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The President Took A Rare Combination Of COVID-19 Drugs. Will It Help?



After testing positive for COVID-19 last week, President Trump was given three experimental drugs: an antiviral, monoclonal antibodies and a steroid. On this week’s episode of PODCAST-19, we discuss what happens when all three drugs are combined and why the average American can’t expect to receive the same treatment.

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DJ Moore scores two TDs, including 74-yarder from Teddy Bridgewater



DJ Moore may have exploded past Robby Anderson to reclaim his spot as the No. 1 receiver for the Carolina Panthers on Sunday with two big first-half touchdowns against the New Orleans Saints.

The first was a 74-yard catch from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in which the former Maryland star was 10 yards clear of any defender as the Saints had a major breakdown in protection.

The second was a 7-yard shovel pass on an end around in which Moore ran through several New Orleans defenders for the touchdown that gave the Panthers a 17-14 lead. The Saints have now allowed 17 TD passes in six games this year, and they’ve allowed 11 pass plays of 29-plus yards.

Moore entered the season as Carolina’s No. 1 receiver, but quickly was passed by Anderson, who entered this game tied for fourth in the NFL in catches with 40 and second in receiving yards with 566. Moore had 27 catches coming in today.

In the first half against New Orleans, Moore has two catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns. Anderson had three catches for 34 yards.


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Indiana jumps into Top 25; Ohio State up to No. 3



Indiana jumped into The Associated Press college football poll Sunday after pulling off the weekend’s most dramatic upset and Ohio State moved up to No. 3 following a dominant season debut.

Clemson remained a rock-solid No. 1 and Alabama was No. 2. The Tigers received 52 first-place votes and the Crimson Tide got the remaining 10.

Ohio State leaped two spots after easily dispatching Nebraska as the Big Ten Conference kicked off its pandemic-delayed and abbreviated season.

No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 5 Georgia each slipped a spot behind the Buckeyes.

Indiana pulled off a stunner in overtime to jump into the rankings, beating then-No. 8 Penn State to earn the program’s first victory against a team ranked in the AP top 10 since 1987. The Hoosiers snapped a 25-year absence from the poll last season but stayed there only one week.

Indiana has its best ranking since 1993, when it also reached No. 17. With Rutgers coming up next week, the Hoosiers might see a longer stay in the poll than last year. Then again, the Scarlet Knights won their opener, too.

Penn State slipped 10 spots to No. 18 after losing to the Hoosiers for just the second time in 24 meetings since joining the Big Ten.


What’s up with Ohio State moving past Notre Dame after the Fighting Irish had their most impressive victory of the season, against Pittsburgh?

Remember, the Buckeyes were No. 2 in the preseason and a close second to No. 1 Clemson.

When the Big Ten postponed its fall season, Ohio State and the rest of the conference’s teams became ineligible for inclusion in the rankings. Then the Big Ten decided to play in the fall after all and those teams became eligible again. But some voters decided they would wait until teams played before being considered for inclusion.

That held back the Buckeyes and some other Big Ten teams for a few weeks. Now that all the voters are including Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan, et al., those teams got an extra boost this week.

Wisconsin moved up five spots to No. 9, appearing on every ballot for the first time since returning to the rankings three polls ago. No. 13 Michigan also moved up five spots, though the Wolverines got a bounce from an impressive victory at Minnesota.


The other teams to move into the rankings this week are regulars.

— No. 24 Oklahoma is back after three weeks out. That is the longest run of polls that have not included the Sooners since 2009, when they were left out of the final six Top 25s.

— No. 25 Boise State made its season debut, along with the rest of the Mountain West Conference, and grabbed the final spot in the rankings. The Broncos were last ranked in the final poll of the 2019 season. Boise State has now made at least one poll appearance in 19 straight seasons, tied with Southern California for the seventh-longest active streak.


— Minnesota dropped out after getting thumped at home by Michigan.

— The Atlantic Coast Conference, which had the most teams ranked last weekend, lost two Sunday. Virginia Tech and North Carolina State both fell out after losing for the second time this season.


The only conference without representation in the Top 25 is the Mid-American, which doesn’t begin play until Nov. 4.

Big Ten — 5 (Nos. 3, 9, 13, 17, 18).

SEC — 4 (Nos. 2, 5, 8, 10).

ACC — 4 (Nos. 1, 4, 12, 15).

Big 12 — 4 (Nos. 6, 16, 23, 24).

Pac-12 — 2 (Nos. 14, 21).

American — 2 (Nos. 7, 22).

C-USA — 1 (No. 19).

Mountain West — 1 (No. 25).

Sun Belt — 1 (No. 20).

Independent — 1 (No. 11).


No. 3 Ohio State at No. 18 Penn State. The Nittany Lions didn’t hold up their end of what was set to be a top-10 matchup, but it’s still probably the toughest game on the Buckeyes’ regular-season schedule.


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Washington’s Kyle Allen connects with Terry McLaurin for 52-yard TD



LANDOVER, Md. — Two plays after stopping the Dallas Cowboys on a fourth-and-1, the Washington Football Team showed, once more, what it had in receiver Terry McLaurin.

On second-and-7 from the Cowboys’ 48, quarterback Kyle Allen, with pressure coming to the left, hit the speedy McLaurin down the left side for a wide-open 52-yard touchdown pass.

McLaurin beat defensive back Trevon Diggs by at least five yards — one play after the rookie cornerback had tussled with him at the end of a play.

It was McLaurin’s first touchdown catch since Week 2 and his longest catch of the season. It’s the second longest touchdown pass of Allen’s career.

It’s McLaurin’s third career receiving TD of 50-plus yards; all have come against NFC East opponents — the first two came against the Philadelphia Eagles last season.


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