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WASHINGTON (AP)Washington’s NFL team announced Tuesday it will unveil its new name on Feb. 2 and that it will not be the Wolves or RedWolves.

Commanders, Admirals, Armada, Brigade, Sentinels, Defenders, Red Hogs, Presidents and the status quo ”Washington Football Team” were among the other finalists.

A decision was made not to go with Wolves or RedWolves because of trademarks held by other organizations. Those possibilities were popular among Washington fans.

The new helmets and uniforms will feature the franchise’s signature burgundy-and-gold colors, with three stars on the collar and stripes on the shoulders of otherwise plain jerseys.

TENNIS

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) – Novak Djokovic will get a chance to defend his Australian Open title after receiving a medical exemption to travel to Melbourne.

The top-ranked Djokovic wrote on Instagram on Tuesday he has ”an exemption permission” to compete at the tournament. Australian Open organizers have issued a statement to confirm the granting of a medical exemption to the nine-time champion.

Djokovic has continually refused to reveal if he is vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The Victoria state government has mandated that all players, staff and fans attending the Australian Open must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 unless there’s a genuine reason why an exemption should be granted.

Djokovic is seeking a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam singles title.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

CLINTON, S.C. (AP) – Presbyterian hired Steve Englehart as football coach on Tuesday as the program moves on from Kevin Kelley, who made waves by almost never punting but didn’t win much in his only season with the Blue Hose.

Presbyterian, which competes in the Pioneer League of the Football Championship Subdivision, brought in Kelley last spring, and he implemented an innovative, hyper-aggressive style of play that was successful for him at the high school level. His teams try to convert nearly every fourth down and go for onside kicks on every kickoff.

The Blue Hose won their first two games but then lost nine straight as opposing coaches adapted to Kelley’s tactics.

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. (AP) – Long Island University has hired veteran coach Ron Cooper, who spent this season working for Alabama, to lead its football program.

Cooper, a former head coach at Louisville and defensive coach at multiple SEC schools, spent this season as an analyst for Nick Saban’s program that plays Georgia on Monday in the national championship game. He was hired Tuesday.

Cooper’s Louisville team led the nation in takeaways and was ninth in the nation in scoring defense in 1995. He has also been the head coach at Eastern Michigan, Alabama A&M and Florida International, and was the defensive backs coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for one season.

SOCCER

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) – Liverpool has requested the postponement of Thursday’s match against Arsenal in the English League Cup semifinals because of more suspected COVID-19 cases at the club.

First-team training was canceled at Liverpool on Tuesday after more positive tests among players and staff.

Liverpool said other factors impacting selection, such as injuries and players like Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah having left for the African Cup of Nations, are affecting player availability for the first-leg match at Emirates Stadium.

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) – Southampton has been bought by a company fronted by the founder of eastern European telecommunications giant United Group, the English Premier League club said Tuesday.

Dragan Solak’s Sport Republic purchased the 80% stake held by Chinese businessman Gao Jisheng, who has been majority shareholder at the south-coast club since 2017.

No financial details were disclosed by Southampton, which is 14th in the 20-team league and has been in England’s top division since 2012.

Sport Republic is a London-based investment firm in the sports and entertainment industry whose ambition ”is to build a portfolio of high-influence stakes in football clubs and other sporting assets across the world,” according to chairman Henrik Kraft.

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) – Former Netherlands midfielder Davy Propper announced his retirement from soccer on Tuesday, saying he lost his love for the game during his recent spell in England with Brighton and no longer felt ”comfortable in football culture.”

The 30-year-old Propper left Brighton in the offseason after four years at the south-coast club and hoped returning for a second spell at PSV Eindhoven might see him regain his motivation.

Propper last played for the Netherlands in 2019, having made his debut four years earlier.

OBITUARY

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Kevin Kalkhoven, the team co-owner of Tony Kanaan’s Indianapolis 500-winning entry in 2013, died Tuesday. He was 77.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced Kalkhoven’s death and did not detail a cause.

Kalkhoven was co-owner with Jimmy Vasser of the KV Racing Technology-SH Racing Chevrolet that Kanaan drove to an emotional victory.

Kalkhoven also played a major role in the reunification of North American open-wheel racing.

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