Tennessee Titans place wide receiver A.J. Brown on injured reserve

The Tennessee Titans placed wide receiver A.J. Brown on injured reserve on Saturday ahead of their matchup with the New England Patriots .

Brown suffered chest, rib and hand injuries during last week’s 22-13 loss to the Houston Texans . He played 40 offensive snaps and finished with five receptions for 48 yards on nine targets.

"Walking by faith as always. GOD makes no mistakes," Brown posted on social media after the news broke that is headed for IR.

Brown will now be out for the next three weeks. The earliest that Brown will be able to return is when Tennessee faces the San Francisco 49ers on Dec 23 on Thursday night football.

In 10 games, Brown has 46 receptions for 615 yards and three touchdowns. He also missed Tennessee’s Week 4 loss to the New York Jets because of a knee injury.

The Titans signed veteran free agent receiver Golden Tate to their practice squad last Tuesday. But they did not elevate him to the active roster after he practiced with the team on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The Titans will likely turn to rookie Dez Fitzpatrick to start in place of Brown. Tennessee utilized the COVID elevation to make receiver Cody Hollister available to them on Sunday against the Patriots.

Hollister joins Fitzpatrick, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and Chester Rogers as the wide receivers that will be available for quarterback Ryan Tannehill on Sunday.


Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines football – Best moments, biggest plays from this year’s rivalry game

The No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. the No. 5 Michigan Wolverines . College football doesn’t get much better than a classic rivalry with humongous national championship implications.

The teams did not play last season because of COVID-19-related scheduling. So the two teams have had extra time to build up some beef. According to ESPN’s College Football Playoff Predictor , the winner will have greater than a 70% chance to reach the College Football Playoff . Read more: Inside rivalry week

For Michigan to win it will have to snap an eight-game losing streak to the Buckeyes and find ways to stop an Ohio State offense that has scored 50 or more points six times this season. OSU quarterback C.J. Stroud is tied for fourth in the country with 36 passing touchdowns. He throws to receivers Jaxon Smith-Njigba , Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave , the only trio in the Big Ten to have multiple 100-yard receiving games.

The Wolverines’ defense, however, has been solid. They are 11th in total defense and are averaging 16.3 points per game this season.

On Saturday, someone might join players like Desmond Howard, Troy Smith, Tim Biakabutuka and Maurice Clarett, former Wolverines and Buckeyes who became school legends for their performances in this game.

Here are the best plays and moments from this year’s edition of The Game: McNamara goes deep, Haskins goes over the top

What a dime from @Cademac_12 �� — FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 27, 2021 Jumpman Jumpman Jumpman @H2_3125 goes up and over to give @UMichFootball the lead — FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 27, 2021 Garrett Wilson, catch of the day?

WHAT A CATCH, WHAT A TOUCHDOWN! @OhioStateFB takes the lead thanks to this beautiful @garrettwilson_V catch — FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 27, 2021 Wowwww @GarrettWilson_V #GoBucks — Dwayne Haskins, Jr (@dh_simba7) November 27, 2021 O-H — Norris Cole II (@pg30_Cole) November 27, 2021 Big sack forces Ohio State field goal

What is there to say… he’s ELITE. #GoBlue // @aidanhutch97 — Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) November 27, 2021 On the board � @noahruggles #GoBucks — Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) November 27, 2021 Michigan gets tricky to score first

Nice start, No. 5 @UMichFootball . @AJHenning3 gets the scoring started with his first career TD in The Game 〽️. — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 27, 2021 LET’S GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO — Michigan Athletics 〽️ (@UMichAthletics) November 27, 2021 That moment when you put the Wolverines on the scoreboard first.

Michigan up 7-0. #GoBlue // @ajhenning3 — Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) November 27, 2021 A proposal and some pregame hype

We have a proposal on the field before the game — Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) November 27, 2021 We’ve been waiting for this one. �

Turn it up, @UMichFootball . — Michigan On BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) November 27, 2021 � up the engines. #GoBucks — Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) November 27, 2021 No more talking. #GoBlue — Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) November 27, 2021 GOOD ❌ORNING […]


Arsenal’s Saka earns 8/10 after leading second-half charge in win vs. Newcastle

Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka rounded off a fine passing move to open the scoring. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images Arsenal persevered in the face of a stubborn Newcastle United side to secure a comfortable 2-0 win in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium.

A handful of missed opportunities in the first half had many believing this wasn’t going to be the hosts’ day, only for Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli to score two goals in 10 second-half minutes to set the Gunners on their way to three points that put them level with fourth-placed West Ham United .

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The patience in Arsenal’s build-up play was evident throughout, and they’ve clearly worked hard at maintaining that composure over the full 90 minutes. The fact that they had over 80% possession at one stage of the game says it all, with their biggest success coming whenever they drove through the spine of Newcastle’s team, constantly keeping them guessing with quick passing movements. Negatives

Mikel Arteta’s men were far too happy to welcome any pressure from Newcastle, and that could have cost them if the Magpies were a bit more precise in front of goal. The aerial threat provided them with a constant headache from the long balls over the top to the physicality shown by Newcastle’s forwards — which is something that needs to be addressed when playing bottom-half clubs, in particular. Manager ratings out of 10

8 — The best thing that can be said for Arteta is that he’s committing to the rebuilding project, with his starting XI being a shining example of that. Between the youth players and the experienced heads in the team, there was a clear blend in place, and after a tense start to the second half, he didn’t allow his side’s head to drop, which shows real character. In terms of substitutions, the Spaniard wanted to push for more goals even after taking the lead, which is precisely the mentality they need to possess if they want to push for the top four. Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best, players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Aaron Ramsdale , 8 — A world-class save that was tipped onto the bar from a Jonjo Shelvey shot ensured that Ramsdale added another entry to his 2021-22 highlight reel.

DF Takehiro Tomiyasu , 8 — His timing in making challenges was matched by his determination when pouring forward, ending in a delightful chipped assist for the second goal.

DF Ben White , 7 — Kept his head, was confident in possession and rarely put a foot wrong in yet another impressive display in red and white.

DF Gabriel Magalhaes , 8 — The Brazilian wasn’t afraid to get in the trenches and tidy up any messes in defence, especially in his duels with Wilson.

DF Nuno Tavares , 7 […]


LeBron James: Los Angeles Lakers forward fined $15,000 for ‘obscene gesture’ celebration

(CNN) LeBron James’ celebration in the recent overtime victory against the Indiana Pacers has landed the Los Angeles Lakers forward a fine from the NBA.

The $15,000 punishment was handed to James "for making an obscene gesture on the playing court," said the NBA in a statement on Friday.

‘The incident occurred with 1:17 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 124-116 overtime win against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse," said the NBA statement.

James enthusiastically made the gesture after making a deep three-point shot as he mimicked a celebration popularized by former NBA star Sam Cassell when he was playing for the Milwaukee Bucks.

The NBA has consistently fined players between $15,000 to $25,000 for performing the routine. Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (6) in action during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, in Indianapolis. James was also warned for using "profane language during media availability in response to league imposed discipline," said Byron Spruell, who is president of the NBA’s League Operations.

Last weekend, James was ejected after he made contact with Detroit Pistons player Isaiah Stewart in the face. That altercation that sparked a confrontational reaction from Stewart and an on-court scuffle.

Stewart was subsequently hit with a two-game suspension by the NBA for "escalating" the situation and "repeatedly and aggressively" pursuing James, who himself received a one-game ban for the first time in his 19-year NBA career for "recklessly hitting" the Pistons center in the face.

After the Wednesday’s win over the Pacers, James said the one-game suspension was "some bulls**t."*t."


Diogo Jota 8/10 as Liverpool rout Southampton in easy afternoon at Anfield

Liverpool continued their impressive form in the title race on Saturday afternoon with a 4-0 win against Southampton at Anfield.

The Reds got off to the perfect start with a goal inside the first two minutes, as intelligent build-up play between Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson was finished off by Diogo Jota . Southampton looked to respond, with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side playing higher up the pitch, and despite leaving themselves open to the counter-attack, Armando Broja wasted a good chance under pressure from Ibrahima Konate .

The visitors were soon made to pay for failing to capitalise on mistakes. Jordan Henderson’s precise ball allowed Mo Salah to cut back for Jota’s brace before Thiago’s effort moments later was diverted past Alex McCarthy for Liverpool’s third.

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A double change from the Saints at halftime suggested there was a plan to edge their way back into the match, but any hopes of doing so were quickly banished when Virgil van Dijk found the time to volley home from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner just seven minutes after the restart. Jota could have netted his hat-trick from Robertson’s precise cross on the left-hand side, but the deflated response from Southampton allowed the Anfield crowd to relax as Liverpool cruised through the remaining minutes in the manner of a training match. Positives

Liverpool were clinical in their brightest spells and punished Southampton for not making the most of their chances. The Saints couldn’t deal with the attack of Jurgen Klopp’s side on Saturday afternoon. Negatives

Some moments of complacency emerged after the first goal with mistakes conceding some promising chances, which a better side might have taken. Manager ratings out of 10

8 — Jurgen Klopp’s team selection ensured control in the middle of the park while allowing the front three to flourish. The Liverpool manager also responded well to Southampton’s adjustments throughout the game to see through a comfortable performance. Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best, players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Alisson , 8 — It could have been a different game without Alisson who was called upon on two crucial moments in the first half. A strong save denied Broja before the Brazilian goalkeeper then denied Adam Armstrong to maintain Liverpool’s three-goal cushion.

DF Trent Alexander-Arnold , 7 — Yet another assist for the right-back, whose second-half corner was volleyed home by Virgil van Dijk.

DF Ibrahima Konate, 7 — The 22-year-old applied important pressure to Broja, who was forced off balance when getting his shot off inside the box, to maintain the clean sheet. An assured performance.

DF Virgil van Dijk, 7 — The Netherlands star looked serene throughout the 90 minutes in defence. He will be delighted to be back into scoring form, with his second-half strike his first goal for the club since September of 2020. DF Andy Robertson, 8 […]


Sources: Seattle Mariners acquiring utility player Adam Frazier in trade with San Diego Padres

The Seattle Mariners are acquiring second baseman/outfielder Adam Frazier in a trade with the San Diego Padres , sources familiar with the agreement tell ESPN. Going to San Diego will be hard-throwing left-handed reliever Raymond Kerr and outfielder Corey Rosier.

Frazier, who turns 30 in December, was an All-Star last year for Pittsburgh , which dealt him to the Padres. He’s in line to play in a super-utility role, especially if Seattle signs a big-name free-agent infielder.

Frazier is under contract for $7.5 million this season and can enter free agency after the 2022 season. He finished fifth in the National League with 176 hits and a .305 batting average last season and added five home runs and 43 RBIs.

In six MLB seasons, Frazier has a career .281 average with 313 runs scored and 215 RBIs.

Kerr, 27, is a power lefty who can hit 100 mph. Rosier, 21, had an excellent debut in 2021.


UFC lightweights Beneil Dariush, Islam Makhachev agree to 155-pound, five-round contest in February

UFC lightweights Beneil Dariush and Islam Makhachev have agreed to meet on Feb 26, manager Ali Abdelaziz told ESPN.

The 155-pound, five-round contest will headline a UFC Fight Night, said Abdelaziz, who managers both fighters.

The promotion has not yet announced a location for that event.

"I don’t like it when two guys who I really love have to fight, but these two have worked their whole lives to become a champion and this is a No. 1 contender match," Abdelaziz said. "Whoever wins this fight will fight for the title, so who am I to tell them not to fight? They’re at the top and I wish both guys the best of luck."

The winner will have a strong case for a lightweight title shot in his next appearance. According to the UFC rankings, Dariush and Makhachev are Nos. 3 and 4, respectively. No. 1-ranked Dustin Poirier will challenge Charles Oliveira for the title in December.

No. 2-ranked Justin Gaethje is also in the title hunt.

In addition to agreeing to the Feb. 26 matchup, both lightweights signed new contract extensions with the UFC, per sources.

Dariush (21-4-1) is riding a seven-fight win streak, including a unanimous decision over former interim champion Tony Ferguson in May. The 32-year-old was born in Iran but now fights out of Huntington Beach, California with Kings MMA.

Makhachev (21-1) has won nine in a row and finished all three of the opponents he faced in 2021. He is a longtime teammate of retired former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Nurmagomedov is a regular fixture in Makhachev’s corner.


New York Rangers’ Artemi Panarin fined $5,000 for throwing glove at Boston Bruins’ Brad Marchand

NEW YORK — New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin has been fined $5,000 for throwing one of his gloves at Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand .

The NHL announced the punishment on Saturday. The fine is the maximum allowed under the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the players’ union.

Panarin and Marchand were standing in front of their respective benches when the glove-throwing episode occurred during the third period of New York’s 5-2 victory at Boston on Friday.

Both players were assessed a misconduct penalty.

Panarin had a goal and an assist in the win against the Bruins. He has five goals and 16 assists in 20 games this season.


From the Patriots’ Mac Jones to the Jets’ Zach Wilson, inside the first season of 10 NFL rookie QBs

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — When New England Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones threw his first career touchdown pass, teammates tried to give him the football as a keepsake as he ran off the field. But he kept giving it back .

It was a signature moment that reflects Jones’ always-moving-forward approach, which has helped move him to the head of the class among his rookie QB peers.

Six different rookie quarterbacks, including Jones, have started a game this season — the Jacksonville Jaguars ‘ Trevor Lawrence , New York Jets ‘ Zach Wilson , San Francisco 49ers ‘ Trey Lance , Chicago Bears ‘ Justin Fields and Houston Texans ‘ Davis Mills . That ties for the most through Week 11 of a season over the last 22 years (along with 2012, 2016 and 2019).

And there have been some predicable growing pains. Best of NFL Nation

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• Vrabel, Belichick set for Round 3 Rookie QBs collectively have a 35.3 Total QBR, the worst mark since 2010, when Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy were breaking into the NFL.

Jones has helped raise the bar with a rookie-best QBR of 49.8.

Meanwhile, his 7-4 record is best among rookie quarterbacks. The rest of the field is a combined 5-26. Jones’ completion percentage of 70 is also tops, with the rest of the group at 60.

One secret to the Patriots’ success with Jones has been picking their spots to throw down the field.

Jones’ 7.6 air yards per attempt is the second lowest among rookie quarterbacks. Fields is at a rookie-high 10.5 air yards per attempt. As a result, Jones’ off-target percentage (14.4) is the best among his peers.

Jones’ overall performance, and daily behind-the-scenes approach, has earned him respect throughout the Patriots’ locker room.

"This kid is very serious about what he’s doing. He spends more time in this building than a lot of guys I can ever remember here," said captain Matthew Slater , who is in his 14th season and is the Patriots’ longest tenured player. "I can’t believe how quickly he’s developed, as far as his understanding of the things we’re trying to do here — and that’s not just offensively. I’m talking about overall culture."ESPN NFL Nation reporters break down this year’s 10 rookie quarterbacks. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars Trevor Lawrence’s numbers are not very good, but not all of the blame belongs to the quarterback, as Jacksonville’s receivers have been among the league worst at dropping passes. David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire Overall pick: No. 1 Stats: 10 games played, 8 TDs, 9 INTs, 35.2 QBR (27th among all QBs) Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco’s assessment: Lawrence threw seven interceptions in his first three games but just two since, and he played his best football in Weeks 4-6. In the four games since the bye, however, it has been […]


Arsenal win piles pressure on Newcastle United and new head coach Eddie Howe

(CNN)After playing 13 Premier League games, Newcastle United still haven’t won a match, the club’s latest setback coming in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat by Arsenal.

The loss ensured Newcastle stay bottom of the table on six points, five points behind fourth from bottom Leeds United.

Saturday’s match was the first time Newcastle’s new head coach Eddie Howe was in the technical area as he grapples with the task of ensuring the club’s Premier League survival.

Appointed earlier this month after Newcastle’s new owners sacked Steve Bruce, Howe missed the 3-3 draw with Brentford after testing positive for Covid-19.

Arsenal were well worth the win, a dominant performance that was rewarded by two beautifully taken second-half goals by Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli.