Browns owners mull buying Crew
Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam are part of group exploring the purchase of the Columbus Crew to keep the Major League Soccer team in the city.
Major League Soccer said in a statement Friday that the ownership group is moving forward to acquire the team, which appeared headed to Austin, Texas, after 22 years in central Ohio. Details, which include plans for a new stadium, still have to be worked out.
MLS said the arrangement will include an expansion team in Austin, where city officials have already cleared the way for the construction of a new, privately owned stadium.
Crew owner Anthony Precourt had courted Austin for a potential move since last year, contending that the team was no longer financially viable in Columbus without a new stadium.
MORE SOCCER: French authorities are investigating claims of match-fixing surrounding a Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Red Star Belgrade after UEFA warned them of a possible manipulation of the result.
L’Equipe newspaper reported that a Red Star official is suspected of betting 5 million euros ($5.8 million) on Red Star losing by five goals. PSG won the game 6-1.
France’s financial prosecutor’s office told The Associated Press on Friday an investigation has been opened, but declined to comment on the report.
Red Star released a statement vehemently denying the match-fixing allegation, saying no club official was involved in the alleged “shameful acts.”
TENNIS: Although Roger Federer finally won a match in straight sets at this year’s Shanghai Masters, it didn’t save him any energy.
The defending champion reached the semifinals Friday by beating eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-4, 7-6 (4). His first two matches both went three sets.
“It was the same length, actually, as all three of my matches went the same length basically, an hour and 52 (minutes),” Federer said. “So you see, two sets sometimes doesn’t tell the truth.”
Federer finished the match with 10 aces and landed an impressive 71 percent of his first serves. He went up a break at the start of the second set, but then trailed 4-1 in the tiebreaker.
“I was happy to get out in two,” Federer said. “I somehow got it done.”
Federer, a two-time champion in Shanghai, will next face 13th-seeded Borna Coric. The Croat defeated Matthew Ebden 7-5, 6-4.
Earlier, fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev secured a spot in next month’s ATP Finals with a 6-4, 6-4 quarterfinal win over Kyle Edmund.
Zverev is the fifth player to qualify for the season-ending tournament in London, joining Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro in the eight-player field.
Zverev will next play secondseeded Djokovic in the semifinals.
The Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion defeated seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson 7-6 (1), 6-3.
COLLEGES: Purdue and men’s basketball coach Matt Painter have agreed on a two-year contract extension through the 2023-24 season.
Athletic director Mike Bobinski that beginning July 2019, Painter’s contract will convert to a rolling five-year term with automatic oneyear extensions that could extend the agreement beyond 2023-24. The school said Painter also will receive increased compensation, but did not offer details.
... Minnesota has signed athletic director Mark Coyle to a three-year extension.
MMA: Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will attempt to regain his belt when he returns from suspension Dec. 29 in a rematch with Alex Gustafsson.
The UFC announced the main event for its traditional year-ending show in Las Vegas. Jones (22-1) is widely considered the greatest talent in mixed martial arts, but he has repeatedly sabotaged his own career with mistakes outside the cage.
OLYMPICS: Stockholm’s bid to host the 2026 Olympics is at risk only three days after the IOC formally approved the city among three candidates.
A new coalition deal announced to run Stockholm’s city government, between a center-right alliance and environmentalists, requires no taxpayer funding for a Winter Games.
If Stockholm drops out, the IOC will be left with Calgary, Alberta, and the combined Italian bid of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo.