Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.

PGA Tour, US Golf Association, Augusta National Golf Club under DOJ investigation – report

The Augusta National Golf Club, US Golf Association and PGA of America are included in the US Justice Department’s antitrust investigation into professional golf, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Wednesday that cites people familiar with the matter. . A spokeswoman for the USGA, which is the national governing body for golf in the United States, confirmed to Reuters that the organization has been contacted by the Department of Justice and is fully complying with all requests.

Motor racing-Audi F1 deal marks major step forward for Swiss-based Sauber

Sauber’s transformation into the Audi factory Formula 1 team from 2026, announced on Wednesday, is a big step forward for the Swiss-based team which now has a real chance of returning to the top step of the podium. However, the transition from midfield to major players will still take time.

Football-Ruthless Bayern beat a sorry Barcelona 3-0

Goals from Sadio Mane, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Benjamin Pavard earned Bayern Munich a 3-0 win at already-eliminated Barcelona on Wednesday as the German giants clinched a place in the Champions League knockout stages as group winners. Bayern top Group C with 15 points, five ahead of Inter Milan who also reached the knockout stage following a 4-0 win over Viktoria Plzen earlier on Wednesday, a result that knocked out Barcelona in the knockout stage. groups for the second consecutive year.

Soccer-Liverpool secures Champions League progress with win at Ajax

Liverpool overcame a slow start to beat hosts Ajax Amsterdam 3-0 on Wednesday, securing a top-two spot in Group A and progressing to the Champions League knockout stage. Mohamed Salah put Liverpool ahead against the run of play three minutes before half-time and they then took command after the break with two quick goals from Darwin Nunez and Harvey Elliott to claim a convincing triumph.

Football – “People will not come to the stadiums”: VAR criticized after excluding Spurs winner

VAR is once again in the crosshairs following the controversial decision to rule out Harry Kane’s last-minute Champions League winner on Wednesday, with some players and pundits saying the system kills the excitement of the game. Tottenham Hotspur’s Kane fired from close range in the fifth minute of stoppage time against Sporting but the wild celebrations in the stadium were silenced after a minutes-long VAR check disallowed the goal.

Australian players slam Qatar’s human rights record ahead of World Cup

Australia’s national soccer team spoke out against World Cup hosts Qatar’s record on human rights and gay relations in a video released on Thursday, adding to the country’s criticism in the weeks leading up to the tournament. Qatar, the first country in the Middle East to host the World Cup, is coming under intense international pressure for its treatment of foreign workers and restrictive social laws.

Soccer-Bullet Points Previews of Premier League Matches

Match-by-match facts and stats ahead of the next round of Premier League fixtures October 29-30 (all times GMT): Saturday October 29

Blazers’ Damian Lillard walks out with calf injury

Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard sprained his right calf in the third quarter of Portland’s home game Wednesday against the Miami Heat and missed the final 17-plus minutes of the contest. Lillard winced twice midway through the third quarter, once when he made contact with Miami’s Caleb Martin and again shortly after when he tangled with Jimmy Butler.

No Roger Federer Street in Basel, at least for now

The birthplace of the great Swiss tennis player Roger Federer will not give his name to a street, at least for the moment. Basel officials and politicians have started discussions on how to honor the 20-time Grand Slam singles champion, who retired from the ATP tour last month.

Football-Arsenal striker Jesus ready to play ’70 games per season’

Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus is not concerned about the risk of burnout during the club’s demanding schedule and says he is ready to play 70 games a season if necessary. Last week, Arteta defended his decision not to rest winger Bukayo Saka in a 1-0 Europa League win over PSV Eindhoven, saying the best players in the world should give their best while playing all three days.

(With agency contributions.)