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December 20, 2021
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Update on the latest sports


Browns and Raiders meet in delayed game
CLEVELAND (AP) – Two days later than expected, the Browns and Raiders will meet in an important game for both teams. The NFL pushed the matchup from Saturday to Monday following a COVID-19 outbreak on the Browns.
The Browns entered the weekend with 24 players on their COVID-19 reserve list, including quarterback Baker Mayfield. The NFL’s decision to relax some testing policies could result in the Browns getting back some key players in time to play. Coach Kevin Stefanski has also been isolating after a positive test.
The Raiders are reeling. They’ve dealt with drama all season and are coming off a 48-9 drubbing in Kansas City.
In the previously-scheduled Monday night game, the Minnesota Vikings will try to steady themselves coming off a near epic collapse when they visit the struggling Chicago Bears.
The Vikings hung on to beat Pittsburgh 36-28 on a Thursday night after nearly blowing a 29-0 lead. The Vikings have four losses by three points or less. Minnesota is part of a tight pack vying for one of the NFC’s seven playoff spots.
Chicago has lost seven of eight.


Grizzlies host Thunder
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Memphis Grizzlies, who’ve lost just twice in their last 12 games, will try to rebound from a Sunday night loss to Portland when they host Oklahoma City tonight.


– The Utah Jazz – who’ve now lost two in a row after winning eight straight – are at home against the Charlotte Hornets.


– The Golden State Warriors – who were without Steph Curry and four others when they lost to Toronto over the weekend – are back home to take on the Sacramento Kings.


– In other action, the Philadelphia 76ers are in Boston the play the Celtics. The Houston Rockets visit the Chicago Bulls. And the Los Angeles Clippers are at home against the San Antonio Spurs.


– Orlando’s game at Toronto was among the five NBA games from the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday schedules that were postponed because of coronavirus concerns.


Two games on the schedule
UNDATED (AP) – With seven NHL teams now shut down ahead of the league’s holiday break because of COVID-19 outbreaks, there are just two games on tonight’s schedule.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are in Buffalo to skate against the Sabres, and the Dallas Stars are at home against the Minnesota Wild.
The NHL and its players association temporarily clamped down on teams crossing the Canadian border and shut down operations of two more teams Sunday, in hopes of salvaging the season. The league and union added the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs to the list of teams told to shut down operations.


Three of this season’s number-one teams in action
WACO, Texas (AP) – In college basketball, three of the teams that have already been at the top of the college basketball poll so far this season are in action on their home courts.
Top-ranked and unbeaten Baylor is at home against Alcorn State.
Number-three Purdue, coming off of a rout of Butler in the Crossroads Classic, hosts Incarnate Word.
And fifth-ranked Gonzaga is at home against Northern Arizona.


Tulsa meets Old Dominion in bowl game
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) – Tulsa and Old Dominion will look to keep win streaks going when they face each other in the Myrtle Beach Bowl this afternoon.
The Golden Hurricane are 6-6 and won their final three games to reach the postseason. The Monarchs did them two better, winning their final five games after opening the season 1-6.
It’s the 23rd bowl game for Tulsa, which has a 10-12 postseason mark. Old Dominion hopes to stay perfect in its bowl history after winning its only other appearance in a 24-20 victory over Eastern Michigan in the 2016 Bahamas Bowl.


Nadal says he’s tested positive
MADRID (AP) – Rafael Nadal says he tested positive for the coronavirus after playing in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi.
Nadal writes on Twitter that the positive result came from a PCR test he took after arriving in Spain. Nadal says he is enduring “unpleasant moments” but hopes to improve “little by little.” He is in isolation at home and everyone who has been in contact with him was informed of his positive result. Nadal says he had been tested every two days while away and all results had come back negative. Nadal says he will now have to be flexible with his playing schedule.