A former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor accused of molesting girls, under the guise of medical treatment at his home, a campus clinic and a youth gymnastics club is expected to change his not-guilty pleas in a bid to close the state’s criminal cases against him. Online court records show change-of-plea hearings for 54-year-old Larry Nassar are scheduled for Nov. 22 and Nov. 29 in two Michigan counties. Needham Olympian Aly Raisman said she were among those sexually abused by Nassar.
UCLA players apologize, thank Trump
Three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting at three high-end stores in China publicly apologized Wednesday before coach Steve Alford announced they were being suspended indefinitely. Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley won’t be allowed to suit up, practice or travel with the team while the university continues to sort out the circumstances of last week’s incident in Hangzhou, China, Alford said. Ball, Hill and Riley took turns confessing to the theft and apologizing while also thanking President Trump for intervening on their behalf with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. The players had returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday after Chinese authorities withdrew the charges against them.
Isabella, Ryan win Gold Helmets
UMass junior Andy Isabella and Bentley freshman Austin Ryan received the Week 11 Gold Helmets from the New England Football Writers. Isabella hauled in eight catches for 152 yards and three TDs in a 44-31 win over Maine at Fenway Park. Ryan, a Foxborough High grad, snared eight catches for a school-record 284 yards and four scores in a 35-31 win over previously unbeaten Assumption.
Nagurski Trophy finalists announced
Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith, Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver, Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell, and North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb are the finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, given to the nation’s top defensive player.
Rockets’ Paul to return
Chris Paul is expected to return for the Houston Rockets Thursday night after missing all but one game this season with a bruised left knee. The point guard, who is in his first year with the Rockets after a trade from the Clippers, returned to practice Wednesday.
Official kills self in corruption probe
A former Argentine government official killed himself after being accused of taking bribes, the latest fallout from a widespread corruption probe in professional soccer that has implicated businessmen and top officials in several countries. Jorge Delhon, a lawyer who worked in the administration of former Argentina President Cristina Fernandez, killed himself by jumping in front of a train in Buenos Aires.
Dempsey is MLS comeback player
Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey has been named the MLS Comeback Player of the Year after a heart condition put his career in jeopardy. Dempsey scored 12 goals in the regular season and led Seattle to a second-place finish in the Western Conference. The Sounders face Houston in the Western Conference finals beginning next week . . . Mile Jedinak stepped up when it counted most, propelling host Australia into next year’s World Cup with a hat trick in a 3-1 victory over Honduras that secured the next-to-last spot in Russia.
Dimitrov advances to ATP semifinals
Grigor Dimitrov advanced to the semifinals at the ATP Finals at London by beating David Goffin, 6-0, 6-2. Dimitrov, who is 2-0 at the season-ending tournament, lost only two points on his serve in the first set and twice broke Goffin without even going to deuce. The sixth-seeded Bulgarian will face Pablo Carreno Busta, who entered the tournament after Rafael Nadal withdrew because of a right knee injury. Goffin will play Dominic Thiem in Friday’s other match . . . Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter has testified at the Court of Arbitration for Sport to appeal against disqualification from the 2008 Olympics in a doping case that cost Usain Bolt a 4 x 100-meter relay gold medal.