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USA Gymnastics and USOPC reach $ 380 million settlement with victims

NO DATE (AP) – USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee have reached a $ 380 million deal with hundreds of victims of sexual abuse.

The settlement conditionally approved by the Federal Bankruptcy Court also includes non-monetary provisions intended to advance the victim stakeholders of USA Gymnastics. The vast majority of the more than 500 victims voted in favor of the settlement.

Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to detail sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar, said the lawsuit was not about money but the hope of bringing about changes within the organization.


Ramsey des Rams and Higbee placed on COVID-19 list, off against Cards

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – The Arizona Cardinals have been chasing their first playoff spot since 2015, when they host division rival the Los Angeles Rams. But, the Rams won’t have defensive back Jalen Ramsey or tight end Tyler Higbee on the pitch for tonight’s game against the Arizona Cardinals after both players were put on the reserve list. COVID-19.

It’s a blow to the Rams, who are trying to tighten the NFC West race against the division rivals Cardinals, who lead the NFL with a 10-2 record. Ramsey leads Los Angeles with three interceptions and also has 59 tackles. Higbee has 44 passes for 395 yards and three touchdowns.


Former NFL player Bellamy sentenced to 3 years for COVID rescue fraud

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Former NFL player Josh Bellamy has been sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison for fraudulently obtaining more than $ 1.2 million in COVID-19 relief funds.

Court records show Bellamy was convicted in federal court in Tampa on Friday. He pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to commit electronic fraud. The wide receiver recently played for the New York Jets, who released him in September 2020, just days before his arrest.

According to court records, Bellamy obtained a $ 1.2 million Paycheck Protection Program loan using forged documents and false information. Bellamy admitted to using the money for jewelry and a stay at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Elsewhere around the NFL:

–The Miami Dolphins now have four players on the NFL’s COVID-19 reserve roster after adding safety Jevon Holland and running back Phillip Lindsay there today. The moves come after running backs Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed were added to the roster last week. The addition of Lindsay meant all three running backs in the Dolphins’ 53-player roster were on the roster, which obviously isn’t a big development before a week of practice for Sunday’s game against the Jets. New York.

– The Miami Dolphins now have four players on the NFL’s COVID-19 reserve list after adding safety Jevon Holland and running back Phillip Lindsay there on Monday. The moves come after running backs Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed were added to the roster last week. Lindsay’s addition meant all three running backs in the Dolphins’ 53-man roster were on the roster, which obviously isn’t a big development before a week of practice for Sunday’s game against the Jets. New York.

–The Indianapolis Colts returned from their weekend off Monday in a drastically different position from when they left town. Instead of being outside of the playoff image, they’re in the middle of it. Now the real playoff push begins. Indianapolis returns to action on Saturday night against an old nemesis, New England. If the Colts continue to win, they will control their own playoff history over the last four games of the regular season.


Bulls’ next two games postponed

CHICAGO (AP) – The NBA has postponed the Chicago Bulls’ next two games, with 10 of the team’s players in league health and safety protocols.

The Bulls were scheduled to host the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday and visit the Toronto Raptors on Thursday. No makeup date has been announced. The Bulls’ next game is now scheduled for Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers at home.

The team have confirmed that alternate striker Alize Johnson has become the 10th player to enter Protocols, joining a roster that includes Zach LaVine and DeMar Derozan. That left the Bulls with eight players available, the league minimum to field a team.


NHL postpones 3 Flames games due to COVID-19 outbreak

NEW YORK (AP) – The NHL has postponed the Calgary Flames’ next three games after six players and a staff member entered the league’s COVID-19 protocol over a 24-hour period.

The Flames announced on Monday that forwards Elias Lindholm, Andrew Mangiapane, Brad Richardson and Adam Ruzicka and defensemen Chris Tanev and Nikita Zadorov are in protocol. Postponed games include Monday night’s game in Chicago, Tuesday’s game in Nashville and Thursday’s home game against Toronto.

Calgary is the third NHL team this season to see games postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Last month, the Ottawa Senators postponed three games and the New York Islanders postponed two games.


Baylor now in the lead after Purdue loss

NO DATE (AP) – Baylor took advantage of Purdue’s last-second loss to Rutgers to become the fourth team different at No.1 in the past four weeks in AP 25.

The Bears won all the votes of the 61-member national media panel on Monday to reach first place in the poll for the first time since the end of a four-week race on February 17, 2020.

The Bears were followed by former No.1s Duke and Purdue as well as UCLA and Gonzaga.

Xavier, Colorado State and Texas Tech joined the poll while Florida, BYU and Wisconsin dropped out.


AP All-America team: Young and Tide in the lead with 3 1st teammates

NO DATE (AP) – Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young and his Alabama teammates Will Anderson Jr. and Jameson Williams have been named All-Americans by The Associated Press. This gives the top ranked Crimson Tide more players on the first team than at any other school. The AP All-America team was selected by a panel of the top 25 voters in college football polls.

The Tide will bring five All-American winners into their playoff game against No.4 Cincinnati on New Years Eve. Cincinnati is represented in the first team by cornerback Ahmad Gardner. Michigan, number 2, placed two players in the first team, including Aidan Hutchinson, runner-up from Heisman.


Raducanu positive for COVID; The champion of the US Open outside the exhibition

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – US Open champion Emma Raducanu has tested positive for COVID-19 and has withdrawn from an exhibition tennis event in the United Arab Emirates.

The organizers of the Mubadala tennis world championship announced Raducanu’s withdrawal on Monday. They said the British teenager is isolating and following protocols. Raducanu was to play Belinda Bencic in Abu Dhabi.

Raducanu won the US Open in September to become the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam singles title. She was only ranked 150th at the time and won 10 straight matches in straight sets. She was recently voted WTA Newcomer of the Year.


Nevada boxing panel keeps watch over charity events

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Nevada boxing regulators have voted to fill a legal loophole by giving themselves authority over charitable unarmed combat events like the one that led to the death last month of a student competitor from the ‘UNLV after a fundraiser for Fraternal Boxing.

The rule will be called “Nathan’s Law” in honor of Nathan Valencia. This is the 20-year-old who died of head injuries four days after his school-sanctioned Kappa Sigma fraternity-sponsored fight on November 19.

The rule aims to control competitions involving students and organized by schools, universities and associated organizations. Las Vegas police have said no criminal charges will be laid for Valencia’s death.

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