LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) – The Chicago Bears defense took a hard hit when coach Matt Nagy announced outside linebacker Khalil Mack would go to the injured reserve at the end of the season with a foot injury.
Mack will be operated on next week, but Nagy did not specify the nature of the foot injury. Mack’s season ends with six sacks.
Mack’s injury has been a problem since the Bears faced Cleveland in Week 3, but he tried to get through it until he was out for the Oct. 31 game against San Francisco and has not returned.
DALLAS (AP) – Dallas wide receiver Amari Cooper has been placed on the COVID-19 reserve list and will miss Sunday’s Cowboys game in Kansas City.
The timing of the move raises questions about Cooper’s availability for the Thanksgiving game against his former team, the Las Vegas Raiders.
Cooper is second behind CeeDee Lamb in catches, yards and touchdowns. Cooper has 44 catches for 583 yards and five touchdowns.
The seventh-year pro’s absence comes in Game 2 for wide receiver Michael Gallup, who missed seven games after stretching a calf in Game 1.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs will pay for ongoing medical treatment and other expenses for a young girl who was seriously injured when a vehicle she was in was struck by a driven car by former assistant coach Britt Reid.
The deal between Ariel Young’s chiefs and family will provide him with “world-class medical care and long-term financial stability,” according to a statement from the team’s legal representative and the family’s attorney, Tom Porto.
The deal was reached after months of discussions between chiefs, Ariel Young’s family and medical experts. Other details were not disclosed.
Ariel, who was 5 at the time, suffered a head injury on February 4 when Britt Reid’s vehicle struck two vehicles stopped on an entrance ramp to Interstate 435 near Arrowhead Stadium.
OXFORD, Mississippi (AP) – Mississippi quarterback Matt Corral looks set to end his college career this season.
The Rebels’ 10th-ranked Heisman Trophy contender posted on social media that Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt will be his final at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Corral, a junior, is screened as a potential NFL first-round pick.
Corral wrote a post before what he called “my last game at The Vaught”. He thanked coach Lane Kiffin and offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby and others.
Kiffin has said on several occasions this week that he expects this to be Corral’s last home game.
Corral had 2,774 yards and 17 touchdowns against two interceptions. He also ran for 523 yards and 10 touchdowns.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa No.8 women’s basketball team canceled a game against Drake on Sunday and will not make it to the Cancun Challenge tournament due to positive COVID-19 tests in the program , announced the school.
The school’s press release did not specify whether the tests were for athletes, staff, or both, nor did it specify how many people had tested positive. A spokesperson did not immediately return a request for details.
“We’re obviously disappointed but understand it’s the right decision,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said in the press release. “Our team and staff followed best practices. But unfortunately, a number of people have shown symptoms and tested positive. “
It appears to be the first COVID-19 cancellation in college basketball this season. The Southern California-California November 13 soccer game was postponed due to an outbreak among the Bears, and Drake’s soccer canceled a game in late October.
Iowa is off to a 4-0 start this season.
DALLAS (AP) – The Dallas Mavericks retire Dirk Nowitzki’s No.41 when Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors visit in January.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver is expected to attend the Jan. 5 ceremony honoring the only player in league history to have played 21 seasons with the same team. The ceremony will take place after the match.
Nowitzki, 43, is the franchise leader in points, plays, starts, minutes, rebounds, 3 points, free throws and blocks. The 14-time All-Star is the most successful foreign-born player in NBA history. Nowitzki is sixth on the all-time list with 31,560 points.
Nowitzki retired at age 40 in 2019, eight years after leading Dallas to the only championship in franchise history. Jason Kidd, the leader of this team, is now the coach of the Mavericks.
Three other Dallas players have had their numbers withdrawn, all guards in Brad Davis (10), Rolando Blackman (22) and Derek Harper (12).
CLEVELAND (AP) – Cavaliers goaltender Collin Sexton’s season is over after surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.
Cleveland’s top scorer injured his knee on Nov. 7 in a game against the New York Knicks. The Cavs didn’t provide an update until Friday, when they said Sexton had surgery on Wednesday in Atlanta.
The 22-year-old averaged 16.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists in Cleveland’s first 11 games.
His loss is a blow to the Cavs, who got off to a good start but were recently ravaged by injuries. Rookie forward Evan Mobley is set to miss a month with a sprained elbow.
The Cavs were missing six regulars Thursday night in a loss to the Golden State Warriors.
DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Avalanche has signed coach Jared Bednar for a two-year extension that will run until the 2023-24 season, the team said.
Bednar has just completed a 2020-21 season in which he guided the Avalanche to the Presidents’ Trophy for the league’s highest score and their fourth consecutive playoff appearance. His team are off to a good start to the season despite serious injuries to players like Nathan MacKinnon.
Bednar, 49, has a career 191-154-40 record in six seasons at the helm of Colorado. He is two wins away from matching Bob Hartley for most coach count in Avalanche history. Michel Bergeron had 265 wins when the franchise was based in Quebec.
MONTREAL (AP) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Canadians said the positive test was confirmed Friday morning and that Bergevin is being monitored by the team’s medical staff.
Bergevin is the latest high profile case of COVID-19 in the Canadiens organization.
Coach Dominique Ducharme tested positive in the 2020-21 qualifiers. He missed the last four games of the Canadiens’ semi-final victory over Vegas and the first two games of Montreal’s five-game loss to Tampa Bay in the Stanley Cup final.