Rallies banned in Sochi during Games
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Friday banning demonstrations and rallies for 2½ months in Sochi around the 2014 Winter Olympics. The decree lists an array of measures tightening security in the Olympic host city, including the ban on public assemblies from Jan. 7 to March 21. Putin’s decree could be aimed at heading off demonstrations against Russia’s ban on alleged gay propaganda. The International Olympic Committee received a letter Thursday from Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak giving assurances that the host country will comply with the Olympic Charter’s provision against discrimination of any kind. The letter, however, defended Russia’s new anti-gay law and said it would be enforced. IOC President Jacques Rogge said that he is ‘‘comforted’’ by Russia’s assurance the charter’s ban on discrimination will be respected . . . A Monday leak of highly radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant will not affect Tokyo’s bid to host the 2020 Olympics, Tokyo governor Naoki Inose said.
Nuggets’ Lawson has hearing delayed
An initial hearing in the domestic violence case against Nuggets guard Ty Lawson is being delayed until September. Prosecutors asked for the postponement to give them more time to investigate. Both Lawson and his pregnant girlfriend Ashley Pettiford were arrested following a fight at their home last Saturday. Pettiford said she heard Lawson on the phone with another woman and said Lawson pushed her as she packed her things. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson told KMGH-TV the conflict ‘‘was a mutual situation.’’ . . . The Warriors signed Seth Curry, an undrafted free agent out of Duke, to a non-guaranteed contract. Curry is the younger brother of the Warriors star Stephen Curry . . . Dean Meminger, the former Marquette guard who played a reserve role on the Knicks’ 1973 NBA championship team, was found dead in a Manhattan hotel room. He was 65. Police said there were no signs of trauma and the cause of death hadn’t been determined . . . A witness at a Columbus, Ohio, trial said Haider Zafar, who is accused of operating a multimillion real estate fraud scheme, also ripped off Heat players. The witness, international investment attorney Andrew Fine, said former Miami forward Mike Miller invested with Zafar. A person with knowledge of the case told the AP that the other players are Rashard Lewis and James Jones. The basketball players aren’t part of this suit . . . Sylvia Fowles scored 14 points to lead Chicago to an 82-64 win over the visiting New York Liberty, clinching the Sky’s first playoff berth in the team’s eight-year history . . . Kia Vaughn had 12 points as the host Washington Mystics topped the Atlanta Dream, 74-64 . . . Liz Cambage had 20 points to lead the host Tulsa Shock past the San Antonio Silver Stars, 73-67 . . . Tameka Johnson had 23 points to lead the visiting Seattle Storm past the Phoenix Mercury, 81-73.
Okla. shooting not racially motivated
The Oklahoma prosecutor overseeing the case against three teenagers charged with fatally shooting a 22-year-old Australian baseball player said the evidence doesn’t suggest he was targeted based on his race or nationality. District Attorney Jason Hicks said in a statement that although social media posts allegedly made by the teenagers charged in the death of East Central University student Christopher Lane are racial in nature, ‘‘the evidence is insufficient to establish that race was the primary motive’’ in his slaying. Tim Fischer, the former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, has blamed the gun culture in the United States for the shooting death of a Lane and condemned America’s lax firearm controls . . . Florida coach Will Muschamp ruled out starting running back Matt Jones and starting right guard Jon Halapio, saying neither will be ready to play next week against Toledo . . . The Washington Capitals signed Mikhail Grabovski to a one-year, $3 million contract. Grabovski, 29, spent the last five seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs before being bought out of his contract . . . American cyclist Tejay van Garderen raced to a four-second win in the individual time trial in Vail, Colo., to extend his overall lead to 1 minute, 30 seconds after five stages in the USA Pro Challenge . . . Defender Hunter Jumper scored, Sean Johnson made four saves, and the host Chicago Fire beat Kansas City, 1-0, in MLS action.