Atlético de Madrid announced today that it has signed Merel Van Dongen to a two-year extension through the 2023-2024 season. Van Dongen has played with the Spanish side since the 2019-2020 season. Additionally, Van Dongen will also serve as an ambassador for the club’s international projects in collaboration with the expansion of the club’s soccer academies.
The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame announced today that former Alabama basketball player Keith Askins will be among the inductees in the 2022 class. Askins played four seasons at Alabama (1986-1990), and signed with the Miami Heat after going undrafted in the 1990 draft. He would play 9 NBA seasons with the Heat, earning a reputation as a fierce defender. He retired after the 1999 season, and spent the next 14 seasons as an assistant for the Heat, before moving in the the organization’s front office in a variety of roles.
Mac Jones has been named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for November. Jones joins October awardee Najee Harris as Alabama rookies being recognized this season. For the month, Jones completed 76 of 99 passes (76.8 percent) for 854 passing yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions for a 117.2 rating, leading the New England to a 4-0 record for the month. Jones’ passer rating (117.2 – first), completion percentage (76.8 percent – second) and passing touchdowns (seven – tied-fifth) are all rank among the top-five in the NFL since Week 9. His 142.1 rating in Week 10 was the fifth-highest single-game passer rating by a rookie quarterback in the Super Bowl era.
Joshua Primo has made a good first impression with his G League coach.
Dalvin Tomlinson was activated off the Reserve / COVID-19 list today, and should be in line to play this week. He missed Week 12 after going on the reserve list.
Patrick Surtain II was voted Pepsi Rookie of the Week for Week 12.
Erin Routliffe weighs in on the WTA’s decision to pull out of China over the disappearance of Peng Shuai.
Spencer Turnbull will serve as the grand marshal for the Christmas parade in Demopolis on Saturday. The parade is part of the town’s 50th annual Christmas on the River celebration.
Marlon Humphrey was mic’d up for Baltimore’s Week 12 game against Cleveland.
Stephanie Meadow appears on the latest episode of The 3 off the Tee podcast.
Quinnen Williams is featured on the Jets’ Two-Minute Drill to discuss the upcoming game against Philadelphia.
Aaron Robinson does a Q&A with Giants fans to discuss his rookie season.
Herbert Jones was tonight’s guest on ESPN 100.3FM’s Pelicans Weekly.
Links to today’s media availabilities:
- Dont’a Hightower
- C.J. Mosley
- Jerry Jeudy
- Landon Dickerson (starts at about 7:05)
- Freddie Kitchens
- DeMeco Ryans
Quinnen Williams will once again be granting a total of $25,000 to 100 single-parent families in the Birmingham area. Details are below.
Week 13 Injury Reports
Game Status Report – Thursday Game:
- Questionable – Amari Cooper (COVID activation)
- Doubtful – N/A
- Out – N/A
Practice Reports – Thursday:
- Did Not Practice – Landon Collins (foot), Marlon Humphrey (illness), C.J. Mosley (rest)
- Limited Participation – Anthony Averett (shoulder, ankle), Christian Barmore (knee), Isaiah Buggs (ankle), Dont’a Hightower (ankle), Jalen Hurts (ankle), Josh Jacobs (ankle), Dalvin Tomlinson (COVID activation)
- Full Participation – Bradley Bozeman (shin laceration), Kareem Jackson (neck), Ryan Kelly (knee), DeVonta Smith (illness), Jaylen Waddle (glute).
- Dalvin Tomlinson – activated from the Reserve / COVID-19 list by the Minnesota Vikings.
- D.J. Fluker – released from the practice squad by the Las Vegas Raiders.
Scenes and Highlights
BASKETBALL Ostrów Wielkopolski 88, Lublin 77. Jimmie Taylor – 15 minutes, 3 points (1-4 FG, 1-4 FT), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 3 turnovers, 4 fouls. EuroLeague Group Play: Fenerbahçe Istanbul 96, Monaco 86. Donta Hall – 28 minutes, 6 points (3-4 FG, 0-2 FT), 5 rebounds, 2 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover, 3 fouls. Austin 108, Greensboro 105 (F/2OT). Joshua Primo – 36 minutes, 19 points (7-12 2pg, 1-10 3pg, 1-1 FT), 4 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 5 turnovers, 2 fouls. GOLF Outlaw Tour Legacy Classic final: Joshua Sedeno – 73-68-69, -3, T22 LPGA Q Series Rd 1: Polly Mack – 68, -4, T6 Janie Jackson – 68, -3, T14 Kristen Gillman – 72, +1, T70 Hero World Challenge Rd 1: Justin Thomas – 67, -5, T4 FOOTBALL Dallas 27, New Orleans 17. Amari Cooper – 2 catches, 41 yds Trevon Diggs – 4 tackles, 1 PD, 1 INT Mark Ingram – 10 rushes, 28 yds; 1 catch, -2 yds