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SOCCER

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House Oversight Committee will host a roundtable next week with former employees of the Washington football team on workplace misconduct and sexual harassment.

The discussion is scheduled for Feb. 3, a day after Washington revealed its new name. The committee announced the roundtable on Thursday.

Five former employees are expected to be part of the roundtable.

The NFL oversaw an independent investigation into Washington’s workplace misconduct and fined the team $10 million last year after it was completed. A written report was never published.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger’s NFL career is over.

The longtime Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback announced his retirement Thursday, saying it was “time to clean out my locker, hang up my cleats” after 18 years, two Super Bowls, countless team records and a nearly secure Hall of Fame spot.

“I don’t know how to put into words what football has meant to me and what a blessing it has been,” Roethlisberger, 39, said in a video message. “But I know with confidence that I gave the game my all, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for what it gave me.”

The highly anticipated decision came less than two weeks after Pittsburgh’s lopsided loss to Kansas City in the first round of the playoffs, the 12th time in Roethlisberger’s career the Steelers have reached the playoffs.

CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Eberflus is the Chicago Bears’ new coach, tasked with turning around a franchise mired in mediocrity for much of the past decade.

The Bears announced the hiring of Eberflus Thursday night. He has spent the past four years as Indianapolis’ defensive coordinator.

Eberflus, 51, called his new job a “once in a lifetime opportunity”.

“I am truly touched and honored to be named your head coach and together we will do everything in our power to bring a Super Bowl championship back to Chicago,” he said in a statement.

TENNIS

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal is now one victory away from a record 21st Grand Slam singles title.

The 35-year-old Spaniard advanced to the Australian Open final for the sixth time with Friday’s 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 win over Matteo Berrettini.

He arrived in Australia not knowing how long he would last after months off recovering from injuries and then a bout of COVID-19.

He won a title at a tune-up tournament and has now won six matches at the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.

One more and he will break the record of 20 majors he shared with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. He will also become the fourth man in history to win all four Grand Slam titles at least twice.

In Sunday’s league match, he will face the winner of the last semi-final between US Open champion Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

FOOTBALL

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Antonee Robinson broke a freeze in the air and the American attack, scoring a big 52nd-minute goal that lifted the Americans against El Salvador 1-0 on Thursday night and kept them on the right track. path to a return to the World Cup.

The narrow victory on a 29-degree night that tied the record low temperature for a US home qualifier propelled the United States to 18 points with five games remaining.

The United States has two more matchups next week and could move to the brink of a spot with wins Sunday against Canada in Hamilton, Ont., and Wednesday against Honduras in St. Paul, Minnesota. The last three qualifiers will take place in March.

BASKETBALL PRO

NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James will return to Cleveland as All-Star Game captain, with another former Cavaliers No. 1 pick joining him as this season’s surprise selection.

Golden State’s Andrew Wiggins was voted into his first All-Star Game, with Memphis guard Ja Morant also set for his debut.

Denver Nuggets and Warriors superstar Stephen Curry MVP Nikola Jokic joined those three players on Thursday as the other players voted as the Western Conference starters.

The East starters were Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid in the frontcourt, along with Atlanta’s Trae Young and Chicago’s DeMar DeRozan.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

There are plenty of old newcomers making a splash this season in college basketball.

ACC leading scorer Alondes Williams for Wake Forest and Pac-12 leader Terrell Brown Jr. in Washington are both senior transfers who joined their new teams this season. The same goes for the top scorers of four of the 10 teams in the Big 12.

With the extra season of eligibility available to everyone due to the pandemic and the ability for players to access the transfer portal and play elsewhere right away, there have been a lot of changes to rosters across the country. . About 1,700 players entered the portal last offseason.

COLLEGE SPORTS

Male athletes lead the way six months after the NCAA paved the way for college athletes to make money from stardom.

They lead in total earnings by name, image and likeness and have more NIL transactions than women, according to third-party data from July 1 to December 31 for some 125,000 athletes – about a quarter of the nearly 500,000 in the three divisions of the NCAA.

Men’s sports bring in more money – often enough to help fund other sports – and have a much larger TV and media presence, so it’s only natural that companies look to these athletes for the best return on investment, according to sports management experts.

BASEBALL

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gene Clines, who was part of the first all-minority roster in Major League Baseball history and a line outfielder for the 1971 World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates, died Thursday. He was 75 years old.

Clines’ wife, Joanne, told the Pirates that Clines died at his home in Bradenton, Fla., site of the team’s longtime spring training home. No cause of death was given.

On September 1, 1971, Clines broke second and played center field for the Pirates in a starting lineup made up entirely of players of black and Latino descent. He doubled, singled and scored twice as Pittsburgh beat Philadelphia 10-7 at Three Rivers Stadium.

Clines was at PNC Park last September when the Pirates celebrated the 50th anniversary of the occasion, with fellow starters Al Oliver, Dave Cash and Manny Sanguillen joining in the festivities.

Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, Rennie Stennett, Jackie Hernández and Dock Ellis also started for the Pirates on that historic night in 1971. A month later, they won the World Series, beating the Baltimore Orioles in seven games.

NEW YORK (AP) — A minor league advocacy group says Major League Baseball’s new housing policy is an improvement but still insufficient.

The Advocates for Minor Leaguers Player Steering Committee issued a statement on Thursday opposing the accommodation of two players per room and the absence of spouses and children.

“While the new policy represents a massive player victory, the details of the policy were determined unilaterally by MLB, which neither requested nor received our input,” the group said. “Every player deserves the privacy of their own room.”

MLB said in November it would require teams to provide furnished accommodations, with one single bed per player and no more than two players per room. Teams will be responsible for basic utility bills.

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