High jumper get­ting bronze nine years later

Los Angeles Times - - COL­LEGE FOOT­BALL -

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.

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