LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A jury has convicted a former Michigan State University gymnastics coach of lying to police when she denied that two teen athletes told her of sexual abuse by sports doctor Larry Nassar in 1997, nearly 20 years before he was charged. Kathie Klages (KLAY’-gehs) was found guilty of a felony and a misdemeanor in a Lansing courthouse where Nassar was sentenced more than two years ago ofcharges related to his serial molestation of young women and girls. Klages faces up to four years in prison.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Washington Nationals general Mike Rizzo is not satisfied with the way the Houston Astros attempted to apologize for their sign-stealing scandal. Rizzo's Nationals beat the Astros in last season's World Series and were prepared in case Houston tried any funny stuff. Rizzo said people from other teams in baseball reached out to the Nationals to offer advice before they faced the Astros. Rizzo said the Astros cheated to win the 2017 World Series and he would like to hear members of Houston's organization use the word ‘cheated’ to describe what they did.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins have released cornerback Josh Norman and wide receiver Paul Richardson. Norman struggled to live up to the $75 million, five-year contract he signed in 2016 after an All-Pro season in Carolina. He was let go with one year left on that deal. Norman's release and $12.5 million salary-cap savings could pave the way for Washington to give cornerback Quinton Dunbar a raise.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have announced that fans seeking to attend the Feb. 24 memorial for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna at Staples Center must register to purchase tickets and there will be no outside overflow areas for viewing. Tickets will be priced at $224 each, two for $224 and $24.02 each. Like the date of the event, the ticket prices are combinations of numbers that represent the No. 24 worn by Bryant and the No. 2 worn by Gianna on her girls basketball team. Proceeds will benefit Bryant’s youth sports program.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tiger Woods is making it hard on himself if he wants to win at Riviera for the first time and get his record 83rd victory on the PGA Tour. He lost three shots on two swings with a wedge and stumbled to a 73 to fall off the pace in the Genesis Invitational. Harold Varner III had the lead among early finishers for a while in the second round but afternoon starters including Matt Kuchar moved a bit ahead.