Tuesday's Sports In Brief


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) The author of the report that detailed anti-doping corruption in Russia believes the country that spent $51 billion on hosting the Sochi Olympics should be able to fix its system in time to get the track team to next year's Summer Games.

Remaking Russia's attitude toward doping could take longer, but Dick Pound doesn't think that's the most urgent matter.

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Sochi was a mere dot on the map before it landed the right to host the Olympics. Spearheaded by President Vladimir Putin, the country built up the city and hosted last year's Games.

Pound's independent commission concluded the government must have known about rampant doping schemes in Russia's system. The commission recommended decertification of Russia's anti-doping lab and anti-doping agency (RUSADA). A vote by WADA's Foundation Board to suspend RUSADA comes Wednesday and Pound said ''everyone in the world expects that to happen, and it would be astonishing if it didn't.''


Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame remained at the top of the College Football Playoff selection committee rankings, marking the first time in two seasons the top four was unchanged from the previous week.

Iowa stayed at No. 5 and Oklahoma State moved up to No. 6, one spot ahead of Big 12 rival Oklahoma.

Florida is eighth, Michigan State, which plays Ohio State on Saturday, is ninth and Baylor dropped to No. 10 after losing for the first time this season.

Clemson, Alabama and Ohio State seem to have control of their playoff hopes. If those three win out they should be in, with the final spot coming down to the Big 12 contenders or Notre Dame. Oklahoma State has the advantage of being unbeaten and has chances to pad its resume over the next two weeks with home games against Baylor and Oklahoma.


ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith was suspended by the NFL for one calendar year because of violations of the league's substance-abuse policy.

The penalty is effective immediately and Smith will be eligible to apply for reinstatement no sooner than 60 days before the end of the suspension.

Smith, 26, was released by the San Francisco 49ers in August after several run-ins with the law and then landed across the bay with the Raiders. Smith went through the locker room and told teammates goodbye Tuesday before the suspension was officially announced.

Smith released a statement Tuesday night thanking the Raiders their fans and owner Mark Davis for their support.

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - There was no formal presentation or fanfare. No torch passing ceremony.

Browns coach Mike Pettine simply pulled Johnny Manziel aside and told him he would be Cleveland's starting quarterback for the remainder of this season.

No longer just a celebrated bad-boy backup, Manziel joined an elite class.

The trick will be staying there.

Manziel's budding pro career, dotted mostly by missteps on and off the field to this point -the NFL said Tuesday he will not be disciplined for a domestic case - seems to be finally headed in the right direction for him. Now, the Browns will find out if he can be their franchise QB.


NEW YORK (AP) - Joe Maddon and Jeff Banister were a huge hit in their new jobs. Now, immediate team success has reaped individual rewards.

Maddon won his third Manager of the Year award and Banister his first after each guided an unexpected run to the playoffs. In his initial season with the Chicago Cubs, Maddon took the National League prize following the club's first postseason appearance since 2008. He also won in the AL with Tampa Bay in 2008 and 2011.

Maddon received 18 of 30 first-place votes and 124 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He beat out St. Louis' Mike Matheny and the New York Mets' Terry Collins by a surprisingly comfortable margin, becoming the seventh manager to win the award at least three times and the seventh to earn it in both leagues.

Texas' Banister garnered 17 first-place votes and 112 points, easily topping Houston's A.J. Hinch and Hall of Famer Paul Molitor from the Minnesota Twins, another rookie skipper. Banister joined Houston's Hal Lanier (1986), San Francisco's Dusty Baker (1993), Florida's Joe Girardi (2006) and Washington's Matt Williams (2014) as the only men to win in their first season as a major league manager.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fresh off his Gold Glove award last week, San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford signed a new $75 million, six-year contract that takes him through the 2021 season.

The team announced the deal and scheduled a news conference on Wednesday at AT&T Park. Crawford's new contract covers his two remaining years of arbitration and four years of free agency - and also provides some stability for his young family right at home in the Bay Area. Crawford and his wife, Jalynne, have two young daughters and a son on the way.

Crawford has a full no-trade clause. He is slated to receive a $1.2 million signing bonus, a salary of $5.8 million next season and $8 million in 2017. After that, he will earn $15 million each season for four years from 2018-2021.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Veteran infielder Cliff Pennington became the first free agent to switch teams this offseason when the Los Angeles Angels signed him to a two-year, $3.75 million deal.

Pennington will make $1.5 million in 2016 and $2.25 million in 2017 with the Angels.

Pennington began last season with Arizona and moved to Toronto in a trade in August. The switch-hitting utilityman batted .210 with three homers and 21 RBIs in 105 total games, making multiple starts at five positions.


LONDON (AP) - Even the best player in the world can have an off day, especially when he's playing someone many believe is the best of all time.

Roger Federer brought his top game to the O2 Arena, stopping Novak Djokovic's ATP Finals winning streak at 15 by beating the top-seeded Serb 7-5, 6-2.

The win put Federer in the semifinals of the season-ending tournament for the 13th time in 14 appearances.

Djokovic, who has already clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking, had not lost at the ATP Finals since 2011, winning the last three elite titles for the top eight players in the world.

Federer will still play Kei Nishikori on Thursday in the final round-robin match.