The long relationship between USA Gymnastics and the Karolyi Ranch is over. The organization announced Thursday it has terminated its agreement to have the ranch outside of Huntsville, Texas, serve as the National Training Center for the women’s elite program. The decision came three days after Olympic champion Simone Biles expressed dismay at having to attend camps there, where Biles says she was sexually abused by a former national team doctor. Kerry Perry, USA Gymnastics president and CEO, said it was her intent to have the women’s program leave the ranch when she began her tenure in December. The ranch is the home of former national team coordinator Martha Karolyi and her husband, Bela. USA Gymnastics initially agreed to buy the training facility in August 2016 but then backed out of the agreement following an investigation into sexual abuse by former national team doctor Larry Nassar, who worked with the organization for nearly three decades before stepping away in 2015. Several Olympians say they were abused by Nassar, with some of the alleged abuse occurring at the facility.
Rahm has his best PGA score
Jon Rahm shot a 10-under-par 62 in perfect conditions at La Quinta Country Club to take the first-round lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge at La Quinta, Calif. The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3, Rahm had the lowest score of his PGA Tour career, topping a 64 two years ago at Congressional in his first round as a professional. Austin Cook, Jason Kokrak, and Andrew Landry were a stroke back. Cook played PGA West’s Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, and Kokrak and Landry opened at La Quinta . . . Rory McIlroy needed three late birdies to register a 3-under 69 that left him three strokes behind first-round leaders Tommy Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in the United Arab Emirates.
Union rejects pitch clock bid
The players’ association rejected Major League Baseball’s proposal to institute 20-second pitch clocks and limits on mound visits, a move that dares management to unilaterally impose the changes designed to speed the pace of games. Union head Tony Clark and deputy general counsel Matt Nussbaum informed MLB of the decision during a call to deputy commissioner Dan Halem, a person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized. Management has the right to implement the rules changes it proposed last year. Under baseball’s labor contract, management can change on-field rules on its own with one season of advance notice. MLB does not intend to make any decision before its next owners’ meetings, scheduled for Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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NU shoots lights out in win
Northeastern tied an NCAA Division 1 season high by shooting 71.4 percent from the field (35 of 49), and beat host William & Mary, 90-70. Vasa Pusica had 20 points with nine assists, and the Huskies (12-7, 5-2) moved into a three-way tie for first place in the Colonial Athletic Association . . . Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn is out indefinitely after being placed into the NBA’s concussion protocol following a fall during Wednesday’s game that ended up with him dislocating two front teeth . . . Orlando Magic guard Aaron Afflalo was suspended two games without pay by the NBA for fighting with Minnesota’s Nemanja Bjelica on Tuesday.
Breakers add four in draft
With the second overall pick in the NWSL draft, the Boston Breakers took forward Savannah McCaskill out of South Carolina. The Breakers also selected Georgetown defender Elizabeth Wenger (17th overall), Duke midfielder Ashton Miller (22nd), and North Carolina midfielder Joanna Boyles (32nd) . . . Nearly 17 years after a bitter breakup, the Philadelphia Flyers retired Eric Lindros’s No. 88 jersey in a stirring tribute to the Hall of Fame center at Wells Fargo Center. Lindros averaged a franchise-record 1.35 points per game in Philadelphia from 1992-2000 and won the Hart Trophy as league MVP in 1995.