Five of Lance Armstrong’s teammates accept reduced suspensions
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Embattled short-track coaches resign
US Speedskating’s short-track head coach Jae Su Chun and his assistant Jun Hyung Cho, who have been accused of abusing team members, resigned from the organization Thursday, effective immediately. Chun and Cho both accepted suspensions from US Speedskating through February 2014, including the Sochi Olympics to be held that month. Chun has been accused by a dozen team members of physical, emotional, and verbal abuse, and of ordering speedskater Simon Cho to sabotage the skates of a Canadian rival. But investigators commissioned by US Speedskating said they didn’t find evidence that Chun engaged in such patterns of abuse, or of Cho’s claim that Chun ordered the skate tampering. Chun has denied all allegations.
Rose tops Woods in World semifinal
Justin Rose beat Tiger Woods by a stroke to set up a title match with Lee Westwood in the World Golf Final in Belek, Turkey. Westwood shot a course-record 61 to beat Charl Schwartzel by six shots. Rose, who holed a sand wedge for an eagle at the 14th, finished with a 2-under-par 69 while Woods was at 70. In the morning’s quarterfinal round, Woods shot a 64 to beat World No. 1 Rory McIlroy by six strokes . . . Nick O' Hern shot a 9-under 62 to take a three-stroke lead over Nicolas Colsaerts and Jhonattan Vegas after the first round of the Frys.com Open in San Martin, Calif. Ernie Els opened with a 71 in the PGA Tour Fall Series event . . . Ross Fisher and Stephen Gallacher each shot a 6-under 65 to share the lead at the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura after the opening round. Martin Kaymer is in fourth place after a 69 . . . Meghan Stasi of Oakland Park, Fla., won her fourth US Women’s Mid-Amateur title, routing Liz Waynick of Scottsdale, Ariz., 6 and 5, in the final at San Antonio . . . Defending champion Kirk Hanefeld of Acton shot a 2-under 70 and is tied for second after the first round of the Senior PGA National Championship in Leesburg, Va. Bob Gaus and Bruce Nakamura share the lead with 69s.
Fever to hot for Sun, advance to Finals
Tamika Catchings scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Indiana Fever into the WNBA Finals for the second time in four seasons with an 87-71 win over the Connecticut Sun in Game 3 at Uncasville, Conn. League MVP Tina Charles led the Sun with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Indiana will play at defending WNBA champion Minnesota in the best-of-five finals . . . Prep basketball standout James Young of Rochester, Mich., said he’s going to play basketball at defending national champion Kentucky. The 6-foot-6-inch Young, considered one of the top five high school players in the country, announced his choice after reportedly considering Michigan State, Kansas, and Syracuse. His verbal commitment is non-binding. Players can begin signing letters of intent for the 2013-14 season Nov. 14.
Biffle takes the pole at Charlotte
Greg Biffle won the pole for Saturday night’s NASCAR’s Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Biffle turned a track-record lap of 193.708 miles per hour in his No. 16 Ford and will start alongside Mark Martin on the front row for the fifth race in NASCAR’s Chase for the championship. Ryan Newman was third, followed by Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson . . . Five of Lance Armstrong’s former teammates officially accepted six-month doping suspensions, reduced because they provided evidence that helped the US Anti-Doping Agency make the case to strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles. George Hincapie, Tom Danielson, Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde, and David Zabriskie all would have received at least two-year sanctions had they not helped USADA with its case. As part of their deals, all agreed not to participate in the Olympics this year. In June, all but Danielson announced they were withdrawing from Olympic consideration but they did not give an explanation. All the suspensions run through February. Hincapie has said he’s retiring at the end of 2012 . . . Indians outfielder Michael Brantley had surgery to repair a sports hernia and will need 3-6 weeks to recover . . . Former major league outfielder John ‘‘Champ’’ Summers died Thursday in Ocala, Fla., after a 2½-year battle with kidney cancer. He was 66. Starting in 1974, Summers played 10 seasons in the majors for six teams: Athletics, Cubs, Reds, Giants, Padres, and Tigers. His wife Joy said, ‘‘his favorite team was Detroit. He stayed there the longest, and he loved the fans.’’ . . . Ireland captain Robbie Keane was ruled out of Friday’s World Cup soccer qualifier against Germany because of an Achilles’ tendon injury .