Update on the latest sports
Bears visit Lions, Redskins visit Cowboys, Saints host Falcons
UNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears meet on Thanksgiving Day for the second time in 12 days — yet this matchup already looks a lot different. Chicago’s starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is doubtful because of a right shoulder injury. That means Chase Daniel, who has barely played in the NFL since 2014, may take the field for the NFC North-leading Bears under the Thanksgiving spotlight.
The Bears, who are 7-3, beat the Lions on Nov. 11 in Chicago. Detroit is 4-6.
After the Lions host the Bears, the 6-4 Washington Redskins take on the 5-5 Cowboys in Dallas. With Washington quarterback Alex Smith lost for the season, backup Colt McCoy will make his first NFL start in four years, in the stadium where he helped lead the Texas Longhorns to a shot at a national title as their star quarterback. The Redskins can control the NFC East with a win over their rivals.
At night, the 4-6 Atlanta Falcons visit 9-1 New Orleans. The Saints are riding an NFL-high nine-game winning streak. They’re averaging 37.9 points per game and threatening to score more points in a season than any team in NFL history. And 39-year-old quarterback Drew Brees is on pace to break his own single-season record completion rate of 72 percent.
T25 FOOTBALL-MISSISSIPPI STATE-MISSISSIPPI
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State and Ole Miss meet tonight for the 115th time.
No. 22 Mississippi State is a big favorite as the 7-4 Bulldogs try to improve their bowl resume. Ole Miss, which won in an upset last season, is 5-6 and just trying to finish with a .500 record. The Rebels are ineligible for postseason play because of NCAA sanctions.
No. 4 Cavs, No. 25 Badgers eye trips to Atlantis final
UNDATED (AP) — The Battle 4 Atlantis resumes with a Thanksgiving Day slate of four games that include semifinal contests for fourth-ranked Virginia and No. 25 Wisconsin in the Bahamas.
The Badgers advanced by beating Stanford and will play in Thursday’s first semifinal against Oklahoma, which beat Florida in Wednesday’s first round. The next semifinal will feature the Cavaliers against Dayton.
The consolation bracket will feature a power-conference matchup between Florida of the Southeastern Conference and Stanford of the Pac-12. There’s also a game between Butler and Middle Tennessee. The tournament concludes Friday.
In other Thanksgiving Day games involving Top 25 teams:
— At Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, No. 6 Nevada plays Tulsa, No. 7 North Carolina faces. Texas and No. 11 Michigan State takes on No. 17 UCLA.
— At HP Field House in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, No. 14 Florida State faces UAB and No. 19 LSU plays College of Charleston.
Russian court blocks doping ruling against Olympic champion
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court has tried to block a ruling which stripped the country’s best-known bobsledder of two Olympic gold medals in a doping case, but the International Olympic Committee refuses to recognize the verdict.
The Moscow City Court ruled on Wednesday that Alexander Zubkov, who carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, should still be considered an Olympic champion. The court said a Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling upholding his disqualification is not enforceable in Russia.
The IOC says that won’t stop it demanding Zubkov return his medals.
Under the Olympic Charter, CAS is the only valid venue for sports disputes at the games, except in rare instances when Switzerland’s supreme court can weigh in on matters of procedure.
Zubkov was disqualified from the Sochi Olympics, where he won the two-man and four-man events, by the IOC last year. The verdict was later upheld by CAS.
Robert Kubica returns to F1 racing with Williams in 2019
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Robert Kubica will make his return to Formula One next year with the Williams team.
It completes a remarkable comeback for Kubica, rated as one of the quickest in F1 before a gruesome rally accident in 2011 left him needing seven hours of surgery on a partially severed right hand.
The 33-year-old Polish driver impressed in testing for Williams last year and was a reserve and development driver this year. One of the main questions regarding his return was whether Kubica’s fragile right arm could handle the strain of a heavy car.