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Colin Jost as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on "SNL." Photo: Will Heath/NBC.

The latest "Saturday Night Live" cold open focused on this week's NFL scandal that saw Jon Gruden resign as Las Vegas Raiders head coach following reports that he used racist, sexist and homophobic language in past emails.

Highlights: Colin Jost made a rare appearance outside "Weekend Update" to play NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "All 32 teams in our league understand that diversity is our strength," he said. "I know that our Black coaches would agree. Both of them."

A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.
  • Gruden, played by new "SNL" cast member James Austin Johnson, repeated the real coach's line that he "never meant to hurt anyone." But Johnson's Gruden added: "I meant to hurt them secretly, behind their backs."
  • Chris Redd arrived at the sketch's end to play former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who found himself unsigned after taking the knee in 2016 to highlight racial injustice.
  • "Wow, so much stuff coming out about the NFL is maybe racist," said Redd's Kaepernick. "I wonder if anyone tried to warn people about this before."

Of note: Actor Rami Malek hosted the latest "SNL." Young Thug was the musical guest.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with further details on the sketch.

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Americans now want to read about sports, not politics

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Data: Taboola; Table: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Politics and hard news have moved to the back burner of the national conversation, with sports — and particularly the NFL — generating more interest, new data shows.

Why it matters: It's a huge shift from a year ago, when most of the top stories in the U.S. were about hot-button political topics.

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Massage, facial, pedicure... intravenous drip?

A salon on the Upper East Side of New York that offers IV drip therapies. Photo: Jennifer A. Kingson/Axios

IV drips — the kind you might get if you're rushed to the hospital — are trending as a spa treatment, thanks in part to endorsements by celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Madonna.

Why it matters: Like other "wellness" trends with a whiff of medical imprimatur, IV nutrient drips can be harmless or mildly restorative — or go awry, particularly in the wrong hands.

U.S. sounds alarm on Ukraine

Conscripts line up at a Russian railway station yesterday before departing for Army service. Photo: Sergei Malgavko/TASS via Getty Images

The Biden administration is "deeply concerned" by new intelligence — detailed for Axios and other outlets — showing Russia stepping up preparations to invade Ukraine as soon as early 2022.

Why it matters: Most of this was known from public sources and satellite imagery, but the administration is sending a stronger signal by releasing specific details from the intelligence community.