Thursday's Sports in Brief


MOSCOW (AP) Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told The Associated Press that there will ''not in any case'' be a boycott of next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

A short time later in a separate interview, the acting president of the Russian track federation told the AP he is ready to own up to some of the charges leveled in the World Anti-Doping Agency commission's massive report on doping in the country.

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''We admit some things, we argue with some things, some are already fixed, it's a variety,'' said Vadim Zelichenok, declining to provide further details. ''It's not for the press.''

The governing body of track and field is expected to rule Friday on whether to suspend Russia from competition because of the doping scandal. If Russia is banned, the country's track and field team could be excluded from next year's Olympics.

Monday's damning report by the WADA commission recommended that the Russian track federation be suspended, saying its athletes and officials were involved in ''extensive'' use of performance-enhancing drugs, obstructed doping tests and helped to cover up drug use. The report said Zelichenok ''refused to cooperate'' with investigators.

Even if Russia's track and field team is banned, Mutko told the AP that the country has no intention of boycotting the Olympics.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett initially told a Columbus police officer he hadn't been drinking the night he was arrested for impaired driving and asked for a way out because he was the Buckeyes quarterback, according to dash cam video of the arrest released Thursday.

''I'm the quarterback at Ohio State,'' Barrett said after he was arrested Oct. 31 following a series of tests for impaired driving that he appeared to do well on. The officer is heard telling Barrett he'd been polite and cooperative.

''There's nothing you can do?'' Barrett asked.

Barrett, 20, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a count of driving while impaired and was sentenced to a three-day driver-intervention program to be completed by Feb. 15. Barrett was also fined $400 and had his license suspended for six months.

Barrett apologized in the courtroom to his family and Ohio State fans in a brief statement. ''I'm just truly sorry,'' he said at the Tuesday hearing.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The Atlanta Braves traded shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels for shortstop Erick Aybar and top pitching prospects Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis.

The Braves also got $2.5 million, while the Angels got minor league catcher Jose Briceno.

Simmons is arguably the best defensive shortstop in baseball, winning the Gold Glove in 2013 and 2014. He was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday, offsetting his mediocre offensive skills with spectacular work in the field.

Aybar has been the Angels' starting shortstop since 2008 and a key player in Anaheim for a decade, making the AL All-Star team in 2014. He has been dependable in the field and at the plate, but will be a free agent next winter.


Katina Powell will meet next week with the NCAA to share ''demonstrative evidence'' regarding the escort's allegations that a former Louisville men's basketball assistant hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and Cardinals players.

Attorney Larry Wilder of Jeffersonville, Indiana, via text to The Associated Press that his client will meet with the governing body as part of its investigation, one of four ongoing reviews launched since she alleged Andre McGee paid her $10,000 for 22 shows from 2010-14 at the players' dormitory.

Because the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office is moving toward possible criminal charges against Powell, Wilder said, ''It is no longer in her best interest to forgo meeting with the NCAA and sharing all of the demonstrative evidence.''


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Rex Ryan's return to the Meadowlands was a successful one.

Buffalo's defense shut down Ryan's former team for much of the game, and the Bills scored on offense and special teams in a 22-17 victory over the New York Jets.

Duke Williams returned a fumbled kickoff 19 yards for the go-ahead points, rookie Karlos Williams had a 26-yard touchdown catch and Dan Carpenter kicked three field goals. Buffalo moved into the wild-card playoff picture, while the Jets have lost three of their last four games.

Ryan was fired by the Jets after six seasons and immediately hired by Buffalo last January. His pride and joy, the defense, had two interceptions, recovered a fumble and stopped the Jets inside the Bills 10 in the final minutes.

Ryan celebrated heartily with fist pumps and flying headsets when Bacarri Rambo clinched it with a last-minute pick.

''I can tell the truth, this thing is kind of like being dumped by some girl you have the hots for,'' Ryan said. ''Every guy in this room has been dumped by a girl. You move on, and every now and then, they call you back.

''And they can't have you back.''