TOP U.S. COACH BANNED FOR LIFE IN ABUSE CASE
Rick Curl, one of the nation's most prominent coaches, was banned for life by USA Swimming on Wednesday over allegations of an intimate relationship with a teenage swimmer in the 1980s.
Curl was scheduled to appear before the National Board of Review. But he informed the governing body he was waiving his right to challenge the case at a hearing. Curl voluntarily gave up his membership and was added to USA Swimming's list of banned individuals, which is published on the organization Web site. He became the 67th name on the list.
Curl's attorney, Thomas Kelly, did not respond to messages from the Associated Press seeking comment.
Skater says coach told him to cheat
A U.S. short-track skater followed his coach's order to tamper with the skates of a Canadian rival at the 2011 world championships, according to a request for arbitration reported by the Chicago Tribune.
The skater, 2010 Olympic bronze medalist Simon Cho, did not respond to Tribune requests for comment.
That charge is contained in the request on behalf of 13 U.S. skaters seeking to have the coach accused of asking for the sabotage, Jae Su Chun, dismissed as head of the U.S. team.
Chun has not responded to these allegations.
U.S. Speedskating suspended Chun on Sunday, pending the results of an investigation into charges of abuse filed last week by more than a dozen skaters.
FOOTBALL: Brian Banks, 26, a one-time high school star recently exonerated in a California rape case in which he was falsely accused, is signing with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League, the team said.
Greyhounds: Ed N Edmundo and Mrl No Access remained undefeated, and Jb's Thunderbolt and Sand Cloud also won in second-round qualifying in the $50,000 Fall Sprint Stakes at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg. Qualifying resumes Saturday.
TENNIS: Fourth seed Florian Mayer advanced to the quarterfinals of the Moselle Open, beating Tampa resident James Blake 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-4 in Metz, France.
BOXING: Middleweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. could be stripped of his $3 million purse, depending on the explanation he offers to Nevada regulators about a positive test for marijuana after his first pro loss last weekend in Las Vegas, to Sergio Martinez for the WBC title, officials said. … A federal judge in Nevada ordered Floyd Mayweather Jr. to pay about $114,000 in lawyer fees and costs for avoiding questioning from Manny Pacquiao's lawyers in a civil defamation lawsuit.
Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires