Ode to Sports: Bosox, Bama rise; gymnasts stand tall

Tennis 12/29/18, 11:18

No more timeouts, see off the year,Offer a toast and close the showWith champagne flutes or cans of beer —2018 ... time to let go.___FIRST QUARTERWho wrote this law? By whose decreeCollege football means SEC?Bama turns from Hurts to Tua,Saban's tribe sings hallelujah.In court, young gymnasts share a dreamOf glory ...

SafeSport CEO Shellie Pfohl to step down next month

Sports 12/28/18, 18:49

Shellie Pfohl is stepping down as CEO of the U.S. Center for SafeSport after helping the organization gain footing over a two-year period of slow-but-steady progress.Pfohl started in November 2016, and the center opened in March 2017 to become the clearinghouse for all reports of sex abuse in U.S. Olympic ...

Gymnastics scandal leads list of ‘s top 10 sports stories

Hockey 12/24/18, 13:22

A list of the top 10 sports stories of 2018, as voted on by Associated Press members and editors:1. Sports doctor Larry Nassar receives decadeslong prison sentence after dozens of female athletes detail abuse; shake-ups at Michigan State, USA Gymnastics and U.S. Olympic Committee follow outrage over slow responses to ...

Top sports story of ’18: Nassar abuse, gymnastics turmoil

Sports 12/24/18, 11:25

The depths of Larry Nassar's depravity began to emerge some 15 months before the calendar flipped to 2018 — when reports of his sexual abuse first appeared in newspaper stories that would eventually lead to a trial and, ultimately, to the doctor's imprisonment.But it was January 2018, the month when ...

Scandal and justice: #MeToo reached the sports world in 2018

Tennis 12/23/18, 10:03

One by one they came forward, more than 150 in all. Fearful yet defiant. Vulnerable but resolute, buoyed by the hope of catharsis and the promise of justice.Standing in a Michigan courtroom last January, women and girls sexually abused by Larry Nassar confronted the former Michigan State University and USA ...

Lawyer: Michigan State hampered probe of its Nassar dealings

Sports 12/21/18, 12:54

An independent special counsel on Friday accused Michigan State University of stonewalling his investigation into the school's handling of the sexual abuse scandal involving disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar and called for "top-down cultural change" at the school.Special counsel Bill Forsyth released a report that accuses the school of ...

House panel finds Olympic leaders valued image over safety

Sports 12/20/18, 16:41

A congressional review of the U.S. Olympic system's handling of sex-abuse cases criticizes a culture that sought to protect reputation and image over athlete safety.A House subcommittee released the report Thursday, outlining conclusions about the handling of sex-abuse cases involving Larry Nassar and others that have led to calls for ...

Senators ask FBI to investigate Blackmun for lying to panel

Sports 12/14/18, 20:02

Two lawmakers are asking the Justice Department and FBI to look into whether former U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun lied to a Senate panel in testimony about the handling of sex-abuse allegations against Larry Nassar. At issue is Blackmun's debunked claim that he discussed the case with U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC)  ...

Analysis: Report lays blame, but what’s needed are solutions

Sports 12/11/18, 03:18

The report was every bit as thorough as it was cringe-worthy.And yet, when it was all picked apart and combed through, there wasn't much new there.The 233 pages of details about how Olympic leaders and the FBI responded — or didn't — to sex-abuse allegations against Larry Nassar was yet ...

How the Larry Nassar scandal has affected others

Sports 12/10/18, 16:36

The U.S. Olympic Committee's firing of chief of sport performance Alan Ashley is the latest development stemming from the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.An independent report released Monday said neither Ashley nor former CEO Scott Blackmun elevated concerns about the Nassar allegations when they were first ...

USOC fires official over his silence in Larry Nassar case

Sports 12/10/18, 16:11

The U.S. Olympic Committee fired chief of sport performance Alan Ashley in the wake of an independent report released Monday that said neither he nor former CEO Scott Blackmun elevated concerns about the Larry Nassar sexual abuse allegations when they were first reported to them.The 233-page independent report detailed an ...

USA Gymnastics files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Sports 12/05/18, 16:07

USA Gymnastics is turning to bankruptcy in an effort to ensure its survival.The embattled organization filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition on Wednesday as it attempts to reach settlements in the dozens of sex-abuse lawsuits it faces and to forestall its potential demise at the hands of the U.S. Olympic ...

George Perles, citing health, resigns as MSU trustee

Sports 11/29/18, 12:19

George Perles has resigned as a member of Michigan State University's governing board after nearly 12 years, citing his age and health.Perles was a former Michigan State football coach and athletic director before winning election as a trustee in 2006. A Democrat, he was re-elected to an eight-year term in ...

Ex-Michigan State leader in court on Nassar-related charges

Sports 11/26/18, 13:00

The former president of Michigan State University on Monday made her first court appearance since being charged with lying to investigators about what she knew during the investigation into sexual assault allegations against former sports doctor Larry Nassar.Lou Anna Simon, 71, is accused of lying during an interview in May. ...

Ex-MSU president charged with lying to police about Nassar

Sports 11/20/18, 15:23

Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon was charged Tuesday with lying to state police during a probe of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse — the fourth person other than the imprisoned ex-campus sports doctor to face criminal charges related to the scandal.Simon, who stepped down earlier this year, was ...

Michigan State getting 2 new trustees amid Nassar fallout

Sports 11/08/18, 09:44

Voters backed two new Democrats for the Michigan State University Board of Trustees as the school continues to deal with the fallout from sexual assaults by the now-imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar .Unofficial results show Michigan State graduates Brianna Scott and Kelly Tebay were the top vote-getters Tuesday for ...

USOC moves to shut down USA Gymnastics after Nassar scandal

Sports 11/05/18, 19:13

The U.S. Olympic Committee is moving to revoke USA Gymnastics' status as the governing body for the sport at the Olympic level, meting out the nuclear option to an organization that has botched its own reorganization in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar.In an ...

Ex-USA Gymnastics head pleads not guilty to tampering count

Texas 10/29/18, 19:00

The former president of USA Gymnastics pleaded not guilty in a Texas courtroom Monday to a charge of tampering with evidence in the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar.Prosecutors accuse Steve Penny of destroying or hiding documents related to Nassar's activities at the Karolyi Ranch, the ex-national ...

Simone Says: Biles ready to soar at World Championships

Sports 10/26/18, 02:10

Simone Biles wants to get this out of the way first. She didn't return to gymnastics to appease anyone. Not her sponsors. Not her family. And not the organization she represents.This "comeback" — a word the Olympic champion isn't really a fan of — is about curiosity and self-respect. To ...

Another gymnastics official faces charge in Nassar fallout

Texas 10/18/18, 12:58

The Texas indictment of former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny for allegedly tampering with evidence is the latest fallout from the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.Numerous other people have been criminally charged, fired or forced out of their jobs during the investigations into the once-renowned gymnastics ...

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