Update on the latest in sports:
Tagovailoa gets hip surgery today
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) is scheduled to have hip surgery today in Houston.
The fifth-ranked Crimson Tide’s star, a potential top pick in April’s NFL draft, was injured while being dragged down by two defenders late in the first half of Saturday’s 38-7 win over Mississippi State.
Tagovailoa had been nursing an ankle injury and Alabama was considering holding him out of this game.
T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
Georgia moves past Alabama, LSU still No. 1
NEW YORK (AP) – Georgia has edged past Alabama to No. 4 in The Associated Press college football poll after the Bulldogs had a quality road victory and the Crimson Tide lost star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) for the season.
LSU remained No. 1 in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank, receiving 54 first-places votes.
No. 2 Ohio State (five first-place votes) and No. 3 Clemson (three first-place votes) maintained their spots. Georgia moved up one place after winning 21-14 at Auburn.
Twins prospect Ryan Costello found dead in New Zealand
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – Minnesota Twins prospect Ryan Costello was found dead in his hotel room in New Zealand today, days after joining the Auckland Tuatara in the Australian Baseball League.
Team officials say the 23-year-old third baseman died in his sleep, apparently of natural causes.
A club statement says Costello’s teammates were “naturally devastated” by the news. Concerns were raised when Costello failed to report for practice Monday morning, days ahead of the Tuatara’s opening game of the 2019-20 ABL season.
UFC FIGHTER-MISSING STEPDAUGHTER
Group resumes search for UFC fighter’s missing stepdaughter
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) – A Texas-based nonprofit that works to find missing people is resuming its search for the missing stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight Walt Harris.
Destinie Duvall with Texas EquuSearch told the Opelika-Auburn News that Aniah Blanchard is “tugging at our hearts, so it’s tough to sit still and wait.” The horse-mounted search group headed home last week after Duvall said it used “every resource available” to find the 19-year-old Blanchard.
Duvall said then that the group would revive the search pending new leads. But she now says searchers want to keep looking despite there being no new leads as of Saturday.
Blanchard was last seen on Oct. 23 at a gas station in Auburn, Alabama. A man spotted there at about the same time, 29-year-old Ibraheem Yazeed, is charged in her disappearance.
Olympic marathon could start, finish at Sapporo’s Odori Park
TOKYO (AP) – The Tokyo Olympic marathons and race walks, moved last month to the northern city of Sapporo to avoid the capital’s summer heat, are likely to start and finish in the city’s Odori Park.
Tokyo organizers met with city prefectural officials today. In a statement, organizers say they are also considering a loop course for next year’s marathons and race walks.
The men’s marathon was originally scheduled for Aug. 9, the final day of the Olympics, and IOC officials have said they prefer to keep that date.
Any plan will have to be approved by the International Olympic Committee, likely at an executive board meeting early in December.
Moving the marathon became a flashpoint last month when the IOC’s unilateral decision was angrily opposed by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike. The IOC said it was moving the race because Tokyo is simply too hot, even if the races were begun at dawn, which Tokyo organizers proposed.
Koike and her allies said the IOC was inconsistent since it had known about Tokyo’s heat since the games were awarded in 2013. The IOC has also repeatedly praised Tokyo’s preparations to deal with the heat.
Airbnb signs up as Olympic sponsor through 2028 Games
LONDON (AP) – The IOC has signed home-sharing company Airbnb to a sponsorship deal that will run from next year’s Tokyo Olympics through the 2028 Los Angeles Games.
The Olympic leadership, however, will not be swapping its luxury hotels for rental accommodation.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach says “it will be very difficult” to organize meetings “if we would be in very difficult locations.”
Bach, speaking at a news conference in London, adds “we are there at the games not to watch like tourists. We are there to organize the games.”
The IOC is pledging to make at least $28 million worth of Airbnb accommodation available to athletes at the Olympics and Paralympics.
Dutch soccer association investigates racist chants at match
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – The Dutch soccer association says it is investigating racist chants that prompted a referee to briefly suspend a second-division match.
The association, known as the KNVB, says “unfortunately, racism is a problem in society that sometimes raises its head in soccer.”
The incident happened during Sunday’s match between FC Den Bosch and Excelsior Rotterdam. The KNVB says its protocol for offensive chants “was correctly implemented” when referee Laurens Gerrets took the players off the field after 30 minutes of play following chants directed at Excelsior player Ahmad Mendes Moreira, who is black.
In a statement on the club’s website, Mendes Moreira says “from the first minute all kinds of things were shouted at me and it hurts a lot.”
The KNVB says it is working with FC Den Bosch to track down and punish those responsible for the chants.