Wednesday’s Sports In Brief – The Washington Post

Wednesday’s Sports In Brief – The Washington Post

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TAMPA, Fla. — This time, Tom Brady says he’s done for good.

The seven-time Super Bowl winner with New England and Tampa Bay announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday, exactly a year after he first said his playing days were over, posting a brief video on social media .

He briefly retired after the 2021 season, but ended up returning for one more year with the Buccaneers. He is retiring at age 45, owner of virtually every significant NFL passing record in an unprecedented 23-year career.

The Buccaneers — with whom he won a Super Bowl two seasons ago — made the playoffs again this season, losing in their first playoff game.

Brady is the NFL career leader in passing yards (89,214) and touchdowns (649). He is the only player to win more than five Super Bowls and was a five-time game MVP. He’s won three NFL MVP awards, was a three-time first-team All-Pro, and was a 15-time Pro Bowl selection.

It was announced last year that when Brady retires from acting, he will join Fox Sports as a television analyst in a 10-year, $375 million deal. Brady and model Gisele Bündchen finalized their divorce last fall during Bucs season.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Bobby Beathard, the architect of four Super Bowl-winning teams with two organizations, has died. He was 86 years old.

A spokesperson for Washington Commanders said Beathard’s family told the team that he died Monday at his Franklin home less than a week after his 86th birthday. A cause of death was not immediately available.

Beathard was director of player personnel for two of the NFL championships in Miami in the 1970s and was general manager for two more in Washington in the ’80s. He also scouted Kansas City when the Chiefs won the title of the American Football League and appeared in Super Bowl I after the 1966 season and served as general manager of San Diego when the Chargers arrived there in the mid-1990s.

One of seven teams that made it to the Super Bowl during his long front office career, Beathard was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018. Washington added him to the organization’s Ring of Honor in 2016.

MOBILE, Ala. –Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy is set to announce games in 2023 after the club parted ways with offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.

Owner/general manager Jerry Jones told reporters at the Senior Bowl that McCarthy will lead a version of the West Coast offense he used when calling the games as head coach at Green Bay of 2006 to 18.

The Los Angeles Chargers hired Moore as offensive coordinator Monday, a day after the Cowboys announced Moore’s departure.

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio — Josh Sills, a reserve offensive lineman for the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles, has been charged with rape and kidnapping following an incident in Ohio a little over of three years.

Sills, an undrafted free agent who has appeared in just one game this season, has been placed on the commissioner’s bye list. This means he cannot train, play or travel with the team as it prepares for the Super Bowl.

The rookie, who has played in West Virginia and Oklahoma State, was indicted by a Guernsey County grand jury in Ohio on Tuesday and ordered to appear in court on February 16, four days after that the Eagles will face Kansas City in the Super Bowl.

Sills’ attorney, Michael Connick, said the allegations were false and Sills would be aggressively defended.

The opening of college football’s traditional signing period for high school prospects seemingly ended two of the cycle’s most notable recruitings.

Top-notch quarterback Jaden Rashada, who signed with Florida in December and then asked to be released from the commitment when a name, image and likeness deal fell through, announced he was going to the state of Arizona.

Also in the Pac-12, Cormani McClain, previously signed to Miami, signed with Colorado to make it two straight years as coach Deion Sanders landed a five-star cornerback.

Rashada’s recruiting made national headlines and became something of a cautionary tale for the NIL era of college football. The four-star rookie from California has been at the center of a recruiting struggle between Miami and Florida. This has led to a bidding war between recall collectives trying to secure sponsorship deals for athletes from these schools.

Rashada originally gave a verbal commitment to Miami, but returned to Florida and signed with the Gators early in the signing period after being offered an NIL deal that could have been worth over $13 million.

When it became clear that Gator Collective, which is not part of the University of Florida or its athletics department, did not have the money to fund the deal, Rashada asked to be released from his national letter of intent.

Rashada becomes the high-profile recruit in high school in new Arizona State coach Kenny Dillingham’s first signing class. Rashada’s father, Harlen, was on the Arizona State football team in the 1990s.

NEW YORK — The U.S. Justice Department has asked a federal appeals court to scrutinize Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption, a case filed in a case involving four minor league teams eliminated in hopes to put an end to the century-old legal protection of sport.

MLB reduced minimum guaranteed minor league affiliate agreements from 160 to 120 in September 2020 and took over minor league leadership from the National Association of Professional League Baseball, which had been in charge since 1901.

The parent companies of the Staten Island Yankees, Tri-City ValleyCats, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and Norwich Sea Unicorns sued MLB in December 2021 in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, alleging a violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act caused by “a horizontal agreement between competitors”. which artificially reduced and capped the production in the market of MiLB teams affiliated with MLB clubs.

The lawsuit was dismissed in October by a judge who cited the antitrust exemption created by a 1922 U.S. Supreme Court decision involving the Federal League. The teams then asked the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to refer the case to the Supreme Court.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — AL batting champion Luis Arraez is scheduled for a salary arbitration hearing against the Miami Marlins, who acquired the infielder from the Minnesota Twins last month.

Arraez requested a raise from $2.2 million to $6.1 million, and the Marlins pleaded for $5 million. The case was heard by John Stout, Mark Burstein and Scott Buchheit, who are expected to render a decision on Thursday.

Arraez hit .316 with eight home runs, 49 RBIs and a .795 OPS, starting 61 games at first base, 34 at designated hitter and 31 at second.

SEATTLE — Dylan Moore and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a three-year contract worth $8,875,000, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal, first reported by ESPN, had not been announced.

DETROIT — The NBA game between the Washington Wizards and Detroit Pistons scheduled for Wednesday night has been postponed because the Pistons were stranded in Dallas amid a winter storm.

The Pistons were unable to return home to Detroit after their Monday night game against the Mavericks, the NBA announced about 6 1/2 hours before the whistleblower. The league said the date for the rescheduled game would be announced later.

DENVER — Michael Malone could coach Nikola Jokic in the All-Star Game. He might also have the rare chance to drag her against him.

Malone and the Denver Nuggets staff landed their trip to Salt Lake City for All-Star weekend. Malone will coach Team LeBron — the team that will be drafted by LeBron James from the Los Angeles Lakers — in the Feb. 19 game.

Boston’s interim coach Joe Mazzulla will coach Team Giannis, the team that will be drafted by Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Malone and the Nuggets staff were locked into the All-Star trip Wednesday night when Portland beat Memphis.

NEW YORK — Breanna Stewart couldn’t turn down a chance to play in New York and potentially help the Liberty win their first WNBA championship.

This offseason’s most coveted free agent, who won the WNBA MVP award in 2018, announced on social media that she was heading to New York. Stewart had spent her entire career in Seattle since the Storm drafted their first-place finish overall in 2016. She won two championships with the team in 2018 and 2020.

The new head of the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee reiterated the federation’s support for exploring a way for Russian athletes to participate in the Paris Olympics as neutrals, while insisting on maintaining current sanctions against the country.

Gene Sykes, who succeeded Susanne Lyons as USOPC president on Jan. 1, wrote a letter to athletes and other U.S. stakeholders last week after the International Olympic Committee announced it would forward trying to find a way for some Russians to compete. They have been banned from most major international competitions since the country invaded Ukraine last February.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has pressured French President Emmanuel Macron not to allow Russians into the Paris Games. Latvian leaders have threatened to boycott the Olympics if Russia is allowed.

A federal judge has given final approval to the settlement of the equal pay lawsuit between the players and the United States Soccer Federation, reducing legal costs from $6.6 million to $5.5 million.

The Jan. 4 legal costs order issued by U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles was referenced in an order from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asking the parties if they objected to the dismissal of the motion. appeal, which remains pending.

The players sued the USSF in 2019, seeking damages under the federal Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

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