seconds, stood up and jogged to the sideline under his own power. Bowles said Brate didn't complain about having concussion symptoms until halftime and was held out the remainder of the game. Read more

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Alabama coach Nick Saban says quarterback Bryce Young is “day-to-day” with a sprained throwing shoulder. Saban said he didn’t have any substantive update on Young’s status for the top-ranked Crimson Tide's game with Texas A&M on Saturday night. Saban described it as “a little bit of a shoulder injury” but says it isn't a long-term issue. Redshirt freshman Jalen Milroe replaced the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and went most of the way in a win over Arkansas. Read more

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Tennessee coach Josh Heupel said Monday that Tennessee wide receiver Cedric Tillman had surgery to speed up recovery from an injury. Tillman hurt his left ankle in Tennessee’s rout of Akron and did not play in the Vols’ win over Florida on Sept. 24. The eighth-ranked Vols visit No. 25 LSU on Saturday in a Southeastern Conference game. Heupel says they will see how Tillman is doing. The receiver was limited but moved around a bit Monday. Heupel also said starting cornerback Warren Burrell will miss the rest of the season after having surgery for an upper-body injury. Read more

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San Diego State's all-time passing leader Ryan Lindley has been hired as quarterbacks coach at his alma mater. The move came two days after offensive coordinator Jeff Hecklinski was fired. Lindley had been a defensive analyst at Mississippi State the last two seasons. He takes over Hecklinski’s duties of coaching the quarterbacks. Running backs coach Jeff Horton was promoted to offensive coordinator, a position he held with the Aztecs from 2015 to 2019. The shakeup came after the Aztecs passed for just 33 yards in a 35-13 loss at Boise State. The Aztecs are ranked last in FBS passing offense. Read more

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All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns has returned to the court for practice with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He had a delayed start to training camp due to an unspecified illness that was serious enough to warrant hospitalization. Towns took part in non-contact drills with the team on Monday. He will not play in Minnesota’s first exhibition game on Tuesday at Miami. Towns declined to divulge many details of his ailment. He said was just cleared by doctors for walking on Saturday. Towns is entering his eighth NBA season. He said he's on track to play in the opener. Read more

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Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakova has come from a set down to defeat Madison Keys 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of the Agel Open. Rybakova had lost to Keys this year at the French Open and Cincinnati. Among other first-round matches in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava, Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia defeated Zhang Shuai of China 6-3, 6-3. Loval hope Petra Kvitova overcame American Bernanda Pera 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova and Czech Tereza Martincova also advanced. Read more

An independent investigation into the scandals that erupted in the National Women’s Soccer League found emotional abuse and sexual misconduct were systemic in the sport, impacting multiple teams, coaches and players. U.S. Soccer commissioned the investigation by former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates and a law firm after former NWSL players Sinead Farrelly and Mana Shim came forward with allegations of harassment and sexual coercion dating back a decade. But it was clear the problems were widespread. Five of the 10 head coaches in the league last season either were fired or stepped down amid allegations of misconduct. Read more

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Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell says there’s a recurring theme for his team’s defensive struggles this season. In Sunday’s 48-45 home loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the Lions allowed 555 yards to a team that had scored a total of 47 points in its first three games. Campbell said he and defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn, along with all the defensive assistant coaches, are still working through their options, but are planning to move some personnel around and simplify some things schematically. Read more

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Unai López has scored with a volley from outside the area in the final minute of stoppage time to give Rayo Vallecano a 2-1 come-from-behind win over last-placed Elche in the Spanish league. The second straight home victory for Rayo moved the southern Madrid club to 10th in the standings after seven rounds. Elche remained the only winless team in the league with six losses and a draw. It has lost five consecutive matches. In its four away games it has been outscored 12-1. Read more

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The New England Patriots could head into this week's matchup with Detroit with their third starting quarterback in three games. Third-stringer Bailey Zappe kept New England in the game at Green Bay on Sunday after starter Brian Hoyer suffered a head injury in the first quarter. The Patriots fell to 1-3 for the second straight season. New England is last in the AFC East for the first time since losing its opener in 2014. But Zappe’s play and a better overall performance by the offensive line gave New England hope it can remain competitive if Hoyer and Mac Jones, who has an ankle injury, remain sidelined. Read more

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Texas and Oklahoma head into their annual rivalry with each facing a conundrum at quarterback. Longhorns coach Steve Sarkisian knows his big decision revolves around big-armed freshman Quinn Ewers and experienced backup Hudson Card. Ewers has missed three games with a clavicle injury. Oklahoma coach Brent Venables must prepare for the possibility that starter Dillon Gabriel won’t play after a head injury in last week's loss to TCU. Saturday will be the first time since 1998 that neither team is ranked for their big showdown game. Read more

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An independent investigation into the scandals that erupted in the National Women’s Soccer League last season showed that emotional abuse and sexual misconduct were systemic in the sport, impacting multiple teams, coaches and players. The report made a number of recommendations to make sure players are protected. Among the recommendations are that teams should be required to disclose misconduct to the league and U.S. Soccer to ensure coaches do not move between teams. Read more

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Las Vegas Raiders coach Josh McDaniels wanted to establish a physical tone early after three straight losses to open the season. He opted to take the ball after winning the coin toss and put the game in Josh Jacobs’ hands. Jacobs delivered with a career-high 144 yards rushing and McDaniels earned his first win as Raiders coach with a 32-23 victory over the Denver Broncos. Jacobs scored on a 10-yard run in the second quarter and a game-sealing 7-yarder late in the fourth that made sure the Raiders wouldn’t have another late-game collapse. Read more

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Brian Robinson Jr. has been cleared to practice with the Washington Commanders just over five weeks since being shot in an attempted robbery. Coach Ron Rivera thinks there's a chance the rookie running back could play in the team's next game Sunday against Tennessee. Robinson begins his acclimation period to return from the non-football injury list Wednesday. The Commanders then have 21 days to activate him. Robinson was shot twice in the right leg Aug. 28 in Washington. The bullets missed all the major ligaments and bones in his knee. Read more

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate sat out the second half of Sunday night’s 41-31 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs with a concussion after earlier colliding with a teammate and being allowed to re-enter the game. Brate was shaken up just before halftime after catching a pass for a 9-yard gain and colliding with Bucs receiver Chris Godwin while being tackled. Brate stood up and headed for the sideline, but didn’t get off the field fast enough for Tampa Bay to avoid a penalty for having too many men on the field on the next play. Brate re-entered the game and was the intended receiver on two incompletions. Coach Todd Bowles said after the game that Brate was in the concussion protocol. He was unable to explain why Brate was allowed to re-enter the game. Read more

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