- Associated Press - Saturday, April 9, 2016

MOSCOW (AP) - No one will face criminal charges over the worst doping scandal in Russia’s history, the country’s sports minister said.

A report in November by a World Anti-Doping Agency commission alleged systematic, state-sponsored drug use in Russian track and field and a widespread cover-up of doping.

The former head of the Russian track federation was also accused of a role in extorting 450,000 euros ($500,000) from a marathon runner and was later banned for life.

“The General Prosecutor’s office carefully examined the report in question and did not find a single legally supported fact to open any kind of case,” Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told sports portal Sportfakt.

The WADA report led to Russia being suspended from international track and field, including the Olympics.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former Vanderbilt football player has been found guilty of raping an unconscious student in a dorm.

It took less than three hours for the jury of nine men and three women to find Cory Batey guilty of aggravated rape, two counts of attempted aggravated rape, facilitation of aggravated rape and three counts of aggravated sexual battery.

Batey, a 22-year-old from Nashville, is one of four former football players charged with rape and accused of violating the female student in a dorm room in June of 2013. He was the only one on trial.

A jury last year convicted Batey and former player Brandon Vandenburg on multiple aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery charges. The verdicts were thrown out after Davidson County Criminal Court Judge declared a mistrial after lawyers discovered that the jury foreman had been a victim of statutory rape.

UNDATED (AP) - The NCAA announced it was barring football coaches from participating in camps on other campuses, siding with the Southeastern Conference in its high-profile dispute with Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and others holding so-called satellite camps.

The Division I Council approved a proposal requiring Bowl Subdivision schools “to conduct camps and clinics at their school’s facilities or at facilities regularly used for practice or competition,” the NCAA said. “Additionally, FBS coaches and non-coaching staff members with responsibilities specific to football may be employed only at their school’s camps or clinics.”

The change was effective immediately.

The SEC and Atlantic Coast Conference already ban their coaches from working at football camps away from their campuses. The Big Ten and other conferences do not. Some coaches, most notably Harbaugh, have been trying to make recruiting inroads in the South by guest coaching at camps help at colleges and high schools.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former Vanderbilt University student who was allegedly sexually assaulted by four ex-football players testified, the second time in a year that she has told a packed courtroom about what happened to her.

Police recovered photos and videos that authorities said the former players took while the 2013 attack was occurring inside a dorm room on the Nashville campus. When a prosecutor showed the woman a picture of herself unconscious, she broke down in tears and said: “It’s me, it’s me.”

A jury last year convicted two of the four players accused in the rape. But the verdict was thrown out after lawyers discovered that the jury foreman did not reveal that he had been a victim of statutory rape.

This week one of those players previously tried, Cory Batey, is standing trial alone. His co-defendant, Brandon Vandenburg, is scheduled to go to trial in June. The two other former players, Brandon Banks and Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie, are not scheduled yet for trial.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Buddy Hield of Oklahoma and Breanna Stewart of four-time national champion Connecticut won the John R. Wooden Award as national college basketball players of the year.

Hield also claimed the Jerry West shooting guard of the year award, having led Division I with 147 3-pointers made. He finished second in the nation in scoring, averaging 25.0 points, while taking his team to the Final Four in his senior year.

Stewart capped her college career with her second straight Wooden Award, to go with her four most outstanding player trophies from the Final Four.

They received their trophies during the second College Basketball Awards in a nationally televised show from The Novo in downtown Los Angeles.

Hield won the Wooden Award over Malcolm Brogdon of Virginia, Brice Johnson of North Carolina, Tyler Ulis of Kentucky and Denzel Valentine of Michigan State.


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The NFL has suspended Green Bay Packers cornerback Demetri Goodson for the first four games of the season without pay for violating the league’s policy on performing enhancing substances.

The Packers said they would not comment, citing the confidentiality of the disciplinary process.

A sixth-round draft pick 2014, Goodson had five tackles in 14 games last season. He played mostly on special teams.

Goodson is the second member of the defense to be disciplined by the NFL this offseason. Lineman Mike Pennel was suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Right after Ross Stripling of the Los Angeles Dodgers was pulled following 7 1/3 hitless innings in his major league debut, Trevor Brown homered off Chris Hatcher for the San Francisco Giants on a rainy night.

Manager Dave Roberts removed Stripling after 100 pitches and replaced him with Hatcher. The homer tied the game at 2 and Stripling was charged with one run. He finished with four walks and four strikeouts.

The 26-year-old Stripling, a 2012 fifth-round draft pick who skipped Triple-A altogether, capitalized on a trio of defensive gems.

The only pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter in his MLB debut is Bumpus Jones on Oct. 15, 1892, for Cincinnati against Pittsburgh, according to STATS.

The Giants won 3-2 in the 10th inning on Brandon Crawford’s homer.

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