LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) For wrestling, this may have been the ultimate body slam: getting tossed out of the Olympic rings.
The vote Tuesday by the IOC's executive board stunned the world's wrestlers, who see their sport as popular in many countries and steeped in history as old as the Olympics themselves. While wrestling will be included at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, it was cut from the games in 2020, which have yet to be awarded to a host city.
The executive board of the International Olympic Committee reviewed the 26 sports on its summer program in order to remove one of them so it could add one later this year. It decided to cut wrestling and keep modern pentathlon - a sport that combines fencing, horse riding, swimming, running and shooting - and was considered to be the most likely to be dropped.
NEW YORK (AP) - Banana Joe didn't monkey around this time. The little affenpinscher with the bouncy step and shiny black coat walked off as America's top dog, winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club.
Affectionately called a monkey dog because he looks just like one, Banana Joe made up for near misses the last two years at Madison Square Garden. The 5-year-old wagged his tail a mile a minute and stuck out his pink tongue after earning his 86th best in show title overall. An old English sheepdog only 20 months old was picked as the runner-up on the green carpet of the Garden. Swagger the sheepdog drew the most cheers, but judge Michael Dougherty picked Banana Joe.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Kentucky's Nerlens Noel rushed back on defense, blocked Mike Rosario's layup from behind and then awkwardly landed on his left leg.
He crashed into the basket support, dropped to the ground and started screaming as he clutched his left knee. It may have been his final play of the season. Noel, the nation's top shot-blocker, injured his knee with about 8 minutes to play in the 25th-ranked Wildcats' 69-52 loss to No. 7 Florida.
Noel was pushed through the hallways of the O'Connell Center in a wheelchair, with his left leg extended and in a brace. He was transported to Shands Hospital on Florida's campus for tests, but was expected to return with the team to Lexington, Ky.
DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose still has no target date for his return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and he even indicated he might sit out the season.
In an interview with USA Today, the three-time All-Star point guard said he's ``far away'' from being ready to play. Rose has been practicing and traveling with the team, but he has no specific timetable for a return from an injury he suffered in the playoffs last season. Rose tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a playoff-opening win over Philadelphia, and the top-seeded Bulls wound up losing to the 76ers in the first round.
BOSTON (AP) - Boston Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa has a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season.
Barbosa injured the knee in Monday night's game against the Charlotte Bobcats. An MRI revealed the injury. Surgery had not yet been scheduled. Barbosa has averaged 5.2 points and just over one rebound and one assist in 41 games for the Celtics.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Felix Hernandez and Seattle reached agreement on a contract that is expected to make the Mariners ace the highest-paid pitcher in baseball.
Hernandez's deal is expected to be for $175 million over seven years. Terms of the contract were not released by the team. Hernandez and general manager Jack Zduriencik will hold a news conference in Seattle on Wednesday afternoon, when Hernandez is expected to sign the contract.
VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Gio Gonzalez arrived at spring training with the Washington Nationals and maintained he has not used performance-enhancing drugs.
The Miami New Times reported last month that Gonzalez was among a half-dozen major league players listed as receiving PEDs in purported records of Biogenesis of America LLC, a now-closed anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Fla. Gonzalez hopes to be exonerated.
Gonzalez, a 21-game winner last year, denied the allegations on Twitter on the day they were reported.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Alex Rodriguez will not report to spring training with the Yankees' position players and will work on his rehabilitation from hip surgery in New York.
The third baseman is expected to be sidelined until at least the All-Star break following the Jan. 16 operation. ``I spoke to him last week. He was still barely, I think, on the crutches,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said during his opening spring-training remarks. ``There's not a lot that he can do here.''
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Third baseman Scott Rolen declined the Cincinnati Reds' offer to attend spring training, but stopped short of saying he's ready to retire.
The seven-time All-Star informed the team of his decision on Tuesday, when Reds pitchers and catchers reported for the start of camp. Rolen, who turns 38 on April 4, had been mulling an offer to fill a reserve role with the NL Central champions. He's been limited each of the last three seasons by chronic problems with his left shoulder and back spasms.
DALLAS (AP) - The former financial adviser for ex-NFL quarterback Vince Young said under oath that he arranged a high-interest, seven-figure loan for Young during the 2011 lockout because the player wanted to throw himself a $300,000 birthday party even though he was running low on funds.
Ronnie Peoples, president and CEO of Peoples Financial Service Inc. in Raleigh, N.C., said during a videotaped deposition last month that he contacted New York-based Pro Player Funding LLC about the loan after being informed that Young had already paid for the party. Young's attorney, Trey Dolezal, said Peoples' account contains numerous inaccuracies, including the statement regarding the birthday celebration.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Three University of Alabama football players were charged with knocking students unconscious and stealing their wallets, while a fourth player was charged with using a stolen debit card.
Linebacker Tyler Hayes, 18, and safety Eddie Williams, 20, confessed to robbing a student who was punched in the head and face and kicked in the ribs and back early Monday morning, according to court documents. Williams said D.J. Pettway, 20, a defensive lineman, and Hayes waited in a nearby vehicle about an hour later while he knocked out and robbed another student. Williams and Hayes both admitted to their involvement, according to the documents.
Williams and running back Brent Calloway, 20, both admitted to using a stolen credit card to buy snacks from vending machines inside a dormitory, the documents said. All four students were indefinitely suspended by coach Nick Saban.