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Suspect in deadly U.Va. shooting taken into custody

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Authorities say the suspect in the shooting at the University of Virginia that killed three members of the football team has been taken into custody. The suspect in the Sunday night shooting was identified as Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. Two others were wounded in the shooting, which happened on a bus of students who were returning from an off-campus trip.

In Vail, housing shortage threatens America’s ski wonderland

VAIL, Colo. (AP) — The struggle for affordable housing is playing out in Vail, Colorado, where the owners of a ski resort are trying to create an affordable housing complex for the chefs, bus drivers, ski lift operators and other workers who keep the resort humming. The problem? A group of bighorn sheep live on a fraction of the land designated for the project. The years-long dispute is nowhere close to being solved, and it’s leading local businesses to have a tough time recruiting workers to keep local businesses afloat.

Former host Russia frozen out as World Cup begins in Qatar

Russia hosted the World Cup party in 2018 but now it’s off the guest list. Russia will be playing a little-noticed friendly game against Uzbekistan on the day the World Cup begins in Qatar. Russia was kicked out of World Cup qualifying after it invaded Ukraine and now can only play friendlies against the few nations prepared to accept its invitations. It’s been a year since the last time the Russian men’s national team played a competitive game. Attendances have fallen for Russian league games as fans protest a mandatory ID scheme first used at the last World Cup.

Analysis: Vikings, Bucs, Packers, Colts make big statements

Bust out the victory chains. The Minnesota Vikings proved they’re for real. After piling up wins against losing teams and backup quarterbacks, the Vikings earned a signature victory on the road against the Buffalo Bills. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jeff Saturday and the Indianapolis Colts also made big statements on Sunday. The Vikings overcame a 17-point, second-half deficit in a difficult environment to improve to 8-1 with a thrilling 33-30 overtime win over Josh Allen and the Bills. There’s no doubting Kirk Cousins anymore. He rallied the Vikings to their fifth win this season when trailing with 2 1/2 minutes or less remaining.

AP Top 25 Reality Check: How to rank Pac-12 contenders?

The Pac-12 is better than it has been in recent years, but it also is still eating its own and undercutting its best teams’ chances to earn a College Football Playoff berth. The conference hasn’t had a team selected to the CFP since 2016. The Pac-12’s consolation prize for its exciting games and parity, which included two top-10 teams losing at home, is more teams ranked in the AP Top 25 this week than any other league with six. The last time the Pac-12 was the conference with the most ranked teams was Sept. 5, 1995. Reality Check is wondering how to rank these Pac-12 teams.

Panthers will start Mayfield at QB with Walker injured

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Baker Mayfield will start at quarterback for the Carolina Panthers on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens after P.J. Walker was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain. Walker was injured in Thursday night’s 25-15 victory against the Atlanta Falcons but coach Steve Wilks said Walker toughed it out and continued to play. Walker will not be available on Sunday and Sam Darnold will be the backup. Mayfield started the first five games with the Panthers and struggled, going 1-4 with four touchdowns and four interceptions and a 71.9 quarterback rating. He relieved Walker two weeks ago at Cincinnati with the Panthers trailing 35-0 at halftime and threw for 155 yards and two touchdowns.

In return to Green Bay, McCarthy’s 4th-down call goes wrong

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — In his first game back in Green Bay as Dallas’ coach, Mike McCarthy didn’t exactly leave Packers fans pining for the good ol’ days. Instead, McCarthy made a crucial decision that backfired. He went for it on fourth-and-3 on the opening possession of overtime when he could have sent Brett Maher out to try a long, go-ahead field goal. The Cowboys were stopped, McCarthy’s former quarterback Aaron Rodgers led the Packers down the field, and Green Bay beat Dallas 31-28. McCarthy says he’s fine with the decision. He’s more upset about the penalties that led to that pivotal fourth down.

Ronaldo’s Man United career looks over but who replaces him?

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo’s explosive TV interview with Piers Morgan seems certain to end his Manchester United career. It is hard to see a way back for the 37-year-old forward, who said he does not respect manager Erik ten Hag and feels “betrayed” by the club. The question now is whether Ronaldo can secure a transfer in January after having failed to secure a move to a Champions League club in pre-season.

Viewer’s guide for the World Cup in Qatar

The World Cup starts in Qatar on Sunday. It’s one of the most eagerly anticipated World Cups in memory as much for off-the-field reasons as those on it. It likely represents the last chance for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to win the tournament. Kylian Mbappé and France are back to defend their title. Brazil is bidding for a record-extending sixth title. The first World Cup in the Middle East will contain 32 teams and 64 matches over 29 days. It starts with Qatar’s game against Ecuador. Iran against the United States and Spain facing Germany are some of the group-stage matches to watch out for.

Having the World Cup in Qatar creates unique tight schedule

GENEVA (AP) — There has never been a World Cup match schedule like this one. Playing in November and December to avoid the desert heat in Qatar helped create other unique features of this 29-day tournament. Players, fans and viewers worldwide have a more intense schedule than any previous World Cup group stage. There are four different match slots on most days, fewer rest days and no pause between the group stage and the round of 16. The tight schedule is the deal FIFA made with domestic leagues and clubs in 2015 to drop the World Cup into the middle of their season.