Buccaneers’ lineman A.Q. Shipley may have suffered career-ending injury, Bruce Arians says

Veteran center A.Q. Shipley may have suffered a career-ending injury, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said. 

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Shipley had taken over the team’s starting center role for the last two games as injuries have forced the Buccaneers to shuffle the offensive line in front of quarterback Tom Brady; left guard Ali Marpet has missed three consecutive games with a concussion. 



a group of football players on the field: Tampa Bay Buccaneers center A.Q. Shipley (62) blocks during the second half of an NFL Football game against the Los Angeles Rams.


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Tampa Bay Buccaneers center A.Q. Shipley (62) blocks during the second half of an NFL Football game against the Los Angeles Rams.

“A.Q. Shipley appears to have had a career-ending injury,” Arians told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday. “And I feel bad because I love A.Q. He’s one of my favorite players of all-time and was playing good for us.” 

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The coach added that the injury is likely a reaggravation of one Shipley had previously suffered in his neck. Following Tampa Bay’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football, Arians told reporters he believed the injury was just “a stinger.” 

Shipley was a seventh-round draft pick by the Steelers in 2009 and wouldn’t make his NFL debut until three years later, with the Colts. He then played16 games at left guard (nine starts) for the Ravens in 2013 before returning to the Colts the next season. 

In 2015, the Penn State product landed with the Cardinals, where Bruce Arians was the head coach. Shipley took over the starting center role in 2016 and 2017 before a torn ACL cost him the 2018 season. He bounced back in 2019 to start all 16 games before linking up with Arians once more, this time in Tampa. 

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Animal hospital at Tufts University has seen about a dozen dogs for eating face masks

Face masks are helping keep people safe during the COVID pandemic but they are posing a risk to dogs.

The Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Tufts University in Grafton said they have seen about a dozen dogs that have eaten face masks, some of which have needed emergency surgery.

Catherine Stecyk, a surgeon and resident at the Foster Hospital said she could see the “fitted nosepiece of a face mask” using x-rays on King, a 2-year-old Labrador retriever.

“We took King to emergency surgery, where I felt two wads of material,” said Stecyk. “One was stuck in the stomach and extending into the beginning of the small intestine, causing it to bunch up, and the other one was a bit farther down the intestine. The intestine was inflamed and bruised, but not yet traumatized to the point of perforation, which was really lucky.”

The 2-year-old Lab was able to make a full recovery, but Stecyk warns dog owners that it could’ve been a lot worse.

“Face masks are pretty new to daily life for most of us,” said veterinarian Elizabeth Rozanski. “Some dog owners may be used to their pet being OK after eating a greasy paper towel or pooping out a sock. However, they need to know that cloth masks and the medical-grade paper masks don’t dissolve that quickly, and the ties or ear loops can lead to a dangerous linear obstruction.”

The animal hospital warns owners to keep masks out of reach, discard masks properly when outside the home and contact a veterinarian immediately if your dog does eat a mask.

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Trump says he will leave if electoral college votes for Biden

Though advisers have long said he would leave on Jan. 20, it was Trump’s first explicit commitment to vacate office if the vote did not go his way.

Trump said he planned to continue to make claims of fraud about the results and said, without evidence, that Biden could not have won close to 80 million votes. His legal team has been widely mocked — and has lost almost every claim in every state, as officials certify results for Biden.

“It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede,” he said of the election. Aides have privately said Trump will never concede that he lost.

Asked whether he would attend Biden’s inauguration, he demurred. “I know the answer,” he said, though he declined to provide it.

Even as most of his lawyers have quit and many campaign officials say the effort to overturn the election is going nowhere, Trump said it was going “very well.”

The president made the remarks in the Diplomatic Room of the White House after he spoke to soldiers across the world. The Thanksgiving session — an annual tradition for Trump — marked the first time he took questions since the election.

He planned to have dinner with his family at the White House on Thursday night and spent much of the day at his golf club in Virginia.

The president also said he planned to campaign in Georgia for two Republicans in Senate runoffs set for January. The races are key to the party keeping the majority. Trump said he may go as soon as Saturday, though a White House spokesman later said he meant next Saturday.

Republicans close to Trump have said he was largely uninterested in the runoffs until his Thursday appearance. He railed against Georgia officials, who he believes have not intervened enough as the state has counted ballots and certified results for Biden.

Trump’s continued rhetoric has worried Republicans working on the race, who fear his campaign against the election could discourage some supporters from voting.

“I’m very worried about that,” Trump said, when asked if Georgia’s Senate runoff elections would be legitimate.

“You have a fraudulent system,” he said he told Georgia’s Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. He said his supporters feared the race was illegitimate.

Trump continued to falsely claim that there had been widespread voter fraud in his election, without offering proof. And he again falsely said Republican poll watchers were not allowed to observe in Pennsylvania, though his lawyers have said in court that some were allowed to observe.

Aides say Trump has begun discussing a 2024 presidential bid, but he said on Thursday that he was still focused on 2020.

“I don’t think it’s right he’s trying to pick a Cabinet,” Trump said of Biden. Trump had blocked a presidential transition for several weeks but relented this week and allowed his team to go forward.

Trump also glancingly addressed the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed at least 262,000 people in the United States,

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College Basketball’s Top Plays: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day 2020 features a sports smorgasbord, including a healthy helping of pick-and-rolls on the hardwood as the college basketball season moves into its second day.

From a top 10 showdown on FOX between No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 6 Kansas to all of the highlights around the country, here are the best moments from Day Two of the 2020 college basketball season.

What goes up, Dwon throws down

Xavier’s Dwon Odom set the tone early on Thursday with an electrifying two-handed alley-oop off of a lob that was thrown perhaps a little high – for mere mortals, anyway.

But it took every second of the game for the Musketeers to sneak past Bradley 51-50.

Penthouse room with a view

The action came fast and furious early between the Bulldogs and Jayhawks, as Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs helped turn defense into offense with a mighty jam.

Keeping it 100

Gonzaga and Kansas combined for 100 points in the first 20 minutes, including a frantic end to the first half:

And while the Jayhawks managed to close their eight-point halftime deficit, Suggs, Kispert & Co. helped Gonzaga pull away for a big-time 102-90 win.

Nothing like calling game

Sure, Nevada didn’t *need* a 3-pointer for the win against Nebraska – but it certainly didn’t hurt.

Ayo Dosunmu: Verified problem

The 6’5″ Illinois guard had a field day in the first half against the Chicago State Cougars, getting to the rim practically at will.

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Trump says he will leave the White House if Electoral College votes for Biden

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for the presentation (and pardoning) of the 73rd National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 24, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.

In the nearest he has come to a concession, Republican Trump said if Biden is certified the election winner by the Electoral College he will depart the White House. Biden is due to be inaugurated on Jan. 20.

The Electoral College is due to meet on Dec. 14.

Trump made the comments at the White House after speaking to U.S. troops during the traditional Thanksgiving Day address to U.S. servicemembers.

Biden won the Nov. 3 presidential election with 306 Electoral College votes – many more than the 270 required – to Trump’s 232. Biden also leads Trump by more than 6 million in the popular vote tally.

Trump has so far refused to concede the election and continues to claim without evidence that the election was marred by widespread fraud, and that he and not Biden won it.

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Y’all must’ve forgot: Five legendary moments from Roy Jones Jr.’s boxing career ahead of the Mike Tyosn fight

On Saturday night, two of the all-time great fighters in boxing history will step into the ring to face off in an exhibition fight when Roy Jones Jr. does battle with Mike Tyson. Few athletes in history have reached the heights of fame — and infamy — of Tyson. Despite Jones never reaching Tyson’s level of notoriety, it’s almost without question that Jones is the better fighter in a historic context.

Jones is the only fighter ever to start his career at junior middleweight and go on to win a heavyweight world championship. He won world titles along the way at middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight and was ultimately recognized by Ring Magazine as Fighter of the Decade for the 1990s.

Ahead of Jones’ clash with Tyson at Staples Center in Los Angeles, let’s take a look back at five of the most memorable fights of his storied career.

First world title win over Hopkins

On the undercard of the heavyweight title fight between Riddick Bowe and Jesse Ferguson on May 22, 1993, Jones entered the ring opposite fellow future all-time great Bernard Hopkins. The fight was for the IBF middleweight championship that had been vacated by James Toney. Jones and Hopkins wouldn’t produce a thriller in the bout, but Jones was sharp throughout the fight, piling up early rounds before Hopkins was able to establish a rhythm and start taking some rounds on the scorecards.

Ultimately, Jones outlanded Hopkins 206 to 153 and also landed at a higher percentage. Jones would take all three official scorecards 116-112, though both Sports Illustrated (117-111) and HBO unofficial scorer Herold Lederman (118-110) saw the fight as an even wider win for Jones, as he improved his career mark to 22-0. The two would go on to rematch in 2010 with Hopkins winning a wide decision over Jones, whose style was much less suited to late-career success than the rugged Hopkins.

Upset against James Toney

As previously mentioned, Toney held the IBF middleweight title before moving up to super middleweight and capturing the IBF title at 168 pounds. Toney entered the Nov. 18, 1994 fight with Jones with an undefeated 44-0-2 record and the No. 2 spot in the Ring Magazine pound-for-pound rankings. Jones was 26-0 and ranked No. 3 pound-for-pound.

Toney was the favorite coming into the fight, but Jones dominated the action from the jump, in part because Toney was not in the best shape of his career. The fight produced one of the most iconic moments of his career, with Jones posing like one of his fighting roosters, Toney trying to mimic him and Jones landing a leaping hook that sent Toney stumbling back into the corner for a knockdown. In the end, Jones won his second world title by taking the unanimous decision by scores of 119-108, 118-109, and 117-110.

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Top Psychology Graduate Schools – Harvard University

Have you ever dreamed of attending Harvard University for your Ph.D. in Psychology? If you have, then read on, as this article will give you some information about the types of programs offered in the Psychology field, the academic requirements for admission, and quality education you can expect to experience from the university itself.

Harvard University is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has a whopping student body of nearly twenty thousand. Considered the oldest university in the United States, Harvard ranks at number three in the nation for universities to obtain your Ph.D. in the field of Psychology. Harvard offers doctoral study in psychology in the following areas:

* Cognition, brain, and behavior
* Developmental Psychology
* Clinical Science
* Social Psychology
* Organizational Behavior

Each of these areas in psychology represent prominent faculty members who jointly administrate graduate admissions and provide training in some subfield of psychology. As with other graduate programs, it is not uncommon for individual faculty to have research interests that span more than one area, and thus, provide a breadth of necessary graduate training in research.

If Harvard University is your dream school to obtain your Ph.D., you have to have the best of the best to even have a shot at getting in. Harvard expects its applicants to have stellar GPA and academic resumes. Additionally, graduate admissions committees want you to demonstrate strong leadership skills through your extracurricular activities. Consider those extras on top of writing the perfect graduate personal statement and turning in glowing letters of recommendation that speak to your prior research experience.

In terms of prerequisites, current information on the Harvard University website indicates that you do not have to have a psychology major to gain acceptance to their doctor programs. However, ALL entering students share a commonality of an undergraduate degree with an academic record of distinction. As is the case with most research-oriented Ph.D. programs in psychology, undergraduate work in statistics is strongly advised.

If paying for graduate education is one of your primary concerns, please be aware that Harvard University (like many Ph.D. programs) provides fellowships to support graduate students. Currently, admitted students receive five years of tuition support, along with a stipend and research fellowship for the first two years of doctor study. During the third and fourth years, students are guaranteed teaching fellowships, and the final year includes a stipend that includes funds for living expenses during the final year, which you will be expected to produce a dissertation.

Much like other doctoral programs in psychology, it is not easy to get into Harvard University. However, you probably knew that before you read this article, so let this be your motivation, rather than discourgement. Do your best to create a winning graduate school application package and study hard for your GRE exam (which great news – the GRE Psychology Subject Test is not a requirement for admission), and you've already light years ahead of most of your competition to get into grad school in psychology. …

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College basketball rankings: Virginia, No. 4 in Top 25 And 1, shows shooting touch in debut; UCLA falls out

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There’s an old saying among college basketball coaches that the best way to become a better-shooting team is to recruit and play better shooters. I was reminded of that on Wednesday when Virginia, a dreadful 3-point shooting team last season, bombed Towson from beyond the arc thanks to a pair of transfers who can alone make the Cavaliers real threats from deep.

Trey Murphy, a transfer from Rice, and Sam Hauser, a transfer from Marquette, combined to sink nine of the 11 3-pointers they attempted in Virginia’s 89-54 season-opening win over Pat Skerry’s Tigers. A 6-foot-9 guard, Murphy didn’t receive a waiver from the NCAA to play until Tuesday. Then he came off the bench Wednesday, took eight shots from beyond the arc, made six of them and finished with 21 points in 17 minutes.

“We’re so glad that he gets to play,” said Virginia coach Tony Bennett. “You saw his strengths.”

Boy, did we ever. And if 3-point shooting is now once again a strength for Virginia in general, look out.

The Cavaliers shot 39.5% from 3-point range two seasons ago while going 35-3 and winning the national championship. But they shot just 30.3% from distance last season after losing quality shooters in the form of Kyle Guy, De’Andre Hunter and Ty Jerome. That ranked 311th nationally and was among the reasons Virginia ranked 234th in offensive efficiency. The Cavaliers just could not make shots. But the addition of Hauser and Murphy, and an improved touch from four-year center Jay Huff, changes everything drastically. And it’s why the Cavaliers making 15 of the 29 3-pointers they attempted in their first game of this season was among the most notable developments from opening day.

Virginia remains No. 4 in Thursday morning’s updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. The Cavaliers’ next game is Friday against San Francisco.

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Gonzaga

The Zags have had the nation’s most-efficient offense each of the past two seasons. They’ll have a chance to do it again thanks to the return of Corey Kispert, Joel Ayayi and Drew Timme – plus the arrival of five-star freshman Jalen Suggs and Florida transfer Andrew Nembhard. 1-0

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Baylor

The Bears are returning the top three scorers from a team that would’ve been a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. It’s among the reasons Scott Drew has an opportunity to guide Baylor to its first Final Four since Bill Henderson did it in 1950. 0-0

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Villanova

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds in Wednesday’s 76-67 victory over Boston College. Collin Gillespie added 15 points and seven assists. 1-0

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Virginia

Sam Hauser finished with 19 points and eight rebounds in Wednesday’s 89-54 victory over Towson.
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Times Higher Education Awards: University of Glasgow named University of the Year.

The University of Glasgow has been named Times Higher Education University of the Year, it has been announced.

Glasgow’s work to redress its historic links to slavery through a significant programme of reparative justice helped it to secure the prestigious at the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2020.

The awards shine a spotlight on the exceptional achievements of individuals, teams and institutions working in Higher Education.

The judges hailed Glasgow as a “hugely deserving” University of the Year.

“At a time when universities are too often on the back foot in public debates about value and relevance, Glasgow stood out as a shining example of what a university should be: institutions of courage and action, uniquely placed to tackle the biggest issues facing the world,” they said.

“By taking a moral position and leading the way in facing up to the legacy of slavery and making amends, it has set the bar high both for itself and for all universities.”

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As well as the University of the Year award, Glasgow was also shortlisted in the Technological or Digital Innovation of the Year category for its work to create a three-dimensional virtual reality classroom for students to understand complex molecular structures.

The news comes in a year when the University of Glasgow saw improvements in three major university rankings including The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, rising two places to 14th in the UK and remains 2nd in Scotland; The World University Rankings in which Glasgow moved up seven places to 92nd and the Guardian University Guide in which Glasgow rose two places to 12th in the UK.

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Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, said: “It is an enormous honour to be named as the Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year for our work around historic slavery and reparative justice. I want to thank the judging panel and THE for their decision.

“We were the first UK university to recognise our historic links to slavery by researching our past and being open about all that we found. 

“For any institution, talking about historical links to slavery can be a difficult conversation but we felt it was a necessary and right one for our university to have. 

“For Glasgow, this initiative has had an immense impact on our institution today – in the way we teach, the way we think of ourselves and how we think about and interpret our history.

“Issues of race and racial justice are coming more to the fore in our society today not only in the UK but also more widely in the western world. So for me and the University of Glasgow, the work we are doing on reparative justice is also a platform for how we achieve racial justice, not just around our links to slavery but what it means today for a university that strives to move forward putting equality and justice at

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Curtin University plans to ditch in-person lectures and exams, even after coronavirus pandemic ends

Western Australia’s Curtin University plans to abolish all face-to-face lectures and replace them with three 15-minute videos a week by the end of next year.

A draft proposal to redefine the way the university teaches its 50,000-plus students also says that no more exams will be held after mid-next year, except in special circumstances, and undergraduate units can have no more than three assessments.

It also dictates that all units must be delivered 30 per cent online and 70 per cent in person, but a certain number of weekly face-to-face contact hours are no longer required.

Recently circulated among staff, the proposal has sparked concerns that forcing all students to experience more of their student life online could dampen the buzz of campus life and reduce the quality of education.

One Curtin humanities academic, who did not want to be named for fear of losing his job, said he was most concerned about removing lectures from campus and being forced to deal with complex topics in a 15-minute video.

“The topics that we teach are not able to be rendered down to three dot points,” he said.

Like many workplaces, universities quickly moved their operations online at the outbreak of the pandemic in Australia and many students have returned to campuses during the year while still doing some online learning.

Timing during pandemic ‘coincidental’

Curtin, like other Australian universities, is dealing with huge logistical and financial challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, aiming to cut $45 million from its budget — mostly through redundancies.

A shift away from face-to-face lectures was also recently announced by fellow Perth institution Murdoch University, which also plans to include mini-lectures as part of its online options next year.

But a Curtin spokeswoman said that the proposal was developed in response to the changing nature of higher education and student expectations.

“The fact that it is happening during a year that experienced a pandemic, and so soon after the pivot to online delivery, is coincidental but timely,” she said.

‘We are increasingly constrained,’ academic says

The humanities academic said Curtin had long offered many students the opportunity to watch lectures online — if they were unable to attend on campus — and he did not understand the reasons for mandating online lectures.

“We have already had blended learning — we have been doing that for at least a decade,” he said.

“This is removing the students’ choice.”

He also said the proposal had come at a bad time for many staff, who were already exhausted by the job cuts.

“They fear for the future of their own careers and for their students,” he said.

“We are increasingly constrained in our ability to do our jobs effectively.”

Another academic, who feared losing his job for speaking out, said he thought the reduced number of student contact hours would disproportionately hurt casual staff, potentially putting their positions under threat.

“Financial imperatives are being presented as educational innovation,” he said.

The Curtin spokeswoman said the proposal

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