Latinos love football, but numbers lag at NFL, college level
NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Football’s popularity among Latinos will be on display Monday night when the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers play in Mexico City. A sellout of more than 100,000 fans is expected. The game comes about 17 years after the Cardinals and 49ers played in the same stadium in 2005. It was the first NFL regular-season game played outside the U.S. The game has grown in popularity among Latinos over the past two decades. But that hasn’t necessarily translated to more Latinos at football’s highest levels.
McIlroy says Norman needs to ‘exit stage left’ from LIV Golf
Rory McIlroy says golf cannot begin to come together as long as Greg Norman is running Saudi-funded LIV Golf. McIlroy says no one is going to talk unless there’s an adult in the room and that Norman needs to go. McIlroy is in Dubai for the DP World Tour Championship that ends the European tour season. McIlroy says it will be difficult to get anywhere until lawsuits in the U.S. and the U.K. are sorted out. He also takes issue with Norman saying Tiger Woods should be thankful for LIV forcing the tour to provide more money to plays.
Unvaccinated Djokovic set for visa to play Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic is set to be granted a visa to play in the Australian Open in January despite his high-profile deportation from Australia this year because he isn’t vaccinated against COVID-19. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. says it has confirmed newspaper reports that the immigration minister is putting aside Djokovic’s potential three-year exclusion period from Australia. Djokovic is a 35-year-old from Serbia who had faced that lengthy ban because he is a foreign citizen whose visa was revoked. The Australian Border Force previously said an exclusion period could be waived under certain circumstances. Immigration Minister Andrew Giles has declined to comment on privacy grounds.
Rams’ Kupp to IR after ankle surgery; OL Jackson, Brewer out
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp will have surgery on his sprained right ankle. That will sideline the Super Bowl MVP for at least the next four weeks while on injured reserve. Coach Sean McVay says left tackle Alaric Jackson will miss the rest of the season because of blood clots while right guard Chandler Brewer will be out four to six weeks after knee surgery. Kupp was the AP’s Offensive Player of the Year last season after winning the triple crown of receiving. He sprained his ankle in the Rams’ loss to Arizona. Kupp is currently second in the NFL with 75 catches.
AP source: Rizzo, Yankees agree to $40M, 2-year contract
NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that first baseman Anthony Rizzo is staying with the New York Yankees, agreeing to a $40 million, two-year contract. Rizzo gets $17 million in each of the next two seasons, and the deal includes a $20 million team option for 2025 with a $6 million buyout. Rizzo had opted out of his previous contract with New York, giving up a $16 million salary for 2023. Since joining the Yankees at the 2021 trade deadline, Rizzo had provided needed left-handed power for New York.
Joc Pederson, Martín Pérez accept $19.65M qualifying offers
NEW YORK (AP) — Outfielder Joc Pederson and left-hander Martín Pérez were the only players to accept $19.65 million qualifying offers from their former teams and end their free agency. Pederson decided to stay with the San Francisco Giants and Pérez with the Texas Rangers. Aaron Judge, Jacob deGrom and Xander Bogaerts were among those who declined the offers, joined by Dansby Swanson, Trea Turner, Willson Contreras and Carlos Rodón along with Chris Bassitt, Brandon Nimmo, Nathan Eovaldi and Tyler Anderson.
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.
At G-20, FIFA head calls for World Cup ceasefire in Ukraine
GENEVA (AP) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino has urged world leaders to call for a ceasefire in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine during the World Cup that starts later this week. It came after he asked World Cup teams this month to avoid political and human rights issues swirling around host nation Qatar and focus just on soccer. Infantino seemed to stray from his own advice on a trip Tuesday from the Arabian Gulf to Indonesia for the Group of 20 meeting. Infantino ueged world leader to “think on a temporary ceasefire, for one month, for the duration of the FIFA World Cup.”
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.
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.