Tuesday's Sports in Brief
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The NFL awarded Super Bowls to Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles, three cities that made significant financial investments in new stadiums or recently upgraded an existing one.
Atlanta will host the game in 2019, followed by Miami (2020) and Los Angeles (2021), it was announced at the NFL owners meetings.
Atlanta will host its third Super Bowl, but the first at its new $1.4 billion stadium which opens in 2017. The previous two were at the Georgia Dome.
Miami will have its record-setting 11th Super Bowl following a $450 million stadium renovation.
Los Angeles, which gets the relocated Rams this season, has not hosted a Super Bowl in the area since 1993 in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The game will be played at the new $2.6 billion stadium in Inglewood, California, which opens in 2019.
Tampa Bay and New Orleans were also in the running to host a Super Bowl.
SEATTLE (AP) – The co-chairman of the NFL's head, neck and spine committee has sent a letter to Congress stressing that he was not contacted by a committee handling a report during a government study on the link between football and brain disease.
That study concluded that NFL officials improperly sought to influence the process.
Dr. Richard Ellenbogen wrote to New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone to note that claims he and others tried to influence a National Institutes of Health grant selection are inaccurate. Ellenbogen called not being interviewed a ''basic lack of fairness'' and a ''maligning without so much as the courtesy of a direct question to me by your staff.''
Pallone said the league tried to strong-arm the NIH into taking the project away from a researcher who the NFL feared was biased.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis says the team has begun conducting market research studies to gather information about a potential move to Las Vegas.
Davis said at the NFL owners meetings that the initial reports have come back ''positive'' about the feasibility of such a move. Unable to get a suitable stadium deal in Oakland, Davis wants to move the Raiders to the gambling city.
''I have given my commitment to Las Vegas and if they can get done what they're talking about doing, then we will go to Las Vegas,'' Davis said.
In April, Davis appeared before a Las Vegas stadium commission to not only pledge to move the Raiders to the city, but put $500 million into a $1.4 billion stadium. Davis gave no timetable for a potential move, saying it is up to the legislative process.
''We'll see how that goes,'' Davis said.
MOSCOW (AP) – Ten medalists from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, including 2012 high jump champion Anna Chicherova, were among 14 Russians that tested positive in the reanalysis of their doping samples, state television reported.
Match TV said 11 of the 14 athletes on its retest list are from track and field, including 4×100-meter relay gold medalist Yulia Chermoshanskaya. The others are two weightlifters and a rower.
Separately, the Russian track federation said it would ban former dopers from the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in the hope of getting its team reinstated for the games. The IAAF suspended the track federation from global competition after a World Anti-Doping Agency commission report detailed state-sponsored doping.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Baylor University and its president faced mounting pressure over how the school has handled reports of rape and assault by football players, and the Texas university said its governing board was still considering the results of an internal investigation into the matter.
Asked about reports that the board of regents had voted to fire school President Ken Starr, university spokeswoman Lori Fogleman said in an email, ''Ken Starr is president and chancellor of Baylor University.'' Fogelman did not elaborate.
In a separate statement issued by the university, Baylor said its board has not finished reviewing the report by Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton ''and we anticipate further communication will come after the board completes its deliberations.'' The statement said the private university wouldn't comment on the reports about Starr, which cited unnamed sources. HornsDigest.com was the first to report that the board had decided to fire Starr.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – The Arlington City Council has approved a master agreement setting forth the public-private setup to build a retractable-roof ballpark for the Texas Rangers.
The unanimous vote begins the process for placing on the Nov. 8 ballot an extension of the sales, car rental and hotel occupancy tax already levied to build AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys.
The new ballpark and related infrastructure is estimated to cost about $1 billion, with the city and the Rangers splitting the cost with the city's burden capped at $500 million. If voters approve the extension, the tax revenue would pay off the bonds the city floats to finance its half of the project cost.
The new park, which would be leased to the Rangers for 30 years, is expected to seat at least 38,000 fans.
NEW YORK (AP) – The trainer of Nyquist says the Kentucky Derby winner is sick and won't run in the Belmont Stakes on June 11.
Doug O'Neill said Tuesday that Nyquist is ''out because of sickness.''
Nyquist's bid for a chance at the Triple Crown ended when he finished third behind Exaggerator in the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday.
O'Neill's assistant Jack Sisterson said from Baltimore that the colt's blood work came back and showed an elevated white blood cell count. He said ''we just want to do right by him and get him to 100 percent.''
When he's healthy again, the plan is to ship him back to California, with a summer schedule that could include the Travers Stakes at Saratoga.
In 2012, O'Neill's Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have another was retired the day before the Belmont with a tendon injury and missed a Triple Crown chance.