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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...

Gasparilla Bowl college football game gets new title sponsor

Oct. 20, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Gasparilla Bowl has a new title sponsor. The annual college football game scheduled to be played this season in Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will be sponsored by Union Home Mortgage. A date has not been announced. The game, once known as the...

Washington Football Team wide receiver Cam Sims (89) catches a pass for a touchdown in front of New York Giants' Logan Ryan (23) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Rookie LB Crowder placed on IR days after scoring winning TD

Oct. 20, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Two days after scoring a game-winning touchdown in the final minutes, rookie linebacker Tae Crowder was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury by the New York Giants. The last player taken in the NFL draft and the current Mr. Irrelevant, Crowder scored on a 43-yard...

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees reacts after defeating the Los Angeles Chargers in overtime of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. The Saints won 30-27. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Mayor agrees to start allowing fans at Saints' home games

Oct. 20, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints will start having fans in the stands for home games after the mayor agreed with the team on a phased plan starting Sunday against Carolina. The plan announced Tuesday will start with 3,000 tickets for Sunday's game, increasing to 6,000 fans for November games with...