Washington State at Stanford canceled


Published 8:58 a.m. ET Nov. 20, 2020 | Updated 5:55 p.m. ET Nov. 20, 2020


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The Pac-12’s limited football season took another hit on Friday.

The conference announced that Saturday’s game between Washington State and Stanford has been canceled because Washington State will not have enough scholarship players available. 

The game, originally scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET in Stanford, California, will be declared a no contest by the conference.

According to the statement from the Pac-12, “As a result of a number of positive football student-athlete COVID-19 cases and resulting isolation of additional football student-athletes under contract tracing protocols,” the league, in consultation with Washington State, made the decision to cancel the game.

Washington State does not have enough scholarship players available for their scheduled game at Stanford, forcing the Pac-12 to

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A student donated $36,000 to say sorry for her lack of dedication to university council role

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University of Sydney Campus and Quadrangle in Sydney. Loop Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

  • A student at the University of Sydney pledged to make a personal donation of around $36,000 to the student council after being criticized for slacking in her elected job.
  • Abbey Shi, an art and law student, had not performed her duties as co-general secretary in the last three months and had been ordered to pay back $2,000 of her annual $8,700 pay, which is student-funded.
  • The council meeting descended into “chaos” after Shi announced that she would pay the money with an additional $34,000 as a charitable donation. 
  • The student later claimed she had made money from “the stock surge” in the last year.
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A student at the University of Sydney made a personal donated $36,000 (AUS $50,000) to the

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Barack Obama memoir tells story of coaching Sasha’s basketball team

Fourth grade basketball is intense when you’re the president

Former President Barack Obama’s love of basketball is well known. During his time in office, he surrounded himself with former high-level hoopers, like secretary of education Arne Duncan (who played at Harvard and professionally in Australia) and personal aide Reggie Love (a two-sport star at Duke who won the 2001 NCAA tournament with the Blue Devils). Obama’s new memoir, A Promised Land, mentions how Love would organize pickup games for Obama to let loose on the weekends. 

“But the enjoyment I got from playing basketball was nothing compared to the thrill—and stress—of rooting for [younger daughter] Sasha’s fourth grade rec league team,” Obama writes. (Entertainment Weekly published an except from the audio version of the book.)

Obama says he and his wife, Michelle, enjoyed sitting in the stands and rooting for Sasha’s team (the Vipers) at Sidwell Friends School,

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Hundreds of LSU students protest the university’s mishandling of sexual misconduct complaints

Hundreds of teal-clad students, faculty, alumni and advocates carrying signs and chanting slogans marched through the Louisiana State University campus on Friday in reaction to LSU’s systemic mishandling of sexual misconduct complaints against top athletes and others, as revealed by a USA TODAY investigation published earlier this week.

a group of people walking down the street in front of a crowd: Protesters gather and march on LSU campus in reaction to the way officials mishandled rape, abuse allegations against numerous football players. November 20, 2020.

Protesters gather and march on LSU campus in reaction to the way officials mishandled rape, abuse allegations against numerous football players. November 20, 2020.

Starting at the school’s Parade Ground and ending in the plaza in front of Tiger Stadium, the group of men and women held signs reading, “No means no,” and “Survivors deserve better,” as they shouted, “Keep your hands off of me.” 


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They demanded change from an LSU leadership they see as slow to respond to allegations of sexual misconduct and dating violence. 

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Indiana vs. Ohio State headlines top 5 college football games watch

A pair of Big Ten showdowns with College Football Playoff semifinal implications headline the list of five games to watch this college football Saturday.

a man standing in front of a crowd: UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel (11) and the Knights will look to upset No. 7 Cincinnati in the Bounce House Saturday.

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UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel (11) and the Knights will look to upset No. 7 Cincinnati in the Bounce House Saturday.

No. 9 Indiana at No. 3 Ohio State

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The Buzz: Indiana (4-0) travels to Ohio State (3-0) this weekend looking to snap a 25-game losing streak to the Buckeyes, with the last Hoosiers’ win coming on Oct. 8, 1988. To say Ohio State has dominated this series is an understatement, with the Buckeyes winning 48 of the past 50 meetings. Indiana has been opportunistic this season, leading the Big Ten in take-aways (12), including 10 interceptions. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields had thrown just three interceptions in 437 career pass attempts.

No. 10 Wisconsin at No.

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Seahawks give right guard Damien Lewis a surprise start at center for the first time in his football career

In a surprise move, the Seahawks opened the game with their third different starting center in three weeks, going with rookie Damien Lewis in place of the injured Ethan Pocic and Kyle Fuller.

Fuller started against the Rams with Pocic out with a concussion, but he suffered a high ankle sprain in the first half last week. He made it through the game but was listed as questionable this week, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that he would be available “if we need him.’’

That seemed to hint at other plans at center, though the choice of Lewis was surprising.

Lewis, a third-round pick out of LSU, started the first nine games at right guard and has never started a game at center. Lewis played solely guard during his two years at LSU as well as his two seasons at Northwest Mississippi Community College.

The Seahawks activated Phil

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Trump supporters plan D.C. rally before electoral college votes cast

Women for America First, a group of conservative women at the center of organizing last week’s “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, has filed for another protest permit from the National Park Service.

On Dec. 12, according to the permit application, organizers again expect thousands of Trump faithful to gather in downtown D.C. The Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group known for their black-and-yellow garb and endorsement of violence, seemed to confirm on social media they would also be attending.

The Park Service has not yet granted the group’s request, although permits are not typically issued until the week of an event.

The Saturday rally, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., would bring a crowd of the president’s most ardent supporters to Washington two days before electors from each state and the District meet and vote for their designated candidates.

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to walk away with

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5-leg college football parlay to bank on for Week 12

Marcus Mosher, Sportsbook Wire
Published 11:15 a.m. MT Nov. 20, 2020

It’s Week 12 of the college football season and we are back with our favorite parlay of the week. This bet includes a few favorites and a few underdogs from the best games of the weekend. Let’s take a look at our top college football parlay among SportsbookWire’s college football picks and predictions.

College football parlay picks, predictions and best bets

Odds via BetMGM; accessUSA TODAY Sports’ betting oddsfor a full list.Lines last updated Friday at 1:10 p.m. ET.

Leg 1: LSU -2 (-110) at Arkansas

LSU has one of the worst defenses in college football, giving up 117 points over the last three games. Somehow, Arkansas has been worse, giving up 118 points during that stretch. Neither team is playing great football but take LSU here as they have just far too much talent

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Texas education board set to revise sex education curriculum

AUSTIN, Texas — In the first changes to the sex education curriculum in Texas in more than 20 years, the State Board of Education on Friday approved teaching middle schoolers about birth control but decided against providing students with information on consent, sexual orientation and gender identity.

The revisions consist of teaching seventh and eighth graders about the effectiveness of birth control in preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Currently, only high schoolers get such lessons, though health courses aren’t required for graduation.

The new standards, which guide textbook content as well as instruction in public schools across the state, will go into effect in 2022. The board last updated the state’s sex education curriculum in 1997.

The board also approved teaching fifth graders about fertilization and sixth graders about sexual intercourse.

School districts in Texas aren’t required to offer sex education, but if they do, they’re required by state

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Week 12 College football prop bets to bank on

Marcus Mosher, Sportsbook Wire
Published 1:59 p.m. CT Nov. 20, 2020

We’re headed into Week 12 of the college football schedule and there are plenty of intriguing matchups this week. Below, we give you five college football prop bet predictions based on the betting odds and lines from the BetMGM game menu.

College football prop bet predictions

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated Friday at 3 p.m. ET.

Ohio State OVER 42.5 points (-115)

Ohio State has scored 139 points over its last three games for an average of 46.3 per game. The Buckeyes could have averaged more, but opposing offenses haven’t been able to keep up to push them. Ohio State is just far too explosive to be held under 40 points and its ceiling is a high as any team in college football right now.

Look for Indiana

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