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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...

FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2019, file photo, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields throws a pass against Clemson during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal in Glendale, Ariz. When Fields got together with some of his teammates last Saturday to watch college football on TV, the mood was dark. “Distraught,” Fields said. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

'Grateful' - Players celebrate Big Ten's reversal on season

Sep. 18, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields gathered with some of his teammates last Saturday to watch college football on TV, the mood was dark. “Distraught,” Fields said. The Big Ten decided to scrap fall sports Aug. 11 in the name of player safety because of the...

NFL rookie donates $3K for South Carolina sportscaster's dog

Sep. 18, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An Atlanta Falcons rookie who played college football for South Carolina has paid a big chunk of the veterinary bill for a South Carolina TV sports director’s rescue dog. Tight end Hayden Hurst footed $3,000 of the $5,000-plus bill for Wilbur, an Irish settler/golden retriever...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Vikings guard Pat Elflein (65) sets up to block during the first half of the team's NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit. The Vikings have placed starting right guard Elflein on injured reserve. The fourth-year player will miss at least three games. The Vikings did not disclose the injury for Elflein, who has not appeared on the injury report this season. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski, File)

Vikings put RG Pat Elflein on injured reserve

Sep. 17, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings placed starting right guard Pat Elflein on injured reserve on Thursday, meaning the fourth-year player will miss at least three games. The Vikings did not disclose the injury for Elflein, who has not appeared on the injury report this season. NFL Network reported...

Las Vegas Raiders players warms up during an NFL football training camp practice at Allegiant Stadium, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Raiders set for Las Vegas debut vs. Saints in empty stadium

Sep. 17, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

The only thing missing when the Las Vegas Raiders get the chance to show off their shiny new stadium will be the fans. What was supposed to be a big celebration of the NFL’s arrival in Las Vegas has been dampened a bit by the decision not to allow fans at Raiders games this season in response to the...

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, right, scores his side's third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Leeds United, at the Anfield stadium, in Liverpool, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (Paul Ellis, Pool via AP)

EPL to air in China again through Tencent deal

Sep. 17, 2020 7:11 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The English Premier League has found a new broadcast partner in China, with digital media platform Tencent Sports showing games for the rest of the season. The previous deal with streaming service PPTV was terminated this month due to a financial dispute. More than half of the remaining 372...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

For television executives, return of football is good news

Sep. 15, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Pro football has probably never been more important to television executives than this year, and its return has them ready to do a happy dance in the end zone. A schedule of opening week games brought viewers back to their sets, led by a Hall of Fame caliber matchup between Tom Brady, a new...

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup (13) makes a catch but is called for offensive pass interference on Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey, left, during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

You can't say the crowds influenced rusty NFL officials

Sep. 15, 2020 5:50 AM EDT

No one can say the crowds influenced the officials. The crews may have been a bit rusty without a preseason, but only two teams — the Chiefs and Jaguars — allowed fans into the stadium during the NFL’s opening weekend because of the coronavirus pandemic. So, no fans were in the stands for...

Tennessee Titans kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) celebrates his game winning field goal with teammates during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Denver. The Titans won 16-14. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Timeout? Fangio's late approach questioned after Denver loss

Sep. 15, 2020 5:42 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Timeout: Why wasn't Vic Fangio calling his timeouts? The Denver Broncos coach was taken to task on television and social media for his late-game clock management Monday night after a 16-14 loss to Tennessee. Struggling kicker Stephen Gostkowski made a 25-yard field goal in the closing seconds...