MANCHESTER, England (AP) Sam Allardyce lost his job as England manager after one match and just 67 days in charge, paying the price for damaging comments to undercover reporters that were deemed ''inappropriate'' by the English Football Association.
British newspaper The Daily Telegraph published video of Allardyce appearing to offer advice on how to sidestep an outlawed player transfer practice and also to negotiate a 400,000-pound ($519,000) public-speaking contract while talking to reporters posing as businessmen.
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The FA acted swiftly, holding emergency talks with Allardyce in London before announcing the end of his short-lived tenure by mutual consent.
''In light of the media allegations that we've seen,'' FA chief executive Martin Glenn said, ''we've concluded – and Sam's agreed – that his behavior has been inappropriate and frankly not what is expected of an England manager.''
RENO, Nev. (AP) – Three people whose votes could determine whether a nearly $2 billion stadium is built to lure the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas were appointed to vacant seats in the Nevada Legislature.
The three northern Nevada residents, including a former Stanford football player, will join other state lawmakers for a special session the governor is expected to convene next month to consider raising hotel room taxes in the Las Vegas area to help finance a 65,000-seat, domed stadium that could be home to the NFL team.
The current informal proposal on the table would tax only hotel guests in Las Vegas and Clark County, with no direct impact on Washoe County, Reno or Sparks. But critics fear that in the event of revenue shortfalls, the burden could fall to all Clark County taxpayers or, potentially, taxpayers statewide
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has become a key figure in a growing protest against racial inequality, had a harsh assessment of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump a day after the first presidential debate.
''To me, it was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates,'' Kaepernick said. ''Both are proven liars and it almost seems like they're trying to debate who's less racist. And at this point, talking with one of my friends, it was, you have to pick the lesser of two evils, but in the end, it's still evil.''
Kaepernick also responded to a statement Trump made during an August radio interview in which he said Kaepernick's anthem protest wasn't ''a good thing'' and that the athlete might want to find a country that works better for him.
Kaepernick said it was ''a very ignorant statement, that if you don't agree with what's going on here and that if you want justice and liberty and freedom for all that you should leave the country.''
HOUSTON (AP) – A person familiar with J.J. Watt's condition says he has re-injured his back and the Houston Texans expect him to be out until at least December, and possibly the entire season.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't confirmed the injury.
Watt missed training camp and Houston's four preseason games after surgery in July to repair a herniated disk in his back. He returned started each of the team's three regular-season games and got hurt again Thursday against the Patriots.
It's unclear if the injury will require surgery.
Watt, who has won Defensive Player of the Year for the past two seasons, didn't practice on Monday, but coach Bill O'Brien said then he was just getting a day off.
NFL.com first reported the news.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina football player facing charges of sexual battery and assault on a female student says the two had consensual sex but that he did not rape or drug her.
In his first public comments, Allen Artis said he isn't a rapist and is eager to get the case behind him. One of his attorneys, Kerry Sutton, also said Artis has passed a polygraph test about the February incident.
''Everything was completely consensual that happened that night,'' said a very composed Artis, who was sitting on a couch in his attorney's home flanked by his mother Stephanie Artis and an aunt Avis Artis. ''That's the truth.''
The junior reserve linebacker, indefinitely suspended from the team, turned himself earlier this month on the misdemeanor charges. His next court date is set for Thursday.
HOUSTON (AP) – Initial funding has been approved for a $105 million redevelopment of the Houston Astrodome that would include raising the two bottom floors to accommodate about 1,400 parking spaces.
Harris County commissioners voted to spend $10.5 million on the project's initial design.
Plans call for the bottom floors of the county-owned Astrodome to be raised for parking so that it can be used for festivals, conferences and commercial uses across more than 550,000 square feet of air-conditioned space.
Parking revenue, hotel occupancy taxes and county general funds are expected to cover the cost of the redevelopment.
The Astrodome opened in 1965 but has been vacant for 17 years, falling into disrepair and declared unfit for occupancy in 2009. Voters in 2013 rejected a $217 million bond for renovations.
TOKYO (AP) – A Japanese court convicted the brother of Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish of gambling on baseball games, handing him a suspended prison sentence.
The Osaka District Court found Sho Darvish guilty of taking hundreds of bets on Major League Baseball and on professional baseball games in Japan last year.
The court said the 27-year-old younger brother of Yu Darvish was sentenced to two years and four months in prison, but it was suspended for five years. The court said the defendant's gambling was limited to his group of friends and was not linked to organized crime, according to local media reports.
The younger Darvish took bets of 10,000 yen ($100) on Japanese and American professional baseball games, accepting wagers totaling about 110 million yen ($1.1 million) through the LINE social networking application, Kyodo News reported.