LOCHTE’S BRAZIL CASE HAS BEEN DISMISSED
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.