Being able to get back onto the field after a slew of coronavirus-related cancelations in the past month is a step forward for coach Mike Bloomgren and the Rice Owls. Marshall (7-0, 4-0 Conference USA) has been dealing with its own down time as the Thundering Herd hone in on a berth in the league championship game and hope to move a step closer Saturday against the Owls (1-2, 1-2). Marshall's offense has been proficient in both the run and the passing game.
A man has been charged in the killing of former Indiana University football player and businessman Chris Beaty in downtown Indianapolis in May during unrest following the death of George Floyd, prosecutors said Thursday. Marcus Anderson has been charged with murder, felony murder, robbery and pointing a firearm for his suspected role in the death of Beaty and three downtown robberies, the Marion County Prosecutor's Office said. Beaty, 38, was shot and killed as he walked through an alley near his apartment building during violence that followed protests over Floyd's death in Minneapolis and police treatment of African Americans.
No spectators will be allowed at the Rose Bowl for the College Football Playoff semifinal on Jan. 1 because of COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the state, county and city of Pasadena. The Tournament of Roses said Thursday that it requested special permission to allow for a limited number of spectators or a select number of guests of players and coaches at the 90,888-seat stadium but was denied. Los Angeles County is under a stay-home order that took effect this week and runs through mid-December.