Update on the latest sports
Nationals force Game 7; Scherzer set to start vs Greinke
HOUSTON (AP) – The World Series will be decided Wednesday night in Houston.
The Washington Nationals forced a Game 7 with a 7-2 win over the Astros Tuesday night, in the first World Series in which road teams have won six games. Houston will try to end that streak. The Astros won the last time there was a Game 7 of the World Series, when they beat the Dodgers in Los Angeles in 2017.
Max Scherzer is set to start Game 7 for Washington after being scratched from Game 5 because of nerve irritation near his neck. He says he’s ready to go after a cortisone shot, heat applications and a couple of chiropractic treatments “freed up” his neck.
Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) will start for the Astros.
ATP CUP-FEDERER WITHDRAWS
Federer pulls out of season-opening ATP Cup in Australia
SYDNEY (AP) – Roger Federer has pulled out of the inaugural ATP Cup.
Organizers wrote on Twitter that Federer withdrew “due to family reasons and therefore Switzerland has been withdrawn as a country that qualified at the first entry deadline.”
The ATP Cup will open the 2020 season in Australia from Jan. 3-12, with two four-team groups in each of Brisbane, Perth and Sydney. The Swiss were drawn into a group with Belgium, Britain and one other nation.
Eight teams from the six-day group stage advance to the knockout rounds in Sydney.
The ATP Cup joins a crowded 2020 season. It includes two other team events – the Davis Cup and Laver Cup, which the 38-year-old Federer part-owns – and the Tokyo Olympics.
FORMER NBA PLAYER-HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARREST
Former NBA, Alabama player Farmer arrested on sex charges
SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) – Former NBA player and one-time University of Alabama basketball standout Jim Farmer has been arrested on human trafficking charges in Tennessee.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the 55-year-old resident of Franklin, Tennessee, was among 16 men arrested on charges of seeking sex from minors. A statement from the agency says the men were arrested during a two-day sting operation.
A representative of Farmer didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment Wednesday.
Farmer has worked as a country music singer and model since last playing in the NBA in 1994, when he was with Denver. He also played for Dallas, Utah, Seattle and Philadelphia over six total seasons.
Farmer was a leading scorer at Alabama before being picked in the first round of the NBA draft in 1987.
Gymnastics coach charged with taking indecent liberties
MANASSAS, Va. (AP) – A former top gymnastics coach has been charged with taking indecent liberties with a teenage athlete he was coaching.
Prince William County Police say 47-year-old Sergio Galvez of Clifton, Virginia, was arrested Monday without incident.
Police say the sexual abuse occurred between 2007 and 2008 with a victim who was 16 and 17 at the time. Galvez was the victim’s coach while she was training at a gymnastics center in Burke.
Police say the abuse occurred in the Haymarket area, where the victim lived.
Galvez had been coach of USA Gymnastics’ national tumbling team until he was forced to resign when allegations against him first surfaced.
Galvez has denied wrongdoing.
Former surfing executive to be sentenced in admissions case
BOSTON (AP) – A former California business executive is returning to court to be sentenced in the college admissions scandal.
Jeffrey Bizzack, of Solana Beach, California, is scheduled to appear in Boston’s federal court Wednesday. The 59-year-old pleaded guilty in July to a single count of fraud and conspiracy.
Authorities say Bizzack paid $250,000 to get his son admitted to the University of Southern California in 2018 as a fake volleyball recruit.
Prosecutors are recommending nine months in prison and a $75,000 fine. Bizzack’s lawyers say he deserves probation and community service.
His lawyers say he contacted federal investigators as soon as he heard the scheme was uncovered and accepted responsibility before he was charged.
Bizzack is an entrepreneur and former executive at the World Surf League, the governing body for professional surfers.
Tokyo governor challenges IOC over move of 2020 marathon
TOKYO (AP) – Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has told powerful IOC members she wants the Olympic marathon held in Tokyo and lashed out at what she called an “unprecedented” move to switch the race to the northern city of Sapporo.
Koike spoke at a meeting Wednesday in which IOC officials opened three days of talks in Tokyo to discuss progress on the Olympics, which open in just under nine months.
International Olympic Committee officials announced the abrupt change about two weeks ago, switching to the cooler northern city. They said the move came after seeing runners collapse in extreme heat at the marathons at the world track and field championships in Doha, Qatar.
Tokyo’s summer heat has been a major worry for Olympic organizers.
Sitting on a table with top IOC official John Coates, Koike said “It is my wish for the marathon and race walk to be held in Tokyo.”
Koike is openly challenging the authority of the IOC and its powerful President Thomas Bach, who has repeatedly called Tokyo “the best prepared Olympic in history.”
Buster Douglas to promote long odds against Tyson to inspire
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Buster Douglas is marking the 30th anniversary of his upset boxing victory over Mike Tyson with a campaign aimed at inspiring others who face long odds.
The 59-year-old Douglas plans to announce his “42 to 1” initiative at the Ohio Statehouse Wednesday, alongside city and state leaders and two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin.
The effort will include workforce development, diversity and self-help components. Columbus’ Franklin University and programs serving at-risk youth, former prison inmates and other vulnerable populations are participating.
James “Buster” Douglas is a Columbus native who faced 42-1 odds against Tyson, the reigning undisputed world heavyweight champion when the two fought Feb. 11, 1990, in Tokyo. Douglas prevailed in a stunning upset.
The contest gained renewed attention with the release of an ESPN documentary in December.