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Michelle Winings, R.N., prepares to give Gov. Roy Cooper his flu shot at the Wake County Health Department in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

The Latest: UNC reports coronavirus-related student death

Sep. 29, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The University of North Carolina system reported its first coronavirus-related student death on Tuesday since several campuses reopened with at least partial in-person learning last month. Chad Dorrill, a 19-year student at Appalachian State University who lived off campus in Boone and took all...

Members of the Tennessee Titans take part in the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Minneapolis. The NFL says the Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings are suspending in-person activities after the Titans had three players test positive for the coronavirus, along with five other personnel. The league says both clubs are working closely with the NFL and the players’ union on tracing contacts, more testing and monitoring developments. The Titans are scheduled to host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Titans have NFL's 1st COVID-19 outbreak; next game still on

Sep. 29, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans won't be back inside their building until Saturday at the earliest because of eight positive tests for the coronavirus, the first outbreak to hit the NFL as it tries to play a full schedule amid the pandemic. Tennessee is scheduled to host Pittsburgh in a...

Former 'Hawks, Jets WR Jermaine Kearse announces retirement

Sep. 29, 2020 7:45 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Former Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse has announced his retirement. Kearse, who posted his decision on social media Tuesday, has not played in a regular season game since 2018 when he was with the Jets. Kearse suffered a broken leg during the 2019 preseason...

New York Jets head coach Adam Gase walks on the sidelines during an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Indianapolis. Gase is doing all he can to tune out all the negative talk and criticisms aimed directly at him. And there's lots of it. (AP Photo/Zach Bolinger)

Gase focused on delivering Jets a win, not 'wasted energy'

Sep. 29, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Adam Gase is doing all he can to tune out all the negative talk and criticisms aimed directly at him. And there's lots of it. With the New York Jets off to a second straight 0-3 start, the heat is on the head coach in a major way. But his priority is the task — and not all the talk...

Sodsai Dalzell appears in court for an arraignment Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles. Dalzell is charged with attempted kidnapping of Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana's granddaughter. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool)

Woman denies attempted kidnapping of Joe Montana grandchild

Sep. 29, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 39-year-old woman was charged Tuesday in what authorities say was an attempted kidnapping of the 9-month-old granddaughter of Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana from his Southern California home. Sodsai Predpring Dalzell of Los Angeles pleaded not guilty in LA County court to felony...

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) embrace after an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Baltimore. The Chiefs won 34-20. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Chiefs unanimous No. 1 in the AP Pro32 poll

Sep. 29, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Patrick Mahomes showed once again that the defending Super Bowl champs are the class of the NFL. In a matchup of the past two regular-season Most Valuable Players, Mahomes got the better of Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night. Mahomes threw for 385 yards and four...

Raiders players shown at charity event without masks

Sep. 29, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

Several Las Vegas Raiders players attended a charity event held by teammate Darren Waller that might have violated league rules for the coronavirus pandemic. The Darren Waller Foundation held a fundraising event at a country club just outside Las Vegas on Monday to help young people overcome drug and alcohol...

Denver Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien is hit by Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Jordan Whitehead as he throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Brett Rypien named Broncos starting QB against New York Jets

Sep. 29, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Brett Rypien kept his head up when he went undrafted out of Boise State. He didn't get discouraged when he twice got cut by the Denver Broncos. He didn't flinch when the Broncos valued Brandon Allen over him last year to serve as a backup to Joe Flacco and then Drew Lock. Rypien's...

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (13) is tackled by New Orleans Saints strong safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) and cornerback Marshon Lattimore in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Bereft of scripted shows, opening week ratings down for TV

Sep. 29, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The surest sign of how the coronavirus shutdown has devastated the television industry is the fourth-place finish of CBS in what was nominally the first week of a new fall season. The network's viewership was down a whopping 61% from the premiere week last year, the Nielsen company said....

Chargers place Harris on IR, sidelining another starter

Sep. 29, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers placed Chris Harris Jr. on injured reserve Tuesday. The cornerback is the fifth defensive starter to end up on IR this season. Harris suffered a foot injury during last Sunday's 21-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers. He signed with the Chargers during the...