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Des Bieler

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Silver Spring, MD, United States

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Recent articles by Des:

In a first, women are in line to referee at the men’s World Cup

FIFA announced Thursday that its field of 129 referees and video match officials for this year’s event in Qatar will include six women. → Read More

Russian gymnast who wore pro-war ‘Z’ on podium gets one-year ban

The International Gymnastics Federation described the display by 20-year-old Ivan Kuliak as “shocking behaviour.” → Read More

Matt Harvey banned 60 games after testifying he gave drugs to Tyler Skaggs

Harvey testified in federal court earlier this year that year he gave oxycodone in 2019 to Tyler Skaggs, an Angels teammate who died that year while under the effects of opioids and alcohol. → Read More

Jack Nicklaus says Saudis offered him over $100 million to head series

Nicklaus said he turned down the offer for a position now held by Greg Norman out of loyalty to the PGA Tour, and the golf legend blamed "cancel culture" on the decision to take the PGA Championship away from a course owned by Donald Trump. → Read More

Drew Brees addresses report about future at NBC, hints at NFL return

Saying he was 'undecided' about his future, the ex-quarterback could have options that include moving to another network as an NFL game analyst. → Read More

Reds get an unofficial no-hitter — and an unlikely loss to the Pirates

Cincinnati starter Hunter Greene had a dominant outing, but host Pittsburgh was able to scratch out the game's only run in the eighth and didn't have to bat in the ninth. → Read More

Broncos’ Jerry Jeudy arrested after alleged domestic dispute

The third-year wide receiver and former first-round draft pick, who was not accused of committing a violent act, is facing misdemeanor charges and being held without bail overnight. → Read More

Al Koken takes over Capitals call after Joe Beninati loses his voice

“He did a yeoman’s job in the first two periods,” Koken said of Beninati, “but you could tell his voice was giving out.” → Read More

Nets GM noncommittal on Kyrie Irving, says he wants ‘selfless’ players

"We’re looking for guys that want to come in here and be part of something bigger than themselves," General Manager Sean Marks said. "Play selfless, play team basketball, and be available." → Read More

Marathon official says allowing 6-year-old was ‘not the best’ choice

The director of Cincinnati's Flying Pig Marathon defended the decision, given that the boy's father "was determined to do the race with his young child regardless." → Read More

Jerry Jones flashed the Cowboys’ draft list. The Internet did the rest.

Dallas's always-entertaining owner showed reporters a top-39 ranking before the second round even had a chance to begin, and what it revealed should please an NFC East rival or two. → Read More

Ryan Tannehill: Not ‘my job’ to mentor rookie Titans QB Malik Willis

"If he learns from me along the way, then that’s a great thing," said Tannehill, who is not the first veteran quarterback to assert he was not obligated to tutor an understudy. → Read More

UEFA bans Russian women from European Championship and 2023 World Cup

UEFA said its executive committee chose to implement several measures regarding upcoming competitions “to ensure their smooth staging in a safe and secure environment for all those concerned.” → Read More

Justyn Ross starred at Clemson but went undrafted, is still unsigned

Ross's history of injuries, in particular a neck issue that required 2020 surgery, could lie behind the lack of immediate interest from the NFL. → Read More

Rudy Gobert suffers facial swelling after sting by a bee from his own hive

The Jazz center, who said he would be able to play in a do-or-die Game 6 against the Mavericks, asserted that owning a beehive has been "great" but added, "Sometimes there are some casualties." → Read More

James Madison softball standout Lauren Bernett dies at 20

“Our hearts are aching," JMU officials said of the loss of the 20-year-old catcher, a key figure in the Dukes' stunning run last year in the Women's College World Series. → Read More

Hunter Dickinson, Caleb Love bolster ranks of returning college stars

The Michigan and North Carolina stars decide to forgo the NBA draft amid a rapidly changing NCAA landscape after the opening of name, image and likeness opportunities — although that isn't the only reason some notable players are coming back. → Read More

Larry Nassar victims seek $130 million from FBI for mishandling case

"Despite credible reports to the FBI, Nassar continued his reign of terror for almost 17 unnecessary months," an attorney for the group of women said. → Read More

Villanova men’s basketball coach Jay Wright announces retirement

The 60-year-old Wright won two national titles with the Wildcats, who announced that he was being replaced by Fordham Coach Kyle Neptune, a former assistant to Wright at Villanova. → Read More

Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers to golf against Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen

The quartet of superstar quarterbacks will have an old-vs.-young battle in the latest installment of "The Match." → Read More