The U.S. men’s gymnastics team was fifth in the team qualifying ranking at the world championships in Glasgow, Scotland, meaning the Americans advance to the eight-nation team finals and have a berth in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
U.S. men’s team secures a berth in 2016 Olympics
The U.S. men’s gymnastics team was fifth in the team qualifying ranking at the world championships Monday in Glasgow, Scotland, meaning the Americans advance to the team finals and have a berth in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Japan led the team rankings. Teams joining the United States and Japan in the finals are China, Britain, Russia, Switzerland, Brazil and South Korea.
Danell Leyva of Miami ranked fourth in the all-around standings. Others on the U.S. men’s team are Alexander Naddour of Queen Creek, Ariz.; Brandon Wynn of Vorhees, N.J.; Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore; Chris Brooks of Houston; and Paul Ruggeri of Manlius, N.Y.
Candidates to head FIFA include some surprises
Deadline day to enter the FIFA presidential election saw surprise entries and a potential eight-man lineup.
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Among late tactical changes, two unexpected additions were Gianni Infantino — the right-hand man of suspended UEFA President Michel Platini, whose entry might be barred because he is serving a suspension — and Liberian soccer leader Musa Bility, whose campaign seemed hopelessly stalled in August.
The election to replace Sepp Blatter, who is stepping down from the corruption-tainted world soccer governing body, is Feb. 26.
Other candidates for FIFA president are Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain; Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, South African tycoon Tokyo Sexwale; former FIFA official Jerome Champagne; and David Nakhid, a former player from Trinidad and Tobago.
“I am sure there will be a lot of sleaze,” Champagne said of the FIFA race. “It has started, believe me.”
• Franz Beckenbauer said it was his mistake to make a payment to FIFA in return for a financial grant to Germany’s 2006 World Cup organizing committee.
Beckenbauer, a legendary player who was president of the 2006 World Cup organizing committee, reiterated his comment from last week there was no vote buying before Germany won the bid to stage the World Cup.
American Pharoah is favored
Triple Crown champion American Pharoah was made an early 6-5 favorite in a field of 10 for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, which will be the last race of his career.
The 3-year-old colt will break from post 4 on Saturday at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. He is 6 for 7 this year and is coming off a loss to Keen Ice in the Aug. 29 Travers at Saratoga in New York.
Beholder, a 5-year-old mare who will start from the outside post, is a 3-1 second choice for the 1¼ -mile Classic.
American Pharoah was timed in 46.20 seconds in a half-mile workout Monday at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.
Muguruza, Kerber win
Second-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain won her first match at the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore.
Muguruza beat eighth-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).
Sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany defeated fourth-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 7-6 (7-3).
MacLeod to head C-USA
Judy MacLeod of Conference USA was named the first female commissioner in the Football Bowl Subdivision after heading C-USA in an interim role for about a month.
MacLeod, 51, played basketball and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. She was a sport manager for the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle and was an assistant women’s basketball coach at Seattle University for four seasons.
MacLeod has been with C-USA since 2005. Previously, she was athletic director at Tulsa for 10 years.
• NASCAR officials said they have signed five-year sanctioning agreements with 23 tracks that host Sprint Cup Series races.
The sanctioning body reached the same agreement with 24 tracks that host Xfinity Series races. The deals mean the tracks will host their events through the 2020 Sprint Cup and Xfinity seasons, although the actual race dates can change.
• New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey, a former standout for the Western Hockey League Seattle Thunderbirds, will miss at least a month of the NHL season because of a lower-body injury, Newsday reported.
The injury, believed to be to Hickey’s left leg, was suffered in a game Saturday.
• In a rematch of last season’s NHL Western Conference finals, Jonathan Toews scored 51 seconds into overtime, Corey Crawford made 39 saves and the host Chicago Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks 1-0.
Chicago is 6-3-0; the Ducks dropped to 1-6-1.