China promised “firm countermeasures” as a result of the news.
Zoom out: It’s the first US Olympic boycott since 1980, when the US fully boycotted the 1980 games in the Soviet Union. Then, 64 countries followed suit…
While other countries haven’t joined the US yet, allies like the UK, Japan, and Australia are likely to join in as the Games get closer.
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The annual award given to the best offensive player in the country, the Heisman Trophy, messed around and included a defensive end. Here are the Heisman finalists:
Aidan Hutchinson, DE Michigan
Bryce Young, QB Alabama
Kenny Pickett, QB Pittsburgh
C.J. Stroud, QB Ohio State
Hutchinson became the first defensive finalist since 2019 when Ohio State defensive end Chase Young made the cut. Another Michigan star, Charles Woodson, is the last defensive player to win the award back in 1997.
The odds: Alabama quarterback Bryce Young is the clear favorite, and it’s not particularly close.
Bryce Young (-3000)
Aidan Hutchinson (+2000)
Kenny Pickett (+2500)
CJ Stroud (+3000)
If Bryce takes home the trophy, he'll be Bama's first quarterback to win the award.
Matt Carral, QB Ole Miss
Kenneth Walker III, RB Michigan State
Will Anderson, LB Alabama
No Fly Zone
(9-4) New England Patriots14vs. (7-5) Buffalo Bills 10
Bill Belichick decided the Pats were going to run the ball all over the Bills. They did just that, racking up 222 yards on 46 carries between seven different players.
Patriots quarterback Mac Jones only attempted three passes on the night, the fewest attempted passes by a team since 1974.
The Pats claimed first place in the AFC.
(1-7) Texas Southern69vs. (6-2) #20 Florida 54
Previously winless Texas Southern pulled off the upset bid as a 23.5-point underdog against Florida.
They became the first SWAC team to beat a ranked SEC team, ever.