AP Sports Summary Brief at 1:49 p.m. EDT | Sports

Inflation, gas prices looming over the sporting goods store, concessions

CHICAGO (AP) — Persistently high inflation and gas prices loom over the sport and the cash pipeline, which resumed as fans returned to games amid the pandemic. The most recent summary of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index showed an 8.2% year-over-year increase in costs in September. Increases in housing, food and medical indices were the largest contributors to the rise in costs. Given the industry’s reliance on disposable income, the CPI numbers are a worrying sign for sports business executives.

The FBI is investigating a former CIA officer’s spying for World Cup host Qatar

A former CIA officer who spied on Qatar’s rivals to help the tiny Arab country at this year’s World Cup is now under investigation by the FBI, and newly obtained documents show he offered spy services that went beyond football to try to influence US politics. That’s according to an Associated Press investigation into the work of Kevin Chalker and his firm, Global Risk Advisors, for Qatar. Two people familiar with the FBI investigation say it focuses on whether Chalker broke laws related to foreign lobbying, surveillance and the export of sensitive technology. Chalker’s attorney says the company has never been involved in any illegal activity.

Belichick says Jones Pats’ starter stays on QB vs. Jets

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Patriots coach Bill Belichick says Mac Jones will remain the starting quarterback when they visit the New York Jets. Belichick said Jones, who was off the injury report after three straight weeks with a sprained ankle, had a full workload during New England’s run on Wednesday and is expected to be unrestricted in Sunday’s game. Jones is looking to recover from a tough outing in last week’s 33-14 loss to Chicago. Jones started the game but lasted only three series and threw an interception before being drawn in favor of Bailey Zappe.

Broncos GM expresses confidence in embattled coach QB

Broncos general manager George Paton gave a vote of confidence to embattled head coach Nathaniel Hackett and expressed confidence that struggling quarterback Russell Wilson will turn his fortune around. Paton said he appreciates how Hackett kept the team from breaking up after a 2-5 start and amid a four-game losing streak. The Broncos were there in every game thanks to their outstanding defense. But their fighting offense averages just 14 points per game. The Broncos face another struggling 2-5 team on Sunday when they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Dan Snyder has still not interviewed for the NFL investigation

Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder has still not been interviewed for the NFL’s investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against him. Former US Attorney Mary Jo White was hired to conduct the investigation in February, and the NFL has promised to issue a written report of the findings. The league has said there is no timeline for White to complete the investigation. White also led the league’s investigation into Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross earlier this year. White’s current reviews follow the league’s first independent investigation by law firm Beth Wilkinson, hired in 2020, which found Washington’s work culture to be toxic.

Analysis: Lakers need to seek help

The season is not even two weeks old. Only 5% of the games were played. To draw any conclusions at this point would be ridiculous. Except maybe this one: The Los Angeles Lakers are in trouble. The Lakers go into Friday’s game in Minnesota with a 4-0 record. They’re bottom of the Western Conference, and if Orlando wasn’t 0-5, the Lakers would have the worst record in the NBA. They are 78-87 since winning the 2020 NBA title. LeBron James is winless for the second time in his career after four games, the other being his rookie season. You need help, and you need it fast.

No US-born black players in expected World Series rosters

When the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros meet this week, no US-born black players are expected to be on the World Series rosters. Since Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947, there has only been one World Series without at least one black player. It happened in 1950 when the New York Yankees were playing the Phillies. Just over 7% of the players on the opening-day rosters this season were black. The Astros and Phillies will announce their 26-man rosters a few hours before Game 1 on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

Rivera would keep Boone, says earlier comments out of context

Mariano Rivera says he would keep Aaron Boone as manager of the New York Yankees and comments he made earlier this week have been taken out of context. The Hall of Fame reliever told The Associated Press that he spoke broadly about teams and managers while answering questions during a video conference call with Panamanian businesspeople on Tuesday. Rivera says people “took it out of context.”

Stearns, the Brewers’ president of baseball operations, is stepping down

MILWAUKEE (AP) — David Stearns is stepping down as president of baseball operations for the Milwaukee Brewers. Matt Arnold will take on the primary role of overseeing the team’s baseball activities. The team said Stearns will continue to provide advice to owner Mark Attanasio. The Brewers announced the move on Thursday. Arnold has served as the Brewers’ senior vice president and general manager since 2020. Stearns oversaw the Brewers’ baseball operations during an ongoing winning streak. The Brewers’ franchise record streak of four straight playoff appearances ended this season.

What to see: Big Ten East is set to become a 2-team race again

No. 2 Ohio State and No. 4 Michigan could and should create some separation at the top of the Big Ten East. The Buckeyes may almost end No. 13 Penn State’s hopes of reaching the conference championship game with a win at Happy Valley. The Wolverines will maintain their collision course with Ohio State if they can overcome recent history and beat Michigan State in Ann Arbor. Ohio State-Penn State is one of three top 25 encounters. Others include No. 9 Oklahoma State in No. 22 Kansas State and No. 19 Kentucky in No. 3 Tennessee.

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