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HOUSTON (AP) — An attorney for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has accused the 22 women who have filed lawsuits alleging they were sexually assaulted or harassed by the NFL player during massages of lying, claiming their assertions are based on “an avalanche of false accusations.” The statement by Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, comes after the NFL player’s legal team on Monday filed in court its initial response to the lawsuits, alleging that eight of the women bragged about giving him massages and five “wanted to get money out of Mr. Watson.” A lawyer for the women called the claims “weak and vague allegations” that are “demonstrably false.”

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has suspended Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler for two games for kneeing Toronto forward Zach Hyman. The collision happened in the second period of Vancouver’s 3-2 overtime win Sunday when Edler took out Hyman in front of the Leafs bench. The left winger dropped hard to the ice and stayed down for several minutes before a trainer came to his aid. Hyman went directly to the locker room and did not return. The Canucks were playing their first game since March 24 after being sidelined by a COVID-19 outbreak. Edler will be eligible to return on Saturday.

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — The Las Vegas Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent cornerback Rasul Douglas. The deal gives the Raiders a veteran option to complement the young cornerbacks already on the roster. Douglas was originally a third-round pick by Philadelphia in 2017. He spent his first three seasons with the Eagles and last season with Carolina. Douglas has appeared in 60 games with 29 starts over his first four seasons, compiling 180 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, five interceptions and 34 passes defensed.

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball fans are streaming games in record numbers through the first three weeks of the season. Major League Baseball says the first 18 days of the season have been the most watched in the 20-year history of the MLB.TV streaming package. Fans have watched more than 1.34 billion minutes of live games on the platform, which is a 12% increase when compared to the first 18 days of last season and 43% growth compared to the same period two years ago. Out-of-market streaming is up 22% compared to last season.

UNDATED (AP) — The USGA says a limited number of golf spectators will be allowed at the U.S. Women’s Open and the U.S. Open in California in June. It won’t be the first major to allow fans. But it will be the first that requires spectators to either show proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test. The U.S. Women’s Open is June 3-6 at Olympic Club in San Francisco. Two weeks later, the U.S. Open is held at Torrey Pines in San Diego. California residents must show proof of vaccination 14 days before the tournament or a negative test. Out-of-state fans must be vaccinated.

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