The Washington Post

Discipline for Watson could come Monday


The initial ruling in the disciplina­ry case of Cleveland Browns quarterbac­k Deshaun Watson is likely to be delivered Monday to the NFL and the NFL Players Associatio­n, according to a person familiar with the situation.

That ruling is being made by Sue L. Robinson, a former U.S. district judge who is the disciplina­ry officer jointly appointed by the league and the players union. She conducted a three-day hearing in Delaware that concluded June 30, then had each side submit a posthearin­g brief. Another person connected to the case also said a ruling is expected early this week.

The NFL argued to Robinson for an indefinite suspension of a least one full season under the league’s personal conduct policy by which Watson would be required to apply for reinstatem­ent, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The NFLPA is believed to have argued for no suspension.

If Robinson rules Watson violated the personal conduct policy and imposes discipline, either the league or the union can appeal to Commission­er

Roger Goodell or a person designated by him. If she rules Watson did not violate the conduct policy, the case is closed.

Watson was accused of sexual misconduct in more than two dozen civil suits. He has denied the allegation­s and has not been charged with a crime. . . .

— Mark Maske The San Francisco 49ers are finalizing a three-year contract extension with all-pro wide receiver Deebo Samuel that will clear the way for their top offensive playmaker to return to the practice field.

A person familiar with the deal said the sides were putting the finishing touches on the contract a day before the 49ers were set to hold their first padded practice of training camp.

NFL Network first reported the sides had reached an agreement and said the new contract will be worth $71.55 million with $58.1 million in contract guarantees. The extension will allow Samuel to hit free agency in 2026 when he will be 30 years old.


Formula One champion Max Verstappen overcame a spin and his worst starting spot of the season to win the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday in Budapest. His eighth win of the season pushed Verstappen’s lead to 80 points over Charles Leclerc as F1 heads into its midseason break.

Mercedes placed both its cars on the podium for the second straight race; seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton carved his way from seventh to a second-place finish, and teammate and pole-sitter George Russell was third.

Carlos Sainz Jr. finished fourth in another disastrous day for Ferrari.


Veteran rider Annemiek van Vleuten won the women’s Tour de France for the first time after clinching the eighth and final stage in style.

The 39-year-old van Vleuten won the stage by 30 seconds from Dutch countrywom­an Demi Vollering, who also finished the race second overall. Italian rider Silvia Persico was third in the stage, 1 minute 43 seconds behind the winner.

In the overall standings, Movistar rider van Vleuten was 3:48 clear of Vollering (Team SD Worx) and 6:35 ahead of Polish rider Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-sram) in third spot.

Van Vleuten had just about enough energy to punch the air in delight when she crossed the line after the 123-kilometer (76-mile) mountain stage in the Vosges mountains of eastern France. It featured two Category 1 climbs, the second ascent being the stageendin­g trek up La Super Planche des Belles Filles, which finished with a daunting gradient of 23 percent.


Second-seeded Jannik Sinner rallied from a set down in the final of the Croatia Open to beat top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz, 6-7 (7-5), 6-1, 6-1, for his sixth career ATP title.

The 10th-ranked Italian was playing his first final of the year — and eighth overall — as he prevented the fifth-ranked Alcaraz from successful­ly defending his first ATP title.

Sinner dominated after the 19-year-old Alcaraz prevailed in the first-set tiebreaker in Umag.

Sinner, 20, saved all nine break points he faced before converting his first match point to claim his first trophy on clay.

He won all the previous ones at hard-court tournament­s. . . .

Eighth-seeded Marie Bouzkova cruised past seventhsee­ded Anastasia Potapova, 6-0, 6-3, to win the Prague Open for her first WTA title.

The 24-year-old lifted the trophy after playing in her fourth WTA final, the second this year after she lost to American Sloane Stephens in Guadalajar­a, Mexico, in February.

“I’m extremely happy I won right here,” the Czech told the cheering crowd in Prague.

The Wimbledon quarterfin­alist broke Potapova seven times to win the final in 1 hour 11 minutes. Bouzkova didn’t drop a set during the hard-court tournament.


Amanda Nunes won a unanimous five-round decision over Julianna Peña in the main event of UFC 277 on Saturday night in Dallas to regain the women’s bantamweig­ht championsh­ip she lost in December.

Nunes (22-5), nicknamed “The Lioness,” is again a doublecham­pion, already holding the featherwei­ght belt. The judges’ scoring was 50-45, 50-44 and 50-43.

Peña beat Nunes last year in Las Vegas to claim the title in one of the biggest upsets in UFC history.

Saturday’s fight was the first title defense for Peña (12-5) in the 135-pound division.

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