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Reuters Sports News Summary

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

MLB notebook: Astros deny reporter access to Verlander The Houston Astros denied a Detroit Free Press reporter access to Justin Verlander after Wednesday night's 2-1 loss to the Tigers. An Astros spokesman told the newspaper that writer Anthony Fenech had been denied access at the pitcher's request. Verlander refused to speak to the media with Fenech there, explaining Thursday on his Twitter feed that it was due to "unethical behavior in the past."

Brian Flores explains decision to play Jay-Z, takes strong stance on social justice protests

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

But after wide receiver Kenny Stills ripped Jay-Z over his controversial social justice partnership with the NFL for saying “we're past kneeling,” the artist choice seemed a direct shot from the rookie head coach. And without public explanation, nobody outside of the Dolphins' inner circle could figure out why. Flores explains why he played Jay-Z On Thursday, with a postgame media obligation, Flores couldn't escape the question.

Ticket demand for international NFL games surge

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Ticket demand for the NFL's five international games this season has jumped 55% compared to 2018 thanks to the American football league's efforts to grow its global fan base, ticket retailer StubHub said on Thursday. Four games will be played in London and one in Mexico in 2019 with the Chicago Bears-Oakland Raiders matchup at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium being the most in-demand game. "When the NFL first started the international series there were a lot of questions around whether there would be demand for American football in Europe, in Asia, in Mexico and elsewhere," Akshay Khanna, general manager of NFL for StubHub, told Reuters.

NFL-Ticket demand for international NFL games surge

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Ticket demand for the NFL's five international games this season has jumped 55% compared to 2018 thanks to the American football league's efforts to grow its global fan base, ticket retailer StubHub said on Thursday. Four games will be played in London and one in Mexico in 2019 with the Chicago Bears-Oakland Raiders matchup at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium being the most in-demand game. "When the NFL first started the international series there were a lot of questions around whether there would be demand for American football in Europe, in Asia, in Mexico and elsewhere," Akshay Khanna, general manager of NFL for StubHub, told Reuters.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick expects to see Ryan Allen punting in NFL again

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Ryan Allen is no longer the punter for the New England Patriots, but head coach Bill Belichick is never going to forget the contributions the 29-year-old veteran made to the franchise's last three Super Bowl championships. Allen officially was released by the Patriots on Tuesday after spending his first six NFL seasons in New England. The left-footed punter played in four Super Bowls with the Patriots, and he was among their best players in the 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII back in February.

Mayfield, Browns head to Tampa Bay; Lions host Bills

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Baker Mayfield wants to play half of Cleveland's third exhibition game at Tampa Bay on Friday night. It's up to coach Freddie Kitchens, who said he will use his starters some but seems inclined to keep them fresh and uninjured heading into the Sept. 8 opener with Tennessee. Mayfield played one series in the preseason opener against Washington before sitting out last week's game at Indianapolis.

NFL 2019: Luck’s leg injury creates opening in AFC South

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

The popular pick to win the AFC South all offseason has been Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. The ever-changing diagnosis for his strained left calf and ankle is dredging up bad memories of 2017, when his recovery from shoulder surgery kept him out all season. And dampened the soaring expectations for a team coming off its first playoff berth in four seasons.

NFL 2019: Luck’s leg injury creates opening in AFC South

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

The popular pick to win the AFC South all offseason has been Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. The ever-changing diagnosis for his strained left calf and ankle is dredging up bad memories of 2017, when his recovery from shoulder surgery kept him out all season. And dampened the soaring expectations for a team coming off its first playoff berth in four seasons.

NFL 2019: AFC East: It’s Old Man Brady and the Young Gun QBs

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

The New England Patriots quarterback has defied age, logic and the annual naysayers who think this might just be the season when he'll finally look like a guy whose playing days are coming to a close. Well, he's 42, coming off a sixth Super Bowl victory and still going strong at a time when players his age have already settled into their second - or third - careers. Oh, and he also recently signed a two-year contract extension worth $70 million.

NFL 2019: Rams take their turn atop roller-coaster NFC West

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Coach Sean McVay led the Rams to the Super Bowl in his second season in 2018, making the division the only one of the eight in the NFL where all four teams have made it to the title game in the past 11 seasons. With Jared Goff and Todd Gurley back headlining a dynamic offense and Aaron Donald anchoring an upgraded defense , the Rams head into the 2019 season once again as the favorites in the division. But to succeed this season they will need to buck the trend of disappointing Super Bowl losers.