- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 21, 2016


SYDNEY (AP) - The robbery at gunpoint of two members of Australia’s Paralympic sailing squad in Rio de Janeiro on the weekend has prompted calls for organizers to bolster security more than six weeks before the Olympics.

Kitty Chiller, Australia’s Olympic team leader, said Rio organizers “need to introduce the extra security precautions … before an athlete gets hurt.”

The crime against the Australians came after an Olympic champion sailor from Spain was held up at gunpoint in Rio last month.

An estimated 85,000 police and soldiers will be patrolling the streets during the Aug. 5-21 Olympics, but violent crime remains a fact of life in Rio.

Chiller said: “Maybe the organizing committee should mobilize their games-time defense force early. Do it now.”

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The International Boxing Federation will punish fighters who compete in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics by removing them from the sanctioning body’s rankings or vacating their titles.

The IBF joins the WBC in an aggressive campaign by sanctioning bodies to keep prominent pros out of the Olympics.

Citing safety concerns that amount to violations of its principles of sportsmanlike competition, the IBF said it will remove any professional Olympic fighters from its rankings for a year. The body would also take its title belt away from a champion fighting in the Olympics.

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) recently decided to allow professional boxers to attempt to qualify for Rio, but the organization’s hopes for a tournament featuring big names have been unrealized to date. No prominent boxers have accepted the invitation, with just one Olympic qualifying event remaining in Venezuela next month.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee is pressing the World Anti-Doping Agency to explain why it delayed an investigation into allegations of systematic cheating by the Russian Olympic team.

In a seven-page letter sent to the agency’s president, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said a robust and sound anti-doping agency is indispensable to fairness in sports and the health and safety of athletes.

Yet the agency’s response to reports of an “elaborate state-sponsored doping program in Russia” call the agency’s strength and credibility into question, he told Sir Craig Reedie, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s president.

Reedie said Monday that his agency has “received a request for information and will respond as invited to do.”


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A federal lawsuit filed against Baylor University accuses the nation’s largest Baptist school of creating a “hunting ground for sexual predators.”

The lawsuit, brought by a former Baylor student, is the third in recent months to claim the school was indifferent to or ignored claims of sexual assault and didn’t enforce federal general discrimination protections. Baylor demoted former president and chancellor Ken Starr after an outside law firm found the school had mishandled assault allegations for years.

The latest case, brought by a woman identified only as Jane Doe, says she was drugged and abducted from an off-campus residence known as “The Rugby House” in February 2015. The lawsuit does not name her assailant but said he is not a member of Baylor’s rugby club team.

The woman did not file a police report because she was too embarrassed, and it was her mother who called Baylor officials, according to the alleged victim’s attorney, Paula Elliott.

MONROE, La. (AP) - The district attorney’s office has decided not to prosecute Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson and reserve defensive back Laurence “Hootie” Jones on drug and weapons charges, with the district attorney saying he didn’t want to “ruin the lives” of the two football players.

Prosecutor Neal Johnson cited insufficient evidence in court documents, but district attorney Jerry Jones told KNOE-8 he did not want to prosecute the men because of their athletic backgrounds.

“The main reason that I’m doing this is that I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and their teenage years working and sweating while we were all home in the air conditioning,” Jones said.


JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The family of Oscar Pistorius says he and other relatives have been threatened in an extortion attempt ahead of the former track star’s sentencing on July 6 for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

South African police said that they are investigating alleged threats of violence made in WhatsApp messages to Arnoldus Pistorius, a cousin of the double-amputee Olympian.

Anneliese Burgess, a Pistorius family spokeswoman, says the man who sent the messages initially told Pistorius’ cousin that he had evidence that would undermine testimony for the prosecution at Pistorius’ sentencing hearing last week.

Burgess says the man wanted payment for the alleged evidence and became “very abusive” when it became clear that he wouldn’t get it.

Pistorius fatally shot Steenkamp in his home early on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

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