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Undefeated Titans Getting Healthy After COVID-19 Outbreak | Sports News



The undefeated Titans are healing up from the NFL’s first COVID-19 outbreak.

Not only does Tennessee have defensive lineman DaQuan Jones back for his second straight game after having been on the reserve/COVID-19 list, defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, wide receiver Adam Humphries and cornerback Kristian Fulton also are back.

Wide receiver Cameron Batson, a member of the practice squad who had been on that reserve list, also is active after being promoted for this game.

Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield will have his full complement of wide receivers of the team’s visit to Pittsburgh. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is active after twice testing negative for the coronavirus. Starting guard Wyatt Teller is out, with former Steelers offensive lineman Chris Hubbard starting in Teller’s place.

Cleveland safeties Ronnie Harrison (concussion) and Karl Joseph (hamstring) are also out. Sheldrick Redwine, who had a fourth-quarter pick against Indianapolis last week, will start alongside Andrew Sendejo.

The unbeaten Steelers will be without Pro Bowl guard David DeCastro and wide receiver Diontae Johnson. DeCastro will miss his third game of the season after sustaining an abdominal injury last week against Philadelphia. DeCastro sat out Weeks 1 and 2 with a knee injury.

Rookie Kevin Dotson will start in place of DeCastro. Johnson, Pittsburgh’s second-leading receiver, is out because of a back injury suffered on a punt return last week.

Wide receiver Julio Jones is active for Atlanta after playing only one half of the previous three games because of a hamstring injury. Defensive end Takk McKinley is out with a groin injury that has kept him sidelined for all but five snaps of the previous three games.

Minnesota’s Alexander Mattison gets his first career start at running back for Dalvin Cook, who hurt his groin last week. Right guard Dru Samia’s absence to a wrist injury also paves the way for rookie Ezra Cleveland to make his debut in the lineup.

Jacksonville Jaguars receiver DJ Chark is active and in the starting lineup against Detroit. Chark (ankle) had been listed as questionable, but he tested his ankle during pre-game warmups and felt good enough to play.

Jacksonville will be without defensive end Josh Allen (knee) for the second straight game. Defensive tackle Abry Jones (ankle/hamstring) also is inactive.

Center Frank Ragnow, listed as questionable with a groin injury, is active for the Lions.

Indianapolis Pro Bowl linebacker Darius Leonard will miss his second straight game with an injured groin. He said Thursday he was hopeful of playing Sunday, but the Colts listed him as doubtful following Friday’s practice.

Former Purdue linebacker Markus Bailey was one of five players deactivated by the Bengals. Carl Lawson is expected to replace Sam Hubbard at defensive end after Hubbard (elbow) went on injured reserve. Cincinnati also will be missing starting defensive tackle D.J. Reader, who suffered a season-ending quad injury. Christian Covington moved into Reader’s spot on the depth chart.

The Panthers will be without versatile No. 3 wide receiver Curtis Samuel for Sunday’s game against the Bears. Samuel was listed as questionable on Friday with a knee injury, but the Panthers elected to keep him out of the game.

Also, P.J. Walker replaces Will Grier as Carolina’s No. 2 quarterback this week as Grier is inactive. For the Bears, interior defensive linemen Daniel McCullers and John Jenkins are active.

The Eagles are down to one starting offensive lineman with right tackle Lane Johnson inactive because of an ankle injury and right guard Matt Pryor on the COVID-19 list. Only center Jason Kelce remains from Philadelphia’s original starting five.

The Patriots and Broncos are scheduled to finally play their twice-postponed game following an outbreak of coronavirus cases that affected players on both teams.

New England quarterback Cam Newton and Stephon Gilmore are both expected to be in the lineup after testing positive with COVID-19 earlier this month.

But the Patriots won’t have offensive lineman Shaq Mason or defensive lineman Derek Rivers after both were added to the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday, as was running back Sony Michel, who was already on injured reserve with a leg injury. Denver running backs coach Curtis Modkins also tested positive and didn’t make the trip to New England.

The Broncos will be also without multiple key players. Melvin Gordon is inactive after he was cited by Denver police for driving under the influence and speeding last week. Gordon is coming off a season-high 107 rushing yards and two TDs in Week 4.

Denver also won’t have tight end Noah Fant (ankle) or receiver K.J. Hamler (hamstring). Starting linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu (quadriceps) is also out.

Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who lost his starting job more than a week ago and missed practice this week because of a stomach illness, was inactive for Sunday’s game against the Giants.

The Giants got some good news as DT Dexter Lawrence (knee) and WR Darius Slayton (foot) were active. They had been listed as questionable on Friday. Linebacker David Mayo, who missed the first five games of the season following knee surgery, was active. He was taken off injured reserve on Friday. Mayo started 13 games last season.

Texans: WR Keke Coutee, CB Cornell Armstrong, RB Buddy Howell, ILB Peter Kalambayi, OT Charlie Heck, TE Jordan Akins.

Titans: OL Daniel Munyer, OL Isaiah Wilson, DB Chris Jackson, DL Matt Dickerson and LB Will Compton.

Browns: S Ronnie Harrison Jr., S Karl Joseph, LB Jacob Phillips, G Wyatt Teller, DE Joe Jackson, DE Vincent Taylor.

Steelers: QB Josh Dobbs, WR Diontae Johnson, ILB Ulysses Gilbert, G David DeCastro, DL Carlos Davis, TE Zach Gentry.

Lions: QB David Blough, CB Desmond Trufant, LB Elijah Lee, OL Logan Stenberg, G Kenny Wiggins, WR Quintez Cephus.

Jaguars: DE Josh Allen, DT Abry Jones, CB Luq Barcoo, DT Daniel Ekuale, WR Dede Westbrook, QB Jake Luton.


Bengals: K Austin Siebert, WR Auden Tate, RB Trayveon Williams, LB Markus Bailey, G Keaton Sutherland.

Colts: QB Jacob Eason, WR Daurice Fountain, LB Darius Leonard, OT Chaz Green, TE Mo Alie-Cox, WR Dezmon Patmon, DE Ron’Dell Carter.

Bears: CB Duke Shelley, S Deon Bush, LG Arlington Hambright, WR Riley Ridley, OLB Trevis Gipson.

Panthers: WR Curtis Samuel, QB Will Grier, CB Eli Apple, G Dennis Daley, DT Woodrow Hamilton.


Ravens: QB Trace McSorley, WR Chris Moore, DB Anthony Levine, OL Trystan Colon-Castillo, OL Ben Bredeson, DE Derek Wolfe.

Eagles: RT Lane Johnson, WR DeSean Jackson, WR Alshon Jeffery, CB Avonte Maddox, S Marcus Epps, LB Duke Riley, QB Nate Sudfeld.

Broncos: QB Jeff Driskel, G Netane Muti, TE Noah Fan, RB Melvin Gordon, WR K.J. Hamler, LB Jeremiah Attaochu, DT McTelvin Agim.

Patriots: DL Carl Davis, DB Myles Bryant, RB J.J. Taylor, TE Dalton Keene, QB Brian Hoyer.


Washington: QB Dwayne Haskins, LB Thomas Davis Sr., DE Nate Orchard, G Joshua Garnett, T David Sharpe, TE Marcus Baugh.

Giants: S Adrian Colbert, LB TJ Brunson, OT Jackson Barton, TE Eric Tomlinson, DE RJ McIntosh, OLB Lorenzo Carter.

Falcons: CB Jordan Miller, RB Qadree Ollison, S Jaylinn Hawkins, RT John Wetzel, DE Takk McKinley.

Vikings: RB Dalvin Cook, CB Kris Boyd, WR/KR K.J. Osborn, CB Holton Hill, RG Dru Samia.

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Sports’ buy-in needed to prevent super-spreader potential: experts




Test results and travel plans for both teams weren’t immediately available. 

With many sports ongoing through the fall and others considering a return over the coming months, the risk-reward debate of whether team activities are a good idea is once again being stoked.

“There’s going to be nuances associated with all these different sports in terms of where they’re played and how they’re played,” said Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Toronto. “And I think we can take creative ways to mitigate risk in those settings. Now I don’t think you can say sports are back and there’s a way to do it all the time. I think we have to think about to what extent can risk be reduced. 

“The other point is how acceptable is that to the local public health authorities and to the community where the sport is being played and to the people actually playing the sport. Those are big questions to ask because you really need to have buy-in.”

Bogoch, who helped advise with the setup of NHL bubbles that were successfully used in Toronto and Edmonton, said there is a risk of a super-spreader events in team sports.

“We’ve seen numerous examples of how this infection can be amplified in sport venues,” he said. “We’ve seen it in professional sports and we’ve seen it in minor sports. We saw it in baseball earlier on in the MLB season and we’ve seen it in junior hockey where they don’t have as many resources at their disposal.”

Rising case numbers in Canada and elsewhere aren’t helping matters. 

“I think that any team sport, any event where a number of people are getting together, it increases the risk,” Coombs said from Winnipeg. “There’s no two ways about it.”

Canada surpassed the grim mark of 10,000 deaths from COVID-19 earlier this week. There have been about 225,000 total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country.

“Whether you want to do sports or want to do other things, the community needs to continue to buckle down and get those numbers down and then all the other stuff that’s been put aside will eventually start coming back,” Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, medical officer of health from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, said from Ottawa. “It’s like a see-saw. When the numbers go up, sports go down.”

Thomas Tenkate, a health risk assessment expert and associate professor at Ryerson University’s School of Occupational & Public Health, said the reality is that athletes in team sports “are getting pretty up close and personal.”

“There’s a lot of respiratory secretions happening in close quarters,” he said from Toronto. “So really if there was someone infected – even if they didn’t have symptoms – I think the chances of them infecting a lot of people in a short period of time is pretty high.”

Bogoch also noted that different sports come with different risks. Hockey players, for example, are usually tightly packed on benches, similar to baseball players in a dugout.

MLB managed to complete its schedule despite multiple positive tests early in the season. Major League Soccer had similar challenges in the early going but is now winding down its campaign.

Some pro athletes wear masks or face coverings in the field of play but most do not. Tenkate said when there are so many athletes involved in a team sport setting, there can be super-spreader potential.

“Definitely that could happen, for sure,” he said. “Depending on where they are in the time course of their infection, how infectious they are, you can have a different level of being infectious at different times of what’s called your period of communicability.”

In addition, myriad factors can come into play for non-professional athletes in leagues that don’t have the same resources or setups as others. Many pro athletes are tested daily but that frequency won’t be matched at lower levels.  

“Quite frankly I don’t think there’s an easy answer here,” Bogoch said. “You’ve got to sit down with the teams and the leagues and decide what’s acceptable and what’s not acceptable. 

“You’ve got to run it by the local public health units to see if it’s acceptable as well.”

Coombs thinks some leagues should be able to function, but that everyone involved – players, coaches, managers, team staffers and others – need to “raise their game.”

“It does come down to potential,” he said. “This is going to be the case for any infectious disease that’s transmitted by the respiratory or contact route.”

Just like in the non-sporting arena, thinking of others as well as the greater good will be necessary for success.

“The real question is do people buy in and do what they need to do?,” Bogoch said.

– With files from The Associated Press.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 28, 2020. 

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School sports cancelled until after Christmas – Morinville News – Morinville Online




by Stephen Dafoe

Four area school divisions released a joint press release Wednesday morning, announcing the cancellation of school sports.

The joint release from Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord, Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools, St. Albert Public Schools and Sturgeon Public Schools says the divisions made the joint decision to postpone all school-based extracurricular junior and senior high athletics until after Christmas. 

The release says the decision was not made lightly but was necessary due to the significant increase in COVID-19 cases in area communities.

“We know how important athletics are to many of our students, and we hope to be able to provide our student-athletes with the opportunity to participate and compete later this school year,” the release reads. “We will monitor the situation in the upcoming months to determine if it is safe to resume athletics, with COVID-19 safety measures in place, in the new year.”




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QAnon’s ‘Save the Children’ morphs into popular slogan | NanaimoNewsNOW




“Why are we finally talking about it? Because we have a president who’s talking about it,” she said last month during the rally she organized in Morris, a conservative stronghold of about 15,000 people 60 miles (about 100 kilometres) from Chicago.

She promoted her rally on Facebook, as many other women are doing. Some also use the platform to launch private groups where they swap tips, rumours and stories about child trafficking.

Mentions of #SavetheChildren on Twitter began climbing in June and peaked in August when the hashtag was used more than 800,000 times during the first week of that month, according to an analysis by the media intelligence firm Zignal Labs conducted for The Associated Press.

The movement gained popularity as posts about QAnon spiked on Facebook and Instagram this year, prompting millions of likes, shares and comments on the platforms, a separate AP review of public social media posts found.

While Trump has not made “Save the Children” part of his campaign, he has twice publicly praised QAnon’s mission. Under his administration, however, federal prosecutors have less aggressively prosecuted child sex trafficking cases.

“I do know they are very much against pedophilia,” Trump said during his televised town hall this month, when asked about QAnon. “They fight it very hard.”

The movement’s rise has complicated the efforts of the London-based humanitarian organization called Save the Children and other nonprofits that have long worked to fight human trafficking and provided funding for the world’s needy children. And the conspiracy theories distort the reality of how people become victims of human trafficking, experts have said.

Save the Children — a century-old organization that aided 144 million children worldwide last year with a mission of ensuring kids grow up healthy, educated and safe — found its trademarked name coopted on social media. The charity has repeatedly said it is not associated with the SavetheChildren hashtag used to spread conspiracy theories.

Washington-based Polaris, the non-profit group that runs the National Human Trafficking hotline, created a myth-busting resource page on its website focused on debunking some misinformation that surfaced from QAnon after receiving hundreds of calls about human trafficking conspiracy theories over the summer.

Some social media users have been introduced to QAnon through posts about child sex trafficking that use #SavetheChildren. Facebook and Instagram tried to squelch those QAnon recruitment efforts last month by directing people who search for #SaveTheChildren to the official website for the humanitarian organization.

But the connections among “Save the Children,” QAnon, and Trump still permeate social media.

Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts regularly use #SaveTheChildren to promote memes and conspiracy theories about Democrats.

One such Instagram post that was liked nearly 12,000 times includes pictures of former President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

It asks: “How much would you pay-per-view to see the FBI raid their homes and take them out in handcuffs at 3 a.m.”

A video viewed more than 5,000 times on a QAnon account features images of Trump giving a thumbs up to the #SavetheChildren movement and photos of abused women, with dramatic music in the background.

Under the guise of benefiting children, many of the posts seek to lure people into the QAnon conspiracy theory circle and encourage support for Trump, said Sophie Bjork-James, an anthropology professor at Vanderbilt University who studies the religious right and QAnon.

The movement is particularly attractive to conservative religious women, Bjork-James said. Her research on small, evangelical churches in Colorado Springs more than a decade ago found that human trafficking was one of the few political causes the congregations organized around.

“The core of QAnon is that Trump is the hero. It assembles a narrative to justify any of (Trump’s) actions as valiant and heroic,” she said.

Social media posts about QAnon and the “Save the Children” movement have also increased in Instagram communities focused on health, wellness and yoga that are popular with women, said Melanie Smith, the head of analysis for social media research firm Graphika.

QAnon and “Save the Children” have become such a force in the online yoga community that influencers including yoga teacher Seane Corn posted letters on Instagram last month warning followers not to “be fooled” by slickly crafted posts spreading misinformation about human trafficking.

Smith has studied QAnon for two years and said the conspiracy theory reached new audiences in recent months through hashtags like #SavetheChildren.

“The way in which people encounter QAnon, now, is through relatively mainstream, non-absurd topics,” Smith told the U.S. House Intelligence Committee during a hearing this month. “We’re seeing a huge explosion in content around child sex trafficking and child exploitation through the Save the Children movement.”

Vermillion hands out homemade leaflets with statistics and online resources for combatting child sex abuse. She said she avoids “Save the Children” Facebook groups promoting misinformation, QAnon and white supremacy symbols.

But there was some QAnon support at her rally. One woman held a sign reading, “Hollywood loves adrenochrome,” a reference to a QAnon conspiracy theory claiming baselessly that celebrities traffic children to harvest adrenaline from their blood to create a drug.

Vermillion insisted: “This rally today is not about Hollywood and drinking blood.”

Amanda Seitz, The Associated Press

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