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FILE - This is a 1970 file photo showing Chicago Bears football player Gale Sayers. Hall of Famer Gale Sayers, who made his mark as one of the NFL’s best all-purpose running backs and was later celebrated for his enduring friendship with a Chicago Bears teammate with cancer, has died. He was 77. Nicknamed “The Kansas Comet” and considered among the best open-field runners the game has ever seen, Sayers died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/FIle)

Gale Sayers, Bears Hall of Fame running back, dies at 77

Sep. 23, 2020 8:51 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Gale Sayers, the dazzling and elusive running back who entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame despite the briefest of careers and whose fame extended far beyond the field for decades thanks to a friendship with a dying Chicago Bears teammate, has died. He was 77. Nicknamed “The Kansas...

FILE - From left are 1970 file photos showing Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers. Hall of Famer Gale Sayers, who made his mark as one of the NFL’s best all-purpose running backs and was later celebrated for his enduring friendship with Chicago Bears teammate Brian Piccolo, has died. He was 77. Nicknamed “The Kansas Comet” and considered among the best open-field runners the game has ever seen, Sayers died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/File)

Sayers, Piccolo friendship lives on in 'Brian's Song'

Sep. 23, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

When Chicago Bears teammates Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo became roommates in 1967, the first time NFL players of different colors shared accommodations on the road, it hardly looked like a good fit. Sayers, 24 at the time, was already an established star, a soft-spoken Black man who generally raised his voice...

FILE - This is a 1970 file photo showing Chicago Bears football player Gale Sayers. Hall of Famer Gale Sayers, who made his mark as one of the NFL’s best all-purpose running backs and was later celebrated for his enduring friendship with Chicago Bears teammate Brian Piccolo, has died. He was 77. Nicknamed “The Kansas Comet” and considered among the best open-field runners the game has ever seen, Sayers died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/File)

Reaction to the death of Hall of Fame RB Gale Sayers

Sep. 23, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

Reaction to the death of Chicago Bears great and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers: ___ “Football fans know well Gale’s many accomplishments on the field: a rare combination of speed and power as the game’s most electrifying runner, a dangerous kick returner, his comeback...

Something unusual is missing among Nielsen's top programs

Sep. 22, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There's something missing in the Nielsen company's listing of last week's 20 most popular prime-time programs, something that once would have seemed inconceivable. Not a single scripted program is included — no drama or no comedy. The most-watched scripted show of the week, NBC's...

The Las Vegas Raiders kick off to the New Orleans Saints to start an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Column: Big night for Las Vegas Raiders, their new hometown

Sep. 22, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — As the light outside faded, the glittering casinos on the Las Vegas Strip came to life Monday evening through the giant lanai doors in the new home of the Raiders. If the backdrop was spectacular, so was the scene on the field. There were the Raiders playing the New Orleans Saints before a...

In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, Jimmy Kimmel, right, speaks with actors, from left, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. (The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP)

Another record low in viewership for 'Pandemmys'

Sep. 21, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The novelty of television stars getting Emmy Awards delivered to their homes wasn't enough to keep the annual show from slipping further in popularity. The Nielsen company said 6.1 million people watched the Emmys on Sunday night, down from 6.9 million in 2019 and the third straight year of...

FILE - Ellen DeGeneres poses in the press room at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 5, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. DeGeneres says she'll be ready to talk when her daytime show returns this month after a staff shake-up prompted by allegations of a toxic workplace. “I can’t wait to get back to work and back to our studio. And, yes, we’re gonna talk about it,” DeGeneres said in a statement announcing the show's Sept. 21, 2020, start of its 18th season. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Ellen DeGeneres makes on-air apology, vows a 'new chapter'

Sep. 21, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres used her opening monologue of the new season of her daytime talk show to address allegations of a toxic work environment, apologizing for things “that never should have happened.” "I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power and I realize that...

In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, Jennifer Aniston, left, and Jimmy Kimmel sanitize the winner's envelope while presenting the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. (The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP)

Aniston is award-worthy first responder in Emmy fire skit

Sep. 21, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Aniston missed out on an Emmy but proved herself as an award-worthy first responder when a ceremony stunt got overheated. In a bit during Sunday night's Emmys, host Jimmy Kimmel sprayed an envelope holding a winner's name with disinfectant then, for good measure, dropped it in a...

FILE - Kal Penn attends the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York on Nov. 11, 2019. Penn is hoping to reach Millennial and Gen Z voters with a new half-hour TV show on Freeform, “Kal Penn Approves This Message,” premiering Tuesday, Sept, 22. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Kal Penn hopes for dialogue with new show for young voters

Sep. 21, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

Politics has been more than a little shouty of late. Actor and activist Kal Penn would quietly like to change that. “Today we have the blessing — or a curse — of being able to yell at somebody on your phone on Twitter, which of course feels fantastic sometimes but doesn’t necessarily...

In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, host Jimmy Kimmel appears with a screen filled with nominees during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. (The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP)

The 'Pandemmys' were weird and sometimes wonderful

Sep. 21, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

It was Regina King, winning her fourth career Emmy on Sunday, who perhaps summed up the proceedings the most succinctly — and accurately: “This is freaking weird." Why, yes, being handed your Emmy inside your home, by a person you didn't know was coming, with fellow nominees zooming in from their...