Friday's Sports in Brief


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Greatest was laid to rest in his hometown after an all-day send-off that was a lot like Muhammad Ali himself - serious at times, but also exuberant, bracingly political, and funny.

Ali made one final journey through the city he adored via a fist-pumping funeral procession through the streets of Louisville. The burial was followed by a star-studded memorial service where the boxing great was eulogized as a brash and wildly charismatic breaker of racial barriers.

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The more than three-hour memorial capped nearly a full day of mourning in Louisville for Ali, the three-time heavyweight champion of the world who died last week at 74 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

An estimated 100,000 people holding signs and chanting, ''Ali! Ali!'' lined the streets as a hearse carrying his cherry-red casket made its way past his childhood home to Louisville's Cave Hill Cemetery, where a private burial service was held.


DETROIT (AP) - Gordie Howe, the hockey great who set scoring records that stood for decades, has died. He was 88.

Son Murray Howe confirmed the death, texting to The Associated Press: ''Mr Hockey left peacefully, beautifully, and w no regrets.''

Howe set NHL marks with 801 goals and 1,850 points that held up until Wayne Gretzky surpassed his idol in the record books.

Howe was also so famously fierce, using elbows and fists to rough up opponents, that a ''Gordie Howe Hat Trick,'' became synonymous with the combination of having a goal, an assist and a fight in one game.


FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - The German track and field federation has asked the IOC to keep Russian athletes out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of widespread doping.

In an open letter to the IOC and its German president, Thomas Bach, the federation said it was acting at the request of German track and field athletes.

The Russian track and field federation was suspended by the IAAF in November following a World Anti-Doping Agency panel's report detailing rampant and state-supported doping in Russia. The IAAF meets next Friday in Vienna to decide whether or not to lift the ban ahead of the Rio Games.

The German letter asks Bach to take ''the worries of the athletes seriously'' and to take all possible steps to ''ensure credible and equal opportunity games in Rio.''


Russell Westbrook and James Harden say they won't play in the Olympics, leaving the U.S. basketball team without more of its best players.

Westbrook, the Oklahoma City point guard, said that he decided not to play after talking with his family. He didn't give a reason for pulling out in his statement released through the Thunder.

Harden said he has informed USA Basketball that he won't play in Rio, his announcement coming just hours after Westbrook pulled out. Stephen Curry also withdrew this week.

Both guards won gold with the U.S. team at the 2012 Olympics, while Westbrook won gold and have also won a title each at the world basketball championships.

Canadian forward Andrew Wiggins also withdrew from Olympic consideration so he can focus on his upcoming season with the Minnesota Timberwolves.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia judge is ordering the public release of sealed documents from a lawsuit that could reveal details about a claim that a boy told Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in 1976 that Jerry Sandusky had molested him.

Judge Gary Glazer ordered that the records be made public in a month, siding with The Associated Press and other news outlets seeking access to the filings.

Penn State said it's pleased victims' names and any other identifying information will be blacked out.

Glazer disclosed the Paterno-related claim last month when he ruled on a dispute between Penn State and its insurer over payments to victims of abuse by former Paterno assistant Sandusky.

Paterno had said the first time he had received a complaint against Sandusky was in 2001.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Court documents indicate Baylor University and former football coach Art Briles want to quickly settle a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by a woman who says the Baptist school was indifferent to her complaints that she was raped by a player.

Jasmin Hernandez sued the Waco, Texas, school in March amid the school's investigation into how it mishandled cases of assault. The Associated Press generally doesn't identify sexual assault victims but Hernandez has spoken publicly to draw attention to the case.

Baylor fired Briles last month and demoted former president and chancellor Ken Starr.

Baylor lawyers this week asked for extra time to respond to Hernandez's lawsuit. The request said the ''primary reason'' is to ''explore early resolution'' and avoid litigation. It said Hernandez's lawyers agreed to the extension.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police are investing an allegation that a member of the Philadelphia Eagles sexually assaulted a dancer at a strip club. Authorities would not identify the individual, but the team said wide receiver Nelson Agholor was under police investigation.

Police say the alleged assault occurred Thursday, the day the Eagles wrapped up their offseason workouts.

Attorney Fortunato Perri Jr., who is representing Agholor, says ''Nelson has not been involved in any criminal conduct whatsoever.'' He would not discuss the allegations against him.

The Eagles say they are aware Agholor is under police investigation and they have been in contact with him and the authorities. But they are declining further comment.

The 23-year-old Agholor played at Southern California and was a 2015 first-round draft pick for the Eagles.


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri is one of the latest states to enact legislation to legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports games.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law a measure to give the state Gaming Commission oversight of the practice and require licensing fees. It takes effect in August.

Websites such as DraftKings and FanDuel will need to pay an annual operation fee of 11.5 percent of net revenues to operate in Missouri. Businesses also must pay an annual licensing fee of $10,000 or 10 percent of net revenue, whichever is lower.

The games will be limited to those at least 18 years old.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Missouri joins six other states in passing legislation to allow the games.