Friday's Sports in Brief


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) With fireworks forming the word ''Rio'' in the sky and supermodel Gisele Bundchen shimmering to the tune of ''The Girl from Ipanema,'' Rio de Janiero jubilantly welcomed the world to the first Olympic Games in South America.

After one of the roughest-ever rides from vote to games by an Olympic host, the city of beaches, carnival, grinding poverty and sun-kissed wealth opened the two-week games of the 31st Olympiad with a high-energy gala celebration of Brazil's can-do spirit, biodiversity and melting pot history.

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The low-tech, cut-price opening ceremony, a moment of levity for a nation beset by economic and political woes, featured performers as slaves, gravity-defying climbers hanging from buildings in Brazil's teeming megacities and - of course - dancers, all hips and wobble, grooving to thumping funk and sultry samba.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee defended his support of the decision not to ban Russia's entire team from the Rio Games, framing it as a done deal by the time he weighed in on it, and a stance that received wide support among athletes.

Chairman Larry Probst was among the 84 International Olympic Committee members who, at president Thomas Bach's urging, gave approval to the IOC executive committee's call to let individual sports federations review the athletes' doping pasts and determine which Russians could compete.

At a USOC news conference, Probst echoed Bach in saying the decision had wide support among athletes, including all eight athlete representatives on the IOC.

But athlete support in Probst's home country was far from unanimous. Sarah Konrad, the chair of the USOC athletes' advisory council, told The Associated Press, ''I think the IOC made the wrong decision.''

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - A Moroccan Olympic boxer was arrested on allegations he sexually assaulted two Brazilian housekeepers in the Olympic Village.

Police said the possible attacks by Hassan Saada happened Wednesday. The women filed a report this week, saying the 22-year-old boxer asked them to go to his room, then restrained and fondled them, chief investigator Carolina Salomao said.

The detective said Saada shared the room with two other athletes, but was alone at the time of the alleged assault.

Saada will be jailed for 15 days while they investigate. Under Brazilian law, suspects can be held for a long period while a case is examined.

Police originally said in a statement the man had raped the housekeepers, but the investigator said it was a sexual assault. It's not clear what charges he is facing.


NEW YORK (AP) - Mark Teixeira plans to retire at the end of the season, announcing his decision during a tear-filled news conference at Yankee Stadium.

Slowed by injuries, the 36-year-old switch-hitting first baseman is batting .198 with 10 homers and 27 RBIs. A three-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner, he is in the final season of a $180 million, eight-year contract. His 404 home runs are fifth among switch-hitters, trailing only Mickey Mantle (536), Eddie Murray (504), Chipper Jones (468) and Carlos Beltran (415).

Greg Bird, a 23-year-old who missed this season following shoulder surgery, is projected by the Yankees as Teixeira's successor.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Athletics say a team employee has been suspended after it was discovered he hid a camera inside the weight room at the Coliseum.

Strength and conditioning coach Mike Henriques was sent home when the A's were on a recent road trip. Henriques said he set up the camera to watch players working out and rehabilitating from injuries. He is in his fifth year with the team.

The A's said Friday that there is an ongoing investigation. Yahoo Sports first reported the story and said an independent law firm is handling the investigation.

The camera was discovered by a player on July 25, one day after the A's left on a nine-game road trip.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Addressing reporters for the first time since opting not to pursue further appeals of his four-game suspension in the ''Deflategate'' saga, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady called it a personal decision and said he is trying to move on.

The four-time Super Bowl winner spoke to the media at New England's training camp. He is allowed to practice with the team and play in the Patriots' preseason games but will miss the first four regular-season games.

Brady was suspended for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the 2014 AFC championship win over Indianapolis. He initially won a court appeal, but that was overturned, and Brady chose not to continue the legal fight.

The 39-year-old led the league with 36 touchdown passes last season. He must be away from the team beginning Sept. 3, the day of final cuts, and can return on Oct. 3, the day after the Patriots' fourth game of the season, against AFC East rival Buffalo. The first game for which Brady will be eligible is Oct. 9 at Cleveland.


GENEVA (AP) - FIFA President Gianni Infantino broke no rules by taking offers of private flights to visit Pope Francis at the Vatican, Vladimir Putin in Moscow and the Emir of Qatar.

Infantino was cleared of suspicion by FIFA's ethics court after a secret investigation which threatened to derail his six-month presidency of soccer's scandal-hit world governing body.

The ruling - issued from Zurich as Infantino woke up in Rio de Janeiro for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games - ended weeks of speculation fueled by leaks to Swiss and German media that he would become the latest FIFA leader suspended from office.

The weeks-long case revealed rifts at FIFA in the transition to Infantino's leadership since he was elected in February to modernize and clean up an organization left in turmoil after nearly 18 years of Sepp Blatter's presidency.