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Olympics

Surprise, surprise: IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Games

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – IOC leaders dropped wrestling from the Olympic program Tuesday, a surprise decision that removes one of the oldest Olympic sports from the 2020 Games.

The IOC executive board decided to retain modern pentathlon – the event considered most at risk – and remove wrestling instead from its list of 25 “core sports.”

The IOC board acted after reviewing the 26 sports on the current Olympic program. Eliminating one sport allows the International Olympic Committee to add a new sport to the program later this year.

Wrestling, which combines freestyle and Greco-Roman events, goes back to the inaugural modern Olympics in Athens in 1896.

Wrestling was voted out from a final group that also included modern pentathlon, taekwondo and field hockey.

The board voted after reviewing a report by the IOC program commission report that analyzed 39 criteria, including television ratings, ticket sales, anti-doping policy and global participation and popularity. With no official rankings or recommendations contained in the report, the final decision by the 15-member board also was subject to emotional, political and sentimental factors.

Ski Racing

Austria beats Sweden for its first gold at home worlds

SCHLADMING, Austria – Overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher helped Austria win the team event Tuesday and earn the host nation its first gold medal at the Alpine skiing World Championships.

Hirscher teamed with Philipp Schoerghofer, Michaela Kirchgasser and Nicole Hosp to defeat Sweden 4-0 in the final.

Germany edged Canada in the small final for third place.

The team event has been part of the worlds since 2005, with Austria also winning in 2007.

Defending champion France lost in the quarterfinals to Germany, and the United States lost 3-1 to Sweden in the quarterfinals.

Beaver Creek will host the World Cup and Worlds

SCHLADMING, Austria – Lindsey Vonn may want to set an earlier date for her return from a knee injury.

The International Ski Federation announced next season’s women’s World Cup schedule Tuesday. It includes a notable change from the preliminary calendar: Races in Beaver Creek have been moved up from mid-December to Nov. 29-Dec. 1 – Thanksgiving weekend in the United States.

The program near Vonn’s town of Vail includes the super-G, downhill and giant slalom races.

Vail-Beaver Creek also will host the 2015 World Championships.

After a season-ending crash last week at the World Championships in Austria, Vonn told her coaches she wanted to be back for next season’s speed races in Lake Louise, Alberta, which now come the weekend after her home events in Colorado.

The swelling around her repaired right knee was way down a day after surgery and her spirits way up, perhaps because of her surgeon’s optimistic prognosis. The doctor who operated on Vonn’s injured right knee thinks the four-time overall World Cup champion will be back by Beaver Creek.

College Football

Four football players arrested as Crimson Tide blushes red

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Four University of Alabama football players were charged in connection with the robbery and assault of two students, officials said Tuesday.

Campus police arrested running back Brent Calloway, linebackers D.J. Pettway and Tyler Hayes, and defensive back Eddie Williams after two robberies early Monday morning, university spokeswoman Cathy Andreen said.

Pettway and Hayes were charged with two counts of second-degree robbery. Defensive back Eddie Williams was charged with both fraudulent use of a credit card and two counts of second-degree robbery. Calloway was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card.

Associated Press