Los Angeles Times
Dolphins owner Ross suspended, fined for tampering
NFL suspended Miami Dolphins owner
Stephen Ross and fined him $1.5 million for tampering with Tom Brady and Sean Payton following a sixmonth 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 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 investigation concluded the Dolphins violated the league’s anti-tampering policy on three occasions.
Dolphins vice chairman/ limited partner Bruce Beal conducted “these numerous and detailed discussions” and kept Ross and other team executives informed of his conversations with Brady.
Beal was fined $500,000 and may not attend any league meeting for the remainder of the year.
Wide receiver Tim Patrick was carted off after catching a pass from Russell Wilson at the Denver Broncos’ training camp practice, and a person with knowledge of the diagnosis told the Associated Press that Patrick sustained a seasonThe ending torn anterior cruciate ligament . ... The Atlanta Falcons lost defensive tackle Vincent Taylor to a seasonending ruptured Achilles tendon . ... New Orleans Saints second-year receiver Kawaan Baker is facing a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
Wigod to retire as commissioner
Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod issued a long commissioner’s message regarding a preview of the 2022-23 school year.
One paragraph explained that schools will vote in September on whether to support the addition of girls’ flag football as a CIF-approved support. Another paragraph noted that the Rose Bowl will serve as the site for the Division 1 football final. Still another paragraph stated the Southern Section will hold its first beach volleyball championship in late April or early May.
Not until the bottom of the email was there a “final thought,” where Wigod announced that this coming school year would be his last as commissioner. He will retire Aug. 1, 2023.
— Eric Sondheimer
The U.S. women’s national team is set to face England at Wembley Stadium, the first of two European matches as the United States prepares to defend its title at the 2023 World Cup.
But there’s a catch: The Oct. 7 match is contingent on England securing its spot in the World Cup in qualifying games in September.
England needs a draw or win against Austria on Sept. 3 to qualify for the World Cup next summer. If it doesn’t get it done then, it will need a victory at home over Luxembourg on Sept. 6.
The Chicago Bulls and guard Goran Dragic finalized a one-year, $2.9-million contract.
Nick Kyrgios beat American Marcos Giron 6-2, 6-3 at the Citi Open in Washington . ... Four-time major champion Naomi Osaka won the first match she’s played since May, beating Zheng Qinwen 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose.