Panthers visit Steelers...NC State hosts Wake Forest...MLB All-Stars win warm-up game in Japan
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Carolina Panthers visit the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Thursday night NFL game. The 6-2 Panthers have run for at least 121 yards in seven of eight games, and quarterback Cam Newton is on pace for a career high in rushing attempts. Pittsburgh is 5-2-1, fourth in the league in sacks, and allowing just 275.5 yards per game over the last month.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In college football, No. 22 North Carolina State hosts Wake Forest tonight. The 6-2 Wolfpack won’t be able to catch No. 2 Clemson atop the ACC Atlantic Division, but the second 10-win season in school history remains a real possibility, along with a shot at a New Year’s Six bowl. The 4-5 Demon Deacons have virtually no margin for error if they’re to reach their third consecutive bowl.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The University System of Maryland Board of Regents has a new chair, and her first public act was to apologize for how university officials responded to a football player’s death. The Baltimore Sun reports Linda Gooden apologized yesterday to the family of 19-year-old Jordan McNair, who collapsed from heatstroke on the field in May and later died. The 17-member board has spent weeks overseeing two investigations into his death.
TOKYO (AP) — J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) and Amed Rosario drove in two runs each to lead the MLB All-Stars over the Yomiuri Giants 9-6 today in a warm-up game ahead of their six-game exhibition series against Japan’s national team. The series begins tomorrow with three games on consecutive nights in Tokyo, followed by one game in Hiroshima on Tuesday and two games in Nagoya on Wednesday and Thursday.
ROME (AP) — International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has given his blessing for two Italian cities to move forward with their bid for the 2026 Winter Games without funding from the Italian government. The bid by Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo (kohr-TEE’-nuh dahm-PET’-soh) is being supported exclusively — financially at least — by the regional governments of Lombardy and Veneto (VEN’-eh-toh). Calgary and Stockholm are also bidding for the 2026 Games.