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A&M out of Gator because of COVID-19, injuries

Texas A&M will not be participating in the Gator Bowl due to insufficient players to participate due to COVID-19 issues and injuries within the program. Bowl officials are looking for a replacement team to face Wake Forest on December 31st. (Author: Gardener)

Texas A&MTexas A&M will not be participating in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl at the end of the season within the program due to COVID-19 issues and injuries. "It's unfortunate, but we just don't have enough scholars to put together a team," said Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M coach. The game is scheduled for December 31st in Jacksonville, Florida. Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork told ESPN that the program was limited to 38 scholarship players, 20 of whom were offensive and defensive linemen. In addition to the outbreak and injuries, Texas A&M also had Jalen Wydermyer and running back Isaiah Spiller account for the NFL draft. Quarterback Zach Calzada, who started 10 games this season, entered the transfer portal. "So if you take running backs, receivers, quarterbacks and defensive backs, we had 13 of these guys and only 13 fellows on defense," Bjork told ESPN. "We had over 40 people between COVID, end-of-season injuries, transfers and cancellations. Wake Forest trainer Dave Clawson said he met with the captains of his team and that they still want to play in the game - as long as they have until Friday a new opponent. Wake sporting director John Currie said at least five teams came forward to express their interest in participating - including teams that have already played in a bowl are likely to pass, "Currie said told reporters on Zoom on Wednesday. Currie reiterated that the final decision on an opponent will be made by the Gator Bowl officials. "I'm an optimist by nature," said Currie. Ultimately, Greg McGarity, who did a great job as Executive Director of the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, it's up to him to figure out how to do it. "The Gator Bowl said it was working" aggressively "with the NCAA to move on to the next Illinois (5-7), which was officially banned from bowl competition after all eligible teams were selected on Dec. 5, is open to the opportunity to play a bowl game, sources told ESPN Marshall, who lost to Louisiana in the R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl last week, is also keen to be a substitute, sources told ESPN. Marshall trainer Charles Huff tweeted, "Someone said another game? ?? .... "Clawson said over 90% of the Wake Forest team received a COVID-19 booster shot and the team masked and distanced themselves inside again and limited contact - all ok n the hope that it can play. The No. 17 Demon Deacons (10-3) are putting together the most historic season in school history, and the players want to end it with their first Gator Bowl appearance since 1946, "said Clawson. "That's what they said. We worked really hard to get a bowl of this caliber and prestige. We want to have another game with Deacon Nation." Texas A&M had a season of ups and downs that went 4-4 in the Southeastern Conference.

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Betty White turns 100 and everyone is invited to a special celebration

This TV icon will be 100 years old on January 17th. How to get tickets to the epic Betty White birthday party on January 17th. (Author: Gardener)

Betty WhiteChristmas is at the end of this week, and then shortly afterwards we will ring in the new year with friends, family and a bottle of champagne. On January 17th, TV icon Betty White will be 100 years old and will be celebrating appropriately - with a film about her life! This Betty White birthday party is well deserved. Most of us know White from her television sitcom roles, but her career began long before The Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. At the age of eight, White appeared on the Empire Builders radio show to begin her professional career. This is how you can celebrate a century of Betty White. That's right, on January 17th, theaters will premiere White's personal birthday film. Turning 100 is not an easy task, so everyone is invited to attend the shows for Betty White: 100 Years Young - A Birthday Celebration. The film documents some of White's most beloved acting moments, with an emphasis on all of her amazing accomplishments, such as how White became the first woman to produce a national television show. As I said, everyone is invited to Betty White's birthday party, but you'll want to get your tickets soon. Cinemas will only show the film on January 17th. Here you can find tickets for Betty White: 100 Years Young. This is how Betty White celebrated her birthday last year! And if you can't make it to the show, celebrate with a Golden Girls birthday party at home. If you can't find it in your grocery store, try caramel ice cream topping instead. It tastes different, but this decadent dessert will still be amazing. —Sonia Lipham, Ranburne, Alabama New to making cheesecake? Learn how to make cheesecake with our ultimate guide. I've always liked Italian ricotta cheesecakes, but they have too much sugar for me. I serve mine with sugar-free strawberry ice cream and fresh strawberries. —Diane Shipley, Mentor, OhioFestive and oh so good, this cheesecake will be a staple on your dessert menu. The red velvet filling is mixed with cocoa, topped with cream cheese frosting and baked in a chocolate and biscuit crumb. - Karen Dively, Chapin, South Carolina This is my favorite blueberry cheesecake recipe, which I often make for family get-togethers. - Cathy Medley, Clyde, Ohio I thought cheesecake and pumpkin pie were great together. This creamy combo won an award in our local cake competition so I guess the judges agreed! - Noel Ferry, Perkasie, Pennsylvania I made this irresistible dessert for some diner for the first time. They were overwhelmed by its rich taste and appearance. My husband said it was the best dessert he had ever had in his entire life. —Heather Bennett, Dunbar, West Virginia I was going through a period where I couldn't get enough cheesecake or coffee, so I created this filling dessert. Its brownie-like crust and creamy mocha layer are just the ticket. —Shannon Dormady, Great Falls, MontanaAn attractive topping of apple slices seasoned with cinnamon and a homemade oat and walnut crust make this creamy dessert a real eye-catcher. —Emily Ann Young, Edmond, OklahomaI created this recipe to combine two of my all-time favorites: cheesecake for the grown-ups in me and chocolate chip cookie batter for the little girl in me. Everyone who tries this delicious cookie dough cheesecake loves it. —Julie Craig, Kewaskum, WisconsinThis delicious dessert is just as delicious as the campfire snack that inspired it. It's a great way to enjoy a summer classic any time of the year. Our 4 year old daughter likes it so much that she wished it for her next birthday! —Robin Andrews, Cary, North CarolinaPineapples and coconuts can be found all over the South Pacific, so we play them up in this creamy, cool pineapple cake with coconut cream. —Karen Naihe, Kamuela, Hawaii birthdays and holidays are great times for cheesecake. —Tish Frish, Hampden, MaineThe Italian word “tiramisu” means “pick-me-up” and refers to a dessert made from sponge fingers dipped in coffee. Combine that with cream cheese and you have a guaranteed picker upper that redefines a classic. -Mrs. Priscilla Gilbert, Indian Harbor Beach, FloridaCardamom has a sweet and warm taste that is reminiscent of clove, allspice and pepper, all wrapped in one spice. Mix it with pistachios and add to cheesecake for a dessert that suggests the exotic flavors of India. -Carolyn Harkonnen, Loomis, California I always get compliments when I bake this rich little cheesecake. With layers of caramel, chocolate, and vanilla, it's an instant classic. —Erin Byrd, Springfield, MissouriI make this summer cheesecake a flavorful and refreshing treat. - Kristen Heigl, Staten Island, New York My mother-in-law loved chocolate malt - and cheesecake too. They make a surprisingly good crust! That makes them perfect for frying and baking in this nutty crust cheesecake. —Patricia Harmon, Baden, PennsylvaniaIf you love the taste of chocolate, this is the cheesecake for you. It's so impressive and yet not difficult to make - I conjure up this dessert every time I want to give a tasty treat to my family, friends or colleagues. Also try some chocolate sauce. —Wendy Rusch, Trego, WisconsinAfter living in Seattle for years, I became a coffee junkie! I had to move across the country at times, so I created this cheesecake with the flavors of salted caramel, coffee, and espresso. It lifted me on days when I felt bad to leave one of the most amazing coffee destinations in the world. —Julie Merriman, Seattle, Washington If you live in Apple Country, you have the privilege of choosing the apples and recipes you want to enjoy year round. Together with cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg, they make a delicious topping for a Pacific Northwest cheesecake. —Grace Hughes, Oroville, Washington I received this recipe, along with a set of springform pans, from a cousin at my wedding party 11 years ago. The result is a heavenly cheesecake. My son Tommy has already told me that he would like it again for his birthday cake this year. —Brenda Clifford, Overland Park, Kansas It's hard to resist this chocolatey cheesecake, with its fudgy crust, crispy pecans, and sticky layer of caramel. I combined several recipes to create this version that will satisfy both the chocolate lovers and the cheesecake lovers in my family. I use them both in this flavorful cheesecake that is the perfect ending to a special dinner. Put it at the beginning of the meal, not just to solicit "oohs" and "aahs" but to remind people to save space for dessert! —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey

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Kim Potter guilty of manslaughter in Daunte Wright's death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A suburban Minneapolis police officer who said she had ... (Author: Gardener)

Kim PotterIn this screenshot from the video, former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter Center sits at the defense table with defense attorney Earl Gray (left) and Paul Engh after the verdict was read at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis on Thursday, December 23, 2021, Minnesota, Daunte Wright's brother Damik Bryant watches as the guilty verdict is passed in front of the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Thursday, December 23, 2021. Graphic depicts the indictment and verdict against Kim Potter in the Daunte Wright officer trial; 2c x 1 3/4 inches; with AP-US - Daunte Wright Officer Trial; PH; 6:00 PM ETA FILE - This photo was provided by Ben Crump Law, PLLC. Wright, 20, was fatally shot and killed by Kim Potter, a white suburban Minneapolis police officer on Sunday, April 11, 2021 during a traffic stop. Potter is currently on trial for manslaughter in Wright's death. Daunte Wright's family celebrates a guilty verdict for Kim Potter in Minneapolis outside the Hennepin County Government Center on Thursday, December 23, 2021. In this screenshot from the video, Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu heads the court in the trial of former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Thursday, December 23, 2021. In this screenshot from the video, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, center, speaks at the end of the trial of former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Thursday, December 23, 2021 Media. Protesters gather next to Daunte Wright's family outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. A protester wears a bracelet with a picture of Daunte Wright outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Thursday, December 23, 2021. Potter, who is white, was found guilty of first and second degree manslaughter in the shooting of Daunte Wright, a black motorist, in the suburb of Brooklyn Center. Potter, who is white, was found guilty of first and second degree manslaughter in the shooting of Daunte Wright, a black motorist, in the suburb of Brooklyn Center. In this screenshot from the video, former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter Center speaks to defense attorneys Earl Gray (left) and Paul Engh after the verdict on Thursday, December 23, 2021 at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn., Katie Bryant, right, the mother of Daunte Wright, is leaving the Hennepin County Government Center on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, in Minneapolis. The former Minneapolis police officer, who is white, is charged with first and second degree manslaughter in the shooting of Wright, a black motorist, in the suburb of Brooklyn Center. The former Minneapolis police officer, who is white, is charged with first and second degree manslaughter in the shooting of Wright, a black motorist, in the suburb of Brooklyn Center. This police body cam video still shows Daunte Wright during a traffic stop on April 11, 2021. Assistant Attorney General Erin Eldridge stopped the trial at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis on Monday, December 20, 2021 Former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter over Wright's death during the encounter. Protesters placed electronic candles in front of the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, next to a sign calling for a conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Kim Potter. Potter, who is white, is charged with first and second degree manslaughter in the shooting of Daunte Wright, a black motorist, in the suburb of Brooklyn Center. Potter has said that she wanted to use her taser - but grabbed her pistol instead - after Wright tried to drive away when officers tried to arrest him. Potter has said that she wanted to use her taser - but grabbed her pistol instead - after Wright tried to drive away when officers tried to arrest him. Potter has said that she wanted to use her taser - but grabbed her pistol instead - after Wright tried to drive away when officers tried to arrest him. In this screenshot from the video, former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter stands with defense attorney Earl Gray as the verdict is read out on Thursday, December 23, 2021 at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. In this screenshot from the video, former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter stands with Defense Attorney Earl Gray as the verdict is read out at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Thursday, December 23, 2021. Daunte Wright's family celebrate a guilty verdict for Kim Potter outside the Hennepin County Government Center on Thursday, December. Daunte Wright's family celebrate a guilty verdict for Kim Potter outside the Hennepin County Government Center on Thursday, December. Protesters gather at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis, where jury found former Kim Potter, a Minneapolis suburban police officer, guilty of first and second degree manslaughter in the death of motorist Daunte Wright on Thursday, December 23, 2021 Thursday convicted Potter on two manslaughter charges in the murder of Daunte Wright, a black motorist who shot her during a traffic stop after she said she mistook her gun for her taser. Jurors on Thursday convicted Potter on two manslaughter charges in the murder of Daunte Wright, a black motorist who shot her during a traffic stop after she said she mistook her gun for her taser. Jurors on Thursday convicted Potter on two manslaughter charges in the murder of Daunte Wright, a black motorist who shot her during a traffic stop after she said she mistook her gun for her taser. Jurors on Thursday convicted Potter on two manslaughter charges in the murder of Daunte Wright, a black motorist who shot her during a traffic stop after she said she mistook her gun for her taser. Jurors on Thursday convicted Potter on two manslaughter charges in the murder of Daunte Wright, a black motorist who shot her during a traffic stop after she said she mistook her gun for her taser. Jurors on Thursday convicted Potter on two manslaughter charges in the murder of Daunte Wright, a black motorist who shot her during a traffic stop after she said she mistook her gun for her taser. A protester holds up signs reading "GUILTY" at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Thursday, December 23, 2021, where jurors told ex-Minneapolis police officer Kim Potter of first and second degree manslaughter in the death of the motorist Daunte found Wright guilty during a traffic stop. Potter said she was going to use her taser instead of her pistol when she shot Wright. The drawing to the left shows former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin convicted of the death of George Floyd and his sentence. In this image from a video, former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter stands with defense attorney Earl Gray as the verdict is read out to Marcia Howard at her trial on Thursday, December 23, 2021 at Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota , left, dances in front of the Hennepin County Government Center, Thursday, December 23, 2021, in Minneapolis, after jury found ex-Minneapolis police officer Kim Potter guilty of first and second degree manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright . Protesters and media representatives await the verdict in front of the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Thursday, December 23, 2021 for the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Kim Potter. The judges found Kim Potter guilty of first and second degree manslaughter in the death of driver Daunte Wright. A protester holds a flag outside the Hennepin County Government Center, Thursday, December 23, 2021, in Minneapolis, where jury found ex-Minneapolis police officer Kim Potter guilty of first and second degree manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright . Katie Bryant, back center, Daunte Wright's mother, walks outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Thursday, December 23, 2021 after the jury found former suburban police officer Kim Potter guilty of first and second degree manslaughter in death have the driver Daunte Wright. People celebrate outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Thursday, December 23, 2021 after jury found ex-Minneapolis police officer Kim Potter guilty of first and second degree manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright. A man celebrates outside the Hennepin County Government Center, Thursday, December 23, 2021, in Minneapolis after jury found ex-Minneapolis police officer Kim Potter guilty of first and second degree manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright. In this picture from a video, former police officer Kim Potter stands at the Brooklyn Center with defense lawyers Earl Gray (left) and Paul Engh during the verdict in their trial on Thursday, December 23, 2021 at the Hennepin County Courthouse in. Minneapolis, Minnesota jury convicted Potter Thursday on two manslaughter charges in the murder of Daunte Wright, a black motorist who shot her during a traffic stop after she said she mistook her gun for her taser. (Court TV via AP, Pool) Thursday convicted Potter on two manslaughter charges in the murder of Daunte Wright, a black motorist who shot her during a traffic stop after she said she mistook her gun for her taser. (Judicial Tv via AP, Pool) Jurors convicted Potter Thursday on two manslaughter charges for the murder of Daunte Wright, a black motorist who shot her during a traffic stop after she said she mistook her gun for her Taser Aunt Wright, a black woman driver who shot her during a traffic stop after saying she mistook her gun for her taser.She shot her during a traffic stop after saying she mistook her gun for her taser. (Judicial TV via AP, Pool) Jurors sentenced Potter Thursday on two manslaughter charges in the murder of Daunte Wright, a black motorist who shot her during a traffic stop after she said she mistook her gun for her taser. (Court Tv on AP, Pool) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A suburban Minneapolis police officer who said she mistook her pistol for her taser was convicted of manslaughter on Thursday in Daunte Wright's death. which provoked tears from the young black man's parents and a cheering celebration from supporters outside the courthouse saying "Guilty, guilty, guilty!" The mostly white jury deliberated for about 27 hours over four days before finding former Brooklyn Center Officer Kim Potter guilty of first and second degree manslaughter. Potter, 49, faces about seven years in prison under the state's sentencing guidelines, but prosecutors said they would seek a longer sentence. Potter was free of $ 100,000 on the day she was charged last April, three days after she killed Wright and one day after she quit the police. When she was handcuffed, a member of the Potter family in the courtroom shouted, "I love you, Kim!" Potter's lawyers left the courthouse without comment and did not immediately respond to phone messages or emails. It was the second high-profile police conviction that year by a team led by Attorney General Keith Ellison, including some of the same lawyers who helped convict Derek Chauvin of George Floyd's death just eight months earlier in the same courtroom. Wright was killed while the trial was taking place not far away, and it sparked a wave of angry protests outside the Brooklyn Center police station, where protesters calling for "Justice for Daunte" clashed with officers in riot gear for several nights. Dozens of people gathered outside the courthouse on Thursday burst into cheers, hugs and tears of joy as the verdicts were read out. Daunte Wright! ”Some held up yellow“ guilty ”signs in large block letters. Potter, who stated that she "didn't mean to hurt anyone," looked down with no apparent reaction as the verdicts were read out. Potter's lawyers argued that she should be allowed to stay free until her conviction, saying she would not commit another crime or go anywhere. "It's the Christmas holiday season," argued Potter's lawyer Paul Engh. Although Potter showed no visible emotion in court when the judgments were read out, she was photographed smiling in a mug shot that was later taken when she was arrested at a women's prison near Minneapolis. After Potter was led out of the courtroom, District Attorney Erin Eldridge exchanged a long hug with a tearful Katie Bryant, Wright's mother and frequent attendance at the trial, and with Wright's father. Outside the courthouse, Ellison said the verdict brought a measure of accountability to Potter, but it was not fair. "Justice would bring Daunte back to life and make the Wright family full again," Ellison said. Ellison said he felt sorry for Potter, who went from being a "valued member of the community" to a serious crime conviction. Mother hugged Ellison and said the verdicts had "evoked every single emotion imaginable." "Today we got accountability and we asked for it from the start," said Katie Bryant, praising supporters for keeping the pressure up. The timestamps of the verdicts indicated that the jury had agreed on the second count the Tuesday before they asked the judge that afternoon what to do if they had difficulty reaching an agreement. The guilty verdict on the more serious first-degree indictment was reached at 11:40 a.m. on Thursday. Potter, who is white, shot dead old Wright, 20, during a traffic stop on April 11 at Brooklyn Center when she and other police officers tried to arrest him on a pending gun possession warrant. The shooting came at a time of high tension in the area while Chauvin was on trial in nearby Minneapolis for Floyd's death. The jury saw videos of the shooting from police cameras and dashcams. When Wright pulled back while another officer was trying to handcuff him, Potter repeatedly said she was teasing him, but instead shot one shot in his chest with the gun she was holding. I took the wrong weapon, ”Potter said on the video that was shown to the jury. Moments later she said, "I'm going to jail." During her sometimes tearful testimony, Potter told the jury that they "excuse it that it happened." She said the traffic control was "just chaotic." The maximum sentence for first degree manslaughter is 15 years. Minnesota law only sentences defendants if they are most severely convicted, when multiple counts involve the same crime and victim, and state guidelines have mandated that charge for about seven years. Prosecutors have said they are trying to prove aggravating factors justifying what is known as an upward deviation from the condemnation guidelines. In Potter's case, they alleged that their actions put others, including their co-workers, in danger of Wright's passenger and the couple whose car was hit by Wright's car after the shooting. They also alleged that she had abused her authority as a police officer. Potter's lawyers argued that she made a tragic mistake, but that she was also entitled to use lethal force. because of the possibility that Potter's colleague, then Sgt. Mychal Johnson, would be in danger of being dragged if Wright were driven off the thoroughfare op.But Eldridge advised the jury that Potter was behind a third for much of the interaction Officer she was training, and that Johnson came into view of her camera only after the shot was fired - and then it showed the top of his head as he backed away. "Sgt. Johnson obviously wasn't afraid of being dragged, ”said Eldridge. Eldridge also noted an inconsistency in Potter's testimony, saying when she gave an interview to a psychologist who works for the defense team, she told him she didn't know why she was using her taser. In the case of first degree manslaughter, prosecutors had to prove that Potter Wright's death was caused by a misdemeanor - in their case, the reckless use of a firearm. On the second degree indictment, they had to prove that she caused Wright's death through "culpable negligence." A body camera video shows that her weapon was already in her hand at this point.

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A guide to mixing and matching Pfizer, Moderna, J&J booster shots

If you're eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccination, you don't have to stay with the same company that made your primary dose (s). (Author: Gardener)

PfizerSo you're thinking about getting your COVID-19 booster shot. As recently as mid-October, only select populations who had completed their primary Pfizer series with two doses were eligible for a booster vaccination. Now not only is everyone aged 16 and over eligible, but they can also freely choose which type of booster they want - regardless of which pharmaceutical company made their first dose (s). That's right: if you got the single dose Johnson & Johnson shot, you can get a Moderna or Pfizer booster two months later. Did you complete the primary Moderna series with two cans? In six months, you can opt for the Pfizer or J&J booster. And if you started using Pfizer, you can get a Moderna or J&J booster after six months. Get a Free COVID-19 Vaccine Here Today ► “Your Protection May Fade”: The Case for COVID-19 Booster The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have had their vaccine guidelines since they first recommended booster vaccinations for certain groups in September updated frequently. Recently, the agency recommended that people opt for either of the two mRNA vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna over J & J's viral vector vaccine, citing "the latest evidence on vaccine effectiveness, vaccine safety and rare adverse events and taking into account the U. However, the December 16 announcement affirmed that receiving a vaccine is preferable to an unvaccinated one and did not change the CDC's booster guidelines. "They both work very similarly in that they teach your immune system how to fight COVID-19, but they do it in a slightly different way," said Dr. Kruti Yagnik and referred to the mRNA and the viral vector vaccinations. Once you are eligible for a booster vaccination, the best option for your health and that of those around you is first available, said Yagnik, an infectious disease specialist at Cleveland Clinic's Indian River Hospital in Vero Beach. The protection induced by vaccinations wears off over time, which is why "the booster is especially important when it comes to preventing COVID-19 infection and serious illness," she said. S. is entitled to a free booster dose, but there are restrictions based on the age and time since your primary dose (s). You may not get a booster dose at least until you have waited: * Pfizer and Moderna: Six months after your second dose. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you should only be given one Pfizer booster. If you are 18 or older, you can choose one of the three boosters. The J&J booster, which does not contain any mRNA, does not differ from the primary dose. The Pfizer booster contains 30 micrograms of mRNA, as does each of the two primary doses. The Moderna booster is half a dose, but that's "more than enough to boost immunity," Yagnik said. It contains 50 micrograms of mRNA while each of the two primary doses contains 100. People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems - for example, people undergoing cancer treatment - have a variety of options to increase their protection against COVID-19. If you fall into this category, the CDC recommends that you receive what is known as an "extra dose" first - a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least 28 days after you have completed your primary series. You may also have a booster dose, which would be your fourth dose in total, six months later. Immune-weakened children between 12 and 17 years of age may receive an additional dose of Pfizer; 16 and 17 year olds can also get a Pfizer booster. Immunocompromised people who have received the J&J injection are not entitled to an additional dose, but may receive a booster dose at least two months later. According to the Florida Department of Health, over 3.7 million Florida residents had received a booster or extra dose by December 16 - 25% of the over 14.6 million who had received at least one dose. DOH does not separate the data into booster and additional doses. We don't know which counties these doses were given in or when, by which company they were made, or demographic details about the increased population. Even so, an analysis by the USA Today Network-Florida found that fewer than half of the people eligible for a booster dose received one. On December 3, the 8.2 million Florida residents who had completed their primary vaccination series by June 3 were eligible for a booster vaccination. The immunocompromised among them were eligible even earlier, on August 13th, and the J&J recipients were able to receive boosters as early as October 21st. However, by December 16, only 45% had received a booster or additional dose. Some people may not have had a sense of urgency to get their booster for the first two weeks that they were entitled. And the CDC did not recommend booster vaccinations for 16- and 17-year-olds until December 9. One concern among public health professionals, however, is that some people may be reluctant to get a booster vaccination or may not plan to get a booster vaccination at all. Whatever the reason for the low booster participation in the Sunshine State, flu activity is increasing, people are traveling and gathering for the vacation, and the new Omikron variant - although its portability is still being investigated - is spreading. The CDC stressed that while a person who has completed their primary series is considered "fully vaccinated" they should also receive a booster vaccination. The CDC approved mix-and-match boosters based in part on the results of a clinical study sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J boosters each showed improved immune responses regardless of which vaccine participants were originally given. The researchers also found that "using the mix-and-match strategy produces either a similar or a higher response compared to using the same vaccine," said Yagnik. Children ages 5 to 15 can complete the Pfizer Primary Series with two doses - a pediatric 10 microgram dose for those 5 to 11 and an adult dose for those 12 to 15 - but are not yet eligible for a booster dose. Immunocompromised adolescents between 12 and 15 years of age can receive an additional dose, but no booster vaccination. "I suspect they'll likely recommend boosters for [children] as well," said Yagnik. Lindsey Leake is a health, welfare and social justice reporter at TCPalm. This article originally appeared in Treasure Coast Newspapers: Mixing and Matching Pfizer, Moderna, J&J COVID Vaccine Booster Vaccinations

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Illinois, Northern Illinois, is a favorite to play Wake Forest after Texas A&M pulls out of the Gator Bowl

Illinois and Northern Illinois have emerged as favorites to replace Texas A&M to play Wake Forest at the Gator Bowl on December 31st. (Author: Gardener)

Texas A&MIllinois and Northern Illinois have emerged as favorites to replace Texas A&M to play Wake Forest in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl on December 31 at TIAA Bank Field after the Aggies were knocked out less than them on Wednesday That left 40 healthy players due to an outbreak of COVID-19 positive tests, injuries, and players leaving early to prepare for the NFL draft. The country's sixth oldest bowl game was in jeopardy after Texas A&M made the surprise announcement five days after football and bowling practice ceased. "Due to a combination of COVID-19 issues within the program and end-of-season injuries, the Texas A&M squad is unable to safely compete in the upcoming TaxSlayer Gator Bowl against Wake Forest on December 31," the school said in an explanation. "It's unfortunate, but we just don't have enough scholarship players to set up a team," Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher told ESPN. Gator Bowl President Greg McGarity said the game wasn't written off, but the clock was ticking. In consultation with ESPN, the game's broadcast partner, and the NCAA Football Oversight Committee, an alternative replacement team will be considered, but must be selected by Friday. "We are positive thinkers," said McGarity. McGarity said the team doesn't have to be SEC - the game is contracted to be an SEC team vs the team's academic progression rate. The top three 5-7 teams on the APR list are Rutgers, Syracuse, and Illinois. Kentucky, for example, was invited to the Gator Bowl last season with a 4-6 record, beating an 8-3 N. Illinois finished 5-7 but won three of their last five games. Rutgers has already turned down the chance to play in Jacksonville, according to published reports. McGarity said he hadn't had a conversation with Khan, but he remembered that Khan was lobbying for Illinois. To save the game, McGarity says he welcomes any help he can get. "That would be phenomenal if that could happen," said McGarity of the Illinois prospect. A bowl industry source also told the Times-Union that MAAC Champion Northern Illinois (9-5) is an option if the NCAA takes the option, a team that has already played a bowl game to allow to play in another. Wake Forest officials remained optimistic they might still get the reward for their 10-3 season, and sporting director John Currie said during a videoconference Wednesday that the teams had contacted him quickly as a possible replacement - which he passed on to McGarity and referred his staff. SECOND THOUGHT: Is Rutgers unexpectedly on his way to the Gator Bowl? Greg [McGarity] and his staff continue to work diligently to find opportunities for Wake. "Trainer Dave Clawson said he met with his six captains who said they all wanted to play in the game, with one caveat." They do not do it. I don't want to be here on Christmas Day lifting and practicing when there's uncertainty, "Clawson said of his planned bowl training schedule." To be fair, if we want to keep them over Christmas we have to be pretty early on Friday to know something . They want to play at the Gator Bowl. They worked very hard to get a bowl of this caliber, that prestige, and we'll give it every opportunity. "McGarity said one problem was practice time: teams with losing records last played on Thanksgiving weekend, which it might could do more for a team like Northern Illinois or Marshall who played last week. Another option would be the Florida Gators, who play UCF Emory on Thursday at the Gasparilla Bowl in St. Petersburg, eight days before the Gator Bowl Jones, only seasoned quarterback available, has already entered the transfer portal and the team did not take advantage of all of the available bowl training dates when joining Billy Napier's new coaching staff. Short travel distances to Jacksonville are Liberty, Western Kentucky, Alabama-Birmingham, Louisiana and Old Dominion. McGarity said a Friday noon deadline had been set to find a team for W. a ke Forest, who had no COVID-19 issues on his team. "We'll know by Friday noon that we're either going to play or cancel the game. McGarity said if there isn't a game the Gator Bowl won't have any ticket or TV revenue and so it will have to pay the $ 5.35 million." both teams don't pay off. " . There's an issue with operating costs until next year's game, but the Jacksonville City Council decided last week to donate $ 500,000 to the Gator Bowl Association to help with financial difficulties. Texas A&M suspended training last weekend when the outbreak began to affect players.This season there is no minimum requirement in the SEC to field a team, but the NCAA requires at least 85 players on the active roster. "If you hear that this team is struggling, you will certainly be concerned," said McGarity. 12 bowls have been played with no problems and only one other bowl participant, Miami at the Sun Bowl, has reported COVID problems. Last year, 17 of the 43 bowls that were on the schedule were canceled. It has been one hit after the other for the Aggies since they ended their regular season 8-4 with losses in their last two conference games. It started with players dropping out of the bowl game to avoid the risk of injury before the NFL draft, DeMarvin Leal, tight end Jalen Wydermeyer and running back Isaiah Spiller. Quarterback Zach Calzada, who started 10 games this season, entered the transfer portal and although he could have played in the bowl game, he decided against it. Texas A&M sports director Ross Bjork told ESPN that Texas A&M was reduced to 38 scholarship holders, 20 of whom were offensive and defensive linemen. "So if you take running backs, receivers, quarterbacks and defensive backs, we had 13 of these guys and only 13 fellows on defense," Bjork told ESPN. "We had over 40 people between COVID, end-of-season injuries, transfers and cancellations. Wake Forest reported no issues. Currie said 72 players received the booster shot late last week when they returned to campus, a university mandate that all Students must have received their boosters before enrolling in January. The Gator has been played continuously since 1946 when Wake Forest beat South Carolina 26:14. The Deacons had not played in the game since. The only bowl games older than the Gator are The Rose (1916), Orange (1935), Sugar (1935), Sun (1935) and Cotton (1937). As bowls on the Gator level last season like Music City and Holiday canceled, The Gator could be played, with Kentucky vs. the Deacons defeating Georgia Tech 9-6 At the same time, the college football playoff on Wednesday gave up its COVID-19 allotments for the four-team playoff, the national most team game and two more games on New Years Day. If one team is unable to participate in one of the semi-finals (the Cotton and Orange Bowls), the game is forfeited and the other team moves into the national championship game. Alabama will play Cincinnati in the Cotton Bowl and Georgia will face Michigan in the Orange Bowl, both on December 31st. However, Alabama received a shock on Wednesday when it saw offensive line coach and former Jaguars coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien. announced tested positive for the virus. In a statement, the school said it expected both of them to train in the game next week. Michigan also announced that its entire team will receive COVID-19 booster vaccinations this week. If three of the four teams cannot play, the semi-final game with two teams that cannot play will be declared no competition and the remaining team in the other game will be declared the CFP National Champion. If no date can be found, the game will not take place. The Rose Bowl (Ohio State vs. the national championship game will be played no later than January 14th if the semi-finals take place and one or both teams are unable to play on the scheduled January 10th date.

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Penn State vs. Arkansas Outback Bowl odds, games and insights

Check out the odds, insights and more in our betting preview for the college football game Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Arkansas Razorbacks Outback Bowl on January 1st, 2022. (Author: Gardener)

Penn StateYou are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Check out the odds, insights and more in our betting preview for the college football game Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Arkansas Razorbacks Outback Bowl on January 1st, 2022. November 27, 2021; East Lansing, Michigan, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Keyvone Lee (24) runs the ball in the fourth quarter against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium. The Penn State Nittany Lions fight the Arkansas Razorbacks at the Outback Bowl.

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This is how the semifinals of the College Football Playoffs will end

Alabama or Cincinnati? The picks represent these bowl games and nine more that take place before New Years Day. (Author: Gardener)

the College Football PlayoffsFor months, Georgia looked like the best college football team in the country. But then Alabama got into the SEC championship game and did Alabama things. The Crimson Tide put the Bulldogs in their place in a 41-24 wipeout and a lot of us felt stupid for expecting things to turn out differently. But let's not talk about the possible Tide-Dogs rematch that so many are expecting in Indianapolis on January 10th. Instead, let's talk about the semifinals of the College Football Playoffs: No. 1 Alabama (-13½) vs. No. 4 Cincinnati (2.30pm Friday, ESPN) at the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas, and No. 2 Michigan (+7.5.) ) against No. 3 Georgia (Friday 6:30 p.m. ESPN) at the Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Bearcats who show up for a playoff game against Alabama at AT&T Stadium are a bit like your overalls cousin Earl stumbling into the Union League club for dinner with the Pritzkers. Look, I'm not saying the Force of the Group of Five didn't deserve its shot. What I'm saying is that Cincy doesn't stand a chance. The Bearcats are a great team, but so were Florida State 2014, Michigan State 2015, Ohio State 2017, Notre Dame 2018 and Oklahoma 2019. These teams lost their semi-finals averaging 34 points. Five other semi-finalists have lost by at least 17 points. That's 10 blowouts in 14 semi-finals in the short history of the playoffs. And most of the fans want this thing to be expanded? Bearcats quarterback Desmond Ridder is skilled, smart, and reliable, but he has never seen defense with athletes like Alabama in his life. The Tide's Bryce Young, on the other hand, was spinning Georgia's "D" full of NFL players like a top. There is a talent gap between the QBs that is similar in most, if not all, position groups and up and down the ranks of the teams. Tide by - you guessed it - 34. Michigan is much more even and convincing against Georgia. Each team essentially has a Supervisor QB, though Michigan Cade McNamara and Georgia Stetson Bennett had moments of excellence. Each team has a superstar in defense, Michigan's Aidan Hutchinson a bag machine and Georgia's Jordan Davis, who demands extra attention from the blockers at all rundowns. And every team was tough and easy to deal with all season, with one bitter exception - Michigan lost a huge lead in the state of Michigan and Georgia fell apart against Alabama. As with any game, COVID-19 could be a hidden factor. Georgia's JT Daniels, by far one of the most talented No. 2 QBs in the country, will not be available after testing positive. If something happens to Bennett during this game, the Bulldogs will get into serious trouble. But it seems that every team - in every sport - has concerns about this. Can the Wolverines run with the dogs on the edges and in the open field? That is the question I keep coming back to. It certainly wasn't a problem against Ohio State, however. And the dogs themselves were a step slow towards Alabama. Liberty: Texas Tech (+ 9½) vs. Mississippi State (5:45 pm Tuesday, ESPN): Mike Leach trains the Bulldogs against the school he claims still owes him millions. Watch as his QB Will Rogers throws at least 50 passes as the Red Raiders try to keep up, but fail to keep up. West Virginia (9:15 p.m. Tuesday, ESPN): The Gophers have been playing great football for the past two months, with the exception of a strangely knockout performance against Illinois. Ask Purdue, Northwestern, and Wisconsin how tough these guys are upfront. Pinstripes: Virginia Tech (+3) vs. Maryland (1:15 p.m. Wednesday, ESPN): It's time for Terp's QB Taulia Tagovailoa to shine against a 6-6 team that are busy making big changes to their coaching staff. Terps, 31-24 at Yankee Stadium. State of Iowa (4:45 p.m. Wednesday, ESPN): The Tigers are likely to make the playoffs next season, but they've been grappling with chemistry issues all season and have now lost both coordinators. # 16 Oklahoma (8:15 p.m. Wednesday, ESPN): Coaches Mario Cristobal and Lincoln Riley are out of the picture, suggesting this could be done in a number of ways. But come on Bob Stoops? Even if it's only for one game, the show has to mean something to have a great all-time run. Purdue (Thursday 2pm, ESPN): The Boilermakers are without their two best players, Wideout David Bell and Passrusher George Karlaftis. That's pretty much what sets Purdue apart - how do you put it? - Purdue. Peach: No. 10 Michigan State (-2½) vs. No. 12 Pittsburgh (Thursday 6pm, ESPN): No running back Kenneth Walker Jr. for the Spartans? It's a blow of the hammer. But no quarterback Kenny Pickett for the Panthers? That's an even bigger blow. Las Vegas: Wisconsin (-6½) vs. Arizona State (9:30 PM Thursday, ESPN): Both teams have been inconsistent and frustrating this season, but Paul Chryst's 6-1 Bowl record with the Badgers is mightily impressive. Rutgers (Friday 10 p.m., ESPN): It's nice of the Scarlet Knights to show up on the Texas A&M site, but they can't hold the Aggies jocks - and they can't hang out with the Demon Deacons at all. Season so far: 89-41-1 straight-up, 69-60-2 against spread.

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Memory of dignitaries who died in 2021

This year we remember some of the original influencers who passed away in 2021, celebrities who made a lasting impression with their life's work. (Author: Gardener)

2021Social influencers, for better or sometimes for bad, were with us long before Instagram and TikTok turned ordinary people into internet superstars. Regardless of generation or technology, the influence of influencers can be global and lasting, or as personal as parents, teachers, beloved uncles or long-time friends. At Passages, USA TODAY's annual look at those who died last year, the focus is inevitably on the famous and most talented among us - i.e. the influencers. Whether they lived to be over 100 years old or died young, their examples will endure. Influencers included the reluctant and always sincere Republican from Kansas, former Senator Bob Dole, who died at the age of 98 after 27 years in the Senate, eight years in the House of Representatives, and three presidential nominations. Badly injured in World War II, his grace under fire can still serve as an antidote to today's heated political climate. "Together we share a common goal for a better America," wrote Dole in a recent column for USA TODAY. "We must not allow political differences to stand in the way of this common good." “Among the greatest of the greatest generation,” said President Joe Biden of Dole. • Black artists began making breakthroughs in the entertainment industry in the 1960s, but few were as influential as actress Cicely Tyson, who refused to play menial roles and instead portrayed strong-willed women in Sounder, Roots and "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman". Her memoir, "Just As I Am," was published just two days before she died at the age of 96 more for us, "wrote Tyson. • Broadway lights were dimmed in November for influential composer / lyricist Stephen Sondheim, 91 who was honored by the cast of his musical "Company" on the Sunday of his death. "The greatest artist that we possibly will ever know in this art form in our lives," said Marianne Elliot, director of "Company". "; Rush Limbaugh, 70, who made conservative talk show radio a predominant format; and reporter Neil Sheehan, 84, who received the Pentagon papers that revealed the secret story of the Vietnam War. Memories of individual losses were overwhelming when it came to the 450,000 deaths from COVID-19 in 2021, bringing the country's total to more than 800,000, fueled by a heated debate over vaccinations. Those fallen from COVID-19 or its complications included one of America's most highly decorated generals, Colin Powell, 84, the first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state. Powell's influence was so strong that his 2003 speech at the United Nations quoting flawed intelligence agencies helped fuel the Iraq war. Other COVID-19 deaths included singer James Purify, 76, who had the hit "I'm Your Puppet" with his brother Bobby; UConn basketball coach Dee Rowe, 91; Children's TV presenter Sonny Fox, 95; Japanese action star Sonny Chiba, 82; and Rep. Ron Wright, R-Texas, 67. Legendary Wall of Sound record producer and convicted killer Phil Spector died in prison of COVID-19 at the age of 81. Influences of the past century can be traced through the lives of so many people: Former South African President F. W. de Klerk (85) shared a Nobel Prize with Nelson Mandela by ending apartheid there; Britain's Prince Philip, 99, spent 65 years at Queen Elizabeth's side as her empire faded; Former Vice President and 1984 Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale, 93, navigated the eras between President Richard Nixon's Watergate and President Ronald Reagan. Former Secretary of State George Shultz, 100, served Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Nixon, and Reagan, and G. Rennie Davis, 80, was one of the Chicago 7 activists indicted at the 1968 Democratic National Convention; Vernon Jordan, 85, was an adviser to President Bill Clinton; Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, 88, was a 2003 Gulf War architect; and Michael Collins, 90, orbited the moon during Apollo 11 in 1969. Robert Mundell, 88, was a force behind the euro currency and supply-side economics; Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, 87, was a strong supporter of Israel and a donor to Donald Trump; physicist Peter Buck, 90, co-founded the Subway food chain; The Japanese Maki Kaji, 69, invented Sudoku; Holocaust survivor Henry Orenstein, 98, helped bring Transformers toys to America; and designer Virgil Abloh, 41, gave menswear a head start. Ron Popeil, 86, was an advertising pioneer; Businessman Donald Tober, 89, helped make Sweet‘N Low a global product; and fraudulent financier Bernie Madoff, 82, died in prison. The last three great members of the sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" died in 2021: Gavin MacLeod, 90 (Murray), Oscar-winning Cloris Leachman, 94 (Phyllis), and Ed Asner, 91, the gruff but good-hearted Mr. Grant who famously said to Mary Richards, “You have cum. Well-known faces were the handsome actor Christopher Plummer, 91; the glamor of Jane Powell, 92, and Arlene Dahl, 96; Jessica Walter, 80, of Arrested Development; and character actors Ned Beatty, 83, Dean Stockwell, 85, and Charles Grodin, 86. Final credits also to Hal Holbrook, 95, who played Mark Twain for decades; Olympia Dukakis, 89, Oscar winner for “Moonstruck”; Norman Lloyd, 106, whose career ranged from the early Alfred Hitchcock to the “St. Elsewhere "; Michael K. Williams, 54, unforgettable in" The Wire "; Tanya Roberts, 65, one of the later" Charlie's Angels "; TV and action film star Yaphet Kotto, 81; Felix Silla, 84, cousin Itt in" The Addams Family "; Mike Henry, 84, who played a TV Tarzan; and Dustin Diamond, 44, of" Saved by the Bell, "who played Screech. Also missing are Clarence Williams III, 81, of" The Mod Squad " ; Charles Robinson, 75, and Markie Post, 70, of "Night Court," Native American actors Saginaw Grant, 85; Granville Adams, 58, of HBO's "Oz," Siegfried Fischbacher, 81, of the tiger group Siegfried & Roy; and Trapeze artist Carla Wallenda, 85. Behind the scenes stood the groundbreaking black director Melvin Van Peebles, 89; director Richard Donner, 91 ("Superman"); Italy's Lina Wertmüller, 93, the first female director to be nominated for an Oscar (" Seven Beauties ”); casting guru Lynn Stalmaster, 93, with 400 films and TV shows; comedy writer A nne Beatts, 74; and animator Ruthie Tompson, 111, who has worked on Disney films since "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" in 1937. Memories of the 1950s and 60s include Gloria Henry, 98, the always patient mother of "Dennis the Menace". Tommy Kirk, 79, the young owner of Old Yeller, and Betty Lynn, 95, who played Barney Fife's friend Thelma Lou on "The Andy Griffith Show". The music world was shaken by the death of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts (80), who always had mixed feelings during his decades of touring: “Girls are chasing you down the street screaming. Rock and soul groups lost Dusty Hill, 72, the bearded bassist from ZZ Top; Jay Black, 82, of Jay and the Americans; Gerry Marsden, 78, of Gerry and the Pacemakers; Tim Bogert, 76, of Vanilla Fudge; Graeme Edge, 80, of the Moody Blues; Hilton Valentine, 77, of The Animals; Dennis "Dee-Tee" Thomas, 70, from Kool and the Gang; and Sarah Dash, 76, of Labelle. Speaking of influencers: Ron Bushy, 79, is remembered for his two-and-a-half-minute drum solo during Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", which breaks the metal drum, for better or for worse, which has been causing heavy sparks for a long time. Reggae dub master Lee "Scratch" Perry, 85, has also disappeared; Bunny Wailer, 73, who played with Bob Marley; Pop singer BJ Thomas, 78; Rock-and-Roller Lloyd Price, 88 ("Lawdy Miss Clawdy"); and rappers DMX, 50, Shock G, 57, Prince Markie Dee, 52, of the Fat Boys, and Biz Markie, 57, who recorded the hip-hop club anthem “Just a Friend”. The jazz world lost pianist / composer and 25-time Grammy winner Chick Corea, 79; Tuba and saxophone player Howard Johnson, 79; Saxophone player Pee Wee Ellis, 80; Organist Lonnie Smith, 79; Singer and drummer Dottie Dodgion, 91; and George Wein, 95, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival. The legendary Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez, 81, was also lost; Rock composer Jim Steinman, 73 ("Bat Out of Hell"); Broadway and film composer Leslie Bricusse, 90 ("Goldfinger"); and former director of the Metropolitan Opera, James Levine, 77. Many of athletics' biggest names died in 2021, including Hank Aaron, 86, who broke Babe Ruth's 1974 home run record; Al Unser Sr., 82, four-time Indianapolis 500 winner; Lee Elder, 87, the first black golfer to play the Masters in 1975; Manager Tommy Lasorda, 93, who bragged that he was "bleeding Dodger Blue"; fearsome NFL linebacker Sam Huff, 87; and Elgin Baylor, 86, one of the greatest NBA players to never win a championship. R. Richard, 71, and Mudcat Grant, 85; 11-time all-star catcher for the Detroit Tigers, Bill Freehan, 79; and Cleveland catcher Ray Fosse, 74, who was known to be run over by Pete Rose in the 1970 All-Star Game and injured on the home plate. Some of the greatest college basketball coaches have died: John Chaney, 89, who led Temple University to 17 NCAA tournaments, Terry Donahue, 77, UCLA's top football coach, and Bobby Bowden, 91, Florida State to two national ones Championships led. Also gone is gold medal sprinter Lee Evans, 74, who helped organize black protests at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics; Jerry Harkness, 81, who helped integrate college basketball in 1963 when four of five members of his Loyola team were black; and New England Patriots rusher Sam Cunningham, 71, who broke barriers in 1970 when he helped USC beat an all-white Alabama team away; Grand Slam winners Tony Trabert, 90, and Shirley Fry Irvin, 94, died in tennis. And the Denver Broncos were sad when former recipient Demaryius Thomas died at the age of 33. bell Hooks, 69, who brought a feminist perspective to black women; Texas writer Larry McMurtry, 84; futurologist John Naisbitt, 92; Crime writer Eric Jerome Dickey, 59; suggest poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 101; and a surprising number of child authors Norton Juster, 91, Gary Paulsen, 82, Eric Carle, 91, Beverly Cleary, 104, Jerry Pinkney, 81, and Eloise Greenfield, 92, who wrote about positive black family life. Among the journalists were Roger Mudd, 93, and Ray Brady, 94, of CBS; Janet Malcolm of New York, 86; NPR host Neal Conan, 71; Fred Hiatt, 66, editor of the Washington Post editorial page; Chicago news anchor Allison Payne, 57; and Mel Antonen, 64, former baseball writer for USA TODAY. One of the most famous influencers was Willard Scott, 87, "Today" show weatherman and the happy 100 year old boy. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Celebrities who died in 2021: The Politicians, Artists and Athletes

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Miami Dolphins hold off New York Jets for sixth straight win

The Dolphins will try to win a sixth game in a row on Sunday, at home against the New York Jets (Author: Gardener)

MiamiMIAMI GARDENS - The Dolphins will try for their sixth straight win at home against the Jets on Sunday. Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will be looking to steadily improve his game in his sophomore season. 6 in a row: Immediate takeaways from the Miami Dolphins' 31-24 win over the New York Jets' DUUUUKE ': Dolphins RB Duke Johnson on the big game against the Jets:' That reminded me of college 'Scary Injury: Jets- Safety Elijah Riley was carted off the field after a neck injury while attempting to fight Duke Johnson. The Dolphins forced a turnover on Downs to stop the New York Jets and claim a 31-24 comeback win. The Miami Dolphins have now won their sixth game in a row and are at stake 7-7 in the 2021 season. After an inexplicable pick-six final drive, Tua Tagovailoa performs a long scoring drive topped off by a 12-yard touchdown pass to Devante Parker on the third down. Tagovailoa and Parker hit a fade in the corner of the end zone in the previous game, but Parker's feet went out. The New York Jets equalized that game after Brandin Echols jumped Tua Tagovailoa's pass and returned interception for a touchdown. After its sales in the first quarter, Tagovailoa now has two interceptions in the afternoon. The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins are tied 24-24 in the middle of the fourth quarter. Tua Tagovailoa rolled out to find defensive tackle Christian Wilkins for a green touchdown reception in the opening moments of the fourth quarter. Wilkins rolled around the end zone and jumped into the stands to celebrate the Dolphins' go-ahead. Miami leads New York 24-17 with 14:23 remainder in the fourth quarter. Miami leads New York 24-17 with 14:23 remainder in the fourth quarter. The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins all square at 5 p.m. - 5 p.m., heading into the fourth quarter. Miami running back Duke Johnson continues to shine, racing 15 times for 72 yards and 2 touchdowns. The dolphins are currently sailing within the jet's red zone. Duke Johnson Jr. finds the end zone for the second time to pull the Miami Dolphins even with the New York Jets early in the third quarter. Johnson currently has 12 carries for 52 yards and two touchdowns. The Dolphins are tied with New York Jets 17-17 with 9:44 remaining in the third quarter. New York Jets Safety Elijah Riley was carted off the field early in the third quarter with a potentially serious injury. Miami's offensive currently has a first down within Jets Territory with 11:18 in the third quarter. Zach Wilson and the New York Jets go to the locker room and lead the Miami Dolphins 17-10 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Wilson is 9 of 14 passing for 118 yards with a roaring touchdown. The Miami Dolphins are re-owned after a 24-yard field goal ended a 14-game, 69-yard drive that lasted more than 7 minutes in the second quarter. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had two attempts in the end zone in second and third place, but his looping passes failed to find their destination. The New York Jets lead Miami 17:10 with 1:59 remaining until halftime. Tagovailoa is 7 of 12 passing for 84 yards and one interception. Duke Johnson leads the Dolphins rushers with 10 carries for 42 yards and a touchdown. The New York Jets are back two points ahead after quarterback Zach Wilson finished a long scoring drive with a QB sneaker for a touchdown. The Jets were creative in their offensive game announcements and played several games with multiple passes in the first two quarters alone. The Miami Dolphins follow New York Jets 17-7, less than nine minutes behind in the first half. After connecting Tua Tagovailoa with Devante Parker on a 37-yard corner route, Duke Johnson Jr. scored a brief roaring touchdown to open Miami's scoring. The New York Jets lead Miami 10-7 with 13:42 remaining in the second quarter. Both touchdowns in today's game were scored by former Miami Hurricanes. The second offensive by the dolphins ends in an interception by Tua Tagovailoa. New York cannot take full advantage of the revenue, however, as the Dolphins' defenses stiffened in the red zone to keep the Jets in front of a 27-yard field goal. The Jets lead Miami 10-0 with 4:30 minutes to go in the first quarter. New York's second scoring drive consisted of 6 games for 16 yards. After a weak opening drive from the Dolphins, Jets quarterback Zach Wilson commanded a touchdown drive over 10 plays and 83 yards to score the first points of the game. The Jets' opening touchdown drive lasted just over 6 minutes. New York leads Miami 7-0 with 7:02 in the first quarter. The New York Jets win the opening coin toss and shift in the second half to get it. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins offensive begin at the 25-yard line after the kick sails into the end zone for a touchback. When walking back, the Dolphins Myles Gaskin, Savon Ahmed and Duke Johnson all have active. Returnees Tommylee Lewis, who once played at Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, is joining the Dolphins for the first time.

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Ian Rapoport talks about why Week 16 could be Drew Lock's last chance

That could be it for Drew Lock. (Author: Gardener)

Ian RapoportThe Denver Broncos are traveling against the Las Vegas Raiders this week with their season and many jobs likely at stake. The Broncos hope to lose three games. On Wednesday, we learned from head coach Vic Fangio that Teddy Bridgewater had been officially expelled within two and a half months after his second head injury. Denver's 2020 starter - Drew Lock - is due to start at the quarterback on Sunday. Not only is Denver's season at stake, but Lock's career as well. Last season, Lock took the Broncos on a trip to Las Vegas, but this turned out to be far from happy as the team's final trip to Sin City resulted in an embarrassment for Denver, and that was with a 37:12 loss, with Lock being arguably the worst game of his young career when he threw four interceptions. Lock hopes his fortunes have changed as some believe this game will be a defining moment for the young quarterback's future career. On Wednesday's Pat McAfee Show, NFL insider Ian Rapaport spoke about Lock and his matchup against the Raiders and explained how much the game is at stake. “Drew Lock will hit the field and have his first start with everything on the line. They want Bridgewater to be there, but that's kind of fascinating since Bridgewater defeated Drew Lock. “If you like Drew Lock. If you think he's going to be a really good quarterback, you can look at and pick moments where you say, “Okay, that's why he's going to be a successful starter” and then he has other moments where you're like, “okay ... him isn't it 'and maybe it will be? Maybe it will be a backup that can flash. Absolutely huge opportunity for the Broncos and for his career on Sunday. ”Take a second and sign up for our FREE newsletter and receive the latest Broncos news in your inbox every day! If Lock plays solid football on Sunday and can avoid the mistakes that have plagued his previous football career, he may be able to keep the Broncos starting quarterback place for the remainder of the season, though Fangio didn't sound overly optimistic about this. Lock could even audition for a chance to compete for a starting appearance in 2022 and beyond, if he can protect football, control the offensive, and play through the final section of the season well. He's a guy who can show up for a big moment. We'll see how much he's learned and grown and everything. There were a couple of games that he showed up and made some big games (last season) and then you watched an entire season to like week 10 or week 11 and all I heard from Broncos fans was like 'We still don't know if it's him' that guy or not 'and it's like you don't know that far ... or ever? I think that's where the Broncos came in and now they can see him in a huge moment. Lock now has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take on the gruesome Raiders who have played the worst Pass-Defense EPA per game for the last five weeks of the season. If he can take one side of Bridgewater and learn to live to fight another while adding his own flair and propensity for vertical shots on the offensive, Lock could potentially do enough to offer a future opportunity in the league to win. If the Broncos fall, let's hope Lock can stand up and help his team keep fighting for a wildcard spot with a win over the Raiders on Sunday. Subscribe to Mile High Huddle on YouTube for daily Broncos livestream podcasts!

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