Monday's Sports in Brief


Ryan Lochte lost three major sponsors when swimsuit company Speedo USA, clothing giant Ralph Lauren and skin-care firm Syneron-Candela announced in quick succession they were dumping the swimmer over a drunken incident during the Rio Olympics that he initially described as an armed robbery.

Speedo USA also said it would donate $50,000 of Lochte's fee to Save The Children to benefit needy youngsters in Brazil.

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Initially, Lochte said he and three swimming teammates were robbed after their taxi was pulled over by armed men posing as police the night after the swimming competition ended in Rio de Janeiro.

He has since apologized for embellishing his version of events.

The financial costs of losing Speedo and Ralph Lauren are likely to be only the first sanctions that await Lochte, whose night of partying ended up tarnishing the reputation of the American team and dominating news away from the stadiums and arenas in the final days of the Rio Games that closed Sunday night.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) None of Venezuela's 87 Olympic athletes won gold this year, but they're getting another prize - new homes from the government.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that all the country's participants in the Olympics will get free housing upon their return from Rio de Janeiro. The apartments are part of the government housing program that is a cornerstone of the country's socialist revolution.

Maduro says this way the athletes will feel the love of their country.

Venezuela won three medals at the Rio Olympics: silver in the triple jump, bronze in boxing and bronze in BMX cycling.


LAS VEGAS (AP) - Conor McGregor has received a medical suspension of up to six months following his five-round victory over Nate Diaz at UFC 202.

McGregor outpointed Diaz in a bloody, tiring slugfest Saturday and came out with issues in his foot and ankle, including a possible fracture, and also said after the fight that his shin was sore from landing so many kicks. He hobbled into his post-fight press conference on crutches and needed assistance walking out.

The medical suspensions aren't uncommon. McGregor can have his waived if he is cleared by an orthopedic doctor. Otherwise, he's unable to train with contact until Oct. 5 and is suspended from fighting until Oct. 20, when he can be re-evaluated.

Diaz came out of the fight with his face bloodied and swollen but was only issued a 30-day suspension.

McGregor and Diaz both called for a third match between the pair, though UFC has insisted that McGregor first drop down to defend his featherweight title.


NEW YORK (AP) - Dwight Gooden has denied Darryl Strawberry's accusation that he is ''a complete junkie-addict,'' saying his former teammate is just taking it personally that Gooden couldn't make a scheduled public appearance with Strawberry last week.

Strawberry told the New York Daily News that Gooden skipped an event organized by radio station WFAN and he worried Gooden has been using cocaine. Strawberry told the newspaper that Gooden's son called him to beg him to help his father before he dies, adding that ''the condition Doc is in, it's bad.''

Gooden says in a statement that he hasn't done cocaine in years. He apologized for Strawberry's ''inability to show more character and strength,'' saying ''he obviously was never there for me.'' Gooden claims he has always supported Strawberry, ''during his best and worst days.''

Gooden and Strawberry won back-to-back Rookie of the Year awards for the New York Mets in 1983 and `84. Drug abuse cut short both of their careers.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Athletics fined Billy Butler and Danny Valencia after they were involved in a clubhouse fight last week that led to Butler being placed on the seven-day concussion list.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Butler and Valencia began fighting over comments Butler made to an equipment representative prior to a game Friday at the Chicago White Sox. During the exchange, Valencia hit Butler in the temple before teammates stepped in to end the altercation.

Butler sat out the series in Chicago with headaches and nausea.

A's general manager David Forst said Oakland - among the worst teams in the American League - would not suspend the players.


IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - Former USC and Los Angeles Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich has been arrested after being found naked with marijuana and possibly methamphetamine in a stranger's backyard in Southern California.

Irvine Police Cmdr. Mike Hallinan said that Marinovich was arrested Friday night after a call saying a naked man was on a hiking trail near homes. The officers found him in a backyard holding a brown bag containing marijuana and a substance that appeared to be meth but police are awaiting lab results.

The 47-year-old Marinovich was a star quarterback at USC and the Raiders' first-round draft pick in 1991, but drug problems drove him from the NFL after two seasons and he has had repeated run-ins with the law over drugs in the decades since.

Contact information for Marinovich or an attorney who could comment for him could not immediately be found.