By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee said Thursday it had sent requests for information to the U.S. Olympic Committee and 48 national governing bodies of various sports and Michigan State University, expanding the committee’s investigation into sexual abuse within organised sports. A Senate Commerce Committee panel sent a similar request last month as part of a separate investigation. Both committees sent initial letters in January and the House panel has said it plans to convene a hearing on the issue. “Based on information received to date, the committee is concerned that a pervasive and systemic problem exists in Olympic sports. The safety and well-being of all athletes should be the highest priority of the U.S. Olympic Committee and each of the respective national governing bodies,” House Republican and Democratic committee leaders said in a joint statement. The letters seek answers by March 21. The House … [Read more...] about U.S. House panel expands probe of sexual abuse of young athletes
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By Frank Pingue (Reuters) – The U.S. Open’s 18-hole playoff format will be scrapped in favour of a two-hole aggregate, the United States Golf Association (USGA) said on Monday after calls to move the tournament more in line with the other three majors. The change, which also affects the U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Senior Women’s Open, takes effect immediately in the event of a tie after 72 holes of stroke play. If players are tied after the two-hole playoff, the extra-holes session will switch to sudden death. “We know how important it is to everyone in the golf world to see play conclude on the Sunday of a major championship, and to award the trophy to the champion,” USGA chief executive Mike Davis said on Monday. “After receiving input from a variety of constituents, including players, fans, volunteers, officials and our broadcast partners, it clearly came across as something that everyone valued, and would benefit … [Read more...] about USGA scraps 18-hole playoff format for U.S. Open
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senators investigating sexual abuse in sports said on Tuesday they were concerned about “potential systemic issues” involving abuse after written responses from the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics did not provide significant new details about how they responded to accusations of abuse. The Senate subcommittee is waiting for responses from the national governing bodies of 53 other Olympic sports, from swimming to figure skating, to help determine the extent of abuse. The U.S. Senate opened its investigation on Jan. 25 after the first sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, the former doctor for USA Gymnastics’ national team who has pleaded guilty to molesting female athletes. Nassar was sentenced in January and February in two separate hearings to 40 to 175 years and 40 to 125 years in prison. Senators Jerry Moran, a Republican, and Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, said in a joint statement that they wanted to know if officials … [Read more...] about U.S. senators raise concerns about extent of sexual abuse in sports
By Dan Burns GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) – Kendall Coyne scored a powerplay goal as the U.S. women’s hockey team came from behind to beat Finland 3-1 in their Olympic tournament opener on Sunday, surviving a scare from a team that has never beaten them in Olympic play. Coyne, a veteran forward, struck the winner with Finland’s Linda Valimaki off for tripping just past the halfway point of the second period, one-timing a feed from Hilary Knight past goaltender Noora Raty. For the Americans the trouble with scoring that has beset them since late last year continued against a scrappy Finnish team. In their last four pre-Olympic international friendlies, all against arch-rival Canada, the Americans scored just three goals, and head coach Robb Stauber knew that was an issue coming into the tournament. “You would like to come out and score a whole bunch more, but as Finland does they play very tough,” Stauber said. “We expected it and weren’t … [Read more...] about U.S. women edge Finland in Olympic opener
(Reuters) – The United States will send the largest team ever to attend a Winter Olympics, 242 athletes, to next month’s Pyeongchang Games, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced on Friday. Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, figure skating favourite Nathan Chen and speedskater Shani Davis, the winner of four Olympic medals, headline the team of 107 women and 135 men who will be seeking to earn the United States their 100th Olympic gold and 300th medal. The Americans won 28 medals, including nine golds, at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and with 103 Olympians returning, they are looking for an equally strong showing. “It’s been pretty brutal to wait for another Olympics,” said Vonn, who will be making her fourth appearance at a Games having missed out on a trip to Sochi in 2014 with a knee injury. “I am so excited, it is probably my last Olympics,” added the 2010 Vancouver downhill gold medallist who recently claimed a record 79th World Cup race. For Chen, a … [Read more...] about U.S. to send record 242 athletes to Pyeongchang Games
SEOUL, South Korea — Dawn was breaking over snow-covered Sambong Mountain a half century ago as the four Woo brothers set out to cut wood. In a clearing they found 31 men dressed in South Korean army uniforms. Assuming it was a patrol, they shouted a greeting. The soldiers were hollow-cheeked and drenched in sweat despite the sub-zero temperatures and the bitter wind in Paju, just 10 miles from South Korea's border with the North. Most had removed their boots and wrapped their hands and feet in blankets to stave off frostbite. The leader introduced himself as "Captain Kim," with his sophisticated Seoul accent putting the siblings at ease. That was when one of the brothers noticed something strange: One soldier's rank insignia was upside down. It made him suspicious: For months there had been broadcasts in the South warning citizens to be on the lookout for infiltrators. "Gentlemen, are you from the North?" the eldest brother asked Kim. "Yes, comrades. We are here to liberate you … [Read more...] about Assassins, gunfights and a U.S. spy crisis: The year the Korean Cold War ran hot
By Muneeb Farrukh Published: January 12, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Historically, the Australian Open has proven to be one of the most exciting Grand Slam tournaments of the year. PHOTO: AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2018 Over the years, the Australian Open has effectively been the perfect curtain raiser for the year, as it serves up some pretty special matches to captivate the audience. The last edition of the prestigious event proved to be memorable, but 2018 has all the ingredients to be an even better one! Let’s take a look at what this year’s event has to offer thus far: No Murray or SerenaIf you are still uncertain as what this game means to the players, Andy Murray is the player one should set his or her eyes on. Unable to feature in the Australian Open due to a long-standing hip injury, Murray left a heartfelt message on social media which would have left quite a few people sobbing. The injury could have been career-ending, but a successful surgery has meant … [Read more...] about Without Andy Murray and Serena Williams, will the Australian Open 2018 be a classic Federer-Nadal showdown?
THE wholesome image of American star Bill Cosby has taken a battering — but now it is about to be smashed apart for good.For more than a decade, the once revered comedian, film and TV veteran has been dogged by claims that he drugged women then sexually assaulted them.But now Cosby’s 37th alleged victim could be the key to finally nailing him as a “sexual predator” who, like Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris, hid a dark side behind his clean-cut image as a family entertainer.Model and lapdancer Chloe Goins claims Cosby attacked her after she passed out at a Playboy party in 2008.She was just 18 when Cosby, then 70, allegedly spiked her drink with a sedative before luring her into a bedroom at the Playboy mansion.Chloe says the next thing she knew, she woke up naked while he was licking her feet and pleasuring himself.Chloe is believed to be the ONLY alleged victim of Cosby’s 37 accusers able to press criminal charges or launch a civil lawsuit against the star, … [Read more...] about Will this woman prove Bill Cosby is the U.S. Jimmy Savile?
The string of photos released by the media last week shocked the world. They showed pictures of naked Iraqi prisoners forced into degrading poses, sometimes simulating explicit sexual positions and sometimes being force to wear women's underwear. In one photo, a man is held on a dog leash by a female prison guard. The images have damaged the credibility of the United States around the world and forced both President George W. Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to publicly apologize, with the latter going so far as to describe the incidents as a "catastrophe" for the United States. Now the U.S. faces the prospect of having to answer to the international community, which has the opportunity to raise the issue at a meeting of the United Nations Committee Against Torture, which runs through May 21. The group is responsible for determining whether the countries that have signed on to the Geneva Convention, which bans torture, are abiding by the agreement. 134 signatories … [Read more...] about UN Committee Could Investigate U.S., Britain
American troops faced retaliatory fire from the Iraqis during their intensive bombardment of Baghdad on Thursday evening. A member of the U.S. military confirmed that an American unit had come under heavy Iraqi mortar fire. An Iraqi military spokesman said on Iraqi state television on Thursday that a U.S. helicopter had been shot down as U.S. and British forces launched a major offensive against Baghdad. "An American aircraft of the Sikorsky type used in carrying troops and equipment was downed as it was trying to infiltrate Iraqi airspace to carry out aggressive operations. Long live Iraq," the spokesman said. Reuters also reported on the first loss of the Americans in the ongoing offensive. However U.S. military sources say the helicopter made a safe crash landing and none of the crew members were injured. Amid the heavy shelling and firing, U.S. Air Force Gen. Richard Myers warned that the war would not be a quick one, as widely hoped and would claim casualties. "We don't … [Read more...] about U.S. Launches Massive Offensive Against Iraq