Ex-USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny pleads not guilty

Former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny found himself in a Texas courtroom on Monday.
Former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny found himself in a Texas courtroom on Monday.File/Carolyn Kaster/AP

Steve Penny, the ex-president of USA Gymnastics pleaded not guilty Monday in Huntsville, Texas, to a charge of tampering with evidence in the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar. Penny was freed after posting a $20,000 bond. Prosecutors accuse Penny of destroying or hiding documents related to Nassar’s activities at the Karolyi Ranch, the ex-national training center near Huntsville, where a number of gymnasts said Nassar abused them. Penny’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said his client participated in a decision by lawyers to transfer the documents ‘‘for safekeeping’’ from the ranch to USA Gymnastics headquarters in Indianapolis. But that after, Penny was ‘‘out of the document business.’’ Hardin said that at the time the documents were moved, no subpoena or search warrant had been issued for them.

Former Olympian files suit

Tasha Schwikert, who earned bronze at the 2000 Summer Games in Australia, and her sister Jordan Schwikert, who was an elite college gymnast at UCLA, filed civil lawsuits in Los ANgeles seeking unspecified damages under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and claim USA Gymnastics enabled and failed to prevent sexual abuse by Lary Nassar, the team’s former doctor. The United States Olympic Committee and Nassar are also named as defendants. The sisters both claim Nassar assaulted them during their time on the national team.


Leafs' Matthews out 4 weeks

Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, whose 10 goals put him in a tie for second in the NHL with Boston’s David Pastrnak and two others, is expected to miss at least four weeks with an injured left shoulder. Matthews, injured in Saturday’s win over Winnipeg, won’t need surgery. Based on a minimum four-week timeline, Matthews’ earliest possible return is when Toronto hosts the Bruins Nov. 26 . . . The NHL suspended Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki for three games without pay for Sunday’s illegal check to the head of Golden Knights forward Cody Eakin. Borowiecki got a a major penalty for charging, plus a game misconduct. Borowiecki had just finished serving a one-game suspension for elbowing Bruins defenseman Urho Vaakanainen.


Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) will be out of action for a month with a shoulder injury.
Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) will be out of action for a month with a shoulder injury.File/Nathan Denette/AP


Mets will hire agent as GM

The Mets say baseball agent Brodie Van Wagenen has agreed to become their next general manager. Team spokesman Harold Kaufman confirmed chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and Van Wagenen, 44, have settled on contract terms, although no paperwork has been signed. Details were not disclosed. Van Wagenen, who has represented current Mets Jacob deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes, and Todd Frazier, replaces Sandy Alderson, who took a leave in June following a recurrence of cancer and later said the club’s poor performance did not merit him returning . . . The White Sox declined their $16 million option on righthander James Shields and exercised a $2 million buyout. Chicago also exercised a $4.65 million option on reliever Nate Jones and reinstated righthander Michael Kopech from the 60-day disabled list. Kopech, a prospect acquired from Boston in the Chris Sale trade, had Tommy John surgery in September after making four starts for Chicago and will miss next season . . . The Diamondbacks picked up the $14.5 million option on first baseman Paul Goldschmidt for 2019 . . . The Giants exercised their $12 million option for 2019 on lefthander Madison Bumgarner . . . The Nationals exercised their $6 million option for 2019 on All-Star closer Sean Doolittle.



Love may miss more than a month

A day after firing coach Tyronn Lue, the Cavaliers expressed concern that forward Kevin Love could miss more than a month with an injured toe on his left foot, ESPN reported. Love has missed the last two games . . . Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol, hours before Milwaukee tipped off against the Raptors. Antetokounmpo suffered a blow to head in Saturday’s win over Orlando but returned to the game. The Bucks say he reported new symptoms and a lingering headache Sunday . . . Warriors guard Klay Thompson broke teammate Stephen Curry's NBA record for 3-pointers in a game with his 14th with just under five minutes remaining in the third quarter in Golden State’s 149-124 win at Chicago. Thompson hit 14 of 24 from behind the line and finished with 52 points. Golden State led 92-50 at halftime, the second highest point total for a half in NBA history. Phoenix scored 107 points in the first half of a 173-143 victory over Denver in 1990.



Meyer: ‘I’ll be back next year’

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer addressed speculation that he could step down at the end of the season, saying he felt fine and definitely would be back next year. Meyer, who was suspended for three games to start the season and has been slowed by headaches caused by a cyst, is under contract through 2021 . . . Accelerate, the California-based 5-year-old who has won five of six starts this year, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 3, after drawing the far outside No. 14 post for the $6 million race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. West Coast, one of two entries trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, is the 5-1 second choice after drawing the No. 7 post. Accelerate has a three-race winning streak by a combined 19 lengths . . . Richard Gasquet rallied to beat Denis Shapovalov, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), to reach Paris Masters second round, where he will face American Jack Sock. Nicolas Mahut lost to American Frances Tiafoe, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2. Tiafoe will face fourth seed Alex Zverev. American Steve Johnson’s miserable run against Roberto Bautista Agut continued, with the Spaniard improving to 6-0 against Johnson with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) win.


Urban Meyer insists he’ll be back on the Ohio State sideline next season.
Urban Meyer insists he’ll be back on the Ohio State sideline next season.File/Michael Conroy/AP