Bills release punter Matt Araiza after gang rape allegation
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — In the face of a major public backlash and internal questions over the decision to award Matt Araiza the punting job, the Buffalo Bills reversed course by cutting the rookie on Saturday, two days after a lawsuit was filed alleging the player and two college teammates gang-raped a teenager last fall. The decision to cut ties with the 22-year-old comes two...
Bills release punter Matt Araiza after gang rape allegation
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — In the face of a major public backlash and internal questions over the decision to award Matt Araiza the punting job, the Buffalo Bills reversed course by cutting the rookie on Saturday, two days after a lawsuit was filed alleging the player and two college teammates gang-raped a teenager last fall. The decision to cut ties with the 22-year-old comes two days after the Bills backed the player based on the findings of what the team called its “thorough examination” of the allegations. And it comes less than a week after the the team cleared the way for Araiza to take over the punting duties by cutting returning veteran Matt Haack on Monday.
The Buffalo Bills decided releasing Matt Araiza was the “right thing” to do, two days after the rookie punter was accused of gang-raping a teenager in a civil lawsuit. The only surprise is that it took this long. “Our culture in Buffalo is more important than winning football games,” Bills general manager Brandon Beane said Saturday night. After a “thorough examination” by the team failed to produce sufficient information for management to act, disturbing details in the lawsuit plus public backlash forced the Bills to cut Araiza. “We were trying not to rush to judgment,” Beane said.
Brady looks sharp, Colts backups prevail in preseason finale
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tom Brady led Tampa Bay to a field goal on his first and only series of the preseason, but the Indianapolis Colts’ backups rallied to beat the Buccaneers 27-10. Brady was 6 of 8 for 44 yards and converted one fourth down before leaving. He had missed 11 days of training camp for personal reasons before returning Monday. Matt Ryan and the Colts starters played about one quarter and Ryan led them to a touchdown on his final series. Phillip Lindsay’s 2-yard TD run late in the first half gave Indy a 14-10 lead and Sam Ehlinger’s nifty 45-yard TD run to open the second half helped the Colts pull away.
Northwestern rallies past Nebraska 31-28 in opener in Dublin
DUBLIN (AP) — Ryan Hilinski threw for 314 yards and two touchdowns to help Northwestern rally for a 31-28 victory over Nebraska in Saturday’s season opener in Ireland. Northwestern handed the Cornhuskers their seventh consecutive loss going back to last season and added more pressure on embattled coach Scott Frost, who took the blame for a failed onside kick that changed the momentum of the game in the third quarter. The Wildcats finished with 528 yards and gained a measure of revenge after their humiliating 56-7 loss to the Huskers last October. Nebraska hasn’t won since then.
Scheffler clings to 1-shot lead as Tour Championship delayed
ATLANTA (AP) — Scottie Scheffler has a one-shot lead over Xander Schauffele in the Tour Championship. Whether it stays that way through 54 holes is still to be determined. Storms interrupted the third round twice. The second delay sent players home early. Scheffler and Schauffele are among 10 players who have to return Sunday morning to finish. Justin Thomas had the worst of it. He rolled a long eagle putt to within tap-in range on the 18th. Knock that in and he has a 63 and is four back. But the horn sounded to stop play and he has to return mid-morning to finish.
Serena, Venus Williams get US Open doubles wild-card entry
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena and Venus Williams have been given a wild-card entry for women’s doubles at the U.S. Open. This marks their first tournament as a team in more than four years. Serena announced this month that she is preparing to end her playing career and, while she did not explicitly say the U.S. Open would be her final event, she has indicated it will be. Serena turns 41 next month. Venus turned 42 in June. They have won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles together. That includes two championships at Flushing Meadows, in 1999 and 2009.
Raducanu scoffs at ‘pressure’ ahead of US Open title defense
NEW YORK (AP) — Emma Raducanu is not a fan of the word “pressure” as she gets ready to open the defense of her 2021 U.S. Open title. She came out of nowhere to win the championship a year ago, beating another unseeded teenager, Leylah Fernandez, in the final. Raducanu was just 18 and ranked 150th and became the first player to go through qualifying rounds at a Grand Slam tournament along the way to earning the trophy. Her win-loss record since then is 15-18 and she has lost in the second round at each major this season. She faces Alize Cornet in the first round in New York on Tuesday night.
NASCAR Cup race at Daytona rained out, moved to Sunday
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway was rained out Saturday night and rescheduled for Sunday. The 400-mile race, the regular-season finale that will decide the last two playoff spots, will now begin at 10 a.m. EDT. It will air on CNBC. Weather forecasts call for 40% chance in the morning, increasing to 70% in the afternoon. Fifteen drivers remain in the hunt for the postseason. Two spots are still open, although one of them will go to Ryan Blaney or Martin Truex Jr.
LIV joins lawsuit against PGA Tour as 4 players drop off
Saudi-backed LIV Golf has joined the antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour. Four players who have signed with the rival league have withdrawn their names. The amended complaint was filed Friday afternoon in federal court. The players no longer part of the lawsuit are Carlos Ortiz, Abraham Ancer, Pat Perez and Jason Kokrak. LIV Golf as a plaintiff claims the tour’s anti-competitive behavior has forced LIV Golf to spend more money for players and delayed their launch plans this year. It says without a favorable ruling, its ability to maintain a meaningful competitive presence in the markets will be destroyed.
South Korean rookies An, Choi lead CP Women’s Open
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Hye-Jin Choi shot a 5-under 66 to join fellow South Korean rookie Narin An atop the leaderboard Saturday in the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Choi matched second-round leader An at 16-under 197 at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club. An had a 68. In July in Michigan, An and Choi teamed to finish sixth in the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational. First-round leader Paula Reto of South Africa was a stroke back after a 67. addie Szeryk was the top Canadian, shooting a 69 to get to 9 under. Canadian star Brooke Henderson, the 2018 winner at Wascana in Regina, Saskatchewan, was tied for 60th at 3 under after a 73.