Baltimore Sun

Dolphins punished for tampering

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The NFL has suspended Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and fined him $1.5 million for tampering with Tom Brady and Sean Payton following a six-month investigat­ion stemming from Brian Flores’ racial discrimina­tion lawsuit against the league.

The league’s investigat­ion found the Dolphins did not intentiona­lly lose games during the 2019 season but the team had impermissi­ble communicat­ion with Brady and his and Payton’s agent, Don Yee. The league announced the findings of the investigat­ion on Tuesday.

The Dolphins will forfeit a first-round selection in the 2023 NFL draft and a thirdround selection in the 2024 draft. Ross is suspended through Oct. 17.

“The investigat­ors found tampering violations of unpreceden­ted scope and severity,” NFL Commission­er Roger Goodell said in a statement. “I know of no prior instance of a team violating the prohibitio­n on tampering with both a head coach and star player, to the potential detriment of multiple other clubs, over a period of several years. Similarly, I know of no prior instance in which ownership was so directly involved in the violations.”

The investigat­ion concluded the Dolphins violated the league’s anti-tampering policy on three separate occasions. The Dolphins had impermissi­ble communicat­ions with Brady as early as August 2019 through the 2020 postseason, while he was under contract to the Patriots.

Lars Tate, part of a long line of Georgia running back greats who went on to play three seasons in the NFL with the Buccaneers and Bears, has died, the school announced Tuesday. He was 56. Tate died late Monday in St. Petersburg, Fla., about a month after being diagnosed with throat cancer, his son, Donavan Tate, told the Athens BennerHera­ld. He was a second-round pick of the Buccaneers in 1988 and led the team in rushing his first two seasons, totaling 1,055 yards and 15 touchdowns with 19 starts . ... WR Tim Patrick was carted off with a right knee injury after catching a pass from Russell Wilson at the Broncos’ training camp practice. Patrick made a leaping grab over CB Essang Bassey but his right knee buckled as he made his first move after the catch. Patrick was taken for an MRI, as was second-year RB Damarea Crockett, who hobbled off with a knee injury earlier in practice . ... The Falcons lost DT Vincent Taylor to a season-ending ruptured Achilles tendon. Coach Arthur Smith announced Taylor’s injury following practice. Following the retirement of Eddie Goldman before training camp, Taylor’s injury leaves the Falcons without two veterans who had been projected to play prominent roles on the defensive line . ... Saints second-year WR Kawaan Baker is facing a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performanc­e-enhancing drug policy, the league announced. ... The Steelers re-signed veteran K Chris Boswell to a five-year deal that carries a total value of just over $23 million. Boswell was entering the final season of a four-year extension he signed before the 2018 season.

Soccer: Goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina was acquired by Chelsea from the Chicago Fire, then loaned back to the MLS team for the rest of 2022. Chelsea said he had signed a six-year contract.

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