- Associated Press - Monday, May 30, 2016

DALLAS (AP) - Bryce Dejean-Jones had a bright future in the NBA, the league commissioner said following the death of the New Orleans Pelicans guard who was shot after kicking down the door of what he mistakenly thought was his girlfriend’s apartment in Dallas.

The death of the promising 23-year-old player rattled the league over the long weekend and raised questions about what led to the shooting.

Dallas police said they would not have more information about the incident until after the holiday and did not answer The Associated Press’ question regarding whether the man who shot Dejean-Jones would face charges. It is legal in Texas for people to use deadly force to protect themselves from intruders.

Dejean-Jones was visiting his girlfriend for his daughter’s first birthday and had gone for a walk early Saturday, according to his agent, Scott W. Nichols. His girlfriend lives on the fourth floor, and Dejean-Jones, who was visiting the complex for the first time, went to the third floor.

A man living at the apartment was sleeping when he heard his front door kicked open, police Senior Cpl. DeMarquis Black said in a statement. When Dejean-Jones began kicking at the bedroom door, the man retrieved a handgun and fired. Dejean-Jones collapsed in an outdoor passageway, and he died at a hospital.

OLYMPICS

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia’s Olympic Committee said that eight of the country’s athletes have registered positive in doping retests for the 2012 London Games.

The brief statement from the ROC did not give names or what disciplines the athletes were in, but said they came from three different sports.

It said further information would not be released until so-called “B samples” were tested that would confirm or contradict the retests. The International Olympic Committee stores Olympic doping samples for 10 years to reanalyze them when newer methods become available.

The announcement came amid heightened attention to the doping of Russian athletes.

The international track and field federation suspended Russia’s team from global competition, including the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August, after a World Anti-Doping Agency commission report detailed state-sponsored doping. The IAAF is set to decide on June 17 whether to maintain or lift its suspension.

BERLIN (AP) - The World Health Organization rejected a call from 150 health experts to consider postponing or moving the Rio Summer Olympics due to the Zika virus in hard-hit Brazil, arguing that the shift would make no significant difference to the spread of the virus.

The U.N. health agency, which declared the spread of Zika in the Americas a global emergency in February, said in a statement there is “no public health justification” for postponing or canceling the 2016 games, which run from Aug. 5-21.

Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world are expected to travel to Rio de Janeiro and other Brazilian destinations this summer to see some 10,000 athletes compete at the games.

In an open letter to the WHO director-general released Friday, experts from over two dozen countries in fields including public health, bioethics and pediatrics - among them former White House science adviser Dr. Philip Rubin - called for the Rio games to be delayed or relocated, though not canceled, “in the name of public health.”

SOCCER

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) - Federal and state forces mounted a big search operation for Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido, who was abducted in the crime-plagued northern border state of Tamaulipas.

The 25-year-old Pulido is a forward for Olympiakos of Greece and was part of Mexico’s 2014 World Cup team, though he wasn’t called up for the Copa America tournament that starts this coming week.

“We have information that he was intercepted by armed persons and since then his whereabouts are unknown,” said state Attorney General Ismael Quintanilla.

The Tamaulipas Coordination Group that includes federal and state security agents said on its Twitter account that it was searching for the player. Reporters in the city saw an unusual deployment of troops and police in the streets, while at least two police or military-style helicopters flew overhead.

MILAN (AP) - FIFA says it is “ludicrous” to claim President Gianni Infantino plotted to oust the official who oversaw the salary offer he refused to accept.

FIFA responded to reports in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung which the German daily said were based on leaked details of FIFA Council meetings two weeks ago.

Infantino told council members a proposed salary of 2 million Swiss francs ($2 million) was insulting, the newspaper claimed.

The salary offer was overseen by Domenico Scala, who resigned as the independent FIFA audit panel chairman in Mexico City on May 14.

Scala resigned one day after FIFA member federations decided to give Infantino’s Council power to fire elected leaders of independent audit and ethics committees.

FIFA says claims “this decision would be the result of a ‘plot’ is ludicrous.”

BASKETBALL

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Grizzlies have hired David Fizdale as their new coach and will introduce him in Memphis at a news conference Tuesday.

The hiring was first reported Thursday by The Associated Press and others. The Grizzlies did not disclose terms, but Yahoo! Sports reported Fizdale agreed to a four-year contract.

General manager Chris Wallace said in a statement that the Grizzlies are confident Fizdale is the right person to help Memphis build on its success.

Fizdale has spent the past eight years with the Miami Heat, the past two as assistant head coach to Erik Spoelstra.

The new Grizzlies coach says he feels fortunate to have worked with some of the NBA’s greatest coaches and players and believes he’s ready for the challenge of being a head coach.

YOUTH SPORTS

BERLIN (AP) - More than 30 people were taken to the hospital after lightning struck at the end of a children’s soccer match in western Germany, police said.

Three adults were seriously injured in the incident in the town of Hoppstaedten, police said - including the 45-year-old referee, who suffered a cardiac arrest after being hit directly by lightning and had to be revived by onlookers and a doctor.

All 29 of the children, aged 9 to 11, who had taken part in the match between local teams SG Perlbachtal and SG Meisenheim also were taken to nearby hospitals as “a purely precautionary measure,” police said in a statement. A spectator also was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The game had just finished when lightning struck suddenly about 2 p.m., police spokesman Dominik Lentz told n-tv television.


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