football

CFL commissioner says Manziel must wait a year

• Johnny Manziel won’t be kick-starting his pro football career in the Canadian Football League this season.

The league announced Wednesday it won’t approve a contract for the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner until next season, and only if he meets certain conditions stipulated by Commissioner Randy Ambrosie.

Those conditions are confidential, the league said.

Manziel will be eligible to sign a CFL contract after the season.

Ambrosie met with Manziel earlier this week in Toronto.

“I recently had a really positive meeting with Commissioner Ambrosie and welcomed the chance for us to get to know each other and have an in-depth talk about a possible future with the CFL,” Manziel said in a news release. “I love this game and want to be back on the field in a situation where I can help a franchise in the long term.”

The league also said Manziel will remain on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ negotiation list until Nov. 30. The club has until that time to try to sign Manziel to a future contract or trade him to another team.

The former Texas A&M star played two tumultuous seasons in the NFL until the Browns released him in March 2016 amid several off-field issues.

• A New York high school forfeited its remaining varsity football games after several players were dismissed from the team for taking prescription painkillers provided by another player. Seven players are believed to have taken the opioid OxyContin before Friday’s 26-24 win against Bolivar-Richburg, Geneseo police said. Team captain Kyle MacDonald told Spectrum News that while he had nothing to do with the pills, some players had reactions that led them to inform the coach about them after the game. The pills were taken by a player from his parents’ home without their knowledge, police said.

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Lindsey Vonn still wants to compete against men

• Lindsey Vonn’s request to race against men in a World Cup downhill will be studied again by the International Ski Federation next week. The U.S. team will make the formal proposal at preseason meetings hosted by FIS in Zurich, the governing body said. The revived plan is expected to involve a race at Lake Louise, Canada, in the 2018-19 season. In 2012, FIS rejected a previous request on behalf of Alpine skiing great Vonn because its rules bar mixed gender races. Vonn, who turns 33 next month, has a longstanding ambition to race competitively against men before she retires.

• Top-ranked Garbine Muguruza advanced to the quarterfinals at the Wuhan Open, beating Magda Linette of Poland 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 in Wuhan, China. Muguruza faces French Open Champion Jelena Ostapenko in the quarterfinals. Ostapenko also needed three sets to advance, beating eight-seeded Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

— From wire reports