- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee is paying $2.48 million to settle a lawsuit filed by eight unidentified women who said the school had violated Title IX regulations and created a “hostile sexual environment” through a policy of indifference toward assaults by athletes.

Lawyers for the school and the plaintiffs issued a joint press release announcing the settlement. The payment will be split equally between Tennessee’s athletic department and the school’s central administration. Lawyers representing the school said no taxpayer dollars, student fees or donor funds would be used to fund the settlement.

Six women filed the suit in federal court in Nashville on Feb. 9. Two more plaintiffs added their names to an amended complaint two weeks later.

Title IX is a federal statute that bans discrimination at schools that receive federal funding.


EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The leader of USA Track and Field says his visits to Brazil have made clear that “logistics will be a problem” for the more than 120 Americans who will compete at Olympic Stadium in Rio next month.

At a news conference, USATF CEO Max Siegel called moving athletes across town from their living quarters and training centers to the stadium one of the federation’s biggest concerns and something it doesn’t have full control over.

He said USATF is coordinating with the U.S. Olympic Committee to come up with contingencies for bad traffic and other transport issues.

Aretha Thurmond, a four-time Olympian who now serves as director of international teams for USATF, said staff will be in place by late July to start making test trips across the city. The Olympic track meet starts Aug. 12.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Researchers will study some U.S. athletes for Zika during the summer Olympics and Paralympics in Brazil, to better understand how the virus infects.

The National Institutes of Health announced the study amid concern among athletes over the mosquito-borne virus, which can cause severe birth defects.

International health officials have said pregnant women should skip the games, but the virus also sometimes spreads through sex and may persist in semen longer than blood. Some athletes from several countries have dropped out, citing Zika worries.

NIH-funded researchers aim to enroll at least 1,000 athletes, coaches and staff. Participants will provide samples of bodily fluids for routine testing to determine to help determine risk factors for infection, and where and how long the virus persists in the body.

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia has named 68 athletes it wants to send to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro if its global ban from track and field is lifted.

The list of athletes approved by the suspended All-Russia Athletic Federation appears to contradict an earlier promise not to send any athletes who have previously been banned for doping offenses.

Former world indoor champion triple jumper Yekaterina Koneva makes the list even though she served a ban from 2007-09.

ARAF promised in May not to select former dopers as it tried to persuade the IAAF to lift its suspension.

The federation says all 68 have met Olympic qualifying standards and are plaintiffs in a suit at the Court of Arbitration for Sport aiming to lift the ban on the Russia team.


NEW YORK (AP) - The Chicago Cubs became the first team since the 1976 Cincinnati Reds’ Big Red Machine to have five players voted as All-Star Game starters when their entire infield earned the honor along with center fielder Dexter Fowler.

First baseman Anthony Rizzo, second baseman Ben Zobrist, shortstop Addison Russell and third baseman Kris Bryant also were elected. The only other team to start four infielders was the 1963 St. Louis Cardinals.

The July 12 game at San Diego’s Petco Park will feature 11 first-time starters, the most since 2005. In a sign of the sport’s generational change, 12 of the 17 elected starters are 26 or younger.

Boston has three-first time starters and four overall. Designated hitter David Ortiz, who is retiring at the end of the season, became a 10-time All-Star and is joined by shortstop Xander Bogaerts and outfielders Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts.

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police said that they are investigating an allegation of sexual assault against Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang.

In a statement, police said a 23-year-old female reported being assaulted by Kang inside a hotel. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the Chicago woman met Kang through a dating app. Kang invited the woman to his hotel room on June 17, after the Pirates played the Cubs.

The woman said she blacked out, then drifted in and out of consciousness as he sexually assaulted her. The woman’s name has not been released.

The 29-year-old Kang has not been charged. He was not in the lineup Tuesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals

Pirates team president Frank Coonelly said in a statement the team was taking the allegation “extremely seriously” and was cooperating with Major League Baseball. Coonelly declined further comment.

Kang, who is from South Korea, was batting .250 with 11 homers and 28 RBIs is in the second year of a four-year, $11 million contract. He was third in NL rookie of the year balloting last year.


MOSCOW (AP) - World Cup ticket prices have broken the $1,000 barrier for the first time.

FIFA said the top price for the 2018 final in Moscow will be $1,100, up from $990 for the 2014 final in Rio de Janeiro. Other tickets for the final will cost $710 and $455, with additional category 4 tickets - which are sold exclusively to Russian residents - costing 7,040 rubles (currently $110).

For international fans, tickets for first-round games range from $105-210, except for the opener, which costs from $220-$550. The first-round range for the 2014 tournament was $90-$175, meaning the cost of the least expensive seat has risen 16 percent.

Prices are $115-$245 for the round of 16, $175-$365 for the quarterfinals and the third-place match and $285-$750 for the semifinals.

Russian residents get sharply discounted rates, with their cheapest first-round tickets selling for 1,280 rubles ($20), an increase on equivalent prices for 2014 but roughly in line with prices for South African fans in 2010.

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