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When I went to London for the first time, I thought it was Jamaica. As a nine-year-old born and raised on the Caribbean island, I thought of the UK in terms of what I’d seen on TV and read in the literature books set in Britain that were part of my primary school curriculum—as a place that was grey-scale and rainy, inhabited by funny accents like the one my now-British father had, and a truly foreign chilly climate. My father, also a born and raised Jamaican, was living there, which occasioned my visit.

It turned out that this place which was situated literally across the world from where I lived was more colorful and familiar than I had imagined (though even colder). Most of what I remember from this trip came back vividly as I watched Steve McQueen’s “Lovers Rock,” the second installment of his anthology film series Small Axe, which focuses in on the story of the Caribbean people who made England their home. The film brought back for me how effectively these transplants were able to stake their flag in a powerhouse country which for centuries had colonized the nations in the Caribbean they came from, like Jamaica.

The opening scene of the film licked me with that same sense of joyful recognition I had as a little girl who’d landed in England, stunned to hear Jamaican patois expressed just as sharply and authentically by people there as it was by those back home. The film kicks off with British-based actors Kadeem Ramsay, Romario Simpson, and Alexander James-Blake talking to each other in pitch-perfect Jamaican accents while maneuvering furniture out of a house in preparation for a party, signaling that Lovers Rock will be richly populated with sounds and visuals that reflect the aforementioned authenticity. As the men chat, women gather and sing in a kitchen while kneading flour for dumplings and chopping up onions, tomato, and thyme to cook up a rich curry goat that I could almost smell from memory.

Of course, Jamaican music is seminal to the film, which is named after that sub-genre of reggae concerned with giving couples something to slowly “wine” to. The recognizable bass drop under tracks sung by crooning reggae greats like Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs underscore the prevalence of Jamaican music wherever people who appreciate good music are present. The inclusion of Barry Biggs’ one-drop cover of American singer Eddie Holman’s “Hey There, Lonely Girl” also emphasized for me the power of Black people’s musical creations, not just specifically Jamaican ones, to engender connections—whether between two people slow wining at a party or among those from different branches of the Black diaspora, in this case, the U.S., UK, and Jamaica. The pleasure I got watching Lovers Rock came from witnessing a beautifully realized cinematographic telling of the deeply rooted connections that keep Black people living and loving,

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2:50 PM ET

  • Jamison HensleyESPN Staff Writer


    • University of Maryland graduate
    • Lives in the Baltimore area with his wife and son

The COVID-19 outbreak in Baltimore has led the NFL to postpone the Baltimore RavensPittsburgh Steelers game for a second time.

The Ravens will now play at the undefeated Steelers on Tuesday night at 8 ET, the NFL announced.

Baltimore was scheduled to play host to the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night, but that game also has been moved, to Monday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. ET.

“We appreciate the efforts of the NFL and Pittsburgh Steelers throughout this process, while we all work to create an environment that keeps the health and safety of everyone involved at the forefront of each decision,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said in a statement. “Our organization has a plan in place, and we will be prepared to play the Steelers. We thank everyone for their adaptability and look forward to the challenge of facing a very good football team at Heinz Field on Tuesday night.”

This is the third time in the Super Bowl era that an NFL game will be played on a Tuesday. It happened in Week 5 this season when the Buffalo BillsTennessee Titans game was postponed because of a coronavirus outbreak in Tennessee. It also occurred in 2010 when a blizzard in Philadelphia shifted an EaglesMinnesota Vikings game.

The Ravens and Steelers were originally scheduled to play on Thanksgiving night. The NFL moved the game to Sunday after several Ravens players tested positive in consecutive days.

At least 12 Ravens players have tested positive for COVID-19, including reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson. The Ravens placed Jackson, Pro Bowl fullback Patrick Ricard, defensive lineman Justin Madubuike and long-snapper Morgan Cox on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, adding to eight players placed on the list previously this week.

With Jackson quarantining for 10 days, quarterback Robert Griffin III will start against Pittsburgh. Jackson would be available to start against the Cowboys if he tests negative by next week. That means Jackson would have to miss only one game, thanks to the rescheduling.

Harbaugh told his players Thursday that they wouldn’t be allowed to return to the team facility until Monday at the earliest due to safety concerns.

The Ravens have had only two days of walk-throughs this week. Baltimore has been limited to virtual meetings since its team facility was closed at noon Tuesday.

The Steelers canceled practice Friday as they awaited clarification from the NFL. Coach Mike Tomlin also canceled Thursday’s practice, but the team is expected to practice Saturday. The Steelers were last on the field together Wednesday.

The Steelers also made additions to the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, adding Isaiah Buggs, Jerald Hawkins and Stephon Tuitt. Tuitt is the only starter among the group; it’s Hawkins’ second time on the list.

This isn’t the first time the Steelers have dealt with shifting schedules this season. In Week 4, the Steelers-Titans game was initially postponed from Sunday to “either Monday or Tuesday” of that week as the Titans fought to control their own COVID-19 outbreak. The league eventually pushed the game back even more, rearranging the schedule for the Steelers and Titans to play in Week 7 and the Steelers to face the Ravens in Week 8. With the shuffle, the Steelers’ bye moved from Week 8 to Week 4.

The Cowboys will also alter their practice schedule with the shift in kickoff, although coach Mike McCarthy was not aware of the game-day change when he met with the media Friday.

After the death of strength and conditioning coordinator Markus Paul, McCarthy wants his team to get away from football. Players are off Friday and Saturday.

“I think it’s important for them to be with their family,” McCarthy said. “If we did move to Sunday, I wouldn’t anticipate us going into a normal seven-day week where I would just treat this weekend and probably Monday, Tuesday like a bye week. I think our team could use that. I have no idea what’s going to happen.”

ESPN’s Brooke Pryor and Todd Archer contributed to this report.

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3:40 PM ET

  • Associated Press

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — San Francisco shocked No. 4 Virginia on Friday, scoring the biggest upset of the young college basketball season and the program’s biggest win in decades.

Jamaree Bouyea scored 19 points, and the Dons used a late 8-0 run to beat the Cavaliers 61-60 in the Homelight Classic, part of the “Bubbleville” event at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.

USF’s last win against a top-5 team was on Dec. 29, 1981, when it beat No. 2 Wichita State 84-74.

Khalil Shabazz added 14 points and Taavi Jurkatamm had two big 3-pointers in the second half for USF, which is 2-1 and was playing its third game in three days.

“For us to be able to compete like this on a national stage, on national TV, against one of the winningest programs in the country, this is a big, big step for our program,” said Todd Golden, the Dons’ 35-year-old coach.

Reece Beekman and Justin McKoy each scored 11 points for Virginia (1-1), a 15½-point favorite. Marquette transfer Sam Hauser added 10 points but missed a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left that would have won the game for the Cavaliers.

“Look at it in the mirror, grow from it,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. “We’ve got to kind of harden up. We’ve got to get gritty. We’ve got to be tougher to score against and be the best version of ourselves.”

Virginia led by three points at halftime and scored the first four points of the second half to take a 28-21 lead. But San Francisco went on an 11-0 run from there.

There were 11 lead changes and five ties in the game as neither team could get much separation.

A jumper by Hauser put Virginia ahead 54-53 with 3:42 left, but that would be its last lead of the game.

A strip by Bouyea led to a 3-pointer from Shabazz that gave the Dons a 58-54 advantage, and Jurkatamm made it 61-54 with a 3-pointer the next trip down the court.

UVa chipped away and had a chance to win after Josh Kunen missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 10 seconds left.

But Hauser’s attempt fell off the rim and Trey Murphy III couldn’t convert a tip just before the buzzer.

“Nothing is assumed because of what’s on the front of your jersey,” Bennett said.


The Dons were a national power when Bill Russell roamed the lane, winning national titles in 1955 and 1956. But the program was shut down for three years in the 1980s after a series of off-the-court issues.

“This win for the program is really, really big for us,” Bouyea said. “I’ve been here for four years, and this is probably the best team I’ve played in four years. To beat them and just have an amazing performance is wonderful.”


The Dons hit 13 of their 28 3-point attempts (46%) while holding Virginia to 3 of 12 from behind the arc. The Cavaliers had just five assists on 21 baskets.


Virginia: The Cavaliers routed Towson 89-54 on Wednesday in the opening Bubbleville game. But on Friday, Virginia’s offense looked a bit more like it did last season, when it averaged 57 points a game. Virginia scored 70 points just twice during the 2019-20 campaign, both times in losses, and never reached 80 points.

San Francisco: The Dons have improved over each of the three straight days they’ve played. They dropped their opener 76-68 to UMass Lowell, a game in which they were heavy favorites, then beat Towson 79-68 on Thursday.


Virginia: Plays its home opener on Tuesday against Saint Francis (Pennsylvania).

San Francisco: The Dons are scheduled to play their fourth game in five days in Bubbleville on Sunday, taking on Rhode Island.

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Vanderbilt women’s soccer GK trains with football team (0:44)

Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller practiced as a kicker due to special team players being in quarantine. (0:44)

2:37 PM ET

  • Alex ScarboroughESPN Staff Writer


    • Covers the SEC.
    • Joined ESPN in 2012.
    • Graduate of Auburn University.

Sarah Fuller is poised to become the first woman to play in a Power 5 football game when Vanderbilt plays at Missouri in an SEC contest Saturday.

A Vanderbilt official confirmed Fuller made the trip to Missouri and will be in uniform for the game. If she sees game action Saturday, Fuller will make Power 5 history.

“Let’s make history,” Fuller, a senior, wrote Friday on Twitter.

Let’s make history. #PlayLikeAGirl #AnchorDown

— Sarah Fuller (@SarahFuller_27) November 27, 2020

History in the making. #PlayLikeAGirl | #AnchorDown

— Vanderbilt Football (@VandyFootball) November 27, 2020

Fuller, a goalkeeper on Vanderbilt’s SEC championship soccer team, tried out and was added to the football roster this week.

Vanderbilt had a grad transfer kicker opt out before the season, and this week several of its specialists had to go into quarantine due to COVID-19 testing.

Only two women have played football at the FBS level: Katie Hnida of New Mexico and April Goss of Kent State.

“I think it’s amazing and incredible,” Fuller told Vanderbilt’s website. “But I’m also trying to separate that because I know this is a job I need to do and I want to help the team out and I want to do the best that I can. Placing that historical aspect aside just helps me focus in on what I need to do. I don’t want to let them down in any way.

“It’s an honor they called on me to be able to do this and help them out.”

Fuller’s helmet will have a special sticker across the back that reads, “Play Like a Girl.”

Ashley Martin became the first woman to score at the Division I level when she kicked three extra points for FCS Jacksonville State against Cumberland on Aug. 30, 2001.

Two years later, Hnida became the first woman to score at the FBS level with two extra points against Texas State.

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Iowa coach scoffs at Nebraska’s issue with clapping on sideline (0:25)

Kirk Ferentz gets animated on Nebraska blaming their snapping issues on Iowa’s clapping from the sideline. (0:25)

7:57 PM ET

  • Tom VanHaarenESPN Staff Writer


    • ESPN staff writer
    • Joined ESPN in 2011
    • Graduated from Central Michigan

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz took issue with Nebraska attributing center Cameron Jurgens‘ snapping issues during Friday’s game to clapping from the Hawkeyes’ sideline.

After the Cornhuskers’ 26-20 road loss Friday, Nebraska coach Scott Frost was asked about Jurgens, who had five snaps go awry in the first half. Frost told media members he believed clapping from Iowa’s sideline was confusing his center and causing mishandled snaps.

“The issue with snaps today, I don’t think had anything to do with [Jurgens’] technique,” Frost said. “There was clapping going on on their sideline and Cam heard that clap and thought it was the quarterback clapping. We discussed it with the officials, and it didn’t happen in the second half.”

Ferentz was made aware of Frost’s comments during his postgame news conference.

“Never heard of that,” Ferentz said. “If a player was on the field doing it, I get that. But what are we talking about? The next thing you know, we’re going to be treating this like golf. I was going to say tennis, but they do that at tennis. At golf, nobody is able to say anything, right?”

Ferentz said he believed the clapping Frost was referencing was from when he and his coaches were encouraging their players from the sideline. He said there was no malicious intent to deceive. The officials spoke to Ferentz about it at halftime, but he said he believes it was simply the coaches cheering on his team.

Ferentz went on to take a jab at Nebraska, saying he thought the Huskers had a “clap routine” for third downs on the other sideline.

There were no penalties or repercussions during the game for the clapping, but Ferentz continued asking why it was still an issue after the game.

“We should just go home right now. What are we talking about?” Ferentz said. “It’s football, right? It’s football. Are they OK with how I dressed today? Should I be changing my pants, different shirt? What are we talking about?”

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Team facilities will be closed to all in-person activities Monday and Tuesday, the NFL said Friday in a leaguewide memo.

The ban does not apply to teams scheduled to play on Monday or Tuesday.

The NFL cited the spike in coronavirus cases around the country as well as the “understanding that a number of players and staff celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday with out-of-town guests” as reasons for closing facilities.

All activities will be conducted virtually except essential medical treatment and rehab, according to the memo.

The NFL Players Association also instructed players to alert teams if they had guests over the past several days for the purposes of additional testing when facilities reopen.

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Swinney says FSU should have had to forfeit Week 12 matchup (1:21)

Dabo Swinney trusts Clemson’s medical team and says the Seminoles should have to forfeit the game. He also notes the turnover of Florida State coaches over the past four years. (1:21)

10:54 AM ET

  • Andrea AdelsonESPN Senior Writer


    • ACC reporter.
    • Joined in 2010.
    • Graduate of the University of Florida.

The VirginiaFlorida State football game was postponed on Saturday morning after positive coronavirus tests and contact trace quarantines within the Seminoles — the second straight week they had a game postponed hours before kickoff.

“Our team underwent the mandated third-party testing yesterday and learned late last night that we had one positive test. Contact tracing this morning determined that, with opt-outs and injuries, we had just 44 scholarship players for the game, with some position groups depleted almost entirely,” Florida State athletic director David Coburn said in a statement.

“We deeply regret that many Florida State and Virginia fans have already traveled to the game as well as Virginia’s team. We simply had no way of knowing we would not be playing until this morning. We made every effort to play, but we could not do so in a way that was safe for the players.”

Florida State’s ability to face Duke on Dec. 5 is uncertain at this time, a source told ESPN.

ACC protocols state that teams must be tested the day before competition. Those tests are conducted by an independent third party, and results are received either the same day or early the following day. Once those tests are received, both schools get on a call with the ACC to sign off on whether they feel comfortable proceeding with the game.

Virginia traveled to Tallahassee in anticipation of playing the game and will leave to go back to Charlottesville at some point Saturday. Virginia had delayed its trip to Tallahassee to get all its test results back from Friday testing to try to avoid a situation like last weekend’s Clemson-Florida State game. But given the roster situation at Florida State, it became clear the game could not be played.

Last Saturday, the Clemson-Florida State game also was postponed after the chief medical officers from both schools could not agree about whether it was safe to play the game — unleashing a torrent of criticism from Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, who said Florida State should have to forfeit the game. In that case, Clemson traveled to Tallahassee with a player who ultimately tested positive for the coronavirus.

Last week, Florida State coach Mike Norvell said his team had done extremely well following the protocols the program put in place.

Neither the Clemson-Florida State nor the Virginia-Florida State game has been rescheduled at this time.

Also Saturday, the game between Boise State and San Jose State was canceled because of an upward trend of COVID-19 cases and contact tracing within the Boise State program, per the Mountain West Conference.

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12:38 PM ET

  • Tim BontempsESPN

Ahead of training camps opening up across the NBA next week, the league has compiled a comprehensive health and safety protocol for the 2020-21 NBA season and sent it to its teams.

The document, which was obtained by ESPN, is well over 100 pages long, and is similar to the one the league created to govern everything that happened inside the bubble it created at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, this summer.

This time, however, the league will be attempting to combat the virus without the benefit of being inside a bubble where it was able to be successfully sealed away from the outside world.

And, like in that document, the league has constructed a rules system for what will happen when someone tests positive for COVID-19. Under such a scenario, there are two potential paths to return: a “time-based” resolution, and a “test-based” resolution.

Under the time-based resolution, the infected person would have to either have gone at least 10 days since the date of their first positive test or the onset of any symptoms, if they’ve had any; gone at least 24 hours since their fever went away without using any medications; and other symptoms have improved, while specifically noting that losses of taste or smell alone are not expected to prevent someone from leaving isolation.

Under the test-based resolution, the person must return at least two consecutive negative PCR tests from samples taken at least 24 hours apart.

Either way, any player who is determined to have a new positive case from testing — whether they have symptoms or not — will not be allowed to participate in any exercise training for at least 10 days from either the positive test or the resolution of symptoms, if they have any.

Once a player has waited that minimum of 10 days, they then must spend two days working out by themselves, not interacting with anyone or participating in any team activities, wearing a mask at all times when at the facility — whether they are working out or not — and must participate in a cardiac screening. So any player who tests positive will have to miss a minimum of 12 days before they can return to play.

Any player who has had a severe case of COVID-19, or who was hospitalized at any point, will have to be observed for at least three full days before they can be cleared to return to play.

When someone tests positive for the coronavirus, teams must go through a variety of steps, including: reporting the positive test to local authorities; contact trace all close contacts; clean and disinfect any space controlled by the team or its arena where the person who tested positive had been since their last negative test; and set up isolation housing for the person with the positive test.

Typically, teams are unable to pay for housing for their players, as it is seen as a way to circumvent the league’s salary cap. However, in this unique situation, the league has waived that to allow for teams to be able to pay for isolation housing for any players who test positive.

As for the possibility of suspending the season — like the NBA did back in March — the league doesn’t state what would trigger such a decision to need to happen again. Instead, all it says is that, “The occurrence of independent cases or a small or otherwise expected number of COVID-19 cases will not require a decision to suspend or cancel the 2020-21 season.”

The document says it is designed to “promote prevention and mitigation strategies to reduce exposure to, and transmission of, the coronavirus,” but that it is likely some players and staff will contract the virus.

As the league confronts the reality of teams having to crisscross the country in order to try to attempt to complete the 72-game regular season, and the playoffs after that, it has imposed a limit of 45 people for any team’s travel party — including up to 17 players. The protocol states that, “as when in their team’s market, members of the traveling party shall remain obligated to minimize risks to manage their health and enhance that of all individuals involved in the 2020-21 season.”

It also says further information regarding what travel parties will be permitted to do on the road will be provided at a later date.

The NBA’s preseason opens Friday, Dec. 11.

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10:42 PM ET

  • Heather DinichESPN Senior Writer


    • College football reporter
    • Joined in 2007
    • Graduate of Indiana University

Ohio State has canceled Saturday’s football game at Illinois because of a COVID-19 outbreak within the No. 4 Buckeyes’ program and has paused all team-related activities indefinitely after additional positive tests were revealed Friday evening, the school announced.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, university president Kristina M. Johnson and head team physician Dr. Jim Borchers made the decisions to cancel the game and pause activities in consultation with the Big Ten.

The game was canceled just hours after Ohio State announced that coach Ryan Day had tested positive for COVID-19 and was in isolation.

“We have continued to experience an increase in positive tests over the course of this week,” Smith said in a statement Friday night. “The health, safety and well-being of our student-athlete is our main concern, and our decisions on their welfare will continue to be guided by our medical staff.”

The program will resume its team activities when its medical staff determines it is safe to do so based on protocols established by the Big Ten Conference.

This is the second game Ohio State (4-0) has canceled this season, as the Buckeyes were unable to play Nov. 14 at Maryland because of COVID-19 within the Terrapins’ program. For Ohio State to compete in the Big Ten championship game, it has to play both of its remaining regular-season games, on Dec. 5 at Michigan State and Dec. 12 at home versus rival Michigan.

According to the Big Ten, a team must play at least six games to be considered for participation in the championship game. However, if the average number of conference games played by all teams falls below six, then teams must play no less than two fewer conference games than the average number of conference games played by all teams (i.e., four games played if the conference average is six) to be considered. The champion will be determined in each division by its winning percentage, unless there is an unbalanced schedule because of the cancellation of games.

Ohio State, Indiana (4-1) and Maryland (2-1) are the only teams in the Big Ten East with winning records entering Saturday’s games.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, 12 of the 14 games over the final two weeks would need to be canceled for the average to drop below 5.5 games per team. There have been six Big Ten games canceled through this week, so the average is currently 7.1. That would drop to exactly 7.0 if Ohio State doesn’t play next week (if that’s the only conference game canceled).

The College Football Playoff has not set a threshold for a minimum number of games that must be played to qualify for a semifinal this year. If Ohio State — or any CFP contender — is not able to play in its conference championship game because of cancellations, that doesn’t mean it would be eliminated from the CFP discussion, but it wouldn’t have the conference title as one of the tiebreakers the committee uses when teams are comparable.

Early Friday afternoon, Ohio State had still planned to fly to Champaign, Illinois, on Saturday morning for its noon ET game against the Illini. The school had confirmed “an increased number of positive tests this week for the coronavirus,” after another round of daily testing on Friday morning. Everyone associated with the team — including coaches and support staff — then took polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests on Friday afternoon, “out of an abundance of caution to ensure that everyone on the trip is confirmed negative for the coronavirus,” according to a news release.

The school announced the cancellation of the game after the additional testing. According to the school, Ohio State has “consistently recorded nearly 0% positivity since Aug. 11.”