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IOC ‘concerned’ that doping sample bottles can be opened
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – The IOC says it is “very concerned” about claims that the new doping sample bottles for next month’s Pyeongchang Games can be opened.
The bottles were introduced last year to increase security after investigators found Russians were able to surreptitiously open bottles at the Sochi Olympics and exchange dirty urine samples with clean ones previously provided the same athlete.
However, the World Anti-Doping Agency is now examining the new bottles after receiving reports from a laboratory that the bottles can be opened manually when frozen.
The International Olympic Committee says in a statement it is “very concerned about this issue” and has asked WADA to ensure the integrity of drug testing in Pyeongchang. The IOC adds it has “full confidence” WADA can “find a solution.”
Putin says Russia hopes to turn page on doping at Olympics
MOSCOW (AP) – Vladimir Putin says he hopes Russia can soon leave behind years of doping scandals.
With 168 Russians due to compete at next month’s Pyeongchang Olympics under a neutral flag as punishment for past doping offenses, Putin says the games could mark the end of the country’s doping problems.
At an election campaign event, the Russian president says “I hope that this page will be turned.”
Putin also called on Russian athletes to obey International Olympic Committee rules at the Pyeongchang Games. The IOC has required Russians to compete in uniforms without national symbols and bars them from gestures like taking a national flag from spectators to celebrate.
Putin says “I call on all our athletes to follow all the rules that the International Olympic Committee suggests.”
Royals sign SS Escobar to $2.5M, 1-year contract
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Royals have signed Alcides Escobar to a $2.5 million contract for next season, keeping their longtime shortstop on the roster after reaching free agency this offseason.
The sides agreed to the framework of a deal last week, but it wasn’t announced until Monday.
Pistons acquire Griffin from Clippers in blockbuster deal
UNDATED (AP) – The Detroit Pistons have acquired star forward Blake Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers.
Detroit is sending forward Tobias Harris, guard Avery Bradley and center Boban Marjanovic to Los Angeles, with the Clippers also receiving draft picks. Detroit also receives forward Brice Johnson and center Willie Reed.
Nigeria’s first bobsled team running for pride and legacy
NEW YORK (AP) – Nigeria will field the first bobsled team from the entire continent of Africa in Pyeongchang next month.
A trio of former track athletes has qualified to compete for the country, and though they are American-born, they say they are now running to bring pride to their motherland and raise awareness for the sport.
Their unlikely journey will likely have added meaning after U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments about Africa’s “shithole countries” during January’s debate over immigration reform.
Attorney for the late Aaron Hernandez writing a book
NEW YORK (AP) – The defense attorney for the late Aaron Hernandez is writing a book about the former NFL star and promises “shocking revelations.”
Hachette Books says Jose Baez’s “Unnecessary Roughness: The Life and Death of Aaron Hernandez” is coming out Aug. 21.
The book was written with the cooperation of Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, and will include a foreword by her. According to Hachette, “Unnecessary Roughness” will be the “definitive, insider” story on Hernandez.
Hernandez, a former standout tight end for the New England Patriots, was found hanging in his cell last April 19, hours before his ex-teammates were due to visit the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory. The 27-year-old athlete had been serving life without parole for a 2013 murder.
Lawyers chase O.J. Simpson over $70M wrongful death judgment
LOS ANGELES (AP) – O.J. Simpson owes the family of Fred Goldman more than $70 million from a 1997 wrongful death judgment and a lawyer for the Goldmans says the former football star should use his profits from autographs to settle his debt.
Attorney David Cook plans to ask a Los Angeles Superior Court judge today to order Simpson to hand over future money he makes autographing sports memorabilia to satisfy the judgment in the wrongful deaths of Ron Goldman and Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson.
Simpson was acquitted of murder in the 1994 killings, but a civil court jury found him liable and ordered him to pay $33.5 million, which has more than doubled over two decades.
A lawyer for the former football star says Simpson signed autographs after his release from a Nevada prison to pay legal bills.