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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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Media
 

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Analis Bailey, USA Today

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Ryan Glasspiegel, New York Post

Asking reporters to name their biggest scoops is like asking a parent to pick a favorite child, but Shams Charania reckons the scoop of his that might have had the biggest “magnitude” was Rudy Gobert testing positive for COVID-19 in March of 2020.

 

Stanley Cup hot on cable, though lack of network games an issue

Sports Media Watch

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Spotify Elevates Bill Simmons While Gimlet Cofounder Departs

Ashley Carman, Bloomberg

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Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times

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NFL
 

Broncos receiver Jerry Jeudy arrested in Arapahoe County

Kieran Nicholson and Ryan O’Halloran, The Denver Post

Denver Broncos receiver Jerry Jeudy was arrested Thursday in Arapahoe County in connection with a domestic violence investigation.

 
NBA
 

NBA unveils new trophies, awards honoring Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Bob Cousy, Oscar Robertson

Kirk Goldsberry, ESPN

It’s no coincidence that in the same year the NBA is celebrating its 75th anniversary, the league is unveiling an ensemble of trophies and awards that will feature new designs and will honor iconic players such as Larry Bird, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Bob Cousy and Oscar Robertson.

 

Memphis Grizzlies’ Zach Kleiman named NBA executive of year

The Associated Press

Memphis Grizzlies general manager Zach Kleiman has been named the NBA basketball executive of the year, the youngest ever to win the award.

 
MLB
 

Guardians have no new COVID-19 cases, coach Willis to manage

Tom Withers, The Associated Press

The Cleveland Guardians reported no new COVID-19 cases Thursday, a day after an outbreak inside their clubhouse caused a postponement in Chicago and sent manager Terry Francona and five coaches home from a road trip.

 

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MLB Hitters Are Not Living Up to Their Expected Offensive Production

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NHL
 

Matthews, McDavid, Shesterkin named finalists for Hart Trophy

Sportsnet

Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews, Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid and New York Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin are the finalists for the 2022 Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player.

 

NHL closing in on seeing its first female coach

John Wawrow, The Associated Press

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College Sports
 

University of Memphis, city plan $150-$200 million renovation of Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium

Jason Munz, Memphis Commercial Appeal

The University of Memphis and the city announced a $150-$200 million renovation plan of Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium on Thursday. 

 

Judge dismisses Title IX claims against Nebraska

Paula Lavigne, ESPN

A federal judge in Nebraska dismissed the claims of four female students who had sued the University of Nebraska alleging that the school failed to adequately respond to their reports of being sexually assaulted and harassed by male athletes.

 
Soccer
 

Some Qatar hotels won’t accept same-sex couples despite FIFA promises-report

Reuters

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Ajax appoint Club Bruges manager Alfred Schreuder as Erik ten Hag replacement

Anthony Hay, The Athletic

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Racing
 

Sebastian Vettel says climate makes him question whether racing in F1 is right thing to do

Andrew Benson, BBC Sport

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IndyCar to put renewed focus on driving standards after Barber clash

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Golf and Tennis
 

Jim Nantz on Phil Mickelson: ‘He’ll be back’ but mum on whether it will be at PGA Championship

Adam Schupak, Golfweek

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Serena Williams Gets ‘Physical’ in Dua Lipa-Inspired Comeback Teaser

David Kane, Tennis.com

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Esports
 

Sports agency CAA Sports signs T1 and Faker

Tom Daniels, Esports Insider

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Team Vitality names Samsung as official TV partner

Ivan Šimić, Esports Insider

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General
 

U.S. announced as hosts of 2031 and 2033 Rugby World Cups

Tom Hamilton, ESPN

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