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Ex-Michigan State Gymnastics Coach Charged In Larry Nassar Case

A former Michigan State gymnastics coach was charged Thursday with lying to police during the investigation into the school’s handling of sexual abuse complaints against former sports doctor Larry Nassar. Kathie Klages, who resigned in 2017 after she was suspended for defending Nassar, is now the third person other than Nassar to face criminal charges in the case. If convicted of the felony and misdemeanor counts, she could face up to four years in prison. Klages has denied allegations that former gymnast Larissa Boyce told her that Nassar abused her in 1997, when Boyce was 16. It wasn’t immediately clear if Klages has a criminal defense lawyer. A message seeking comment Thursday was left with attorneys defending her in civil lawsuits. The charges were announced by special independent counsel Bill Forsyth, who was appointed by the state attorney general to investigate the university. ...Read more

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson Set Nov. 23 Date For $9M Match-Play Event

Tiger Woods on Wednesday afternoon tweeted that the rumored winner-take-all match against Phil Mickelson will become a reality. The PGA Tour shortly after confirmed the news. The two golfing icons will play 18 holes in an event titled, “The Match.” MGM Resorts International will host the event on Friday, November 23, at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas, the winner taking home $9 million. According to the PGA Tour, the event will be carried on pay-per-view and on-demand services. Woods, 42, and Mickelson, 48, are longtime competitors dating back to their days playing junior golf in Southern California. Their relationship has had it’s ups-and-downs but they are currently both involved in the United States teams for the Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup. ...Read more

MLB Releases 2019 Schedule With Games In Monterrey, Mexico And More

Major league baseball will return to Monterrey, Mexico, for six games in 2019, starting with spring training games between Colorado and Arizona in March. In the regular season, Cincinnati will host St. Louis on April 13-14, and the Los Angeles Angels will play the Houston Astros on May 4-5. All games will be played at Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey, the home of the Sultanes de Monterrey of the Mexican League. The Rockies will be making their third trip to Mexico. The Diamondbacks have played 10 exhibition games there, all in Hermosillo. The Reds and Cardinals will be making their first trips to Mexico. The Angels and Astros have previously played exhibitions there. The Dodgers and Padres played a regular-season series in Monterrey in May. ...Read more

Ex-Brazil Soccer Boss Gets 4 Years In Prison In FIFA Probe

A former South American soccer official convicted on corruption charges in FIFA bribery scandal has been sentenced in New York to four years in prison. Jose Maria Marin, a former president of Brazil’s soccer federation, was sentenced on Wednesday in Brooklyn federal court.  Dozens of people and entities have been charged in the U.S. with a scheme to extract hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.The former president of Peru’s soccer federation, Manuel Burga, was acquitted in December. ...Read more

Former NFL Player Richie Incognito In Police Custody For Disorderly Conduct And Threats

Former NFL offensive lineman Richie Incognito is in police custody on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and making threats, a spokesperson for the Scottsdale, Arizona, police department said Tuesday. According to the police, they were called to Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary, where Incognito was making arrangements for his father’s funeral. According to the police, “Incognito reportedly was upset with staff and began to damage property inside the business and shout at employees. At several points during his contact with staff, Incognito threatened to retrieve guns from his vehicle and return to shoot the employees.” Incognito announced Sunday on Twitter that his father had died Saturday. This is the second time Incognito has been in police custody since being released from the Buffalo Bills’ retired list in May. Two days after being released by the Bills, Incognito was taken into custody after a disturbance at a Boca Raton, Florida, gym, during which police believed Incognito to be in an “altered, paranoid state.” Incognito threw items at gym employees and patrons, and “believed ordinary citizens were government officials that were tracking and recording him.” ...Read more

Washington Nationals Trade Second Baseman Daniel Murphy To Cubs And First Baseman Matt Adams To Cardinals

The Washington Nationals on Tuesday began the sell-off that they opted not to do ahead of the trade deadline, by sending second baseman Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubs and first baseman Matt Adams to the St. Louis Cardinals in separate waiver deals. Murphy was owed $17.5 million this season on his expiring three-year, $37.5 million contract. Meanwhile, Adams is playing on a one-year, $4 million deal. The Nationals received infielder Andrew Monasterio and a player to be named later or cash considerations from the Cubs for Murphy. Adams was sent to the Cardinals in exchange for cash considerations. ...Read more

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Pulls Out Of U.S. Open With Knee Injury

The United States Tennis Association said on Monday that France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has withdrawn from the U.S. Open due to a long-term knee problem. Tsonga is a three times a quarter-finalist at Flushing Meadows, but has not played since a semi-final defeat at the Open Sud de France in February. He had knee surgery in April. The 33-year-old, now ranked 64 in the world, will be replaced in the main draw by Australian James Duckworth. The season’s final grand slam begins on Aug. 27 in Flushing Meadows. ...Read more

Simone Biles First Woman To Win 5th U.S. All-Around Title At US Gymnastics Championships

Simone Biles won her record fifth U.S. all-around title and swept the four apparatus titles, combining scores from Friday and Sunday at TD Garden. The four-time Rio Olympic gold medalist became the first woman to win all five golds at the national gymnastics championships since Dominique Dawes in 1994. She won the all-around by 6.55 points over 2017 World all-around champion Morgan Hurd. Biles wore a teal mint leotard in part to stand with fellow Larry Nassar sexual-abuse survivors (teal ribbons were worn at NCAA meets in the winter and spring).  At 21, she is the first non-teen to win the U.S. women’s all-around since 1971. ...Read more

Kurt Busch Claims Sixth Bristol Win And First Of 2018 Season

Kurt Busch claimed his sixth-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at the Bristol Motor Speedway short track on Saturday night. His triumph at the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race was his first victory of 2018 which snapped a 58-race winless streak, dating back to the 2017 season-opening Daytona 500. Pole sitter Kyle Larson took runner-up honors after leading laps early and getting back up to second on the final restart with 13 laps remaining. ...Read more

Minnesota Vikings Lose Six Players To Injuries In Preseason Game

On Saturday, the Minnesota Vikings played their second preseason game, losing14-10, but they also lost a good chunk of players on this day, some of whom may be out of commission for the entire 2018 season. Minnesota had six players leave the game with injuries and not return, with three of them being take off the field via cart: Defensive end Ade Aruna (knee), offensive lineman Cedrick Lang (lower leg) and fullback Johnny Stanton (lower leg). CB Mackensie Alexander suffered an ankle injury, Center Josh Andrews also injured his ankle, and rookie Jeff Badet suffered a concussion.  ...Read more