Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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COLLEGES

FAMU COACH ACCUSED OF MISTREATMENT, PUT ON LEAVE

TALLAHASSEE — Florida A&M University, mired in a controversy over hazing for a year, is investigating whether its baseball coach mistreated a player.

Coach Willie Brown said he did nothing wrong, but the university placed him on leave last month.

FAMU is not commenting, but documents show that the school acted after a player accused Brown of making degrading comments about his weight and sexual orientation. The player also said the coach intentionally hit baseballs harder to him than others.

Tallahassee attorney Steven Andrews said that the coach did not treat the player any differently from anyone else and that Brown got sworn statements from other players on the team saying he did not speak to the player any differently.

"It's very disheartening that I'm being treated like this," Brown told AP.

The FAMU Marching 100 band was suspended after a hazing incident led to the death of Robert Champion in November 2011.

SOCCER

Dutch teens face charges in death

Dutch prosecutors are charging three teenaged players in the death of a volunteer linesman beaten at a youth game. Two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old are charged with manslaughter, assault and public violence for alleged involvement in an attack on Richard Nieuwenhuizen, who later died of his injuries.

ROWDIES: Jeff Attinella, a former Countryside High and USF goalkeeper who helped Tampa Bay win the NASL Soccer Bowl this year, signed with Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer. RSL selected Attinella in the first round of the MLS supplemental draft in 2011.

EUROPE: German club Schalke and Paris Saint-Germain clinched first place in their groups in the Champions League. Cristiano Ronaldo scored his tournament-leading sixth goal to help host Real Madrid beat Ajax 4-1.

OLYMPICS

India suspended

The IOC suspended India's national Olympic committee because of government interference in its election process, a major embarrassment for the world's second most populous nation. India will stop receiving IOC funding and its athletes will be barred from competing in Olympic events under their national flag, though the IOC could let them do so under the Olympic flag.

rio GAMES: With concern mounting about the pace of progress for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, the IOC warned Brazilian organizers that "time is ticking." The IOC is concerned that organizers still face major challenges.

ET CETERA

BOXING: Koki Kameda retained his WBA bantamweight title with a split decision over Hugo Ruiz in Osaka, Japan.

AUTOS: Oriol Servia is returning to drive for Panther DRR for the 2013 IndyCar season.

Times wires

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