Chargers-Patriots takeaways: Khalil Mack keeps sack streak going

Patriots linebacker Jahlani Tavai (48) nearly blocks a punt by punter JK Scott (16), who was a star on special teams for the Chargers. (Greg M. Cooper / Associated Press) The star of the game was the Chargers’ JK Scott, who had eight punts that resulted in zero return yards for the Patriots. The unsung … Read more

Today’s markets: Bitcoin is 150% up, gold flirts with new record

Investors are eyeing good news from the US economy while concerns of a broader Israel-Hamas war temporarily pushed the price of gold to new levels. ADVERTISEMENT Bitcoin has reached almost $42,000 as it rides a wave of momentum on expectations about US interest rate cuts and as traders anticipate the imminent approval of US stock … Read more

Puka Nacua’s record-breaking effort helps Rams topple Browns

The ground was closer than Puka Nacua expected. Much harder, too. The Rams’ rookie wide receiver was able to fend off dehydration-related cramps to return during the second quarter of their game against Cleveland on Sunday, but it appeared his return would be brief when he fell with a thud after making an exceptional catch … Read more

‘I’m not going to let somebody just come push me’

Houston Texans rookie C.J. Stroud made clear Sunday he is not backing down from a fight no matter who gets into his grill during a game, and he showed that against the Denver Broncos. The Texans were driving in the first quarter and were near the goal line with a critical 4th-and-2. Stroud took the … Read more

Usman Khawaja fears Queensland Cricket will go broke

Test star Usman Khawaja fears Queensland Cricket will go “broke” without state government assistance when forced to leave the Gabba and contribute a sizeable chunk of the $137 million needed for the redevelopment of the Brisbane Showgrounds. The Queensland government has proposed that Test cricket, the Queensland Bulls, the Brisbane Heat and the AFL’s Lions … Read more

Todd Sand still connected to figure skating after heart attack

He hadn’t been sick. Except for persistent pain in his upper back, between his neck and his shoulder blades, Todd Sand was the picture of health when he traveled to Calgary early this year to coach promising pair skaters Sonia Baram and Daniel Tioumentsev at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships. The first part of … Read more

Rugby is a contact sport and officials need to let some incidents go

It’s becoming a recurring theme, something like a stuck record that keeps playing the same old tune … week-in and week-out, match after match, there’s some major talking point about a refereeing decision or intervention by the television match official (TMO) that’s just mind-boggling. It’s not new, and the players, coaches and fans are aware … Read more