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NFL

Las Vegas Raiders team president Dan Ventrelle left the organization less than a year after taking office.

Owner Mark Davis announced in a statement Friday that Ventrelle “is no longer part of the Raiders organization,” but did not release any details about the decision.

Ventrelle said in a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he was fired in retaliation for raising several employees’ concerns about a “hostile work environment” with the NFL.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said league officials “recently became aware of these allegations and are taking them very seriously. We will quickly look into the matter. »

FOOTBALL

LONDON (AP) — Chelsea are being sold to a consortium led by U.S. sports investor Todd Boehly, ending 19 years of Roman Abramovich’s lavish ownership and investment until the Russian oligarch was sanctioned and forced to offload the Premier League club.

The sale price of 2.5 billion pounds ($3.1 billion) is the most lucrative ever for a sports team in the world, but Abramovich cannot receive the proceeds, which he hopes will will go to a foundation for the victims of the war in Ukraine. A further £1.75 billion ($2.2 billion) will be invested in the reigning FIFA Club World Cup winners.

Chelsea said on Saturday the terms of the takeover had been agreed with a consortium also including Mark Walter, who is also part of the Dodgers Group, Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss and funding from private equity firm Clearlake Capital.

MLB

PHOENIX (AP) — Veteran Major League Baseball umpire Dan Bellino has issued an apology after ejecting Arizona Diamondbacks star pitcher Madison Bumgarner from a game in Miami this week.

The Diamondbacks said Friday they received a copy of Bellino’s apology from MLB.

“I would like to speak about my May 4th actions involving Madison Bumgarner,” the statement read. “When I started my career in MLB almost 15 years ago, I received good advice. I was told to officiate every game as if my children were sitting in the front row. not met those expectations this week. While I cannot go back and change what happened, I take full responsibility. I will learn from this incident and sincerely apologize.

NHL

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith will miss the remainder of the playoffs after undergoing surgery.

DeSmith came out in the second overtime of Pittsburgh’s 4-3 win in Game 1 of their best-of-seven series against the New York Rangers.

DeSmith’s injury leaves Louis Domingue as the starter as the series moves to Pittsburgh. Domingue took the win in Game 1 but suffered the loss after allowing five goals on 40 shots in Game 2.

WNBA

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Mercury opened their season at home Friday against the Las Vegas Aces without star center Brittney Griner.

Griner is approaching three months of his detention in Russia with no timetable for his release. Griner was arrested on February 17 after Moscow airport authorities said they found vaping cartridges allegedly containing cannabis-derived oil in her luggage, which could carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. .

The WNBA recognizes Griner with a floor sticker with his initials on his No. 42 in league arenas.

Griner’s absence seemed to impact the Mercury once the match began, both emotionally and on the pitch. Phoenix, who were missing two other key players through injuries, fell into a big hole early on and lost 106-88.

CAR RACE

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton protested the FIA’s crackdown on body piercings on Friday by showing up to the Miami Grand Prix wearing all the jewelry he could put on his body and wearing. suggesting he was willing to sit out the races on the matter.

Hamilton arrived in the paddock wearing an all-denim outfit with several open buttons on his long-sleeved shirt which showed at least four stacked collars. Hamilton was then seen wearing at least three watches and with four rings on each hand. He also has earrings and a nose ring.

The FIA ​​tightened its ban on unregulated underwear and piercings on Thursday when new race director Niels Wittich issued a bulletin that incorporates the rule into official scrutineering, meaning such choices are subject to scrutiny race officials.

mma

PHOENIX (AP) — Charles Oliveira didn’t make weight on Friday and is set to vacate his lightweight title. Now only Justin Gaethje can claim the belt at UFC 274.

Oliveira (32-8) came within a half pound over the 155 limit. If he wins on Saturday night, he will be the No. 1 contender and have a shot at winning the title in his next fight.

The fight against Gaethje will be the co-main event of UFC 274, featuring Rose Namajunas’ strawweight title defense against former champion Carla Esparza.

HORSES RACE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Secret Oath charged the pack to take the lead from Yuugiri and favorite Nest by two lengths Friday in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs, giving 86-year-old coach D. Wayne Lukas his fifth victory in Oaks and the first since 1990.

After a third-place finish behind colts Cyberknife and Barber Road in the Arkansas Derby, the chestnut filly started the 14-horse race from the rail and was in the middle as Yuugiri set the pace around the final turn. Secret Oath worked steadily forward and came into contention at the far corner before bouncing along the rail in the lead.

The win was worth $767,250 to Secret Oath, ridden by Luis Saez. Secret Oath completed the 1 1/8th mile on a good track in 1:49.44 and paid $10.80, $5.60 and $4.60.

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