Thursday Sports in Brief | review review

By The Associated Press

NFL

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL tells a judge there are multiple reasons why a lawsuit brought against it by three black coaches who allege racist hiring practices should fail.

In the letter released Thursday ahead of an initial hearing before a federal judge in Manhattan, the league said it would either ask that the claims of coach Brian Flores and two other coaches be forced into arbitration or dismissed without trial. because they lack legal basis. .

The letter was jointly prepared by attorneys for the coaches and the NFL to advise the judge of each side’s positions ahead of the May 2 hearing.

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Senior candidates will have more opportunities to be selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame over the next three years.

The hall’s board of directors on Thursday approved several changes to the bylaws governing the selection of Hall of Fame inductees. In the past, only one player who was no longer in the Modern Era category could be elected to the Sanctuary each year. But for the 2023-2025 promotions, a maximum of three per year may be chosen by the selection committee.

A large backlog of senior applicants – players whose careers ended more than 25 years ago – led to the review.

NBA

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton is expected to miss at least two weeks after injuring his left knee Wednesday night in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series with the Chicago Bulls.

The Bucks announced Thursday night that the three-time All-Star underwent an MRI earlier in the day and will deliver their next status update on him in “about two weeks.”

That probably knocks him out at least for the rest of the Bucks-Bulls series, which is tied 1-1. If the series lasts seven games, it will end on May 1.

MLB

NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave has been extended an additional week, through April 29, by Major League Baseball and the players’ association.

The decision on the extension was made on Thursday, a person familiar with the matter said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcements were allowed.

Bauer was placed on seven-day paid leave on July 2 under the joint MLB-union policy on domestic violence and sexual assault after a Southern California woman said that he had choked her unconscious, repeatedly punched her, and had anal sex with her without her consent. during two sexual encounters early last year.

NHL

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL returns to Europe this fall for its first games outside North America since the pandemic began.

The league announced Thursday that the San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators will play two games in Prague in October and the Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets will play two games in Tampere, Finland in November as part of of the 2022 World Series.

The Sharks and Predators will complete their respective training camps in Europe.

BOXING

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities were investigating Thursday after former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was videotaped punching another passenger on a plane at San Francisco International Airport.

The video shows Tyson leaning over the back of his seat repeatedly punching the unidentified man in the head, drawing blood. The footage was first shared by TMZ, which said it was recorded on a Jet Blue plane bound for Florida.

“Unfortunately, Mr. Tyson had an incident on a flight with an aggressive passenger who began harassing him and threw a bottle of water at him while he was in his seat,” representatives for Tyson said in a statement. email to the Associated Press.

CAR RACE

IMOLA, Italy (AP) — Carlos Sainz Jr. signed a new contract with Ferrari on Thursday through 2024, ahead of the Italian team’s home Formula One race this weekend.

Sainz joined Ferrari from McLaren in 2021 on a two-year contract.

Ferrari leads the constructors’ championship after two wins for Sainz’s teammate Charles Leclerc in the first three races. Sainz, who has never won an F1 race, finished second in Bahrain and third in Saudi Arabia, but the Spanish driver crashed out at the last grand prix in Australia.

FOOTBALL

WASHINGTON (AP) — FedEx Field in Landover, Md., dropped a bid Thursday to host 2026 World Cup games, and the Washington area merged its campaign with M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

The joint bid would have a fan festival on the District of Columbia’s National Mall.

FedEx Field, opened in 1997, was among the oldest facilities that originally bid in 2017. It hosted matches during the 1999 Women’s World Cup. DC’s RFK Stadium was the site of matches during the 1994 Men’s World Cup and is to be demolished.

Seventeen US stadiums in 16 regions remain in contention for the World Cup. Three cities in Canada and Mexico are candidates.

LONDON (AP) — The crowded field to buy Chelsea now includes 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams and seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton.

Long-time Arsenal fan Hamilton has seized the opportunity to invest in his London rival as three bidders attempt to buy the Premier League club from sanctioned Russian owner Roman Abramovich.

Williams and Hamilton are part of a consortium that is offering an investment from Josh Harris and David Blitzer, owners of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers who are expected to sell their stake in Premier League club Crystal Palace to buy Chelsea.

The reigning world and European champions could be sold for 3 billion pounds ($4 billion) – a record in global sport – given the interest in the west London club.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Haley and Hanna Cavinder are about to expose 4 million Miami women’s basketball fans.

The Cavinder sisters — identical twin 5-foot-6 guards who averaged a combined 34.2 points per game over their three seasons at Fresno State and built a huge social network post-pandemic — announced Thursday night that they were transferred to Miami for their senior seasons.

Their notable stats: 3,040 combined points in 89 games, 400,000 Instagram followers each, and 4 million more on their shared TikTok account which mostly features them dancing side by side.

Miami confirmed the move and announced that the sisters had officially signed with the Hurricanes.

LAW COURTS

DETROIT (AP) — Thirteen victims of Larry Nassar’s sexual assault are asking the FBI for $10 million each, claiming a botched investigation by agents led to more abuse by the sports doctor, the sports doctor said Thursday. lawyers.

It’s an effort to hold the government accountable for assaults that occurred after July 2015. The Justice Department’s inspector general found the FBI made fundamental errors when it learned of the allegations against Nassar that year. .

Nassar was a sports physician at Michigan State University as well as a physician at USA Gymnastics. He is serving decades in prison for assaulting female athletes, including Olympic medal-winning gymnasts.

OBITUARY

Daryle Lamonica, the deep-throwing quarterback who won the AFL Player of the Year award and led the Raiders to their first Super Bowl appearance, has died. He was 80 years old.

The Fresno County Sheriff said Lamonica died at her home in Fresno Thursday morning. Death is considered to be of natural cause.

In his six seasons as a starter for the Raiders, Lamonica was one of the game’s most prolific passers, leading pro football with 145 TD assists – 24 more than second place Fran Tarkenton. His 16,006 passing yards ranked third from 1967 to 1972.

Lamonica was an All-Pro again in 1969 when he led the AFL with 3,302 passing yards and 34 touchdowns. The 34 touchdowns still stand as the franchise’s single-season record more than half a century later.

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