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Inflation, gas prices looming over sports biz, concessions

CHICAGO (AP) — Persistently high inflation and gas prices are looming over sports and the monetary pipeline that resumed when fans returned to games amid the pandemic. The most recent Consumer Price Index Summary from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed an 8.2% rise in costs in September from a year earlier. Increases in the shelter, food, and medical care indexes were among the largest contributors...

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Inflation, gas prices looming over sports biz, concessions

CHICAGO (AP) — Persistently high inflation and gas prices are looming over sports and the monetary pipeline that resumed when fans returned to games amid the pandemic. The most recent Consumer Price Index Summary from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed an 8.2% rise in costs in September from a year earlier. Increases in the shelter, food, and medical care indexes were among the largest contributors to the rise in costs. Given the industry’s reliance on disposable income, the CPI numbers are a troubling sign for sports business leaders.

FBI probing ex-CIA officer’s spying for World Cup host Qatar

A former CIA officer who spied on Qatar’s rivals to help the tiny Arab country land this year’s World Cup is now under FBI scrutiny and newly obtained documents show he offered spy services that went beyond soccer to try to influence U.S. policy. That’s according to an Associated Press investigation into the work Kevin Chalker and his company Global Risk Advisors did for Qatar. Two people familiar with the FBI probe say it is focused on whether Chalker broke laws related to foreign lobbying, surveillance and exporting sensitive technologies. Chalker’s lawyer says the company never engaged in any unlawful activity.

Analysis: Lakers are going to have to look for some help

The season isn’t even two weeks old. Only 5% of the games have been played. Drawing any conclusions at this point would be ridiculous. Except, perhaps, this one: The Los Angeles Lakers are in trouble. The Lakers are taking an 0-4 record into Friday’s game at Minnesota. They’re at the bottom of the Western Conference, and if Orlando wasn’t 0-5 the Lakers would have the worst record in the NBA. They’re 78-87 since winning the 2020 NBA title. LeBron James is winless after four games for the second time in his career, the other being his rookie season. They need help, and fast.

No US-born Black players on expected World Series rosters

No U.S.-born Black players are projected to be on World Series rosters when the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros meet this week. Only once since Jackie Robinson broke the Major League Baseball color barrier in 1947 has there been a World Series without at least one Black player. It happened in 1950 when the New York Yankees played the Phillies. Slightly over 7% of players on opening day rosters this season were Black. The Astros and Phillies will announce their 26-man rosters several hours before Game 1 on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

Rivera would keep Boone, says earlier remarks out of context

Mariano Rivera says he would keep Aaron Boone as New York Yankees manager and remarks he made earlier this week were taken out of context. The Hall of Fame reliever tells The Associated Press that he was speaking generically about teams and managers when he answered questions Tuesday during a videoconference session with Panamanian business executives. Rivera says people “took it out of context.”

Brewers’ president of baseball operations Stearns steps down

MILWAUKEE (AP) — David Stearns is stepping down as the Milwaukee Brewers’ president of baseball operations. Matt Arnold will take over the lead role in overseeing the team’s baseball  operations. The team said Stearns will still have an advisory role to owner Mark Attanasio. The Brewers announced the transition Thursday. Arnold has been the Brewers’ senior vice president and general manager since 2020. Stearns led the Brewers’ baseball operations during a run of sustained success. The Brewers’ franchise-record string of four straight playoff appearances ended this season.

What to Watch: Big Ten East set to become 2-team race again

No. 2 Ohio State and No. 4 Michigan could and should create some separation at the top of the Big Ten East. The Buckeyes can all but end No. 13 Penn State’s hopes of reaching the conference championship game with a win in Happy Valley. The Wolverines will maintain their collision course with Ohio State if they can overcome recent history and beat Michigan State in Ann Arbor. Ohio State-Penn State is one of three Top 25 matchups. Others are No. 9 Oklahoma State at No. 22 Kansas State and No. 19 Kentucky at No. 3 Tennessee.

Poyer’s trip to next Bills game shorter after drive to KC

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Safety Jordan Poyer has many reasons to be looking forward to the Buffalo Bills next game being played at home. His commute, for one, will be much shorter. Poyer returned from the team’s bye week off detailing how he had no choice but to hit the road to travel to play in Buffalo’s game at Kansas City on Oct. 16. Poyer was cleared to play, but not allowed to fly due to complications from a punctured lung that could be affected by the changing air pressure inside a plane. Poyer has since been cleared for air travel.

Neymar to team up with youngsters for Brazil at World Cup

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil coach Tite has so many options up front that at least two strikers at top European clubs are likely to be left out. The 30-year-old Neymar is excited about the prospect of playing alongside Vinicius Jr. and Raphinha. He told Tite recently that they are “relentless.” Neymar is expected to play behind the center forward. That could be Richarlison, Gabriel Jesus or Roberto Firmino. Tite says “we have a great number of rising players. It hurts not to bring them all.” Brazil will face Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G.

British minister tells gay World Cup fans to ‘be respectful’

LONDON (AP) — British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly is facing criticism after telling gay soccer fans heading to the World Cup in Qatar that they should show some “compromise” and “be respectful of the host nation.” The comments were quickly disavowed by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s office. A senior figure in the opposition Labour party called them “shockingly tone deaf.” Homosexual activity is criminalized in Qatar and Cleverly was asked about the issue in the wake of a British activist holding a one-man protest accusing the country of jailing members of the LGBTQ community.

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