51 women sue USOC for failing to stop Nassar abuse

Fifty-one women are suing the U.S. Olympic Committee, its board members and a number of former high-ranking officials for failing to prevent their abuse at the hands of imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar, the Associated Press learned Friday.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Denver, details abuse dating to the late 1990s. One of the victims was 8 years old.

Most contend that because they were young and sexually inexperienced, they were not aware they were being abused at the time. Some became aware when other victims began telling their stories at Nassar’s 2018 sentencing hearing for child pornography and sex abuse. Others acted after the release of a report in December that detailed the USOC’s slow response to sex-abuse cases.

The lawsuit alleges the USOC violated Title IX and the Constitution by not acting promptly and more forcefully.

The USOC said the federation would have no comment on pending litigation.

In addition to compensation, the plaintiffs are asking for institutional reform at the USOC. Virtually all of the top executives — including the chairman, CEO and sports performance director — have left voluntarily or been fired since Nassar’s sentencing in January 2018.

Nassar is serving what amounts to a life sentence behind bars.


Feder, Nadal advance to semis

It’s Federer vs. Nadal again, this time in a semifinal of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells (Riverside County).

Roger Federer beat Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-4 and Rafael Nadal got by Karen Khachanov 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2) to set up the old rivals’ 39th career meeting and first in 16 months.

Neither Federer nor Nadal has dropped a set in four matches in the desert.

The other semifinal Saturday pairs Milos Raonic and Dominic Thiem.

In a women’s semifinal, Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu rallied past No. 6 Elina Svitolina 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, winning on her fourth match point to reach the biggest final of her young career. She beat a Top 50 player for the ninth time this year.

In the late semifinal, No. 8 Angelique Kerber faced No. 23 Belinda Bencic.

Soccer: The FIFA Council approved working with Qatar to explore expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams — up from 32 — by adding at least one more country in the Persian Gulf to host matches.

Motor sports: Austin Dillon won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana (San Bernardino County) after no driver completed a lap in the final round of qualifying when time ran out. Dillon won the first two qualifying rounds.

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