Sep 25, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Joey Bosa (97) walks off the field with Brandon Staley after suffering an injury against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers activate DE Joey Bosa (groin) for game vs. Rams

The Los Angeles Chargers activated star pass rusher Joey Bosa from injured reserve on Saturday and he is set to play in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Bosa has been sidelined since tearing his groin in a Week 3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He underwent surgery to repair the injury.

Bosa returned to practice this week and is expected to be on a snap count on Sunday.

“He’s got to get his football conditioning,” Chargers coach Brandon Staley told reporters on Friday. “It’s not like he’s going to go out there and play like he’s been playing for four, three months, but he’s going to go out there and play. That was our plan, that if he’s going to play, he’s going to play.”

Bosa, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, has seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble this season.

In seven NFL seasons, Bosa has 298 tackles, 59.5 sacks, 14 forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 82 games (77 starts) with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers. He was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2016 with San Diego.

The Chargers waived running back Sony Michel to clear a roster spot. Michel rushed for 106 yards on 36 carries and caught nine passes for 53 yards in 10 games (no starts) this season.

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Sep 24, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats linebacker Ivan Pace Jr. (0) runs onto the field prior to the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati star LB Ivan Pace Jr. declares for NFL draft

Cincinnati All-American linebacker Ivan Pace Jr. announced Saturday that he is entering the NFL draft.

Pace had 136 tackles this season while becoming the first unanimous first-team All-American in Bearcats’ history. He accumulated 21.5 tackles for loss, including 10 sacks, and was a finalist for the Bednarik Award, which goes to the nation’s best defensive player.

Pace, who was named American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, played one season at Cincinnati after transferring from Miami. He played three seasons for the Florida school.

“I want to thank the coaches from the University of Cincinnati as well as Miami University for taking the time to coach and guide me to be a better player on the field, but also a better person off the field,” Pace wrote in his announcement on Twitter. “… With that being said, I will NOT be using my final year of eligibility and will declare for the 2023 NFL Draft.”

Sep 28, 2019; Laramie, WY, USA; Wyoming Cowboys tight end Jackson Marcotte (82) runs for a touchdown against UNLV Rebels defensive back Jericho Flowers (7) during the second quarter at Jonah Field War Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

Wyoming TE Jackson Marcotte calls it a career

Wyoming run-blocking tight end Jackson Marcotte announced Saturday that he won’t return for his final season of eligibility and is ending his football career.

Marcotte played 35 games (14 starts) from 2019-22 for Wyoming and endured two major knee injuries — tearing the ACL in both 2019 and 2020. He caught 14 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns.

“Thank you for an incredible 5 years,” Marcotte wrote on Instagram. “I have given everything I have had to this program and it has given me the best moments, people, and memories in my life, but I have decided that it is best for me to step away from Football and dedicate myself to other aspects of my life.”

Marcotte, a second-year law student, played in 12 games (three starts) for Wyoming in 2022. He had three catches for 11 yards.

Prior to the 2022 season, Marcotte was one of 114 nominees nationwide for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which considers players with “exemplary community service, academic dedication and impact on and off the field.”

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Dec 31, 2022; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas State Wildcats running back DJ Giddens (31) runs the ball against Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Jordan Battle (9) during the first half in the 2022 Sugar Bowl at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Bryce Young throws five TDs, No. 5 Alabama trounces No. 9 Kansas State

Bryce Young threw five touchdown passes and No. 5 Alabama overcame a slow start to rout No. 9 Kansas State 45-20 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Saturday in New Orleans.

Young completed 15 of 21 passes for 321 yards and the Crimson Tide (11-2) scored 35 consecutive points to take command after falling behind 10-0.

Deuce Vaughn rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown and Will Howard passed for 210 yards, but was intercepted twice for the Big 12 champion Wildcats (10-4).

Kansas State tried to regain the momentum by starting the second half with an onside kick, but Alabama recovered. Three plays later Young threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Ja’Corey Brooks for a 28-10 lead.

On the ensuing possession Brian Branch intercepted Howard, giving the Tide the ball at the Wildcats’ 17-yard line. On the next play Jase McClellan produced Alabama’s only rushing touchdown from 17 yards out for a 35-10 lead.

Kansas State’s Ty Zentner kicked a 28-yard field goal and Young threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Kobe Prentice for a 42-13 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Alabama’s Will Reichard kicked a 49-yard field goal and the Wildcats’ Jordan Schippers ran 1 yard for a touchdown to complete the scoring.

Zentner’s 41-yard field goal and Vaughn’s 88-yard touchdown run, the second-longest in Sugar Bowl history, gave Kansas State its early lead.

Young connected with Jahmyr Gibbs for 60 yards to the Wildcats’ 9, setting up his 6-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Bond. That left Kansas State with a 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

A 47-yard pass from Young to Jermaine Burton set up Young’s 1-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Latu for a 14-10 lead early in the second quarter.

On the ensuing possession the Wildcats converted two third downs and two fourth downs to reach the Tide 2 late in the second quarter, but on fourth-and-goal Howard threw an incompletion.

Alabama drove 98 yards in seven plays, the last of which was Young’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Burton with 10 seconds left, giving the Tide a 21-10 halftime lead.

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Iowa defensive back Cooper DeJean (3) pulls in an interception for a touchdown over Kentucky wide receiver Barion Brown (2) during the second quarter of the TransPerfect Music City Bowl at Nissan Stadium Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.

Ncaa Football Music City Bowl Iowa At Kentucky

Two defensive TDs help Iowa blank Kentucky in Music City Bowl

Xavier Nwankpa and Cooper DeJean each nabbed a pick-6 to headline a masterclass defensive performance that propelled Iowa to a 21-0 victory over Kentucky on Saturday afternoon in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn.

It was the fourth bowl victory in the past six years for the Hawkeyes (8-5), who lost to the Wildcats (7-6) in last season’s Citrus Bowl.

DeJean’s interception with 1:36 left in the first half sent the Hawkeyes into the break with a commanding 21-0 lead that Kentucky never came close to overcoming. The Wildcats were outgained 206-185, were forced to punt 10 times and never reached the red zone.

Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Jack Campbell racked up a game-high 10 tackles for Iowa.

Joey Labas provided the only offensive touchdown of the afternoon when he connected with Luke Lachey for a 15-yard score early in the second quarter.

Labas completed 14 of 24 passes for 139 yards, and Lachey finished with three receptions for 36 yards. Sam LaPorta was the Hawkeyes’ leading receiver, hauling in five catches for 56 yards.

Seven Iowa rushers combined to tally just 67 yards on 24 carries.

Destin Wade tallied 98 yards and a pair of interceptions on 16-for-30 passing and rushed for 29 yards on 16 carries for Kentucky. Dane Key had six catches for 47 yards.

Defense dominated the first 15 minutes of action to set the tone for the entire game. Both teams combined to punt four times while totaling just 102 yards of offense in a scoreless opening frame.

But then Iowa struck for two touchdowns in a span of 11 seconds to start the second quarter.

The Hawkeyes broke the stalemate thanks to their tight ends, as Labas connected with LaPorta for a gain of 27 before tossing a short pass to Lachey one play later. Lachey scampered up the sideline and dove for the pylon, and the play stood upon review.

Nwankpa then picked off Wade on the first play of Kentucky’s ensuing possession and ran 52 yards to the end zone for a 14-0 lead with 11:57 left before halftime.

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Dec 25, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins (knee) out vs. Falcons

Arizona Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins will miss Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons due to a knee injury, the team said Saturday.

Hopkins was initially added to the injury report on Friday and was listed as questionable. But the club downgraded his status one day later.

It will be the seventh game Hopkins misses this season. He sat out the first six while serving a suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.

Hopkins has 64 receptions for 717 yards and three touchdowns in nine games this season. He is in his third campaign with Arizona after spending seven seasons with the Houston Texans.

Hopkins, 30, is a five-time Pro Bowl selection — the first four coming with the Texans. He has 853 career receptions for 11,298 yards and 71 touchdowns in 145 career games (all starts) over 10 seasons.

The other Cardinals ruled out for Sunday’s game are quarterback Colt McCoy (concussion), defensive end Zach Allen (hand) and cornerback Antonio Hamilton (hip). David Blough will start at quarterback for Arizona (4-11), which has dropped five straight games.

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Jul 29, 2022; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Cameron Batson (80) runs against defensive back Mike Ford (28) during training camp at IBM Performance Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons WR Cameron Batson arrested after police chase

Atlanta Falcons practice squad receiver Cameron Batson was arrested after a police chase early Saturday.

Atlanta police said Batson, 27, was pulled over on Interstate 75 at about 2 a.m. for speeding and failing to maintain his lane.

According to the police statement shared with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Batson failed a field sobriety test.

As police were attempting to take him into custody, a physical altercation took place, and an officer fired his weapon. No one was struck by the gunfire.

Batson then got back into his truck and fled the scene before crashing the vehicle and running away, police said.

He was later recaptured and taken to a hospital for treatment for unspecified injuries.

“We have been made aware of an overnight incident involving Cameron Batson and are currently gathering information from law enforcement agencies,” the Falcons said in a statement. “We take this matter seriously and have no further comment at this time.”

Undrafted out of Texas Tech in 2018, Batson spent four seasons with the Tennessee Titans (2018-21) and caught 22 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns in 27 games.

He has not played in a game for the Falcons.

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Dec 30, 2022; Charlotte, NC, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack helmets during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins in the 2022 Duke's Mayo Bowl at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

NC State suspends broadcaster for ‘illegal aliens’ remark

A North Carolina State radio broadcaster has been suspended after making a remark about “illegal aliens” in El Paso, Texas.

Gary Hahn was covering the Wolfpack’s 16-12 loss to Maryland in Duke’s Mayo Bowl on Friday in Charlotte, N.C., when he relayed the score of the Sun Bowl.

“Down among all the illegal aliens in El Paso, it’s UCLA 14 and Pittsburgh 6,” Hahn said.

Learfield Communications, the NC State broadcast rights holder, confirmed Hahn’s indefinite suspension in a statement to ESPN on Friday.

“LEARFIELD has suspended Wolfpack Sports Network Play-by-Play announcer Gary Hahn from his agreement indefinitely following comments made during today’s Duke’s Mayo Bowl radio broadcast,” the company said.

Hahn has worked as the voice of NC State football and men’s basketball since 1991. He is a two-time North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year.

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Jul 27, 2022; Latrobe, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Larry Ogunjobi (65) participates in training camp at Chuck Noll Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers DT Larry Ogunjobi (toe) to play vs. Ravens

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi has been upgraded from questionable and is expected to play in Sunday night’s game against the host Baltimore Ravens.

Ogunjobi, who had been nursing a toe injury, no longer has an injury status designation.

The Steelers (7-8) remain alive in the playoff hunt entering Sunday but could be eliminated from postseason contention before kickoff if Miami wins at New England.

Ogunjobi, 28, has recorded 43 tackles and a half-sack in 14 games (all starts) this season.

He has totaled 272 tackles, 22 sacks and two forced fumbles in 90 career games (77 starts) with the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals and Steelers.

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Aug 12, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Washington Football Team defensive end David Bada (64) celebrates after a sack against the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Commanders sign German DT David Bada to active roster

The Washington Commanders signed German-born defensive tackle David Bada to the active roster Saturday.

He becomes the fourth current player from the NFL’s International Pathway Program on an active roster, joining Washington defensive end Efe Obada, Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Jordan Mailata and Las Vegas Raiders fullback Jakob Johnson.

Bada, 27, was born in Munich and has spent the last three seasons with an exempt status on the Commanders’ practice squad.

He previously played in the German Football League with the Munich Cowboys, Ingolstadt Dukes and Schwabisch Hall Unicorns.

In a corresponding move, the Commanders (7-7-1) released defensive tackle Daniel Wise ahead of Sunday’s game against the visiting Cleveland Browns (6-9).

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