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CHSCA announces all-state soccer teams

Six local players, including two each from Lyman Memorial and Montville, were named to the 2020 Connecticut High School Coaches' Association Class S all-state boys' soccer team, which was released on Wednesday.

Two COVID-19 cases reported to East Lyme Middle School

The school district was notified Wednesday of two COVID-19 cases specific to East Lyme Middle School, the superintendent said in a notice to the school community.

Estuary Transit District offering free transportation to COVID-19 testing sites

People in Clinton, Chester, Durham, Essex, East Haddam, Deep River, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook can get free rides to any testing sites in those towns.

Make a Difference: Madonna Place

This year, Madonna Place hopes to give families a gift card for each of their children so parents can shop for their own gifts.

Residents in need of health insurance urged to sign up with Access Health CT

State agency established by Affordable Care Act provides low-cost options for those who lost health coverage during pandemic.

Make a Difference: Drop-In Learning Center

The Drop-In Learning Center is asking for donations for older children, who are sometimes overlooked as resources go to younger kids.


COVID warning serious, Lamont's options shrinking

Gov. Lamont must take with great seriousness a warning from doctors that a failure to act now in shutting down segments of the economy could cost more lives.

Consequences of trial and error in a pandemic

What cannot be totally controlled is the successful compliance of individuals, meaning not just those defying the social distancing rules but anyone unlucky enough to be exposed to the virus because they cannot control whom they encounter.

Biden acting presidential. Someone has to.

In an attempt to act where the incumbent has not, Biden is reportedly pushing Democratic leaders in Congress to seek a speedy stimulus deal with Senate Republicans

Across the aisle

This is the kind of nuts-and-bolts legislating that Courtney, a Democrat who has represented our local Second Congressional District for seven terms, does well.

Connecticut COVID-19 Numbers

Data sourced from the Office of Governor Ned Lamont. Check here for the latest data.


Lamont administration: Connecticut is first in U.S. to close digital divide for K-12 students

Every public school student in Connecticut now has a laptop and access to high-speed internet so they can log in to school remotely during the pandemic, courtesy of $68 million in federal and philanthropic funding.

Health officials investigate East Haven start-up COVID test maker

12-15 Molecular Diagnostics' patented "point of care" technology, which uses digital nanosensors to detect the virus

Rep. Joe Courtney cleared to end COVID-19 quarantine

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney says a doctor has cleared him to end his quarantine, a week after he tested positive for the coronavirus

COVID-19 has now claimed more than 5,000 lives in Connecticut

Since Friday there have been 81 additional hospitalizations, pushing the number of current COVID-19 patients to 1,098.

Norwich schools to remain in hybrid learning through December

Norwich Public Schools will remain in the hybrid learning model until at least Dec. 23, the start of the holiday break.

Rhode Island sends alert: hospitals reach COVID-19 capacity

Rhode Island’s hospitals have reached their COVID-19 capacity, the same day the state’s two-week pause, meant to control the rise in new coronavirus cases that threatens to overwhelm the state’s health care system, took effect

After searching globe for virus protection gear, Connecticut goes shopping on Amazon

In the spring when the coronavirus first hit, state officials searched far and wide for personal protective equipment, relying on everything from Chinese bankers to a Cromwell lumberman to procure hard-to-find masks and gowns. This time, as the...




Some 2-week coronavirus quarantines can be cut to 10 or 7 days, CDC says

The standard 14-day coronavirus quarantines potentially can be shortened to 10 days or even seven, according to revised guidance issued Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an effort to boost compliance with one of the most...

Nurses wanted: Swamped hospitals scramble for pandemic help

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo, registered nurse Chrissie Burkhiser puts on personal protective equipment as she prepares to treat a COVID-19 patient in the emergency room at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, Mo. U.S. hospitals slammed with COVID-19 patients are trying to lure nurses and doctors out of retirement and recruiting nursing students and new graduates who have yet to earn their licenses. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

U.S. hospitals slammed with COVID-19 patients are trying to lure nurses and doctors out of retirement, recruiting students and new graduates who have yet to earn their licenses and offering eye-popping salaries in a desperate effort to ease staffing...

UConn men enter 'Bubbleville' on Thursday to face talented Southern Cal

UConn coach Dan Hurley pleads his case with an official during Friday's 69-57 win over Hartford at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

Gladiator-type toughness is the trademark of any Dan Hurley coached team, but UConn has fallen far short of Hurley's high standard so far this season.

Steelers overcome rust, short-handed Ravens to move to 11-0

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Benny Snell (24) runs away from Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker L.J. Fort (58) during the first half of Wednesday's game at Heinz Field where the Steelers remained unbeaten with a 19-14 win. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 266 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown to JuJu Smith-Schuster and the Steelers improved to 11-0 with a disjointed 19-14 win over the undermanned Baltimore Ravens

UK authorizes Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for emergency use

FILE - This May 4, 2020, file photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, shows the first patient enrolled in Pfizer's COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.  Pfizer and BioNTech say they've won permission Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, for emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in Britain, the world’s first coronavirus shot that’s backed by rigorous science -- and a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic. (Courtesy of University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP, File)

British officials have authorized a COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, greenlighting the world’s first shot against the virus that’s backed by rigorous science and taking a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic

Software company to buy Slack for $28B: What this could mean for remote work

The Slack app icon is displayed on an iPhone screen, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Long Beach, Calif. In a deal announced Tuesday, business software pioneer is buying work-chatting service Slack for $27.7 billion in a deal aimed at giving the two companies a better shot at competing against longtime industry powerhouse Microsoft. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Enterprise software company Salesforce announced Tuesday that it will purchase workplace-chat tool Slack for nearly $28 billion, adding the popular collaboration app to its portfolio.

White House planning packed season of holiday parties

The Great Hall at the White House is decorated for Christmas with the theme

The White House is forging ahead with plans for more than a dozen indoor holiday parties this month despite the ongoing surge in coronavirus cases, ignoring warnings from the Trump administration's own public health professionals to limit travel and...

Airlines face 'mission of the century' in shipping vaccines

A passenger aircraft at Ciudad Real International Airport in Ciudad Real, Spain, on Oct. 27, 2020. (Bloomberg photo by Paul Hanna)

In cooled warehouses on the fringes of Frankfurt airport, Deutsche Lufthansa is preparing its depleted fleet for the gargantuan task of airlifting millions of doses of the vaccines meant to end the global pandemic.

Steelers, Ravens set to finally meet ... maybe

Baltimore running back Gus Edwards gains yardage against New England in the first half of a Nov. 15 game in Foxborough, Mass. (Charles Krupa/AP Photo)

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens are hoping they can pull off their thrice-delayed showdown at Heinz Field

49ers prepared for 'bumps in the road' on three-week trip

San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan stands on the sideline during the second half of a Nov. 1 game against the Seahawks in Seattle. The 49ers are set to embark on an unusual three-week road trip after being kicked out of their home stadium and practice facility because of strict new COVID-19 protocols in their home county. (Scott Eklund/AP Photo)

The San Francisco 49ers are set to embark on an unusual three-week road trip after being kicked out of their stadium and practice facility because of strict new COVID-19 protocols in their home county in Northern California

Browns' Garrett back from COVID list after two-game absence

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett sacks Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson during the first half of a Nov. 15 game in Cleveland. (David Richard/AP Photo)

Browns star Myles Garrett was activated from the COVID-19 list after missing two games, clearing the defensive end to return this week against Tennessee

Behind the Call: Broncos could have avoided quarterback quagmire

Broncos quarterback Kendall Hinton throws against New Orleans during the second half of Sunday's game in Denver. New Orleans won, 31-3. (David Zalubowski/AP Photo)

The Denver Broncos could have avoided the quarterback quagmire they found themselves in over the weekend when all four of their QBs were disqualified over COVID-19 concerns

A cautious start to NBA season, as camps open amid positives

Then-Clippers head coach Doc Rivers questions a call during the first half of an NBA Western Conference semifinal playoff game against Denver on Sept. 15 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Rivers is now head coach of Philadelphia. The first preseason camps of the coronavirus era are formally open, with teams limited for now to individual sessions with one coach and one player at one basket, all of this starting to happen as the pandemic continues raging and more and more Americans are testing positive. “I’m very concerned if we can pull this off,” Rivers said. (Mark J. Terrill/AP Photo)

The first day of NBA training camp is supposed to be accompanied by brimming optimism, a time for players and coaches all taking those first steps toward what they hope is a championship

Celtics' Walker gets knee injection, out until early January

Boston guard Kemba Walker smiles as he looks to make a pass during the second half of an NBA Eastern Conference final playoff game against Miami on Sept. 19 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mark J. Terrill/AP Photo)

The Celtics say guard Kemba Walker will be sidelined until at least the first week of January after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee

Liverpool and Porto advance, but Real Madrid in deep trouble

Real Madrid's Luka Modric reacts during Tuesday's Champions League Group B match against Shakhtar Donetsk in Kyiv, Ukraine. Shakhtar Donetsk won, 2-0. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)

While former champions Liverpool and Porto eased to the knockout stage of the Champions League, 13-time champion Real Madrid faces an embarrassing group-stage exit after losing 2-0 at Shakhtar Donetsk

Baseball notes

The Red Sox and left-hander Eduardo Eduardo Rodríguez have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $8.3 million

U.S. advisory panel: 1st vaccines to health care workers, nursing homes

In this July 27, 2020, file photo, nurse Kathe Olmstead, right, gives volunteer Melissa Harting, of Harpersville, N.Y., an injection as a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., gets underway in Binghamton, N.Y. An influential scientific panel on Tuesday, Dec. 1, is set to tackle one of the most pressing questions in the U.S. coronavirus epidemic: When the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine become available, who should be at the front of the line for shots? (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

An influential government advisory panel says health care workers and nursing home residents should be at the front of the line when the first coronavirus vaccine shots become available

Formula One star Hamilton positive for COVID-19

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 file photo Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates after wining the Formula One race in Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. World champion Lewis Hamilton tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Sakhir Grand Prix this weekend, his Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team said Tuesday Dec. 1, 2020. (Giuseppe Cacace, Pool via AP, File)

The Mercedes team says seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss this weekend's Sakhir Grand Prix

Five UConn players on Wooden watch lists

UConn sophomore guard James Bouknight has been named to the Top 50 preseason watch list for the prestigious John R. Wooden Award.

Metcalf, Wilson lead Seahawks over Eagles 23-17

Seattle's DK Metcalf reacts after a first down catch during the first half of Monday night's game against the Eagles in Philadelphia. The Seahawks won 23-17. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

DK Metcalf again made the Philadelphia Eagles regret passing him up in the draft

Americans face new COVID-19 restrictions after Thanksgiving

Nurses check on the status of rapid COVID-19 tests at a drive-through testing site in a parking garage in West Nyack, N.Y., Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The site was only open to students and staff of Rockland County schools in an effort to test enough people to keep the schools open for in-person learning. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Americans returning from Thanksgiving break are facing strict new coronavirus measures around the country as health officials brace for a disastrous worsening of the surge because of holiday gatherings over the long weekend

Moderna to ask FDA to approve its coronavirus vaccine

Biotechnology company Moderna, one of the leaders in the race for a coronavirus vaccine, announced it would file Monday for regulatory clearance - a critical milestone that brings the United States a step closer to having two coronavirus vaccines by...

Obese Americans could be prioritized for coronavirus vaccine

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisers will meet Tuesday to discuss who should get coronavirus vaccines first.

Giants in playoff hunt, but schedule gets tougher in coming weeks

Trainers check on Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) after he suffered a hamstring injury during the second half of Sunday's 19-17 win over the Bengals in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

If the New York Giants are to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2016 they must start beating teams with winning records

Ready or not, NBA training camps are set to open again

For the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat, it was the shortest offseason ever

Ravens-Steelers rescheduled again by COVID-19 to Wednesday

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Willie Snead IV, left, eludes Patriots defensive end John Simon as he runs for a touchdown during a Nov. 15 game in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The Baltimore Ravens’ struggle to contain an extended outbreak of the coronavirus forced their rescheduled game Tuesday night against the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers to be moved back to Wednesday

49ers to play two upcoming home games in Arizona

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, right, returns his interception ahead of the Rams' Tyler Higbee (89) during the first half of Sunday's game in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

The San Francisco 49ers will play two home games in Arizona after new coronavirus regulations put in place by officials in Northern California forced the team to find a temporary new home

UConn men to play Southern Cal, N.C. State in adjusted schedule at Mohegan Sun

UConn's stay in Bubbleville at the Mohegan Sun will be shorter than previously expected but will still include some challenging games.

MLB launches wood-bat league for draft-eligible prospects

In this 2013 file photo, Kevin Trainor, an audio engineer for ESPN, breaks down equipment outside Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, N.J. Major League Baseball is creating a minor league for top eligible prospects leading to the summer draft., the league announced Monday. The founding members of the MLB Draft League are located in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New Jersey: the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, the State College Spikes, the Trenton Thunder, the West Virginia Black Bears and the Williamsport Crosscutters. (AP Photo/Jackie Schear, File)

Major League Baseball is creating a minor league for top eligible prospects leading to the summer draft

Fueled by latest win, Patriots embracing tough road ahead

Patriots quarterback Cam Newton leaves the field after Sunday's win over the Arizona Cardinals in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The Patriots' hopes of extending their streak of 11 consecutive trips to the postseason remain a possibility following their 20-17 last-second comeback win over the Arizona Cardinals

Virus today: Vaccine gains momentum, NFL season in chaos

In this Monday, May 18, 2020, file photo, a sign marks an entrance to a Moderna, Inc., building, in Cambridge, Mass. Moderna Inc. says it will ask U.S. and European regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes, File)

The rush to develop a vaccine gained steam with the news from Moderna Inc. that it would ask U.S. and European regulators to allow emergency use of its vaccine

Health experts urge Americans to take precautions even if states will not

A traveler wears a mask as she walks through Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. Friday's total of new cases is the next-to-lowest daily number in the past 12 days, but Illinois state officials are bracing for another surge after many people around the country traveled for Thanksgiving and celebrated with family and friends. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The United States' top infectious-disease expert sounded the alarm Sunday, warning of a "surge superimposed upon" a surge of coronavirus cases over the coming weeks due to Thanksgiving travel and celebrations.

Giants move into first-place tie in NFC East

Giants defensive end Niko Lalos (57) celebrates an interception with teammates during the second half of Sunday's 19-17 win over the Bengals in Cincinnati. (Bryan Woolston/AP Photo)

The New York Giants lost quarterback Daniel Jones to a hamstring injury in the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals but held on to win 19-17

UConn's Tuesday game will change after Vandy withdraws

UConn head coach Dan Hurley talks to R.J. Cole (1), Brendan Adams (10), Adama Sanogo (middle top), Andre Jackson (44) and forward Tyler Polley (12) during a break in the action against the Central Connecticut State on Wednesday at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

UConn has had its Legends Classic schedule altered due to Tuesday's semifinal opponent Vanderbilt reportedly withdrawing from the event for COVID-related reasons.

COVID task force promises rapid December vaccine rollout

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, participates in a coronavirus briefing at the White House on Nov. 19, 2020. (Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford)

Members of President Donald Trump's coronavirus task force fanned out across Sunday talk shows to promise a rapid rollout of coronavirus vaccines to millions of Americans by year-end.

Hamilton wins Bahrain GP, Grosjean escapes burning car

Staff extinguish flames from Romain Grosjean's car after a crash during Sunday's Formula One race in Sakhir, Bahrain. (Brynn Lennon/AP Photo)

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has won a crash-marred Bahrain Grand Prix where Romain Grosjean somehow escaped with only minor burns after his car exploded into a fireball

MLS playoff roundup

New England forward Gustavo Bou (7) scores a goal past Orlando City goalkeeper Brian Rowe during the first half of Sunday's MLS playoff match in Orlando, Fla. New England won, 3-1. (Matt Stamey/AP Photo)

Gustavo Bou scored his second goal of the game in the 86th minute to help the New England Revolution beat 10-man Orlando City 3-1 on Sunday in the Eastern Conference semifinals

Clash of heads raises concerns as Wolves beat Arsenal

Arsenal's David Luiz holds a towel on a cut to his head following a clash with Wolverhampton's Raul Jimenez during Sunday's English Premier League match in London. Wolverhampton won, 2-1. (John Walton/AP Photo)

Wolverhampton beat Arsenal 2-1 in a Premier League game that saw concerns about Wolverhampton forward Raul Jimenez and Arsenal defender David Luiz

Patriots rally past Cardinals 20-17

New England running back James White runs between Arizona defenders Kylie Fitts, left, and De'Vondre Campbell for a touchdown in the first half of Sunday's game in Foxborough, Mass. New England won, 20-17. (Elise Amendola/AP Photo)

Nick Folk kicked a 50-yard field goal as time expired, and the New England Patriots rallied in the second half to beat the Arizona Cardinals 20-17

Dolphins keep Jets winless with 20-3 victory

Miami linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel tackles Jets quarterback Sam Darnold during the first half of Sunday's game in East Rutherford, N.J. Miami won, 20-3. (Corey Sipkin/AP Photo)

Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes while starting in place of the injured Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins kept the New York Jets winless with a 20-3 victory

No. 1 Alabama leads locked-in top 8 for 4th week

Alabama running back Najee Harris scores a touchdown on a long run against Auburn during Saturday's game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Top-ranked Alabama won, 42-13. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser/AP Photo)

Alabama is the unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll again as the top eight teams in the rankings held steady for the fourth week in a row

NCAA men's and women's basketball top 25 roundup

Kentucky's Isaiah Jackson (23) and Richmond's Nathan Cayo  battle for a rebound during the second half of Sunday's game in Lexington, Ky. Richmond upset the No. 10 Wildcats, 76-64. (James Crisp/AP Photo)

Blake Francis and Nathan Cayo powered Richmond to the program’s first road victory over an Associated Press top-10 team, rallying in the second half to beat No. 10 Kentucky 76-64 Sunday.

Mahomes, Hill light up Bucs, Chiefs hold on vs. Brady 27-24

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (11) stiff arms Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Ross Cockrell (43) after a catch during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

Derrick Henry battered the NFL’s second-stingiest defense for 140 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, finished with 178 yards and led the Tennessee Titans to a crucial 45-26 rout of the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

NYC to reopen schools, even as virus spread intensifies

West Brooklyn Community High School principal Malik Lewis, left, bumps elbows with former student Jason Cardoso after Cardoso came to pick up the diploma he earned when he graduated in March, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Cardoso, along with many West Brooklyn students who graduated in the spring, was unable to get back to the school because he's working during school hours. The school has been forced to close three times since spring due to coronavirus. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York City will reopen its school system to in-person learning and increase the number of days a week many children attend class even as the coronavirus pandemic intensifies in the city

Stonington Town Hall will be appointment only next two weeks

The town has announced that any in-person business at Town Hall will require an appointment beginning Monday and extending through Dec. 11

With no action by Washington, states race to offer virus aid

Certified Nursing Assistant Angelica Corral changes her personal protective equipment (PPE) as she travels from room to room at the El Paso Long Term Acute Care hospital, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, in central El Paso, Texas.  Faulting inaction in Washington, governors and state lawmakers are racing to get needed pandemic relief to small businesses, the unemployed, renters and others affected by the widening coronavirus outbreak. In some cases, they are figuring out how to spend the last of a federal relief package passed in the spring as an end-of-year deadline approaches and the current COVID-19 surge threatens their economies once again.  (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)

Governors and state lawmakers are racing to get pandemic relief to small-business owners, the unemployed, renters and others whose livelihoods have been upended by the widening coronavirus outbreak

Black Friday sees record sales online as U.S. shoppers stay home

Shoppers pass an Indigo Friday 40% Off sign Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, on Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile shopping district. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Black Friday online sales hit a new record this year as pandemic-wary Americans filled virtual carts instead of real ones

As coronavirus surges, R.I. closes bars, gyms - but not schools

Scituate High School students in a classroom are joined virtually by their teacher and other classmates on Nov. 20, 2020, in North Scituate, R.I. (Photo for The Washington Post by Adam Glanzman)

Bars in Rhode Island must closed for two weeks starting Monday. Gyms, casinos, movie theaters and bowling alleys will also go dark. But not Scituate High School - or most other public schools in the state.

Year-end fiscal cliffs are approaching for millions of Americans

A boarded-up Hard Rock Cafe temporarily closed in Memphis on Nov. 15, 2020. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Nina Westervelt

A whole range of pandemic aid programs are set to expire in the new year, leaving millions of Americans without the government support that's helped keep them afloat and threatening a rebounding economy.

Pandemic has taken a bite out of seafood trade, consumption

A worker weighs and sorts pollack at the Portland Fish Exchange in Portland, Maine, in March. The coronavirus pandemic has hurt the U.S. seafood industry due to a precipitous fall in imports and exports and a drop in catch of some species. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP Photo)

The coronavirus pandemic has hurt the U.S. seafood industry due to a precipitous fall in imports and exports and a drop in catch of some species

Municipal meetings

Municipal meetings for the week beginning Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020.

AP sources: NFL DQs Broncos QBs for not wearing masks

Denver quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Jeff Driskel, from right, watch during Wednesday's practice in Englewood, Colo. (David Zalubowski/AP Photo)

The Denver Broncos are left with a practice squad rookie receiver and a backup running back to take snaps against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday after losing all four of their quarterbacks to coronavirus concerns

49ers may need temporary home because of new COVID-19 rules

This Oct. 4 photo, taken with a fisheye lens, shows an empty Levi's Stadium before a game between San Francisco and Philadelphia in Santa Clara, Calif. The 49ers and other teams may need to find a temporary new home after Santa Clara County on Saturday banned all contact sports from holding games and practices for the next three weeks. County officials issued the directives in response to rising cases of the coronavirus in the area. The rules take effect Monday and will last for three weeks. (Tony Avelar/AP Photo)

The San Francisco 49ers and other teams may need to find a temporary new home after Santa Clara County banned all contact sports from holding games and practices for the next three weeks

New York nears 4% COVID-19 positivity rate, 42 more deaths

New York continues to grapple with a holiday COVID-19 outbreak that shows no signs of easing.

No. 1 Alabama rolls over No. 22 Auburn 42-13 without Saban

Alabama running back Najee Harris (22) stiff-arms Auburn linebacker Owen Pappoe (0) during Saturday's game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. No. 1 Alabama rolled to a 42-13 win. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Mac Jones passed for 302 yards and five touchdowns, highlighted by two long ones to DeVonta Smith, and No. 1 Alabama rolled over rival No. 22 Auburn 42-13 on Saturday without coach Nick Saban.

What do Santas do when COVID-19 makes this a socially distanced season?

Santa Dan Kelley meets with children Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, over a videoconference call from his Pawcatuck home. He only recently started playing Santa for local venues before he had to adapt to pandemic precautions.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

This year, people who have spent Decembers embodying the spirit of Ol’ St. Nick are having to adjust the way they spread cheer to the realities of a COVID-19 world.

No QBs in Denver, no home for SF as COVID-19 sows NFL chaos

Broncos quarterback Drew Lock drops back to pass against Miami during a Nov. 22 game in Denver. (Jack Dempsey/AP Photo)

The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed running back James Conner on the reserve/COVID-19

Michigan State hands No. 11 Northwestern first loss 29-20

Michigan State's Jayden Reed (5), Jalen Nailor (8) and Tyler Hunt (97) celebrate Reed's touchdown reception during Saturday's 29-20 upset win over No. 11 and previously unbeaten Northwestern in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Matt Coghlin made a tiebreaking 48-yard field goal with 3:35 left, and Michigan State handed No. 11 Northwestern its first loss of the season with a 29-20 victory

On Small Business Saturday, tradition carries on in Niantic

As they ride down Main Street in a vintage Lincoln Continental on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who wave to people attending the Niantic Holiday Stroll in East Lyme.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Niantic Main Street held the annual Holiday Stroll, featuring business deals, Santa, contests and more.

Dealing with down time will be challenge for UConn women

UConn head coach Geno Auriemma and his Huskies, who have been in quarantine since Monday after someone within the program (not a player of coach) tested positive for COVID-19, will be allowed to return to work on Saturday in pods of three or four players. The Huskies were forced to cancel three games and won't open their season until Dec. 15 at home against Butler. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Debbie Fiske remembers making the walk to the Storrs Field House from her dormitory on campus the evening of Feb. 22, 1989.

COVID outbreak may put season in jeopardy for No. 3 Ohio State

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day talks to his players during a game against Indiana on Nov. 21 in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Ohio State officials say they don't yet know when the third-ranked Buckeyes can get back on the field as they deal with a COVID-19 outbreak

Still hunting playoffs, 3-7 Giants visit Burrow-less Bengals

Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett talks with quarterback Daniel Jones during a game against the Cowboys on Oct. 11. The Giants return from their bye week with a game against the Bengals on Sunday in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

The New York Giants find themselves in a unusual spot: a 3-7 record and still in contention

Report: COVID shots with Pfizer vaccine could start Dec. 7 in United Kingdom

The U.K. is about to become the first western country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, with the independent regulator set to grant approval within days, according to the Financial Times.

Dr. I: When's the last time ND got called for holding?

Random thoughts from the sports world