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December 15, 2021
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Update on the latest sports


Browns’ COVID-19 outbreak widens
UNDATED (AP) – The Cleveland Browns’ COVID-19 outbreak has widened. Quarterback Baker Mayfield and coach Kevin Stefanski have tested positive for COVID-19 and will likely miss Saturday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Cleveland is dealing with a widespread outbreak while trying to reach the playoffs. Stefanski’s positive test was first announced by the team, which then put Mayfield, safety John Johnson III, nickel back Troy Hill, defensive tackle Malik McDowell and defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
On Tuesday, the team placed eight players, including top receiver Jarvis Landry and two starting offensive linemen on the list. As of now, the NFL said there are no discussions to move Saturday’s game.


In other NFL news:
– Josh Allen will test his sprained left foot on a limited basis during a walk-through practice Wednesday, leaving the Buffalo Bills quarterback’s status uncertain for their game against the Carolina Panthers this weekend. Coach Sean McDermott says the team continues its day-to-day approach regarding Allen’s health and notes he is still experiencing soreness. Backup Mitchell Trubisky will take a majority of the snaps in a noncontact setting. Allen played through the injury after being hurt in the second half of a 33-27 overtime loss at Tampa Bay on Sunday.


– Two members of Congress are asking the NFL to provide evidence of Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder’s interference with an investigation into sexual harassment and other improper conduct at the club. Democrats Carolyn Maloney of New York and Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois already have asked the NFL for transparency about the probe. Their latest request follows a report posted on The Washington Post’s website that said potential witnesses viewed actions by people working on Snyder’s behalf as attempts to interfere with the NFL’s investigation.


– The Munich city council has given its backing to a bid to host regular-season NFL games at the home of soccer club Bayern Munich. Three German cities are vying to become the league’s partner. Munich, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf are on the NFL’s shortlist to host a regular-season game. Munich city authorities say the council supports the bid to hold games from 2022-25 at the Allianz Arena. The stadium has a 75,000-capacity. The NFL is eager to expand into Germany because the country has one of the largest TV audiences for football outside the United States.


Jimmie Johnson to run Indy 500 and full IndyCar schedule
UNDATED (AP) – Jimmie Johnson will run the Indianapolis 500 and the entire IndyCar schedule next year.
The seven-time NASCAR champion joined IndyCar this past year. He only ran the road and street courses in his first season of open-wheel racing because of safety concerns.
As he settled into his new job with Chip Ganassi Racing, Johnson grew more comfortable. He tested at Indianapolis and Texas before making his decision. Johnson will enter all 17 IndyCar races driving the No. 48 with sponsorship from Carvana. He says racing in the Indy 500 will be a dream come true.


Hamilton receives knighthood days after losing F1 title
WINDSOR, England (AP) – Lewis Hamilton has picked up a new title only days after losing one on the track. The seven-time Formula One champion received knighthood Wednesday at Windsor Castle. Hamilton gets the honorary title of “Sir” after being knighted by the Prince of Wales for services to motorsports.
Max Verstappen won his first world championship at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with a pass of Hamilton on the final lap of a riveting season. It denied Hamilton a record-breaking eighth title.
Three other F1 drivers have been knighted: Jack Brabham, Stirling Moss and Jackie Stewart. Hamilton is the first to be awarded while still competing in the sport.