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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 1:00 am

Briefs

Ex-NBA exec to lead USA Gymnastics

Staff, news services

USA Gymnastics is turning to NBA executive Li Li Leung to help turn the embattled program around.

The organization named Leung as its new president and chief executive officer Tuesday as it fights to retain its status as the national governing body for the sport after the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.

Leung was vice president of global partnerships for the NBA. She arrives as USA Gymnastics attempts to fend off decertification from the United States Olympic Committee.

USA Gymnastics filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in December in an effort to reach settlements in the dozens of sex-abuse lawsuits it faces in courts from athletes who blame the group for failing to supervise Nassar, a team doctor accused of molesting them.

Auto Racing

IndyCar enhances cockpit safety

IndyCar will require its cars to have titanium debris deflectors on the cockpit beginning with this year's Indianapolis 500. The “advanced frontal protection” will be introduced during an April 24 test session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It will officially debut when practice begins the next month for the Indianapolis 500 and is expected to be used for the remainder of the season.

Baseball

Around MLB

Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez was shut down for two weeks to build up shoulder strength. … Mike Moustakas and the Brewers finalized a $10million, one-year contract.

Colleges

12 Tech wrestlers head to nationals

Indiana Tech redshirt junior Jonathan Watkins was selected as an at-large qualifier for the NAIA Wrestling National Championships. The Warriors are sending 12 to the final meet of the season, March 1-2 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Maggard honored

Belmont senior Darby Maggard was named the Ohio Valley Conference women's basketball player of the week after scoring 34, the most of any OVC player this year, in a win against Tennessee Tech last week. She also became the OVC career leader in 3-pointers with 398. Only five players in NCAA Division I history have made 400 or more.

Ex-Warrior an all-league pick

Albion sophomore Rain Hinton, a Woodlan graduate, was named to the All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association first team in basketball. She was third in the conference in points (averaging 17) and rebounds (8.2 ). She was named to the MIAA second team as a freshman.

Football

Hurricanes owner joins AAF brass

Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon is investing $250 million in the Alliance of American Football. Dundon also will be chairman of the fledgling eight-team league that began play Feb. 9. Co-founder Charlie Ebersol dismissed reports the league was getting a bailout from Dundon.

Wolverines to South Africa

Jim Harbaugh is taking Michigan to South Africa in May. Like last year in France, the Wolverines will not practice there. They did practice in Italy in 2017.

HIGH SCHOOLS

Area signings

Three Northrop athletes will sign with colleges today – Jo'Deci Irby (women's track at Taylor), Dylan Kirkwood (women's track at PFW), and Sydney Curry (basketball at Miami of Ohio). … Blackhawk Christian senior Bryant Kelley will sign Thursday to play soccer at North Central (Minneapolis) University. … Homestead track seniors Ryan Ruppert (Purdue) and Zachary Johnson (Grace) will sign Monday.

Skiing

Shiffrin wins

Mikaela Shiffrin won a parallel city event to wrap up the season-long slalom World Cup title with two races to spare. She defeated Christina Geiger of Germany in both runs to win the final by 0.27 second.

Soccer

US coaches' payouts revealed

Jurgen Klinsmann received a $3.35 million settlement of his contract with the U.S. Soccer Federation, according to the USSF's tax filing. His replacement, Bruce Arena, was given a $300,000 settlement during the fiscal year that ended March 31.