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B/R Staff NFL Week 5 Report Card: Alex Smith Makes Miraculous Comeback | Bleacher Report

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The unthinkable happened Sunday when Alex Smith played in an NFL game again. 

Smith suffered a gruesome leg injury nearly two years ago that required 17 surgeries to rectify. When the Washington Football Team’s Kyle Allen, who started instead of Dwayne Haskins Jr., endured a head-on collision with Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey, Smith entered the contest and didn’t leave. 

In the 30-10 loss, the 36-year-old signal-caller completed nine of 17 passes for 37 yards. But Smith’s actual performance didn’t matter to many, including his counterpart on the other sideline Sunday. 

“That is really one of the most amazing things, I thinknot only that we’ve ever seen, but one of the most amazing things in football history, is him getting back from that injury and coming back,” Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff told reporters

How should Smith’s return to professional football be

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College Football Rankings: B/R’s Top 25 After Week 5 | Bleacher Report

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Next week’s slate could be exceptional, and it’s arguably the best group of games college football has offered in 2020.

Get ready for intriguing games in every time slot, starting with the ACC’s marquee matchup of the season. There’s also the Red River Rivalry, which still has a ton of intrigue even though it lost some luster over the past couple of weekends.

Let’s take a look at what’s on tap for Week 6.


No. 8 Miami at No. 1 Clemson (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC)

The Hurricanes and Turnover Chains take to prime time for the third time in four weeks, but this will be unlike any game they’ve played in front of a national television audience this year. Is Miami just a nice early-season story or for real? We’re all about to see.

The Clemson offense can put all kinds of pressure on teams, and this

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Pac-12’s Larry Scott’s Expanded 8-Team CFP Proposal Rejected by Commissioners | Bleacher Report

Commissioner Larry Scott speaks during the Pac-12 NCAA college basketball media day, in San Francisco, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)

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Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott’s proposal to expand the College Football Playoff to eight teams for this season was rejected by the CFP management committee, according to Heather Dinich of ESPN.

Scott would have needed the approval of Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick and 10 FBS commissioners to have the measure passed. 

CFP executive director Bill Hancock told Dinich:

“They decided that doing that now would be such a significant change, and come with so many challenges, especially given the timing with the season already underway, that they concluded that the best outcome would be to make no changes in the format. They will continue to discuss the future, which is just good, responsible business practice, although I must say that dealing with COVID has become everyone’s focus now.”

Stanford head coach David Shaw expressed optimism that an expanded playoff will eventually happen:

“Whether it’s six

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Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Hulk Hogan and a WWE/WCW Dream Card | Bleacher Report

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Kai En Tai (Taka Michinoku/Funaki/Dick Togo/Men’s Teioh) vs. Rey Mysterio/Juventud Guerrera/Psicosis/Chris Jericho

Analysis: WCW was great at getting their cards started right, featuring high flying action from a collection of great Mexican luchadors who ultimately reinvented what wrestling looks like in America.

WWE attempted something similar with imported Japanese talent but never fully invested in their light heavyweight division. Kai En Tai, however, could really go when given the opportunity, winning over crowds with the power of their work. Look no further than ECW’s Barely Legal pay-per-view in 1997 for an example of them managing to convert a skeptical crowd into believers. 

Result: Because this was company versus company, WCW decided to mix babyfaces and heels, attempting to put their best possible team forward. This nearly backfired when Chris Jericho spent most of the match feuding with his own teammates—but eventually, the future

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Steelers, Texans Continuing Week 4 Prep Despite Titans’ COVID-19 Outbreak | Bleacher Report

Pittsburgh Steelers helmet on the field against Denver Broncos during an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Pittsburgh, PA. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

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The Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans aren’t disrupting their preparations for Sunday’s Week 4 games against the Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings, respectively, after three Titans players and five members of the staff tested positive for COVID-19.

“We have been in contact with the NFL regarding the positive COVID-19 tests with the Tennessee Titans,” the Steelers said in statement Tuesday, via Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. “We have been informed to proceed with our game preparations for Sunday’s game until we are informed otherwise.”

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported the Texans are also “maintaining normal operations” in the wake of Tennessee’s positive tests.

The Titans closed their team facilities because of the positive tests. According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, their doors will remain closed until Saturday, which presents obvious issues during a game week. Russini added that the NFL hasn’t made a decision about

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WWE Hell in a Cell 2020 Match-Card Predictions After Clash of Champions, Raw | Bleacher Report

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    WWE Clash of Champions only saw one title change hands, when Sami Zayn defeated Jeff Hardy and AJ Styles for the Intercontinental Championship.

    That means we are likely going into Hell in a Cell on October 25 with almost all of the same champions. Since many of the bouts at The Clash were rematches, WWE needs to start shaking things up.

    Luckily, the next WWE Draft has been announced for the October 9 episode of SmackDown and the October 12 episode of Raw.

    While some people need to change brands to freshen things up, there are a few storylines WWE needs to resolve, so we can expect certain people to remain on the same brand.

    Let’s look at some of the most likely matches to be booked for Hell in a Cell 2020. 

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    Bayley brutally attacked Sasha Banks on the September 4

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Final Picks for Roman Reigns vs. Jey Uso and WWE Clash of Champions 2020 Card | Bleacher Report

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    Every championship on WWE’s main roster will be on the line when Clash of Champions 2020 lands Sunday on WWE Network.

    This card will feature Roman Reigns against his cousin, Jey Uso, for the Universal Championship, along with an Ambulance Match and more.

    Who will walk out of the WWE ThunderDome with gold around their waist? Which champions will fall short of retaining their titles?

    Before the event kicks off at 6 p.m. ET, let’s break down the card with one last round of predictions for WWE Clash of Champions 2020.

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    Both teams vying for the women’s tag titles haven’t been entirely cohesive in recent weeks.

    Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott struggled to reform The Riott Squad and have had a few hiccups of not trusting each other 100 percent, even though they have matching gear and continually talk about

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Biggest Question for Every MLB Playoff Hopeful Ahead of 2020 Postseason | Bleacher Report

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    The New York Yankees are hot, but are they built for a deep playoff run?

    The New York Yankees are hot, but are they built for a deep playoff run?Michael Dwyer/Associated Press

    Major League Baseball’s shortened 2020 season has been the very definition of a wild ride. And with only a few days still to go, the expanded playoff picture is far from complete.

    So, let’s take one last look at what contenders must prove before they can aim for World Series glory.

    Setting aside each division’s last-place team, we considered questions for 24 clubs that have already clinched playoff spots or are still in the running. These questions addressed various weaknesses, injuries and other lingering concerns.

    We’ll proceed in alphabetical order by city.

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    Record: 32-22 (1st in NL East)

    Atlanta mainly has its offense to thank for how close the club is to a third straight first-place finish in the National League East.

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Early Match Card Predictions and Picks for WWE Survivor Series 2020 | Bleacher Report

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While we know there will be at least one traditional Survivor Series elimination match, the components are up for debate. Even ignoring Retribution entirely and going with another Raw vs. NXT vs. SmackDown setup, there are countless permutations even if we had a solid list to work with.

Despite all the confusion, we can still get a hunch on the Superstars WWE won’t keep off the card and will make sure are at least part of these teams, if they aren’t champions.

On Raw, there is: Aleister Black, Andrade, Angel Garza, Apollo Crews, The Hurt Business, Dolph Ziggler, Dominik Mysterio, Keith Lee, Kevin Owens, Mustafa Ali, Randy Orton, Ricochet and Seth Rollins.

With that group, Lee should be a guarantee. Orton might sit this out after taking a beating at Hell in a Cell. Dominik has been featured prominently, so he will undoubtedly be the rookie on the

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The Best Trade Every NBA Team Can Actually Make This Offseason | Bleacher Report

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    Despite this offseason’s talent-deficient and cash-strapped free-agency period, NBA teams aren’t just going to give up on trying to improve themselves. So the upside to what could be an uneventful set of signings is that trades, which are even more fun, could spike.

    We won’t see every team swing a deal, but we’ve got a favorable hypothetical swap ready for all 30 teams anyway.

    A team’s “best” trade depends on its circumstances—roster needs, financial motivators and where a club sits on the rebuild-to-contend continuum will all be factors. Win-now moves and large salary acquisitions aren’t for everyone.

    Though we’ll certainly slant these deals in favor of the team in the section header, we can’t just toss out suggestions of highway robbery. Proposed trades have to make at least some sense for both parties—even if it takes a little squinting and suspension of disbelief to

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