Another wave of victims confronted Larry Nassar on Wednesday, this time about sexual abuse at an elite Michigan gymnastics club where young athletes felt they had to use the disgraced doctor’s services and could not question the adults who ran the facility. These allegations center on Nassar’s assaults at Twistars, a Lansing-area gymnastics club that was run by 2012 Olympic coach John Geddert. The judge presiding over the case in Charlotte, Mich., said the number of people who allege they were abused by Nassar has topped 265. That total includes 150-plus victims who offered statements at a different hearing last week, as well as scores of new ones expected to speak over the next few days. Nassar faces another long prison sentence on top of the two he has already received. He was sentenced to 60 years on federal child-pornography charges and another 40 to 175 years on state charges that he abused women and girls while working for Michigan State University. The Meridian Township police department admitted that it missed an opportunity to pursue charges against Nassar in 2004. After a 17-year-old girl complained that Nassar removed her underwear and touched her genitals and breast, the police began investigating. But officers dropped the case after Nassar explained that he was performing a legitimate technique known as a ligament release. Nassar even provided a PowerPoint presentation. Township Manager Frank Walsh said Nassar deceived police.
Biles yet to hear from USOC
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles says she’s met the new president of USA Gymnastics but hasn’t heard from the US Olympic Committee regarding the Nassar sexual abuse scandal. Biles is among those who say they were sexually abused by the doctor. Biles says USA Gymnastics President Kerry Perry flew to meet her in Texas, where she’s training for the 2020 Tokyo Games. She says the USOC hasn’t reached out. Biles said there’s ‘‘still a lot of work that needs to be done, like independent investigations. So they can ensure this never happens in any sport again.’’ . . . A Michigan State board of trustees meeting was interrupted by students, who used the meeting to vent frustration about the board’s unanimous decision to pick former Michigan Gov. John Engler as interim president, ESPN reported. President Lou Anna Simon resigned last week amid the fallout over sexual assaults committed by Nassar, who was a sports doctor at Michigan State.
Love out two months
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love could be out two months after breaking his fifth metacarpal bone in his left hand in the first quarter on Tuesday in Detroit. The Cavaliers said Love and the team's medical staff are consulting with surgical specialists in New York on treatment.
Ex-NBAer Butler killed
Former NBA forward Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Los Angeles early Wednesday. The Range Rover crashed around 2:30 a.m. in the Studio City area. Los Angeles police said in a statement that Butler was speeding before his vehicle jumped a curb, hit three parking meters and a concrete wall and then flipped over twice. The vehicle came to rest inside a shopping mall parking lot. Butler, 38, and Leah LaBelle Vladowski, 31, were pronounced dead at the scene. Autopsies were pending . . . Center Greg Monroe agreed to a contract buyout with the Phoenix Suns, clearing the way for him to become an unrestricted free agent, league sources told ESPN . . . The Utah Jazz plan to submit a proposal to host the NBA All-Star Game in either 2022 or 2023. The decision comes on the heels of a $125 million renovation to Vivint Smart Home Arena.that debuted at the beginning of this season . . . The Milwaukee Bucks plan to limit forward Jabari Parker to about 15 minutes in his first game back from a left knee injury that has sidelined him for the past year. Parker is scheduled to return for a home game Friday against the New York Knicks.
Fisher ends retirement
Veteran center Mike Fisher decided to end his retirement and rejoin the Nashville Predators to try to help the team win the Stanley Cup. He has not signed a contract yet, and general manager David Poile said the Predators will sign Fisher officially before the Feb. 26 trade deadline for the stretch run in what he called one of his better moves . . . Devils forward Taylor Hall was fined $5,000 for a boarding penalty against Sabres forward Kyle Okposo on Tuesday night . . . Luke Tuch, brother of Vegas Golden Knights right winger Alex Tuch, has committed to play at Boston University. Alex Tuch played for BC . . . USA Hockey will not replace Jim Johannson as its Olympics general manager after he died unexpectedly at his home at age 53. Executive director Pat Kelleher says "there will only be one general manager" of the team. Johannson selected the coaching staff and 25-man roster for the first US Olympic men's hockey team without NHL players since 1994.
Gamble dead at 68
Oscar Gamble, an outfielder who hit 200 home runs over 17 major league seasons, died of a rare tumor of the jaw in Alabama. He was 68. Gamble was recognizable during his playing days for an Afro that spilled out of his helmet. He spent seven seasons with the Yankees in two stints, playing for AL pennant winners in 1976 and 1981 . . . The Diamondbacks finalized an $8.25 million, two-year contract with catcher Alex Avila.
Solo rips Federation
Former US women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo filed a complaint against the US Soccer Federation with the US Olympic Committee, accusing the organization of illegally favoring Major League Soccer. Solo, among eight candidates running in the Feb. 10 election to succeed Sunil Gulati as USSF president, asked that the USOC place the USSF on probation for up to 180 days and require it to correct the conditions she alleges are improper.