RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) IOC President Thomas Bach defended the decision not to ban Russia's entire team from the Rio Games, declaring that the doping crisis won't damage the Olympic body's credibility and taking a swipe at global anti-doping officials for failing to act sooner against state-sponsored cheating in Russia.
Speaking at a news conference five days before the opening of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Bach said a total ban on Russia for systematic doping ''would not be justifiable'' on either moral or legal grounds.
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Bach was peppered with questions about the International Olympic Committee's handling of the Russian scandal, including the decision to give international sports federations the authority to decide which Russian athletes should be cleared to compete in Rio.
Bach said the IOC had set a ''very high bar'' by imposing strict conditions on the entry of Russians, including a ban on any athletes with prior doping sanctions.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Brazilian police said they rescued the kidnapped mother-in-law of Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone from two men on the outskirts of Sao Paulo.
According to police, 67-year-old Aparecida Schunck, who had been held since Friday last week, was not harmed in the operation conducted by Sao Paulo's anti-kidnapping division.
Schunck is the mother of Fabiana Flosi, married to Ecclestone since 2012.
Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city and the center of commerce, for decades has had problems with people being kidnapped and held for ransom, but a dedicated police task force has reduced the crime drastically over the last 15 years.
The incident came just ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Authorities say they will be deploying 85,000 troops and soldiers during the Aug. 5-21 competition.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - A laptop and team shirts have been stolen from Australia's accommodation at the Olympic athletes' village while the building was being evacuated because of a small fire, the head of the team's delegation at the Rio Games said.
Kitty Chiller said other computer equipment was ''rifled through'' but was left behind during the theft on Friday.
She said security seems to have improved, but called the theft ''concerning.''
Security is high on a long list of many problems - including the Zika virus, water pollution and slow ticket sales - that are confronting South America's first Olympics.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The main ramp of Marina da Gloria, the sailing venue of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, partially collapsed. Organizers said no one was injured in the incident that raises further questions about the quality of construction in the Olympic host city.
Philip Wilkinson, a spokesman for the Rio 2016 organizing committee, placed the blame on high tides and a stormy sea. The collapsed structure, which is temporary, is the main access point for boats to reach the water.
Wilkinson also said the construction company responsible for the project has been contacted and is expected to make the repairs within four days. Sailing competitions begin Aug. 8.
Training will not be affected as the boats can use the permanent ramp to the side of the damaged structure, the Rio 2016's spokesman said.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The sexual assault scandal that took down Baylor University's president and revered football coach also found a problem with a bedrock of the school's faith-based education: a student conduct code banning alcohol, drugs and premarital sex that may have driven some victims into silence.
Investigators with the Pepper Hamilton law firm who dug into Baylor's response to sexual assault claims determined the school's rigid approach to drugs, alcohol and sex and ''perceived judgmental responses'' to victims who reported being raped ''created barriers'' to reporting assaults. Some women faced the prospect of their family being notified.
''A number of victims were told that if they made a report of rape, their parents would be informed of the details of where they were and what they were doing,'' said Chad Dunn, a Houston attorney who represents six women who have sued Baylor under the anonymous identification of Jane Doe.
The nation's largest Baptist university is a notably conservative place in one of the most conservative states in the country. Dancing on campus was banned until 1996. Fornication, adultery and homosexual acts were included in an official list of misconduct until May 2015, and the current policy stresses that ''physical sexual intimacy is to be expressed in the context of marital fidelity.''
WASHINGTON (AP) - The NFL and the Commission on Presidential Debates rejected Republican Donald Trump's claim that Democrats rigged the debate schedule so that two of the three debates would occur during football games.
In a statement, the commission said it started working more than 18 months ago to identify all religious and federal holidays as well as baseball and football games and other major events. The commission said it was ''impossible'' to avoid all sporting events.
On Sept. 26, the night of the first debate, ESPN will carry the Monday night game featuring the Falcons vs. the Saints. On Oct. 9, the second debate will air opposite the Sunday night game featuring the Giants vs. the Packers on NBC.
On Friday, Trump accused Clinton of ''trying to rig'' the schedule. ''Unacceptable!'' he wrote. In an interview on ABC's ''This Week,'' Trump said he got a letter from the NFL calling the conflict ''ridiculous.''
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy tweeted on Saturday: ''While we'd obviously wish the Debate Commission could find another night, we did not send a letter to Mr Trump.''
CLEVELAND (AP) - Serious about winning the World Series, the Indians batted .500 in making a pair of major trades on Sunday.
Going all in for October, the AL Central leader acquired All-Star left-handed reliever Andrew Miller from the New York Yankees for four minor leaguers.
The deal came less than 12 hours after the Indians had reached agreement on the parameters of a swap with Milwaukee for Brewers All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy. However, that trade was stopped by Lucroy, who refused to waive his no-trade clause and turned down a chance to join a contender.
Lucroy's decision would have been a huge blow to the Indians if not for the addition of Miller, who will help Cleveland manager Terry Francona shorten games and gives the Indians a legitimate shot at winning their first World Series title since 1948.
The Indians sent four minor leaguers, including highly touted outfielder Clint Frazier, to New York for the 31-year-old Miller, who was expected to arrive in Cleveland on Sunday night and could be ready to join the bullpen when the club opens a four-game series against Minnesota.
In another trade, the Orioles bolstered their rotation by acquiring left-hander Wade Miley from Seattle for Triple-A lefty Ariel Miranda.