FOOTBALL

There is no plan to vote on Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder’s status next week at the NFL owners’ meetings in New York, according to three people with knowledge of the agenda.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the discussions are private.

Snyder’s ownership of the team has been widely debated for years amid several scandals and investigations into workplace conduct in Washington. It became a hotter topic Thursday following an ESPN report detailing Snyder’s efforts to influence other owners and the league office to maintain control of the team.

ESPN reported, citing anonymous sources, Snyder has hired private investigators and told people he has enough information to expose fellow owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The Commanders are denying the contents of the report. In a statement sent to the AP, a team spokesperson called it ”categorically untrue.”

Also, the NFL has looked at Atlanta defensive tackle Grady Jarrett’s disputed roughing-the-passer penalty on Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady to determine whether Brady attempted to kick Jarrett and if that warrants a fine, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the league notifies players of fines on Friday. Fines for kicking are $10,500 for a first offense and $15,500 for a second.

Jarrett was flagged for slinging Brady to the ground during Tampa Bay’s 21-15 win over Atlanta on Sunday. It appeared Brady tried to kick Jarrett as both players were getting up, but didn’t make contact.

Jarrett and Kansas City defensive end Chris Jones are automatically subject to fines for roughing penalties that sparked outrage among players, coaches and fans because the hits didn’t seem to warrant flags. Fines for roughing the passer are $15,000 for first offense and $20,000 for second. It was the first offense this season for both Jarrett and Jones.

CLEVELAND (AP)Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is facing a new civil lawsuit from a woman in Texas claiming he pressured her into a sexual act during a massage therapy session two years ago.

The woman, referred to in court documents as Jane Doe, filed the lawsuit in Harris County District Court in Houston. She claims Watson asked to have sex with her after getting a massage in a hotel room in 2020. When she refused, he ”was able to pressure her into oral sex.”

According to the lawsuit, Watson paid her $300, although her normal charge is $115 for an hourly massage. The woman claims Watson continued to text her following the encounter.

Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said he’s trying find out the accuser’s name. ”It is against Texas Civil procedure to file an anonymous civil law suit, though it is certainly permissible in a criminal case,” Hardin said in an email to AP.

Watson is serving an 11-game NFL suspension for alleged sexual misconduct. The three-time Pro Bowler returned to the Browns’ training facility earlier this week and is allowed to interact with his teammates and coaches after being banned since Aug. 30. Watson has settled civil lawsuits with 23 of 24 women claiming he acted inappropriately while getting massages when he played for the Texans.

GOLF

INZAI CITY, Japan (AP) – Brendan Steele birdied the final four holes for a 6-under 64 and the first-round lead in the PGA Tour’s Zozo Championship.

Last year at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, Steele was the runner-up behind Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama.

The Zozo Championship is the only PGA Tour event in Japan and has a purse of $11 million. There are no COVID-19 crowd-limit restrictions in place this year.

Adam Schenk was a shot back on a rainy day on the course on the outskirts of Tokyo. Sam Ryder, Matthew NeSmith, and Keegan Bradley shot 66s. Matsuyama had a 71.

SOTOGRANDE, Spain (AP) – Min Woo Lee shot a 5-under 66 at Valderrama for a share of the lead in the DP World Tour’s Andalucia Masters.

The Australian had five birdies, an eagle and two bogeys in his opening round, to join Pep Angles, David Horsey, Jazz Janewattananond and Soren Kjeldsen atop the leaderboard.

Second last year at Valderrama, Lee is coming off a third-place finish last week in the Spanish Open.

BASKETBALL

The NBA promoted Cheryl Flores and Dannica Mosher to full-time staff officials, giving the league a record eight women at the full-time referee level.

Flores and Mosher were promoted from the G League, along with two new hires – Matt Kallio, the Canadian who becomes the NBA’s first international full-time official, and Robert Hussey.

Flores and Mosher join Lauren Holtkamp-Sterling, Simone Jelks, Ashley Moyer-Gleich, Natalie Sago, Jenna Schroeder and Danielle Scott as women at the full-time NBA referee level. Ten women have held that job in league history, with the current eight joining Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner on that list.

SOCCER

NEW YORK (AP) – Fox plans to avoid coverage of Qatar’s controversial treatment of migrant workers during World Cup broadcasts, much as it didn’t address criticism of Russia’s government during the 2018 tournament.

”Our stance is if it affects what happens on the field of play, we will cover it and cover it fully,” said David Neal, executive producer of Fox’s World Cup coverage. ”But if it does not, if it is ancillary to the story of the tournament, there are plenty of other entities and outlets out there that are going to cover that. We firmly believe the viewers come to us to see what happens on the field, on the pitch.”

Neal spoke at an event to debut images of the network’s set in Doha made of LED screens, the hub of its coverage of a tournament that runs from Nov. 20-Dec. 18.

TENNIS

SAN DIEGO (AP) – Top-ranked Iga Swiatek beat Zheng Qinwen 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 in the round of 16 in the San Diego Open.

Swiatek has won six events this year, including the U.S. Open, French Open and Indian Wells. The 21-year-old from Poland has topped the ranking since April 4.