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IOC allows 271 Russians into Rio Games...USA Gymnastics under fire...Thunder, Westbrook agree



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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The IOC has approved the entry of 271 Russian athletes for the Rio Olympics. Russia's number of entries was originally 389 before the IOC asked international sports federations to decide which Russian athletes should be cleared to compete after a review of their doping records. The final decision on entries was up to a three-member IOC panel, which received advice from an independent sports arbitrator.

UNDATED (AP) — An investigation into USA Gymnastics finds the organization collected complaints of improper conduct by more than 50 coaches over 10 years and regularly declined to forward them to the authorities unless asked. That opened the door for further abuse in some cases. The Indianapolis Star found four separates instances when USA Gymnastics didn't take action about potential misconduct by a coach, with each of the four coaches later being charged or convicted of abuse.

UNDATED (AP) — Russell Westbrook has decided to stay with the Oklahoma Thunder through the spring of 2021, accepting a contract extension one month after Kevin Durant left the team for a free-agent deal with Golden State. A person with direct knowledge of the deal says Westbrook has agreed to a three-year, $85.7 million contract extension. The five-time All-Star averaged 23.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 10.4 assists last season as the Thunder reached the Western Conference finals before blowing a three-games-to-one lead against Golden State.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that the NFL was within its rights when it suspended Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson in 2014 after he was charged with child abuse. The three-judge panel wrote that the players' union and the league both agreed to be bound by the arbitrator's decision and that Commissioner Roger Goodell had acted within his authority. U.S. District Judge David Doty tossed out an arbitrator's ruling last year, saying the arbitrator overreached his authority.

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) has been put on the 15-day disabled list because of a sore right quadriceps that has bothered him since July 8. The team recalled outfielder Brandon Nimmo from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace Cespedes on the roster. Cespedes is hitting .292 with 22 homers and 59 RBIs this season.

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