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Sports in Brief for Friday 5th August 2022

NFL CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The NFL Players Association has filed a brief response to the league’s appeal in Deshaun Watson’s disciplinary case. Former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey now has the documentation needed to make a decision.

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CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The NFL Players Association has filed a brief response to the league’s appeal in the Deshaun Watson disciplinary case.

Former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey now has the documentation needed to make a decision.

The players’ union announced the reply letter just before Friday’s deadline, but did not release its contents because they are confidential.

Harvey was selected by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday to hear the league’s appeal of the six-game suspension Watson received for violating the personal conduct policy.

The NFL said Friday there was no timeline for Harvey to make a decision. The policy states that the appeal will be “expedited processing”.

Watson was suspended by Independent Disciplinary Commissioner Sue L. Robinson after he was accused of sexual assault and harassment by two dozen women in Texas. The allegations date back to when Watson was playing for the Houston Texans.

Watson, who was traded to Cleveland in March, recently settled 23 of 24 lawsuits filed by the women. Watson has denied any wrongdoing.

The NFL is seeking an indefinite suspension of at least a year and a fine of about $8 million, a person familiar with the filing told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Watson would also have to undergo an evaluation and treatment set by medical experts before he could be reinstated.

BASKETBALL

MOSCOW (AP) – The Kremlin said it was ready to discuss a possible prisoner swap with American basketball star Brittney Griner, but warned Washington not to go public with the issue.

Griner, a two-time US Olympic gold medalist and eight-time All-Star with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, has been detained in Russia since February 17 after police at a Moscow airport said she found vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage .

A judge sentenced the 31-year-old athlete to nine years in prison on Thursday for drug possession and smuggling. The politically charged case comes amid high tensions between Moscow and Washington over Russia’s military action in Ukraine.

When asked in the White House about the prospects of getting Griner’s release, President Joe Biden said, “I’m confident … We’re working hard.”

In an extraordinary move, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week, urging him to accept a deal that would free Griner and Paul Whelan, an American jailed in Russia on espionage charges.

Lavrov and Blinken were both in Cambodia on Friday for an Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting. Blinken didn’t even glance at his Russian counterpart as they took their seats at an East Asia summit.

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — Ronald Acuña Jr. hit four and robbed Pete Alonso of a two-run homer as the Atlanta Braves built a big early lead and defeated the New York Mets 9-6 to settle in their NL East showdown to recover quickly.

Eddie Rosario hit a three-run homer in the first inning and an RBI double in the second to help the Braves open an 8-0 cushion. Rookie midfielder Michael Harris II also went deep, throwing a runner to the plate.

William Contreras added a solo homer in the ninth, and the Braves avoided their first three-game losing streak of the year.

Mets starter Taijuan Walker (9-3) managed just three outs in a rare but early flop, and his teammates couldn’t recover. Atlanta moved back to first-place New York within 3 1/2 games after dropping the opener of the five-game series Thursday night.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul DeJong hit a two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning to win the Cardinals 4-3 over the New York Yankees on Matt Carpenter’s return to St. Louis.

Carpenter received a standing ovation on his first visit to the city, where he played 11 seasons and then had two hits. Aaron Judge and Josh Donaldson also had two hits each for the Yankees, and Donaldson drove two while New York built a 3-2 lead.

The Cardinals wiped out the deficit in the round of 16. Nolan Arenado hit a one-out single and Tyler O’Nell hit a two-out walk for a full count. DeJong, playing his sixth game since being recalled from Triple-A, doubled to the right against All-Star Clay Holmes (5-3) to hit both runners.

Rookie Andre Pallente (5-4) threw a relieved four innings scoreless. He gave up three hits with two strikeouts. Ryan Helsley made his 10th save by throwing the ninth.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tony Gonsolin threw five scoreless innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers combined for a four-hitter against the charged San Diego Padres lineup to win 8-1 after honoring Vin Scully.

Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts led the stadium with a unanimous call of Scully’s autograph “It’s Dodgers Baseball Time” during a pregame memorial service. Scully died Tuesday at the age of 94.

The NL West rivals met for the first time since San Diego took over superstars Juan Soto, Josh Bell and Brandon Drury before Tuesday’s close. The Dodgers extended their lead in the division to a best 13 1/2 games of the season over the Padres and showed no signs of slowing down.

Gonsolin (13-1) batted six and allowed three hits. He overcame a 30-pitch first inning and let up two runners. After that he settled in.

Soto was showered with “Future Dodger” chants at Chavez Ravine last month while playing in the All-Star game with his name on the trading block. Washington sent the 23-year-old to Los Angeles rivals instead, and Soto was booed in the attack every Friday.

GOLF

MUIRFIELD, Scotland (AP) — Gee Chun took the half-time lead at the Women’s British Open after a 5-under 66 in the second round, putting her in contention for a second major title of the year and fourth overall .

The South Korean had a total of 134 8-unders, one shot ahead of South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai and Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom, both of whom had 65 shots.

Seven-time Major winner Inbee Park, also of South Korea, was a shot down after a 67.

Chun, who won the Women’s PGA Championship at the Congressional in June despite consecutive weekend rounds of 75, carded six birdies and a single bogey in her round at Muirfield.

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Joohyung “Tom” Kim started the Wyndham Championship with a quadruple bogey on his first hole and wasn’t the least bit bothered.

Already securing a PGA Tour card for next season, Kim overcame his difficult start with a 6-under 64 that gave him a share of the lead with Brandon Wu and Ryan Moore in the final PGA Tour event of the regular season .

Kim, a 20-year-old South Korean, needs to win at Sedgefield Country Club to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs because he won’t be considered a member of the PGA Tour until September, when the new season begins. Only a win grants him immediate membership.

He hit eight strokes for his first hole on Thursday. Since then, Kim has made 14 birdies and tied for 9-under 131 with Wu (67) and Moore (67).

The Associated Press

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