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NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings
FILE PHOTO: Aug 27, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster (56) looks on following the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

May 20, 2019

Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster was carted off the field Monday with an apparently leg injury.

Foster was emotionally distraught as he was assisted to the cart and into the locker room with an air cast on his left knee.

Not long after the first on-field workout of the Redskins’ offseason program began Monday, Foster crumpled to the ground on the third play and immediately was tended to by defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and team president Bruce Allen. Allen was observing the workout from nearby.

The Redskins claimed Foster off of waivers when the San Francisco 49ers parted with the troubled linebacker last season. The 49ers let Foster go in the wake of a domestic violence accusation stemming from an alleged incident during a team road trip to Tampa, Fla.

Foster, 25, was a first-round pick out of Alabama in 2017. He has played in 16 of a possible 32 games in his career.

–Field Level Media

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NCAA Football: Orange Bowl-Michigan vs Florida State
FILE PHOTO: Dec 30, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Deondre Francois (12) looks to throw the ball in the second quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

May 20, 2019

Quarterback Deondre Francois, dismissed by Florida State in February, was invited to walk on at Florida Atlantic.

Francois told 247 Sports he was excited to have the opportunity to play football following a string of incidents with his former girlfriend.

“Just the situations that have happened with me off the field, I feel like I could have avoided those situations being around the right people and having the right people around me. I feel FAU has the right supporting cast,” Francois said, per 247 Sports. “When I went down for a visit, it was very family oriented and something new for me.”

Francois played 25 games for Florida State, during which time he was alleged to have made threats to his girlfriend in a video posted to Instagram. That incident came one month after Francois was cleared of an alleged battery of his girlfriend, who was nine weeks pregnant.

FAU starter Chris Robison is returning but was suspended during the spring while under investigation for sexual battery. No charges were filed.

–Field Level Media

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MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox
FILE PHOTO: Apr 27, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price (10) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

May 20, 2019

The Boston Red Sox activated left-hander David Price from the 10-day injured list, and he’s scheduled to start Monday afternoon against the Blue Jays in Toronto.

It will be his first start since May 2. Following that appearance, he was shelved with tendinitis in his pitching elbow. On the season, he is 1-2 with a 3.75 ERA in six starts.

The 33-year-old Price is in his 12th major league season.

In other moves, the Red Sox reinstated catcher Sandy Leon from paternity leave and optioned catcher Oscar Hernandez and right-hander Josh Smith to Triple-A Pawtucket.

–Field Level Media

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NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat
Nov 18, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka (right) speaks with Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson (left) before a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports – 11695627

May 20, 2019

On the day the Los Angeles Lakers are scheduled to introduce their new head coach, a member of the old guard added a fresh dash of drama.

Former team president Magic Johnson, whose jersey hangs from the Staples Centers rafters, said Monday it was general manager Rob Pelinka’s backstabbing ways that led to his resignation in April.

“Things got going in the right direction. Then I started hearing, ‘Magic, you’re not working hard enough. Magic’s not in the office,’” Johnson told ESPN in an interview on “‘First Take” on Monday. “So people around the Lakers’ office was telling me Rob — Rob Pelinka — was saying things and I didn’t like this being said behind my back. That I wasn’t in the office enough and on and on.

“So I started getting calls from my friends outside of basketball, saying those things now were said to them. … Not just in the Lakers’ office any more. Outside of basketball, in the media and so on. People have to remember something. Being in this business 40 years, I have allies, I’ve got friends everywhere.

“Then, I had to monitor the brothers — Joey and Jesse, the Buss Brothers — wanted more involvement, more power. I said I didn’t mind doing that. They’re good guys. Also I sat them down and said I’m going to help you guys mature and get better. They felt they should have been in powerful positions, whether that’s general manager or president.”

Joey and Jesse Buss are the youngest children of late owner Jerry Buss, who died in 2013.

Johnson said the straw that broke the camel’s back was a debate over coach Luke Walton’s status.

“I wanted to fire Luke Walton,” Johnson said, adding that ownership granted approval to fire Walton, then backpedaled. “Luke’s a great guy. I said we need to get a better coach. Now I’ve got (team vice president) Tim (Harris) involved. I don’t have the power that I thought I had to make the decisions. I told them, ‘When it’s not fun for me, when I don’t have the decision-making power that I thought I had, I’ve got to step aside.’”

Johnson abruptly resigned on April 9, minutes before the team’s regular-season finale, saying he hadn’t told anyone — including controlling owner and team president Jeanie Buss, with whom he’s close — about his decision in advance.

“When we sat down and negotiated, I said, ‘I can’t give up all my businesses. Is that OK?’” Johnson said. “I said, I’m going to be in and out. Is that OK? I said, do I have the power to make decisions? She said yes.”

Walton ultimately was fired and quickly hired as head coach of the Sacramento Kings.

Frank Vogel was named head coach of the Lakers last week, and he will sit alongside Pelinka at his introduction Monday afternoon.

Pelinka claimed Johnson’s role and now reports directly to Jeanie Buss after previously reporting to Johnson. Buss considered various options, including filling Johnson’s job, but decided to rely on Pelinka. Kurt Rambis remains as a special adviser.

Johnson’s decision stunned star forward LeBron James, along with the rest of the team.

Jeanie Buss issued a statement at the time saying the team would “work in a measured and methodical fashion to make the right moves for the future of our organization.”

Pelinka, 49, was an agent for many years — representing Kobe Bryant, among others — before the Lakers hired him in February 2017. He and Johnson replaced former GM Mitch Kupchak. His contract has three years remaining.

–Field Level Media

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NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Denver Broncos
FILE PHOTO: Aug 11, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Chad Kelly (6) looks to pass the ball in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

May 20, 2019

Quarterback Chad Kelly will get another chance in the NFL.

Kelly, 25, signed with the Indianapolis Colts on Monday. He last played for the Denver Broncos and was released in October 2018 on the heels of an arrest for criminal trespass.

Englewood (Colo.) Police Department said a man had entered a residence on South Lincoln Street shortly after 1 a.m. An occupant at the residence chased the man out, and a search ensued. Kelly had been attending a Halloween party at teammate Von Miller’s house prior to the late-night incident.

At the time, he was the Broncos’ No. 2 quarterback behind Case Keenum.

Kelly has no guarantee to be more than a training camp arm. The Colts are locked into their top two quarterbacks, Andrew Luck and Jacoby Brissett, and Phillip Walker is currently listed behind them on the depth chart.

Myriad off-field issues caused Kelly to be drafted much later than his talent might have suggested. The final pick in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Kelly ran into disciplinary issues at Clemson. He was dismissed from Clemson in April 2014 for conduct detrimental to the program.

In December 2014, he was arrested following an altercation outside a bar in Buffalo, N.Y., and avoided criminal charges after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct and being ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.

He finished his college career at Mississippi.

–Field Level Media

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NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder at Minnesota Timberwolves
FILE PHOTO: Apr 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves head interim coach Ryan Saunders looks on during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY

May 20, 2019

Ryan Saunders is set to become head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, removing the interim tag that will make the 33-year-old the NBA’s youngest bench boss.

Saunders took over on Jan. 6 after owner Glen Taylor fired Tom Thibodeau.

President of basketball operations Gersson Rosas replaced Thibodeau in his front office job — Thibodeau was team president in addition to coaching duties — but Taylor said there was no mandate to retain Saunders.

Taylor said the union between Saunders, son of late coach and executive Flip Saunders, and the Wolves would move forward in some capacity. There was some sentiment Saunders would be on the bench even if another head coach was hired.

But with the endorsement of young stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, Rosas stuck with Ryan Saunders following a series of interviews last week.

The Wolves missed the playoffs and had a 17-25 record under Saunders last season.

–Field Level Media

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FILE PHOTO: WTA Premier Mandatory - Madrid Open
FILE PHOTO: Tennis – WTA Premier Mandatory – Madrid Open – The Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 11, 2019 Romania’s Simona Halep in action during the final against Netherlands’ Kiki Bertens REUTERS/Sergio Perez/File Photo

May 20, 2019

(Reuters) – French Open champion Simona Halep has said won’t be burdened by expectations that she can repeat last year’s triumph and would rather focus on enjoying the Grand Slam which starts on Sunday.

The 27-year-old Romanian enters Roland Garros as favorite for the title given the contrasting form of some of the top names, including Japan’s world number one Naomi Osaka, but her own claycourt preparation has not been spectacular either.

World number three Halep could have knocked Osaka off top spot by winning the Madrid Open earlier this month but lost in straight sets to Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens in the final.

A few days later, she fell at her first hurdle in the Italian Open, losing to Marketa Vondrousova — Halep’s second defeat by the 19-year-old Czech this year after a three-set loss at Indian Wells.

However, the Romanian said she did not feel any extra pressure to retain her title at Roland Garros.

“I have no expectations because it’s the first time when I have to defend a trophy at a Grand Slam,” she told Romania’s Digi Sport TV station. “(I just want to) be relaxed, enjoy the tournament and try to win some matches. Nothing more!”

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Halep has been backed by former French Open champions Mats Wilander and Justine Henin to join an elite group of players in retaining her crown, with three-times men’s champion Wilander saying Halep versus Serena Williams would be “a dream final”.

Williams, 37, is battling to be fit for Roland Garros having pulled out of the Italian Open last Tuesday due to a persistent knee injury..

Only five women have successfully defended their titles at the French Open – Margaret Court, Chris Evert, Monica Seles, Steffi Graf and Henin.

Last year Halep finally made it over the line in Paris with a three-set victory over American Sloane Stephens in the final for her maiden Grand Slam title.

The Romanian has special memories of Roland Garros, which is where she won the junior title in 2008 and reached her first major final against Maria Sharapova in 2014.

Halep received medical treatment in the closing stages of the Vondrousova defeat but has shrugged off concerns about her own fitness by declaring herself ready to compete in Paris.

The Romanian even saw some advantages from her early exit in the Italian capital.

“It’s also a good thing if you look at the positive side, I needed a few days of relaxation,” Halep said. “I rest and hope to have the batteries loaded for Roland Garros.”

(Writing by Angel Krasimirov; editing by Ken Ferris)

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IAAF President Lamine Diack speaks during the opening ceremony of the 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing
FILE PHOTO: IAAF President Lamine Diack speaks during the opening ceremony of the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China August 22, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

May 20, 2019

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s financial prosecutor has recommended that Lamine Diack, the former president of world athletics ruling body the IAAF, and his son Papa Massata Diack stand trial for alleged corruption and money-laundering, sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Monday.

The French probe began in November, 2015 with Senegalese Lamine Diack being put under formal investigation on suspicion of receiving bribes to cover up doping violations by Russian athletes. He has denied the allegations.

The financial prosecutor said that Papa Massata Diack has also been under investigation over corruption allegations. He has denied wrongdoing.

The investigative judge has three months to decide on the financial prosecutor’s recommendation that Diack and his son stand trial.

(Reporting by Emmanuel Jarry; Writing by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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ATP 1000 - Italian Open
FILE PHOTO: Tennis – ATP 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 19, 2019 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during the final against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Matteo Ciambelli

May 20, 2019

(Reuters) – The ATP Cup’s provisional standings were launched on Monday as countries vie to be among the 24 teams set to take part in the inaugural tournament in Australia next January.

The provisional standings take into account the ATP ranking position of a country’s top-ranked singles player, with Serbia and Spain occupying the top two spots thanks to world number one Novak Djokovic and number two Rafa Nadal respectively.

“The ATP Cup standings are already beginning to take shape and the players are excited to see this come to life,” ATP’s chief player officer Ross Hutchins said in a statement.

“It’s going to be intriguing to see the countries battle in the coming months to earn their berths.”

The rankings will be updated every Monday when new ATP rankings are released and will continue until the event’s two entry deadlines.

The first 18 teams and their players must confirm their participation by Sept. 13, while the remaining six teams have until Nov. 13.

Host nation Australia will be awarded a wild card entry if they do not qualify by the first deadline, leaving only five remaining spots before the second deadline.

Britain have a protected ranking of three as they wait on Andy Murray’s potential return from hip surgery while Roger Federer’s Switzerland are ranked fourth.

Murray will be eligible to enter the ATP Cup ahead of the entry deadlines if his protected ranking is still valid at the time of the event.

The 24 teams will be divided into six groups of four and two groups each will play in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane, with the knockout stages in Sydney featuring six group winners and the two best second-placed teams.

The ATP Cup, which will have two best-of-three sets singles matches and one doubles match, has 750 singles ranking points, 250 doubles ranking points and $15 million in prize money up for grabs.

The ATP Cup is also considered a rival team event to the revamped 18-nation Davis Cup competition, billed as a soccer-style World Cup of tennis, starting in Madrid in November.

ATP Cup standings

1 Serbia

2 Spain

3 Britain

4 Switzerland

5 Austria

6 Germany

7 Japan

8 South Africa

9 Argentina

10 United States

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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W Series - Zolder
FILE PHOTO: Motorsport – W Series – Zolder – Zolder, Belgium – May 18, 2019 Britain’s Jamie Chadwick during the press conference after coming second in the race REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

May 20, 2019

LONDON (Reuters) – Jamie Chadwick, leader of the women’s W Series, celebrated her 21st birthday on Monday with a new role as development driver for the Williams Formula One team.

Williams, the only Formula One team currently run by a woman, said in a statement that the Briton would be ‘fully immersed’ into the team with a busy simulator program.

She will also attend three European races, starting at the British Grand Prix in July.

Chadwick won the inaugural W Series race at Germany’s Hockenheim circuit this month and finished second in Zolder, Belgium, at the weekend. She started both rounds on pole position.

Canadian Nicholas Latifi is the official reserve driver for the former champions, who are struggling in last place in the standings.

“Promoting women in motorsport is extremely important and having a female role model as part of our Driver Academy will hopefully inspire young girls to take up racing at a young age,” said deputy principal and acting team boss Clare Williams.

“We hope to show that motorsport is inclusive and exciting, be that as a driver or on the engineering side.”

Chadwick last year became the first woman to win a British Formula Three race and in February won India’s MRF Winter Series. In 2015 she was the first woman to win a British GT championship.

A spokesman for the six-round W Series, which uses identical Formula Three cars and aims to help women up the motorsport ladder with Formula One the ultimate goal, congratulated her.

“It’s always been part of (W Series) strategy that our successful drivers would be able to leverage their successes with us to further their careers in a way they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do,” he said. “It’s happening.”

No woman has started a Formula One race since 1976, but Williams employed Susie Wolff as a development and test driver from 2012 to 2015, with the Scot taking part in some Friday practice sessions at grands prix.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Nick Mulvenney)

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