TRACK AND FIELD
IOC president blasts former IAAF leader
FRANKFURT, Germany — IOC president Thomas Bach says former IAAF head Lamine Diack brought his sport "into the abyss" by extorting money from athletes to cover up doping.
In a broad-ranging interview with German sports magazine Kicker, Bach said track and field's world governing body faces a "rocky road" in its attempt to clean up the sport, but that new IAAF president Sebastian Coe has taken the right initial steps.
The IAAF has been shaken by allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia and deep-rooted corruption at the heart of the federation and centered on Diack, who is facing criminal corruption charges in France.
"It is really incomprehensible that the president of an international federation demands money from athletes to manipulate results of doping tests," Back was quoted as telling Kicker in its Monday edition. "That is really a look into the abyss."
Also, Russian Irina Maracheva was stripped of her 800-meter silver medal from the 2012 European Championships in one of four doping cases announced involving female Russian athletes. The sanctions were among the first handed down by the Russian Olympic Committee, which has gained some authority over the Russian track and field federation since its ban from global competition.
Mets to retire Piazza's number
The Mets will retire Mike Piazza's No. 31 jersey on July 30 before their game against the Rockies. Piazza will be inducted into the Hall of Fame July 24 and will wear a Mets cap on his plaque. "It is such a tremendous honor to have my number retired alongside the great Tom Seaver," Piazza said.
Minor-leaguer killed: The Astros said minor-league pitcher Jose Rosario was killed in a motorcycle accident Sunday night in the Dominican Republic. He was 20. Rosario pitched the past two seasons in Houston's system, splitting 2015 between the Dominican Summer League and the Gulf Coast League.
Signings: Several players agreed to deals with their teams, avoiding arbitration. Mets 1B Lucas Duda ($6.725 million) and suspended reliever Jenrry Mejia ($2.47 million) agreed to one-year contracts. Others agreeing to one-year deals: Angels RHP Garrett Richards ($6.425 million), Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson ($3,275 million), Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe ($7.25 million) and Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon ($3.5 million).
Soccer: Orlando City of MLS signed a 10-year commitment to the city, agreeing to pay it $18 million for the land on which the team is building a $155 million stadium, the Orlando Sentinel reported. … The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, which includes the United States, will consider a reform package when it holds an extraordinary congress Feb. 25 in Zurich. Among other measures, CONCACAF proposes replacing its executive committee with a council of up to 15 members.