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NLRB Guidelines Say College Athletes Are Employees Of Their Schools

College athletes who earn millions for their schools are employees, the National Labor Relations Board’s senior lawyer said in guidelines released Wednesday that would allow players at private universities to organize and otherwise negotiate their working conditions. NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo also threatened to take action against schools, conferences and the NCAA if they continued to use the term ‘student-athlete’, saying it was created to cover up the working relationship with college athletes and to discourage them to assert their rights. “The freedom to engage in large-scale and lucrative business ventures makes players in academic institutions much more like professional athletes who are employed by a team to play a sport,” Abruzzo wrote. Abruzzo’s memo does not immediately change the dynamic between schools and their athletes, who can receive scholarships and limited funding from participation fees in exchange for playing a sport. Instead, this is legal advice for the NLRB if a case arises … Just over six months after outcry called attention to inequalities between men’s basketball tournaments and NCAA Women’s, the NCAA has announced that it will expand “March Madness,” its trademark for the Division 1 men’s tournament, to the women’s tournament, which is held around the same time each year at different venues.

SOCCER

Pele should be discharged from the hospital

Pele will be going home soon.VANDERLEI ALMEIDA / AFP via Getty Images

Brazilian super football Pele expected to leave Sao Paulo hospital after being treated for nearly a month, her daughter Kely Nascimento noted. Pele, 80, had a colon tumor removed on September 4 and spent days in intensive care after the operation… The mere qualification for the Champions League was in itself a huge victory. But Sheriff Tiraspol, the team from the breakaway region of Transnistria, a disputed territory unrecognized by the international community, got off to a winning start – a big one. Sheriff Tiraspol surprised 13-time European champions Real Madrid on Tuesday night with a 2-1 victory in one of the biggest upheavals in the history of the Champions League …Christian Pulisic and Gio reyna were excluded from the United States national team for the next three World Cup qualifiers due to injuries, but Weston McKennie was brought back after a transgression to the last camp. Chelsea’s Pulisic (ankle) and Borussia Dortmund’s Reyna (hamstring) have been absent since the first round of qualifying earlier this month. They were not among the 27 players named to the final team for games against Jamaica on October 7 in Austin, Texas, Panama on October 10 and against Costa Rica on October 13 in Columbus, Ohio. Although the coach Gregg Berhalter Not ruling out calling on his two best attackers later, the chances seem slim … Cristiano Ronaldo made more history in the Champions League. The Portuguese forward started for Manchester United against Villarreal for his record 178th appearance in the competition. Ronaldo had shared the appearance record with Iker Casillas, his former teammate at Real Madrid. Ronaldo made his first Champions League game in 2003 during his first stint at United. He scored 135 goals in the competition, another record.

OLYMPIC GAMES

Beijing restrictions require athletes to quarantine themselves for 21 days and ban tickets to anyone not living in mainland China

A 21-day quarantine for unvaccinated athletes, officials and workers at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games. Daily tests for vaccinated people. No tickets sold to anyone living outside of China as the Olympic venues reopen. The restrictions imposed to control the COVID-19 pandemic during the upcoming Winter Games in February were announced by the International Olympic Committee. Without imposing a vaccination mandate, Beijing organizers are planning stricter rules than those applied at the Tokyo Olympics where vaccination was advised but not required as part of a strict testing regime. “Participants in the games who are not fully vaccinated will be required to serve a 21-day quarantine upon arrival in Beijing,” the IOC said in a statement. Olympic athletes can ask to avoid quarantine, IOC said, for “justified medical exemption” – a phrase that seemed to rule out ideological objections to vaccines … New York mayor Bill de Blasio appealed to the Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving get vaccinated after the basketball player dodged questions about whether he would be able to comply with the city’s vaccination mandates at sports arenas. “His fans are going to say ‘Come on, join us, help us,’” de Blasio said during an appearance on CNN. De Blasio said he doesn’t believe the Nets should make exceptions for Irving, who needs to be vaccinated to play in the Nets arena.

COLLECTION

Novak Djokovic abandons Indian Wells tournament

Novak Djokovic will not play in Southern California next month.
Novak Djokovic will not play in Southern California next month.John Minchillo / Associated press

Ranked at the top Novak Djokovic is the latest big name to leave the BNP Paribas Open scheduled for next month in the Southern California desert. “I’m sorry I couldn’t see my fans in Indian Wells and play in the desert, my favorite place to go,” he tweeted. Djokovic picked up a victory before claiming all four Grand Slam titles this year, losing in the US Open final earlier this month. He won the Australian, French and Wimbledon titles. Djokovic joins the No. 1 female Ash barty skipping the tournament featuring the men’s and women’s combined tours. It will be played from October 4 to 17, a change from its usual March date on the calendar due to the coronavirus pandemic … eighth seed Dan Evans withstood 13 big serve aces Kevin anderson and beat the double Grand Slam finalist 7-6 (11-9), 7-5 in the first round of the San Diego Open… NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan (AP) – Yulia Puntseva reached the quarter-finals of the Astana Open in Nur-Sultan as she tries to win the first women’s tennis tournament in her home country of Kazakhstan when she was third Kristina Mladenovic lost in the second round. The beat of Putintseva Vera Lapko, 6-4, 6-4 in their second round game, winning six of the last seven games after Lapko led the second set, 3-0 …

Instant replay of out of bounds violations in the final two minutes of rule or overtime in NBA games this season will be initiated by a coach’s challenge, rather than the referees. The NBA board of governors approved the change on Wednesday on a one-year trial basis.

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