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Nov. 27 (UPI) — Peyton Manning and Stephen Curry battle Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley in a celebrity golf match in one of the main sports events this weekend. Dozens of football, basketball and soccer games fill the schedule.

The 2020-2021 college basketball season started Wednesday and the opening wave of games continues through the weekend.

A gauntlet of college and NFL football games and soccer matches from the United States and abroad also should provide plenty of entertainment over Thanksgiving weekend.

Boxing legend Mike Tyson also will be in action in an exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr. on Saturday. UFC fights also pack Saturday’s schedule of sporting events.

College basketball returns

Gonzaga, ranked No. 2 in the coaches poll, will appear in the first nationally televised men’s basketball game Friday. The Bulldogs will battle Auburn at 11 a.m. EST on Fox.

No. 4 Virginia did not have a chance to defend its 2019 championship, with last year’s men’s basketball tournament canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Cavaliers will battle San Francisco at 11:30 a.m. EST Friday on ESPN.

No. 5 Kansas, No. 6 Iowa, No. 7 Wisconsin and No. 10 Illinois also take the court Friday. No. 8 Duke and No. 12 Michigan State will be among the teams in action Saturday.

No. 9 Kentucky will battle Richmond at 1 p.m. EST Sunday on ESPN. No. 13 Texas Tech, No. 17 Arizona State, No. 18 Houston, No. 23 Rutgers and No. 24 Ohio State are among other top teams in action that day.

Celebrity golf

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and NFL legend Peyton Manning will face basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley and PGA Tour star Phil Mickelson in The Match: Champions for Change golf match at 3 p.m. EST Friday on TNT.

The alternate-shot match play competition will take place at Mickelson’s Stone Canyon Golf Club in Oro Valley, Ariz. Each player will wear a microphone throughout the competition.

Mickelson and Tiger Woods appeared in the first edition of the match two years ago in Las Vegas. Mickelson then teamed up with Tom Brady to battle Manning and Woods in the second matchup in May.

Proceeds from Friday’s event will go to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Mike Tyson bout

Two of the greatest boxers of all time will battle in an exhibition bout, Mike Tyson taking on Roy Jones Jr. on Saturday at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The event will air on pay-per-view.

Tyson, 54, hasn’t fought since a 2005 loss to Kevin McBride. The Hall of Famer has a 50-6 career record. Jones, 51, has a 66-9 mark and last fought in 2018. He has won his last four fights.

Tyson is favored the win the bout on most sports betting websites. The main event is one of seven bouts on two cards. The first card starts at 8 p.m. with a heavyweight match between Joe Cusumano and Gregory Corbin; the main card starts at 9 p.m. EST.

Viddal Riley will fight Rashad Coulter in the first bout of the main card. Badou Jack then will fight Blake McKernan, and then Jake Paul will take on Nate Robinson in a light heavyweight bout. Tyson and Jones will then take the ring for the main event.

Friday

College basketball

Gonzaga vs. Auburn at 11 a.m. EST on Fox

Virginia vs. San Francisco at 11:30 a.m. EST on ESPN

Ohio at Illinois at 1 p.m. EST on Big Ten Network

Kansas vs. Saint Joseph’s at 2 p.m. EST on FS1

Sam Houston State at Texas Tech at 2 p.m. EST on ESPNU

Boise State at Houston at 3 p.m. EST on ESPN+

Gardner Webb at Florida State at 3 p.m. EST on ACC Network Alternate

UCLA vs. Pepperdine at 3 p.m. EST on Pac 12 Network

Seton Hall at Louisville at 4 p.m. EST on ESPN2

Southern at Iowa at 5 p.m. EST on Big Ten Network

Fairleigh Dickinson at Rutgers at 7 p.m. EST on Big Ten Network

Arkansas Pine Bluff at Wisconsin at 9 p.m. EST on Big Ten Network

College football

Iowa State at Texas at noon EST on ABC

Nebraska at Iowa at 1 p.m. EST on Fox

Notre Dame at North Carolina at 3:30 p.m. EST on ABC

Oregon at Oregon State at 7:30 p.m. EST on ESPN

Golf

The Match: Champions for Change: Phil Mickelson-Charles Barkley vs. Stephen Curry-Peyton Manning at 3 p.m. EST on TNT

Saturday

Soccer

Premier League: Brighton vs. Liverpool at 7:30 a.m. EST on Peacock Premium

Premier League: Manchester City vs. Burnley at 10 a.m. EST on NBCSN

Serie A: Benevento vs. Juventus at noon EST on ESPN+

Premier League: Everton vs. Leeds United at 12:30 p.m. EST on NBC

La Liga: Real Madrid vs. Alaves at 3 p.m. EST on beIN Sports USA

College football

Ohio State at Illinois at noon EST on FS1

Kentucky at Florida at noon EST on ESPN

Maryland at Indiana at noon EST on ESPN2

Texas Tech at Oklahoma State at noon EST on Fox

Penn State at Michigan at noon EST on ABC

Coastal Carolina at Texas State at 3 p.m. EST on ESPN+

Auburn at Alabama at 3:30 p.m. EST on CBS

Pittsburgh at Clemson at 3:30 p.m. EST on ESPN

Northwestern at Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. EST on ESPN2

Rutgers at Purdue at 4 p.m. EST on FS1

LSU at Texas A&M at 7 p.m. EST on ESPN

Kansas State at Baylor at 7 p.m. EST on ESPN2

Georgia at South Carolina at 7:30 p.m. EST on SEC Network

Arizona at UCLA at 8 p.m. EST on Fox

College basketball

Coppin State at Duke at 2 p.m. EST on ACC Network Alternate

Notre Dame at Michigan State at 8 p.m. EST on Big Ten Network

Boxing

Viddal Riley vs. Rashad Coulter at 9 p.m. EST on pay-per-view

Badou Jack vs. Blake McKernan after first bout on pay-per-view

Jake Paul vs. Nate Robinson after second bout on pay-per-view

Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. after third bout on pay-per-view

UFC Fight Night on ESPN+

Spike Carlyle vs. Bill Algeo at 10 p.m. EST

Miguel Baeza vs. Takashi Sato after first fight

Josh Parisian vs. Parker Porter after second fight

Anthony Smith vs. Devin Clark after third fight

Curtis Blaydes vs. Derrick Lewis after fourth fight

Sunday

Soccer

La Liga: Barcelona vs. Osasuna at 8 a.m. EST on beIN Sports USA

Premier League: Southampton vs. Manchester United at 9 a.m. EST on NBCSN

Premier League: Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur at 11:30 a.m. EST on NBCSN

Premier League: Arsenal vs. Wolves at 2:15 p.m. EST on NBCSN

MLS Cup Playoffs: Orlando City vs. New England Revolution at 3 p.m. EST on ABC

MLS Cup Playoffs: Columbus Crew vs. Nashville SC at 8 p.m. EST on ESPN

NFL

Dolphins at Jets at 1 p.m. EST on CBS

Cardinals at Patriots at 1 p.m. EST on Fox

Panthers at Vikings at 1 p.m. EST on Fox

Browns at Jaguars at 1 p.m. EST on CBS

Titans at Colts at 1 p.m. EST on CBS

Giants at Bengals at 1 p.m. EST on Fox

Chargers at Bills at 1 p.m. EST on CBS

Raiders at Falcons at 1 p.m. EST on CBS

Ravens at Steelers at 1:15 p.m. EST on NBC

49ers at Rams at 4:05 p.m. EST on Fox

Saints at Broncos at 4:05 p.m. EST on Fox

Chiefs at Buccaneers at 4:25 p.m. EST on CBS

Bears at Packers at 8:20 p.m. EST on NBC

College basketball

Richmond at Kentucky at 1 p.m. EST on ESPN

UMass Lowell at Ohio State at 4 p.m. EST on Big Ten Network

Hofstra at Rutgers at 4 p.m. EST on Big Ten Network

Houston vs. Texas Tech at 5:30 p.m. EST on ESPN2

Oakland at Michigan at 6 p.m. EST on Big Ten Network

South Florida vs. Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. EST on ESPN2

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Parkour organizers ask Olympic committee to reject sport for 2024 Summer Games

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Dec. 1 (UPI) — Parkour Earth, a governing body for the sport, on Tuesday asked the International Olympic Committee to reject International Gymnastics Federation proposals to include the discipline in the 2024 Summer Games.

“Unfortunately, [the International Gymnastics Federation’s] encroachment and misappropriation of our sport continues,” Parkour Earth, the international federation for the obstacle-course-style training discipline, said in a letter to the committee.

Parkour is not currently part of the Olympic program for Paris 2024. The International Gymnastics Federation is expected to request Parkour’s inclusion on Monday when the International Olympic Committee’s executive board meets to finalize programs for the 2024 Summer Games.

Parkour was developed in Paris in the 1990s. The sport features a free-running competitor, who climbs, swings, rolls and jumps from one point to another within a complex environment, without the assistance of equipment.

The International Gymnastics Federation in 2018 recognized parkour as gymnastics’ newest discipline. Parkour Earth has often fought with the International Gymnastics Federation for control of the sport.

Sport climbing is one of the new sports included in the 2021 Tokyo program. Break dancing will be an Olympic sport in Paris.



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Fantasy football: Booker, Fitzpatrick among best Week 13 add-drops

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Dec. 1 (UPI) — We’ve finally reached the last week of the fantasy football regular season. That also means it’s the last week to improve your team on the waiver wire and through free agency.

This week’s waiver wire features several players who can help you win your final matchup of the regular season and help put your team in position for a playoff run.

You also could need to fill in empty spots on your roster, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers have Week 13 byes. Even if you don’t have any players on a bye week, you can play defense by adding players that your opponent might need.

It’s also a good idea to add backup running backs to your bench to capitalize on future injuries or illnesses for starters at the position. If a star running back gets hurt or goes on the reserve/COVID-19 list over the next few weeks, you could find yourself with an RB1 or RB2, if you use that strategy.

Las Vegas Raiders running back Devontae Booker and Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick are among my favorite waiver wire targets for Week 13.

I have added more of my favorite players to target on this week’s waiver wire and separated them by priority and position. The players I have listed ahead of this week’s waiver period have low ownership percentages in standard size leagues.

Here are my top players to add and top players to drop for Week 13:

ALL-ADD TEAM

QB | Ryan Fitzpatrick; RB | Devontae Booker, Cam Akers; WR | Denzel Mims, Hunter Renfrow, Gabriel Davis; TE | Kyle Rudolph; D/ST | Seahawks; K | Tyler Bass

HONORABLE MENTIONS

QB | Mike Glennon, Jalen Hurts; RB | Frank Gore, Alexander Mattison, D’Onta Foreman; WR | T.Y. Hilton, Michael Gallup; TE | Dalton Schultz; D/ST | Packers

TOP DROPS

QB | Tua Tagovailoa; RB | Phillip Lindsay, Salvon Ahmed; WR | Marquise Brown, John Brown; TE | Jared Cook, Noah Fant

QUARTERBACK

Ryan Fitzpatrick has been forced into action for the Miami Dolphins after rookie Tua Tagovailoa sustained a thumb injury. The veteran quarterback has thrown at least two touchdown passes in five of his seven starts this season and should produce again in Week 13 when the Dolphins host the Cincinnati Bengals.

Fitzpatrick is worth a streaming start on Sunday if your normal starter has a bye week or you are desperate at the position. Make sure to monitor Tagovailoa’s practice activity throughout the week before you put Fitzpatrick in as your starter, as the Dolphins could make a last-minute swap atop their depth chart.

RUNNING BACK

Las Vegas Raiders running back Devontae Booker is my top waiver wire addition for Week 13. Raiders starter Josh Jacobs sustained an ankle sprain in Week 12. Booker would be first in line to get carries if Jacobs misses time.

The Raiders face the New York Jets on Sunday, which is a great matchup, Booker will land in RB2/flex territory in my weekly rankings if Jacobs is ruled out.

The Los Angeles Rams finally gave some work to rookie running back Cam Akers on Sunday and he did not disappoint. Akers had 84 yards and a score on nine carries in the Rams’ Week 12 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He should continue to receive a healthy workload moving forward.

Akers is a risky weekly start, but could prove to be a great streamer down the stretch, especially if you have a wide-receiver-heavy team and are in a league with at least 14 teams.

WIDE RECEIVER

New York Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims is another rookie who has gotten more opportunities as of late. Mims has received eight targets in each of his last three games. He also has at least 42 receiving yards in every game he has played in 2020.

I believe Mims’ best games are ahead. He should provide great bench value at wide receiver, especially as COVID-19 continues to impact player availability around the league.

TIGHT END

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph hasn’t been much of a touchdown threat this season, but is on pace to have one of his best seasons in terms of receiving yards. Rudolph had his best game of the season in Week 12, with seven catches for 68 yards in a win over the Carolina Panthers.

I expect Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins to spread the ball out a lot down the stretch as he eyes playmakers Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson at wide receiver and Rudolph on shorter routes. Rudolph should provide TE1 value in leagues with at least 14 teams that require starting tight ends.

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Ravens record no new positives, remove four players from COVID-19 list

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