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Larry Nassar pleads guilty in third criminal case

Disgraced Michigan sports doctor Larry Nassar, 54, who admitted he sexually assaulted female gymnasts and possessed child pornography, pleaded guilty in a third criminal case, acknowledging that he molested girls who sought treatment for injuries. Nassar worked at Michigan State and at USA Gymnastics, said he molested girls with his hands at Twistars gymnastics club near Lansing, Mich.

A week ago, he made a separate but similar guilty plea nearby in Ingham County, the home of his campus clinic. ‘‘Guilty, your honor,’’ Nassar told a judge in response to charges involving a girl under 13 and two teenagers at Twistars, where gymnasts with hip and back injuries would line up to seek his help. Nassar, 54, has dropped his claim that he was performing legitimate treatment with his ungloved hands. In a third case, Nassar will be sentenced in federal court on Dec. 7 for possessing child pornography. He faces decades in prison. Meanwhile, more than 100 women and girls are suing him. Olympians Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas say they were victims.


Apology accepted

Speaking for the first time since their ugly altercation at an Oct. 17 Chicago Bulls practice, Niko Mirotic said he accepted Bobby Portis’s apology after Portis drew an eight-game suspension for a fracas that left Mirotic with two facial fractures and a concussion . . . Grizzlies injured point guard Mike Conley will be out another 2-3 weeks for a sore left heel and Achilles tendon . . . Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon is expected to miss 3-6 weeks with an left tibia stress reaction.


BU men hold off UNH


Cedric Hankerson scored 17 points, Javante McCoy had the winning free throw with 2.6 seconds left, and Boston University (3-3) held off host New Hampshire, 70-69, on Wednesday night . . . Quinnipiac snapped a five-game losing streak with a 68-64 victory over visiting UMass. C.J. Anderson led the Minutemen (3-4) with a career-high 23 points.

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. . . Mississippi State has hired Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, 44, to replace Dan Mullen as its football coach . . . Oregon State hired Washington co-offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith, 38,to succeed Gary Anderson, who stepped down as head coach in October after a 1-5 start.


Bobsled trio banned

Russian bobsledders Alexander Kasyanov, Alexei Pushkarev and Ilyir Khuzin were disqualified from their fourth-place finish at the 2014 Olympics based on evidence Russia operated a doping program at the Sochi Games . . . Nashville was considered a frontrunner, along with Sacramento, among four finalists for a pair of MLS expansion teams after Tennessee state officials approved financing for a new stadium.