Sanders, Oklahoma State beat Miami 37-34 in Cheez-It Bowl
Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders (3) throws a pass against Miami during the second half of the Cheez-it Bowl NCAA college football game, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. – Spencer Sanders threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns, and Oklahoma State held off No. Brennan Presley caught three of Sanders' TD passes, finishing with six receptions for 118 yards. Sanders threw TD passes of 30 and 32 yards to Presley, and LD Brown had a 2-yard touchdown run. Perry's 5-yard TD pass to Michael Harley helped the Hurricanes close to 37-34 with 5:39 left. UP NEXTOklahoma State should have a dynamic offense with Spencer returning at quarterback when it opens next season against Missouri State.
Italy's staggering virus toll poses uncomfortable questions
Germany has a similarly old demographic and yet its death toll is one-third of Italy's despite its larger population of 83 million. Doctors have blamed systemic problems with Italy’s health care system, especially in hardest-hit Lombardy, for failing to respond adequately. Nearly 80,000 Italian health care workers have been infected and 255 doctors have died. Italy scored particularly poorly in emergency response, preparedness, and communications with health care workers during a crisis. Domenico Arcuri, the government’s virus commissioner, said Thursday that the November restrictions were flattening Italy's infection curve.
Why are some scientists turning away from brain scans?
NEW YORK – Brain scans offer a tantalizing glimpse into the mind’s mysteries, promising an almost X-ray-like vision into how we feel pain, interpret faces and wiggle fingers. But such buzzy findings are coming under growing scrutiny as scientists grapple with the fact that some brain scan research doesn’t seem to hold up. With so many questions being raised, some researchers are acknowledging the scans’ limitations and working to overcome them or simply turning to other tests. A “disturbingly large” amount of fMRI research on emotion and personality relied on these "seriously defective research methods,” the group wrote. Stanley, for one, said he gravitates toward that basic work and has spent years advocating for a more measured use of brain scans, even if it means less fanfare.
No. 14 Oklahoma State holds off Kansas State, 20-18
Kansas State quarterback Will Howard (15) passes to a teammate during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma State in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. After six first-half punts, Oklahoma State finally got on the board with a field goal early in the second half. The safety took off up the Kansas State sideline and was never touched on his TD return, which wound up being the decisive score in the game. Kansas State could have used the steady hand of senior quarterback Skylar Thompson, who is out for the season with a shoulder injury. Kansas State gets the week off before trying to snap its two-game skid at No.
Cashed Out: Rays manager roasted for pulling Snell in Game 6
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell leaves the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning in Game 6 of the baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)ARLINGTON, Texas – Blake Snell turned away from his manager and yelled an expletive as Kevin Cash headed to the mound. The team that reached the World Series leaning largely on analytics was undone by the data — and a decision sure to become part of October lore. I’m not going to ask any questions, but he was pitching a great game," Betts said. It was the Cy Young Snell that pitched tonight.”Count Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, himself a frequent target for criticism over pulling starters, among those happy to see Snell go.
Rihanna on new album: 'I just want to have fun with music'
FILE - Singer and fashion designer Rihanna attends the "Rihanna" book launch event in New York on Oct. 11, 2019. It's been four years since Rihanna released an album but the singer is working hard on recording new music. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – It's been four years since Rihanna released an album but the singer is working hard on recording new music. And with the music, I’m using that as my outlet." But I love challenges so, you know, I’m gonna get it done.”______AP Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu contributed to this report.
Medicare coverage for Alzheimer brain scans in question
A big study to help Medicare officials decide whether to start covering brain scans to check for Alzheimers disease missed its goals for curbing health care costs, calling into question whether the pricey tests are worth it. Advocates for coverage say they hope to persuade the agency that the scans still offer benefits even if they dont save much or any money. They were given scans and compared to Medicare recipients who were similar in age, sex and other factors but not given scans. If it was any other disease, people would want a specific diagnosis" and the scans give that, he said. But with a blood test on the horizon for diagnosing the disease, relying on scans may become a moot issue, he said.
NFL medical boss not surprised by positive cases, opt outs.
The NFL's chief medical officer says it's not surprising there have been positive tests for COVID-19 among players reporting to training camp. We all have a common enemy here with this virus, Sills said. The league is closely examining recent positive tests because some of them dont represent new infections. There are actually people whove been previously infected, he said, and there is a concept of persistent positive tests. Sills said the virus has hit people involved in all phases of football: owners, players, coaches, office staff and medical personnel.
10 Things to Know for Today
People queue up to buy face masks at a cosmetics shop in Hong Kong, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. DEATH TOLL RISES FROM CHINA VIRUS At least 170 are dead and more countries reported infections as foreign evacuees from hard-hit Wuhan return home to medical observation and even isolation. YOU’RE LIVING A LITTLE LONGER Life expectancy in the U.S. is up for the first time in four years — about a month. The rise is due to lower death rates for cancer and drug overdoses.