PRO FOOTBALL

WASHINGTON (AP)Commanders owner Dan Snyder and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell were sued by the District of Columbia, accused of colluding to deceive fans by lying about an inquiry into ”sexual misconduct and a persistently hostile work environment” within the team.

The individual club and the league as a whole were also named in the consumer protection civil lawsuit, which D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine said was based on his office’s investigation that began in the fall of 2021.

Racine said the defendants jointly ”misled the public” about the contents of, and procedure surrounding lawyer Beth Wilkinson’s examination of the team’s workplace culture that began in 2020. His office seeks a court order that will force the league to release Wilkinson’s findings.

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) – The Los Angeles Chargers waived defensive lineman Jerry Tillery, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2019.

Tillery’s playing time had rapidly decreased after the Chargers overhauled their defensive line through additions in free agency and the draft. In three-plus seasons with the team, Tillery appeared in 54 games, with 106 tackles, 10 1/2 sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) – The Las Vegas Raiders placed tight end Darren Waller and wide receiver Hunter Renfrow on injured reserve, leaving Derek Carr and the struggling offense without two of their biggest playmakers.

Waller has missed the past three games with a hamstring injury, and Renfrow has been dealing with rib and hamstring injuries. Each will sit out at least the next four games.

Also, linebacker Blake Martinez announced he was retiring after seven seasons. He was in his first year in Las Vegas and had 20 tackles. Martinez had 706 tackles during a career that included stints with Green Bay and the New York Giants.

PRO BASKETBALL

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has ”no doubt” that suspended Brooklyn guard Kyrie Irving is not antisemitic, he said at a conference, while LeBron James took to Twitter to defend his former teammate whose status with the Nets remains a mystery.

Those developments followed Nike co-founder Phil Knight telling CNBC, in an interview that aired earlier in the day, that the relationship between the shoe giant and Irving is likely severed for good.

Silver met with Irving earlier this week, and he told attendees at the Sports Business Journal Dealmakers Conference in Washington that he came away from that conversation believing the situation is ”incredibly unfortunate.”

”I personally, based on what he said directly to me, have no doubt that he’s not antisemitic,” Silver said. ”But I think there’s a process that he’s going to now need to go through.”

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) – LeBron James will miss at least the Lakers’ next game after straining a muscle in his leg during Los Angeles’ fourth straight loss on Wednesday night.

An MRI exam on James revealed no tears in his adductor muscle, Lakers coach Darvin Ham said.

James is day-to-day with the strain, which occurred during the fourth quarter of the Clippers’ 114-101 victory over the Lakers. The second-leading scorer in NBA history injured the muscle near his groin and walked gingerly to the locker room.

The Lakers host Sacramento on Friday before the Brooklyn Nets visit on Sunday. The Lakers have the following four days off.

SOCCER

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – The United States women lost again, falling 2-1 to Germany for their first three-game skid since 1993 and first home defeat in more than five years.

Paula Krumbiegel scored the decisive goal in the 89th minute for third-ranked Germany in the exhibition at DRV PNK Stadium.

Megan Rapinoe scored in the 85th minute for the top-ranked Americans, who had been unbeaten in 71 straight games at home. The team’s last loss on U.S. soil came to Australia in July 2017. The U.S. lost at England and Spain last month.

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) – Justin Verlander declined a $25 million option with the Houston Astros to become a free agent, five days after helping the team win its second World Series title.

The 39-year-old right-hander was among four players who became free agents Thursday, raising the total to 165.

Among those moves, the Los Angeles Dodgers declined third baseman Justin Turner’s $16 million option in favor of a $2 million buyout, and San Francisco declined a $13 million option on third baseman Evan Longoria, triggering a $5 million buyout.

NEW YORK (AP) – Aaron Judge, Jacob deGrom and Xander Bogaerts were among 14 free agents who were given $19.65 million qualifying offers by their former teams.

Dansby Swanson, Trea Turner, Willson Contreras and Carlos Rodon also were given the offers, as were Chris Bassitt, Brandon Nimmo, Nathan Eovaldi, Anthony Rizzo, Joc Pederson, Martin Perez and Tyler Anderson.

Players have until Nov. 20 to accept, and top players are expected to decline and pursue more lucrative long-term contracts on the free-agent market. Players can discuss financial offers with all teams starting Friday.

Qualifying offers began after the 2012 season, and only eight of 110 offers have been accepted.

TENNIS

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) – Britain pulled off an unlikely 3-0 victory over Spain in the Billie Jean King Cup to reach the semifinals of the top team event in women’s tennis for the first time in 41 years.

Australia also reached the last four in Glasgow, but the story of the day was Britain’s remarkable comeback to win Group C – sealed by a victory from a rookie doubles pairing: Alicia Barnett and Olivia Nicholls.

GOLF

PHOENIX (AP) – Steven Alker matched Padraig Harrington’s early birdies and kept playing steady golf, giving him a one-shot lead over the only player who can pass him for the Charles Schwab Cup.

The Kiwi couldn’t have asked for a better start.

Alker shot a bogey-free 6-under 65 to share the first-round lead at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

Alker has to finish no worse than fifth to win the Charles Schwab Cup and is in good position after posting six birdies at Phoenix Country Club.

The 51-year-old from New Zealand was tied with John Huston and Stephen Ames in his bid to go from journeyman to champion.

Bernhard Langer shot 66, leaving him one shot back as he tries to match Hale Irwin’s PGA Tour Champions record of 45 wins. Harrington also shot 66, but needs to win and have Alker finish outside the top five to win the season title.

HOUSTON (AP) – Tony Finau delivered late birdies for a 5-under 65 that gave him a share of the lead in the Houston Open.

Finau was tied with bogey-free Aaron Wise and Alex Noren of Sweden. Tyson Alexander also was at 5-under when the first round was suspended because of darkness.