Sunday, November 19, 2017
Sports

Sports in brief

RECOMMENDED READING


track and field

coe cuts ties with nike

MONACO — Sebastian Coe, head of track and field's governing body, said Thursday that he has given up his role as a special adviser to Nike to avoid accusations of conflict of interest. That relationship dated to his years as an Olympic champion middle-distance runner (gold in the 1,500 meters in 1980 and '84), and it was lucrative, reportedly worth $150,000 a year to him.

But that link has become a millstone around Coe's neck since he was elected president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in August, because it left Coe open to accusations that he might put the interests of the sportswear giant before those of his sport.

"Perception and reality have become horribly mangled," Coe, 59, said, adding he gave up the Nike position because discussion about it was distracting him from saving the sport from a crisis of confidence sparked by revelations of widespread doping in Russia and alleged corruption under predecessor Lamine Diack.

More track and field: American decathlete Ashton Eaton and Ethiopian 1,500-meter runner Genzebe Dibaba are the athletes of the year. Both won gold at the world championships and set world records in 2015.

soccer

$26,000 FIFA watches given to charity

The governing body's unethical weakness for luxury watches earned a windfall for a soccer charity in Brazil. A total of 48 Swiss watches given to soccer officials at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil have been recovered and donated to a nonprofit organization, the ethics committee of the body, FIFA, said. The Parmigiani watches, valued at more than $26,000 each, were given to members of FIFA's often-discredited executive committee, presidents of national federations whose teams played at the 32-team tournament and officials from South American federations. FIFA's Code of Ethics allows only for gifts of "symbolic or trivial value."

et cetera

Baseball: Former major-league outfielder Otis Nixon was arrested on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and permitting an unlicensed person to drive, jail records in Atlanta say. Nixon, 56, was arrested Tuesday night, police spokesman Officer Kim Jones said. Jones did not provide details. Nixon was released from the Fulton County jail Wednesday on $2,500 bond.

Golf: Jordan Spieth shot par 71 in hot, windy Round 1 of the Australian Open, leaving himself five behind leader Lincoln Tighe in Sydney.

Times wires

Comments
USF, UCF contribute to a first in football poll

USF, UCF contribute to a first in football poll

The new Associated Press football poll produced some Florida history Sunday.For the first time, UCF and USF are both ranked — and Florida State and Florida are both unranked — entering their respective season-ending grudge matches this weekend.The No...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Pistons win again, top Wolves in close battle

MINNEAPOLIS — Andre Drummond had 20 points and 16 rebounds, Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley added 18 points each and the Pistons outlasted the Timberwolves 100-97 on Sunday night. Harris hit two free throws with 3.3 seconds remaining, and Jimmy Butle...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Islanders falter a day after topping Lightning

RALEIGH, N.C. — Sebastian Aho’s scoring surge seems to be rubbing off on his teammates. Aho had a goal and two assists, Teuvo Teravainen scored twice and the Hurricanes beat the Islanders 4-2 on Sunday. Aho has scored in four straight games after fai...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Monday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballMarquette vs. VCU2:30 p.m.ESPN2Wichita State vs. California4:30 p.m.ESPN2Molloy at St. John’s6:30 p.m.FS1UCLA vs. Creighton7 p.m.ESPNUTexas A&M vs. Oklahoma State7 p.m.ESPN2Jackson State at Maryland7 p.m.Big TenWomen: Butler at...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Ariya Jutanugarn rallies past Lexi Thompson to win LPGA’s Tour Championship

Ariya Jutanugarn rallies past Lexi Thompson to win LPGA’s Tour Championship

NAPLES — Lexi Thompson never had a putt so short that was potentially worth so much. She had a one-shot lead when she settled over a 2-foot par putt on the final hole Sunday at the Tour Championship. A victory would be worth $500,000 in prize money ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
NFL Week 11: What we learned

NFL Week 11: What we learned

Is Jerry Jones the next Al Davis? Is he really going to let his anger for commissioner Roger Goodell ruin his relationship with the other owners? Should we have seen this coming? I think the answers are: Yes, probably and yes. Jones is the modern-day...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Auto racing: Martin Truex captures Cup championship

Auto racing: Martin Truex captures Cup championship

HOMESTEAD — Martin Truex capped the most successful season of his journeyman career as NASCAR’s champion. Truex wrapped up his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup title Sunday by winning the Ford EcoBoost 400, where he beat Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Sports in brief

Sports in brief

TENNISDIMITROV WINS ATP FINALSLONDON — Grigor Dimitrov’s talent took him to the brink of his biggest career win — but he needed more than that to get over the line. The sixth-seeded Bulgarian claimed the title at the season-ending ATP Finals on Sunda...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Lightning’s rare loss produces reality check

Lightning’s rare loss produces reality check

TAMPA — Jon Cooper stood at the podium late Saturday night to address the media after a regulation loss for only the third time this season."Let’s be honest," he said, "we’ve had one hell of a start."The loss, he added, was frustrating, even when you...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Resilient Saints rally, win eighth straight

Resilient Saints rally, win eighth straight

NEW ORLEANS — Alvin Kamara climbed into the Superdome stands, stood in the first row with his arms folded and soaked in the adulation of fans who had stuck around after all had looked lost. Kamara’s celebration of his 18-yard touchdown reception had ...
Updated: 4 hours ago