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May 28, 2022

Tommy Pham suspended 3 games, says slap was over fantasy football and 'disrespectful' text

Tommy Pham was suspended for three games, retroactive to Friday, after he slapped San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson during Friday’s batting practice.

“I slapped Joc,” Pham said. “He did some (expletive) I don’t condone, so I had to address it.”

The dispute stemmed from their fantasy football league last offseason and what Pham described as a “disrespectful” text message from Pederson about his former San Diego Padres teammates.

Pederson read from the text messages in the group chat to reporters after Saturday's game.

"I did send a GIF in the group chat that was making fun of the Padres," Pederson said. "In the group chat, there was more than one Padre, there was maybe four or five and I'm kind of close with a couple of them. It was supposed to be a friendly thing, just making fun of they were playing bad, and just talking back and forth. He did not like that.

"He responded, 'Joc, I don't know you well enough to make any jokes like this.' I wrote back, 'It was meant to be all fun and games. No hard feelings. Sorry if you took it that way.' Then about two weeks later, after like Week 4 or 5, he ended up leaving the league and there has been no communication since."

Tommy Pham suspended 3 games, says slap was over fantasy football and 'disrespectful' text

May 28, 2022

Outrageous pin placement for a girls state championship produces quadruple-bogey average, draws criticism

The Iowa Class 3A girls golf state championships were contested at River Valley Golf Course in Adel this week, according to a story in the Des Moines Register, and the festivities featured a furious day-two rally in the team race and three playoff holes to decide the individual champion.

Clear Lake rallied from 12 shots back to beat Gilbert and win the team championship, and the school now can claim three team titles in girls golf, the others coming in 2010 and 2012.

But perhaps the biggest story of the day was an outrageous pin placement on the 18th green, which caused players to average quadruple bogey on the hole.

As evidenced in a tweet by a local TV station intern, Jake Brand, the players weren’t given much of a fair shake. Again, these are 3A high school golfers being presented with this challenge, not professionals.

According to Brand, the tournament took more than nine hours to play with groups averaging about 20 minutes on just the 18th green.

The individual title came down to the third playoff hole, between Newton’s Rylee Heryford and Gilbert’s Eden Lohrbach. The two-shot identical scores of 149 — both shot 75 on Thursday, then 74 on Friday — and Heryford emerged victorious after three playoff holes. She is the first Newton girls golfer to win an individual state title.

Outrageous pin placement for a girls state championship produces quadruple-bogey average, draws criticism

May 28, 2022

San Francisco Giants manager protests country’s gun control laws by refusing to stand for national anthem

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler told reporters ahead of the team’s Memorial Day weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds that he would sit out the US national anthem, and that going forward he wouldn’t take the field for any pregame national anthems “until I feel better about the direction of our country”.

Mr Kapler spoke with reporters on Friday ahead of the series opening weekend in Ohio, echoing much of what he’d written earlier in the week in a fiery blog post following the brutal mass shooting in Uvalde that left19 children and two teachers dead.

“I don’t expect it to move the needle necessarily, but it’s something I feel strongly enough about to take that step,” he told reporters while sitting on the bench ahead of the game.

In his essay, published just days after a teenage gunman tore through Robb Elementary School armed with an AR-15 rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, he described how his father had taught him when he was the same age as the children killed on Tuesday that you pledge allegiance to your country when you believe that country is “representing its people well or to protest and stay seated when it wasn’t”.

“I don’t believe it is representing us well right now,” he wrote in the blog post, titled, ‘Home of the brave?‘.

He added that he no longer wanted to partake in moments of silence and stand for national anthems when these “thoughtless displays of celebration” seem to only “celebrate a country that refuses to take up the concept of controlling the sale of weapons used nearly exclusively for the mass slaughter of human beings”.

San Francisco Giants manager protests country’s gun control laws by refusing to stand for national anthem

May 28, 2022

Giants OF Joc Pederson says Reds' Tommy Pham slapped him over fantasy football dispute; MLB investigating

Tommy Pham was scratched from the Cincinnati Reds lineup before Friday’s game because of a pregame altercation with San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson.

During batting practice, Pham slapped Pederson across the face over a dispute stemming from their fantasy football league, Pederson said. The Reds’ bullpen cleared into left field, where Pham allegedly slapped Pederson, and Reds hitters ran from the batting cage to the outfield.

"There was no real argument," Pederson told reporters. "He came up and said, 'you remember from last year?' I was like, 'fantasy football?' He was like, 'yeah.' Then, yeah."

The entire incident didn’t last longer than a couple of minutes and Reds manager David Bell remained in the outfield to chat with Pham after players returned to their usual pregame activities.

"MLB is investigating the incident that occurred before the game involving Mr. Pham," the Reds announced. "Mr. Pham agreed to not play (Friday) pending the results of MLB's investigation."

Pham declined to discuss the incident publicly when he walked off the field after batting practice and he was not available following Friday's game.

Pederson walked off the field after he was slapped. There were no punches thrown after the incident.

Giants OF Joc Pederson says Reds' Tommy Pham slapped him over fantasy football dispute; MLB investigating

May 28, 2022

Charles Barkley Wields Coffee Cup At Warriors Fans After Getting Hit By Debris

Golden State Warriors fans overstepped Thursday in their diss war with TNT commentator Charles Barkley, throwing a T-shirt and another object at him after their team clinched a berth in the NBA Finals. (Watch the video below.)

The “Inside the NBA” crew was set up outside San Francisco’s Chase Center when Barkley was hit from behind by the shirt. Another item also flew at him from the mob, footage showed.

Barkley stood and threatened to throw his coffee cup at the crowd, prompting TNT colleagues Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson to basically tell Barkley to cool it.

“Sit down, Chuck,” a clearly not-amused Smith said.

Barkley returned to his chair and Johnson cut to a commercial.

During the Warriors’ 4-games-to-1 Western Conference Finals series triumph over the Dallas Mavericks, Barkley playfully (we think) antagonized the Golden State faithful. He called the fans obnoxious, and said he hated them and wanted them to suffer in defeat. At one point in reply to their taunts, he grumbled that they sucked. He also riffed on the city’s “dirty-ass streets.”

Throwing stuff and other forms of assault, however, are inexcusable escalations.

Barkley appeared to crack a smile during the clash, but it was just one mug away from turning really ugly.

Charles Barkley Wields Coffee Cup At Warriors Fans After Getting Hit By Debris

May 27, 2022

U.S. DOJ Won’t Charge Agents Who Botched Larry Nassar Probe

The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday it will not pursue criminal charges against former FBI agents who failed to quickly open an investigation of sports doctor Larry Nassar despite learning in 2015 that he was accused of sexually assaulting female gymnasts.

The agency’s inspector general found that two former agents likely provided “inaccurate or incomplete information” when investigators subsequently tried to understand what happened, but more would be needed to file charges, the department said.

“This does not in any way reflect a view that the investigation of Nassar was handled as it should have been, nor in any way reflects approval or disregard of the conduct of the former agents,” the department said.

The government last fall said it would take another look at an earlier decision to forgo charges. At the time, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco told Congress that she had asked the newly confirmed head of the department’s criminal division to review the case.

U.S. DOJ Won’t Charge Agents Who Botched Larry Nassar Probe

May 27, 2022

Zion Williamson Cleared to Play Without Restriction

The Pelicans were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs to the Suns and played that series, as well as the entire regular season, without star forward Zion Williamson.

Williamson broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during summer workouts in advance of the NBA season, but has now been cleared to play according to a team release, paving the way for his return to the lineup next season.

The 2021-22 season was Williamson’s third as a pro, but he has only played in 85 NBA games since being selected with the top pick in the 2019 NBA draft.

When Williamson has played, he’s been productive. Over his 85 games, he has averaged 25.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game on 60.4% shooting from the floor.

Zion Williamson Cleared to Play Without Restriction

May 27, 2022

Klay Thompson Puts Exclamation Point on Warriors’ Return to Finals

With a little over three minutes to go in the Western Conference Finals, Klay Thompson had a pull-up jumper in the lane rejected by Spencer Dinwiddie. No worries—Thompson finagled the rebound and immediately found himself at the elbow, where he rose up for another two. No dice—he air balled it. Kevon Looney scooped up the rebound—one of his 18—as Thompson re-positioned himself to the right corner. The ball found its way back to Klay, and this time he sank a three, his eighth of the game. And the Mavs’ comeback that had the faintest glimmer of hope had finally been extinguished. The Warriors took a 15-point lead and punched their ticket back to the NBA Finals.

That sequence from Klay, and perhaps his whole season, is a microcosm of this Golden State team. A little battered and worse for the wear. Not quite as straight shooting. Fallible. But when the stakes are the highest, a team that clearly still has championship-level talent.

The Warriors are headed back to the Finals for the sixth time in eight years, a feat last accomplished by Jordan’s Bulls. This is not the scariest version of this team we’ve ever seen. This isn’t a 73-win juggernaut. This isn’t the Kevin Durant-ruined-the-NBA-level destroyer. It’s an older, creakier group. Yet it’s still one that can go toe-to-toe with whichever upstart dares to challenge them. In this playoff run alone the Dubs have left a two-time MVP in Nikola Jokić and two rising stars in Ja Morant and Luka Dončić in their wake. It’s not just an old guy that’s still got it. It’s an old team.

Klay Thompson Puts Exclamation Point on Warriors’ Return to Finals

May 27, 2022

New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays turn Twitter feeds over to gun violence awareness

In the wake of Tuesday's elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children and two teachers dead, the sports world has responded with several high-profile figures speaking out against the violence, as well as teams offering a moment of silence before their games to mourn the victims.

With the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays set to begin a four-game series in St. Petersburg, Florida, the two teams' social media accounts came up with a unique way to call attention to the issue.

Instead of tweeting information related to Thursday night's game, the Yankees and Rays instead teamed up on Twitter to "offer facts about the impacts of gun violence."

New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays turn Twitter feeds over to gun violence awareness

May 27, 2022

MLB, in memo, rebukes clubs for 'unacceptable' workplace facilities for women employees

In a pointed letter to teams last week, Major League Baseball said numerous clubs' stadiums "fall embarrassingly below the high standards" necessary for women who are part of the game's traveling parties to do their jobs, create an "untenable working environment" and that organizations soon must reconfigure their facilities to fix what the league deemed "unacceptable," according to a copy of the memo obtained by ESPN on Thursday.

The letter, sent May 20 by MLB senior vice president of on-field operations Michael Hill to general managers, assistant general managers and some ballpark-operations staff, highlighted the issues a wide array of women -- including coaches, trainers, analysts, translators, mental-health professionals, massage therapists, player-development employees and others -- face because of substandard facilities. MLB regulations laid out in a March 16, 2021, memo require that women staffers for home and road teams receive a clean locker room space that is close to the main clubhouse, is private and includes a restroom and shower.

"Over the first six weeks of the season," the memo said, "it has become clear that a number of Clubs are not in compliance with these requirements, particularly with respect to hosting women on visiting teams."

MLB, in memo, rebukes clubs for 'unacceptable' workplace facilities for women employees

May 26, 2022

Former WSOP bracelet winner Cory Zeidman charged with fraud, money laundering in sports betting scheme

A former World Series of Poker bracelet winner has been arrested for his alleged role in a sports betting scheme that collected more than $25 million from victims.

In a two-count indictment filed May 17, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York charged Cory Zeidman, of Boca Raton, Florida with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering for his alleged role in the scheme, which ran from around January 2004 to March 2020, according to prosecutors.

According to the indictment, Zeidman and his associates placed radio ads in various markets "which falsely advertised a 'sophisticated white-collar approach to gathering sports information' and promised 'wagering as investing, not high-risk gambling.' " Listeners were instructed to call a phone number, where they heard "among other things, that certain sporting events were predetermined, or 'fixed,' " and that Zeidman and his associates "had 'privileged' or 'inside' information" from team physicians and television executives, per prosecutors. Listeners were asked to pay for this information, which Zeidman and his associates claimed would lead to no-risk wagers.

Former WSOP bracelet winner Cory Zeidman charged with fraud, money laundering in sports betting scheme

May 26, 2022

Brittney Griner’s Wife Was Asked If She Thinks WNBA Star’s Release Is a ‘Top Priority’ for U.S

For the first time since Brittney Griner was detained in Russia on Feb. 17, her wife spoke out publicly about the U.S government’s handling of the situation in an appearance on Good Morning America Wednesday.

Cherelle Griner, who graduated from the North Carolina Central University School of Law earlier this month, revealed that she has spoken to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken as well as NBA commissioner Adam Silver and WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert about her wife’s detainment. Although the U.S State Department has called getting Griner back on U.S. soil a “top priority,” and subsequently deemed her to be “wrongfully detained,” Cherelle is hoping to see additional action taken to get her wife home.

“I don’t know,” she responded when asked by GMA’s Robin Roberts if she felt that freeing Brittney was a top priority of the U.S. State Department. “I was grateful for the call [from Secretary Blinken]. You say she’s top priority, but I want to see it. I feel like to see it would be to see BG back on U.S. soil.”

Cherelle Griner is also hoping that her speaking out will reach President Biden and put an additional spotlight on her wife’s situation.

“I just keep hearing that, you know, he has the power. She’s a political pawn,” she said. “So if they’re holding her because they want you to do something, then I want you to do it.”

Brittney Griner’s Wife Was Asked If She Thinks WNBA Star’s Release Is a ‘Top Priority’ for U.S

May 26, 2022

Colin Kaepernick completes workout with Las Vegas Raiders, source says

Colin Kaepernick, who last played professional football in 2016 -- the year he started kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice -- worked out Wednesday for the Las Vegas Raiders, a league source told ESPN.

It marked Kaepernick's first workout with an NFL team since being exiled, and it was the first time the former star quarterback visited with a team since he flew to Seattle to meet with the Seahawks in May 2017, before they passed on the opportunity to sign him.


Kaepernick played at the University of Nevada, Reno, the only school to offer him a scholarship. Currently, the pro team in Nevada is the only one in the NFL that has given the civil rights activist another opportunity.

Raiders owner Mark Davis is following in the spirit of his late father, Al Davis, who provided many opportunities, such as hiring the NFL's first Black head coach (Art Shell) and its first woman chief executive (Amy Trask) in the modern era. The elder Davis also was the first team owner to draft a Black quarterback (Eldridge Dickey) in the first round and the second team owner to hire a Hispanic head coach, Tom Flores.

Colin Kaepernick completes workout with Las Vegas Raiders, source says

May 26, 2022

Ex-F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone arrested in Brazil for illegally carrying a gun

Former Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone was arrested in Brazil late on Wednesday for illegally carrying a gun while boarding a private plane to Switzerland, local police said on Thursday.

The Brazilian police found an undocumented LW Seecamp .32 gun in Ecclestone's luggage during an X-ray screening, police said in a statement, adding that the 91-year-old was then arrested and taken to a facility at Viracopos airport in Campinas.

Ecclestone acknowledged owning the gun, but said he was unaware it was in his luggage at the time, police said. The Briton paid bail and was freed to travel to Switzerland.

Asked about Ecclestone's arrest, the Sao Paulo state public security office confirmed in a statement to Reuters that a businessman was arrested for possession of a firearm at Campinas' airport, but did not name him directly.

The office said the "small, silver colored pistol" was out of ammunition and that the arrestee had to pay 6,060 reais ($1,257.55) as bail. The handgun was seized, it added.

Ex-F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone arrested in Brazil for illegally carrying a gun

May 26, 2022

Josh Donaldson apologizes to Jackie Robinson's wife, family for 'Jackie' remark to Tim Anderson

Josh Donaldson has apologized to Jackie Robinson's wife and family for using the barrier-breaking Hall of Famer's name in reference to Tim Anderson last week, saying Robinson "was a true American hero" and that he holds his name "in the highest regard."

Donaldson issued his apology as part of a statement released by his agency, MVP Sports, on Thursday, three days after the New York Yankees' third baseman was suspended one game by Major League Baseball for his "inappropriate comments" to Anderson the previous weekend.


Donaldson admitted to calling Anderson "Jackie" -- a reference to Robinson, who broke MLB's color barrier in 1947 -- in the first inning during Saturday's game between the Yankees and Chicago White Sox. The former MVP apologized after the game, saying he meant no disrespect and that he was joking with Anderson, who is Black.

Josh Donaldson apologizes to Jackie Robinson's wife, family for 'Jackie' remark to Tim Anderson

May 25, 2022

Former A’s catcher, whose trade to KC helped build Dodger Stadium, dies at age 92

Dodger Stadium opened 60 years ago, and a former Kansas City A’s catcher played a small part in construction being completed.

But Joe Pignatano never did any physical work on the ballpark. He was sold by the Dodgers to the Athletics in 1961, and the Society for American Baseball Research noted the reasons for the deal.

“According to then-General Manager Buzzie Bavasi, the team’s need for cash to complete Dodger Stadium and the emergence of Norm Sherry as the preferred target for Sandy Koufax led to the sale of Pignatano to the Kansas City A’s in January of 1961.” SABR’s Paul Hirsch wrote. “A’s catching duties were split that season between Pignatano and Haywood Sullivan.

Pignatano, who died Monday at the age of 92, played just one of his six big-league seasons with the Athletics, and he later was a coach for New York’s “Miracle Mets” team in 1969.

The Mets said Pignatano passed away in Naples, Florida from dementia. He was 92.

Former A’s catcher, whose trade to KC helped build Dodger Stadium, dies at age 92

May 25, 2022

Watson accuser felt 'scared' and threatened by Browns QB

CLEVELAND (AP) — One of the women accusing Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct while she gave him a massage said she felt threatened by a comment he made following a therapy session.

Appearing on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” Ashley Solis, one of 22 women who have sued Watson over allegations he behaved inappropriately with them, provided graphic details of an encounter with the three-time Pro Bowler.

She also said at the end of a massage, Watson told her: “I know you have a career to protect,” and “I know you don’t want anyone messing with it just like I don’t want anyone messing with mine.”

Solis, who was the first massage therapist to file a lawsuit, was asked why Watson’s message frightened her.

“Because that sounded like a threat to me,” she said.

During the interview which aired Tuesday night, Solis and another massage therapist, Kyla Hayes, both provided details of their meetings with Watson, who has been accused of sexual assault and harassment during massages he received while playing for the Houston Texans.

Watson has denied any wrongdoing and has maintained any sex with the women was consensual. Two grand juries in Texas declined to indict Watson on criminal complaints filed by 10 of the women.

In addition to being violated, Solis and Hayes both were offended by the five-year, $230 million contract Watson received in March from the Browns. Watson's deal is both the richest in NFL history and fully guaranteed.

“It’s just like a big screw you,” Solis said. ”That’s what it feels like. That we don’t care. He can run and throw, and that’s what we care about.”

Watson accuser felt 'scared' and threatened by Browns QB

May 25, 2022

Notes as Deshaun Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, speaks at length on podcast

It is clear that the Cleveland Browns acquisition of Deshaun Watson is the biggest story of the team’s offseason and, likely, the next five to ten years. It may not be hyperbole that the Watson trade was the most significant move in the entire offseason, especially when considering the 22 civil cases and the impact on former top overall pick Baker Mayfield.

While Watson’s civil cases may drag on for another year, his lawyer, Rusty Hardin, believes that the NFL will want to conclude its investigation this summer.

With the NFL meeting with Watson recently, Hardin decided to go on a podcast to discuss the case. A seemingly unusual act, Hardin joined “Between the Lines: A podcast about sports and the law” and answered many questions about the case.

For those who may not have time to listen to the entire podcast, we spent time transcribing some of the most important and most interesting quotes from Hardin while trying to keep each in context. For full context, we encourage you to listen to the podcast yourself as linked above.

It is important to remember that the below quotes are from Watson’s side of things and Hardin has a unique interest in presenting things in a way that puts his client in a good light and the opposing legal counsel in a negative one:

Notes as Deshaun Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, speaks at length on podcast

May 25, 2022

Report: Mark Jackson made anti-gay comments about Warriors president, Jason Collins while coaching Golden State

Warriors owner Joe Lacob said former Golden State coach Mark Jackson “couldn’t get along with anybody else in the organization.”

Just how divisive was Jackson, whom Golden State fired in 2014?

Ethan Sherwood Strauss:

Jackson alienating other members of the organization – even an injured Festus Ezeli – has been explored. Religion was a throughline in the divide between Jackson and some in the franchise (though faith also united Jackson and some players).

The anti-gay comments are new territory publicly.

That’s not the right way to treat people, period. In a workplace, there are particular issues with talking that way.

For what it’s worth, Rick Welts credited Jackson last year with helping to change the Warriors’ culture. Jackson – who coached Golden State to its first consecutive playoffs in more than 20 years – was instrumental in getting the team onto a new course, especially defensively.

But Jackson’s successor, Steve Kerr, immediately elevated the Warriors into a dynasty and by doing so retroactively cast a negative light onto Jackson’s tenure. Likewise, Jackson’s own behavior on the job has aged poorly.

People can change. Jackson – who’s currently a color commentator for ESPN/ABC – shouldn’t be banished from society.

Report: Mark Jackson made anti-gay comments about Warriors president, Jason Collins while coaching Golden State

May 25, 2022

Pressure on Browns, NFL after Deshaun Watson accusers appear on HBO's 'Real Sports' | Reactions

On the same day Deshaun Watson participated in his first organized team activity practice with the Browns, two of his accusers went public with their claims.

Watson has been accused by 24 women of sexual misconduct or sexual assault during massage appointments. Twenty-two of the women, all represented by attorney Tony Buzbee, are suing the quarterback.

Two of them appeared Tuesday night on HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" to give their side of the story publicly for the first time.

Watson and his attorney, Rusty Hardin, have been steadfast in their denial of the claims against the 26-year-old.

With the "Real Sports" segment, the Watson case is now part of the court of public opinion. We tracked some of the reactions to HBO segment:

Pressure on Browns, NFL after Deshaun Watson accusers appear on HBO's 'Real Sports' | Reactions

May 24, 2022

Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu resigns amid Angel Stadium corruption scandal

Anaheim, California Mayor Harry Sidhu tendered his resignation on Monday amid allegations that he attempted to leverage the proposed sale of Angel Stadium to the Los Angeles Angels in an effort to procure campaign finance donations.

Sidhu was running for re-election in November. Sidhu’s lawyer Paul Meyer announced the mayor's resignation effective Tuesday in a statement that denied any wrongdoing.

“Mayor Harry Sidhu has always, as his foremost priority, acted in the best interests of the City of Anaheim, and he does so today,” the statement reads, per the Associated Press.

Anaheim has been in negotiations to sell the stadium and its surrounding property to Angels owner Arte Moreno for $320 million. The Los Angeles Times reports that Sidhu is under federal investigation for allegedly providing the Angels with confidential information twice during negotiations in hope of obtaining a $1 million donation from the team.

Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu resigns amid Angel Stadium corruption scandal

May 24, 2022

MLB suspends New York Yankees' Josh Donaldson for one game over comments to Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson

Major League Baseball has suspended New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson for one game for "inappropriate comments" made to Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson on Saturday.

Donaldson, who also was fined an undisclosed amount, is appealing the punishment, MLB announced on Monday. He will be eligible to play for the Yankees until the appeal process is completed. Shortly before the suspension was announced, the Yankees said Donaldson had been put on the COVID-19 injured list.

"MLB has completed the process of speaking to the individuals involved in this incident," Michael Hill, MLB's senior vice president for on-field operations, said in a statement. "There is no dispute over what was said on the field. Regardless of Mr. Donaldson's intent, the comment he directed toward Mr. Anderson was disrespectful and in poor judgment, particularly when viewed in the context of their prior interactions. In addition, Mr. Donaldson's remark was a contributing factor in a bench-clearing incident between the teams, and warrants discipline."

MLB suspends New York Yankees' Josh Donaldson for one game over comments to Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson

May 24, 2022

Nebraska Cornhuskers football suspending red balloon tradition due to helium shortage

Nebraska will suspend its tradition of releasing red balloons after the first touchdown of home games due to a global helium shortage, athletic director Trev Alberts announced on his radio show Monday.

Alberts said Nebraska will not hand out red balloons before home games at Memorial Stadium this fall. The tradition of releasing the balloons after Nebraska's first touchdown at home began in the 1960s.

The helium shortage and supply-chain issues stem in part from sanctions against Russia, one of the world's top helium suppliers, following its invasion of Ukraine.

Nebraska Cornhuskers football suspending red balloon tradition due to helium shortage

May 24, 2022

Attorney for Deshaun Watson's accusers says two of his clients spoke on the record to HBO for Real Sports

The attorney of the 22 women who are suing Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson released a statement Monday saying two of his clients spoke on the record for an upcoming episode of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel."

The episode will debut at 10 p.m. Tuesday, the same day Watson will participate in his first organized team activity practice with the Browns since they acquired him March 18 in a historic trade with the Houston Texans and gave him a five-year contract worth a record-setting $230 million fully guaranteed.

Two dozen women have accused Watson of sexual misconduct or sexual assault during massage appointments, and attorney Tony Buzbee represents 22 of them who have active civil lawsuits filed against Watson, who has repeatedly denied all wrongdoing and whose attorney, Rusty Hardin, detailed in a podcast that posted Monday why he believes his client is innocent and shouldn't be suspended by the NFL.

Attorney for Deshaun Watson's accusers says two of his clients spoke on the record to HBO for Real Sports

May 24, 2022

CeeDee Lamb Facing Lawsuit From Trading Card Company

Cowboys receiver CeeDee Lamb is facing legal action from Dallas-based company Leaf Trading Cards, according to Denton County, Texas records.

The trading card firm filed a lawsuit against Lamb, 23, on May 20 claiming the young star “breached the parties’ License Agreement by failing and refusing to sign all trading cards which he agreed to sign,” according to court documents obtained by Mike Fisher of Cowboys Country. As a result, Leaf claimed it was “unable to fulfill orders from customers who had received redemption cards that would be exchanged for a card signed by Lamb.”

Leaf is seeking damages and attorney fees of up to $100,000 from Lamb after his actions “caused significant damage to Leaf, including loss of income and loss of good will with customers.” The company also requested the court serve Lamb either at his home in Proper, Texas or Cowboys’ offices in Frisco, per the documents obtained by Fisher. The club is set to kick off OTAs on May 24.

CeeDee Lamb Facing Lawsuit From Trading Card Company

May 24, 2022

NFL to Determine Potential Deshaun Watson Suspension Before Season Starts, per Source

The NFL is expected to make a decision on a potential suspension for Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson before the start of the 2022 season, according to The MMQB’s Albert Breer.

Breer noted Monday the NFL has spoken with at least half the women who filed lawsuits against Watson.

Watson faces 22 active civil lawsuits regarding alleged sexual harassment and assault that occurred during massage therapy sessions. The lawsuits entail numerous accounts of alleged sexual misconduct, from Watson refusing to cover his genitals to “touching [a plaintiff] with his penis and trying to force her to perform oral sex on him.”

NFL to Determine Potential Deshaun Watson Suspension Before Season Starts, per Source

May 23, 2022

NBA official asks Mavericks bench player Theo Pinson to change shirt before Game 3 of Western Conference Finals

The Dallas Mavericks' bench has been a point of contention in the Western Conference Finals, and the latest issue surrounds Theo Pinson's white shirt.

Before Dallas' 109-100 loss to the Golden State Warriors Sunday night, referee Marc Davis went up to Pinson and asked if Pinson would change his white shirt.

Pinson, who was not playing and wearing civilian clothes, appeared to be confused at first and then Davis explained that because the Warriors were wearing their white jerseys, Pinson's wearing his could lead to confusion for players in the game.

"Hey, do me a favor," Davis said. "This is crazy. Can you change your shirt? Will you do that for me?"

Pinson then said he would and when Davis said he appreciated it, Pinson asked why.

"Because it's the same color as them and you're going to be in the way," Davis explained. "I'll even buy it for you."

Davis then appeared to use a joke to deflect the situation, saying "this don't match anyway," seemingly in reference to the shirt going with the rest of the outfit.

"All right," Pinson said, "if you buy it for me."

NBA official asks Mavericks bench player Theo Pinson to change shirt before Game 3 of Western Conference Finals

May 23, 2022

Hamlin shreds NASCAR over call that could've led to 'lawsuit,' VP responds, Blaney is rich

If you were one of those people begging for some sort of drama (me!) before the checkers flew in Sunday's NASCAR All-Star race, well ... you got it!

I'm just not sure any of us were expecting that.

"Where NASCAR really got away with one was, we nearly crashed off (Turn) 2," said Denny Hamlin, who finished second (twice) to Ryan Blaney. "When I send him head-first into traffic, and the window net's down, I don't know ... then they got a lawsuit on their hands."

Well then, Denny. Please, by all means, don't hold back!

"All I ask is that we know what the rules are, we play by them," he continued. "He should've won the race. He was 100 yards from winning the race. But many cars have not won races because of a green-white-checkered, or a mistake on a restart, or things that happen at the end. Those things happen."

Sure. Those things happen ... but Denny, come on!

NASCAR VP: 'Wish we wouldn't have done that'
All right. Let's dive in!

We'll start here ... who ya got: Denny or NASCAR?

Should the folks in the tower have thrown maybe the dumbest yellow flag in the history of the sport just seconds before Ryan Blaney crossed the line to win a million dollars?

No. Probably not. And hey, they even agree!

"Wish we wouldn't have done that," said Scott Miller, NASCAR's Senior VP. "But we did, and we'll own that we probably prematurely put that caution out."

OK. Good first step!

Hamlin shreds NASCAR over call that could've led to 'lawsuit,' VP responds, Blaney is rich

May 23, 2022

Dwayne Haskins Reportedly Was Drunk Before Fatal Accident

Dwayne Haskins, 24, the backup Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and a former standout at Ohio State, was heavily intoxicated when he was struck and killed by a truck on a Florida highway in April, according to multiple reports of a toxicology examination released by the medical examiner’s office in Broward County, Fla., on Monday.

In two samples, Haskins had a blood-alcohol concentration of .20 percent and .24 percent at the time of his autopsy, according to multiple reports, more than double Florida’s legal limit of .08 percent. Ketamine, a sedative that is also taken as a recreational hallucinogenic, was also found in Haskins’s system, according to the report.

Representatives from the medical examiner’s office did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.

Through an attorney, Haskins’s wife, Kalabrya, in a statement Monday, asked for patience and privacy.

Dwayne Haskins Reportedly Was Drunk Before Fatal Accident

May 23, 2022

Why NBA is frustrated with Mavs' refusal to comply with bench decorum rules

For the third time in this season’s NBA playoffs, the Dallas Mavericks have been fined for the same offense: violating league rules regarding team bench decorum.

The league announced the third fine on Sunday, a result of the Mavs bench's actions against Golden State in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Friday.

The fines have doubled from $25,000 to $50,000 and now $100,000 for the latest infraction.

“On multiple occasions, several players and a member of the coaching staff stood for an extended period in the Mavericks’ team bench area, stood away from the team bench, and were on or encroaching upon the playing court during game action,” the league announced in a statement endorsed by NBA president of league operations Byron Spruell.

The tone of that statement does not reflect the league’s frustration with the Mavericks. The league believes the conduct of the Mavs’ bench impacts player safety, competitiveness and fan consideration.

League rules state players during a game must remain seated while the ball is in play, except to react spontaneously to a notable play or report to the scorer’s table to check into the game; players not in the game may not remain standing at or away from team’s bench during game action; and bench players are prohibited from distracting opponents in an unsportsmanlike manner during game action.

The final item – distracting opponents in an unsportsmanlike manner during game action – came into play in Game 2 when Steph Curry, with the Warriors wearing white uniforms, threw the ball to Theo Pinson, who was not in uniform but wearing a white sweater with his left arm raised. Curry clearly thought it was a Warriors teammate.

That play in particular riled league officials.

Why NBA is frustrated with Mavs' refusal to comply with bench decorum rules

May 23, 2022

White Sox closer Liam Hendriks rips Yankees 3B Josh Donaldson over 'Jackie' comment to Tim Anderson

Chicago White Sox closer Liam Hendriks ripped New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson on Sunday over fallout from Donaldson's alleged racist comment against White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson.

In particular, Hendriks took exception with the notion that Donaldson, who is white, referred to Anderson, who is Black, as "Jackie" — in reference to Jackie Robinson — as an inside joke.

"Yeah, that's completely inappropriate," Hendriks said. "And then hearing what was said after the game — usually you have inside jokes with the people you get along with, not people that don't get along at all. So that statement right there was complete (expletive).

"But, then again, my feelings towards the individual in question are pretty well documented in the fact that we don't get along."

When the two teams met in Chicago on May 13, Donaldson pushed Anderson off third base while applying a tag, and Anderson shoved Donaldson, leading to an exchange of words and the benches clearing.

After Saturday's game, Anderson said that Donaldson called him "Jackie," in reference to Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in 1947 and whose jersey is retired by Major League Baseball.

"I've spoken to (people) now in four separate clubhouses that he's been into and as a whole, none of them have gotten along," Hendriks continued. "So, yeah, him whipping out and trying to pull that narrative is complete and utter (expletive)."

White Sox closer Liam Hendriks rips Yankees 3B Josh Donaldson over 'Jackie' comment to Tim Anderson

May 22, 2022

Mavericks receive 3rd fine for 'bench decorum', now owe NBA $175K

The Dallas Mavericks have once again been fined by the NBA for violating rules on "bench decorum."

This fine, which is for a whopping $100,000, covers violations from the Mavs' 126-117 Game 2 loss against the Golden State Warriors. Here's what Dallas was fined for:

"On multiple occasions, several players and a member of the coaching staff stood for an extended period in the Mavericks' team bench area, stood away from the team bench, and were on or encroaching upon the playing court during game action," the NBA said in a press release.

Mavericks receive 3rd fine for 'bench decorum', now owe NBA $175K

May 22, 2022

Serena Williams Trading Card Sale Doubles Record for Female Athlete

Serena Williams has claimed numerous records throughout her illustrious career. And, now, her greatness has been immortalized in a different arena.

Goldin Auctions founder Ken Goldin tweeted Sunday a 2003 Serena Williams NetPro signed patch rookie card sold for a historic $266,400 on Saturday night. According to The Athletic, the sale set a new mark for the highest-priced trading card featuring a female athlete, more than doubling the previous mark of $117,000.

In case you were wondering, Williams, 40, also owned the previous record after a bidder purchased a July 1999 SI For Kids Serena Williams rookie card in January.

Serena Williams Trading Card Sale Doubles Record for Female Athlete

May 22, 2022

Mike Tyson Comments on Airplane Altercation With Passenger

Boxing legend Mike Tyson offered his first public comments addressing his altercation with a passenger on a JetBlue flight in April during the newest episode of his self-titled show.

The former heavyweight champion explained the reason behind his actions while speaking to co-host DJ Whoo Kid and guests Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on the Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson podcast. Tyson, 55, made headlines last month after repeatedly punching a passenger seated behind him on an April 20 flight headed for Florida.

“He was f----– with me, man,” Tyson said before sharing he took pictures with the passenger prior to the incident. His remarks confirmed the eyewitness testimony reported in April by TMZ Sports, who originally broke the story. The witness claimed Tyson was cordial with the passenger and took selfies with him before asking him to leave him alone, which eventually led to the altercation after the man ignored the warning.

Mike Tyson Comments on Airplane Altercation With Passenger

May 22, 2022

Michigan’s Juwan Howard Declined ‘Overture’ For Lakers Coaching Vacancy, per Report

The Lakers reached out to Michigan coach Juwan Howard regarding the franchise’s open head coaching job, but he was not interested in pursuing the opportunity, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

According to the report, the Lakers never made a formal offer to Howard, but they would have moved quickly to that stage if he was interested in the opening.

Howard spent parts of his playing career with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, as well as LeBron James, and his relationships with both were seen as a natural fit for the franchise. But instead, Howard elected to remain at Michigan where he will coach both of his sons, Jace and Jett, next season.

Michigan’s Juwan Howard Declined ‘Overture’ For Lakers Coaching Vacancy, per Report

May 22, 2022

Intense Drama Defines Final Day As Manchester City Wins Another Premier League Title

This was the ninth time a Premier League title race had gone down to the final day of the season, and the ninth time the team that started on top had won. But if that makes Manchester City’s eighth league title sound straightforward, it was not. This was a final day of shredded nerves and high anxiety, even if there was never actually a point when Liverpool was top in the as-it-stands table. In the end, three City goals in five second-half minutes transformed everything.

The drama began at Anfield after two minutes as Pedro Neto capitalized on an Ibrahima Konaté error to give Wolves the lead. It felt then as though this could be an anticlimactic afternoon. But Liverpool soon equalized through Sadio Mané and then came the goal that electrified Anfield—Matty Cash heading Aston Villa ahead at the Etihad. Could it be that, as Aston Villa manager, Steven Gerrard might at last win Liverpool the league title that had always eluded him as a player?

When another ex-Liverpool star, Philippe Coutinho, added a second after 69 minutes, that possibility suddenly seemed very real. Liverpool, it seemed, had 21 minutes to score. It was not, in truth, playing well. Anxiety had gripped its performance from the start. With Virgil van Dijk injured—although on the bench, suggesting he may be available for next week’s Champions League final—the back line looked shaky, never quite sure when to push up. But worse was the passing. There was a frantic quality to Liverpool’s play, exacerbated by the loss of Thiago Alcântara to injury on the stroke of halftime. Shots were blocked and through-balls misplaced.

Intense Drama Defines Final Day As Manchester City Wins Another Premier League Title

May 21, 2022

Wimbledon left pointless as tour chiefs fight back over Russia, Belarus ban

Wimbledon, widely regarded as the world's most prestigious tennis tournament, was stripped of ranking points on Friday by the sport's main tours in a move which threatens to reduce the Grand Slam to the status of a high-profile exhibition event.

The decision by the ATP and WTA was in response to Wimbledon banning Russian and Belarusian players following the invasion of Ukraine.

"It is with great regret and reluctance that we see no option but to remove ATP Ranking points from Wimbledon for 2022," said an ATP statement.

"Our rules and agreements exist in order to protect the rights of players as a whole. Unilateral decisions of this nature, if unaddressed, set a damaging precedent for the rest of the Tour.

"Discrimination by individual tournaments is simply not viable."

When world number one Novak Djokovic won Wimbledon in 2021, he earned 2,000 points.

Wimbledon chiefs at the All England Club branded the move by the ATP and WTA as "disproportionate".

The WTA, which operates the women's tour, joined their male colleagues in withholding points for the tournament which starts on June 27.

Wimbledon's ban has ruled out a swathe of top players, including men's world number two Daniil Medvedev and last year's women's semi-finalist Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus as well as two-time major winner Victoria Azarenka.

- Further talks? -

The ATP, however, hinted at a resolution to the impasse.

Wimbledon left pointless as tour chiefs fight back over Russia, Belarus ban

May 21, 2022

Report: NFL owners are “counting votes” toward a possible ouster of Daniel Snyder

There’s plenty of smoke surrounding Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder. Even in the absence of the confirmed existence of an actual fire, the smoke is getting the attention of his partners.

As reported by Jarrett Bell of USA Today, one NFL owner said that the group is “counting votes” as to Snyder.

It would take 24 votes to get rid of him. Of course, that would be just the beginning, not the end. Snyder would surely fight hard to not be forced to sell his business. Although the various members of Club Oligarch accept the rules of life in the league, the antitrust violation that would come from 24 or more business owners forcing another business owner to sell his or her business is hiding in plain sight.

Still, the rest of the owners are moving toward their breaking point with Snyder.

This isn’t new. We’ve reported on multiple occasions that Snyder is on thin ice. During Super Bowl week, we confirmed past reporting from 106.7 The Fan in D.C. that, if the league had asked attorney Beth Wilkinson for a written recommendation at the conclusion of her 10-month investigation into chronic workplace misconduct in Washington, she would have recommended that Snyder be forced to sell.

The league retained Mary Jo White, not Wilkinson, to investigate more recent claims of misconduct made against Snyder by former Washington employee Tiffani Johnston. We reported on the day of Super Bowl LVI that, “As one ownership-level source recently put it, the Johnston allegations could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for the league, prompting Snyder’s partners to take steps to push him out.”

That was before the allegations of financial improprieties. Those allegations included a claim from a long-time employee that money was being kept from Snyder’s partners.

Report: NFL owners are “counting votes” toward a possible ouster of Daniel Snyder

May 21, 2022

ESPN anchor Sage Steele hospitalized, recovering after hit with golf ball at PGAs

Sage Steele reportedly walked off under her own power after an errant tee shot hit her face at more than 180 mph

ESPN broadcaster Sage Steele was hospitalized with apparent facial injuries Thursday after a wayward golf ball struck her in the face during the PGA Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Walking away from the impact under her own power, Steele is reportedly recovering at home in Connecticut and will not feature in ESPN’s tournament coverage for the remainder of the weekend, sources at the network told the New York Post.

The ball was teed by Jon Rahm.

ESPN anchor Sage Steele hospitalized, recovering after hit with golf ball at PGAs

May 21, 2022

Deion Sanders warns Nick Saban about $1M NIL accusation: 'I'm not the one you want to play with'

Deion Sanders has a warning for Nick Saban and anyone else after the Alabama football coach accused Sanders of paying a player a million dollars to attend Jackson State.

Sanders said in an interview with Andscape that coaches wouldn't want him sharing what he knows about which college coaches are paying players.

“I don’t even wear a watch and I know what time it is. They forget I know who’s been bringing the bag and dropping it off,” Sanders said. “I know this stuff. I’m not the one you want to play with when it comes to all of this stuff.”

Saban said that he reached out to Sanders during a radio interview on Sirius XM Thursday, but that Sanders didn't respond.

“I haven’t talked to Coach Saban," Sanders said. "I’m sure he’s tried to call. We need to talk publicly — not privately. What you said was public. That doesn’t require a conversation. Let’s talk publicly and let everybody hear the conversation.”

Sanders said he still admires and respects Saban, but that Saban stepped out of bounds with his comments, which also targeted Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher. The SEC issued a public reprimand to Saban and Fisher for their comments Thursday.

Sanders denied that Travis Hunter, the nation's top college football prospect in the class of 2022, has a million-dollar NIL deal.

“I don’t make a million. Travis ain’t built like that. Travis ain’t chasing a dollar. Travis is chasing greatness. Travis and his family don’t get down like that,” Sanders said. “They never came to us in search of the bag. They’re not built like that. This kid wants to be great.

Deion Sanders warns Nick Saban about $1M NIL accusation: 'I'm not the one you want to play with'

May 21, 2022

Phoenix Mercury's Diana Taurasi lambasts WNBA travel conditions: 'We're just women'

Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi lambasted travel conditions in the WNBA after her team's 94-84 loss to the Dallas Wings on Thursday night in Phoenix, calling out the "big pockets" that can change the situation.

Mercury starting guard Skylar Diggins-Smith missed the game with a non-COVID-19 illness.

"We have players out, staff, trainers, coaches, you know, it's the situation that we are in," Taurasi said in a video captured by 12 Sports' Cameron Cox. "We find ourselves always in these conditions that are tough. We are in these airports that obviously in the summer are crowded, people go on vacation. …We go to Vegas tomorrow, there are thousands of people in the casino. You just have to be as safe as possible with the conditions the way they are."

The Mercury fell to 2-3 with the loss after losing in Las Vegas to the Aces on Tuesday night, 86-74.

They return to Las Vegas to face the Aces again on Saturday.

Taurasi continued: "It's unfortunate that we have to travel this way because it really does take a toll on you physically, and now your health is at risk for you and your family. It's a shame that we are still talking about this 25 years later when there's big pockets out there that could change this thing, but you know, we're just women."

Diggins-Smith is one of the best on-ball defenders on the team and is the team’s facilitator, but her status for Saturday’s game at Las Vegas is still up in the air.

Taurasi took over the reins as the facilitator in the loss to the Wings and put on her best performance of the young season with 31 points and five 3-pointers.

Phoenix Mercury's Diana Taurasi lambasts WNBA travel conditions: 'We're just women'

May 20, 2022

Nick Saban apologizes for singling out Texas A&M, others in controversial NIL comments

After Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher went scorched earth on Alabama’s Nick Saban on Thursday morning, Saban attempted to clear the air with an apology of sorts.

Saban appeared on SiriusXM Radio on Thursday afternoon and said he “never should have singled anybody out” when making comments about the current name, image and likeness environment in college football on Wednesday night.

“I should have never really singled anybody out. That was a mistake and I really apologize for that part of it,” Saban said.

During a lengthy answer during an event with local business leaders in Birmingham, Alabama, on Wednesday night, Saban specifically called out Texas A&M and made reference to their top-rated recruiting class in the class of 2022.

Nick Saban apologizes for singling out Texas A&M, others in controversial NIL comments

May 20, 2022

SEC Reportedly Shuts Down Coach Media Availability In Wake of Saban-Fisher Blowup

The feud that began on Thursday between Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher has taken over the internet. Fans want to hear what other college football coaches have to say about the situation, but it sounds like SEC coaches may not have the chance to do that.

Following Saban’s comments about Texas A&M on Wednesday night, in which he said that Fisher and his staff “buy players” through NIL deals, Fisher responded by calling Saban “despicable” and a “narcissist.”

The SEC ended up reprimanding the two coaches on Thursday afternoon, stating that they both violated SEC bylaws related to ethical conduct.

Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin, who tweeted out a picture of popcorn regarding the feud, was asked to speak on The Dan Patrick Show about the situation, but apparently isn’t allowed to speak to media anymore after SEC commissioner Greg Sankey reportedly told the coaches not to, according to the show’s producer Paul Pabst. This hasn’t been confirmed by the SEC.

SEC Reportedly Shuts Down Coach Media Availability In Wake of Saban-Fisher Blowup

May 20, 2022

ATP, WTA, ITF won't award ranking points for Wimbledon over Russia ban

The women's and men's professional tennis tours will not award ranking points for Wimbledon this year because of the All England Club's ban on players from Russia and Belarus over the invasion of Ukraine.

The WTA and ATP announced their unprecedented decisions Friday, two days before the start of the French Open and a little more than a month before play begins at Wimbledon on June 27.

It is a significant rebuke of the sport's oldest Grand Slam and, in a technical sense, renders the tournament an exhibition without any ranking points at stake.

The All England Club said in April that it would not allow Russians or Belarusians to compete at the Grand Slam grass-court tournament. The decision drew immediate criticism from the WTA and ATP, along with some prominent players, such as defending champion Novak Djokovic.

ATP, WTA, ITF won't award ranking points for Wimbledon over Russia ban

May 20, 2022

Dallas Stars' Rick Bowness stepping down after three seasons as head coach

Rick Bowness is stepping aside as Dallas Stars head coach after three seasons, the team announced on Friday.

Bowness, 67, had his two-year contract expire after the Stars were eliminated by the Calgary Flames in seven games in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Assistant coaches Derek Laxdal, John Stevens and Todd Nelson will also not return to the Stars next season.

"After careful consideration with my wife Judy, we feel it's best to step away and allow the organization the opportunity to pursue a different direction at the head coaching position," Bowness said in a statement. "I'd like to thank all the passionate fans and the dedicated staff for their support and hard work in my time here. It has been an honor for me, and my family, to represent the Stars and the city of Dallas."

Dallas Stars' Rick Bowness stepping down after three seasons as head coach

May 20, 2022

NFL wants another meeting with Browns QB Deshaun Watson amid investigation, per report

Developments tied to Deshaun Watson's legal woes continued to surface Friday.

NFL officials want to meet with Watson again after interviewing him this week in Houston, according to a report from Cleveland TV station Fox 8, and several of the Browns quarterback's accusers participated in an interview that is scheduled to air Tuesday night on HBO.

Watson met with the league this week in Houston as it investigates whether he violated its personal conduct policy.

On Friday, Fox 8 reported Rusty Hardin, Watson's attorney, said the league wants to meet with Watson again. Hardin did not immediately respond to the Beacon Journal's request for comment, and NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, "We will decline comment as the review is active and ongoing."

NFL wants another meeting with Browns QB Deshaun Watson amid investigation, per report

May 19, 2022

FIFA Picks First Female Officials for Men’s World Cup

The Qatar World Cup was always going to be full of firsts: the first time it will be played in the Middle East; the first time it will be played in November and December. Now, it may also be the first men’s World Cup tournament in which a game is refereed by a woman.

FIFA on Thursday named three women among the 36 referees chosen to officiate at the event and three more in the group of assistants that will run the line at the monthlong tournament. The most likely candidate among the three to get a starring role is Stéphanie Frappart of France, who has broken a number of barriers in European soccer.

Frappart, who made the list alongside female referees from Rwanda and Japan, has a stellar reputation in European soccer as the first woman to referee men in the Champions League, France’s top division and World Cup qualification games. This month, she refereed the final of the men’s French Cup.

Frappart was also chosen to join the officiating teams at last summer’s European Championship, but her role was limited to that of fourth official, a function on the sideline between the benches of the opposing teams.

FIFA Picks First Female Officials for Men’s World Cup

May 19, 2022

Alabama football coach Nick Saban says Texas A&M 'bought every player,' questions whether current NIL model is sustainable

Alabama coach Nick Saban singled out Texas A&M for "buying" its top-ranked signing class and threw a spotlight on the unintended effect of name, image and likeness rights on recruiting during an event with local business leaders Wednesday night in Birmingham.

"I mean, we were second in recruiting last year," Saban told the audience. "A&M was first. A&M bought every player on their team -- made a deal for name, image, likeness. We didn't buy one player, all right? But I don't know if we're gonna be able to sustain that in the future because more and more people are doing it. It's tough."

Saban said Alabama players made $3 million "doing it the right way" last year and that only 25 players were able to leverage NIL opportunities.

He isn't the first coach to call out the Aggies by name. In February, Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin quipped, "Texas A&M was going to incur a luxury tax in how much they paid for their signing class."

That prompted a stern response from Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher, a former Saban assistant, during his signing day news conference the following day when he said that coaches spreading rumors about deals promised to recruits were "clown acts" and "irresponsible as hell."

Alabama football coach Nick Saban says Texas A&M 'bought every player,' questions whether current NIL model is sustainable

May 19, 2022

Deion Sanders Rips Nick Saban Over Pay-for-Play Accusations

Nick Saban had a lot to say about teams potentially abusing the new Name, Image, and Likeness rules on Wednesday. First, he attacked Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M, saying they “bought every player.”

But Fisher wasn’t the only coach Saban went after. He also criticized Deion Sanders and Jackson State, saying they openly paid a player to attend their school without any consequences.

“Jackson State paid a guy a million dollars last year that was a really good Division I player to come to school. It was in the paper. They bragged about it. Nobody did anything about it," Saban said, via Khari Thompson of the Mississippi Clarion Ledger.

Saban did not specify which player he was referring to, but it is most likely Travis Hunter, the top recruit in the country who was originally committed to Florida State before flipping to Jackson State in December.

Sanders didn’t react too kindly too kindly to these accusations, and in response he tweeted his anger late Wednesday night.

“You best believe I will address that LIE Coach SABAN told tomorrow,” he said. “We as a PEOPLE don’t have to pay our PEOPLE to play with our PEOPLE.”

Deion Sanders Rips Nick Saban Over Pay-for-Play Accusations

May 19, 2022

High School Student Breaks 57-Year-Old Record With Sub-Four-Minute Mile

A Pennsylvania teenager broke a track and field record that stood for almost 60 years. Gary Martin, a senior at Archbishop Wood High School ran a mile in under four minutes without a pacer, becoming the first high schooler to do so since Jim Ryun in 1965.

Martin pulled it off at the Pennsylvania Catholic League Championship, crossing the finish line at an official 3:57:98. Martin said seeing everyone at the meet to cheer him on and see him break the record was a great moment.

“To have everyone going crazy over what I had just done was really cool. To my teammates coming up and hugging me, my coach hugging me, and other kids from other schools coming up and patting me on the back. It was cool,” Martin said, via CBS News.

A few high schoolers have run a sub-four-minute mile since Ryun in 1965, but all of those records came with a little bit of help. Three other high schoolers broke four minutes in a high school-only race, but they all used pacers to help hold their speed. Martin is the only runner to naturally break four minutes without one.

High School Student Breaks 57-Year-Old Record With Sub-Four-Minute Mile