SPORTS DOC­TOR TO PLEAD GUILTY TO HAV­ING CHILD PORN

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - Den­ver Post staff and wire ser­vices

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.» A for­mer Michi­gan State Univer­sity and USA Gym­nas­tics sports doc­tor ac­cused of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing dozens of women and girls plans to plead guilty to un­re­lated charges of pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy.

A court doc­u­ment shows that Dr. Larry Nas­sar is due in fed­eral court Tues­day to change his plea from not guilty to guilty.

Nas­sar was a sports medicine spe­cial­ist at Michi­gan State, es­pe­cially in treat­ing gym­nasts in the re­gion. He also worked for In­di­anapo­lis-based USA Gym­nas­tics, which trains Olympians.

Be­sides the child porn case, Nas­sar is charged with sex­u­ally as­sault­ing nine women or girls in three crim­i­nal cases in the Lans­ing area. They said he mo­lested them with un­gloved hands dur­ing treat­ments for var­i­ous in­juries.

Separately, Nas­sar is be­ing sued by more than 100 women and girls.

Light­ning signs John­son for $35M.

TAMPA, FLA.» Tyler John­son is stay­ing with the Tampa Bay Light­ning.

The free-agent for­ward signed a seven-year, $35 mil­lion deal to re­main with the Light­ning.

The 26-year-old John­son had 19 goals and 26 as­sists in 66 games last sea­son. He was tied for third on the Light­ning in goals and power-play goals (six) and had 45 points.

Over­all, John­son has to­taled 89 goals, 122 as­sists and 102 penalty min­utes in 308 ca­reer games over five sea­sons, all with Tampa Bay. He also has 21 goals and 21 as­sists in 47 ca­reer play­off games.

• The Dal­las Stars re-signed cen­ter Radek Faksa to a $6.6 mil­lion, three­year con­tract. Faksa, 23, is com­ing off his first full NHL sea­son.

• The Min­nesota Wild re-signed right wings Kur­tis Gabriel and Zack Mitchell and goalie Steve Michalek to one-year, two-way con­tracts.

• The Los An­ge­les Kings hired Pierre Tur­geon for his first job as an as­sis­tant coach.

• The New York Rangers hired long­time NHL head coach Lindy Ruff as an as­sis­tant to Alain Vigneault.

Re­view con­firms win for Jeff Horn.

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO» The World Box­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion said an in­de­pen­dent re­view of the scor­ing in Manny Pac­quiao’s wel­ter­weight world ti­tle loss to Jeff Horn con­firms the out­come in fa­vor of the Aus­tralian for­mer school­teacher.

A Philip­pines govern­ment de­part­ment asked the WBO to re­view the ref­er­ee­ing and the judg­ing of the so­called “Bat­tle of Bris­bane” in Aus­tralia on July 2 af­ter Horn, fight­ing for his first world ti­tle, won a unan­i­mous points de­ci­sion against Pac­quiao, an 11-time world cham­pion.

The WBO agreed to con­duct a re­view but said it couldn’t change the out­come un­less there was ev­i­dence of fraud or a vi­o­la­tion of law.

Chiefs pro­mote Veach to GM.

KANSAS CITY, MO.» The Kansas City Chiefs pro­moted co-di­rec­tor of player per­son­nel Brett Veach to gen­eral man­ager.

The ap­point­ment was an­nounced about 2½ weeks af­ter Chiefs chair­man Clark Hunt sur­pris­ingly fired John Dorsey, their GM of the past four years. Head coach Andy Reid’s con­tract was ex­tended that same day.

Veach has be­gun his fifth sea­son with the Chiefs, hav­ing spent his first two years with the team as a pro and col­lege per­son­nel an­a­lyst.

Hen­dricks throws in re­hab stint.

SEVIERVILLE, TENN.» Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hen­dricks gave up one run in 3L in­nings while mak­ing a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ap­pear­ance in the Dou­ble-A South­ern League for the Ten­nessee Smok­ies.

Hen­dricks, the 2016 ma­jor-league leader in earned run av­er­age, has been on the dis­abled list since June 5 with ten­dini­tis in his right hand.

Foot­note.

The Mam­moth made Dan Carey the sec­ond gen­eral man­ager in team his­tory.

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