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1. NBA protocols stiffen amid postponements - 1/13/2021
With five games called off this week already and more teams dealing with virus-related issues, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association enacted additional rules Tuesday in the hope of keeping the season going safely. Players and team staff will have to remain at their residence when in their home markets and are prohibited from leaving their hotels when on the road.

2. Saban/Alabama looking for 6th title - 1/11/2021
Trying to figure out which of Nick Saban’s Alabama teams is best is akin to picking Michelangelo’s greatest work of art or Ernest Hemingway’s best novel. They are all excellent in their own way. The top-ranked Tide (12-0) are set to face No. 3 Ohio State (7-0) on Monday for the College Football Playoff championship in search of their sixth national title with Saban as coach.

3. Chiefs head into playoffs with plenty of rest - 1/4/2021
It took the Kansas City Chiefs sitting half their starters, some with injuries but most as a precaution, for the defending Super Bowl champs to lose by more than one possession for the first time in an NFL-record 60 games. If the streak was going to end, the Chiefs are fine with it happening that way. The Chiefs (14-2) missed out on matching the 2011 Packers for the best regular-season record by a defending champion, but that hardly matters in the end.

4. Heisman Trophy Preview - 1/4/2021
Two Alabama teammates, quarterback Mac Jones and wide receiver DeVonta Smith, join Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Florida quarterback Kyle Trask as the finalists for the 86th annual Heisman Trophy. The winner will be announced Tuesday. Smith is a heavy 1 to 8 favorite to win the award.

5. Gonzaga-Baylor remain 1-2 in AP Top 25 - 1/4/2021
While Gonzaga and Baylor remain firmly atop The Associated Press men's college basketball poll, Shaka Smart and the fourth-ranked Texas are making a push into the rankings' top tier, too. The top-ranked Zags and second-ranked Bears remained 1-2 in Monday's latest Top 25 as they have all season.

6. March Madness will be played in Indiana - 1/4/2021
The NCAA announced Monday that all 67 men's basketball tournament games including the Final Four will be played entirely in Indiana in a bid to keep the marquee event from being called off for a second consecutive year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Games will be played one at a time on two courts inside Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts. They will also be held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Mackey Arena at Purdue and Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

7. Pandemic leaves college hoops in disarray - 11/25/2020
Wichita State landed in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Monday afternoon, masked up and looking forward to tipping off the season in the Crossover Classic. A few hours later, the Shockers announced they were out of the tournament after multiple positive COVID-19 tests. Event organizers said the tests came from two players who were re-tested before the final decision was made. This is the reality of College Basketball in 2020/2021.

8. Bucs host Rams in key NFC West battle - 11/22/2020
The Buccaneers (7-3) are off to their best start in a decade in their first season with Tom Brady, however they have lost two of three night games and frankly were fortunate to win the one they did. The team hopes to buck the trend Monday night against the Los Angeles Rams (6-3), who are coming off an impressive victory over Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. When these two teams last met, the Bucs prevailed in a wild 55-40 shootout in LA.

9. Bedlam rivalry is key in Big 12 race - 11/20/2020
It's Spencer vs. Spencer at quarterback on Saturday when No. 14 Oklahoma State (5-1, 4-1 in Big 12) faces No. 18 Oklahoma (5-2, 4-2 in Big 12) in Norman. Spencer Sanders, Oklahoma State's quarterback, has the experience edge after starting most of the 2019 season. Spencer Rattler, his Oklahoma counterpart, redshirted last season but having played against Texas earlier this season, has gained experience in rivalry games. Both teams are within striking distance of the current Big 12 leaders, Iowa State.

10. Rams' first COVID positive leaves McVay frustrated - 11/20/2020
Sean McVay was driving home from work Tuesday night when he got a phone call from Reggie Scott, the Los Angeles Rams' director of sports medicine.

11. Broncos rookie receivers a bright spot in difficult season - 11/20/2020
Even with quarterback Drew Lock struggling to stay accurate and available and the Broncos tumbling toward another losing season, there's reasons for optimism on offense.

12. Wilson throws 2 TDs, Seahawks hold off Cards - 11/20/2020
Russell Wilson rebounded from his worst performance of the season to throw for two touchdowns, and the Seattle Seahawks moved back on top of the NFC West with a 28-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night.

13. Saints look to Winston, Hill, as they host improving Falcons - 11/20/2020
Alvin Kamara expresses confidence in the Saints' ability to quickly coalesce around a fill-in quarterback while record-setting, 15-year starter Drew Brees is injured.

14. South Carolina fires Muschamp - 11/16/2020
South Carolina fired football coach Will Muschamp on Sunday, the second time he’s been let go from a Southeastern Conference program in midseason.

15. No. 13 Wisconsin routs Michigan 49-11 in 1st game in 3 weeks - 11/16/2020
Nakia Watson and Mason Stokke each scored two touchdowns in the first half, helping No. 13 Wisconsin build a big lead in a 49-11 rout of Michigan on Saturday night.

16. Kelly earns 100th win, No. 2 Notre Dame rolls past BC 45-31 - 11/16/2020
Ian Book passed for three touchdowns and ran for another and No. 2 Notre Dame overcame an early deficit to roll to a 45-31 over Boston College on Saturday.

17. Trask, No. 6 Florida thump Hogs 63-35 - 11/16/2020
Kyle Trask extended his school record for consecutive games with at least four touchdown passes to six and No. 6 Florida overwhelmed Arkansas 63-35 on Saturday night in the Swamp.

18. Hail Murray: Cardinals stun Bills 32-30 in final seconds - 11/16/2020
Kyler Murray completed a stunning 43-yard desperation pass to DeAndre Hopkins with 2 seconds left to lift the Arizona Cardinals to a 32-30 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

19. Steelers rout Bengals, stay unbeaten - 11/16/2020
Ben Roethlisberger apparently doesn't need to practice to carve up the Cincinnati Bengals.

20. Badgers visit Michigan after 2 week hiatus - 11/13/2020
No. 13 Wisconsin visits Ann Arbor on Saturday and is embracing a chance to shift the focus from COVID-19 to their game against unranked Michigan. The Badgers were idle the past two weeks and won the only game they have played this season, beating Illinois handily on Oct. 23. A total of 17 players and 13 staff tested positive for COVID-19. At least four Badgers' players remained in quarantine as of Tuesday.

21. Titans, Colts battle for division lead - 11/11/2020
The Tennessee Titans can take a big step toward winning the AFC South for the first time since 2008 on Thursday night. That means beating the Indianapolis Colts, the rival that has tormented them most since NFL realignment in 2002 no matter the quarterback or the coach. The Colts have won 13 of the 18 games played in the Titans' home stadium since 1999, dominating this series with Peyton Manning and then Andrew Luck. Now it's Philip Rivers' turn, and he's 7-2 against Tennessee.

22. Desperate Pat's face winless Jets - 11/8/2020
The skidding New England Patriots and winless New York Jets square off Monday night in a once-spicy matchup of AFC East rivals dealing with big-time struggles. The Jets' woes are nothing new, of course, but they're a loss away from the first 0-9 start in franchise history. Meanwhile, Bill Belichick's bunch is sputtering into MetLife Stadium on a four-game losing streak. New England has beaten the Jets in 7 straight matchups.

23. Rodgers and the Pack seek revenge - 11/4/2020
When the San Francisco 49ers dealt Green Bay a humiliating loss last November, it was Nick Bosa controlling the line of scrimmage and George Kittle and Deebo Samuel catching long TD passes from Jimmy Garoppolo. When the teams met again two months later in the NFC title game, the Niners won behind 229 yards rushing and four TDs from Raheem Mostert. Now with both teams nursing key injuries, the Packers will be seeking revenge.

24. Mullen's uneven month ends in Darth Vader costume - 11/2/2020
Florida coach Dan Mullen dressed as Darth Vader was fitting considering his last three weeks.

25. Indiana beats Rutgers 37-21 - 11/2/2020
Michael Penix Jr. threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score as No. 17 Indiana beat mistake-prone Rutgers 37-21 on Saturday in a game that almost included a crazy TD.