Wednesday's Sports in Brief

DENVER (AP) The leader of track's governing body told a lawyer he'd need to cut a deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin to ensure nine Russian athletes accused of doping wouldn't compete at 2013 world championships in Moscow, according to a new report on the scandal that reached the top of the sport and country.

Details of the 89-page investigation, to be released by the World Anti-Doping Agency, were provided to The Associated Press early by a person who had reviewed it. The person did not want to be identified because the report had not been publicly released.

The report, written by WADA's first president, Dick Pound, says the IAAF must restructure to ensure corruption cannot go unchecked. The corruption ''cannot be blamed on a small number of miscreants,'' Pound wrote.

More from FoxSports

''The corruption was embedded in the organization,'' the report says. ''It cannot be ignored or dismissed as attributable to the odd renegade acting on his own.''

The report comes a day after the AP released details from six years of IAAF internal emails, reports and notes showing a high level of communication between the athletics federation and Russian officials about suspicious test results from the nation's athletes, including plans to cover up some doping evidence.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press the New York Giants are hiring offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo as their next head coach.

The 38-year-old McAdoo is being given the job a little more than a week after Tom Coughlin stepped down after 12 seasons, the person said on condition of anonymity because the team has not officially announced the hiring.

The Giants have liked what McAdoo has done with the offense the past two seasons, helping two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback Eli Manning get back on track.

It didn't hurt that Manning voiced support for his coach after the season. This would be McAdoo's first head coaching job.

It is uncertain whether defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who also interviewed for the top job, will stay.

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Browns have hired former Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson as their new coach, the team's eighth since 1999.

Jackson brings head coaching experience, knowledge of the AFC North and a knack for fixing quarterbacks to the Browns, who fired Mike Pettine following a 3-13 season. The 50-year-old has spent the past two seasons directing Cincinnati's offense.

He coached Oakland in 2011, leading the Raiders to an 8-8 record. Jackson waited for his second chance as a head coach and he'll get it in Cleveland, where coaches - and quarterbacks - have come and gone with regularity for more than a decade.

After a second meeting with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, Jackson backed out an interview scheduled for Thursday with the New York Giants.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Lawrence Phillips, a star running back at Nebraska and first-round NFL draft pick whose pro career quickly unraveled amid disciplinary problems, was found unresponsive in his California prison cell, and officials said they suspect suicide.

Guards at Kern Valley State Prison found Phillips, 40, and he was taken to an outside hospital where he died about 1:30 a.m., Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Terry Thornton said.

Phillips went to prison in 2008 on a sentence of more than 31 years after he was convicted of twice choking his girlfriend in 2005 in San Diego and of driving his car into three teens later that year after a pickup football game in Los Angeles.

He had been housed alone in a segregation cell since April 2015 after he was suspected of killing his cellmate. A Kern County judge had ruled Tuesday that there was enough evidence to try Phillips in the death of Damion Soward, 37, the cousin of former University of Southern California and NFL wide receiver R. Jay Soward.


UNDATED (AP) - The University of Missouri admitted NCAA violations in its men's basketball program dating to 2011 and banned itself from the postseason this year and vacated all 23 wins from the 2013-14 season.

The NCAA is still investigating and Missouri said it was working with the organization in hopes of limiting the punishment to its self-imposed sanctions, which includes the SEC tournament.

Missouri was 23-12 in 2013-14, Frank Haith's final season. Haith left for Tulsa not long after the school received a verbal notice of inquiry from the NCAA in April 2014.

The Tigers won just nine games last season under new coach Kim Anderson and are 8-8 this season, coming off the worst loss in Mizzou Arena history - a 94-61 setback to Arkansas on Tuesday that Anderson said made him ''embarrassed.''

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - College basketball underclassmen could work out with one NBA team per year and still return to college without jeopardizing their eligibility under new rules approved at the NCAA annual convention.

Players will be allowed to enter the draft multiple times and participate in the combine and one NBA team tryout per year. They also will be allowed up to 10 days to withdraw from the draft after the combine.

The changes, which take effect immediately, were designed to help players make better decisions on their future and keep those who find out they're not ready for the NBA on track for graduation.

NCAA officials said the rule changes were offered after collaboration between the NCAA, NBA and that National Association of Basketball Coaches.


SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The Big 12 Conference will be allowed to hold a football championship game in the future if it wants to under a rule change approved at the NCAA annual convention.

The change scraps the requirement that leagues have 12 members and play in two divisions in order to hold a title game. The new rule lets a smaller league play a title game pitting its top two teams, provided it plays a round-robin regular season schedule as the Big 12 does now.

The vote by the NCAA Division I Council passed 7-2. The Atlantic Coast Conference and the American Athletic Conference voted against it. The Pac-12 didn't vote but later said it supported the change.

The Big 12 is the only major conference that doesn't play a football title game. League Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he doesn't know if the change will guarantee the league plays one, but it was determined to have the right to do so.