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No Copper Bowl: Virus cancels annual UP prep football game

Oct. 21, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

HANCOCK, Mich. (AP) — Bragging rights in Copper Country will have to wait a year. The Hancock and Houghton high school football teams will not play for the Copper Bowl trophy Friday for the first time since the game began in 1953. Officials cited possible coronavirus exposure at Houghton. Hancock is way...

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) looks to pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Flores: Decision to replace Fitzpatrick with Tua was tough

Oct. 21, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores says he regrets that his players found out about the team's switch to quarterback Tua Tagovailoa through social media rather than from him. And Flores says the decision to bench popular veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick was difficult. “Fitz has done a great...

Family settles suit over death of prep football player

Oct. 21, 2020 8:22 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina family has settled a lawsuit filed after a 14-year-old high school football player collapsed after an intense practice and died, news outlets reported. The suit, filed against Lexington County School District 1 over the death River Bluff High School student Lewis...

Notre Dame place kicker Jonathan Doerer kicks during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. Doerer pays careful attention to the nuances of his stance, swing path and ball contact — and not just in football. Notre Dame’s senior kicker also frequents the driving range, a habit that only increased when he was home in Charlotte for the spring and summer. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Driving range: Notre Dame's Doerer gets kick out of golf

Oct. 21, 2020 2:44 AM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Jonathan Doerer pays careful attention to the nuances of his stance, swing path and ball contact — and not just in football. The Notre Dame kicker also frequents the driving range, a habit that increased when he was home in North Carolina over the spring and summer. His...

Houston Texans interim head coach Romeo Crennel watches from the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

NFL teams going for 2 at record-setting rate

Oct. 21, 2020 2:41 AM EDT

Never before have NFL teams gone for 2-point conversions as often as they have this season, even if the decision sometimes has backfired. The 58 attempts through six weeks are the most at this juncture of the season since the NFL adopted the 2-point conversion in 1994. Going for 2 was a big part of the story line...

CORRECTS SPELLING OF FIRST NAME TO KINOHI INSTEAD OF KANOHI - This 2017 photo provided by Ke'ala Aki shows Willie Talamoa, rear center with shaved head, next to Kinohi Aki, rear left, as they pray with players from their 15-and-under flag football team in Honolulu. A Honolulu community is mourning the loss of Talamoa, a mentor, football coach and father figure who died after contracting COVID-19. (Ke'ala Aki via AP)

Lives Lost: Hawaii football coach who prepped kids for life

Oct. 21, 2020 2:37 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu football coach Willie Talamoa bought his players cleats, drove them to practice and often stayed late to talk with those having trouble in school. For Talamoa, his actions weren’t just about football. They were about helping the young people in the hardscrabble neighborhood...

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) and linebacker Jordan Hicks, rear, combine to tackle Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, right front, after a short gain in the second half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

McCarthy's 1st season in Dallas coming apart over turnovers

Oct. 20, 2020 9:27 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mike McCarthy is a big believer in winning the turnover battle. His first season as coach of the Dallas Cowboys is coming apart because of how badly his team is losing that battle. Dallas is minus-12 in turnover margin, the worst in the NFL through six games since 2013 and the worst...

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 file photo, Michigan State quarterback Rocky Lombardi (12) throws a pass in front of Nebraska linebacker Dedrick Young II (5) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb. Mel Tucker's success in his first season as Michigan State's coach may be determined in large part by who is playing quarterback. Lombardi made three starts at quarterback in 2018 as a redshirt freshman, and he threw for 173 yards and a touchdown in a win over Rutgers that year. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Tucker still mum on QB as Michigan State opener approaches

Oct. 20, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

Mel Tucker's success in his first season as Michigan State's coach may be determined in large part by who is playing quarterback. Right now, there's no indication of who that's going to be. “We won't be announcing a quarterback today," Tucker said Tuesday, four days before the Spartans open the season...

Photographer suing over Texas mascot's pre-Sugar Bowl charge

Oct. 20, 2020 8:56 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A photographer is suing the owners and handlers of the Texas football program’s mascot for "permanent” neck and back injuries he allegedly sustained at the 2019 Sugar Bowl when the longhorn steer knocked down its barricade and briefly charged in the direction of...

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2020, file photo, empty seats are shown at Levi's Stadium during the first half of an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, Calif. California health officials announced Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, that they will allow a limited number of fans to attend professional sporting events in counties with lower rates of transmission of the coronavirus. That includes Santa Clara County, home to the San Francisco 49ers professional football team, but health officials there said they won't allow fans at such events anytime soon. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

California will allow fans at pro sports but not Disneyland

Oct. 20, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will let fans back in outdoor stadiums for pro sporting events in counties with low coronavirus infection rates but isn’t ready to allow Disneyland and other major theme parks to reopen, the state's top health official said Tuesday. San Francisco and neighboring...