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Sports Budget for Saturday, November 21, 2020

Updated at 8 a.m. EST (1300 UTC)

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^TOP STORIES<

^Amanda Stevens takes up the fight against ALS: 'She's been an absolute warrior'<

FBN-ERICSTEVENS-WIFE-SPORTSPLUS:LA — Inside the unassuming home a few blocks from the beach in San Pedro, the nursery is almost finished.

A white crib has been assembled. There's a changing table, dresser and bassinet. The closet is filled with gifted onesies for the baby girl due in early January. A rocking chair is on the way.

Each day brings Eric and Amanda Stevens closer to meeting their daughter, but also pushes them toward a harsh reality.

"One year ago, I didn't know how I could go on another day," Amanda wrote this summer on Facebook. "I felt broken devastated, depressed and defeated. I was told that the one person I was supposed to spend the rest of the my life with was only going to live a couple more years."

2100 by Nathan Fenno in Los Angeles. MOVED

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^BASEBALL<

^Winners and losers from Theo Epstein's sudden departure from the Cubs<

BBN-CUBS-EPSTEIN-WINNERS-LOSERS:TB — Theo Epstein's resignation as Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations stunned more than the baseball world.

Epstein's departure with one year remaining on his contract affected the entire Chicago sports landscape this week. Here's a look at the winners and losers from Epstein's decision, which was announced Tuesday.

700 by Mark Gonzales in Chicago. MOVED

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^NFL<

^History suggests Rams-Bucs will provide must-see TV Monday night<

FBN-RAMS-BUCS-HISTORY:PT — They are neither division nor geographic rivals. On average, they meet only about once every other season. Their demographics, culture, even time zones place their cities on literal opposite ends of the nation's spectrum.

But when it comes to creating instant classics, the Rams and Bucs have forged a kinship like few others in the NFL.

"We've had some great games against those guys," former Bucs linebacker Richard "Batman" Wood said. "Tough games."

The franchises will meet for the 26th time Monday night, and history suggests at least a 50% chance of a doozy. Thirteen of their previous 25 encounters have been decided by seven or fewer points, including six by a field goal or less.

1350 by Joey Knight in Tampa, Fla. MOVED

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^Dan Wiederer: Can Bears' strong culture — 'Persistence over resistance' — rescue another wayward season?<

FBN-WIEDERER-COLUMN:TB — In the aftermath of yet another disheartening setback Monday night, Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy again clung to the most reliable life raft he has. Culture. Team unity. Resolve.

"Persistence over resistance," Nagy preached.

And a little while later

"We're fighters," he said. "Just keep fighting and staying together, and eventually something here will hopefully change."

Reflexively, the city of Chicago dropped its head and sighed, preparing for another dark December in which another year's playoff shot will fizzle away.

1150 by Dan Wiederer in Chicago. MOVED

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^Gerry Dulac: Steelers-Jaguars has brought some odd moments<

FBN-DULAC-COLUMN:PG — It might not matter the Steelers are on a nine-game winning streak, are the NFL's only unbeaten team and have won the past three meetings with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Nor might it matter the Jaguars have lost eight in a row after a season-opening victory against the Indianapolis Colts, have allowed the most points in the AFC and will use a quarterback making only his second NFL start.

If history is any indication, none of that will matter Sunday when the Steelers go to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars — the worst thing to stink in that northern Florida city since the paper mills shut down.

950 by Gerry Dulac in Pittsburgh. MOVED

^COLLEGE FOOTBALL<

^Saturday's games<

TNS expects coverage from the following games featuring teams in the AP top 25:

No. 9 Indiana at No. 3 Ohio State, noon EST

No. 4 Clemson at Florida State, noon

No. 6 Florida at Vanderbilt, noon

No. 7 Cincinnati at UCF, 3:30 p.m.

No. 10 Wisconsin at No. 19 Northwestern, 3:30 p.m.

UCLA at No. 11 Oregon, 3:30 p.m.

Kentucky at No. 1 Alabama, 4 p.m.

Kansas State at No. 17 Iowa State, 4 p.m.

Mississippi State at No. 13 Georgia, 7:30 p.m.

No. 20 USC at Utah, 10:30 p.m.

^BOXING<

^Steve Hummer: Just what 2020 needed: A Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. fight<

^BOX-HUMMER-COLUMN:AT—<More than 15 years ago Mike Tyson had what we assumed was his last stand in the ring. He had moved up from the heavyweight to the galoot division, fighting a 270-pound slab of Irish back bacon named Kevin McBride.

As with most boxing farewells, this one went poorly for the once-great champion. McBride deployed the fallen-tree strategy, leaning on Tyson until he collapsed beneath the weight, sitting on the canvas, supported by the ring ropes at the end of the sixth round. Tyson then opted out, declining to come out for the seventh.

Now we know that Tyson didn't retire, he was just saving himself for a bigger fight in 2020.

850 by Steve Hummer. MOVED

^AUTO RACING<

^Austin Cindric is fresh off Xfinity championship, ready for his next steps in NASCAR<

CAR-NASCAR-CINDRIC-QA:CH — Austin Cindric is still basking in the glow of winning a NASCAR championship a few weeks after securing his first Xfinity series title. He capped a regular-season championship and career-best year with a win at Phoenix Raceway on Nov. 7.

Cindric, a Mooresville native, has since returned home with a trophy for Team Penske and is settling into a quieter offseason.

In an exclusive interview with the Charlotte Observer, Cindric shares why his mother should get more credit, what it means to win a championship for the Penske organization and how he's disproving the myth that only short people can drive race cars. (He's 6-3.)

2950 by Alex Andrejev in Charlotte, N.C. MOVED

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