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Thursday, February 25, 2021 1:00 am

Briefs

US women's soccer makes it 37 in a row

Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. – Megan Rapinoe scored twice and the United States won the SheBelieves Cup title with a 6-0 victory over Argentina.

The United States is undefeated in 37 games in a row overall and 53 on American soil.

Carli Lloyd, Kristie Mewis, Alex Morgan and Christen Press also scored, and the U.S. women also become the first team to have three straight shutouts in the SheBelieves Cup, which is in its sixth year.

The U.S. shut out Canada in the round-robin tournament opener and then downed Brazil 2-0 on Sunday. Earlier Wednesday, Brazil beat Canada 2-0 at Exploria Stadium. Brazil finished second.

Basketball

Booker added to All-Star roster

Phoenix guard Devin Booker was selected to replace injured Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis in the NBA All-Star Game.

Colleges

Bill addressing NIL introduced

The latest federal bill related to college sports would allow athletes to earn money from endorsements, loosen restrictions around transfers and permit players to return to school after entering a professional league's draft. The proposed legislation introduced by Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., also would require the wealthiest athletic programs to increase spending on long-term medical care for athletes. It would create an independent body to oversee NIL regulations and permit athletes to have agents and give athletes a lifetime scholarship.

Football

Bucs open to Brady extension

Tampa Bay is open to giving Tom Brady a contract extension. General manager Jason Licht reiterated that the team would like to keep the quarterback in uniform for as long as Brady wants to play.

Roethlisberger to return to team

Pittsburgh plans on having quarterback Ben Roethlisberger back for an 18th season. Team president Art Rooney II released a statement saying he and Roethlisberger have met to figure out a way to ease the financial pressure caused by Roethlisberger's contract

Raiders release receiver Williams

Las Vegas released receiver Tyrell Williams following two injury-plagued seasons with the team. Williams initially signed a four-year, $44.3 million deal as a free agent to join the Raiders in 2019.

Hockey

Julien fired

Struggling Montreal fired head coach Claude Julien and associate coach Kirk Muller following a three-game skid. Assistant coach Dominique Ducharme was appointed interim coach, and Alex Burrows was added to the Canadiens' coaching staff.

Olympics

Paralympics to be in prime time

NBC will air coverage of the Paralympics during prime time for the first time this summer. NBCUniversal announced that 1,200 hours of programming will air across NBC's linear and digital channels from the Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo. That includes more than 200 hours on NBC, NBCSN and the Olympic Channel.

Soccer

US women to stop kneeling

Players for the U.S. women's national team have decided to move on from kneeling during the anthem and instead focus on behind-the-scenes work to address racial inequity. The entire team stood during the anthem before a SheBelieves Cup match in Florida against Brazil last weekend.

Tennis

Original 9 part of new Hall class

Billie Jean King and the other members of the Original 9 who laid the groundwork for the women's professional tour are the first group elected together to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, joining Lleyton Hewitt and Dennis Van der Meer in the Class of 2021.


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