NFL

Jameis Winston suspended three games over conduct

• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open the season without quarterback Jameis Winston, who has been suspended three games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Winston said in a prepared statement released on Facebook that the NFL informed him of its decision Thursday. The discipline stems from the league’s investigation of an accusation that the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner groped a female Uber driver during a ride the quarterback took in Arizona, where Winston was attending a charity event in 2016.

• The NFL fined former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson $2.75 million following its investigation into sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace. The league said U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White substantiated the allegations against Richardson, that the improper conduct was limited to him and that the team and its ownership failed to report the allegations to the league.

SOCCER

English star signs deal with D.C. United in MLS

• Wayne Rooney, 32, the all-time leading scorer for England’s national team and Manchester United in the Premier League, is coming to Major League Soccer after signing a 3½ year deal with D.C. United.

The U.S. Soccer Federation extended Dave Sarachan’s contract as interim U.S. coach through the end of the year. It also extended the contracts of assistants Richie Williams and Matt Reis.

OTHER SPORTS

Swimmer Ryan Lochte could be tried in Brazil

• The prosecution of U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte for filing a false police report during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is back on after a Brazilian court decision. Lochte claimed that he and fellow swimmers were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi by men with police badges. He later admitted making up the story to cover up the swimmers’ vandalism of a gas station and an ensuing confrontation with security.

• Ohio State wrestling star Kyle Snyder is the first in Big Ten history to repeat as the conference’s male athlete of the year. He won a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and beat Russian standout Abdulrashid Sadulaev to clinch the world freestyle title for the U.S. in 2017.

• The Washington Capitals re-signed playoff star Devante Smith-Pelly to a $1 million, one-year deal less than 72 hours after not tendering a qualifying offer to the restricted free agent forward.

• The Los Angeles sparks released two-time WNBA champ Cappie Pondexter, leaving her free to sign with another team. The 35-year-old guard averaged 3.6 points and 10.3 minutes playing in 13 games this season.

• Duke extended the contract of baseball coach Chris Pollard through 2025. He led the Blue Devils to the NCAA Tournament in two of the past three seasons.

— ABJ/Ohio.com wires