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House review of commanders ‘finished’ when Republicans take over

The congressional investigation into Washington’s NFL commanders will end when Republicans take over early next year. Republican Ranking Representative to the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform James Comer released a statement saying simply, “It’s over.” The statement came after the Associated Press predicted Republicans would win a majority in the House for the 118th Congress that begins meeting Jan. 3. Democrats led by New York Chair Carolyn Maloney have presided over the investigation into the organization’s workplace culture since last year. The team in a statement through counsel praised the decision to drop the case.

Senegalese striker Mané has been ruled out of the World Cup with a leg injury

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Senegalese football federation says forward Sadio Mané will miss the World Cup with a leg injury. Mané was injured in a German league match between Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen on 8 November. Most of the Senegalese squad arrived in Qatar for the World Cup on Sunday. The team’s first match in Qatar is against the Netherlands on Monday. Team doctor Manuel Afonso says the latest MRI “shows us that progress hasn’t been as good as we hoped.” He adds that Mané may need surgery.

Manfred is sure the Mets-Yanks collusion question will find no problem

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed Thursday that Major League Baseball is looking into potentially improper communications between the New York Mets and the Yankees regarding free agent Aaron Judge. He says he is confident the investigation will find no problems. The Athletic first reported that MLB was investigating the teams after a story on SNY.com reported that a “mutually respectful relationship” between Mets owner Steve Cohen and Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner would have prevented a ” high-profile bidding war” for Judge. Judge is expected to be named AL MVP Thursday night and could command over $300 million in free agency.

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

The World Cup will have a different sound this year. Jacqui Oatley will become the first female play-by-play commentator for US World Cup telecasts. She will head one of five Fox television teams for the tournament in Qatar which opens on Sunday. Pien Meulensteen, Vicki Sparks and Robyn Cowen are among the broadcasters of BBC matches in Great Britain. Meulensteen said: “A lot of people are going to have negative comments about women and women commenters and that’s because that’s just how they think. They are not open to hearing anything different.

Clash of cultures? Conservative Qatar prepares for World Cup celebrations

A recent outpouring of local anger over scenes of foreign artists and models frolicking in Qatar underscored the tensions tearing apart the conservative Muslim emirate. The hereditary sheikhdom restricts alcohol, bans drugs and suppresses free speech, but is still preparing to welcome some of the world’s loudest crowds to the first World Cup in the Middle East. Human rights groups have raised concerns about how Qatar’s police will handle violations by foreign supporters of the country’s Islamic legal system which criminalizes public drunkenness, sex outside marriage and homosexuality. Meanwhile, Qatar is under pressure from within to stay true to its Islamic heritage and Bedouin roots.

Rodgers, NFL players urge league to eliminate turf, go with grass

Aaron Rodgers and his NFL colleagues are calling for teams to tear up their grass playing surfaces and replace them with grass. The outburst comes a week after NFL Players Association president JC Tretter called on six venues to switch field types immediately, saying artificial turf in those stadiums was causing higher injury rates. Players are concerned about non-contact and lower extremity injuries. The NFL said its data shows injury rates are similar on turf and artificial turf. Rodgers says owners could “put your money where your mouth is if player safety matters.”

Column: Why CFP expansion can’t work around the Rose Bowl

The Rose Bowl is seeking reassurance amid discussions about expanding the College Football Playoff from four teams to 12. The bowl in suburban Los Angeles dates back to 1902. It wants to hold its game on New Year’s afternoon every year. There are no guarantees. AP College Football writer Ralph Russo has a solution. He says the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans should be permanent semifinals that also play on New Year’s. He says it would keep a certain tradition amidst all the changes.

Sports construction is going through economic uncertainty

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — With the galloping horses long gone, the Chicago Bears see 326 acres of opportunity at the closed Arlington International Racecourse. Even the Buffalo Bills are planning a new home. Same for baseball’s Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Royals, and so on. When it comes to sports construction, today’s economic uncertainty is nothing compared to tomorrow’s promise. Interest rates, inflation and supply chain issues are affecting the plans, according to construction and financing experts, but they haven’t been in the way.

Wimbledon relaxes the all-white rule for women

LONDON (AP) — Wimbledon is relaxing the requirement for all-white clothing to allow players to wear colored shorts to be more comfortable during menstruation. Wimbledon’s strict all-white dress policy for players is one of the best-known features of the grass-court Grand Slam tournament, but the All England Club said it had decided to update the rules after discussions “with the WTA, apparel manufacturers and medical teams on how to best support women and girls competing at championships.” The new rules state that women can now “wear solid-colored, medium/dark-colored shorts, provided they do not are longer than shorts or a skirt”.

The World Cup draws attention to equal rights, including clothing

Official-looking flyers have been circulating on social media describing the cultural expectations of fans attending the World Cup in Qatar. Some include rules for women’s clothing such as shoulders and knees must be covered. It’s false. The local organizing committee suggests fans “respect the culture” but no one will be arrested or barred from matches in Qatar over clothing choices. Persistent rumors swirling about appropriate attire at soccer’s biggest tournament have also drawn attention to the country’s record on equality.

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