Coach: Slain Virginia football players ‘were all good kids’
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Three University of Virginia football players killed in an on-campus shooting are being remembered by head football coach Tony Elliott as “incredible young men with huge aspirations and extremely bright futures.” Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr., and D’Sean Perry were returning from a class trip Sunday night when authorities say they were killed by a fellow student. The young men were athletes who’d been journeying through varying periods of transition in their college football careers. One was bouncing back from a season-ending injury. Another had changed positions on the team. And yet another had recently transferred in from the University of Wisconsin.
Djokovic set to be granted visa to play Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic is set to be granted a visa to play in next year’s Australian Open despite his high-profile deportation in January. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. says it has confirmed newspaper reports that the immigration minister has overturned Djokovic’s potential three-year exclusion period from Australia. The Australian Border Force has previously said an exclusion period could be waived under certain circumstances. Immigration Minister Andrew Giles has declined comment on privacy grounds. That means any announcement on Djokovic’s visa status for Australia would have to come from the 35-year-old Serbian tennis star.
World Cup prize money disparity is an obstacle to Equal Pay
World Cup prize money continues to be a sticking point for equality in soccer despite the historic equal pay agreement between U.S. Soccer and its men’s and women’s teams. The U.S. national teams earlier this year decided to split prize money. That means that the haul from playing in the sport’s most prestigious tournaments will be distributed equally between players for both teams. It was a landmark agreement and hailed as an important step for equality even beyond sports. But other nations haven’t followed suit.
Ronaldo ‘thrilled’ with Portugal’s new generation of players
Cristiano Ronaldo knows a thing or two about World Cups. He has played in four of them and is about to make it to a record-tying fifth this month in Qatar. Ronaldo also knows when he sees something promising and he believes this time there is reason to feel optimistic about the chances of a talented Portugal squad that mixes the right amount of experience and youth as it tries to win its first World Cup title. Ronaldo tells The Associated Press “I hope we can show the world what this Portugal team is capable of at the very highest level of the world game.”
Commanders end sloppy Eagles’ perfect season 32-21
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Eagles’ bid for an undefeated season is over. The Washington Commanders turned methodical drives into scores and took advantage of turnover-prone Philadelphia to stun the Eagles 32-21 on Monday night and send them to their first loss in nine games this season. Behind Jalen Hurts, the Eagles were 8-0 for the first time in franchise history and the last team in the NFL that could make a run at Miami’s 17-0 mark in 1972 and the lone perfect season. The 2007 New England Patriots came close, going 18-0 before a Super Bowl loss. The Commanders also spoiled Pittsburgh’s 11-0 start in 2020. Hurts threw for just 174 yards.
NFL road trip: Beyond Germany, league eyes Spain, France
MUNICH (AP) — The NFL wants to keep its European tour going now that Germany has joined Britain in hosting games. Spain and France are atop the league’s wish list as it continues to look internationally for revenue growth. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Seattle Seahawks 21-16 on Sunday at Allianz Arena — a first for Germany as part of a four-year deal that the league hopes will extend long-term. London has hosted regular-season games since 2007. Beyond Germany, which could also get additional games soon, the NFL’s analysis of fan growth and commercial potential puts Spain and France on the league’s radar to host future games. League officials say nothing is imminent, but in the next six to 12 months they’ll be accessing stadiums.
Column: LPGA quietly setting a standard for women’s sports
All anyone seems to talk about is money in this disruptive year of golf. The LPGA Tour shouldn’t be left out of the conversation. Only this is cause for celebration, not division. The LPGA Tour is the largest and most successful women’s sports league. Its 73rd season ends this week with the largest payout in women’s golf history. The winner of the CME Group Tour Championship gets $2 million. Already six players are assured of surpassing $2 million for the year, twice as many as the record. A 2023 schedule still to be released pushes prize money over $100 million.
Analysis: No shock in East as Celtics, Bucks vie for lead
The top of the Eastern Conference looks about as expected. The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks are currently neck and neck for the lead. But those fast starts have been anything but routine. The Celtics suspended coach Ime Udoka before the season even started for violating team rules by having a relationship with a female staffer within the organization. Under interim choice Joe Mazzulla, they’re now on a seven-game winning streak and have the best record in the NBA. The Bucks won their first nine games, but recently they’ve had to deal Giannis Antetokounmpo’s occasional absences. They’ve won two of three when he’s been out.
Scheyer hopes No. 7 Duke’s defense ready for No. 6 Kansas
Seventh-ranked Duke plays its first game against a marquee opponent under new coach Jon Scheyer this week against No. 6 Kansas. That game comes at the Champions Classic in Indianapolis. That’s one of seven games on the schedule this week pairing ranked teams from the first regular-season AP Top 25 poll. The schedule includes No. 2 Gonzaga playing No. 11 Texas followed by No. 4 Kentucky. It also includes an early season tournament in Las Vegas featuring four ranked teams. Top-ranked North Carolina will play two home games against unranked teams before a long stretch away from Chapel Hill.
Analysis: Jeff Saturday hire ripples across stunned NFL
Jeff Saturday’s hiring by the Indianapolis Colts shook up the NFL and its fraternity of coaches. Saturday replaced Frank Reich despite a lack of college or pro coaching experience much to the chagrin of many former players and coaches including Bill Cowher and Joe Thomas. They took to the airwaves to blast Jim Irsay’s hire of his former star center despite the weakest of resumes. But Saturday won his coaching debut against the Raiders and now it’s Las Vegas coach Josh McDaniels and Broncos coach Nathanial Hackett who are facing questions about their job security after awful starts in 2022.