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NFL-RAMS-CARDINAL

Rams visit the Cardinals in Monday night football

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) – For the third time in four seasons, the Los Angeles Rams appear to receive a major boost in December from a running back who ends the regular season strong. Sony Michel ran for 121 yards and a touchdown and also caught three assists in the Rams’ 37-7 rout in Jacksonville last weekend. With Darrell Henderson still hampered by the thigh injury that kept him sidelined against the Jaguars, Michel is likely to regain the Los Angeles advantage tonight when he visits the Arizona Cardinals, leaders of the NFC West. Michel’s performance was the Rams’ first game of the season on 100 rushing yards.

Andrew Whitworth of the Rams has reached a remarkable milestone in his career and his life. He turned 40 on Sunday, which means tonight he will be the first 40-year-old in NFL history to start a game on left tackle. Not only does Whitworth still play soccer, he’s playing at an elite level in a key position for a Super Bowl vying team.

The Cardinals can finally play a home game tonight after almost a month away from State Farm Stadium. In a strange twist, that’s not necessarily good news for the franchise. The Cardinals built their best 10-2 NFL record in an unorthodox way. They’ve always been good on the road with a 7-0 record and all wins have been in double digits. At home, they are only 3-2.

NBA-BULLS

Will the Bulls have enough players on Tuesday?

CHICAGO (AP) – Bulls star Zach LaVine and substitute forward Troy Brown Jr. have entered NBA health and safety protocols, giving Chicago nine players on the roster.

The team confirmed on Sunday that LaVine and Brown joined top scorer DeMar DeRozan, Matt Thomas, Coby White, Javonte Green, Derrick Jones Jr., Ayo Dosunmu and recently signed Stanley Johnson. This left the Bulls with nine players available. Teams need eight to play.

Chicago’s next game is against Detroit at home on Tuesday. LaVine and Brown both played in Saturday’s loss to Miami.

BOYCOTT EUROPE-DIPLOMATIC

EU has little appetite to join US diplomatic boycott of Games

BRUSSELS (AP) – Several countries in the European Union are making it clear that they have little appetite to join the US initiative for a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Games amid concerns over the toll of the China in human rights.

EU foreign ministers are seeking a united front on how to deal with the problem. France said last week that an absence of leaders and dignitaries at the opening of the Olympics would have little real impact.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said that as little as possible should be taken away from the participants themselves. “Athletes prepare for it for years, sometimes half their lives, and that is why it should not be used for political reasons.

2022-OLYMPICS-THE LOSS OF SWITZERLAND

Swiss ski resorts show what the 2022 Olympics could have been like

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) – The Beijing Olympics are just a few weeks away and China has become a more problematic host than expected for an event that originally seemed intended to be hosted in Europe.

The candidatures of Switzerland and Norway failed against a backdrop of national political opposition to the Olympics. Last weekend’s Ski World Cup in the chic Swiss towns of St. Moritz and Davos showed what the Olympics could have been like. There could have been events at snow-capped resorts with decades of winter sports tradition and without diplomatic boycotts or not to mention human rights records.

BOXING-OLYMPIC FUTURE

The boxing organization commits to reform to regain its Olympic place for 2028

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – The president of the newly renowned International Boxing Association has said his sport will reform a manipulative judging system to regain its place on the 2028 Olympics program.

Boxing, weightlifting and modern pentathlon were all excluded from the initial list of sports for the 2028 Games in Los Angeles last week and were urged to make changes by the International Olympic Committee.

IBA President Umar Kremlev said his association was already making progress on reforms to clean up the sport and hopes to be reinstated.

RUSSIAN DOPING

Russia hit by sanctions for triathlon in doping crackdown

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – World Triathlon has imposed a series of sanctions on Russia after repeated cases of doping. World Triathlon said its board of directors had imposed the sanctions due to “a significant number of doping cases in Russia”.

The measures will not prevent Russian triathletes from competing, but they will ban Russia from hosting certain events until the end of 2022 and require more drug tests. One of the most significant recent doping cases in Russia involved an athlete who competed in two events at the Tokyo Olympics.

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