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Payton says no IR for Brees…Mahomes loses protection…NFL queries Brown accuser

SEATTLE (AP) – New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will miss several weeks while recovering from surgery to repair a ligament near his right thumb. Coach Sean Payton wouldn’t discuss a timetable for Brees’ return, but said it’s unlikely he will be placed on injured reserve. That means doctors think Brees will be able to return this season. Payton declined to name a starter for the Sunday’s game at Seattle.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Pro Bowl left tackle Eric Fisher will undergo surgery on his injured groin, leaving the Chiefs without their blindside protector for Patrick Mahomes for the foreseeable future. Fisher hurt his groin in practice Friday but tried to play Sunday in Oakland. He only lasted a few plays before Cam Erving replaced him.

UNDATED (AP) – Two people with knowledge of the investigation into Antonio Brown being accused of sexual assault tell The Associated Press that one of the accusers has met with NFL investigators and that there is no timetable for concluding the probe. One of the people also confirmed that the district attorney’s office and police in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, have reached out to Brown’s lawyer about the allegations Britney Taylor made against the Patriots wide receiver in a civil lawsuit.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The University of Louisville Athletic Association and former men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino have settled lawsuits stemming from his departure from the school. Pitino’s personnel file has been changed to note he resigned and wasn’t terminated. He received no money in the settlement. Pitino sued the ULAA for more than $38.7 million in November 2017. He accused the association of breaching its contract by firing him for cause the previous month in the wake of a federal bribery investigation of college basketball.

NEW YORK (AP) – Alibaba co-founder Joe Tsai (tsy) completed his purchase of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center, and then announced that he had hired former Turner Sports President David Levy as CEO. Tsai’s purchase of the Nets was unanimously approved by the NBA’s board of governors. He spent nearly $3.5 billion for the team and the arena, a record sale for a U.S. sports franchise.

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