Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Sports in brief

Olympics

U.S. athletes had 15 substance exemptions in Rio

Fifteen of the 558 athletes in the U.S. delegation at the Rio Olympics — or slightly less than 3 percent — had therapeutic-use exemptions in force during the Games.

The exemptions, known as TUEs, came under increased scrutiny last week after Russian hackers broke into the database of the World Anti-Doping Agency and posted confidential medical information online from some athletes.

TUEs let athletes use otherwise-banned substances to treat long-standing medical conditions, such as attention deficit disorder and asthma. Proponents argue those exemptions only level the playing field; critics say they can give competitors an edge.

The hackers largely targeted female U.S. Olympians, among them tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams and gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles. All three, as well as several other prominent athletes whose medical records were posted, said the data strongly supported their use of a TUE.

Skiing

Bode Miller suing Head

Six-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller has sued ski manufacturer Head and wants to resume World Cup racing with a different supplier. Miller ended his nearly 10-year-long partnership with the Austrian-based company in 2015 and signed an agreement not to wear a different brand for two years. The American, who sat out last season, now plans to return to the World Cup circuit on skis from New York-based brand Bomber, which he helped develop, and asked the court to void his agreement with Head. Miller, 38, has not competed on the World Cup circuit since March 2014, mostly due to injuries.

Soccer

Ohio site for USA-Mexico

As expected, the United States will play its home World Cup qualifier against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, for the fifth straight time, this one on Nov. 11. The Americans have won each of the past four World Cup qualifying meetings 2-0, all at MAPFRE Stadium.

MLS: Portland midfielder Jack Jewsbury, 35, will retire after this season, his 14th in Major League Soccer.

NBA

Bucks re-sign swingman

The Bucks re-signed Giannis Antetokounmpo to a $100 million, four-year extension, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The 6-foot-11 swingman played 80 games last season and averaged career highs in minutes (35.3), points (16.9), rebounds (7.7), assists (4.3) and field goal percentage (50.6).

Et cetera

Autos: Andretti Autosport locked in driver Ryan Hunter-Reay and his primary sponsor, DHL Express, through the 2020 IndyCar season.

Boxing: Junior middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez is out for the year with a broken right thumb, suffered Saturday in his victory over Liam Smith in Arlington, Texas.

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