Judge hears from Olympic gymnasts who were abused by doctor

LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan judge has heard from two Olympic gymnasts during a third day of gripping statements from young women who were sexually abused by a sports doctor. A prosecutor read a statement from McKayla Maroney, who won gold and silver medals at the 2012 Olympics. She says Larry Nassar “left scars on (her) psyche that may never go away.” Nassar could be sentenced Friday. He admits molesting gymnasts with his hands while working at Michigan State University and at a Lansing-area club. He also was team doctor at USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina has been hearing from victims since Tuesday. Jamie Dantzscher, a 2000… Read More

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Dick Harmon: From his hoops hiatus Nick Emery blogs about anxiety, suicide, depression

When Nick Emery withdrew from BYU to take care of personal issues in his life, his basketball career was put on hold. He has publicly discussed his challenges and it includes bouts of anxiety and depression. In a blog, Emery discusses thoughts of suicide and the intensity of his competitive spirit that has carried him through life by immersing himself in basketball as an outlet. Still under review by the NCAA for allegations he accepted improper benefits this past year, Emery has kept up with his school work on his own to keep his eligibility intact, according to BYU head coach Dave Rose. This past Monday, he was involved in… Read More

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Rebecca Quinn goes 3rd in NWSL draft, highest Canadian ever taken

PHILADELPHIA – Duke defender-midfielder Rebecca Quinn became the highest Canadian ever taken in the NWSL draft when she went third overall to the Washington Spirit on Thursday. The Spirit also had the first overall pick, taking U.S. international midfielder Andi Sullivan of Stanford. The Boston Breakers selected South Carolina forward Savanna McCaskill second. The Spirit had traded up to get the third pick, sending Canadian international forward Lindsay Agnew and the sixth pick to Houston. They then used the third pick on Quinn, a 22-year-old from Toronto who has won 33 caps for Canada. Sky Blue FC traded with Houston to get the No. 6 pick, taking West Virginia defender… Read More

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Alouettes sign long snapper Bedard, receiver Charland to deals

MONTREAL — The Montreal Alouettes signed Canadian long snapper Martin Bedard and defensive back Mikael Charland to one-year contracts. Bedard is entering his 10th season with the Alouettes. The 33-year-old Laval, Que. native has 58 special teams tackles in 135 CFL games. Charland is going into his third CFL campaign and second with the Alouettes. The former Ottawa Redblack from Gatineau, Que., played 12 games for Montreal last season. …read more Source:: Sportsnet.ca

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Pirates sign closer Felipe Rivero to four-year deal

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates‘ rebuilding process will include closer Felipe Rivero. The team has signed the left-handed reliever to a four-year contract that runs through the 2021 season. The deal includes club options for 2022 and 2023. Pittsburgh acquired Rivero in a trade deadline deal with the Washington Nationals in 2016. Rivero took over as Pittsburgh’s closer last May, going 5-3 with a 1.67 ERA and 21 saves with 88 strikeouts in 75 1/3 innings for the Pirates. General manager Neal Huntington says he’s “humbled’ that the 26-year-old Rivero chose to remain in Pittsburgh for the long haul. The Pirates are in the midst of a roster makeover. The… Read More

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Daily Dieter Podcast: Warriors dominance means nothing matters in NBA

Golden State’s run since 2015 has been not only historic, but revolutionary in terms of how the Warriors have changed the way the pro game is played. Dieter Kurtenbach says that now, the Warriors are so good they have rendered nearly everything but the final series of the year meaningless. To view Dieter’s latest podcast on your mobile device click here.If you haven’t already done so, subscribe to the Daily Dieter Podcast on iTunes. …read more Source:: East Bay – Sports

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Rory Mcllroy’s patience tested as he returns with 3-under 69

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Rory McIlroy’s patience was tested Thursday on his comeback and he needed three late birdies to register a 3-under 69 that left him three strokes behind first-round leaders Tommy Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Starting on the 10th hole, McIlroy made 11 straight pars, which included a three-putt par on the par-5 18th. Fleetwood, the defending Abu Dhabi champion and last year’s European Tour money-list winner, continued his excellent form by hitting all 18 greens in regulation. There was a five-way tie for third place with Fabrizio Zanotti, Ross Fisher, Thomas Pieters, Bernd Wiesberger and Sam Brazel shooting 67s.… Read More

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Watch: Video shows why BYU football offered scholarship to impressive eighth-grader

SALT LAKE CITY — If running back Raleek Brown accepts a scholarship offer to play football for BYU, the earliest he would suit up for the Cougars is 2022. While that isn’t unusual for players to have a belated beginning at BYU because of missions, Brown’s delay would be for another reason. The standout playmaker from Stockton, California, isn’t scheduled to graduate from high school for another four years. Despite only being 14 years old, Brown recently received an offer from Kalani Sitake’s staff, according to his social media accounts. I hear it’s really hard to get a scholarship offer in High School so I know Im really blessed to… Read More

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Utah Royals acquire Canadian WNT midfielder Diana Matheson from Seattle on draft day

SANDY — A little less than two hours before the Utah Royals were set to participate in their first NWSL draft, head coach Laura Harvey tweeted that fans should “get ready for craziness.” Just minutes before the draft began, the Royals announced that they had pulled off a trade, acquiring midfielder Diana Matheson from the Seattle Reign in exchange for Yael Averbuch and their third-round (25th overall) pick in the draft. This marks the second time in two years that an organization Harvey has been a part of has traded for Matheson. Serving as the Reign’s general manager in 2017, Harvey traded Arielle Ship to the Washington Spirit in exchange… Read More

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Whitecaps sign Mexico international Efrain Juarez from Monterrey

The Vancouver Whitecaps have signed Mexican midfielder Efrain Juarez from Liga MX side Monterrey, the club announced on Thursday. Wait for it… #VWFC pic.twitter.com/1QzxzOUSns — Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) January 18, 2018 Juarez, 29, played as a right-back for Monterrey but is listed as a midfielder. He is expected to occupy a central midfield role with the Whitecaps. Juarez began his career at Pumas and spent two years in Barcelona’s academy before moving to Celtic in 2010, but he earned little playing time in Scotland and was loaned to Real Zaragoza in La Liga. He eventually returned to Mexico with Club America before joining Monterrey permanently in 2014. The midfielder has… Read More

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