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The Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans and Washington Football Team called off their respective practices on Thursday in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake, according to AP.

The big picture: Already, the Detroit Lions didn't show for practice on Tuesday, protesting the shooting and serving as an example for their peers in the NFL, AP writes. The action follows a wave of other cancelations in the sports world, kicked off by the Milwaukee Bucks refusal to take the floor for Game 5 on Wednesday against the Orlando Magic.

What they're saying: The Colts "will use the day to discuss and work toward making a lasting social impact and inspiring change in our communities,” the team said on Twitter.

  • "In the strongest terms, we condemn police brutality, excessive force and these senseless acts of violence that have caused so much pain. It is time for accountability and real policy reform," the Broncos said in a statement.
  • “In place of our practice at FedEx Field, the players, coaches and football staff will meet as a football family and we’ll continue our open dialogue on the issues of racism and social injustice in our country,” Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera said in the statement.

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Nov 28, 2020 - Sports

Vanderbilt's Sarah Fuller becomes first woman to play in Power 5 football game

Sarah Fuller #32 of the Vanderbilt Commodores walks on the field prior to a game against the Mizzou Tigers at Memorial Stadium on November 28. Handout / Getty Images

Vanderbilt University's Sarah Fuller became the first woman to play in a Power 5 conference football game on Saturday when she kicked off to open the second half in her team's game against the University of Missouri.

The big picture: Vanderbilt recently recruited Fuller — who plays goaltender on the school's women's soccer team — as a kicker after some of the school's players had to quarantine due to COVID-19 contact tracing, according to the school.

Nov 29, 2020 - Sports

Vanderbilt kicker becomes first woman to play in Power 5 football

Sarah Fuller kicks off yesterday. Photo: L.G. Patterson/AP

Vanderbilt senior Sarah Fuller became the first woman to play in a Power 5 football game yesterday "when she delivered the opening kickoff of the second half for Vanderbilt against Missouri," ESPN reports.

Details: "Fuller, a senior goalkeeper on Vanderbilt's SEC championship soccer team, sent the low kick to the 35-yard line where it was downed by Missouri," as the play was designed. Vandy lost, 41-0.

Oklahoma Supreme Court temporarily blocks abortion restrictions

A pro-choice activist demonstrates outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 4, 2021. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday temporarily blocked three abortion restrictions set to take effect on Nov. 1.

Why it matters: The laws would place new limits on medication-induced abortions and require doctors who perform abortions to attain board certification in obstetrics and gynecology.