High jumper getting bronze nine years later
Chaunté Lowe, the sixth-place high jumper from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, has been officially upgraded to third place and will receive a bronze medal after three competitors who finished ahead of her had been caught doping when their samples were retested years later.
“Throughout her career, Chaunté has conducted herself with class, while also being one of this country’s greatest athletes,” Max Siegel, chief executive of USA Track and Field, said in a statement. “Her story is one of perseverance and patience being rewarded.”
The third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishers — Anna Chicherova of Russia, Yelena Slesarenko of Russia and Vita Palamar of Ukraine — are among a growing number of athletes who have been disqualified.
“It’s easy to look at this situation and think about all that was lost,” Lowe said. “But I choose to look forward to all that was gained.” — David Wharton
Fox Sports partnered with a South American marketing firm to make millions of dollars in bribes to highranking soccer officials in exchange for lucrative broadcasting rights to major tournaments, the marketing company’s former chief executive testified at a U.S. corruption trial.
Alejandro Burzaco, former CEO of the firm based in Argentina, testified in New York federal court that Fox and other broadcasters were involved in a scheme to pay bribes — concealed using offshore side entities and sham contracts — that secured rights for the Copa America and other events.
Fox Sports denied any involvement in bribery in a statement issued late Tuesday. The statement said Burzaco’s company was a subsidiary of Fox Pan American Sports, which at the time was under the control of a private-equity firm.
“Any suggestion that Fox Sports knew of or approved of any bribes is emphatically false,” the statement said. “Fox Sports had no operational control of the entity with Burzaco ran.”
Roger Federer, the 19-time Grand Slam champion, guaranteed his place in Saturday’s semifinals of the ATP Finals by defeating Alexander Zverev 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-1 in London.
U.S. Soccer is looking into the possibility of an event next summer involving teams that do not make the field for the 2018 World Cup. The idea of an exhibition tournament has been floated as sort of an “NIT” tournament for soccer teams like the United States, Italy, Chile and Ghana that won’t be playing in Russia.
Weston McKennie scored in his U.S. debut, goalkeeper Ethan Horvath allowed a seemingly harmless cross to drop between his arms and into the net and the Americans tied Portugal 1-1 at Leiria, Portugal, in their first match since failing to qualify for next year’s World Cup.
Christian Eriksen scored a hat trick as Denmark qualified for next year’s World Cup with a 5-1 victory over Ireland in Dublin.
A prosecutor says the government has 16 hours of telephone conversations by fired Auburn associate head basketball coach Chuck Person to use against him at trial.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Boone in New York made the disclosure as Person pleaded not guilty to charges in a college basketball bribery scandal.
Two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay was remembered as an amazing husband, father, friend and teammate who was one of the best pitchers of his generation but an even better man at a memorial service in Clearwater, Fla., that drew more than 1,000 people.
Bobby Doerr, the Hall of Fame second baseman dubbed the “Silent Captain” of the Boston Red Sox, has died. He was 99.