Embattled u.s. staff resigns
KEARNS, Utah — Jae Su Chun and Jun Hyung Cho resigned as coach and assistant of the U.S. short-track team Thursday, and both accepted suspensions through the 2014 Olympics.
Chun, already suspended, has been accused by a dozen skaters of physical, emotional and verbal abuse. Skater Simon Cho said Chun ordered him to sabotage the skate of a rival at a meet. Investigators hired by U.S. Speedskating found no evidence of any of the accusations, and Chun denies them all. Disciplinary proceedings against Simon Cho continue.
Talks go nowhere
The league and the players union met for four hours in New York with no breakthrough toward ending the lockout. Both sides said talks were cordial but did not include core economic issues. No talks are scheduled for today.
NBA: Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki faces arthroscopic surgery if his swollen right knee doesn't respond to a week of rest and treatment, the Dallas Morning News reported. If he has surgery next week, he could return in time for the Oct. 30 opener. … Lakers guard Kobe Bryant practiced a day after he sat out against the Blazers with a strained right shoulder.
WNBA: Tamika Catchings had 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead visiting Indiana past Connecticut 87-71 and into the Finals. The Fever, which lost Game 1 of the best-of-three Eastern Conference final, won its fourth game of this postseason when facing elimination. The best-of-five Finals starts Sunday at Minnesota.
Tennis: Roger Federer assured himself the No. 1 world ranking for the 300th week of his career by beating Stanislas Wawrinka 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0 to reach the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters in China. He next faces Marin Cilic. Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also reached the quarterfinals.