Top National Sports Stories: Russia reacts ... Taggart leaving ... Kaepernick award

Published on December 06, 2017 at 07:03AM

MOSCOW (AP) — A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin is commenting on the International Olympic Committee’s ruling to bar Russia and its sports officials from the upcoming Pyeongchang Games. The spokesman says the Kremlin needs to analyze the ruling before making any decisions regarding the country’s participation, and that Russia “still needs to answer some questions” from the IOC.

UNDATED (AP) — Less than a year after Willie Taggart inspired the Ducks with his tagline “Do Something,” Oregon is searching for a new coach. Oregon’s players were summoned to a meeting at the team’s football complex for the announcement that Taggart had accepted the coaching job at Florida State. Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Mario Cristobal was named interim coach.

MIAMI (AP) — New Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter says the team has made no decision regarding right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who is on the trading block following an MVP season. The San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals are considered front-runners to acquire Stanton, with both teams offering a package of prospects. The major league home run champion can veto any deal because his contract includes a no-trade clause.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities have charged a man in connection with the slaying of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, more than seven years after Wright’s bullet-riddled body was found in a Memphis, Tennessee suburb. Billy Turner was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder, and is being held on $1 million bond.

NEW YORK (AP) — Colin Kaepernick accepted Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award from Beyonce and promised that “with or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people.” Beyonce thanked Kaepernick for his “personal sacrifice.” Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem last season to protest racial inequality and police brutality.