Lochte leads three-gold day for Americans
ISTANBUL — Ryan Lochte keyed a relay win Thursday, and Matt Grevers and Olivia Smoliga won the men's and women's 100-meter backstroke to improve the U.S. gold-medal tally to six at the short-course world meet.
Lochte, a former Gator, established a strong lead in the 800 freestyle for teammates Michael Klueh, Matthew McLean and former Gator Conor Dwyer, and won his third gold at the event. Lochte also took bronze in the 100 butterfly.
St. Petersburg's Megan Romano was the top qualifier for today's 100 freestyle final, winning her semifinal in 52.86 seconds.
HBO's Merchant stepping aside
Hall of Fame announcer Larry Merchant is leaving his job as an HBO ringside commentator after 35 years. His last broadcast is Saturday's season finale of World Championship Boxing.
Merchant, 81, who has worked with Jim Lampley since 1988, said he will become a "senior kibbitzer" on major news. Max Kellerman will take his commentating role.
Vonn: I suffer from depression
Four-time overall World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn says she has suffered from depression for many years and takes an antidepressant to help manage her symptoms.
At one point in 2008, "I couldn't get out of bed anymore. I felt hopeless, empty, like a zombie," the American told People magazine.
Vonn said she now is happier than she has been in a long time. She filed for divorce last year from her husband, Thomas Vonn, also her manager and coach.
Brazil investigates team beating story
Brazilian authorities are investigating allegations security personnel beat members of an Argentine team at halftime of Wednesday's Copa Sudamericana final in Sao Palo. The game was ended and Sao Paulo awarded the title when Tigre refused to take the field for the second half of the final's second leg. Sao Paulo was leading 2-0; the first leg was scoreless. Tigre officials said their players and staff were beaten in the dressing room area at halftime and guns were drawn. Brazilian authorities denied weapons were brandished.
europe: The governing body imposed heavy sanctions on Serbia for an on-pitch brawl and its fans' racial abuse of England players at an under-21 European Championship qualifier in Krusevac in October. Two coaches were banned for two years, four players will serve suspensions and the Serbian federation was fined $105,000.
NHL: The league and players association met with a federal mediator for a second day, this time in the same room, but no progress was reported in talks for a collective bargaining agreement. … Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan, 20, pleaded guilty to drunken driving following his arrest in a Teletubby costume in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was placed on probation for a year.