Update on the latest sports


AP source: Jets acquire edge rusher Shaq Lawson from Texans

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Jets have acquired edge rusher Shaq Lawson from the Houston Texans for a sixth-round pick in next year’s NFL draft, according to a person with direct knowledge of the deal.

The Jets were in dire need of a pass-rushing specialist after Carl Lawson was lost for the season two weeks ago with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

New York filled that need Sunday by bringing in Shaq Lawson, who has 20 1/2 sacks in five seasons with Buffalo and Miami. He was acquired by Houston in a trade with the Dolphins in March.

In other NFL news:

— A person with knowledge of the decision says the New Orleans Saints are planning to practice this week at the home of the Dallas Cowboys after evacuating because of Hurricane Ida. The Saints are scheduled to practice Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at AT&T Stadium before taking a break heading into the regular season. That’s according to a person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the club wasn’t discussing its plans publicly. New Orleans is supposed to open at home Sept. 12 against Green Bay. Ira made landfall 16 years to the day after Katrina devastated New Orleans. The Saints spent the entire 2005 season away from home.


AP source: Mets’ Syndergaard tests positive for COVID-19

NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard has tested positive for COVID-19.

Syndergaard was scratched from a rehab start on Sunday. New York manager Luis Rojas said Syndergaard had a “non-baseball-related injury.” He did confirm that Syndergaard has been vaccinated.

Syndergaard, who turned 29 on Sunday, tweeted: “This birthday is so sick.” Syndergaard is recovering from Tommy John surgery and the Mets are hoping he can rejoin the team as a reliever.


Ohio and Michigan play for title

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Sunday’s championship game in the Little League World Series features a rematch of the Great Lakes regional title game, Ohio against Michigan.

Michigan won that game, 9-1, but Ohio can forget all about that if it comes back in the biggest game of all. It’s the first time two teams from the same region play for the title, a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions that kept international clubs away.

No team from Ohio has ever won the tournament.


Verstappen wins rain-marred Belgian GP after short restart

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Max Verstappen has won a rain-soaked and shortened Belgian Grand Prix.

The race was called off Sunday after it had restarted under a safety car nearly three hours later than its scheduled time. The race was shortened to last one hour with only half points awarded to the winner, who needed to complete only two laps to earn points.

Red Bull driver Verstappen was leading Williams driver George Russell and Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton on Lap 4 when the restarted race ended after roughly 10 minutes with rain still lashing down.

Verstappen’s sixth win of the season was the 16th of his career and kept Hamilton from earning a record-extending 100th win, while also trimming his overall lead from eight points to three. Verstappen collected 12.5 points instead of 25, with Russell getting nine for his second career podium and Hamilton picking up 7.5.


Britain defeats US for gold in wheelchair rugby

TOKYO (AP) — Britain has won the gold medal in wheelchair rugby at the Paralympics, defeating the United States 54-49. It’s the first medal of any kind for Britain in the sport. Japan, which was among the pre-tournament favorites, defeated Australia in the bronze medal match.

Wheelchair rugby has been an official Paralympic sport since 2000, and Britain’s best finish was fourth place in 2004 and 2008.


Jacques Rogge has died at 79

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee says Jacques Rogge (zhahk ROH’-geh), who led the organization as president for 12 years, has died. He was 79.

The IOC announced his death on Sunday without giving details. Rogge’s health had visibly declined when he attended Olympic events since his presidency ended in 2013.

Rogge represented Belgium in rugby and was a world champion in sailing. He competed in the Finn class at three Olympic Games from 1968 through 1976.

Rogge led the European group of Olympic committees before being elected as the IOC’s eighth president in 2001.