After an accusation of gang rape, the Bills let punter Matt Araiza go.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills cut rookie punter Matt Araiza on Saturday, two days after a lawsuit was filed alleging that he and two college teammates gang-raped a teenager last fall. The decision to give Matt Araiza the punting job had drawn a lot of criticism from the public and raised questions within the team.
Northwestern beats Nebraska 31–28 in the first game of the season in Dublin.
DUBLIN (AP) — In the first game of the season on Saturday in Ireland, Ryan Hilinski threw for 314 yards and two touchdowns to help Northwestern beat Nebraska 31-28. Northwestern gave Nebraska its seventh straight loss, dating back to last season, and put more pressure on the team’s troubled coach, Scott Frost. Frost took the blame for a failed onside kick in the third quarter that changed the game’s direction. The Wildcats finished with 528 yards and got some payback for losing to the Huskers 56-7 and looking bad last October. Since then, Nebraska hasn’t won.
Scheffler still has a one-shot lead, but the Tour Championship is running late.
ATLANTA (AP) — In the Tour Championship, Scottie Scheffler is one shot ahead of Xander Schauffele. Still to be seen is if it stays that way through all 54 holes. Twice during the third round, storms stopped play. Players had to go home early after the second delay. Scheffler and Schauffele are two of the 10 players who have to come back early on Sunday to finish. The worst of it happened to Justin Thomas. On the 18th, he rolled a long eagle putt until it was almost close enough to tap in. If you subtract that, he has a 63 and is four shots behind. But a horn went off to stop the game, and he has to come back around noon to finish.
Serena and Venus Williams get a wild card into the US Open doubles tournament
(AP) — NEW YORK Serena and Venus Williams have been given a wild card to play in the women’s doubles event at the U.S. Open. This is the first tournament they have done together as a team in more than four years. Serena said this month that she is getting ready to stop playing tennis. She hasn’t said for sure that the U.S. Open will be her last tournament, but she has hinted that it will be. Next month, Serena will turn 41. In June, Venus turned 42. Together, they have won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles. Two of those titles were won at Flushing Meadows, in 1999 and 2009.
Raducanu laughs off “pressure” before defending his US Open title
(AP) — NEW YORK As she gets ready to start defending her 2021 U.S. Open title, Emma Raducanu doesn’t like the word “pressure.” A year ago, she beat another unseeded teenager, Leylah Fernandez, in the final to win the championship. Raducanu was only 18 years old and ranked 150th when he won the trophy. He was also the first player to have to go through qualifying rounds at a Grand Slam tournament in order to win. Since then, she has 15 wins and 18 losses, and she has lost in the second round of every major this year. She will play Alize Cornet in the first round on Tuesday night in New York.
The NASCAR Cup race at Daytona was rained out and has been moved to Sunday.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The rain stopped the NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night, so it will now take place on Sunday. The 400-mile race, which is the last race of the regular season and will decide who gets the last two spots in the playoffs, will now start at 10 a.m. EDT. CNBC will show it. The chance of rain is predicted to be 40% in the morning and 70% in the afternoon. There are still 15 drivers in the running to make it to the postseason. There are still two spots open, but Ryan Blaney or Martin Truex Jr. will take one of them.
J-Rod’s huge deal with the M’s is as unique as it should be.
(AP) — SEATTLE — Julio Rodrguez signed a new contract with the Seattle Mariners that he hopes will keep him with the team for the rest of his career. On Friday, Rodrguez signed the 26th contract in baseball worth $200 million or more. This makes sure that he will be a key player for the Mariners for a long time. It’s a unique and complicated contract that could be worth as much as $470 million. It’s fitting for a 21-year-old rising star with the talent and charm to attract fans in a baseball-starved region. Early in July, the first talks started about whether Rodrguez would be interested in a deal that would make him stay in Seattle. The answer from his agents was that it had to be different because of the player.
LIV sues the PGA Tour, and four players drop out.
The PGA Tour is being sued for unfair competition by LIV Golf, which is backed by Saudi Arabia. Four players who had agreed to play for the other league have changed their minds. The new complaint was filed in federal court on Friday afternoon. Carlos Ortiz, Abraham Ancer, Pat Perez, and Jason Kokrak are the players who are no longer part of the suit. As a plaintiff, LIV Golf says that the tour’s actions have hurt LIV Golf by making it have to pay more money for players and put off their plans to launch this year. It says that if the court doesn’t rule in its favor, it won’t be able to compete effectively in the markets.
South Korean newcomers An and Choi are in the lead at the CP Women’s Open.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Saturday at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, Hye-Jin Choi shot a 5-under-66 to join fellow South Korean rookie Narin An at the top of the leaderboard. Choi tied An for the lead in the second round at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club with a score of 16-under 197. An had a 68. An and Choi finished sixth at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational in Michigan in July. Paula Reto of South Africa led after the first round with a 67. Addie Szeryk was the best Canadian. She had a score of 69, which put her at 9 under. Brooke Henderson, a famous Canadian golfer who won the 2018 Wascana tournament in Regina, Saskatchewan, was tied for 60th with a score of 3 under after shooting a 73.
Nazem Kadri takes the Stanley Cup to the mosque in his home town.
LONDON, Ontario (AP) — As part of his celebration with the Stanley Cup, Calgary Flames player Nazem Kadri took it to the mosque in his hometown. The 31-year-old Kadri was proud and happy because he won the championship with the Colorado Avalanche this past season. Hundreds of people, including Kadri’s family and friends, gathered at the London Muslim Mosque just before noon. Many of them wore Toronto Maple Leafs jerseys and T-shirts with Kadri’s name on them. He was met with a loud round of applause. Kadri says that the mosque is part of where he came from.