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November 22, 2017

DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT

Source: Gymnastics doctor set to plead guilty to sex charges

DETROIT (AP) — A sports doctor accused of molesting some Olympic gymnasts is appearing in a Michigan court this morning, where he’s expected to plead guilty to multiple charges of sexual assault.

Dr. Larry Nassar could face at least 25 years in prison, according to a person who has knowledge of a plea agreement. But a judge could set the minimum sentence as high as 40 years.

Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman (AL’-ee RAYS’-mihn), McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas are three women who have publicly said they were among Nassar’s victims. Nassar is charged with molesting seven girls.

TRUMP-BALL-UCLA

Trump has more words for UCLA athlete’s dad

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Trump has more words for the father of one of three UCLA basketball players detained in China for allegedly stealing.

Trump is now calling LaVar Ball an “ungrateful fool.” Trump tweeted again today that Ball hasn’t given him credit for the release of his son LiAngelo and two other UCLA basketball players from detention in China.

Trump also called LaVar Ball “just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair.”

LiAngelo Ball and two UCLA teammates were released after a brief detention in China while Trump was visiting the country.

IOC-RUSSIA DOPING

Sochi gold medalist among 4 Russians banned for doping

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Four more Russians have been banned by the International Olympic Committee for doping at the 2014 Sochi Games, including a gold medalist.

All four competed in skeleton and include men’s gold medalist Alexander Tretyakov and women’s bronze medalist Elena Nikitina.

Two other Russian women who didn’t win medals, Maria Orlova and Olga Potylitsina, were also banned today.

A total of 10 Russians have been banned so far. And Russia, which finished the games at the top of the medals table with 13 gold and 33 overall, has now been stripped of six medals based on evidence of a state-sponsored doping program in Sochi.

BILLS-QB

Bills reverse course in having Taylor start against Chiefs

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott is reversing course by announcing Tyrod Taylor will start at Kansas City on Sunday, a week after his decision to start rookie Nathan Peterman backfired.

McDermott called his decision to return to Taylor “the right thing for our team,” after Peterman threw five interceptions in a 54-24 loss at the Los Angeles Chargers last week.

Taylor, who is 20-18 in 2½ seasons in Buffalo, was benched after going 9 of 18 for 56 yards through 55 minutes in a 47-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 12.

Peterman is a fifth-round pick out of Pittsburgh who became the first quarterback to throw five interceptions in the first half since the NFL merger in 1970. He finished 6 of 14 for 66 yards and was replaced by Taylor to start the third quarter with Buffalo trailing 40-7.

The Bills (5-5) have lost three straight.

SHARAPOVA-INDIAN INVESTIGATION

India police probe Maria Sharapova housing fraud case

NEW DELHI (AP) — Maria Sharapova is being investigated by police in India in a cheating and criminal conspiracy case involving a real estate company who used the tennis star to endorse a luxury housing project that never took off.

Real estate firm Homestead Infrastructure is accused of taking tens of millions of millions of dollars from home buyers for a project named “Ballet by Maria Sharapova,” a luxury apartment complex with its own helipad, tennis academy and other amenities.

MINNESOTA-FLECK

Minnesota, football coach agree to contract extension

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota and football coach P.J. Fleck have agreed to a one-year contract extension through the 2022 season.

Fleck signed a five-year, $18 million contract in January. The Gophers are 5-6 this season under the 36-year-old Fleck, who was hired by Minnesota to replace Tracy Claeys after four seasons as the coach at Western Michigan. He led the Broncos to a Cotton Bowl bid and a 13-1 record last year.

Claeys was fired after the football program became embroiled in a standoff with the administration over the suspension of 10 players in connection with allegations of sexual assault.

Fleck’s contract extension needs approval from the Board of Regents, which meets in December.

THANKSGIVING FOOTBALL-THREATS

Threats force schools to postpone Thanksgiving football game

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — The annual Thanksgiving Day football game between two New Jersey high schools has been postponed because of threats.

The Asbury Park Press reports administrators at the Asbury Park and Neptune Township school districts agreed to postpone Thursday’s game following what has been described as “credible, live threats.”

Asbury Park Superintendent of Schools Lamont Repollet wouldn’t elaborate on the nature of the threats.

The teams have met every year on Thanksgiving Day since 1908, with the exception of a few changes. Administrators say the game will be played at a mutually agreed upon later date.

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