Patriots cut Antonio Brown — The New England Patriots on Friday released Antonio Brown after a second woman accused him of sexual misconduct — the third team in seven months to tire of the off-field behavior that has overshadowed his accomplishments as one of the NFL’s most prolific receivers. Already facing a civil suit claiming that he raped a former trainer, Brown was accused in a Sports Illustrated story published Monday of exposing himself to an artist he hired to paint a mural at his home. He has denied both allegations. But the Patriots cut ties with the four-time All-Pro after just one game.


Russian anti-doping agency may be suspended again — A person familiar with the case tells The Associated Press that Russia’s anti-doping agency could face suspension again based on information indicating data from the Moscow drug-testing lab had been manipulated before being delivered to the World Anti-Doping Agency earlier this year. WADA reinstated Russia’s anti-doping agency after gaining access to long-sought-after data that was to be used to confirm doping positives stemming from the country’s plans to cheat. But eight months later, and with the Tokyo Olympics less than a year away, there is a report indicating the data might have been manipulated before it was handed over. WADA is expected to review the information at a meeting Monday in Tokyo.


NBA approves plan to get tougher on tampering — The NBA’s board of governors was unanimous in its approval of a plan to stiffen potential penalties for tampering with players and employees under contract with other clubs, hoping for increased compliance in existing league rules. Fines of up to $10 million are now possible in the most egregious situations, along with forfeiture of draft picks, suspensions of executives and voiding of contracts when rule-breaking is found.

— Bulletin wire reports