USOC head: Act on Rus­sia probe

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The leader of the U.S. Olympic Com­mit­tee is call­ing on his in­ter­na­tional coun­ter­parts to act im­me­di­ately on al­le­ga­tions of Rus­sian dop­ing, with less than four months un­til the start of the Win­ter Games.

“The time for ac­tion is now,” Scott Black­mun, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the USOC, said in an ad­dress to the USOC As­sem­bly at Colorado Springs, Colo.

In his speech Thurs­day to more than 200 mem­bers of the U.S. Olympic com­mu­nity, Black­mun said “it is beyond frus­trat­ing” that no ac­tion has been taken on the 15-mon­thold McLaren Re­port, which doc­u­mented a Rus­sian dop­ing sys­tem that tainted the Sochi Games in 2014.

In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee lead­ers launched two in­ves­ti­ga­tions af­ter the re­port was re­leased and ex­pect re­sults be­fore the end of the year.

But Black­mun noted that U.S. ath­letes are get­ting frus­trated, with so far not a sin­gle Sochi medal for­feited nor a sin­gle Win­ter Olympics­bound ath­lete dis­qual­i­fied as a re­sult of the McLaren Re­port. In­cheon, South Korea, bol­ster­ing her bid to win LPGA rookie of the year and player of the year.

The NCAA in­frac­tions com­mit­tee panel han­dling North Carolina's multi-year aca­demic case plans to re­lease its rul­ing Fri­day, three peo­ple with knowl­edge of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion told the As­so­ci­ated Press. While a rul­ing could pro­vide res­o­lu­tion, the de­lay-filled case could linger if North Carolina pur­sues an ap­peal or le­gal ac­tion in re­sponse to po­ten­tial penal­ties that could in­clude fines, pro­ba­tion, post­sea­son bans or va­cated wins and cham­pi­onships. The school faces five top-level charges, in­clud­ing lack of in­sti­tu­tional con­trol.

A fed­eral judge in Grand Rapids, Mich., or­dered for­mer An­gels and Dodgers out­fielder Chad Curtis to pay $1.8 mil­lion to a wo­man who ac­cused him of in­ap­pro­pri­ately touch­ing her when he was a vol­un­teer coach at a western Michi­gan high school. U.S. District Judge Janet Neff said that Curtis, who is serv­ing a sen­tence for sex­ual as­sault at a cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity in Michi­gan, “shat­tered” the vic­tim’s trust in him.

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