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Former USA gymnastics doctor to stand trial over sex abuse claims

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A former Michigan State University and USA gymnastics doctor will go to trial over sex abuse allegations.

At a preliminary hearing Friday, an alleged victim took the stand, saying Larry Nassar sexually abused her at his home when she was a child. The now-25-year-old said her parents were friends with Nassar.

The judge presiding over the hearing decided that there is enough evidence for the former doctor to be tried on three counts of sexual misconduct.

This case is separate from the child pornography charges and lawsuit by dozens of women who say Nassar sexually assaulted them during gymnastics treatments over 20 years.

Nassar has denied all of the allegations.

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Darrelle Revis charged with four felonies after altercation in Pittsburgh

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(PITTSBURGH) — New York Jets football player Darrelle Revis was charged with four felonies for his alleged role in a Pittsburgh altercation this week, police said Thursday.

A court document showed that the charges include felony counts of robbery, conspiracy and two aggravated assaults charges, stemming from the 31-year old NFL player’s alleged involvement in an incident early Sunday morning with two males. Revis was also charged with a misdemeanor count of making terroristic threats.

But Blaine Jones, Revis’s lawyer, told ABC News that his client “was physically assaulted while at that location by a group of at least five people.”

Jones added that Revis “feared for his safety and retreated from the aggressors,” while also noting that his client later sought medical attention.

The altercation occurred at 2:43 a.m. on Sunday on Pittsburgh’s South Side, when two men — ages 21 and 22 — said they were hit by Revis after a verbal confrontation, Pittsburgh police said.

According to the police, a 22-year old male from Kittanning, Pennsylvania, spotted Revis, who acknowledged his identity when asked by the individual. After that, the male began recording Revis with his cell phone while following the NFL player.

According to police, Revis subsequently took the man’s phone and tried to delete his video recording. After a 21-year old male came to the other man’s assistance, Revis threw the phone on the ground, and a verbal argument ensued.

The 21-year-old and the 22-year-old say they were then both punched and knocked out, according to the statement, which said that area witnesses indicated they had been unconscious for 10 minutes.

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Scoreboard roundup — 2/16/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Washington 111, Indiana 98
Chicago 104, Boston 103

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Ottawa 3, New Jersey 0
N.-Y. Islanders 4, N.-Y. Rangers 2
OT/Pittsburgh 4, Winnipeg 3
Buffalo 2, Colorado 0
St. Louis 4, Vancouver 3
Minnesota 3, Dallas 1
Edmonton 6, Philadelphia 3
Arizona 5, L.A. Kings 3

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(1) Gonzaga 96, San Francisco, 61
(5) Arizona 78, Washington St. 59
(7) Oregon 79, Utah 61
Michigan 64, (11) Wisconsin 58
(22) Saint Mary’s (Cal), 81 Loyola Marymount 48

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Arenas in Rio falling apart after the Olympic Games

VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO) — The excitement of South America’s first Olympic and Paralympic Games was pulsing through the bustling arenas in Rio de Janeiro last August.

But almost six months after the closing ceremony of the summer 2016 Olympics, many venues are abandoned and desolate.

Rio’s Olympic organizers are unsure how they will repay the $40 million they owe to creditors for setting up the Olympic facilities, according to The Associated Press.

The Maracana stadium, one of the iconic venues for Rio, has fallen into disrepair due to vandalism and lacking funds for upkeep and electricity, the AP reported, and the second-largest cluster of
Olympic venues, Deodoro, is closed until they are taken over by a new management company. The sweeping Olympic golf course has also been neglected.

“The Olympic Games as currently conducted are not economically viable for most cities,” a 2016 study on the economics of the Olympic Games by the American Economic Association said. “The most
important reasons include infrastructure costs relating to the venues hosting the events; the monopoly rents that flow to the International Olympic Committee; poor management; corruption; and the
specter of unreasonable and unrealizable economic expectations for the host city and nation.”

As the Rio games were beginning last summer, Andrew Zimbalist, a Smith College professor of economics told ABC News that the games were projected to cost Brazil $20 billion and return only $4
billion to $4.5 billion.

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Mark Gottfried fired at NC State, will finish season

Andy Lyons/iStock/Thinkstock(RALEIGH, N.C.) – North Carolina State head men’s basketball coach Mark Gottfried has been fired but will finish the season, athletic director Debbie Yow announced Thursday.

The Wolfpack has just three ACC victories this season and has lost three straight games by more than 20 points.

“Mark and I met today to discuss the future direction of our program,” Yow said in a statement. “While it has long been my practice to evaluate the body of work at season’s end, in reviewing the
overall direction of our program, we believe a change in leadership is necessary moving forward. Our focus now remains on supporting our student-athletes and staff over the final weeks of our
season.”

Gottfried was hired in 2011 and took NC State to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances.

“It has been a privilege to serve as head coach of NC State, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished during my time here,” Gottfried said in a release. “NC State is a special place and I
appreciate the opportunity to finish the remainder of the season.”

The school says it will begin a search for Gottfried’s replacement immediately.

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Kushner family may step away from Marlins acquisition

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Should current Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria be nominated by President Donald Trump as the U.S. ambassador to France, as has been reported, real estate mogul Charles Kushner and his family will no longer be interested in buying the team.

In a statement Wednesday, Kushner’s son-in-law Joseph Meyer said, “Our family has been friends with Jeff Loria for over 30 years, been in business together, and even owned a AAA baseball team together. Although the Kushners have made substantial progress in discussions for us to purchase the Marlins, recent reports suggest that Mr. Loria will soon be nominated by the President to be Ambassador to France.”

“If that is true, we do not want this unrelated transaction to complicate that process and will not pursue it,” Meyer added. “The Kushners remain interested in purchasing a team and would love to buy the Marlins at another time.”

Kushner’s son Jared is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka and serves as the president’s senior adviser.

Last week, Forbes reported that a “handshake agreement” was in place for the team. The offer was said to be for $1.6 billion.

ESPN later reported that Charles Kushner was part of a potential purchase group. It was not known, however, whether that was the same group linked to the offer reported by Forbes.

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NBA All-Star Game: Carmelo Anthony named as Kevin Love’s replacement

Scott Clarke / ESPN(NEW YORK) — New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will be stepping in for Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love on Sunday when the 2017 NBA All-Star Game tips off.

Anthony, 32, was picked by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to replace Love, who underwent knee surgery on Tuesday. The Cavs said Love, 28, is expected to be out for approximately six weeks as he recovers from the operation.

With Anthony now part of the Eastern Conference roster, this marks his 10th NBA All-Star selection. So far this season, he is averaging 23.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

The 66th NBA All-Star Game is set to air Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. ET from New Orleans.

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Scoreboard roundup — 2/15/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

San Antonio 109, Orlando 79
Cleveland 113, Indiana 104
Boston 116, Philadelphia 108
Toronto 90, Charlotte 85
Milwaukee 129, Brooklyn 125
Detroit 98, Dallas 91
New Orleans 95, Memphis 91
Miami 117, Houston 109
Minnesota 112, Denver 99
Utah 111, Portland 88
Phoenix 137, L.-A. Lakers 101
Oklahoma City 116, New York 105
L.-A. Lakers 99, Atlanta 84
Golden State 109, Sacramento 86

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Columbus 5, Toronto 2
Calgary 3, Philadelphia 1
OT/Florida 6, San Jose 5
St. Louis 2, Detroit 0

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Arkansas 83, (21) South Carolina 76
(23) Maryland 74, Northwestern 64
(18) Cincinnati 68, Southern Florida 54
(10) North Carolina 97, NC State 73
Seton Hall 87, (20) Creighton 81
(12) Duke 65, (14) Virginia 55
(19) SMU 80, Tulane 75
(24) Butler 110, St. John’s 86

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New York Knicks rated as most valuable NBA team

Thomas Northcut/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – The New York Knicks have been rated the most valuable NBA franchise by Forbes magazine.

Franchise values show the Knicks being worth $3.3 billion, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers at $3 billion. The Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls round out the top five.

Forbes says the Cleveland Cavaliers, LA Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder all lost money last year due to luxury-tax payments.

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Kate Upton is “Sports Illustrated'”s swimsuit issue cover model again

Scott Dudelson/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — On Tuesday night Kate Upton was revealed as the 2017 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover model on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel had the first interview with Upton after making the announcement during the broadcast.

Upton, 24, appeared in a tight white dress and joined the host on the couch to thunderous applause. Kimmel pointed out that this is her third Sports Illustrated cover, but that Elle Macpherson holds the record with five.

EXCLUSIVE: Watch Kate Upton’s reaction backstage after seeing her 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit covers https://t.co/boqi9tW68D pic.twitter.com/LIrZxxDvSu

— SI Swimsuit (@SI_Swimsuit) February 15, 2017

Kate Upton is back! Get your issue at newsstands today! pic.twitter.com/MtVHEwDyj0

— SI Swimsuit (@SI_Swimsuit) February 15, 2017

Upton revealed that she didn’t find out she was on the cover until Monday.

Kimmel showed Upton some gag covers of the issue, including one of Upton buried in sand.

The actual cover was presented in a projection on the Empire State Building in New York City, and then Kimmel revealed that Sports Illustrated is issuing three collector’s covers, with an especially provocative cover featuring Upton in what Kimmel referred to as “a hammock that got torn to bits.”

The announcement kicks off a week of festivities culminating in Vibes by Swimsuit, a music, food and culture festival taking place in Houston on Feb. 17 and 18.

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