Reuters Sports News Summary

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

2019 Fantasy Football sleepers

So many people play fantasy football that everyone seems to know about the most popular sleeper targets. There are some guys who are still falling beneath the general radar and are value plays.

Ellis to step down as head coach of U.S. women's team

Jill Ellis, who became the first female coach in history to win back-to-back World Cups, will step down as boss of the U.S. women's national team in early October, she said on Tuesday. Ellis, 52, who steered the U.S. to a record-extending fourth World Cup title in France earlier this month, called the move "bittersweet", but said her decision to walk away after the team's victory tour was in line with the timeline she envisioned when she was first appointed in May 2014.

WBC provisionally suspends Whyte as mandatory heavyweight challenger

The World Boxing Council (WBC) said on Tuesday it had provisionally suspended Dillian Whyte as the mandatory challenger for Deontay Wilder's world heavyweight title because the Briton had failed a dope test. Britain's anti-doping agency UKAD has not commented on media reports that Whyte tested positive ahead of his fight in London against Colombian Oscar Rivas on July 20.

Americans Stephens, Gauff crash out in Washington

Top seed and former champion Sloane Stephens crashed out of the Citi Open in Washington as she suffered a stunning 6-2 7-5 first-round loss to Swede Rebecca Peterson on Tuesday while teenager Cori 'Coco' Gauff also fell in straight sets. Stephens, whose best result this year was a run to the Madrid semi-finals in May, was misfiring from the start and never managed to settle into much of a groove in her first meeting with the Swedish world number 70.

'Without fear': U.S. bill aims to protect athletes after Nassar sex-abuse scandal

Two U.S. senators introduced legislation on Tuesday to prevent sexual assaults against athletes by increasing oversight and legal liability for U.S. Olympic and sports officials following the Larry Nassar scandal. The legislation was welcomed by former gymnasts and abuse survivors such as Jordyn Wieber but drew a mixed response from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), which said it could cause operational "disruption" for athletes.

Flores: Fitzpatrick leading Rosen in Dolphins QB competition

Ryan Fitzpatrick grabbed the lead in the Miami Dolphins quarterback competition with Josh Rosen, first-year coach Brian Flores said on Tuesday. "It's pretty clear to me that Ryan Fitzpatrick is leading the way," Flores said. "He's done that in a lot of areas, from leadership to production on the field to the meeting rooms to the walk-throughs. This is an ongoing competition, but right now he's leading the way."

Cold and gold as U.S and Chile take beach volleyball titles

Surf, sand, sun and fun are beach volleyball hallmarks but it was cold and gold at Pan Am Games on Tuesday as the United States and Chile claimed titles on a chilly, dreary afternoon on the Costa Verde. The crowd at the Estadio Voleibol de Playa bundled up in fleecy jackets, woolly hats and scarfs to watch Karissa Cook and Jace Pardon of the U.S. rally for a 14-21 22-20 15-10 win over defending gold medalists Argentina.

Report: Minus holdout Elliott, Cowboys to sign RB Morris

On the same day that multiple media outlets reported that NFL rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott will be training in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, instead of joining his Dallas Cowboys teammates at training camp at Oxnard, Calif., the team has made a counterpunch. The Cowboys have agreed to sign running back Alfred Morris to a one-year contract, Pro Football Talk reported Monday after confirming with his agency Katz Brothers Sports.

Semenya out of World Championships after Swiss court reverses reprieve

Double Olympic champion Caster Semenya will not defend her 800-metres title at the World Championships in September after the Swiss Federal Tribunal reversed a ruling that temporarily lifted the IAAF’s testosterone regulations imposed on her, a spokesman for the athlete said on Tuesday. Semenya is appealing the Court of Arbitration for Sport's (CAS) ruling that supported regulations introduced by the sport's governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

U.S. men's team supports women's squad in equal-pay fight

The U.S. men's team on Tuesday accused the U.S. Soccer Federation of refusing to pay national team players a fair share of generated revenue as they gave their support to the women's squad in their equal-pay lawsuit. The women's team filed their lawsuit in March and will soon head into mediation with U.S. Soccer, whose president said on Monday in an open letter that the body had paid the women's team more than the men's team in recent years.