PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—A Russian medalist at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is suspected of having tested positive for a banned substance, a source at the Games said on Sunday, Feb. 18, in a potential major blow to Russia's efforts to emerge from a drug-cheating scandal. Alexander Krushelnitsky, a bronze-medalist along with his wife in mixed-doubles curling, is suspected of having tested positive for meldonium, the source said. Meldonium increases blood flow which improves exercise capacity in athletes.
Sportscaster Keith Jackson, who brought a folksy, excitable demeanor and down-home exclamations such as "Whoa, Nellie!" to 40 seasons of play-by-play calling as the authoritative voice of college football for ABC Sports, died at age 89, his employer ABC reported on Saturday, Jan. 13. The legendary sportscaster died late on Friday surrounded by family. "For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football," said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Co , which owns ABC.
LAKE FOREST, Ill.—Two weeks after a late meltdown, Marc Leishman avoided a repeat performance as he staved off a challenge from Justin Rose to win the BMW Championship by five strokes outside Chicago on Sunday, Sept. 17. Leishman began the final round with a five-shot lead, and was seven strokes in front of Englishman Rose, who twice cut the margin to two shots on the back nine. But Leishman would not be denied, the Australian riding a hot putter to birdie the 15th and 16th holes and put the tournament out of reach at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Ill.
CHICAGO—Dillon Gee allowed two hits in six innings and Jorge Polanco, Brian Dozier, Byron Buxton and Jason Castro homered as the Minnesota Twins picked up a doubleheader split against the Chicago White Sox with a 10-2 win on Monday night. In his first start since being acquired from the Texas Rangers earlier this season, Gee threw four perfect innings before allowing a solo home run and a sixth-inning double. Gee (1-0) got more than enough offensive support, including the four homers.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters)—Jerry Lewis, the high prince of low-brow comedy on stage and in movies as well as a fund-raising powerhouse with his annual Labor Day telethon, died on Sunday of "natural causes" at the age of 91, his family said. "Famed comedian, actor and legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home in Las Vegas with his family by his side," a statement from the Lewis family said. His spokeswoman, Candi Cazau, said by phone that he died around 11:30 a.m.
CHICAGO - Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures fell about 1 percent to life-of-contract lows on Thursday, Aug. 17, weighed down by investment fund short selling and abundant global supplies, traders said.
WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump will revoke an Obama-era executive order on Tuesday that required strict building standards for government-funded projects to reduce exposure to increased flooding from sea level rise, sources said. Trump will sign his own executive order this afternoon to revoke the standards as part of his administration's plan to "streamline the current process" for infrastructure projects, a government official said.
Former world No. 1 golfer Tiger Woods had five different drugs in his system when he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in May, according to an ESPN report on Monday, Aug. 14. ESPN, which cited a copy of the toxicology report, said Woods had Hydrocodone, the generic form of a painkiller branded as Vicodin; Hydromorphone, a painkiller known as Dilaudid; Alprazolam, a mood and sleep drug known as Xanax; Zolpidem, a sleep drug known as Ambien; and Delta-9 carboxy THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in his system.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va./WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump denounced white supremacists including neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan on Monday, and said racism, hatred and bigotry had no place in America following a violent white-nationalist rally in Virginia. Trump had been assailed by Republicans and Democrats alike for failing to respond more forcefully to Saturday's violence in Charlottesville, in which a woman was killed when a man crashed his car into a group of counter-protesters.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Merck's chief executive resigned on Monday from a business panel led by President Donald Trump, citing a need for leadership countering bigotry in a strong rebuke to the U.S. president over his response to a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia. The departure of Kenneth Frazier from the president's American Manufacturing Council added to a storm of criticism of Trump over his handling of Saturday's violence in Charlottesville, in which a woman was killed when a man drove his car into a group of counter-protesters.