Russia planning for ’24 Games
With two years to go until the Paris Olympics open, Russia is making plans for its athletes to live and compete in the French capital even though many remain barred from upcoming qualification events because of the war in Ukraine.
Russian Olympic Committee president Stanislav Pozdnyakov wrote on the Telegram messaging app Tuesday that the country was working to get its athletes access to qualification events and already making plans for the Olympic village in 2024.
Most Olympic sports have suspended athletes from Russia and Belarus since the invasion of Ukraine began in February, following a recommendation from the International Olympic Committee. However, the IOC has not suspended the Russian Olympic Committee, the body which enters Russian teams for the Games.
Auto racing: NASCAR has levied another round of massive penalties, this time against Michael McDowell and Front Row Motorsports, for illegal modifications discovered after McDowell’s sixth-place finish at Pocono Raceway. NASCAR fined crew chief Blake Harris $100,000 and suspended him for four races. McDowell was docked 100 driver points, and Front Row docked 100 owner points. The penalty was issued for an illegal modification of a single source supplied part.
College footbll: Clemson was the preseason pick to win the ACC for the seventh time in eight seasons, according to voting results released following last week’s ACC media days. Media members picked the Tigers on 103 of 164 votes cast as the favorite. . Miami was picked to win the Coastal Division under first-year coach Mario Cristobal, who is one of four new coaches in the division.
NBA: Pelicans second-round draft choice E.J. Liddell had surgery to repair torn knee ligaments. The injury to the 6-foot-6 forward occurred during a Summer League game on July 11 against the Hawks in Las Vegas.
NFL: The Packers agreed to contract extensions with coach Matt LaFleur, general manager Brian Gutekunst and executive vice president/director of football operations Russ Ball. The Packers have posted a 39-10 regular-season record and 41-13 overall mark in LaFleur’s three seasons as coach while winning the NFC North in each of those years. ... Commanders DE Chase Young is starting camp on the physically unable to perform list. Young is working to get back after surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. There’s no guarantee Young will be ready to play in the season opener Sept. 11 against the Jaguars . ... The Cardinals placed WR Marquise Brown on the NFL’s active/non-football injury list because of a hamstring issue . ... 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said second-year QB Trey Lance will be the starter. “This is Trey’s team,” he said, meaning veteran Jimmy Garoppolo will be the backup.
NHL: A jury has found former Canucks F Jake Virtanen not guilty of sexual assault. Virtanen, 25, wept openly when the verdict was read in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Virtanen was charged in January with sexual assault in connection with an incident in a downtown Vancouver hotel room in September 2017.