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AFL star Jordan De Goey will likely be offered a plea deal which downgrades his charges over an incident at a New York bar, a US court has heard.The Collingwood utility on Wednesday appeared, via video link from Melbourne, in a US court on assault charges.The charges stem from an alleged assault at a Manhattan rooftop bar on October 30 last year.De Goey has previously pleaded not guilty and the assault charges will now likely be downgraded to harassment.On Wednesday, prosecutor Brendan Mahon told the court “the people are likely” to make a conditional offer of a plea deal for…

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota has become the latest Big Ten team with a COVID-19 problem.The Gophers announced Tuesday they were postponing their Wednesday game at Penn State because the team had fallen below the conference minimum of seven available scholarship players. The rescheduled date has not yet been determined.When Minnesota lost at home Sunday to Iowa, four players were missing due to virus protocols, illness or injury, and the absence list grew after testing Monday. The Gophers are next scheduled to play Saturday at home against Rutgers.On the women’s side, sixth-ranked Indiana postponed two games this week – Wednesday against…

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By Joseph AxJan 18 (Reuters) – Texas election officials have rejected hundreds of mail-in ballot applications, abiding by a new Republican-backed law just weeks before a March 1 primary kicks off this year’s U.S. election cycle.”My friends, this is what voter suppression looks like,” Democrat Dana DeBeauvoir, the Travis County clerk, told reporters on Tuesday.The county, home to the state capital Austin, invalidated approximately 300 applications because people failed to meet the law’s stricter identification requirements, said DeBeauvoir, who retires at month’s end.Lawmakers in Texas approved a raft of voting restrictions last year, one of many efforts in Republican-controlled states…

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Buffalo Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen kicked off the New York Giants’ search for a GM last week and he got the opening second-round interview on Tuesday.The Giants said the 42-year-old met with president John Mara, chairman Steve Tisch and senior vice president of player personnel Chris Mara at the team´s headquarters. He also talked with other members of the team´s front office and toured the facility.New York plans to bring back Chiefs executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles on Wednesday.It’s not immediately known whether any of the other nine men the Giants…

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) – Paul Pogba’s possible desire to earn a contract at another club could motivate the France midfielder to produce strong performances for Manchester United until the end of the season, manager Ralf Rangnick said Tuesday.Pogba returned to training on Monday for the first time since sustaining a thigh injury on international duty in November. He is out of contract at the end of the season and is set to leave after six years in his second spell at United.Asked if there was any point picking Pogba given his United contract is expiring and the club is looking…

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Jan 18 (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co said on Tuesday its fourth-quarter results would include an (dollar)8.2 billion gain on its investment in Rivian Automotive Inc, following the electric-vehicle maker’s blockbuster market debut in November.Rivian had soared as much as 53percent to cross (dollar)100 billion in the biggest initial public offering of 2021, but the company’s shares have dropped over 27percent since then.The stock closed 8.5percent lower on Tuesday after hitting its weakest since the IPO amid a broader tech selloff on Wall Street.Ford, an early investor in Rivian, currently owns about 12percent of the California-based company and has itself…

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BRIGHTON, England, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Hakim Ziyech refused to celebrate his opener for Chelsea in the 1-1 draw at Brighton and Hove Albion and spent much of the first half bickering with team mate Romelu Lukaku on Tuesday.But manager Thomas Tuchel said he was unconcerned by Ziyech’s sulky reaction — an apparent response to the manager’s criticism of Chelsea’s attack last weekend.”I am happy. He can score 20 more and not celebrate I have no problem,” Tuchel said. “It is normal that they talk, are not happy and don’t like it if we say we want more from them.”Ziyech’s…

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WASHINGTON (AP) – A California man and a Spanish museum locked in a dispute over a valuable impressionist masterpiece stolen by the Nazis should be able to agree on one thing, Justice Stephen Breyer said Tuesday during arguments in the case at the Supreme Court.”Can everyone agree that this is a beautiful painting?” Breyer asked near the end of an hour of arguments. The painting is a streetscape, now worth millions, by French impressionist Camille Pissarro.The case itself is not directly about ownership of the painting but about how to decide the case, which has been going on since 2005.…

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LONDON (AP) – A London-based law firm filed an application with British police Tuesday seeking the arrest of India’s army chief and a senior Indian government official over their alleged roles in war crimes in disputed Kashmir.Law firm Stoke White said it submitted extensive evidence to the Metropolitan Police´s War Crimes Unit documenting how Indian forces headed by Gen. Manoj Mukund Naravane and Home Affairs Minister Amit Shah were responsible for the torture, kidnapping and killing of activists, journalists and civilians.The law firm’s report was based on over 2,000 testimonies taken between 2020 and 2021. It also accused eight unnamed…

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NEW YORK (AP) – After a woman was pushed to her death in front of a New York City subway train beneath Times Square over the weekend, Mayor Eric Adams acknowledged to reporters Tuesday that even he didn´t feel entirely safe riding the rails.The Democrat recounted when he rode the train on Jan. 1, not long after taking the oath of office, he called 911 to report a fight near a subway station, encountered a yelling passenger and another passenger sleeping on a train.”On day one, I took the subway system, I felt unsafe. I saw homeless everywhere. People were…

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