russia says it accepts some doping blame
MOSCOW — With an Olympic boycott ruled out, Russia is planning to at least partially admit it has a doping problem.
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Thursday that there will "not in any case" be a boycott of next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
In a separate interview, the acting president of the Russian track federation said he is ready to own up to some of the charges leveled in the World Anti-Doping Agency commission's massive report on doping in the country.
"We admit some things, we argue with some things, some are already fixed, it's a variety," said Vadim Zelichenok, declining to provide further details. "It's not for the press."
The governing body of track and field is expected to rule today on whether to suspend Russia from competition because of the doping scandal. If Russia is banned, the country's track and field team could be excluded from the Olympics.
Monday's report by the WADA commission recommended that the Russian track federation be suspended, saying its athletes and officials were involved in "extensive" use of performance-enhancing drugs, obstructed doping tests and helped cover up drug use.
U.S. opens Cup qualifying tonight
Darlington Nagbe and Matt Miazga could make their national team debuts when the U.S. opens World Cup qualifying tonight against 129th-ranked St. Vincent and the Grenadines in St. Louis (7, ESPN2).
"It's important to get some new blood in, some new faces," midfielder Michael Bradley said.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann acknowledged there will be changes, but won't announce the lineup until an hour before kickoff.
"Only if you give them opportunities and minutes on the field over time, will you see if they're capable of stepping up," he said.
Klinsmann said Brad Guzan would start at goalkeeper, with Tim Howard set to start at Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday night.
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olympics: The new CEO of the effort to bring the Olympics to Los Angeles loves the idea so much, he's working for free. Gene Sykes, an executive with Goldman Sachs, will work full time as CEO of Los Angeles 2024 and won't get paid. "I'm fortunate that I've had a career, I've gotten to a point in my life, where I can afford to do things where I don't need to be paid," Sykes said.
autos: An eBay charity auction to raise money for the family of late IndyCar driver Justin Wilson raised $546,967 on 509 items. Wilson died after he was struck in the head by a piece of debris during an IndyCar race in August. Private auctions of helmets from Graham Rahal and Ryan Hunter-Reay, and another private auction, put the final amount raised at $637,067.94.