Sports in brief: Baseball is not progressing |

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Another day passed in talks to salvage Opening Day when locked-out baseball players offered what they saw as a small step forward in talks to endless work and management called it the third consecutive step backwards.

Management again proposed that a federal mediator enter negotiations, but the union immediately rejected the idea, leaving Major League Baseball on course to lose regular season games due to a labor dispute for the first time since 1995.

Less than a week remains before the parties reach what management says is a Monday deadline for an agreement that would allow the season to start as planned on March 31.


Women soccer players in the United States have reached a landmark agreement with the sport’s governing body to end a six-year legal battle over equal pay, a deal in which they are promised $24 million plus bonuses that match those of men.

The U.S. Soccer Federation and the women’s announced a deal on Tuesday that sees the players split $22 million, about a third of what they had sought in damages. The USSF also agreed to create a $2 million fund to benefit female players in their post-football careers and charitable efforts to grow the sport for women.

The USSF is committed to providing an equal rate of pay for women’s and men’s national teams – including World Cup bonuses – subject to collective agreements with unions that represent women and men separately.

MILAN (AP) — Roma coach Jose Mourinho has been banned for two games as punishment for his outburst in the latest setback when his side drew 2-2 with Verona in the Italian league.

Mourinho, who received a red card, stepped onto the pitch in Saturday’s game to argue with the referee and then kicked the ball into the crowd.

The Portuguese coach acted in a “threatening” manner, Serie A said in their disciplinary announcement on Tuesday. The league also fined him 20,000 euros ($22,700).


Phil Mickelson apologized on Tuesday for his comments about the Saudis and a super league plan, damaging remarks which he said were confidential and should not be shared publicly.

“It was reckless, I offended people and I’m deeply sorry for my choice of words,” he said.

Along with Mickelson’s statement, KPMG became the first of its sponsors to announce the immediate end of their partnership, a decision KPMG said was mutual.

Mickelson said of his comments to author and golf writer Alan Shipnuck: “I am beyond disappointed and will do my best to reflect and learn from this.”

Shipnuck, who has previously written for Sports Illustrated, tweeted on Tuesday that Mickelson’s claims that he spoke off the record were “completely untrue.”


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers says he’s still considering whether he wants to return to the Green Bay Packers next season.

“There will be no news today,” the four-time MVP quarterback said on “The Pat McAfee Show” on YouTube and SiriusXM on Tuesday. “No decision on my future.”

Rodgers said after the season that he would try to make a decision on his 2022 plans at relatively short notice rather than drag out the process.

When Rodgers sent out an Instagram post late Monday night thanking his current and former teammates and coaches, among others, it raised speculation that an announcement about his future could be forthcoming. Rodgers said Tuesday he just wanted to show his gratitude to the people who have helped him over the past year.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell has received a two-year contract extension through 2028 and a raise to $5 million a year after leading the Bearcats to the college football playoffs.

The university’s board of trustees on Tuesday approved the contract extension, also increasing the payroll for football staff to $5.2 million a year.

Signed by Cincinnati in 2017, he has led the Bearcats to the American Athletic Conference title each of the past two seasons and to 13 wins last season.

Cincinnati was the first Five Five team to qualify for the CFP in 2021 before losing to Alabama in the Cotton Bowl. The Bearcats have finished in the AP Top 25 four straight years, including No. 4 in the last poll last season.


LONDON (AP) — Tyson Fury’s world heavyweight title defense against Dillian Whyte will take place on April 23, the WBC champion said on Tuesday while announcing a social media blackout until the all-British fight was over.

Details of the bout have not been announced by either boxer’s promoter. The fight is expected to take place in Britain.

However, Fury took to Twitter to reveal the date of the fight, hours after saying Whyte had signed a contract.

“I’m going to go to training camp to give Dillian Whyte all the respect he needs,” Fury said. “I will never underestimate anyone in my life and I will give this man all the respect he deserves.”

Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) hasn’t fought since his spectacular 11th-round knockout of Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas in October, which capped off their entertaining trilogy.


LONDON (AP) — The British champion horse racing jockey was banned for 14 months on Tuesday due to various offenses, including two positive blood alcohol tests at racetracks.

Oisin Murphy faced an independent judicial panel on five counts – two relating to failing breath alcohol tests and separate counts of misleading the British Horseracing Authority on his fairways and venues, entering a racetrack in violation of COVID-19 restrictions and conduct detrimental to the good name of the sport.

Murphy did not contest any of the charges and received three 11-month suspensions – to run concurrently – as well as two bans, totaling 100 days, for the positive blood alcohol tests.


Former Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor in a case stemming from an altercation with his teenage daughter, officials said.

Hamilton, 40, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Fort Worth, Texas, to unlawful restraint as part of a plea deal that dismisses a 2020 felony indictment of injuring a child, the office of the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney in social media posts.

State District Judge Mike Thomas sentenced Hamilton to one year of deferred probation, fined him $500 and ordered him to pay court costs, do community service and take parenting and anger management classes. Thomas ordered her to abstain from alcohol, submit to random urine drug tests, and have no contact with the girl he held. If he meets the requirements for probation, the charge will be dismissed.

MIAMI (AP) — Former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores believes running played a role in the team’s decision to fire him in January.

Speaking on the “I Am Athlete” podcast co-hosted by former NFL wide receivers Chad Johnson and Brandon Marshall, and Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Flores alleged that he was given duties that, according to him, would not have been necessary. of a white head coach. Flores went 25-24 in three seasons with Miami before being fired Jan. 10.

Flores, who was hired over the weekend to be a senior defensive assistant for the Pittsburgh Steelers, filed a class action lawsuit against the NFL alleging racist hiring practices. Flores has no intention of dropping the lawsuit even though he has returned to coaching in the league.

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