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Wrestlers sue Ohio State over doctor’s sexual misconduct

Four former wrestlers say in a lawsuit that Ohio State University officials ignored repeated complaints about a now-dead team doctor and failed to stop his “rampant sexual misconduct” that went on nearly two decades. The lawsuit describes Richard Strauss, who killed himself after retiring from the university, as “a prolific sexual predator” who might have assaulted 1,500 or more male students at Ohio State. Athletes who alerted officials about Strauss felt their complaints were futile and that the doctor was above the law in the eyes of the university, according to the federal lawsuit filed Monday. Among the allegations in the lawsuit is that two wrestlers met with former Athletic Director Andy Geiger during the 1994-1995 season and complained about voyeurism and le...

Overwatch League strikes a milestone deal with Disney and ESPN

If you’re sick of hearing about esports, you need to get over it. The space continues to grow, inching its way into the traditional media landscape. Today, in fact, Activision Blizzard announced that the Overwatch League playoffs will be aired on ESPN and Disney XD. The Overwatch League in itself is a huge step for esports, as it’s the first true city-based league for a competitive video game. While most esports leagues consist of privately owned teams with little or nothing to do with geography, Overwatch League is a pro league made up of city-based teams such as the Dallas Fuel or the San Francisco Shock. Many of these teams are owned by big names in the traditional sports world, such as Robert Kraft (CEO and owner of New England Patriots, who owns the Boston Uprising) and Jeff Wilpon (C...

2 Ohio State ex-officials say they knew of no abuse by doc

Two former top administrators say they weren’t aware of allegations of sexual abuse by an Ohio State University doctor when they worked there in the 1990s. Former Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee and former vice president of human resources Linda Tom tell The Columbus Dispatch they don’t remember receiving any complaints about the now-dead doctor, Richard Strauss. He worked there for two decades as a member of the faculty and medical staff and a team doctor before retiring in 1998. Ohio State says allegations of sexual misconduct by Strauss have been raised by former athletes from 14 sports and other people since such allegations were first brought forward months ago. An independent investigation is underway about those claims and about whether the university knew of concerns...

Russians advised to shower in pairs because of World Cup

Residents of the World Cup host city of Samara are being urged to take showers in pairs because the influx of fans is putting strain on water supplies. The Samara Communal Systems utility company says the combination of a heatwave and “thousands of guests” have meant its providing 10 percent more cold water than normal. That’s causing water pressure to drop in some neighborhoods, the company adds. The company advises locals to “save water – take showers in pairs,” adding a smiley face to the message. Samara is due to host England’s quarterfinal game against Sweden on Saturday.

Here’s what it was like to stumble into Netflix and Lyft’s activation for GLOW at ‘Muscle Beach’

Today at “Muscle Beach” in Venice, Calif., Netflix and Lyft joined forces for a promotional campaign in support of the streaming media site’s (really excellent) dramatization of the origin story for the women’s wrestling league — GLOW (or the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling). Your intrepid reporter was taking a walk on the beach and stumbled upon the marketing stunt (which was kind of genius). For those of y’all who don’t know, Muscle Beach is sort of a mecca for weight lifters and body builders — including, back in the ’80s, a young Ah-nold Schwarzenegger. A history that made it an ideal spot to celebrate Netflix’s (pretty terrific) ode to all things new wave-d, hair metal-ed, neon accented, high-waisted, cocaine addled and muscle-bound. Members of the cast posed for pictures, and wrestlers ...

LeBron declines option, becomes free agent: AP sources

LeBron James made the first move. Decision 3.0 is officially under way. James told the Cleveland Cavaliers that he is not exercising his $35.6 million contract option for next season and will hit the free-agent market, two people familiar with the decision told the Associated Press. James had until 11:59 p.m. to express his intentions to the Cavs and his agent Rich Paul informed the team Friday morning, said the people who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the sides are not publicly commenting on moves ahead of free agency opening Sunday. The three-time champion is now the most coveted prize in an NBA free-agent class that includes All-Stars Paul George and Chris Paul. Teams can begin negotiation with free agents at 12:01 a.m. Sunday. The decision to decline t...

Washington State football player had brain damage at suicide

The family of the Washington State University football player who died of suicide in January said the 21-year-old quarterback had extensive brain damage that’s been linked to concussions from playing the sport. Tyler Hilinski was found dead in his apartment with a gunshot wound and a suicide note on Jan. 16. Mark and Kym Hilinski told NBC’s “Today” show on Tuesday that the Mayo Clinic did an autopsy of their son’s brain. The results indicated that he had the brain of a 65-year-old, with signs of extensive brain damage known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which has been found in hundreds of former NFL players. The mother says she doesn’t think football killed her son but that she believes he probably got CTE from the sport. ——— For more AP c...

Ex-Bears football player indicted for assaulting deputy

A former Chicago Bears and Ohio State University football player who authorities say was ordered to leave a bar because he was intoxicated and stumbling has been indicted for allegedly slamming an Ohio sheriff’s deputy arm with a van door. Thirty-four-year-old Kirk Barton, of Dublin, was indicted Friday in central Ohio’s Delaware County on assault and obstructing official business charges. Both are felony charges. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office has said the deputy escorted the 6-foot-6-inch Barton outside the bar to a taxi earlier this month without incident but that Barton couldn’t provide his address. While the deputy and taxi driver determined where he lived, Barton allegedly slammed the van’s sliding door on the deputy’s arm. Barton’s att...

US, Mexico, Canada to host 2026 World Cup

North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament. The soccer showpiece will return to the U.S. for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday. The vote by football federations was public, in contrast to secrecy surrounding the ballot by FIFA’s elected board members for the 2018 and 2022 hosts, Russia and Qatar, in 2010. The U.S. proposed staging 60 out of the 80 games in 2026, when 16 teams will be added to the finals, leaving Canada and Mexico with ten fixtures each. An optimistic promise of delivering $14 billion in revenue helped sway voters, al...

Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner pose with Stanley Cup at DC restaurant

The two biggest items in Washington, D.C., crossed paths on Saturday night as Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner posed with the Stanley Cup. It was a matter of pure coincidence as the president’s daughter and son-in-law visited D.C. hotspot Café Milano for a date night while Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin was celebrating with the Stanley Cup. The Capitals won the Stanley Cup, the NHL’s championship trophy, on Thursday. They defeated the underdog Las Vegas Golden Knights in the series, 4-1, to win their first Cup. The Keeper of the Cup Philip Pritchard, who has traveled with the Cup as its overseer for 27 years, posted a photo of the trophy with a casual Ivanka Trump and Kushner. Jokes about the Trumps meeting with a Russian flooded Twitter, but everyone at the restaura...

Justify leads wire to wire at Belmont to win the Triple Crown

Justify charged out of the gate and never gave up the lead, powering his way to victory at the Belmont Stakes to become just the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown. The colt was briefly challenged in the final turn, but down the stretch jockey Mike Smith let him use his strength to run away from the field. Gronkowski finished second, 1 3/4 lengths back, and Hofburg was third. Justify’s victory made Bob Baffert just the second trainer to win the Triple Crown twice. He previously won in 2015 with American Pharoah, the colt that ended a 37-year drought. With the win, Justify improved to 6-0 in a career that began in February, making him one of the rare Triple Crown winners not to race as a 2-year-old. Smith, at 52, is the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown. The Kentucky Derby and Pre...

Uber is looking to buy the bike-share company behind Citi Bike and Ford GoBike

Uber is reportedly looking into buying Motivate, the company that makes Ford GoBike’s in the San Francisco Bay Area and Citi Bike over on the East Coast. This comes following reports of Lyft getting close to purchasing Motivate in a $250 million deal. Uber bought bike-share startup JUMP, a dockless, electric bike-share service, earlier this year, for about $250 million. In April, Motivate deployed electric bikes in San Francisco. Once JUMP’s 18-month pilot program with the city is up next June, we can expect to see companies like Motivate, Lime and others apply to deploy their own dockless bikes in the city. I’ve reached out to Uber and will update this story if I hear back. Just this week, both Uber and Lyft applied to deploy electric scooters in San Francisco. You can read more about tha...