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07:50  25 november  2021
07:50  25 november  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

UMass to bring back Don Brown as next head coach

  UMass to bring back Don Brown as next head coach UMass has made a decision on its next head coach. The Minutemen are trying to rekindle some past success and bringing back Don Brown as their head coach. The hiring was reported on Sunday night and is expected to be announced this week. UMass will be hiring Don Brown as its next head football coach. UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford is expected to conduct a team meeting tomorrow to announce Brown as the next head coach, according to sources inside the program. — Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) November 22, 2021 Brown turned down a big offer from Arizona in order to return to UMass.

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The roots

Before they're served piles of turkey and pie, kids often hear the story of the first Thanksgiving – how Pilgrims and Native Americans came together to feast and count their blessings. But most aren't told native people likely outnumbered English colonists 2-to-1 at the harvest feast in 1621. Nor do they usually learn just how much Pilgrims relied on the native Wampanoag tribe during those tough early days. Learn more about the real roots of Thanksgiving: Rethinking what happened 400 years ago at the first feast in Plymouth.

Falcons don't have an update on wideout Calvin Ridley

  Falcons don't have an update on wideout Calvin Ridley The wideout announced in late October that he’d be stepping away from football to deal with his mental health. The organization later placed him on the reserve/non-football injury list, meaning he’d miss at least three additional games. The 26-year-old is now eligible to come off the list, but it doesn’t sound like he’s ready to return to football. The 2018 first-round pick emerged as one of the NFL’s top wideouts in 2020, finishing with 90 receptions for 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns. This was going to be a pivotal year for the former first-round pick.

  • Native food is more than a Thanksgiving spread. What Indigenous chefs want you to know about their incredibly diverse cuisine.
  • What do Native Americans really think about Thanksgiving? Here's what Indigenous people said about the holiday.

The feast

I don't know about you, but I've been thinking about Thanksgiving for a couple weeks now, and I'm ready to eat. Whether you're chowing down around a table with family, celebrating Friendsgiving, or doing your own thing, here's a healthy serving of tips and tricks to make it the best day ever.

  • Cranberry sauce is in high demand for Thanksgiving. But why are Ocean Spray cans upside down?
  • What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Here's what people are Googling in your state.
  • Cranberries, stuffing – or is it dressing – and turkey, oh my! Why do some Thanksgiving foods divide the dinner table?
  • When deep-frying a turkey goes wrong: Experts explain how to stay safe this Thanksgiving.
  • Another option: Takeout on Thanksgiving. Cracker Barrel, Denny's and more offer meal specials to eat at home. Tip: Bring your own pan if you don't want anybody to know where that mac n' cheese came from.
  • Eat too much? It's OK. Here's why 'overindulging' at your Thanksgiving dinner isn't a big deal.
  • The best holiday for leftovers: Here's a fool-proof cheat sheet to reheating food.
  • If you need to hit a store, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Home Depot are closed on Thanksgiving but CVS and Walgreens are open. See the list.
  • And if you end up with a nightmare in the kitchen, don't fret. What restaurants are open Thanksgiving? Starbucks, McDonald's are, but Chipotle and Chick-fil-A are closed. Check out the list here.
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The ties that bind us

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to gather together and celebrate those most important to us, and all the things we're thankful for. But we're all human. Read on for conversation starters and ways to navigate the day if things get awkward.

Washington Nationals sued by ex-employees over vaccine firing

  Washington Nationals sued by ex-employees over vaccine firing The Washington Nationals are being sued by two former employees who were fired for refusing to comply with the team’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Lawrence (Larry) Pardo and Brad Holman were pitching coaches in the Nats’ organization. The two refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine for religious reasons and were fired by the Nats as a result. The team instituted a mandate on Aug. 12 that went into effect on Sept. 10, leading to the firing of both men.Now the two have filed a lawsuit against the club, TMZ Sports reports.

  • Grandma accidentally invited a stranger to Thanksgiving. Now, they're "all set for year 6."
  • Is it PEA-can or puh-CON? This Thanksgiving, remember the traditions – and pies – that bind us.
  • Home for the holidays? Here's what to do when your family hates your partner.
  • It happens. Here's how to navigate those uncomfortable questions at your holiday dinner table.
  • Make it better. Here are some Thanksgiving dinner questions that are better than "What are you thankful for?"
  • Breaching the "psychological contract"? Experts say working on holidays can damage your mental health. So, take a break. You deserve it.
  • "We learn to appreciate things when we lose them." How to give thanks during a pandemic.

The party after the party

Whether you're crashing on the couch in a food coma, looking for something to watch or hitting up the stores for some sweet Black Friday deals, we've got you covered.

  • What is the history of Black Friday? It's a tale of speculation and greed, so buckle up.
  • What to watch this Thanksgiving weekend: Disney's 'Encanto,' Lady Gaga in 'House of Gucci.'
  • Best Black Friday Deals: Live tracking the best deals at Walmart, Amazon, and more.
  • Here's your weather forecast for Thanksgiving, Black Friday and the trip home.

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Florida State football 'getting closer' to 85% COVID-19 vaccination threshold .
Coach Mike Norvell explained that former FSU and NFL player Myron Rolle, who currently works as a neurosurgery resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, spoke with players and answered questions they have about the available vaccines. While Phillips said Wednesday the ACC hasn't yet decided how it will handle potential schedule disruptions caused by COVID-19 this season, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey told reporters Monday that league doesn't intend to reschedule games and could make a school forfeit if it cannot field a squad for a scheduled contest due to absences and other issues linked with coronavirus cases.

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