Epic fail: Soccer refs banned after match-fixing goes wrong

by Associated Press on September 26, 2017 at 2:41 pm

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Four soccer referees in the southern African country of Malawi have been banned for life for match-fixing after they received just $20 between them to fix a game and returned $15 to the team doing the bribing because it still lost. Referee Aziz Nyirenda, assistant referees Limbani Chisambi and Stephano Gomani,… Continue Reading

Ex-enforcer Laraque embarrassed Pens going to White House

by Associated Press on September 26, 2017 at 2:32 pm

MONTREAL (AP) — Former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque says it is “an embarrassment” that the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins are willing to visit President Donald Trump at the White House. Laraque, who was a black player in a predominantly white league, told The Canadian Press that even though hockey is more conservative than other… Continue Reading

Disciplinary trial of cop in arrest of tennis pro concludes

by Associated Press on September 26, 2017 at 2:25 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The internal disciplinary trial of a New York City police officer who tackled retired pro tennis player James Blake has concluded, but the details of any punishment might never be known. City officials say that under state law, officer disciplinary records are secret. Officer James Frascatore (fras-kuh-TOHR’-ee) mistakenly arrested Blake outside… Continue Reading

AP Source: Cavs front-runners for Dwyane Wade

by Associated Press on September 26, 2017 at 1:35 pm

  BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says the Cleveland Cavaliers are the front-runner to sign 12-time NBA All-Star and three-time champion Dwyane Wade once he becomes a free agent later this week. Wade cannot clear waivers until 5 p.m. Wednesday, the time when his buyout by the Chicago… Continue Reading

Toro Rosso drops Kvyat, promotes Gasly for F1 Malaysian GP

by Associated Press on September 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm

SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Pierre Gasly will make his Formula One debut with Toro Rosso at the Malaysian Grand Prix this week after Daniil Kvyat was dropped. The 23-year-old Russian driver has four points from 14 races which led to Team principal Franz Tost says Kvyat’s poor performances led to them “standing him down for… Continue Reading

NFL, Facebook enter 2-year joint venture for video, content

by Associated Press on September 26, 2017 at 12:54 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL and Facebook have announced a two-year deal to deliver official NFL video and other content to fans. The league says in a statement Tuesday it will publish NFL Game Recaps and official highlights from all regular-season games starting this week, along with the playoffs and Super Bowl. NFL Media… Continue Reading

Chiefs put kicker Santos on IR, sign Butker from Panthers

by Associated Press on September 26, 2017 at 12:49 pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have placed kicker Cairo Santos on injured reserve and claimed rookie kicker Harrison Butker off the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad. The moves were made Tuesday. The Chiefs did not say whether Santos would be designated to return his season. He would need to remain on IR… Continue Reading

Police: LA Rams’ Ethan Westbrooks arrested with stolen gun

by Associated Press on September 26, 2017 at 12:42 pm

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Police say Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks was arrested after an officer saw a stolen gun in his car when he was pulled over for speeding. California Highway Patrol Sgt. Chris Carr said Tuesday that Westbrooks was arrested on suspicion of possessing a loaded firearm and other charges. He… Continue Reading

Russia lawmaker gives evidence in Olympic doping appeal case

by Associated Press on September 26, 2017 at 11:26 am

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A lawmaker in Russia’s state parliament has given evidence to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in his appeal against being stripped of one of his three Olympic wrestling titles for doping. The court says Artur Taymazov spoke by video conference in his appeal hearing Tuesday. A verdict is expected within… Continue Reading

The Latest: Adidas executive charged in NCAA bribe scheme

by Associated Press on September 26, 2017 at 11:14 am

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on fraud and corruption charges announced against people associated with college basketball (all times local): 11:10 a.m. The director of global sports marketing for Adidas is among those charged in a bribe-paying scheme that federal authorities say was designed to match agents and advisers to players before they became… Continue Reading