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.
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.
Seattle’s Rodríguez, Atlanta’s Harris voted top rookies
NEW YORK (AP) — Seattle’s Julio Rodríguez and Atlanta’s Michael Harris II, a pair of 21-year-old center fielders, are baseball’s Rookies of the Year. Rodriguez hit .284 with 28 homers, 75 RBIs and 25 stolen bases in helping the Mariners reach the postseason for the first time since 2001. He won the AL honor by receiving 29 of 30 first-place votes and one second for 148 points from a BBWAA panel. Harris batted .297 with 19 homers, 64 RBIs and 20 steals. He was voted the NL award, getting 22 firsts and eight seconds for 134 points from a different BBWAA panel.
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.
Ex-MLB player Yasiel Puig to plead guilty in gambling case
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say former Major League Baseball outfielder Yasiel Puig will plead guilty to lying to federal agents investigating an illegal sports gambling operation. The U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday that Puig acknowledged in unsealed court documents that he denied betting on the operation when in fact he made hundreds of bets in 2019. Puig played six seasons with the Dodgers, where he earned an All-Star selection in 2014. He played for the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians in 2019 before becoming a free agent and last year signed a million-dollar contract with a South Korean team.
No. 1 Georgia eyes perfect season with tightly bonded team
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia added another title to its growing collection, yet didn’t see a whole lot of reason to celebrate. The Bulldogs, you see, are chasing a much loftier goal. Perfection. No. 1 Georgia locked up another trip to the Southeastern Conference championship game as the Eastern Division winner. But everyone quickly moved on. The Bulldogs have much bigger goals, including their first SEC title since 2017, a return to the College Football Playoff, and a second straight national title. And let’s not forget one other goal that would really make this team stand out: a perfect season.