Update on the latest in sports:
AP source: Cardinals’ Shaw drops appeal of ban for gambling
UNDATED (AP) – Arizona Cardinals corner-back Josh Shaw has dropped his appeal of a one-year NFL suspension for gambling on league games, according to a person with knowledge of the move.
Late last month, Shaw was suspended through at least the end of the 2020 season for betting on NFL games on multiple occasions this season, the first time in more than 35 years an NFL player has been banned for gambling.
Shaw hasn’t played for the Cardinals this season after being placed on injured reserve following an injury during the preseason. He was signed by the Cardinals in the off season to a one-year deal.
According to the NFL, a league investigation found no evidence that Shaw used inside information or compromised any games. Shaw hasn’t been in uniform since he suffered a shoulder injury in the preseason opener. The league also said it found no evidence that teammates, coaches or other players were aware of Shaw betting on games.
The NFL did not say where Shaw placed his bets. Sports betting is now legal in 13 states after a Supreme Court decision in 2018 struck down the federal law that had limited full-scale legal sports betting to Nevada. The NFL has long been opposed to the expansion of legal gambling but since the decision has softened its stance and entered into limited partnerships with sports book operators.
In other NFL news:
Pittsburgh Steelers reserve safety Kameron Kelly is facing multiple charges following an alleged altercation with police at a bar. The 23-year-old Kelly has been charged with two counts of making terroristic threats and one count of resisting arrest. Authorities say they were called to the bar after an employee reported Kelly was becoming disorderly. Police say the employee told them Kelly had threatened to punch him for skipping Kelly’s selection on the jukebox. The situation escalated when an officer stepped on the foot of Kelly’s female companion. Police say Kelly began resisting arrest and was punched multiple times by an officer.
2 games kick off bowl season
UNDATED (AP) – Buffalo and Charlotte get college football’s bowl season going Friday afternoon when they meet in the Bahamas Bowl.
It’s Charlotte’s first bowl game. Buffalo is in a bowl for the fourth time and is seeking its first win. Both teams take 7-5 records into Friday’s matchup. Charlotte has won five consecutive games.
Friday evening, Utah State will play its eighth bowl game in nine seasons in what will be the final college game for quarterback Jordan Love. Kent State is the only team this season that got bowl eligible by winning its last three games. It is the first bowl game for the Golden Flashes since 2012. They could reach seven wins for only the second time since 1987, after going 2-10 last season in the debut of now 33-year-old coach Sean Lewis.
Raptors without injured Siakam, Gasol, Powell indefinitely
TORONTO (AP) – The Toronto Raptors will be without Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam), Marc Gasol (gah-SOHL’) and Norman Powell indefinitely after all three were injured at Detroit Wednesday night.
The team announced the diagnoses Thursday. Siakam hurt his groin during an awkward landing late in the fourth quarter of Toronto’s win.
Gasol strained his left hamstring in the first quarter, and Powell left in the fourth after a collision with another player. The team said testing in Toronto revealed a subluxation of his left shoulder.
Siakam leads the Raptors with 25.1 points per game.
Toronto hosts the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
Russia gets extra time over track and field doping forgery
MONACO (AP) – Russia has been given extra time to respond to charges that several of its leading track and field officials helped forge documents to give a star athlete an alibi for missing drug tests.
The Athletics Integrity Unit, which oversees disciplinary issues in the sport, said Friday the Russian track and field federation has been given an extension until Jan. 2.
The federation had originally been required to answer the charges by Dec. 12. The reason for the extension hasn’t been given, but the suspension of so many senior figures has caused turbulence at the federation.
Tokyo Olympics say costs $12.6B; Audit report says much more (Eds: CORRECTS: Changes contingency fund figure from $30 million to $300 million in first paragraph.)
TOKYO (AP) – Tokyo Olympic organizers said Friday they are spending 1.35 trillion Japanese yen – about $12.6 billion – to stage next year’s games. Organizers said the expenditure is unchanged from a year ago, although robust sponsorship and ticket sales have generated a contingency fund of an extra $300 million.
However, Japan’s National Audit Board, in a 177-page report prepared for the national legislature, said next year’s Olympics will cost much more than organizers say. The audit lists an added $9.7 billion it says are Olympic-related costs that have not been included. In addition, the city of Tokyo has previously said it would spend another $7.4 billion on Olympic-related projects.
Organizers argue that many of these costs are not tied directly to the Olympics.