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    A U.S. House committee says Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder conducted a “shadow investigation” that sought to discredit former employees making accusations of workplace sexual harassment. The committee released a memo ahead of a hearing Wednesday. The Committee on Oversight and Reform is investigating the Commanders’ workplace culture following accusations of pervasive sexual harassment by team executives of women employees. Snyder declined to testify at the hearing, but the committee plans to issue a subpoena to compel a deposition. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told the committee that Snyder “has been held accountable."

      Tony Siragusa, the charismatic defensive tackle who helped lead a stout Baltimore defense to a Super Bowl title, died Wednesday. He was 55. Siragusa’s broadcast agent, Jim Ornstein, confirmed the death Wednesday. The cause of death was not immediately available. The man known as “the Goose" played seven seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and five with the Ravens. Baltimore’s 2000 team won the Super Bowl behind a defense that included Siragusa, Ray Lewis and Sam Adams. Siragusa was popular with fans because of his fun-loving personality, which also helped him transition to broadcasting after his playing career.

        Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson has died at age 26. Police said the cause of death is still to be determined but that no foul play is suspected at this time. Ferguson played three NFL seasons. All were with Baltimore. Ferguson set the college Football Bowl Subdivision career sacks record with 45 when he played at Louisiana Tech, and he was drafted by the Ravens in the third round in 2019. He played in 38 games as a pro and had 4 1/2 sacks. Ferguson was born Dec. 14, 1995, in St. Francisville, Louisiana. He played high school football and basketball at West Feliciana.

        The NFL and six of its teams have filed for arbitration in the lawsuit that alleges they engaged in racial discrimination. If the league’s request is successful, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would be the arbitrator. The league and the teams filed papers late Tuesday with a judge presiding over a lawsuit filed by Brian Flores after he was fired in January as head coach of the Miami Dolphins. Flores now works as an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Two other Black coaches in the league joined his lawsuit, in which he alleges that the league engages in racist hiring practices — despite its claims to the contrary.

        Forwards are expected to dominate Thursday's NBA draft, starting with the trio of Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren, Auburn's Jabari Smith and Duke's Paolo Banchero. They are the headliners at the position and have been widely ranked as the top prospects overall with their size and open-floor potential.

        The Washington Post has obtained a letter detailing a woman's accusations that Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder sexually harassed and assaulted her on a team plane in 2009. The woman was later paid $1.6 million by the team to settle her claims. An attorney working for the team argued in the letter that the woman's claims were not credible, and Snyder denied the allegations. The NFL is investigating a different woman's allegation that Snyder sexually harassed her when she worked for the team. A House committee is also looking into the team's workplace culture. Snyder has declined to testify before the committee.

        The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed veteran defensive end Larry Ogunjobi to a one-year deal. The signing shores up a position of need following Stephon Tuitt’s retirement earlier this month. The 28-year-old Ogunjobi spent last season with the Cincinnati Bengals. A tentative three-year agreement to play for the Chicago Bears was nullified when Ogunjobi failed a physical. He was recovering from foot surgery at the time of the signing. Ogunjobi played well last season for the Bengals, recording a career-high seven sacks. His arrival gives the Steelers another veteran to help shore up a run defense that finished dead last in the league in 2022.

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        The Cowlitz Black Bears responded after a walk-off loss yesterday in Ridgefield, controlling the Edmonton Riverhawks in the two sides' first ever match up. Ryan Hardman made his second start, going five innings, allowing one run, and striking out four. Hear from the right-hander following th…

        The Cowlitz Black Bears trailed by five going into the bottom of the eighth, but the Black Bears didn't go away quietly. Cowlitz put up four unanswered runs and had the winning run standing on second, but couldn't complete the comeback, dropping Game One against the defending champion, Corva…

        The Cowlitz Black Bears took their second series of the year in as many tries in a 12-6 win over the Kamloops NorthPaws in Game Two Tuesday evening at Story Field. The Black Bears put up six runs in the bottom of the sixth, capped off by Calyn Halvorson's three-run home run. Brendan Reilly c…

        The Cowlitz Black Bears trailed by 5 runs against the Kamloops NorthPaws in the third inning at Story Field Monday evening, but a spirited comeback gave the fans at Story Field free baseball on Monday night. Cowlitz and Kamloops went out for out until the bottom of the 11th inning when secon…

        Ryan Fitzpatrick is taking his magic touch to the broadcast booth. Amazon Prime Video says Fitzpatrick is joining the streaming service as an analyst for its first season as the exclusive home of “Thursday Night Football.” Fitzpatrick will be part of Amazon's pregame, halftime and postgame coverage. The 39-year-old journeyman quarterback recently retired after a 17-year career in which he started for a record nine teams, earning the nickname “FitzMagic.” Fitzpatrick joins Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez and All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman as studio analysts. Al Michaels will be the play-by-play announcer with Kirk Herbstreit as his booth partner.

        Four-time All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski has announced he is retiring and won't join Tom Brady for a third season in Tampa Bay. The jovial four-time Super Bowl champion with the Patriots and Buccaneers thanked his teammates and coaches over the years in a post on Instagram and said he’s going back to “chilling out.” The 33-year-old retired in 2019 after nine seasons with the Patriots. He returned in 2020 when Brady went to Tampa and the close friends teamed up to help the Buccaneers win a Super Bowl in 2021. Gronkowski had 621 catches for 9,286 yards and 92 touchdowns in the regular season and 98 receptions for 1,389 yards and 15 TDs in the postseason.

        The Tennessee Titans have added a handful of new coaches and scouts for training camp. The Titans announced Tuesday that five coaches will work with them during camp as part of the NFL’s Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship. Former Tennessee running back Bishop Sankey will be a scout as a Nunn-Wooten Scouting Fellow. Former Auburn volleyball player Chesney McClellan will be an intern through the Amy Adams Strunk Women in Football program. This is the third year for the Women in Football program named for the Titans' controlling owner.

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