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Russian court rejects Griner’s appeal against her 9-year prison sentence

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court has dismissed an appeal by US basketball star Brittney Griner to her nine-year sentence for drug possession, a move that could bring her closer to a possible high-level prisoner swap between Moscow and Washington. The all-star center featuring WNBA and two-time Olympic gold medalist Phoenix Mercury was fined August 4 after police said she found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage at a Moscow airport. Reflecting pressure on the US government to do more to bring Griner home, the US Secretary of State announced in July that Washington had made a proposal to bring Griner along with Paul Whelan, an American who is a 16-year-old -year sentence for espionage in Russia, to bring home.

Under Dan Snyder, Washington fell from the NFL elite to a follower

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Few NFL teams have managed to lose as much as Washington since Daniel Snyder was part of a group that bought the franchise in 1999 for a then-record $800 million. The club has won a total of two playoff games in the 23 seasons completed since this transaction — and none since 2005. Only two of the NFL’s 32 clubs have a smaller streak of postseason wins in that span: Detroit and Cleveland. Washington’s .424 win ratio since the start of the 1999 season is better than just four clubs: Cleveland, Detroit, Jacksonville and Las Vegas.

The Chiefs’ Clark has suspended two games over gun arrests in 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Frank Clark, the defensive end of the Kansas City Chiefs, was suspended by the NFL for two games on Tuesday after filing a two-game no-contest allegation of possession of an assault weapon in Los Angeles last month would have. The league announced the suspension as the Chiefs headed into their bye week. He will miss games against the Titans and Jaguars and will be back with the team on November 14th in time for this week’s game against the Chargers. The three-time Pro Bowl pass rusher was sentenced to a year of probation and 40 hours of community service after being arrested in March 2021 when an officer noticed a gun in a car Clark was driving and found two loaded firearms.

Skip Schumaker becomes manager of the Miami Marlins

MIAMI (AP) – Skip Schumaker has been hired as the manager of the Miami Marlins. Schumaker joins the Marlins from the St. Louis Cardinals, where he was previously a coach on the bench. Schumaker, 42, played 11 seasons in the majors, mostly with the Cardinals, and is now getting his first managerial opportunity with Miami. Former manager Don Mattingly’s contract expired at the end of the season, and he and the Marlins’ front office agreed he would not return. General manager Kim Ng says Schumaker has “excelled both as a player and as a coach”.

Murphy leads undermanned Pelicans past Mavericks, 113-111

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Trey Murphy III scored 22 points and the shorthanded New Orleans Pelicans defeated Luka Doncic’s last productive performance to beat the Dallas Mavericks 113-111. The Pelicans missed three starters due to injury. Brandon Ingram was out with a concussion and Zion Williamson had a contused hip while Herb Jones had a hyperextended knee. Available Pelicans responded with an all-hands-on-deck bet, with eight players scoring double digits. CJ McCollum had 14 points and 11 assists. Devonte Graham added 14 points. Doncic had 37 goals with 11 rebounds and seven assists, but his 3-point attempt on the final horn bounced off the front edge.

QB Jones returns but questions grow for Pats after loss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Mac Jones is back for the New England Patriots. But his return hasn’t changed their insecurity at quarterback. He was pulled from the Patriots’ 33-14 loss to the Chicago Bears in favor of Bailey Zappe after just three series, and coach Bill Belichick was noncommittal about the direction he will move in. What is certain is that New England, now 3-4 and bottom of the AFC East, also has problems that go beyond this position. In addition to things that need cleaning up defensively, the Patriots could be without center David Andrews after he left the game with a head injury.

Qatar’s Emir slams criticism ahead of FIFA World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) – The ruling Emir of Qatar has slammed criticism of his country for hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, calling it an “unprecedented campaign” targeting the first Arab nation to host the tournament . Since winning the rights to host the World Cup over a decade ago, Qatar has come under scrutiny and criticism for its treatment of migrant workers and the gay community, among other things. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani delivered his speech on Tuesday. Qatar has repeatedly denied the complaints, insisting it has improved protections for migrant workers and saying the criticism is out of date.

Harper gets the World Series moment while Trout continues to wait

Bryce Harper and Mike Trout both came into the big leagues in the early 2010s and have gone from teenage sensations to adult superstars. Now, Harper had his big postseason moment when he hit a two-run homer in Game 5 of the NLCS on Sunday to send the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009. Meanwhile, Trout continues to wait. Harper’s recent success illustrates how little team success and postseason baseball Trout has seen. Trout and the Los Angeles Angels have only reached the postseason once in their 12-year career, back in 2014.

NFL’s Donald and NBA’s Brown are going out of business with Yes’s agency

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown have severed their ties with Donda Sports, the brand management agency of the artist formerly known as Kanye West. Donald and Brown were the two most prominent active athletes to sign marketing deals with Donda Sports earlier this year. Both emphatically dropped the agency, which owns Ye, as the music mogul is now known, amid mounting international condemnation of his latest round of offensive and anti-Semitic remarks. German sporting goods giant Adidas also ended its extraordinarily lucrative partnership with Ye.

Fading Fullbacks: One NFL stack, position continues to drop

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The position of fullback in the NFL has been fading for years, but only in the last decade has it approached the brink of total extinction. Teams have embraced more diverse rosters, instead opting to have an extra tight end or wide receiver better able to help special teams. Only two fullbacks have been selected in the last four NFL drafts, and fewer than half of the teams in the league even have one on their roster. However, coaches like the 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan still believe in the position, while Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy believes there could be a comeback one day.

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