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Ohio State running back Trey Sermon runs past Clemson safety Lannden Zanders during the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Fields’ day: No. 3 Ohio State routs No. 2 Clemson 49-28

Fields’ day: No. 3 Ohio State routs No. 2 Clemson 49-28

Ohio State running back Trey Sermon runs past Clemson safety Lannden Zanders during the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski keeps watch before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Cleveland. After days of positive COVID-19 tests, disruptions and delays, the Browns found some normalcy and got to re-open their facility on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, to resume getting ready to play the Pittsburgh Steelers and possibly end a postseason drought stretching back to 2002.(AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Browns get to practice as ‘weight’ of Steelers game sinks in

Browns get to practice as ‘weight’ of Steelers game sinks in

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski keeps watch before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Cleveland. After days of positive COVID-19 tests, disruptions and delays, the Browns found some normalcy and got to re-open their facility on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, to resume getting ready to play the Pittsburgh Steelers and possibly end a postseason drought stretching back to 2002.(AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Green Bay Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (69) plays during an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov 29. 2020, against the Chicago Bears in Green Bay, Wis. Bakhtiari will miss the rest of the season after the three-time Pro Bowl selection injured his knee in practice Thursday. Packers coach Matt LaFleur confirmed the severity of the injury Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Packers won’t have Pro Bowl OT Bakhtiari for rest of season

Packers won’t have Pro Bowl OT Bakhtiari for rest of season

Green Bay Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (69) plays during an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov 29. 2020, against the Chicago Bears in Green Bay, Wis. Bakhtiari will miss the rest of the season after the three-time Pro Bowl selection injured his knee in practice Thursday. Packers coach Matt LaFleur confirmed the severity of the injury Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
Northwestern quarterback Peyton Ramsey (12) looks for a receiver against Auburn during the first half of the Citrus Bowl NCAA college football game, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Ramsey leads No. 15 Northwestern past Auburn in Citrus Bowl

Ramsey leads No. 15 Northwestern past Auburn in Citrus Bowl

Northwestern quarterback Peyton Ramsey (12) looks for a receiver against Auburn during the first half of the Citrus Bowl NCAA college football game, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book (12) throws a pass under pressure from Alabama defensive lineman Christian Barmore (58) in the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

Roll Tide! No. Alabama beats Notre Dame 31-14 in Rose Bowl

Roll Tide! No. Alabama beats Notre Dame 31-14 in Rose Bowl

Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book (12) throws a pass under pressure from Alabama defensive lineman Christian Barmore (58) in the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)
Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur is seen on the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Packers’ LaFleur ready to match up with former boss Vrabel

Green Bay has one of the NFL’s most dynamic offences

  • Dec 24, 2020
Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur is seen on the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool (11) gets past Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Addison (97) during the first half of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jeffrey T. Barnes 

COVID-19 pandemic forced a shift of Canada’s football focus to south of the border

COVID-19 pandemic forced a shift of Canada’s football focus to south of the border

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool (11) gets past Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Addison (97) during the first half of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jeffrey T. Barnes 
Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard (30) carries past Texas linebacker Juwan Mitchell (6) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Sue Ogrocki

Canadian running back Chuba Hubbard joins forces with Athletes First sports agency

Canadian running back Chuba Hubbard joins forces with Athletes First sports agency

Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard (30) carries past Texas linebacker Juwan Mitchell (6) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Sue Ogrocki
Clemson running back Travis Etienne (9) is tackled by Syracuse defenders Geoff Cantin-Arku (31) and Rob Hanna (19) during an NCAA college football game in Clemson, S.C., on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ken Ruinard/Pool Photo via AP

Canadian linebacker Cantin-Arku enjoys a bittersweet first season as Orange starter

Canadian linebacker Cantin-Arku enjoys a bittersweet first season as Orange starter

Clemson running back Travis Etienne (9) is tackled by Syracuse defenders Geoff Cantin-Arku (31) and Rob Hanna (19) during an NCAA college football game in Clemson, S.C., on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ken Ruinard/Pool Photo via AP
Coastal Carolina's Grayson McCall (10) scrambles past Texas State's Nico Ezidore (95) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in San Marcos, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Chuck Burton

BYU presents tough challenge for Chanticleers, Canadian Makonzo this weekend

BYU presents tough challenge for Chanticleers, Canadian Makonzo this weekend

Coastal Carolina's Grayson McCall (10) scrambles past Texas State's Nico Ezidore (95) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in San Marcos, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Chuck Burton
Toronto Argonauts wide receiver Armanti Edwards (10) fails to make the catch during second half CFL football action against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, in Hamilton, Ont., on November 2, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

Veteran CFL receiver Armanti Edwards remains a quarterback at heart

Veteran CFL receiver Armanti Edwards remains a quarterback at heart

Toronto Argonauts wide receiver Armanti Edwards (10) fails to make the catch during second half CFL football action against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, in Hamilton, Ont., on November 2, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power
Hamilton Forge FC players Giuliano Frano (8) and David Edgar (30) celebrate their team's win over CD Olimpia's during Scotiabank CONCACAF League 2019 action in Hamilton, Ontario on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Edgar, who announced today he is retiring at the end of the year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

Veteran Canadian centre back David Edgar to retire at end of the year

Veteran Canadian centre back David Edgar to retire at end of the year

Hamilton Forge FC players Giuliano Frano (8) and David Edgar (30) celebrate their team's win over CD Olimpia's during Scotiabank CONCACAF League 2019 action in Hamilton, Ontario on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Edgar, who announced today he is retiring at the end of the year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power
Illinois running back Chase Brown carries the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Minnesota in Champaign, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. The Canadian is coming off a career-high 131 yards in a 23-20 win over Rutgers last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Charles Rex Arbogast

Canadian running back Chase Brown is coming off career-best performance at Illinois

Canadian running back Chase Brown is coming off career-best performance at Illinois

Illinois running back Chase Brown carries the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Minnesota in Champaign, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. The Canadian is coming off a career-high 131 yards in a 23-20 win over Rutgers last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Charles Rex Arbogast

Canadian receiver Mardner stepping up as big-play threat for Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

Canadian receiver Mardner stepping up as big-play threat for Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby announces no fans will be admitted to the rest of the Big 12 basketball tournament in Kansas City, Kan. As virus disruptions mount and the Dec. 19 end of college football's regular season draws closer, the possibility grows that conference championships, major awards and even College Football Playoff participants will be determined by COVID-19. “If you’d asked me in July if we’d have gotten this many games in, I wouldn’t have wanted to bet a lot of money on it,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

Virus upheaval strains integrity of college football season

Virus upheaval strains integrity of college football season

FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby announces no fans will be admitted to the rest of the Big 12 basketball tournament in Kansas City, Kan. As virus disruptions mount and the Dec. 19 end of college football's regular season draws closer, the possibility grows that conference championships, major awards and even College Football Playoff participants will be determined by COVID-19. “If you’d asked me in July if we’d have gotten this many games in, I wouldn’t have wanted to bet a lot of money on it,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)
Ohio Bobcats quarterback Kurtis Rourke (7) drops back to pass during the second half of an NCAA football game against the Akron Zips on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 in Athens, Ohio. These days, Nathan Rourke is living vicariously through his younger brother, Kurtis. The B.C. Lions rookie quarterback has been relegated to the role of football fan this year with the CFL having cancelled the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s allowed Rourke, a native of Oakville, Ont., to watch his brother, Kurtis, play for Ohio University. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Emilee Chinn

Rourke enjoying the chance to watch younger brother set own path at Ohio University

B.C. Lions rookie quarterback relegated to role of football fan

Ohio Bobcats quarterback Kurtis Rourke (7) drops back to pass during the second half of an NCAA football game against the Akron Zips on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 in Athens, Ohio. These days, Nathan Rourke is living vicariously through his younger brother, Kurtis. The B.C. Lions rookie quarterback has been relegated to the role of football fan this year with the CFL having cancelled the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s allowed Rourke, a native of Oakville, Ont., to watch his brother, Kurtis, play for Ohio University. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Emilee Chinn

Metchie had feeling early that his younger brother a future playing football

Metchie had feeling early that his younger brother a future playing football

Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard (30) carries past Texas linebacker Juwan Mitchell (6) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Canadians Hubbard and Amen Ogbongbemiga and the remainder of the Oklahoma State Cowboys don't have the luxury of time to lament their first loss of the season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Sue Ogrocki

Hubbard, Ogbongbemiga don’t have time to feel bad about Cowboys’ first loss of season

Hubbard, Ogbongbemiga don’t have time to feel bad about Cowboys’ first loss of season

Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard (30) carries past Texas linebacker Juwan Mitchell (6) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Canadians Hubbard and Amen Ogbongbemiga and the remainder of the Oklahoma State Cowboys don't have the luxury of time to lament their first loss of the season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Sue Ogrocki
Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden reacts during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Raiders fined, docked pick for COVID violations

Raiders fined, docked pick for COVID violations

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden reacts during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
North Carolina's Myles Dorn (1) celebrates a big stop with teammate Patrice Rene (5) during the first quarter of the team's NCAA college football game against Miami in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. Canadian Rene appears set to return to North Carolina's lineup in time for the No. 15 Tarheels' rivalry game against Virginia and a potential all-Canadian showdown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Chris Seward

Canadian Patrice Rene appears set to return to North Carolina’s lineup after injury

Canadian Patrice Rene appears set to return to North Carolina’s lineup after injury

North Carolina's Myles Dorn (1) celebrates a big stop with teammate Patrice Rene (5) during the first quarter of the team's NCAA college football game against Miami in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. Canadian Rene appears set to return to North Carolina's lineup in time for the No. 15 Tarheels' rivalry game against Virginia and a potential all-Canadian showdown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Chris Seward