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The start of the season, off weekends and Darlington lead takeaways from the new schedule.

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  • LAR Running Back #23
    McVay was quick to mention that the move was precautionary, likely meaning they are simply giving Williams some rest. That likely welcome news for the young running back since he has seen the highest usage rate of any running back in the NFL, including Christian McCaffrey. McVay did say that he expects Williams to play on Sunday against the Eagles.
  • SEA Safety #33
    An independent concussion doctor ruled Adams out after he took an accidental knee to the head from Daniel Jones on a scramble. When the concussion doctor ruled him out for the remainder of the game, Adams lost his temper and had to be physically separated from the doctor and escorted off of the field. There’s no word on what the discipline could be but considering Adams didn’t make physical contact with the doctor, a hefty fine figures to be most likely.
  • DET Wide Receiver #14
    St. Brown ran every route for the Lions in Week 4, so he seemingly gutted it out through the end of the game despite getting banged up at some point. The hope will be that he can continue to play through the abdomen issue going forward, but that’s far from a given. If he can’t suit up in Week 5, the Lions could throw Jameson Williams, who is coming back from his gambling-related suspension this week, into a full-time role for the jump.
  • IND Running Back #28
    Well, if Taylor is not on the field on Sunday, it certainly won’t be because of his ankle. The full participant designation means that Taylor was not limited in any way, which would normally be a near guarantee that a player will play on Sunday. However, there have been multiple reports that the relationship between Taylor and the Colts “remains unsettled,” so his status for Sunday still remains up in the air.
  • NO Quarterback #4
    Carr played through a shoulder injury in Week 4, but he and the Saints offense struggled. Head coach Dennis Allen mentioned that Carr was able to throw more on Wednesday and “things look good in terms of where he’s at this week.” The team has to hope that Carr is able to do more this week because he was clearly not healthy on Sunday. He threw a high rate of screen passes, missed several downfield throws, and also fumbled in the fourth quarter. If he’s that limited again, the Patriots defense would make for a good fantasy play.
  • CAR Running Back #6
    Sanders was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday of last week because of a groin issue but then didn’t practice on Friday. However, he was still able to play in Week 4 and proved to be ineffective, rushing for just 19 yards on 13 carries. With the groin injury still lingering, it’s safe to assume that Sanders will suit up again on Sunday but be less than 100 percent, which should limit his effectiveness against a solid Lions defense. Panthers CB Donte Jackson (shoulder), LB Frankie Luvu (hip), DL DeShawn Williams (elbow) and OL Austin Corbett (knee) were also limited in practice.
  • CIN Quarterback #9
    Burrow injured his calf in training camp and then re-injured it at the end of Week 2. Anybody who has watched even one snap of Joe Burrow this year knows that he’s not healthy, but the quarterback himself is saying that he feels better coming out of Week 4 than he has all season. While that almost certainly doesn’t mean he’s at 100 percent, it’s good to see that he’s making progress and feels good about his own recovery. If you’ve started out your fantasy football season on a strong note, it might not be a bad idea to see if you can buy low on Burrow and hope he’s healthy for the second half of the season.
  • CHI Wide Receiver #10
    Claypool was a healthy scratch in Week 4 after telling reports he wasn’t being used to his full potential by the Bears coaching staff. He has already been listed as out for Week 5 as well. The Bears are reportedly seeking a late-round pick for Claypool on the trade market, but it’s hard to imagine there will be any takers. A team will take a flyer on him once he is cut, but it doesn’t look like Chicago will recoup anything in this fiasco of a maneuverer that cost them the 32nd-overall pick.
  • PIT Quarterback #8
    Pickett is dealing with a muscle strain and a bone bruise suffered in a Week 5 loss to the Texans. However, head coach Mike Tomlin would not rule him out for Sunday’s game against the Ravens, and Pickett being on the field on Wednesday is certainly a good indication that he will try and give it a go. Still, the Steelers have a bye in Week 6, so they likely won’t push Pickett if he doesn’t feel ready after the next couple of days of practice. Yet, Pickett himself said after practice, “I’ll be ready to go.”
  • BAL Wide Receiver #7
    Bateman missed Week 4 with the hamstring issue but appears on track to return in Week 5. Before going down with the hammy injury, Bateman was running as a distant third receiver in the Ravens’ rotation. Even if he is active for Week 5, fantasy managers can look elsewhere for a FLEX option.


Biles energizes worlds crowd with floor routine
Simone Biles works the World Gymnastics Championships audience into a frenzy with her floor routine during the women's team event portion in Antwerp, Belgium.

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Premier League

Everything you need to know about the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League
Arsenal vs Man City is here! And it’s far from the only tricky pick on a 10-match Premier League weekend docket.
“Something like that as far as I can remember never happened,” Klopp said on Wednesday. “That’s why I think a replay would be the right thing.”
Check out the Premier League fixtures and results for the 2023-24 season


Prepare for fantasy hoops season and your drafts with Rotoworld’s 2023 Fantasy Basketball Draft Guide preview series!
On new squads, see where Damian Lillard and Jrue Holiday land in Rotoworld’s latest Fantasy Basketball Draft Guide PG Tiers.
Matthew Berry and the Happy Hour crew assess the latest Rotoworld player news, discussing how Cooper Kupp’s return impacts Puka Nacua’s outlook and Kenny Pickett’s knee injury.
Matthew Berry and the Happy Hour crew discuss Daniel Jones’ outlook against the Dolphins, as well as whether to start or sit Dameon Pierce, Khalil Herbert and Najee Harris in Week 5.
Big Ten on NBC, Peacock
Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge discuss the “tall task” that undefeated Maryland has in facing Ohio State in Week 6 and the reasons why the Terrapins have a fighting chance to defeat the Buckeyes.
Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge break down Iowa’s play in the team’s win over Michigan State in Week 5, including the strength of the defense and special teams and room for improvement on offense.
Vaughn Dalzell breaks down how he’s playing two Big Ten matchups between Michigan at Minnesota and Nebraska at Illinois.
Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge preview Rutgers’ Week 6 matchup against Wisconsin, the success of Phil Longo’s offense and more.
PFF previews the top players to watch when Ohio State takes on Maryland, including Taulia Tagovailoa and Corey Dyches for the Terrapins and receivers Marvin Harrison Jr. and Cade Stover for the Buckeyes.
Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge discuss how Minnesota can compete against a Michigan team that has “no weaknesses,” specifically by forcing turnovers and embracing their home-crowd atmosphere.
College Football Top 25: SEC Takes a Hit

Fantasy Basketball Draft Guide

Get an assist with your draft with the Rotoworld Basketball Draft Guide, which includes player rankings, positional tiers, projections, mock draft and much more!
Prepare for fantasy hoops season and your drafts with Rotoworld’s 2023 Fantasy Basketball Draft Guide preview series!
Zak Hanshew breaks down the latest trade as the Celtics look to keep pace with Milwaukee in Eastern Conference arms race.
Check out the first few rounds of a 16-team, 9-Cat industry mock draft, which is part of the new Rotoworld Basketball Draft Guide.


One chance remains for drivers to reach the next round of the Cup playoffs.
Track’s first Cup race will be June 16, 2024 on USA Network.
Matt Crafton punched Nick Sanchez after last weekend’s Truck playoff race at Talladega.


Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy predicted Monday that linebacker Micah Parsons would be limited in the first practice of the week.
The Ravens got receivers Odell Beckham and Rashod Bateman back at practice Wednesday.
One of the Chiefs’ best defensive players is getting closer to returning to play.
When quarterback Brock Purdy took over as the 49ers starter last year and went undefeated in his regular season starts, it was not unusual to hear his success credited to playing in head coach Kyle Shanahan’s system.

2023 Rugby World Cup on Peacock

The best of the best are in action in France through October 28th for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Relive the best moments from South Africa and Tonga’s matchup at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Relive the best moments from Australia and Portugal’s matchup at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Relive the best moments from Scotland and Romania’s matchup at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.


Matthew Pouliot doesn’t see things getting much better for the Rockies, but at least some of the players are interesting.
Royce Lewis homered twice and Pablo López
was effective for the Twins’ first postseason game win since 2004.
Montgomery fired seven shutout innings against the Rays, who committed four errors on defense.
Here is everything you need to know about betting the 2023 MLB Playoffs.


The reports out of practice were he looked good. No fireworks... yet.
Is this the final year of the Kahwi Leonard/Paul George era in Los Angeles?
Ball will miss the entire upcoming season following his third knee surgery.
Chris Paul says he’ll do “whatever I can do to help our team win.”

College Football

Notre Dame will struggle to make a strong closing statement this season, through no fault of its own, as Wake Forest and Stanford look worse and worse.
Wisconsin players Tanner Mordecai and Braelon Allen interview each other about the best class they’ve taken in college, favorite school traditions and their typical game day routines.
Iowa quarterback Cade McNamara will miss the rest of the season because of a torn knee ligament and Deacon Hill will be the starter against Purdue this week, coach Kirk Ferentz announced Tuesday.
Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge preview Saturday’s matchup between Purdue and Iowa. The two reflect on the Hawkeyes’ strength in defense and Tory Taylor, and the Boilermakers’ offensive power.


Vaughn Dalzell breaks down how he’s playing two Big Ten matchups between Michigan at Minnesota and Nebraska at Illinois.
Jay Croucher and Drew Dinsick preview odds for the Eagles and Rams Week 5 clash and look ahead to a stretch of Philadelphia’s schedule that could determine its season.
Jay Croucher and Drew Dinsick share how they’re approaching Giants vs. Dolphins in Week 5, explaining why they’re fading New York and counting on a Dolphins offensive outburst on Bet the Edge.


Hull also talked about the state of her physical health, following the Solheim Cup.
Thompson will be the first LPGA player to compete on the PGA Tour since 2018.
Jake Knapp joins Golf Today to discuss working as a bouncer, making ends meet to keep his golf career alive and what being a professional means to him.
Davis Riley joins Golf Today and discusses his position in the FedExCup Fall race. He currently sits at 62nd in the standings, needing to jump into the top 60 to earn his spot in the initial 2024 Signature events.
Defending champion Ryan Fox joins Golf Today to discuss what makes the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship one of the best events of the year, his takeaways from the Ryder Cup and more.
Ludvig Aberg played in four matches last week in Rome as a Ryder Cup rookie and will have a quick turnaround ahead of this week’s Sanderson Farms Championship as he’s honoring his prior commitment to play in the event.

Brother From Another

Michael Holley, Ashley Nicole Moss and Mike Jones of The Athletic discuss the Dallas Cowboys’ matchup with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football, in which Dak Prescott and co. can quiet the noise with a win.
Michael Holley, Ashley Nicole Moss and The Athletic’s Mike Jones debate over the best team in the NFC, between the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers -- and how the Dallas Cowboys can reenter the conversation.
Michael Holley and Ashley Nicole Moss are puzzled by Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis’ warning to the Denver Nuggets, which doesn’t pack much of a punch given the Nuggets’ easy Western Conference Finals sweep.
Michael Holley and Ashley Nicole Moss react to Giannis Antetokounmpo explaining why he doesn’t train with other NBA players in the summer.

Local coverage

As 49ers Kyle Shanahan tries to balance Christian McCaffrey’s usage, the star running back recently made his opinion on the matter clear.
Harden was with the Sixers for Day 2 of training camp.
Tom Giles, Mike Giardi, and Trenni Casey discuss on “Early Edition.”
Where to cheer, how to track your runner and more questions answered on how to be the best Chicago Marathon spectator


Almiron, Burn, Longstaff, Schar all score goals as Magpies triumph in 4-1 victory over French giants
Rico Abreu shaved five points off Kyle Larson’s lead and forces the title into next week’s season finale.
Adams was seen yelling at the independent doctor on the sideline during the game.
Release will happen in 24-48 hours, barring a deal.
The Titans saw the return of offensive guard Peter Skoronski, offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere and wide receiver Kyle Philips to practice Wednesday.