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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...

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...

Los Angeles Rams running back Malcolm Brown (34) celebrates his rushing touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The Latest: Rams take early 7-0 lead in 1st game in new home

Sep. 13, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

The Latest on Week 1 in the NFL (all times EDT): ___ The Los Angeles Rams have taken a 7-0 lead over the Dallas Cowboys with a dominant first quarter in the inaugural game at SoFi Stadium. Robert Woods caught a 20-yard pass from Jared Goff on the first play from scrimmage in the $5 billion stadium. Malcolm Brown...

The Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl banner is unveiled before an NFL football game between the Chiefs and the Houston Texans Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Football returns with 19.3 million viewers on NBC

Sep. 11, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An estimated 19.3 million fans turned on NBC to watch the NFL's season kickoff between the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans, or 13 percent fewer viewers than 2019's opening game. The Nielsen company said last year's matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears was seen by...

FILE - In this May 30, 2009 file photo, Little Richard performs at The Domino Effect, a tribute concert to New Orleans rock and roll musician Fats Domino, at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans. ESPN is changing their “Monday Night Football” theme song. The season will feature a new version of Little Richard's hit “Rip It Up,” featuring new instrumentals and backup vocals from the Virginia-based band Butcher Brown. Hank Williams Jr. had sung the theme song for years in a version of his hit “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.

Little Richard song to introduce 'Monday Night Football'

Sep. 11, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

ESPN is hoping that one of the architects of rock n' roll can bring some new energy to their “Monday Night Football” show with fewer fans in the stands this year. The new season starting Monday will feature a new version of Little Richard's hit “Rip It Up” featuring new instrumentals...