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May 13, 2022
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  • Greg Norman, chief executive of the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series, received backlash for describing the 2018 killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul as a “mistake” during a promotional news conference, including from Khashoggi’s fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, who called the remark “so hurtful.” LIV Golf, which is scheduled to have its first tournament next month, later issued a statement that attempted to clarify Norman’s comments, saying the killing of Khashoggi “was reprehensible.” (ESPN)
  • The Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams will kick off the NFL season on Thursday night, Sept. 8, when they host the Buffalo Bills. The 2022 season will be busy around the holidays, with three games scheduled on Christmas Day and 14 games to be held on New Year’s Day, which will force some college football bowl games to adjust their schedules away from Jan. 1. (The Associated Press)
  • Rich Strike, the colt who shocked the horse racing world by winning the Kentucky Derby as a long shot, will not compete in the Preakness Stakes on May 21, ending the possibility for a Triple Crown champion this year. Rick Dawson, Rich Strike’s owner, said the team will turn the focus to preparing for the Belmont Stakes, scheduled for June 11. (Reuters)

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