NFL SCOREBOARD

HOUSTON 41 DETROIT 25

WASHINGTON 41 DALLAS 16

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 GONZAGA 102 #6 KANSAS 90

#8 ILLINOIS 97 CHICAGO STATE 38

#15 WEST VIRGINIA 78 VCU 66

#3 VILLANOVA 83 #18 ARIZONA STATE 74

ELSEWHERE

CLEMSON 81 PURDUE 70

XAVIER 51 BRADLEY 50

NEVADA 69 NEBRASKA 66

TOLEDO 80 OAKLAND 53

OHIO 84 NORTH CAROLINA A&T 72

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Friday, Nov. 27

No. 13 Iowa State at No. 17 Texas | 12 p.m. | ABC

UMass at Liberty | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Nebraska at No. 24 Iowa | 1 p.m. | FOX

No. 2 Notre Dame at No. 19 North Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

UCF at South Florida | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan | 4 p.m. | CBSSN

Wyoming at UNLV | 4 p.m. | FS1

Stanford at Cal | 4 p.m. | FOX

No. 15 Oregon at Oregon State | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Washington at Washington State — CANCELED

San Diego State at Fresno State — CANCELED

Southern Miss at UAB — CANCELED

Saturday, Nov. 28

Kentucky at No. 6 Florida | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Vanderbilt at Missouri | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Texas Tech at No. 23 Oklahoma State | 12 p.m. | FOX

No. 4 Ohio State at Illinois | 12 p.m. | FS1

Maryland at No. 12 Indiana | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Penn State at Michigan | 12 p.m. | ABC

NC State at Syracuse | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

SMU at East Carolina | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Georgia Southern at Georgia State | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Northern Illinois at Western Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Bowling Green at Ohio | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Kent State at Buffalo | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Ball State at Toledo | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Miami (Ohio) at Akron | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

UTEP at Rice | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

No. 20 Coastal Carolina at Texas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Louisiana at UL Monroe | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

North Texas at UTSA | 3 p.m. | Stadium

South Alabama at Arkansas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

San Diego State at Colorado | 3 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

No. 22 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Pittsburgh at No. 3 Clemson | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

No. 8 Northwestern at Michigan State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Florida Atlantic at Middle Tennessee | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Mississippi State at Ole Miss | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

San Jose State at Boise State | 4 p.m. | FOX

Rutgers at Purdue | 4 p.m. | FS1

Louisville at Boston College | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

LSU at No. 5 Texas A&M | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Kansas State at Baylor | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Duke at Georgia Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Memphis at Navy | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Utah at Washington | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

No. 9 Georgia at South Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

TCU at Kansas | 8 p.m. | FS1

Arizona at UCLA | 8 p.m. | FOX

Troy at Appalachian State | 8 p.m. | ESPNU

Virginia at Florida State | 8 p.m. | ACC Network

Nevada at Hawai’i | 11 p.m. | PPV

No. 7 Cincinnati at Temple — CANCELED

No. 11 Oklahoma at West Virginia — POSTPONED

Minnesota at No. 16 Wisconsin — CANCELED

Colorado at No. 18 USC — CANCELED

No. 24 Tulsa at Houston — POSTPONED

Louisiana Tech at FIU — CANCELED

Sunday, Nov. 29

Utah at Arizona State — CANCELED

INDIANA FOOTBALL STATE FINALS

Friday, Nov. 27

Class 2A State Championship

11 am ET | Fort Wayne Bishop Luers (8-6) vs. Western Boone (10-4)

Class 4A State Championship

3 pm ET | Hobart (11-2) vs. Roncalli (12-1)

Class 6A State Championship

7 pm ET | Westfield (12-1) vs. Center Grove (13-0)

Saturday, Nov. 28

Class A State Championship

11 am ET | South Adams (13-0) vs. Covenant Christian (14-0)

Class 3A State Championship

3 pm ET | Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (12-1) vs. Danville (11-0)

Class 5A State Championship

7 pm ET | Zionsville (7-5) vs. Indianapolis Cathedral (12-1)

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL THIS WEEK

Saturday, Nov. 28

North Side at Marion, 7:30 pm

Metropolitan at Lafayette Jeff, 7 pm

TEC

Friday, Nov. 27

Winchester at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Nov. 28

Monroe Central at Northeastern, 7:30 pm

Seton Catholic at Centerville, 7:30 pm

Union City at Lincoln, 7:30 pm

Waldron at Knightstown, 7:30 pm

Wapahani at Tri, 7:30 pm

Winchester at New Castle, 7:30 pm

MEC

Friday, Nov. 27

Winchester at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Nov. 28

Horizon Christian at Daleville, 7:30 pm

Monroe Central at Northeastern, 7:30 pm

Englewood at Union (Modoc), 4:30 pm

Shenandoah at Blue River © , 7:30 pm

Wapahani at Tri, 7:30 pm

PIONEER

Saturday, Nov. 28

Greenwood Christian at Greenwood, 7:30 pm

Liberty Christian at Alexandria, 7:30 pm

Seton Catholic at Centerville, 7:30 pm

University at Shortridge, 7:30 pm

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL THIS WEEK

NCC

Saturday, Nov. 28

Harrison at South Side, 2:30 pm, ccd.

Tech at Marion , noon

Kokomo at Anderson , 1:30 pm

Central at Richmond , 6 pm

TEC

Saturday, Nov. 28

New Castle at Winchester, 7:30 pm

Randolph Southern at Union County, 7:30 pm

Switzerland County at Knightstown, noon

MID-EASTERN

Friday, Nov. 27

Shenandoah at Frankton, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Nov. 28

Blue River at Blackford, 1:30 pm

Daleville at Alexandria, 2 pm

Eastern Hancock at Wapahani , 1:30 pm

Englewood at Union, 4 pm

Randolph Southern at Union County, 7:30 pm

Wes-Del at Elwood, 6 pm

NFL

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has tested positive for COVID-19, according to multiple media outlets.

Last year’s NFL MVP is the biggest star to become infected by the virus.

The Baltimore Sun and ESPN, both citing unidentified sources, reported that Jackson was among four more Ravens players to test positive Thursday.

Outside linebacker Pernell McPhee was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, joining running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins and defensive tackle Brandon Williams. Because of the outbreak, the Ravens have been conducting team work remotely.

The Ravens also said Wednesday they had disciplined a staff member, reportedly a strength coach, for not obeying league protocols.

Baltimore (6-4) was supposed to play the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0) on Thursday night, but the game was postponed until Sunday. The latest round of positive tests could jeopardize the game being played this weekend.

Backup quarterback Robert Griffin III would be the most likely candidate to start for Baltimore in place of Jackson. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft, Griffin has made only one start in the past four seasons.

“Praying for my brother (at)Lj-era8 and every player, staff member and their families dealing with COVID-19,” Griffin tweeted Thursday. “Ensuring the safety of the entire organization is important. Handling this outbreak within the team is bigger than football.”

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Alex Smith has Washington at least temporarily in first place in the NFC East after winning on Thanksgiving for the first time, two years after a planned holiday showing was wrecked by the quarterback’s career-threatening leg injury.

Smith and his teammates aren’t going to concern themselves with how bad their division might be.

Antonio Gibson ran for three touchdowns, Smith threw a scoring pass and Washington pulled away in the fourth quarter of a 41-16 Thanksgiving victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday.

Smith was days away from a second career Thanksgiving start in a visit to Dallas two years ago when he was injured. Now he has a second straight victory in his improbable comeback.

“It’s hard to put into words,” said Smith, who was a modest 19 of 26 for 149 yards and got bailed out on his only interception when receiver Terry McLaurin ran down Dallas linebacker Jaylon Smith to prevent a tying touchdown before the Cowboys had to settle for a field goal.

“I never would have dreamt in a million years something like this would be happening. Just thankful for it and making the most of it every day.”

Gibson’s second score was a 23-yard run on the first play after an ill-advised fake punt by Dallas as Washington beat its division rival on Thanksgiving for just the second time in 10 tries. Washington has been the most frequent visitor for the Cowboys in their annual holiday home game.

Washington (4-7) slides ahead of Philadelphia (3-6-1) in the NFC East and will stay in first place if the Eagles lose to Seattle on Monday night. It was the third win in five games since a five-game losing streak dropped Washington to 1-5.

The New York Giants can pull even with Washington by beating Cincinnati on Sunday, and they currently hold the tiebreaker because they went 2-0 against Washington this season.

“Our record’s not the best,” Gibson said. “We’re still in it. That gives us hope. That’s what we’re pushing for is we can still make the playoffs right now. We’re going to keep going.”

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Deshaun Watson dropped back in a protected pocket at midfield and perfectly lofted one of his four touchdown passes, connecting with Will Fuller in stride just before he reached the end zone.

Houston’s star quarterback made it look easy, and the Detroit Lions did their part to not put up much of a fight.

Watson had a pair of go-ahead touchdown passes in the first half and threw for two more scores in the fourth quarter to help Houston pull away and beat Detroit 41-25 Thursday.

And still, he wasn’t satisfied.

“It was definitely good, but I missed two touchdowns,” Watson said.

The dynamic quarterback finished 17 of 25 for 318 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He has thrown 15 touchdown passes without getting picked off once in the past six games.

“You’ve got to give some credit to the guys up front,” interim coach Romeo Crennel said. “If they give him time, he’s able to make plays. Guys can get open and he can hit them. He has that kind of accuracy.”

Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt had an early pick-6 and Fuller had six receptions for 171 yards and two touchdowns, including a 40-yard touchdown catch in which it looked like he and Watson were all alone on a practice field.

The Texans (4-7) have won two straight for the first time this season and three of their past four games with Crennel.

“That’s good, but we haven’t won enough,” Crennel said.

The Lions haven’t, either, and it might cost at least one man his job.

Detroit (4-7) might end the season with interim leaders after losing consecutive games for the third time this season, dropping coach Matt Patricia’s record to 13-29-1 and general manager Bob Quinn’s mark to 12 games under .500 over five seasons.

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The Denver Broncos No. 3 quarterback, Jeff Driskel, has been placed on the COVID-19 list, but contact tracing showed that starter Drew Lock and the Broncos’ other QBs weren’t in danger of being infected by the coronavirus.

Lock, backup Brett Rypien and practice squad QB Blake Bortles all practiced on Thanksgiving after the Broncos consulted with Dr. Allen Sills, the league’s chief medical officer.

“They have determined that nobody else has to go on the list,” coach Vic Fangio said. “They cleared us to practice.”

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Tua Tagovailoa’s sore thumb was better Thursday, and Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores expressed optimism his rookie quarterback will be able to play Sunday against the New York Jets.

Tagovailoa hurt the thumb on his throwing hand in practice and was limited in practice for the second day in a row.

“He got banged up a little bit,” Flores said. “I don’t think this is something we’re too worried about. … He’s getting treatment, he’s rehabbing. We’ll see how this goes. It’s sore, but he’s a tough kid. He has played through some things before.”

Tagovailoa was sacked six times before being pulled in the fourth quarter of the Dolphins’ loss last weekend at Denver, but he remains the No. 1 quarterback ahead of veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Offensive lineman Jesse Davis was activated off the reserve-COVID-19 list. Davis, who has started the past 52 games, went on the list Monday.

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Aamir Simms scored 24 points, Nick Honor added 17 points and a career-high four steals and Clemson beat Purdue 81-70 on Thursday night to win the four-team Space Coast Challenge.

Jonathan Baehre scored 11 points for Clemson (2-0) and Al-Amir Dawes added 10 points. The Tigers, who held Mississippi State to 42 points on Wednesday, forced 22 Purdue turnovers — including 13 Clemson steals.

Zach Edey had 17 points, eight rebounds and two blocks for Purdue (1-1). Isaiah Thompson and Brandon Newman added 15 points apiece.

Baehre hit a 3-pointer and then a jumper to spark a 10-0 run that made it 58-48 when Dawes made a jumper with 9:02 left. Newman answered with a 3 to pull the Boilermakers within seven but they got no closer.

Freshman Jaden Ivey did not play for Purdue. The 6-foot-4 guard scored 12 points, but injured his right foot in Wednesday’s 77-64 win over Liberty.

Simms, who averaged 13.0 points and 7.2 rebounds as a junior last season, played just eight minutes before he fouled out with just four points on 1-of-5 shooting and one rebound in a win over Mississippi State on Wednesday.

Baehre, a 6-foot-10 senior, transferred from UNC-Asheville following 28-point, 14-rebound performance in the Bulldogs’ season-ending loss to Southern California in the first round of the 2018 NIT. After suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in May of 2019 with Clemson, Baehre played in just two games last season before re-tearing the same ACL last February.

Purdue was not ranked in the AP preseason Top 25 poll for the first time since the 2014-15 season.

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Deshaun Watson dropped back in a protected pocket at midfield and perfectly lofted one of his four touchdown passes, connecting with Will Fuller in stride just before he reached the end zone.

Houston’s star quarterback made it look easy, and the Detroit Lions did their part to not put up much of a fight.

Watson had a pair of go-ahead touchdown passes in the first half and threw for two more scores in the fourth quarter to help Houston pull away and beat Detroit 41-25 Thursday.

And still, he wasn’t satisfied.

“It was definitely good, but I missed two touchdowns,” Watson said.

The dynamic quarterback finished 17 of 25 for 318 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He has thrown 15 touchdown passes without getting picked off once in the past six games.

“You’ve got to give some credit to the guys up front,” interim coach Romeo Crennel said. “If they give him time, he’s able to make plays. Guys can get open and he can hit them. He has that kind of accuracy.”

Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt had an early pick-6 and Fuller had six receptions for 171 yards and two touchdowns, including a 40-yard touchdown catch in which it looked like he and Watson were all alone on a practice field.

The Texans (4-7) have won two straight for the first time this season and three of their past four games with Crennel.

“That’s good, but we haven’t won enough,” Crennel said.

The Lions haven’t, either, and it might cost at least one man his job.

Detroit (4-7) might end the season with interim leaders after losing consecutive games for the third time this season, dropping coach Matt Patricia’s record to 13-29-1 and general manager Bob Quinn’s mark to 12 games under .500 over five seasons.

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Coming into this season, Villanova coach Jay Wright wondered who might replace Saddiq Bey as the Wildcats’ go-to player.

After two games, Wright thinks Jeremiah Robinson-Earl may have answered that question for him.

Robinson-Earl followed up an 18-point performance in the season opener with a career-high 28 points on Thursday night to lead No. 3 Villanova over No. 18 Arizona State 83-74 in the championship game of the Empire Classic.

“He wanted to be in that role last year and he just wasn’t there yet,” Wright said. “He did all the dirty work last year and he still does the dirty work. But, I think he has developed.”

The 6-foot-9 sophomore forward hit 11 of his 17 shots and pulled down eight rebounds.

Justin Moore added 16 points and 12 boards for the Wildcats (2-0), and Caleb Daniels chipped in with 14 points – 10 in the second half. Daniels spent the final eight minutes of the first half on the bench after picking up his third foul, but wasn’t whistled again.

The Wildcats dictated the pace of the game and dominated on the glass, outrebounding Arizona State 43-27.

Freshman guard Josh Christopher had 28 points and Alonzo Verge Jr. scored 22 for the Sun Devils (1-1). Villanova held ASU star Remy Martin to just five first-half points on 2-of-8 shooting.

The Wildcats led by nine at halftime and took their first double-digit lead at 49-38 on a 3-pointer by Robinson-Earl that capped an 8-0 spurt in the second half.

They stretched that to 66-49 on a 3 by Daniels before ASU made a little run.

The Sun Devils cut the deficit to 70-60 on a jumper by Verge, but couldn’t come all the way back.

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No. 19 Southern California’s scheduled home football game against Colorado has been canceled, with the Buffaloes moving quickly to set up a replacement game against San Diego State in Boulder on Saturday.

The Pac-12 said USC didn’t have the minimum number of scholarship players available at a specific position group as a result of a number of positive COVID-19 cases and resulting isolation of additional players under contact tracing protocols.

San Diego State had an opening after its game at Fresno State was canceled.

USC and UCLA are the only teams in the Pac-12 South that played all of their first three games. Oregon and Oregon State also haven’t missed a game in the Pac-12 North.

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The Cleveland Browns placed defensive end Porter Gustin on the COVID-19 list, further weakening a group already without star Myles Garrett.

Porter became the third player to be put on the list in the past three days for the Browns, who have been one of the NFL teams hit hardest by the virus.

Gustin is one of five players currently on Cleveland’s list along with Garrett, fullback Andy Janovich, linebacker Sione Takitaki and defensive end Joe Jackson. All will miss Sunday’s game at Jacksonville.

The Browns activated offensive lineman Chris Hubbard off the list on Thursday. He missed two games after testing positive on Nov. 13.

With Garrett and Gustin out, the Browns’ defensive line will be missing its best player and some depth against the equally short-handed Jaguars (1-9). Cleveland’s defense stepped up without Garrett last week and had five sacks, a safety and touchdown – an interception return by Takitaki – in a win over Philadelphia.

Also, the Browns will be without top cornerback Denzel Ward. He has a half injury and is expected to miss several games.

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No. 2 Baylor made an unexpected Thanksgiving night flight to Las Vegas, where the Bears now hope to open their men’s basketball schedule with two games this weekend..

Baylor expects to play Saturday against an opponent that was not initially revealed, and then take on Washington the following day.

The Bears had originally been slated to start the season Wednesday night against No. 18 Arizona State and then play No. 3 Villanova or Boston College on Thanksgiving Day at the Empire Classic in Connecticut. Baylor didn’t make that trip after coach Scott Drew revealed he had tested positive for COVID-19, though he was asymptomatic and was the team’s only positive the past 12 weeks. Drew is still in self-isolation.

Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley expressed concern about the different testing protocols for the Big 12 and Pac-12.

Baylor then canceled Sunday’s game at Seton Hall in what was called a mutual agreement between the schools to call off the Big 12/Big East Battle matchup.

The Bears are set to play twice next week in Indianapolis, on Wednesday against No. 8 Illinois and then three days later against No. 1 Gonzaga.