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PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The NFL is changing its sometimes controversial overtime rules to ensure every team gets the ball in the playoffs.

Concerned that the coin toss to start the extra period would have too much of an impact on postseason game results, owners voted Tuesday to approve a proposal put forward by the Colts and Eagles.

Starting this season, if the team with the ball first in overtime scores a touchdown on that series, the opponent still gets possession. In recent seasons, that touchdown would have ended the game.

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A resolution to the NFL’s investigation into Deshaun Watson’s conduct could take some time, commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday.

The quarterback, now with Cleveland after a trade from Houston, will not be charged with criminal sexual misconduct charges brought by 22 women. He still faces 22 civil lawsuits.

As for a possible suspension of Watson, Goodell noted that a disciplinary officer jointly appointed by the league and the players’ union would make that decision.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have signed coach John Harbaugh to a three-year contract extension through 2025.

The Ravens announced the move on Tuesday. Harbaugh is entering his 15th season at the helm. Baltimore went 8-9 in 2021 — only the second losing record in his tenure — when injuries derailed what looked like a promising season.

The Ravens are 148-96 under Harbaugh, plus a Super Bowl victory at the end of the 2012 season. He also guided Baltimore to the AFC title game in 2008 and 2011.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — As other NFL teams encroach on the United Kingdom, the Jacksonville Jaguars want to establish a stronghold in the overseas market.

The Jaguars received official approval Monday at NFL owners’ meetings in Palm Beach, Fla., to move forward with a three-year contract to play at Wembley Stadium every year. The deal gives the small-market franchise exclusivity at one of London’s most iconic sporting venues.

Jacksonville will have full control of the home game for the first time, a change that should lead to increased local revenue for a team playing more than 4,000 miles (6,437 kilometers) from its base. The Jaguars will be responsible for ticketing, merchandise sales and matchday management.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Conference USA has agreed to allow Marshall, Old Dominion and Southern Miss to fast-track their move to the Sun Belt.

The resolution announced in a brief joint statement Tuesday allows all three schools to withdraw from Conference USA by the end of the current school year.

Marshall, Old Dominion and Southern Miss accepted invitations to the Sun Belt in the fall. Each announced last month that they planned to end their C-USA membership on June 30 to join their new conference.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

ALBANY, NY (AP) — Albany coach Dwayne Killings is absent from the program as the school investigates a report of a physical confrontation with a player early in the season.

A statement from the university said its employee relations office was made aware of the allegation in February. School officials declined to comment further because the investigation is not complete.

Killings, a former Marquette assistant, continued to coach until the season finale in early March, a loss to Hartford in the America East conference tournament. The alleged confrontation took place in November.

HAMILTON, NY (AP) — Colgate men’s basketball coach Matt Langel has agreed to a contract extension through 2030, the university announced Tuesday.

Langel guided the Raiders to their third 20-win season and their third regular-season and Patriot League tournament championship in four years. Colgate defeated Navy for the Patriot League Tournament title to earn a second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Raiders were ranked 14th in the Midwest Region, but lost 67-60 to Wisconsin in the first round to finish at 23-12.

Langel, a three-time Patriot League Coach of the Year, is the school’s winningest coach with 176 wins since taking over in 2011.

GOLF

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — The LPGA on Tuesday announced changes to its Hall of Fame criteria, including lifting the requirement that players must complete 10 years of touring.

LPGA players earn two points for a major and one point for a major win or prize. The requirement for his Hall of Fame is 27 points, 10 years on tour and a major or award.

The LPGA is also inducting the remaining eight founders – five previously inducted into its Hall of Fame – into the honorary category. They are Alice Bauer, Bettye Danoff, Helen Dettweiler, Helen Hicks, Opal Hill, Sally Sessions, Marilyn Smith and Shirley Spork, the one who is still alive.

SWIM

The next United States Olympic swimming team will be decided in a football stadium.

USA Swimming announced on Tuesday that its trials for the Paris 2024 Games will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium, the massive home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.

The move marks the end of Omaha’s long career as host of the event.

USA Swimming is putting on a much bigger show in Indianapolis. Local organizers have proposed a seating arrangement that would allow up to 35,000 fans – by far the largest ever for the trials.

COURTS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer sued The Athletic and former reporter Molly Knight on Tuesday, accusing them of “creating and spreading the false narrative” that he fractured the skull of a woman having sex.

The 26-page lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against The Athletic Media Co. and Knight, alleges two counts of defamation.

A woman was granted a protective order against Bauer under California’s domestic violence prevention law last June following an alleged assault that left the woman with “intense physical and emotional pain”, a said Marc Garelick, the woman’s attorney.

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