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IOC SUSPENDS OFFICIAL OVER RUSSIA SCANDAL

LONDON — The IOC suspended Lamine Diack as an honorary member Tuesday and said it was ready to strip medals from any Russian athletes found guilty of doping and consider retesting samples from the Sochi Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee convened an urgent meeting of its executive board by video conference to consider what action to take in response to the corruption and doping crisis engulfing track and field.

The board agreed on the provisional suspension of Diack, the former IAAF president who was placed under investigation by French authorities last week on charges of corruption and money laundering related to the cover-up of Russian doping cases.

Diack resigned as president of the International Athletics Foundation, the IAAF's charitable arm. Diack became president of the foundation after the death of founder Primo Nebiolo in November 1999.

Also, the FIFA ethics committee will study Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko's role in the doping scandal. Besides being sports minister, Mutko also serves on the FIFA executive committee and is running the World Cup organizing committee ahead of the 2018 tournament in Russia.

SOCCER

Orlando City's Larin named MLS rookie of the year

Orlando City forward Cyle Larin was voted rookie of the year. The 20-year-old Canadian scored an MLS rookie record 17 goals in 27 games during the regular season for the expansion team. He was selected from UConn with the top pick in this year's draft.

OLYMPICS: The opening match for the men's soccer tournament will be in Brasilia on Aug. 4, 2016, a day before the opening ceremony for the Rio de Janeiro Games. The women's tournament will open Aug. 3 in Rio's Maracana Stadium.

CONCUSSIONS: The U.S. Soccer Federation is recommending a ban on headers for players 10 and under, limits for players between 11 and 13 and having medical professionals rather than coaches make decisions on whether players suspected of concussions can remain in games.

LAWSUIT: Karim Benzema's lawyer will take legal action against a radio station that published a transcript of a conversation between the France striker and a friend which was recorded as part of the investigation into a sex tape involving national teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

OBITUARIES

Top French triathlete, 31, dies from heart attack

Laurent Vidal, a French triathlete who finished fifth at the 2012 Olympics in London, died of a heart attack. He was 31. The French triathlon federation said Mr. Vidal died overnight at his home in southern France. An emergency response team was immediately called on site but could not resuscitate him. Vidal also won the French triathlon title three times.

JOCKeY: Pat Eddery, the Irish jockey who was crowned flat-racing champion 11 times, died at age 63.

ET CETERA

BASEBALL: Canada upset Cuba 5-1 and the United States trounced the Dominican Republic 11-5 at the Premier12 tournament in Taipei, Taiwan.

OLYMPICS: The New Zealand Olympic Committee became the first national Olympic body to receive the IOC's women in sport world trophy.

WINTER SPORTS: American skier Julia Mancuso will have season-ending hip surgery today in Vail, Colo. The four-time Olympic medalist hopes to be back in March for some freeskiing.

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Sports in brief 11/10/15 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 9:01pm]
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