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'I had no idea how we were going to play': Adversity continues to strike Cowboys in coach Mike McCarthy's first season

The Dallas Cowboys have prepared for the Baltimore Ravens this week wondering the answer to a changing question: When will they play?Being completely honest here, McCarthy said Friday after the 41-16 loss, I had no idea how we were going to play.But the Cowboys adversity in McCarthys first year began before the loss of Paul.Six of those players, including Prescott -- who had made 72 consecutive starts -- were sidelined for the season within its first month.A protracted contract dispute between the Cowboys and Prescott hasnt helped the pursuit of a smooth operation. read more...

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'I am ecstatic': COVID-19 vaccine inspires confidence among cruise passengers, industry

"When the vaccine became a reality, I booked the same trip, but in reverse for November 2021," Sobel told USA TODAY.Many cruisers were willing to get back on board cruise ships even before vaccine distribution began.But now, with vaccines being distributed rapidly around the nation, more cruise passengers, along with the industry officials and health authorities, have voiced confidence.It's a boon to everybody, and the cruise industry will clearly be a beneficiary.""Cruise passengers are at increased risk of person-to-person spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19, and outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported on cruise ships," the organization said on its website. read more...

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'Hilaria' Baldwins white privilege: The rest of us can't pick our accent or skin color.

Like any person of color, I didnt get to choose the color of my skin or the shape of my eyes.So when Boston native Hillary Baldwin masquerades as a native Spaniard called Hilaria, it is a disgusting combination of white privilege and cultural appropriation.Whats so offensive about Hillarys charade is her complete ignorance about what life is like for immigrants and people of color in this country.People of color are at a disproportionately higher risk of being harmed by law enforcement than the Hillarys of the world.Ultimately, how Hillary Baldwin handles this going forward is her choice, and thats the point Im trying to make. read more...

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'He made a lot of people around here better men': Cowboys mourn death of strength coach Markus Paul

We suffered a tremendous loss.Cowboys strength and conditioning coordinator Markus Paul experienced a medical emergency at team headquarters shortly before 7:30 a.m. local time Tuesday.I first just wanted to start this out by sending my condolences to the Paul family, Elliott said.I want to thank the Paul family for sharing Markus with us.LAMAR JACKSON TESTS POSITIVE:Ravens QB the latest to test positive for COVID-19TRICK PLAY:Redskins use play inspired by movie vs. CowboysBut to 2020 Cowboys players, Paul was the coach guiding everything from their lift sessions to pre-practice stretching.I cant tell you the impact he made on our football team, really on the whole organization. read more...

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'Hardest-working guy:' How Kirk Herbstreit became a college football star off the field

Before he became the face and voice of college football, Kirk Herbstreit first had to win a tryout for the job.Kirk, the former Ohio State team captain, married Allison, the former Ohio State cheerleader.I think its really important as a parent to be present, and I really, really worked hard because my dad struggled with that, Herbstreit said.When I was younger, I never really got into it and didnt really like the taste of it, he said.The rest of the family is still all Ohio State, including Kirk when hes not on the job for ESPN. read more...

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'Guilt gifting' is a thing in 2020 as we try to make up for a rough year

On the one side, you can run into girlfriends or cousins who want to ditch holiday shopping.The Southfield, Michigan-based company is a developer, owner and manager of luxury shopping destinations throughout Florida and Michigan, including the Somerset Collection in Troy.On the one hand, many states, including Michigan, are enacting some tighter restrictions to limit the outbreak of coronavirus cases.Consumers plan to spend on average $691 on holiday shopping in 2020 down from an average $740 last year.Some consumers clearly dread the idea of shopping now, especially as states, including Michigan, put new COVID-19 restrictions in place. read more...

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'Gangster' conduct, extortion allegations and a messy ownership dispute in Washington

John Moag, an investment banker who represents the minority owners, will also testify.Attorneys for the Moag, Snyder and the three minority owners did not immediately reply to requests for comment from USA TODAY Sports on the ongoing litigation.And that's where the feud between Snyder and his minority owners first began in June.In one filing, for instance, Snyder accuses the minority owners of "orchestrating and fueling a vicious misinformation campaign" against him.He also claimed that his clients, the Washington minority owners, had found "serious corporate irregularities" in the team's financial statements. read more...

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'Fox NFL Sunday' crew won't be in studio due to health concerns

Football fans will notice a slightly different look when they tune into Fox Sports' NFL pregame coverage today.The familiar faces seen each week on "Fox NFL Kickoff" and "Fox NFL Sunday" will not appear on set at Fox's studios in Los Angeles due to health and safety concerns, Fox Sports announced Saturday.The regular cast from "Fox NFL Sunday" -- Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw, Michael Strahan and Jay Glazer -- will appear remotely.Likewise, the "Fox NFL Kickoff" crew of Charissa Thompson, Tony Gonzalez, Mike Vick, Dave Wannstedt and Colin Cowherd will not be in the studio as well."We look forward to the return of both casts to their regular posts soon," Fox Sports' statement said. read more...

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'Follow the science' is complicated when it comes to who gets a COVID vaccine and when

Health care workers makes sense, since many of us are seeing COVID patients on the front lines.This is why though 6% of the COVID cases occur in long term facilities, almost 40% of the COVID deaths take place there.Social conditions should be a factorShould Black and Hispanic people be prioritized because these groups have been ravaged by COVID?Other factors are in play too, including poor housing, unequal access to health care, and poverty.His latest book, "COVID: the Politics of Fear and the Power of Science," was published last month. read more...

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'Expect the unexpected': From trampoline and pool to NFL end zone, Cowboys rookie WR CeeDee Lamb flashes acrobatics

And when the best happens, it feels great.Lambs rookie season, like the targets he receives from quarterbacks, has featured an array of the unexpected.Very prestigious number, Lamb said.Production. Lamb had 3,292 yards and 32 touchdowns at Oklahoma, with consistent growth peaking in a junior season of 1,327 yards and 14 scores.Its a level of dominance Jerry Jones dreamed of for Lamb when he drafted him, Lamb selecting jersey No.I think he's off to a great start representing that number throughout his career." read more...

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