Bills QB Allen cleared to play against Titans
Bills starting quarterback Josh Allen was cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol and is expected to play against the Titans on Sunday. The team also says fullback Patrick DiMarco and safety Dean Marlowe have been cleared to play after spending this past week in the protocol.
Browns star Odell Beckham Jr. was fined $14,037 by the NFL for unsportsmanlike conduct after he fought with Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey last week. Beckham and Humphrey were flagged after they tangled. Humphrey, who played Beckham aggressively the entire game, was assessed the same $14,037 penalty.
The Falcons placed longtime punter Matt Bosher on injured reserve and re-signed Matt Wile ahead of Sunday’s game against the Texans.
Kansas apologizes for Snoop Dogg show: The University of Kansas apologized for its risque Late Night at the Phog event in which rapper Snoop Dogg performed, stripper poles were wheeled onto the Allen Fieldhouse floor and fake money was shot over the heads of prospective recruits. Athletic director Jeff Long said “we expected a clean version of the show.”
Thiem, Barty reach finals: Top seeds Dominic Thiem and Ash Barty are through to the finals of the China Open in Beijing. Thiem will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final. Barty, who defeated Kiki Bertens, meets two-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka, who downed defending champion Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets.
Thiem dropped the first set to Karen Khachanov, but came roaring back to win 2-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5. Third-seeded Tsitsipas fought past second-seeded Alexander Zverev 7-6 (6), 6-4.
Novak Djokovic has been in dominant form at the Japan Open. That bodes well for the topranked Serb’s chances of winning the gold medal at next year’s Olympics. Playing on the court that will host the Tokyo Olympics, Djokovic beat thirdseeded David Goffin 6-3, 6-4 to reach his fifth final this season.
Preakness to stay: The city of Baltimore and the owners of the historic but dilapidated Pimlico Race Course came up with a way to keep the prestigious Preakness Stakes at the 149-year-old track in northwest Baltimore. The Stronach Group has pledged to donate the land to the city for development in and around the track. A new clubhouse would be built.
Buoyed by the presence of two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O’Neill, about 50 workers and supporters of horse racing rallied outside Santa Anita’s main entrance. They toted signs expressing their love of horses and support for the jobs the industry provides in California.
Delle Donne, Atkins question marks: Washington Mystics coach Mike Thibault said his team is preparing to play Sunday’s Game 3 of the WNBA Finals without league MVP Elena Delle Donne and guard Ariel Atkins. Delle Donne is suffering from a herniated disk that is pinching a nerve in her back. The series is tied at 1.
Track and Field
US wins relay: The United States won the men’s 4x100-meter relay, handing Christian Coleman and Noah Lyles their second gold medals of the world championships. Joe Kovacs of the United States won the shot put with the biggest throw in 29 years in a contest decided by a single centimeter. Kovacs threw 22.91 meters in the final round.