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Jacksonville Jaguars’ QB Gardner Minshew Status Uncertan Due To Fractures and Strained Ligament In Thumb

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew has suffered multiple injuries to his throwing hand, and his status is uncertain for their Nov. 8 game against the Houston Texans. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report that Minshew has multiple fractures and a strained ligament in his right thumb.

The Jaguars have not provided details yet on Minshew’s injury, but he reportedly experienced discomfort in his thumb since an Oct. 11 game against Houston. Minshew was not listed on any of the team’s injury reports over the past two weeks since the Houston game.

With Minshew’s status uncertain, the Jaguars could turn to either veteran backup Mike Glennon or rookie Jake Luton when they come off their bye week.

Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew reportedly has multiple thumb fractures: NFL news roundup

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Hall of Famer Tony La Russa, 76, Hired As Chicago White Sox Manager

The Chicago White Sox have hired Hall of Famer Tony La Russa to be the club’s next manager, the team announced Thursday. The 76-year-old La Russa, who won a World Series title with the Oakland Athletics and two more with the St. Louis Cardinals, rejoins the White Sox more than three decades after they fired him. He takes over for Rick Renteria after what the White Sox said was a mutual agreement to part ways.

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Thursday, “We are extremely excited about the future of this team,As we showed in 2020, this is a young, talented club that we expect to only grow better and better in the coming years. Adding in a Hall of Fame manager who is recognized as being one of the best in the history of the game, we are a step closer to our goal of bringing White Sox fans another championship.”

La Russa will be theoldest manager in the major leagues by five years. Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker is 71.

Tony La Russa, 76, named new Chicago White Sox manager

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Cincinnati Bengals Trade Defensive End Carlos Dunlap To Seattle Seahawks

On Wednesday, the Cincinnati Bengals have traded disgruntled defensive end Carlos Dunlap to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for a seventh-round pick and offensive lineman B.J. Finney.

Bengals president Mike Brown said in a statement: “Carlos had many fine seasons here and showed rare physical talent that took him to multiple Pro Bowls. I will always remember the role he played as a key part of exceptional defenses that we rode to the playoffs year after year. There are a lot of fond memories I have of Carlos, and I wish him well.”

Dunlap spent his first 10-plus seasons with the Bengals but has had a falling out with the team this season, and  was seen having a blowup argument with defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo on the sidelines during Sunday’s loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Bengals trade disgruntled Dunlap to Seahawks

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Houston Rockets To Hire Dallas Mavericks’ Stephen Silas As New Head Coach

According to league sources, the Houston Rockets are hiring Dallas Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas to be the franchise’s next head coach.  Silas and the Rockets are finalizing terms of the contract, with a formal announcement from the team expected soon. Following the news, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban appeared to confirm the hiring by congratulating Silas on social media.

Silas will replace former head coach Mike D’Antoni, who parted ways with the Rockets after his contract expired at the end of the 2019-20 season. Silas is the son of former NBA player and coach Paul Silas, and he worked with his father early in his career with the Charlotte Hornets. They become the fifth father-son combination to be NBA head coaches.

Houston Rockets hire Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas for head coaching job

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LA Dodgers Win World Series Against Tampa Bay Rays For First Title In 32 Years

The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 of the World Series to win their first championship in 32 years. The Dodgers clinched the series with a 3-1 win vs. the Rays on Tuesday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Los Angeles had previously reached the championship series in 2017 and 2018, but fell short in each year.

The victory marked the Dodgers’ first World Series title since the 1988 season, when the team defeated the Oakland Athletics in five games. It is the franchise’s sixth World Series championship since relocating from Brooklyn to Los Angeles ahead of the 1958 season, and seventh overall.

Corey Seager was named this year’s World Series MVP.  Seager put the Dodgers in front by hitting a ground ball to first that scored Mookie Betts from third. Betts also hit a solo home run in the eighth inning, going 2 for 4 with two runs scored and the leadoff homer.

During the game, Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was pulled in the eighth inning because of a positive coronavirus test. During postgame interviews, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Turner was immediately isolated after learning of the test result.

Seager named MVP as Dodgers finally clinch title

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NFL Reports 19 New Cases of COVID-19 Within Past Week

According to numbers released Tuesday by the NFL and NFL Players Association, the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the NFL stayed even from the previous week. Testing for Oct. 18-24 resulted in 19 new cases, including eight positives among players and 11 confirmed positives among other personnel — numbers that are identical to last week.

On this latest report, 42,687 tests were administered to a total of 7,817 players and team personnel. The breakdown: 16,799 tests were administered to 2,491 players; 25,888 tests were administered to 5,326 personnel.

Since monitoring began Aug. 1, more than 500,000 tests were administered to players and personnel through Oct. 24.

NFL, NFLPA: 19 positive COVID-19 tests between October 18-24

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Arizons Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake To Miss Multiple Weeks With Ankle Injury

Arizona Cardinals starting running back Kenyan Drake is expected to miss multiple games because of an ankle injury. League sources said on Monday that Drake will miss a few weeks due to a slight tear in a ligament in his ankle. Drake suffered the injury late in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals’ overtime win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night and didn’t return. 

Prior to his departure, Drake had 14 carries for 34 yards and one reception for seven yards. Drake is playing the 2020-21 season on a transition tender worth about $8.5 million, and eads the Cardinals with 512 rushing yards. He also has notched four rushing touchdowns this year. T

he Cardinals will rely on backup tailback Chase Edmonds to be their primary ball carrier in place of Drake. He recorded 58 rushing yards on five carries and seven catches for 87 yards in Arizona’s 37-34 win over Seattle.

Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake will reportedly miss ‘a few weeks’ with ankle injury

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Cleveland Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr. To Miss Season Due To Torn ACL

Odell Beckham Jr’s season with the Cleveland Browns ended prematurely aft4er the star wide receiver suffered a torn left knee ligament during Sunday’s 37-34 win at Cincinnati. Beckham got hurt when his left leg buckled while he was trying to make a tackle after Baker Mayfield’s first pass was intercepted by Bengals cornerback Darius Phillips.

An MRI taken Monday in Cleveland confirmed the diagnosis of a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The team said Beckham will be placed on injured reserve, but there is no immediate word on when he’ll undergo surgery.  However it typically takes nine months to one year to recover from a torn ACL.

Clevelan will have to go the rest of the way without Beckham, who had 23 catches for 319 yards and three touchdowns this season and scored on a 50-yard touchdown run.

Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr. will miss remainder of season because of torn knee ligament

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World Series Game 5: Los Angeles Dodgers Defeat Tampa Bay Rays To Take 3-2 Series Lead

The Los Angeles Dodgers came back strong from their disappointing Game 4 loss with a 4-2 victory in Sunday’s Game 5 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.  With the win, the Dodgers now lead 3-2 and are a win away from their first championship since 1988.

The Dodgers owe their win thanks largely to the impressive performances from Clayton Kershaw, Joc Pederson and Max Muncy. Despite a solid showing from the Rays bullpen, they could not defeat Los Angeles.

Game 6 will be held Tuesday at 8:08 p.m. ET.  The Dodgers will have rookie right-hander Tony Gonsolin take the mound, opposing Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Blake Snell.

Dave Roberts walks through his World Series Game 5 maneuvering as Dodgers go up 3-2

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UFC 254: Khabib Nurmagomedov Announces Retirement From UFC Following Title Defense

After fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Justin Gaethje during UFC 254 on Saturday, he dropped surprising news by announcing that the match would be the last in his UFC career.

Following his victory, Nurmagomedov said: “This was my last fight. There’s no way I’m going to come here without my father. … After what happened with my father — when UFC called me about Justin — I talked with my mother [for] three days, ‘should I go fight without my father?’ I promised her it was gonna be my last fight. And if I give my word, I have to follow it.”  Nurmagomedov lost his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, in July due to COVID-19 complications. The coach had been placed in a medically-induced coma in May after reportedly contracting pneumonia, and doctors diagnosed him with the coronavirus while he was in the hospital. Nurmagomedov also later underwent heart surgery for a preexisting further complicated by the virus. Nurmagomedov’s father passed away as he was stuck in Russia due to a travel ban. 

The undefeated fighter had a bout scheduled with Tony Ferguson, but it fell through and Gaethje stepped to secure the interim lightweight title. He then issued a challenge to Nurmagomedov, who ultimately met on Saturday as the main event of UFC 254. Nurmagomedov secured the victory during the second of five rounds. then immediately announced his retirement from the UFC.

Khabib Nurmagomedov submits Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, announces retirement

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