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US Olympic Committee moves to decertify USA Gymnastics as national governing body

FILE - In this June 5, 2018 file photo, former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny invokes his right under the Fifth Amendment during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Penny has pleaded not guilty to a charge in Texas of tampering with evidence in the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. Penny entered his plea during a court appearance in Huntsville, Texas, on Monday Oct. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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Former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny.

The US Olympic Committee moved to revoke USA Gymnastics’ status as the governing body for the sport at the Olympic level, meting out the nuclear option to an organization that has botched its own reorganization in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar. In an open letter to the gymnastics community Monday, USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland said ‘‘You deserve better,’’ and that the challenges facing USA Gymnastics are more than it is capable of overcoming as currently constructed. The organization, even with a newly constructed board of directors, made repeated mistakes after the revelations Nassar molested Olympians while working as a volunteer. They included the botched hiring of a program coordinator and an interim CEO to replace Kerry Perry, who lasted less than a year on the job after replacing Steve Penny.


Jets’ Lemieux banned 2 games

The NHL suspended Winnipeg Jets forward Brendan Lemieux for two games for an illegal check to the head of Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck in Florida’s 4-2 win over the Jets on Friday in Helsinki, Finland . . . The Nashville Predators signed defenseman Matt Donovan to a two-year, two-way contract worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $162,500 at the American Hockey League level this season. Donovan’s contract will pay him $700,000 at the NHL level and $200,000 at the AHL level next season.


Kansas eyes candidates

After the dismissal of fourth-year coach David Beaty, Kansas has turned the focus of its search for a new football coach to former Oklahoma State and LSU coach Les Miles and current North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren, a Kansas native and former Jayhawks assistant. Athletic director Jeff Long expressed the desire to find a candidate with major college experience, something Beaty — a career assistant and former offensive coordinator — did not possess . . . Aurora, the Air Force Academy’s official and oldest falcon mascot, was resting and recovering after her wings were bloodied during a prank carried out by two West Point cadets before the annual rivalry football game between service academies . . . Brad Calipari, the 6-foot, 179-pound son of Wildcats coach John Calipari, will redshirt this season but practice and travel with the Kentucky men’s basketball team.


Djokovic regains No. 1 rank


Novak Djokovic overtook Rafael Nadal, who underwent season-ending surgery on his right ankle, as No. 1 in the ATP rankings. Djokovic became the first man in 18 years to rise to the top spot after being outside the top 20 in the same season.

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Djokovic will be the ATP’s year-ending No. 1 for the fifth time, pulling even with Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors for the second most behind the record six held by Pete Sampras.


Mayweather inks MMA fight

Floyd Mayweather has signed to fight Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on Dec. 31 in Japan. Mayweather is 50-0 in his boxing career but has never fought professionally under MMA rules . . . Jimmie Johnson was erroneously sent to the rear of the field before Sunday’s Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway due to a NASCAR officiating error, which claimed Johnson’s car had failed a pre-race inspection three times when it had only failed twice.

. . . Mario Melo, 56, a former South American light heavyweight and heavyweight boxing champion from Argentina, choked to death during a televised croissant eating contest in Argentina . . . World Cup downhill skier Gian Luca Barandun died Sunday morning in Bern, Switzerland, in a paragliding accident. He was 24.