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Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel (10) catches a pass over Minnesota Vikings strong safety Harrison Smith (22) on the Panthers last drive of an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. (Jerry Holtz/Star Tribune via AP)

Vikings' timely defensive stops keep playoff hopes alive

Nov. 30, 2020 7:08 PM EST

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Even without receiver Adam Thielen, the Minnesota Vikings’ offense climbed back from a 21-10 deficit to get within striking distance in the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers. The offense, again, had done its part to keep Minnesota’s faint playoff hopes alive....

Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews (89) reacts after scoring on a touchdown pass from quarterback Lamar Jackson, not visible, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Baltimore. Titans' Amani Hooker (37) and Malcolm Butler (21) look on. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Ravens-Steelers rescheduled again by COVID-19 to Wednesday

Nov. 30, 2020 7:08 PM EST

The Baltimore Ravens' struggle to contain an extended outbreak of the coronavirus forced their rescheduled game Tuesday night against the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers to be moved back to Wednesday afternoon. It's the third fix to a matchup originally slated to be played Thanksgiving night. The game will remain on...

Indianapolis Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship (3) celebrates kicking a field goal with Rigoberto Sanchez (8) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Colts punter schedules surgery to remove cancerous tumor

Nov. 30, 2020 7:05 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis punter Rigoberto Sanchez feels fortunate doctors found a cancerous tumor before it spread. So do the Colts. Less than 20 hours after punting the ball five times in a loss to Tennessee, one of the most popular players in Indy's locker room announced on Instagram he would...

The Latest: Tennessee State postpones start of men’s hoops

Nov. 30, 2020 6:57 PM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Tennessee State has postponed the start of its men’s basketball season because COVID-19 test protocols mean the Tigers won’t have enough players available. The Tigers had been scheduled to host Belmont on Wednesday...

Bountiful High School sign is shown , Tuesday July 28, 2020, in Bountiful, Utah. While advocates have made strides in getting Native American symbols and names changed in sports, they say there's still work to do mainly at the high school level, where mascots like Braves, Indians, Warriors, Chiefs and Redskins persist. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah high school to replace Braves mascot amid backlash

Nov. 30, 2020 6:56 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A mostly white high school near Salt Lake City will replace its contentious Braves mascot after nearly 70 years, the principal said Monday, as school and professional sports teams face increasing backlash about using Native American names and symbols. Bountiful High School will start...

Green Bay Packers' Darnell Savage intercepts a pass in front of Chicago Bears' Anthony Miller during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Packers' defense finally starting to produce more takeaways

Nov. 30, 2020 6:54 PM EST

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers thrived on big plays from its defense last year, but didn’t produce nearly enough of them the first half of this season. That’s starting to change now as the Packers move closer to a second straight NFC North title. Green Bay (8-3) scored three...

Miami Dolphins' Andrew Van Ginkel, left, tackles New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin)

Win or lose, it's Darnold's job to lead Jets rest of the way

Nov. 30, 2020 6:23 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Darnold's return was supposed to be the big spark for the New York Jets. The offense showed some positive signs the past two games with Joe Flacco under center. But the team was excited to have Darnold back at quarterback and playing with his three starting wide receivers for the first...

FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, Neal Browning receives a shot in the first-stage safety study of a potential vaccine for COVID-19 at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. Moderna Inc., said Monday, Nov. 16, its COVID-19 vaccine is proving to be highly effective in a major trial. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

VIRUS TODAY: Vaccine gains momentum, NFL season in chaos

Nov. 30, 2020 6:23 PM EST

Here's what's happening Monday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY — The rush to develop a vaccine gained steam with the news from Moderna Inc. that it would ask U.S. and European regulators to allow emergency use of its vaccine. Early results show the vaccine is more...

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson throws during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Watson's play helps Texans to first winning streak of season

Nov. 30, 2020 6:21 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Deshaun Watson’s stellar play has given the Houston Texans their first winning streak of the season. Watson threw for 318 yards and tied a season high with four touchdown passes to help the Texans beat the Lions 41-25 on Thanksgiving for their second straight win. Watson has two...

Trainers check New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) after an injury during the second half of NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Giants in playoff hunt, riding longest win streak since '16

Nov. 30, 2020 6:11 PM EST

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — If the New York Giants are to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2016, they have to start beating teams with winning records. The Giants (4-7) got back in the hunt for the title in the weak NFC East by beating Cincinnati 19-17 for their third straight win. While...