LOCHTE’S BRAZIL CASE HAS BEEN DIS­MISSED

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SÃO PAULO» A Brazil­ian court dis­missed the crim­i­nal case against U.S. swim­mer Ryan Lochte, who had been charged with fil­ing a false rob­bery re­port dur­ing the 2016 Sum­mer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The court con­firmed in a state­ment last week that it tossed out the case af­ter de­ter­min­ing that Lochte’s rob­bery claim made to NBC did not con­sti­tute the fil­ing of a fake re­port, a crime pun­ish­able in Brazil by up to 18 months in prison.

“We are pleased that the court has fi­nally dis­missed the crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion against Mr. Lochte, while also ac­knowl­edg­ing that he com­mit­ted no crime while in Brazil. We are hope­ful that the pros­e­cu­tion ac­cepts the court’s de­ci­sion so that this story can fi­nally be put to rest,” Jeff Ostrow, Lochte’s Florida-based at­tor­ney, said in an email to The As­so­ci­ated Press on Satur­day.

Lochte told NBC last sum­mer that he and fel­low swim­mers Jack Conger, Gun­nar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen were robbed at gun­point in a taxi by men with po­lice badges as they re­turned to the Olympic Vil­lage from a party Aug. 15.

Video cap­tured by sur­veil­lance cam­eras showed the ath­letes get­ting into a con­fronta­tion with se­cu­rity guards at a gas sta­tion when their cab pulled over to let them use the re­stroom.

Lochte, a six-time Olympic gold medal­ist, later ac­knowl­edged that he was in­tox­i­cated and that his be­hav­ior led to the con­fronta­tion.

Lochte served a 10-month sus­pen­sion from the U.S. na­tional swim team for his be­hav­ior in Rio.

AFL star Parilli dies. FOXBOROUGH,

MASS.» Babe Parilli, the for­mer Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back who starred in the team’s Amer­i­can Foot­ball League days, died Satur­day. He was 87.

The Pa­tri­ots an­nounced the death. The cause of death wasn’t dis­closed.

Parilli played for the then-bos­ton Pa­tri­ots from 1961 to 1967. He was voted to three AFL All-star Games and was the AFL’S come­back player of the year in 1966.

He be­gan his pro ca­reer with the Green Bay Pack­ers in 1952, and also played for the Cleve­land Browns, Oak­land Raiders, New York Jets and the CFL’S Ot­tawa Rough Riders.

Parilli was the Bron­cos’ quar­ter­backs coach dur­ing their first Su­per Bowl run, in 1977, and a part of the team’s first three play­off ap­pear­ances.

U.S. men’s soccer first. CLEVE­LAND» Matt Mi­azga scored on a close-range header from Gra­ham Zusi’s cor­ner kick in the 88th minute, giv­ing the United States first place in its CONCACAF Gold Cup group with a 3-0 vic­tory over Nicaragua.

Panama’s 3-0 win over Mar­tinique meant the U.S. needed a three-goal win to move back over Los Canaleros into first. Joe Corona scored his first in­ter­na­tional goal in four years in the 37th minute and Ke­lyn Rowe dou­bled the lead in the 56th with his first in­ter­na­tional goal.

The Amer­i­cans play their quar­ter­fi­nal Wed­nes­day in Philadel­phia against a third-place team from another group.

Foot­notes. Team Colorado, which fin­ished as run­ner-up last year in The Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment, a $2 mil­lion win­ner-take-all event, cruised to a 100-71 win over the Kim­chi Ex­press in its 2017 opener in Las Vegas. Team Colorado will play the Broad Street Brawlers on Sun­day. … Ne­braska cor­ner­back Chris Jones will miss at least half the sea­son af­ter knee surgery. … The New Jer­sey Devils signed No. 1 over­all pick Nico His­chier to the max­i­mum three-year, en­try-level con­tract for salary and per­for­mance bonuses. The Devils said His­chier will have an av­er­age salary of $925,000. … A per­son with knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion told The As­so­ci­ated Press that the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans have agreed in prin­ci­ple on a oneyear con­tract with Ra­jon Rondo. … Los An­ge­les Rams tight end Tyler Hig­bee will avoid jail time af­ter plead­ing guilty to an as­sault charge that stemmed from a 2016 fight in a park­ing lot in Bowling Green, Ky.

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