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Trevor Lawrence tests positive for Covid-19, will not play Saturday against Boston College

Clemson Tigers starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence — the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy on college football’s No. 1 team and seen as the likely top pick of the 2021 NFL draft should he leave college early — has tested positive for Covid-19 and will not play in Saturday’s game against Boston College.



a man running on a baseball field: Trevor Lawrence will miss Saturday's game against Boston College.


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Trevor Lawrence will miss Saturday’s game against Boston College.

“Trevor has authorized us this evening to announce that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now in isolation,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said in a statement Thursday. “He is doing well with mild symptoms but will not be available for this week’s game against Boston College. While we certainly will miss Trevor, this is an opportunity for other guys to step up and we’re excited about competing against a very good BC team on Saturday. Go Tigers.”

Following Swinney’s statement,

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President Trump’s College Football Election Play May Falter

Going into the home stretch of the 2020 presidential election, President Trump has seized on an unusual political tactic: take credit for the return of Big Ten football to appeal to sports-crazy voters in key Midwestern swing states.

When conference officials announced Aug. 11 that they would postpone the football season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Trump slammed the decision, lobbying publicly for a return to the gridiron. On Sept. 16, Big Ten officials reversed course. The season opener, between Illinois and Wisconsin, kicks off Friday night, and tomorrow will see a full slate of games. For the President, it’s a chance to spike the football before fans in crucial Electoral College states. “We got Big Ten open,” Trump told sports journalist Jason Whitlock in an interview released on Thursday.

But the play hasn’t worked very well, according to a new poll from Arizona State’s Global Sport Institute that

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Garett Bolles Explains What he Did to Turn his Career Around & Play at an Elite Level

Even the most critical sections of Broncos Country are coming around to the stellar play of much-maligned left tackle Garett Bolles this season. The Denver Broncos’ fourth-year offensive tackle is passing the eye tests with flying colors so far. 

Such rudimentary systems of evaluation have been reinforced by advanced analytics sites like Pro Football Focus, who have given the tackle a 88.9 player grade through the first five games, which is the third-highest in the NFL and the best in the AFC. Most tellingly, Bolles is yet to give up a sack and has only drawn two penalty flags.

When GM John Elway decided against offering a fifth-year option to the 28-year-old tackle, many predicted this would be Bolles’ last season in the Mile High City. Perhaps only the player and his position coach Mike Munchak saw things differently as Bolles headed into the pandemic-affected offseason. 

Bolles embraced virtual learning,

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Over 30 college basketball teams to play in Mohegan Sun bubble

A resort casino on tribal land in Connecticut is finalizing plans to host more than 30 college basketball teams as it becomes a modified bubble for several early-season tournaments, including two being moved from New York

The Mohegan Sun has teamed up with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which holds its men’s Tip-Off Tournament and Women’s Challenge there every year, and the Gazelle Group, which runs the Empire Classic and the Legends Classic in New York.

The organizers plan to hold those tournaments and several other “pods” of games, which will get names in the next few weeks, at the Mohegan Sun, which is owned by the Mohegan Tribe and includes a 10,000-seat arena that is home to the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun.

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“It’s a single site, secluded location, with enormous square footage for social distancing,” said Greg Procino, vice president of basketball operations for the Hall

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More than 30 college teams to play early games at casino

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — A resort casino on tribal land in Connecticut is finalizing plans to host more than 30 college basketball teams as it becomes a modified bubble for several early-season tournaments, including two being moved from New York.

The Mohegan Sun has teamed up with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which holds it’s men’s Tip-Off Tournament and Women’s Challenge there every year, and the Gazelle Group, which runs the Empire Classic and the Legends Classic in New York.

The organizers plan to hold those tournaments and several other “pods” of games, which will get names in the next few weeks, at at the Mohegan Sun, which is owned by the Mohegan Tribe and includes a 10,000-seat arena that is home to the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun.

“It’s a single site, secluded location, with enormous square footage for social distancing,” said Greg Procino, vice president of basketball operations for

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University of Texas band won’t play its alma mater because it was once performed at minstrel shows

Members of the University of Texas Longhorn band are refusing to play the university’s alma mater because of the song’s history of being performed at racist minstrel shows.



a group of people in front of a large crowd of people: The University of Texas band won't be playing at this weekend's game.


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The University of Texas band won’t be playing at this weekend’s game.

Earlier this month, the band’s director asked its members to fill out an internal survey asking whether they would be willing to play “The Eyes of Texas” at a football game this Saturday.

“Based on (survey responses), we do not have the necessary instrumentation, so we will not participate in Saturday’s game,” director Scott Hanna said in a message obtained by The Daily Texan. Band members told the student publication that the survey asked whether they were willing to play the song, and that their answer would not affect their ability to remain in the band.

While the band will not perform the song live,

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College basketball rankings: Kentucky moves up in Top 25 And 1 after Olivier Sarr is cleared to play

When the NCAA Division I Council voted last week to give all winter student-athletes an extra year of eligibility, I explained why that development cleared the way for the SEC to grant Olivier Sarr a waiver to play immediately at Kentucky.

On Wednesday, UK announced, Sarr has received a waiver.

So now the 7-foot, 255-pound forward from France who averaged 13.7 points and 9.0 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per game last season at Wake Forest is officially eligible at Kentucky — as is Rhode Island transfer Jacob Toppin. That’ll give John Calipari two experienced pieces to pair with his latest heralded recruiting class. As a result, his Wildcats are up to No. 13 in Version 27.0 of the 2020-21 CBS Sports Top 25 And 1.

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What’s the best play in Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State?

The Big Ten and Mountain West both return to action this week, so there are a lot more college football options on the board at BetMGM. It will be tempting to wager on a few of these Big Ten matchups, but I’m going to try to stay disciplined and stick with teams that have already played this year.

Last week was a good one for my picks. In fact, I was a garbage time kick return touchdown (with multiple missed tackles) by Kansas away from a perfect 5-0 week. Despite that bad beat, I’ll take 4-1 any week I can get it.

That effort put me up to 19-14 overall for the year. Let’s see what Week 8 has in store. 

(Note: All times ET, odds from BetMGM)

Georgia Southern at No. 25 Coastal Carolina

Time: Noon | TV: ESPNU | Line: CCU -6.5 | Total: 51.5

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx will play ‘tag’ with asteroid Bennu to collect samples today. But will it succeed?

After more than a year of carefully mapping asteroid Bennu, a NASA spacecraft will attempt an historic “touch and go” to nab a precious sample of dirt to return to Earth. But we won’t know if it fully succeeded for another 10 days, NASA officials said in a news conference on Monday (Oct. 19).

The OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) spacecraft will start its descent today (Oct. 20), and you can watch it live here on Space.com, courtesy of NASA Television. Since it takes about 18 minutes for signals to travel between the spacecraft and mission controllers on Earth, all maneuvers are programmed ahead of time and the spacecraft will be transmitting information as it goes along. 

Early images from the asteroid will hint at whether the scoop succeeded, but it will only be by comparing the spacecraft’s mass before and after the maneuver that engineers

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NASA is about to play ‘tag’ with asteroid Bennu: Here’s how it works.

NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft will “TAG” asteroid Bennu Tuesday (Oct. 20) and collect a sample for return to Earth. 

OSIRIS-REx is NASA’s first asteroid-sampling spacecraft. The “touch-and-go” (TAG) sample collection attempt involves a series of maneuvers that will bring the spacecraft down to the asteroid’s surface. The location selected for touchdown is called Nightingale, which is a rocky area measuring 52 feet (16 meters) in diameter and located in Bennu’s northern hemisphere, according to NASA. 

“We have never done this before,” Nayi Castro, a mission operations manager for the OSIRIS-REx mission, said in a video from NASA. “We are actually going to collect a sample and bring it back down to Earth for further examination by scientists.”

Video: Grabbing some asteroid is not easy: NASA explains the challenges
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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will collect a sample from the asteroid Bennu on Oct. 20 using a robotic

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