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FOR U.S., FRIENDLY FANS, LOSS AT IRAN

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran defeated the United States wrestling team Friday to secure the gold medal at the Freestyle World Cup.

During the final matches, Iranian wrestlers sealed a 5-3 victory against their American guests in the western Iranian city of Kermanshah. State TV broadcast the matches live.

The Iranians won at the 57-, 61-, 65-, 70- and 125-kilogram divisions. The Americans won 74-, 86- and 97-kilogram divisions.

The U.S. team reached the final matches after defeating Russia, Georgia and Azerbaijan in Group A of the competition. Iran defeated Turkey, India and Mongolia in Group B over two days.

After the win, hundreds of Kermanshah residents poured into the streets, with drivers honking horns, to celebrate.

During the competitions, Iranian spectators warmly welcomed the American wrestlers, and many took selfies with them.

Earlier in February, Iran reversed its position and allowed U.S. wrestlers to participate in the competition after a U.S. travel ban, now frozen, by President Donald Trump on nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran.

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WWE Hall of Famer 'The Animal' dies at 79

WWE Hall of Fame member George "The Animal" Steele, whose given name was Jim Myers, died Friday of kidney failure in Cocoa Beach at age 79. The Detroit native tweeted and blogged in recent months about his declining health. He had the digestive disorder Crohn's disease for several years. Sporting a bald head, hairy back and green tongue, Mr. Steele's signature move was sinking his teeth into the turnbuckle pads around the ring. One of his most famous wins was over Hulk Hogan in 1984, when cheap shots and eye rakes flustered Hogan, who was then blinded when Mr. Steele's manager threw salt in his eyes. To movie fans, Mr. Steele is best known for his appearance as wrestler Tor Johnson in the film Ed Wood.

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NFL: Jets cornerback and former Buc Darrelle Revis turned himself in at the Pittsburgh Municipal Courts building. He faces two felony counts of aggravated assault, one felony count of robbery, one felony count of conspiracy and a misdemeanor count of terroristic threats for his alleged involvement in a street fight. … Former NFL running back Trent Richardson was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence in the Birmingham, Ala. suburb of Hoover. … Patriots receiver Michael Floyd pleaded guilty to second offense extreme drunk driving in Scottsdale, Ariz., and was sentenced to 24 days in jail. … Chargers tackle King Dunlap was arrested at his girlfriend's home in Nashville and charged with violating an order of protection. … The Falcons finalized their staff with seven hires, including former Rutgers coach Kyle Flood as assistant offensive line coach and offensive assistant Charlie Weis Jr., son of the longtime coach.

SAILING: The National Offshore One Design Regatta Series opened in St. Petersburg. In the J/70 class, Joel Ronning and Catapult were tied for the lead with Brian Keane and Savasana. In S2.79, John Spierling and Rebel496 took the lead.

TENNIS: Top seed Marin Cilic and defending champ Martin Klizan lost in the quarterfinals of the World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Cilic lost 7-6 (10-8), 7-6 (7-5) to No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Klizan lost 6-3, 6-3 to No. 4 Tomas Berdych. … Top seed Kei Nishikori beat No. 6 Joao Sousa 6-1, 6-4 to reach the semifinals of the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires.

WNBA: Dallas traded guard Odyssey Sims and the No. 11 pick in April's draft to Los Angeles for the No. 4 pick.

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Sports in brief 02/17/17 [Last modified: Friday, February 17, 2017 10:32pm]
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