Jets QB Darnold cleared to return to action

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NEW YORK (AP) - Sam Darnold's spleen is fully healthy and he'll be back under center as the struggling Jets' starting quarterback.

Finally.

Darnold was cleared by doctors Tuesday to play this week after he missed three games while recovering from mononucleosis. He had medical tests to determine if the swelling in his spleen - a common symptom of the illness - had dissipated enough for him to play again. The Jets announced in a Twitter post that Darnold would start Sunday at home against Dallas.

It's some rare good news for the Jets, who are 0-4 - their worst start since 2003 - while dealing with several injuries to key players. And Darnold's illness is at the top of the list.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

After a Penn State player received a letter from a fan criticizing his "awful" dreadlocks, Nittany Lions coach James Franklin opened his weekly news conference by talking about how football teams bring people together.

The letter was sent to Penn State safety Jonathan Sutherland and it gained attention after his teammates posted it on social media Monday night. The person, a Penn State graduate, acknowledged writing the letter in an interview with The Tribune-Democrat on Tuesday. The letter said Sutherland's shoulder-length dreadlocks looked "disgusting."

Franklin addressed the letter indirectly. He said, "The football that I know and love brings people together and embraces differences." The coach complimented Sutherland for being "the ultimate example of what our program's about."

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis will return from injury to start for Southern California at No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday night.

USC coach Clay Helton made the announcement after practice.

Slovis missed most of the Trojans' last two games after incurring an apparent concussion on the opening series of USC's win over then-No. 10 Utah on Sept. 20. He sat out of a loss at Washington on Sept. 28 for the Trojans (3-2), who had last week off.

GYMNASTICS

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) - Simone Biles won a record 21st medal at the world gymnastics championships as the United States retained its women's team all-around title.

Biles' 15th career gold medal brings her a total of 21 medals, breaking a tie with the Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina for the most medals by a woman at the world championships. She's now two short of Vitaly Scherbo's all-time record among men or women of 23.

The U.S. team scored 172.330 points to beat second-placed Russia by 5.801 points and win its seventh consecutive team title at an Olympics or world championships.

Biles posted the best individual scores on the vault, balance beam and floor.

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