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Ex-Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors alleges abuse by coach

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Ex-US Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors, now 26, poses after winning the bronze medal in the women’s 200-meter individual medley at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, China.

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Ariana Kukors, a former US Olympic swimmer, accused team coach Sean Hutchinson of sexually abusing her starting when she was 16, the latest misconduct allegations against those charged with caring for young athletes. Kukors, now 28, told authorities Hutchinson, 46, took thousands of sexually explicit photographs of her, according to a search warrant document filed by a federal agent. Kukors, the 2009 world champion in the 200-meter individual medley who placed fifth in that event in the 2012 Olympics, accused Hutchinson of ‘‘grooming’’ her for sexual abuse when she was 13 and he was her coach at a Seattle-area swim club. She told officers he kissed and touched her when she was 16 and engaged in sexual activity with her when she was 17 at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Victoria, British Columbia, the document said. Hutchinson, who was an assistant coach on the 2008 US Olympic swim team, denied abusing Kukors and has not been charged with a crime, but US authorities and police seized electronic devices from his Seattle apartment this week they say may contain evidence.

Senator wants shot at Nassar

US Senator Debbie Stabenow said it was too bad court officers stopped Randy Margraves, whose three daughters were among those young girls abused by ex-USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, from punching the disgraced sports doctor in a Michigan court room after he was sentenced to decades in prison. Stabenow said she ‘‘would have liked five minutes’’ with Nassar, a reference to what Margraves told a judge last week before sheriff’s deputies stopped him from rushing at the serial sexual abuser.

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A GoFundMe fundraising effort netted about $31,000 for Margraves defense, but he declined the money.

Baseball

Union to open training camp

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With more than 100 free agents still seeking jobs, the baseball players’ union will open its own spring training camp on Tuesday for the first time since the end of the 1994-95 strike, inviting free agents to work out at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., according to union head Tony Clark . . . Righthander Zack Wheeler beat the Mets in salary arbitration and will get a raise from $800,000 to $1.9 million instead of New York’s $1.5 million offer. Wheeler, 27, had Tommy John surgery on March 25, 2016, and made one minor league appearance that August before returing to the Mets last spring. He went 3-7 with a 5.21 ERA in 17 starts.

Soccer

Revolution tickets on sale Friday

Single-game tickets and multi-game packages for the Revolution’s 2018 MLS season go on sale Friday, at 10 a.m. Please visit www.revolutionsoccer.net/tickets or call 1-877-GET-REVS.NHL

Sabres D McCabe out 3-4 weeks

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe will miss 3-4 weeks after having surgery to repair a thumb injury. McCabe had surgery on Wednesday, a day after he was hurt in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks. He played only one shift in the second period, and appeared to be hurt late in the first period following a collision with Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf. . . The Rangers waived defenseman Brendan Smith, less than eight months after re-signing him to a four-year, $17 million contract. The move came on Smith’s 29th birthday. He has one goal and seven assists in 44 games . . . The Carolina Hurricanes placed forwards Marcus Kruger and Josh Jooris on waivers. The team can send either or both to its AHL affiliate in Charlotte upon clearing waivers at noon Friday . . . The All-Star Game could be headed for St. Louis if planned improvements to Scottrade Center are completed.

Colleges

North Carolina rallies to top Duke

Joel Berry II scored 21 points and No. 21 North Carolina rallied from 12 down in the first half to beat No. 9 Duke 82-78 in men’s basketball in Chapel Hill, N.C. Kenny Williams made six 3-pointers and matched his career high with 20 points for the Tar Heels (18-7, 7-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who roared out of halftime with a 16-2 run that erased what was left of Duke’s early lead. Cameron Johnson added 18 points and 13 rebounds, helping the Tar Heels overcome the Blue Devils’ significant size advantage to own the glass (28-17) after halftime. Gary Trent Jr. scored 16 points to lead the Blue Devils (19-5, 7-4). They have lost two straight . . . The University of New Mexico placed head football coach Bob Davie on unpaid suspension for 30 days in connection with alleged physical abuse of football players . . . Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables became the second college assistant football coach to reach the $2 million plateau, joining LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda in that salary scale, after school trustees approved his $300,000 raise, which was part of $700,000 in raises for Clemson’s football staff after the team won a third consecutive ACC title and made the College Football Playoff for the third year in a row.

Miscellany

ManU absorbs $40m tax hit

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Manchester United reported $40 million in losses associated with President Donald Trump’s overhaul of tax laws. The 20-time English champions, owned by the American Glazer family and listed on the New York Stock Exchange, was forced to make an accounting write-off of $68 million as a consequence of the US corporate tax rate being cut from 35 to 21 percent in December . . . The Atlanta Dream announced WNBA All-Star Angel McCoughtry will return to the team for the 2018 season. McCoughtry, selected No. 1 overall by the Dream in the 2009 WNBA draft, signed a multi-year contract with the Atlanta franchise.