Parents more wary of kids’ coaches...Michigan laws proposed after Nassar case...Skipping the White House
SEATTLE (AP) — With Olympic prodigies having just dazzled audiences worldwide, parents in the U.S. are reconciling the thrill of the gold with their fears from recent sexual abuse scandals in elite youth sports. High-profile cases of sexual abuse in gymnastics, swimming and other sports have jolted many parents who believe athletics can be an important part of their child’s development. Some now feel compelled to be more cautious in monitoring their child’s contact with coaches and other adults.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Victims of imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar helped unveil what they described Monday as a sweeping rewrite of Michigan laws related to childhood sexual abuse. Included is a proposal to drastically lengthen the time limit for victims of sexual assault to sue. Under the legislation, minor victims could sue up until their 48th birthday while those assaulted in adulthood would have 30 years to file a claim. The measures were unveiled the same day the U.S. Education Department announced a new investigation of Michigan State University, where Nassar worked.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Golden State Warriors will be skipping the White House when they come to Washington to play the Wizards this week. The traditional champions’ invitation was never granted from President Donald Trump — and it appeared the Warriors might have declined it, anyway. So they plan to spend their day in the city with local children Tuesday. The White House visit is traditionally scheduled during the NBA champions’ trip to face the Washington Wizards the following season. The Warriors play the Wizards on Wednesday.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Open has become the last of the major golf championships to jump on the aggregate playoff bandwagon. The change is takes effect immediately and would be used at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island in June if there is a tie after 72 holes. The U.S. Golf Association also decided to make its other three open championships two-hole playoffs — the U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Senior Women’s Open. The Masters was the first major to abandon the 18-hole playoff in 1976.
UNDATED (AP) — Pitcher Feliz Hernandez, who was slowed by injuries last year, was forced to leave his exhibition debut early Monday after being struck in his pitching arm by a line drive. The Mariners said a precautionary X-ray of his right forearm was negative. Hernandez was listed as day-to-day and will be re-evaluated Tuesday.