College football schedule 2020: The 33 games already postponed or canceled due to COVID-19

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With COVID-19 still raging across the country, it was long expected that many college football games would be postponed if not outright canceled over the course of the season. With many unknowns about the virus and its long-term effects, schools are taking every precaution necessary to make sure the student-athletes and staff are protected. As we enter Week 7 of the 2020 season, there have now been 33 games affected by COVID-19 with most postponements coming as a result of contact tracing protocols that require players to quarantine for 14 days if they are deemed to have been in high-risk contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Seven such games have been canceled or postponed just this week.

Some teams, such as Florida, Missouri, Houston, Memphis, Baylor, FAU, Virginia Tech, Arkansas State, Charlotte and Rice have already experienced multiple game disruptions. Even those who have

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Sadness greets USF decision to close education college. ‘It’s wrong.’

Cassie Mattison knew from an early age she was born to be a teacher.

a man and a woman standing in front of a cake: Cassie Mattison, center, won Hillsborough County's teacher of the year honors in 2013. Still teaching at Strawberry Crest High, she said she wouldn't have become a classroom educator without USF's undergraduate program.

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Cassie Mattison, center, won Hillsborough County’s teacher of the year honors in 2013. Still teaching at Strawberry Crest High, she said she wouldn’t have become a classroom educator without USF’s undergraduate program.

“But if USF didn’t have a College of Ed, I would not be in a classroom, impacting thousands of lives over all these years,” said Mattison, Hillsborough County’s 2013 teacher of the year. “Countless former AP Literature students of mine are teachers now. One is even an assistant principal. They are all products of my classroom and the USF College of Ed. Never could I have imagined this domino effect.”

Mattison and many others like her expressed shock and dismay at the University of South Florida’s announcement this week that it would shutter the undergraduate degree program in

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Barrett’s response on climate change leaves some unsettled

Nominee calls policy issue ‘contentious’ (somewhere, Galileo is heard muttering)

In her confirmation hearings this week, Judge Amy Coney Barrett stated that she cannot express a view on climate change because it is a “very contentious matter of public policy.” As a science teacher and a graduate of Catholic school, I find this deeply troubling. What is contentious about climate change is not its reality but rather what to do about it. Barrett’s own religious leader, Pope Francis, knows this, as he called on people of faith to listen to scientists and take action in his 2015 ecological encyclical, Laudato Si.

I suspect Barrett was not consulting the pope but instead was revealing her lack of interest in scientific evidence that is inconvenient for conservatism. In that type of thinking, she is harking back to an earlier Catholic tradition, the Inquisition. The inquisitors famously took on Galileo for his heresy

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College towns are the losers this football season. ‘This year is the year of survival.’

During the summer, Campus Gear owner David Haghnaji bought about 200 boxes of sweaters, T-shirts and knickknacks emblazoned with Northwestern University’s wildcat logo, despite uncertainty about whether there would be a college football season.

a group of football players on a field: Helmets sit on the sideline as Northern Illinois University Huskies football players have a walk-through at Huskie Stadium in 2019 in DeKalb.n

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Helmets sit on the sideline as Northern Illinois University Huskies football players have a walk-through at Huskie Stadium in 2019 in DeKalb.n

a group of people standing in front of a building: Members of the Illinois Fighting Illini football team attend practice at Memorial Stadium in 2016 in Champaign, Illinois.

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Members of the Illinois Fighting Illini football team attend practice at Memorial Stadium in 2016 in Champaign, Illinois.

Haghnaji’s downtown Evanston store generates about 70% of its annual revenue from home football games and college events like homecoming and parents weekend. The Locker Room, another store he owns across from Ryan Field, makes about 90% of its annual sales during college football season. The majority of customers are first-year students stocking up on face tattoos and other paraphernalia

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Florida couple arrested for stealing political yard signs: University Heights police blotter

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio — Theft from private property: Hillbrook Road

At 10:15 p.m. Oct. 7, an officer watched as a pickup truck stopped in front of a house. The truck’s passenger got out, took a political yard sign from a lawn, and put it in the back of a truck. Police stopped the truck and found in its bed four yard signs.

Arrested for theft was a woman, 55, while her husband, 56, was arrested for complicity. The couple are residents of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Meanwhile, at 11:55 a.m. Oct. 7, a resident of Washington Boulevard reported the theft of political yard signs.

Traffic offense: Miramar Boulevard

At 11:35 p.m. Oct. 5, an officer saw a pickup truck being driven without registration. During the ensuing traffic stop, the driver, a Cleveland man, 46, told police that the truck’s registration had just been stolen a few minutes earlier. Police

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Le’Veon Bell squandered a HOF career over ego and greed

If you are a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, you have to be looking at today’s news about former running back Le’Veon Bell with mixed emotions. Bell and the New York Jets chose to mutually part ways on Tuesday after the Jets failed to get any takers on a trade for the disgruntled running back.

This is a perfect opportunity to point out just how badly Bell mishandled his career and essentially opted for money over a Hall of Fame career.

Bell is 28 years old and is reaching that magic number of 30 when the value of running backs not named Frank Gore takes a huge nosedive. If Bell had stayed in Pittsburgh he would have made literally the same amount of money and his HOF career would still be on track. Bell was part of a very special offense with the Steelers but it is pretty clear base on what

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Could this be one of Smith’s last moments of NRL magic?

Every game he plays Cameron Smith produces some magic that solidifies him as the greatest we’ve seen and in Friday night’s preliminary final against the Raiders the Storm skipper came up with perhaps his finest piece of work.

Smith’s retirement decision dominated the headlines in the build-up to this finals match and it’s being widely reported the 400-game champion will hang up the boots after this season.

And with an incredible defensive play late in Melbourne’s incredible 30-10 win at Suncorp Stadium, Smith reminded us all just what we’ll miss once he’s gone.

With Melbourne foot on Canberra’s throat with eight minutes left on the clock, Smith stopped a certain Nick Cotric try, stopping the powerful Raiders back with an incredible one-on-one tackle on his knees above the line and forcing his opponent into error.

But it was Smith’s 60-metre chase from marker to stop the Raiders from scoring that

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If there were an Electoral College to choose the NBA’s GOAT, the incumbent might be in trouble

If you think you’ve seen or heard every aspect of the GOAT debate between incumbent Michael Jordan and challenger LeBron James, hold on, we might have an element to top it all.

In this contentious election year, we bring you: the GOAT Electoral College.

No, we are not making this up.

OK, we kind of are, but the information we are using to conjure this fantasy is legitimate. The folks at compiled the data by examining geotagged Twitter data in the week since James earned his fourth NBA championship ring when the Lakers won the 2020 NBA Finals over the Heat.

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Cris Cyborg stops Arlene Blencowe for first career submission win

Cris Cyborg has added yet another item to the most impressive resume in women’s MMA history once again.

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The only fighter of either gender to hold championships in four major promotions, Cyborg (23-2 MMA,  2-0 BMMA) made the first successful defense of her Bellator featherweight title on Thursday night, and notched the first submission victory of her career in the process.

Cyborg submitted Australia’s Arlene Blencowe with a rear-naked choke at the 2:36 mark of the second round to retain her belt in the main event of Bellator 249 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

“I’ve really been working hard because I had first submission in MMA,” Cyborg said in her post-fight interview. “I never did that before since the beginning of my career, it is a dream come true, and I am so happy.”

There seemed little doubt of the fight’s outcome from the

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