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Austin FC's Cecilio Dominguez returns after 5-game suspension and investigation

Austin FC's Cecilio Dominguez was suspended from MLS for five games during an investigation into possible "off-field misconduct." (Austin FC/Twitter)

Major League Soccer reinstated Cecilio Dominguez back into the Austin FC squad Wednesday evening after a month-long suspension and investigation into a domestic violence call with the Austin Police Department.

The Designated Player was suspended from the club's roster after Austin FC told the league about "alleged verbal and emotional abuse" toward his ex-partner on April 8. Less than a day earlier, Austin Police Department officers were called to Dominguez's ex-partner's residence due to a domestic dispute.

According to a police report obtained by ESPN, Dominguez "was advised to not come back to the home as a result of report of family abuse" but that no charges were filed against him. The star player was not arrested and no further action was taken. In the report, the alleged victim said that the two are no longer together and live separately, although Dominguez will continue to support her family.

After an external investigative firm thoroughly examined the incident, MLS said it has reinstated Dominguez "subject to his participation in ongoing counseling."

"MLS thanks the Austin Police Department and Victim Services and Austin FC for their support and cooperation in this matter," the league said.

Dominguez will return to the Verde roster after missing five matches. The club has won all four MLS games in his absence and currently sits at No. 2 in the MLS West.

Dominguez, who was Austin FC's second-highest-paid player last season under the highly coveted Designated Player status, has scored two goals and started in four of his five matches played this season. The forward was also tied with Diego Fagundez as Austin's top goalscorer last season.

Dominguez will return to the pitch in the club's upcoming home match against No. 3 LA Galaxy at Q2 Stadium on Sunday.


With deposition and trial looming, Elon Musk has offered $44B for Twitter, again

Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.

The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.

While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.

The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.

After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.

With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.

He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.

Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.

Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.

Austin rents nearly double in a year and are now in the top 5 nationwide

While searching for a place to live, Austin renters will face monthly rates of nearly $3,000, a recent guide from rental marketplace Dwellsy shows.

The median rent in August this year was $2,930, a more than 86% increase since August 2021. That’s $820 more than the nationwide median asking rent in August and puts Austin just below the Bay Area, Boston and New York for large cities with the most expensive asking rent.

“Within this group, Austin, TX stands out for the highest increases in asking rent, which has nearly doubled since this time last year,” the study notes.

Outside of those large cities, however, others are seeing even higher rent spikes. Metro areas that ranked above Austin in one-year increases include those like Kansas City, MO with a 112% change in rent since last August and Tucson, AZ with a 124% change.

The data reflects large apartment communities, single-family homes and 2-6 unit buildings.