Browns own­ers to buy MLS team, keep it in Ohio

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With their NFL fran­chise in bet­ter shape, Cleve­land Browns own­ers Dee and Jimmy Haslam have agreed to take over the Colum­bus Crew, guar­an­tee­ing the Ma­jor League Soc­cer team will not re­lo­cate.

Since Oc­to­ber, the Haslams have been work­ing with a group headed by for­mer team doc­tor Peter Ed­wards to keep the Crew in Ohio while ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of buy­ing the team. On Fri­day, the sides an­nounced an agree­ment, end­ing spec­u­la­tion about the team’s un­cer­tain fu­ture.

Be­fore the Haslams be­came in­volved, there was a strong chance the Crew, one of the MLS’ found­ing fran­chises, was mov­ing to Austin, Texas. The MLS is ex­pected to put an ex­pan­sion team in Austin.

Eng­land coach Gareth ●

South­gate and his cap­tain Harry Kane have been re­warded in Queen El­iz­a­beth II’s New Year hon­ors list on the back of the team’s sur­prise run to the World Cup semi­fi­nals. South­gate re­ceived an OBE, or Of­fi­cer of the Or­der of the Bri­tish Em­pire, and Kane an MBE, or Mem­ber of the Or­der of the Bri­tish Em­pire.

Mixed mar­tial arts

Jones re­turns in UFC 232: Dana White knew the UFC would take some pretty big hits, both fi­nan­cial and other­wise, when he moved its tra­di­tional end-of-the-year show from Las Ve­gas to Los An­ge­les on six days’ no­tice to keep Jon Jones on the card de­spite his lat­est pos­i­tive drug test. De­spite the move, UFC 232 is go­ing to sell out the fa­mous Forum on Satur­day, even though tick­ets only went on sale Wed­nes­day, White said.

UFC 232 is head­lined by Jones’ re­turn to the sport in a re­match with Alexan­der Gustafs­son for the light heavy­weight ti­tle. The penul­ti­mate bout is feath­er­weight cham­pion Cris “Cy­borg” Justino’s su­per­fight with ban­tamweight champ Amanda Nunes in per­haps the best matchup in women’s MMA his­tory.

Jones (22-1) tested pos­i­tive for very low lev­els of an an­abolic steroid ear­lier this year. The re­sult isn’t con­sid­ered a failed dop­ing test by the U.S. Anti-Dop­ing Agency, but the Ne­vada Ath­letic Com­mis­sion wanted a hear­ing on the mat­ter in Jan­uary. Its Cal­i­for­nia coun­ter­part had no such qualms, prompt­ing the UFC’s ex­tra­or­di­nary move.

Ski­ing

Shiffrin falls to fifth: Pe­tra Vl­hova be­came the first Slo­vakian win­ner of a women’s World Cup gi­ant slalom, ben­e­fit­ing from first-run leader Mikaela Shiffrin’s un­char­ac­ter­is­tic sec­ond run which saw the Olympic cham­pion drop to fifth. Shiffrin led the race in Sem­mer­ing, Aus­tria, af­ter a tight open­ing run with only six hun­dredths of a sec­ond sep­a­rat­ing the top four rac­ers.

Olympics

SafeS­port CEO quits: Shel­lie Pfohl is step­ping down as CEO of the U.S. Cen­ter for SafeS­port af­ter help­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion gain foot­ing over a twoyear pe­riod of slow-but­steady progress. Pfohl started in Novem­ber 2016, and the cen­ter opened in March 2017 to be­come the clear­ing­house for all re­ports of sex abuse in Olympic sports. The cen­ter has re­ceived more than 1,800 re­ports and de­clared nearly 300 in­di­vid­u­als per­ma­nently in­el­i­gi­ble.

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