Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will serve an 11-game unpaid suspension, pay a $5 million fine and undergo required professional assessment and counseling following allegations of sexual misconduct by two dozen of women. Watson was accused of sexually harassing and coercing women during massage therapy sessions while playing for the Houston Texans. The league had sought to ban him for at least a year for violating its personal conduct policy. Watson’s suspension begins August 30, when he will not be permitted to enter team facilities. He could return for the Browns game on Dec. 4 in Houston. Cleveland traded for the three-time Pro Bowler in March, signing him to a fully guaranteed $230 million deal

The Big Ten announced its new seven-year media rights deal with Fox, NBC and CBS that would be the richest ever with a college sports conference. A person familiar with the contracts told The Associated Press that the conference’s 16 member universities will eventually share more than $1 billion in annual revenue. Beginning in 2024, when USC and UCLA join the conference, Big Ten Football Saturdays will be structured similarly to the NFL. This means that three big name games air in consecutive timeslots on three different major television networks.

In Major League Baseball on Thursday…

The Blue Jays outscored the Yankees 9-2
The Mets fell to the Braves 3-2

In MLB games on Friday…

The Yankees will face the Jays again in the Bronx.
The Mets are going to Philadelphia.
And the Red Sox will face the Orioles in Baltimore.

The Chicago Bears beat the Seattle Seahawks 27-11 in Thursday’s NFL preseason game.

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