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Dolphins and Saints meet after rallying back to relevance

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints have a high-stakes matchup in New Orleans after rallying back from significant losing streaks earlier this season.

Both teams are 7-7. But the Dolphins were 1-7 after a seven-game skid and have clawed back to the fringe of the AFC playoff picture with six straight victories. The Saints fell to 5-7 after a five-game skid, but they’ve won two straight including a shutout victory at defending champion Tampa Bay last weekend.

However, the Saints are now battling COVID-19, with at least 15 players testing positive, including quarterback Taysom Hill and backup Trevor Siemian. Ian Book is set to start at QB on Monday night.


Nevada missing leaders at Quick Lane Bowl vs. W. Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — Nevada will be without the star quarterback and coach it had this season when it plays Western Michigan Monday in the Quick Lane Bowl.

Carson Strong threw 36 touchdown passes this year for the Wolf Pack and then opted to skip the bowl game to prepare for the NFL draft. Nate Cox will replace him after attempting just 20 passes this season. Colorado State hired Nevada coach Jay Norvell after the regular season. Assistant coach Vai Taua is serving as the interim coach for the Wolf Pack Monday in Detroit.

The Broncos are seeking their second bowl victory in program history. The Wolf Pack will try for their fourth victory in their last five bowl appearances.


Shiffrin is latest elite skier to test positive for COVID-19

UNDATED (AP) — Two-time Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin is the latest elite skier to test positive for COVID-19 with the Beijing Games less than six weeks away.

Shiffrin writes on her social media accounts that “I’m doing well, but unfortunately I had a positive COVID test.” The American adds that she’s “following protocol and isolating.” Shiffrin says she will miss World Cup giant slalom and slalom races scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday in Austria.

Other top skiers who have missed races recently after testing positive for COVID include former overall champion Lara Gut-Behrami, Austrian world champion Katharina Liensberger and Alice Robinson of New Zealand.

The Beijing Olympics open Feb. 4.

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