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December 19, 2019
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December 19, 2019
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Prescott expected to play despite sore shoulder


UNDATED (AP) – Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott has a shoulder injury that is limiting him in practice but shouldn’t keep him out Sunday when the Cowboys try to qualify for the playoffs at Philadelphia.


The Cowboys and Eagles are tied for the NFC East lead at 7-7. Dallas advances to the postseason with a victory, but the Eagles will take the division and make the playoffs by beating the Cowboys and Giants.


Prescott didn’t throw during the portion of practice that was open to reporters Wednesday. Coach Jason Garrett said Prescott had an MRI and “everything seems to be OK.”


In other NFL news:


– The Jaguars have fired Tom Coughlin (KAWF’-lihn) as executive vice president of football operations, two seasons after the team advanced to the AFC championship game. The 73-year-old Coughlin built the team from the ground up in 1995 and revived it upon his return in 2017. The NFL Players Association says more than 25% of player grievances filed in the last two years have been against the Jaguars.


– It looks like Daniel Jones is returning as the Giants’ starting quarterback after missing two games with a sprained right ankle. Jones took most of the first-team snaps at practice Wednesday, a major indication the rookie will start Sunday in the penultimate game of the season against the Washington Redskins.


– The Titans have made yet another move at kicker, placing veteran Ryan Succop (SUK’-uhp) back on injured reserve and signing Greg Joseph off Carolina’s practice squad. The Titans announced the moves a day after waiving Ryan Santoso after he struggled on kickoffs.


– Buccaneers Pro Bowl receiver Mike Evans and safety Jordan Whitehead will miss the remainder of the season because of hamstring injuries. The Buccaneers placed both players on injured reserve and also announced that receiver Spencer Schnell has been promoted from the practice squad to the active roster.


– Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green won’t play this season because his ankle injury isn’t fully healed. The Bengals’ most accomplished player becomes a free agent after the season and says he’s open to a contract extension. But he doesn’t want the team to give him a franchise tag and keep him for one more year.


– The Bears have placed inside linebacker Danny Trevathan (treh-VAY’-than) on injured reserve because of a left elbow injury. Trevathan has not played since Nov. 10, when his arm bent awkwardly as he tried to sack Jeff Driskel in a win over Detroit.


– The Detroit Lions have signed free agent defensive tackle Jamie Meder. The Lions announced the move Wednesday. The 28-year-old Meder has not played in a regular-season game since the 2017 season. Meder started 15 games for the Cleveland Browns in 2016 and made one start the following season. He spent four seasons with Cleveland, appearing in 43 games. The Lions play at Denver on Sunday.


– Tired of speculation about his future, Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. ended any conjecture by saying he wants to stay in Cleveland despite a disappointing first season. Beckham decided to set the record straight after reports surfaced in recent weeks claiming he was unhappy and wanted to go to another team.


– The Panthers are preparing to play rookie quarterback Will Grier against the Colts. Interim coach Perry Fewell said Wednesday that Grier is taking reps with the first team at practice this week. Fewell added he’ll make a decision on his starter after Thursday’s practice.




High school coach portrayed in “Remember the Titans” dies


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) – The Virginia high school football coach who inspired the movie “Remember the Titans” has died. Herman Boone was 84.


Boone guided T.C. Williams High School to a state championship while navigating the early days of desegregation. In the movie, he was portrayed by Denzel Washington.


Aly Khan Johnson, an assistant on Boone’s staff in 1972, said the coach died at his home in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday after battling cancer.




Russia plans to file appeal against Olympic ban


MOSCOW (AP) – Russia has signaled it will file an appeal against its four-year Olympic ban due to World Anti-Doping Agency sanctions which President Vladimir Putin on Thursday branded “unfair.”


The Russian anti-doping agency’s supervisory board voted Thursday to file an arbitration case with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland. WADA last week ruled Russia had manipulated doping laboratory data to cover up past offenses.


Putin said it was not fair to threaten Russia with more doping-related punishment, and that any sanctions should be on an individual basis. “I think it is not just unfair but not corresponding to common sense and law,” Putin said.


The case will likely be referred to CAS within the next 10-15 days, according to supervisory board chairman Alexander Ivlev. After a panel of three CAS arbitrators is chosen, a verdict will be issued within three months.




Tokyo Olympic marathon set; 3 loops on a course in Sapporo


TOKYO (AP) – The marathon courses are set for the Tokyo Olympics.


The races were moved out of Tokyo over a month ago to the northern city of Sapporo to avoid the capital’s summer heat. Organizers finalized the course plans on Thursday.


Both the men’s and women’s courses will start and finish in the city’s Odori Park. The course for both races will consist of three loops. One loop will be about the length of a half-marathon and will be run first.


The other loop will be about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) and will be covered twice.


The women’s race will be run on Aug. 8 and the men’s marathon on the following day – the final day of the Olympics.


The International Olympic Committee unilaterally moved the marathons and race walks out of Tokyo because of the summer heat, which angered Tokyo’s governor.