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Former US women’s gymnastics coach faces criminal charges

FILE - In this March 3, 2012, file photo, gymnastics coach John Geddert is seen at the American Cup gymnastics meet at Madison Square Garden in New York. Geddert, a former U.S. women's gymnastics national team coach, is facing a criminal investigation in Michigan after the sentencing of disgraced ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar, who treated girls at his elite club Twistars near Lansing. The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, people have recently come forward with complaints against Geddert. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
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Larry Geddert at the American Cup gymnastics meet at Madison Square Garden in New York in March 2012.

Former US Olympic women’s gymnastics team coach John Geddert is facing a criminal investigation following the final sentencing of disgraced ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar, who molested girls at Geddert’s elite gymnastics club in Michigan. The Eaton County sheriff’s office said Tuesday that people recently came forward with complaints against Geddert, 60. The office declined to elaborate on the number of complaints, when exactly they were filed or their nature, citing the ongoing investigation. Geddert until recently owned and operated Twistars, a gym near Lansing where Nassar offered treatments on Monday nights. During Nassar’s two recent sentencing hearings, some victims complained that Geddert was physically abusive, was indifferent to injuries, and forced them to see Nassar. One also alleged that Geddert was aware in the late 1990s that Nassar had performed an ‘‘inappropriate procedure’’ on her when she was 16, and her mother and Geddert agreed that Nassar would not treat her in private appointments again. That accuser’s anonymous statement was read in court by a prosecutor.

More than 200 Michigan State University faculty members, staff, and students marched on campus to demand the resignation of newly appointed interim president John Engler. College of Education associate professor Terah Chambers read a statement saying faculty are "horrified" by MSU's response to the scandal involving Nassar.

BASEBALL

Twins’ Santana has surgery

Twins All-Star righthander Ervin Santana will miss the start of the regular season after undergoing surgery on his right middle finger. Santana, 35, is expected to need 10-12 weeks of rehabilitation before he can pitch, which would keep him out of the rotation until at least mid-April . . . Second baseman Jonathan Schoop and the Orioles agreed to an $8.5 million, one-year contract . . . Barry Bonds will have his No. 25 jersey retired by the Giants on Aug. 11 in San Francisco when another of his former teams, the Pirates, are in town. Bonds, 53, broke Hank Aaron’s home run record with No. 756 on Aug. 7, 2007. He finished his 22-year big league career in 2007 with 762 homers. . . The Pirates reached an agreement with ex-Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava on a minor league deal that includes a major league spring training invite. Infielder Darwin Barney agreed to a similar deal with the Rangers.

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The Reds won their salary arbitration case against infielder Eugenio Suarez, who was given a raise from $595,000 to $3.75 million rather than his request for $4.2 million . . . Baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson is lending his name to a college tournament formed as part of MLB’s effort to promote historically black college and university programs. Now in its 11th year, the New Orleans tournament formerly known as the Urban Invitational has been renamed the Andre Dawson Classic. It will feature six HBCU teams as part of an eight-team round robin from Feb. 16-18. Dawson played college baseball at Florida A&M, an HBCU school.

NBA

Lakers hit for tampering

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The NBA fined the Lakers $50,000 for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule. The fine is in response to statements regarding the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo made by Earvin “Magic” Johnson in a recent media interview. Johnson was discussing the Milwaukee star and said he would put the Bucks ‘‘on the map’’ and bring them an NBA title . . . All-Star Kristaps Porzingis injured his left knee after landing awkwardly on a second-quarter dunk in the Knicks’ 103-89 loss to the Bucks in New York. Porzingis, who did not return to the game, was expected to undergo an MRI . . . Pistons center Willie Reed was suspended for six games by the NBA after the league investigated the circumstances surrounding his arrest on a domestic violence charge. Reed was arrested last August on a misdemeanor battery charge involving his wife. He entered a pretrial diversion program in October to resolve the charge against him . . . A person with direct knowledge of the decision says Mavericks guard Seth Curry will have surgery for a stress fracture in his lower left leg, an injury that has sidelined him all season. Curry, younger brother of Golden State star Stephen Curry, is expected to be ready for next season.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Robinson gets 46 in BC loss

T.J. Gibbs scored 22 first-half points and finished with a career-high 28 as Notre Dame (14-10, 4-7 ACC) overcame a record-setting effort by Boston College’s Jerome Robinson with a 96-85 victory over the Eagles (14-10, 4-7) in South Bend, Ind. Robinson finished with 46 points, shattering the 40-year-old standard for an opponent at Purcell Pavilion. Lowes Moore scored 40 points for West Virginia in January 1978. Robinson, a junior, was 15-of-23 shooting with seven 3-pointers, and was 9 for 9 at the stripe . . . Kentucky suspended injured forward Tai Wynyard from team activities indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules. Wynyard has missed the past 10 games for the No. 24 Wildcats with a back injury that will likely sideline him for the season.

UConn athletic director David Benedict says the school will fight to protect its men’s basketball program, which is the subject of an NCAA investigation, and that he will evaluate the future of coach Kevin Ollie after the season. Benedict, who met with reporters for the first time since the school confirmed the program is under investigation, declined to say what the NCAA is investigating. UConn, which last year had its first losing record in three decades, is 11-12 this season, including 4-6 in the American Athletic Conference.

NFL

QB Allen invited to Combine

Former University of Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, projected by some analysts to be the No. 1 selection in April’s draft, was invited to participate in the NFL Combine Feb. 27-March 5 in Indianapolis . . . Marty Hurney, the interim general manager of the Carolina Panthers, was placed on paid administrative leave after his ex-wife accused him of harassment. Hurney is under investigation by the NFL under its personal conduct policy . . . An immigrant who was living illegally in Indiana when he was arrested in a drunken-driving crash that killed Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson had a history of misdemeanor convictions and arrests, including two previous instances of driving under the influence, authorities said. Guatemala citizen Manuel Orrego-Savala, 37, the driver believed to be responsible for Sunday’s crash on Interstate 70 in Indianapolis, had been deported twice in the last decade. The collision also killed Jackson’s Uber driver, Jeffrey Monroe.