It was a fitting form of protest, given the circus that NFL officiating has become, game after game, week after week: A trio of spectators wore clown makeup and black-and-white striped jerseys in the stands at the Detroit Lions' home game against the Minnesota Vikings.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott powered into the Philadelphia secondary and simply ran over safety Malcolm Jenkins. The apparent 14-yard touchdown run by the star Dallas running back was overturned on review because his knee was down at the 1 — but the message had been sent early in a game with the division lead on the line.
SEATTLE (AP) — Lamar Jackson was mad. He was mad about settling for field goals three times in the first half. Mad about a delay-of-game penalty and a 13-yard run on third down when he needed 15 yards.
HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole could be seeing a lot more of the New York Yankees real soon. While there was no Game 7 for the Astros' ace to face the Yankees in the AL Championship Series, could he start New York's opener at Baltimore on March 26? "The work never ends," New York manager Aaron Boone said after Saturday night's season-ending Game 6 loss.
Now this is a serious World Series throw-down. Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke vs. Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin — all of them All-Star starters, still pitching at their peak.
ROME (AP) — Sampdoria midfielder Ronaldo Vieira was subjected to racist chants by Roma fans during a Serie A soccer match on Sunday — the latest incident involving offensive behavior inside Italian stadiums this season.
MILTON, Ga. (AP) — The lawn in front of Milton High School looks big enough for a football field and provides a grand welcome mat to a building that would fit right in on the campus of a prestigious college, with its colonnade leading to an entrance of glass doors and tall windows.
Gerrit Cole, Max Scherzer and a slew of aces get the World Series started in Houston, then the scene shifts to Capitol Hill. But with Justin Verlander, Stephen Strasburg and all these electric arms, might as well call it capital hill.