NASHVILLE — The NFL has fined the Tennessee Titans $350,000 for violating protocols leading to the league’s first COVID-19 outbreak during the season, a person familiar with the discipline told The Associated Press.
The Titans had 24 people, including 13 players, test positive for COVID-19 between Sept. 24 and Oct. 11. The outbreak led the NFL to postpone two Tennessee games and the rescheduling of a game against Pittsburgh from Oct. 4 to Sunday and the second against Buffalo from Oct. 11 to Oct. 13.
The NFL and its players association sent officials, including infectious disease experts, to Nashville where they reviewed video and interviewed players, coaches and other personnel.
But the NFL found the Titans failed to wear masks at all times and were “insufficiently clear” to players about not meeting or working out once the facility closed. That kept the loss of draft picks or a forfeit out of the possible punishments.
That led to the fine, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the NFL nor the Titans have commented on league discipline connected with the outbreak.
Recap: Toronto FC vs. Nashville SC 11/24/2020 | Matchcenter – MLSsoccer.com
Nashville SC pulled off the Round One upset Tuesday night at Rentschler Field, using a Daniel Rios game-winner in the second half of extra time to beat Toronto FC 1-0 and book a spot in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs.
Rios scored in the 108th minute after the expansion squad mounted pressure, following up a Hany Mukhtar shot that Toronto goalkeeper Quentin Westberg initially stoped. Rios’ shot came into an open net, emphatically helping Nashville bounce the 2019 MLS Cup finalists, who were the No. 2 seed and chased the Supporters’ Shield all season.
Before Rios’ tally, Nashville (No. 7 seed) saw three goals called back for players being in an offside position. Designated Player forward Jhonder Cadiz twice thought he gave his team a 1-0 lead, heading home in the 13th and 54th minutes after finding holes in the Toronto defense. Mukhtar’s inch-perfect chip in the 100th minute was also waived off, having evaded Michael Bradley with a midfield run before slipping his shot underneath the crossbar.
If that wasn’t enough, Nashville’s frustrations grew in the second half when Mukhtar (72nd minute) and Alex Muyl (75th minute) both missed close-range headers. Mukhtar skied his effort after Alistair Johnston’s cross from the right, and Muyl couldn’t sneak his header inside the post after Randall Leal picked him out.
The near-misses continued as extra time loomed, with Mukhtar looping a header off the crossbar in the 90th minute and Walker Zimmerman seeing his shot smothered by Westberg in the 91st minute.
Toronto struggled to generate many quality chances, but nearly scored in the 26th minute through Nick DeLeon. The midfielder latched onto a Pablo Piatti cross from the right, only for Nashville goalkeeper Joe Willis to stop him on the doorstep. The Reds were outshot 21-10.
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- THE BIG PICTURE: Toronto FC could’ve made it four trips to MLS Cup in the last five years. Instead, head coach Greg Vanney’s team departs the playoffs early, even as key players like Jozy Altidore returned to health. The Reds were outplayed for large chunks, too, and now Nashville will look to keep defying the odds. Just how far can head coach Gary Smith’s team go?
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Last year, Daniel Rios was playing in the USL Championship. Now, he’s scored the biggest goal in Nashville SC history and sent his team through to the next round. What a moment for the second-half substitute, who had four regular-season goals.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Hany Mukhtar was at the heart of most attacking moves for Nashville, finishing with a game-high six shots. He could’ve finished a coupe chances, sure, but will be most remembered for creating the late winner.
- TOR: End of season
- NSH: Sunday, Nov. 29 at Columbus Crew SC (8 pm ET) | Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals
Fantasy: Week 12 Rankings (Early Edition) – theScore
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theScore’s Justin Boone was the winner of FantasyPros’ Most Accurate Expert Competition in 2019, marking the seventh time he’s placed in the top 10. Follow the links below to see his rankings for Week 12.
Updated rankings (including Standard and PPR) will be released Thursday, with the final version coming down Sunday morning.
|1||Russell Wilson||SEA||@ PHI|
|2||Patrick Mahomes II||KC||@ TB|
|3||Josh Allen||BUF||vs LAC|
|4||Deshaun Watson||HOU||@ DET|
|5||Kyler Murray||ARI||@ NE|
|6||Justin Herbert||LAC||@ BUF|
|7||Aaron Rodgers||GB||vs CHI|
|8||Tom Brady||TB||vs KC|
|9||Taysom Hill||NO||@ DEN|
|10||Cam Newton||NE||vs ARI|
|11||Derek Carr||LV||@ ATL|
|12||Lamar Jackson||BAL||@ PIT|
|13||Ben Roethlisberger||PIT||vs BAL|
|14||Matt Ryan||ATL||vs LV|
|15||Carson Wentz||PHI||vs SEA|
|16||Matthew Stafford||DET||vs HOU|
|17||Ryan Tannehill||TEN||@ IND|
|18||Daniel Jones||NYG||@ CIN|
|19||Philip Rivers||IND||vs TEN|
|20||Teddy Bridgewater||CAR||@ MIN|
|21||Alex Smith||WAS||@ DAL|
|22||Jared Goff||LAR||vs SF|
|23||Baker Mayfield||CLE||@ JAC|
|24||Tua Tagovailoa||MIA||@ NYJ|
|25||Kirk Cousins||MIN||vs CAR|
|26||Andy Dalton||DAL||vs WAS|
|27||Drew Lock||DEN||vs NO|
|28||Jake Luton||JAC||vs CLE|
|29||Nick Foles||CHI||@ GB|
|30||Joe Flacco||NYJ||vs MIA|
|31||Nick Mullens||SF||@ LAR|
|32||Ryan Finley||CIN||vs NYG|
Fred Sasakamoose, one of NHL's first Indigenous players, dies after COVID-19 diagnosis – CTV News Saskatoon
Fred Sasakamoose, the first Indigenous hockey player from Saskatchewan to make it to the NHL, died Tuesday after falling ill with COVID-19, his son said.
“He was a grassroots guy. He wasn’t he wasn’t a suit and tie. He didn’t belong there. He knew where he belonged. He belonged with his people on the reserve. He belonged with local people in small towns,” Neil Sasakamoose said in a video update posted on Facebook Tuesday afternoon.
Sasakamoose had been admitted to hospital for treatment for COVID-19 last week. Neil Sasakamoose said he died around 3 p.m. Tuesday.
“He was able to survive about (five days after) going into the hospital and just the COVID virus did so much damage into his lungs, he just couldn’t keep responding,” he said.
“When I talked to him, I asked him how he is feeling, if he was scared. He said, ‘I’m not scared.’ He said ‘I’m ready to go. If you gotta go, I’m gonna go.’ I said ‘You know what, Dad? If you’re tired, you go. You go and don’t worry about us over here.'”
Sasakamoose is from Big River First Nation and lived on on Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation.
“He had some good, good strengths about that old guy,” Neil Sasakamoose said.
“He believed in his in his culture, his language, his people. He believed in us getting along with non-native people, races around the world. He believed in a lot of good qualities of what we should be striving for.”
Sasakamoose had been admitted to hospital for treatment for COVID-19.
In the video he asked people to comply with health orders and listen to political leaders to protect others during the wait for a COVID-19 vaccine.
“And if you have any sincerity towards other people, just keep quiet about the way you talk about anti-masking and that. I lost a father now too. We lose a grandparent and a parent just because of stubbornness and silliness and selfishness.”
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