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HOUSTON – In Monday night football, the Houston Texans take the field against the Tennessee Titans in their first game since Robert “Bob” McNair died.


The Texas will be carrying a reminder of the team’s late owner and founder.


Affixed to the back of each player’s helmet will be a small decal in the shape of a football with simple white block letters bearing his initials of “RCM.” Houston will try to set a franchise record with their eighth straight win.




Jaguars fire offensive coordinator after 7th straight loss


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – The Jacksonville Jaguars have fired offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett after the team’s seventh consecutive loss.


Coach Doug Marrone made the decision today, one day after a 24-21 loss at Buffalo in which Blake Bortles finished with 127 yards passing. The Jaguars (3-8) had a season-low 107 yards through the air the previous week against Pittsburgh.


Hackett has failed to get Bortles and the offense to play anywhere close to the way they did early in the season. Injuries have been a major issue, but not enough to save Hackett’s job.


Marrone says “these are always tough decisions, but as the head coach, I have to do what I think is best for this football team.”


It was clear Hackett’s job was in jeopardy when Marrone moved him from the sideline to the coaches’ booth for the game against the Bills, an indication Marrone felt Hackett needed a new vantage point to call games better.




Ex-Michigan State leader in court on Nassar-related charges


CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) – The former president of Michigan State University is making her first appearance in court since being charged with lying to investigators about her knowledge of sexual assault allegations against former sports doctor Larry Nassar.


Lou Anna Simon’s attorney says the allegations have no merit. But authorities say she specifically knew in 2014 that Nassar had been accused of molesting a woman at a campus clinic. State police say Simon received a detailed file about the allegation.


Simon told state police in May that she only knew that a complaint had been filed against a sports doctor. She’s charged with making false statements, a felony.


Simon is due to be arraigned later today in an Eaton County court.


She resigned in January after Nassar was sentenced to decades in prison for molesting young women and girls.




Koreas win UNESCO recognition of traditional wrestling


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North and South Korea have won their first international recognition of Korean traditional wrestling.


The Koreas had earlier pushed separate bids for the sport’s UNESCO recognition before merging their applications amid an easing of tensions this year.


The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage decided to inscribe Korean wrestling on its list of “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.”




Olympic-related meetings overshadowed by corruption charges


TOKYO (AP) – A corruption case involving a powerful International Olympic Committee member is overshadowing meetings this week in Tokyo with local 2020 Olympic organizers, IOC officials, and the heads of 206 national Olympic committees.


Under pressure from a pending criminal trial in Switzerland, Sheikh Ahmad al Fahad al Sabah stepped down temporarily today as head of the powerful Association of National Olympic Committees – which had been due to re-elect him unopposed on Wednesday.


The Kuwaiti sheikh had last week also suspended himself from his 26-year IOC membership and his work chairing an Olympic panel that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars to athletes and sports bodies.


He’s accused by Geneva public prosecutors of forgery in an alleged faked arbitration case involving four others.




Nurmagomedov says he could reconcile with McGregor


MOSCOW (AP) – UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov says he can imagine a reconciliation with Conor McGregor after the bitter feud around last month’s title fight.

Nurmagomedov says “everything is possible. Just as McGregor and I feuded, so we could reconcile.”


He adds he doesn’t know how he would react when he sees the Irish fighter next, saying “who are we not to forgive one another when the Almighty forgives us?”


Nurmagomedov says he would prefer a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. – without giving details of how it might be arranged – over the UFC’s preferred option of Tony Ferguson.


Nurmagomedov says “for legacy and in the sense of the money aspect, and in a sporting sense, I think the Mayweather fight is much more interesting.”



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