Update on the latest sports
Flacco to get start at QB for Jets on Sunday vs. Dolphins
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) – Joe Flacco will start at quarterback for the New York Jets on Sunday at home against the Miami Dolphins.
Coach Robert Saleh made the announcement Wednesday as the team decided to go with the 36-year-old veteran over Mike White, who started the last three games in place of the injured Zach Wilson. Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick, sprained the posterior collateral ligament in his right knee against New England on Oct. 24 and is still not 100%.
Saleh said the Jets believe Flacco’s experience will give the team the best chance to win against Miami’s aggressive defense. White will serve as the backup to Flacco on Sunday.
In Wilson’s place, White had a terrific first NFL start in a win over Cincinnati while throwing for 405 yards and three touchdowns and set a league record for a player in his initial start with 37 completions. The performance landed White’s jersey and game ball in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
He lasted just one quarter the following week at Indianapolis because of a bruised nerve in his throwing hand. White struggled last Sunday in a 45-17 loss to Buffalo, throwing four interceptions.
NBA-STAPLES CENTER-NAME CHANGE
Staples Center is changing its name to Crypto.com Arena
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Staples Center is getting a new name. Starting Christmas Day, it will be Crypto.com Arena.
Arena owner AEG announced Tuesday night that the downtown Los Angeles home of the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers, the NHL’s Kings and the WNBA’s Sparks will change its name after 22 years of operation.
A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that Crypto.com is paying $700 million over 20 years to rename the building. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the parties aren’t publicly announcing the terms of what’s believed to be the richest naming rights deal in sports history.
The 20,000-seat arena has been the Staples Center since it opened in October 1999, with the naming rights owned by the American office-supplies retail company under a 20-year agreement. The name will change when the Lakers host the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA’s annual Christmas showcase.
Crypto.com is a cryptocurrency platform and exchange headquartered in Singapore.
Federer expects to miss Wimbledon
UNDATED (AP) – Roger Federer doesn’t expect to return from his latest knee surgery in time for next year’s tournament at Wimbledon.
The 40-year-old tennis great, who has won a record eight titles at the All England Club, said in an interview published Wednesday in Switzerland that he would be “incredibly surprised to play Wimbledon.” The grass-court tournament at the All England Club starts on June 27.
Federer hasn’t played on tour since a straight-set loss in the Wimbledon quarterfinals in July. He underwent his third knee surgery in 18 months a short time later. Federer says there was never a possibility of playing at the Australian Open in January.
In other tennis news:
– Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) has advanced to the semifinals of the ATP Finals by beating Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-2. The top-ranked Djokovic is attempting to match Roger Federer’s record of six titles at the season-ending event for the top eight players in the world.
Russian track doping suspension extended into 7th year
MONACO (AP) – Russia’s doping suspension from track and field was extended into a seventh year on Wednesday, with cautious praise for reformers and a warning that not everyone supports their changes.
World Athletics voted to maintain the suspension, which was first imposed in November 2015, at its congress. The sport’s governing body said 126 national federations voted for the extension, with 18 against and 34 not voting.
The vote followed a presentation from the head of World Athletics’ task force supervising Russia’s reforms, Rune Andersen. He wrote in a report that progress is being made under the new leadership of Russia’s troubled track federation. But he also says that some in Russia “have not embraced this new culture” of anti-doping work and should be kept away from power.
The federation is under new management after former president Dmitry Shlyakhtin and four other officials were banned for obstructing an anti-doping investigation into a top athlete by presenting fake medical documents. Russia was hoping to have the ban lifted in 2019 before that case pushed the country back to the brink of being expelled from World Athletics altogether.
Confident US sees home wins, road draws as path to World Cup
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – As long as the United States wins its final three home games, the Americans likely will get back to the World Cup.
The U.S. team stumbled on the road again in qualifying, wasting an early lead in a choppy 1-1 draw against Jamaica on Tuesday night. After a disjointed, physical game at The Office, as Independence Stadium is known, they fell into second place with 15 points. That’s one point behind Canada and two ahead of Mexico and Panama.
The U.S. has taken 10 of 12 points at home, following a 1-1 draw against Canada with wins against Jamaica, Costa Rica and Mexico. The Americans have gained five of 12 possible points on the road, drawing at El Salvador and Jamaica, winning at Honduras and losing at Panama.
Nine additional points may be enough to get back to the World Cup for the first time since 2014 and 10 points likely would assure a berth.