Vik­ings’ Cook to miss Fal­cons game

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NFL lead­ing rusher Dalvin Cook will sit out the Vik­ings’ game on Sun­day against the Fal­cons be­cause of a groin in­jury, giv­ing Alexan­der Mat­ti­son the op­por­tu­nity for his first ca­reer start at run­ning back.

The Vik­ings also an­nounced Fri­day that right guard Dru Samia (wrist), cor­ner­back Kris Boyd (ham­string) and wide re­ceiver/ kick re­turner K.J. Os­born (ham­string) were ruled out for the game. Cor­ner­back Holton Hill (foot) was listed as doubt­ful to face the Fal­cons.

The Vik­ings have their bye sched­uled for next week, so Cook’s ab­sence was likely af­ter get­ting hurt in the sec­ond half last week in Seat­tle. Mat­ti­son rushed for a ca­reer-high 112 yards in re­lief.

■ The Lions have ruled out CB Des­mond Tr­u­fant for Sun­day’s game in Jack­sonville and put TE Hunter Bryant on in­jured re­serve. Tr­u­fant is out with a ham­string in­jury. Bryant has dealt with ham­string and con­cus­sion is­sues.

Col­leges: Kansas coach Les Miles has been cleared to re­turn to the Jay­hawks af­ter his pos­i­tive test for COVID-19, but out of cau­tion is skip­ping the team’s trip to West Vir­ginia for Satur­day’s game. Miles, 66, an­nounced last week that rou­tine test­ing had re­turned a pos­i­tive test. He ex­pe­ri­enced only mild symp­toms while he was quar­an­tin­ing, and he was able to work re­motely with the Jay­hawks dur­ing their bye week. Also, South­ern Mis­sis­sippi at UTEP be­came the sixth game sched­uled for Satur­day to be post­poned this week. South­ern Miss an­nounced an in­crease in pos­i­tive COVID-19 test re­sults. ... Kansas F Sil­vio de Sousa is opt­ing out of the up­com­ing col­lege bas­ket­ball sea­son, po­ten­tially end­ing what has been one of the most con­tro­ver­sial tenures of any player to have joined coach Bill Self’s blue­blood pro­gram. Self said in a state­ment that de Sousa was opt­ing out to “fo­cus on mat­ters in his per­sonal life.”

Cy­cling: Diego Ulissi sprinted to vic­tory at the end of the 13th stage of the Giro d’Italia while Joao Almeida held on to the pink jersey.

Golf: The first round of the Do­min­ion Energy Char­ity Clas­sic was post­poned be­cause of rain. The 54-hole tour­na­ment at the Coun­try Club of Vir­ginia was to be Phil Mick­el­son’s sec­ond start on the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons. ... English golfer Matt Wal­lace carded a 5-un­der 67 at Fair­mont St An­drews to join Adrian Otaegui in the Scot­tish Cham­pi­onship lead on Fri­day. Wal­lace took ad­van­tage of fa­vor­able morn­ing con­di­tions by mak­ing six birdies and a sin­gle bo­gey to reach 12 un­der par.

NHL: The Maple Leafs signed 41-year-old F Joe Thorn­ton to a one-year, $700,000 con­tract. Thorn­ton, a six-time all star and the win­ner of the Hart Me­mo­rial Tro­phy in 2006 as the NHL’s MVP, has 420 goals and 1,089 as­sists in the 1,636 reg­u­lar-sea­son games with the Bru­ins and Sharks. ... The Kings signed No. 2 over­all draft pick Quin­ton By­field to a three-year con­tract.

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