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DC Commanders Sued For Cheating Fans Out Of Ticket Money

The Washington Commanders were again sued by the District of Columbia. DC Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced the filing of a lawsuit in civil court against the NFL team for defrauding fans who were season ticket holders. It’s the second civil lawsuit filed by Racine’s office in the past week, after initially accusing the commanders, owner Dan Snyder, Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league of conspiring to tell fans about an investigation into the team’s work culture to deceive. The latest lawsuit follows the senior Republican on the House Oversight Committee, who says his investigation will end early next year.

Griner has started serving a sentence in a Russian penal colony

WASHINGTON (AP) — WNBA star Brittney Griner has begun serving her nine-year sentence for drug possession in a Russian penal colony. This emerges from statements by their lawyers and agents on Thursday. Her lawyers said they visited her last week at a penal colony in Mordovia, some 350 kilometers east of Moscow. They say, “Brittney is doing as well as could be expected and is trying to stay strong as she adjusts to a new environment.” The Biden administration has been trying for months to secure the release of Griner and another in Russia imprisoned Americans, Michigan Chief Security Officer Paul Whelan.

Manfred is sure that querying Mets-Yanks collusion won’t find any problem

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed Thursday that Major League Baseball is investigating potentially improper communications between the New York Mets and the Yankees regarding star free agent Aaron Judge. He says he’s confident the investigation won’t find any problems. The Athletic first reported that MLB is investigating teams after a story on SNY.com reported that a “mutually respectful relationship” between Mets owner Steve Cohen and Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner would prevent a “high-profile bidding war” for Judge. The judge is expected to be named AL MVP by Thursday night and could have $300 million in free funds.

culture clash? Conservative Qatar prepares for the World Cup party

A recent outburst of local anger at scenes of foreign artists and models reveling in Qatar underscored the tensions rending the conservative Muslim emirate. The hereditary sheikdom restricts alcohol, bans drugs and stifles freedom of expression, but is nonetheless preparing to welcome some of the world’s loudest spectators to the Middle East’s inaugural World Cup. Human rights groups have raised concerns about how Qatari police will deal with violations by foreign fans of the country’s Islamic legal system, which criminalizes public drunkenness, extramarital sex and homosexuality. Meanwhile, Qatar faces internal pressures to stay true to its Islamic heritage and Bedouin roots.

Women break through as World Cup play-by-play votes

The World Cup will sound different this year. Jacqui Oatley becomes the first female play-by-play commentator for US World Cup television broadcasts. She will lead one of Fox’s five broadcast teams for the tournament in Qatar, which opens on Sunday. Pien Meulensteen, Vicki Sparks and Robyn Cowen are among the broadcasters of games on the BBC in the UK. Meulensteen said: “A lot of people are going to be negative about women and female commentators and that’s because that’s just how they think. They are not open to hearing otherwise.”

Senegalese striker Mané is out of the World Cup with a leg injury

DOHA, Qatar (AP) – The Senegalese Football Association says forward Sadio Mané will miss the World Cup with a leg injury. Mané was injured on November 8 during a Bundesliga match between Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen. Most of the Senegalese team came to Qatar for the World Cup on Sunday. The team’s first game in Qatar takes place against the Netherlands on Monday. Team doctor Manuel Afonso says the latest MRI “shows us that progress has not been as favorable as we had hoped.” He adds that Mané may need surgery.

Rodgers, NFL players urge league not to have turf, but to play with grass

Aaron Rodgers and his peers in the NFL are urging teams to rip up their turf playing surfaces and replace them with grass. The outpouring comes a week after NFL Players Association President JC Tretter urged six game venues to change their field types immediately, saying the artificial turf in those stadiums is leading to higher injury rates. Players are concerned about non-contact and lower extremity injuries. The NFL said its data shows injury rates are similar on grass and artificial turf. Rodgers says owners “could put your money where your mouth is if player safety is important”.

Column: Why the CFP Extension Can’t Work Around the Rose Bowl

The Rose Bowl is seeking reassurances amid discussions about expanding the college football playoffs from four teams to 12. Located in suburban Los Angeles, the Bowl dates back to 1902. It aims to hold its game on the afternoon of New Year’s Day every year. There are no guarantees. AP college football writer Ralph Russo has a solution. He says the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl in New Orleans should be permanent semifinals, also played on New Year’s Day. He says it retains a certain tradition through all the changes.

Sports construction is rolling through the economic uncertainty

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Long after the galloping horses are gone, the Chicago Bears are seeing opportunity at the closed 326 acres of Arlington International Racecourse. The Buffalo Bills are also making plans for a new home. Ditto for baseball’s Tennessee Titans and baseball’s Kansas City Royals, and on and on and on. In building for sport, today’s economic uncertainty is nothing compared to tomorrow’s prospects. Interest rates, inflation and supply chain issues all play a part in the plans, according to construction and financing experts, but they haven’t stood in the way.

WM draws attention to equality, including when it comes to clothing

Official looking flyers have been circulating on social media detailing the cultural expectations for fans attending the World Cup in Qatar. Some include rules about women’s dress, such as covering shoulders and knees. It is wrong. The local organizing committee suggests fans “respect the culture” but no one is expected to be arrested or banned from matches for their choice of clothing in Qatar. Persistent rumors swirling about appropriate dress at football’s biggest tournament have also drawn attention to the country’s equality record.

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