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France reaches World Cup final...NFL players union files grievance over anthem policy

July 10, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — France has reached the World Cup final for the first time since 2006 with a 1-0 win over Belgium in a semifinal match that attracted presidents, royalty and a rock star. Samuel Umtiti’s header in the 51st minute was the only goal in a tense match at St. Petersburg. France will play either Croatia or England in Sunday’s final.

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Real Madrid says Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving to join Italian club Juventus, bringing to an end a glittering nine-year spell in Spain. The 33-year-old Ronaldo is currently on vacation in Greece after Portugal’s elimination from the World Cup. Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009 from Manchester United and was the Spanish club’s all-time leading scorer with 451 goals in 438 matches.

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance with the league challenging its national anthem policy. The league imposed the policy without consultation with the NFLPA. The union says that’s inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on players’ rights. he policy allows players to protest during the national anthem by staying in the locker room. It forbids them from sitting or taking a knee if they’re on the field or the sidelines.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — New Panthers owner David Tepper says while he’ll accept nothing less than an open and safe work environment in Carolina. But he says he’s “contractually obligated” to keep a 13-foot high statue of former owner Jerry Richardson outside of the team’s stadium. Richardson sold the franchise to Tepper after his reputation was tarnished following reports in December of sexual and racial misconduct. The league later substantiated the claims following a six-month investigation and fined Richardson $2.75 million.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Hard Rock has signed a deal with a British online gambling company to offer sports betting as soon as the arrangement is approved by New Jersey gambling regulators. The global hospitality and gambling company owned by Florida’s Seminole Indian tribe has signed a deal with Bet365 to offer sports betting at its new casino on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Neither company has announced the deal, but its existence was revealed in correspondence from the state Division of Gaming Enforcement.

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