USA Gymnastics poised to lose key sponsors in wake of sex abuse scandal

USA Gymnastics is poised to lose four key sponsors in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal involving a former team doctor. Procter & Gamble, Kellogg’s, Under Armour and Hershey’s reportedly no longer want to associate themselves with the troubled governing body. Responding to a report on Thursday, USA Gymnastics confirmed that Procter & Gamble and Kellogg’s had completed their sponsorship contracts. On Friday, ESPN reported that Under Armour and Hershey’s will not renew their deals with the organization. Under Armour signed an eight-year deal in 2013 to provide performance…

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Epic Mars portrait turns the planet on its head – CNET

The European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft took this unusual portrait of the Red Planet. ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO Up and down can seem subjective when you’re talking about objects in space, but most images you see of Mars are oriented so the planet’s north pole is up and the south pole is down. The European Space Agency turned things around with a newly released image from its Mars Express spacecraft. The full view is a scenic stunner showing a sweeping section of Mars with the icy northern…

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Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar sentenced to 60 years in prison

A judge on Thursday sentenced Michigan gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes. The sentencing is the first of three prison sentences that will keep him locked up for decades for assaulting female gymnasts and possessing child pornography. Federal prosecutors were seeking a 60-year sentence Thursday for Nassar, who had more than 37,000 images of child porn on electronic devices. U.S. District Judge Janet Neff followed the government’s recommended sentence, saying Nassar “should never again have access to children.” Separately, Nassar, 54, will…

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McKayla Maroney plunged into ’emotional abyss’ by abuse

Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney’s mother says the gold medalist’s sexual abuse at the hands of a team doctor plunged her into an “emotional abyss” so deep the family feared she would kill herself. Erin Maroney and her daughter bared their anguish in letters to the federal judge who will sentence Larry Nassar on Thursday for possession of child pornography. The Maroneys are asking the court to give him the maximum punishment. McKayla Maroney prepares to compete at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Belgium in 2013. Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty…

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Feds want Olympic gymnast doctor who molested girls to serve 60 years

A doctor accused of molesting Olympic gymnasts and scores of other patients should spend the rest of his life behind bars for a “abominable” child-pornography collection that fed his urges, federal prosecutors said Thursday. In a pre-sentencing memo, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Michigan asked a judge to sentence Larry Nassar to 60 years in prison, saying he’s a danger to society. Nassar, 54, was already facing a minimum of 25 years in prison after pleading guilty in two state courts to sexually assaulting 10 girls. Related: Ex-gymnastics doctor Larry…

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Feds want 60-year sentence for perv Olympic gymnast doctor

A doctor accused of molesting Olympic gymnasts and scores of other patients should spend the rest of his life behind bars for a “abominable” child-pornography collection that fed his urges, federal prosecutors said Thursday. In a pre-sentencing memo, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Michigan asked a judge to sentence Larry Nassar to 60 years in prison, saying he’s a danger to society. Nassar, 54, was already facing a minimum of 25 years in prison after pleading guilty in two state courts to sexually assaulting 10 girls. Related: Ex-gymnastics doctor Larry…

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Semiramide review: David Alden’s production brings out the magnificence of music

Indeed, this is its first appearance at Covent Garden for more than a century, but the Opera House has assembled a superb cast of singers for David Alden’s new production who truly bring out the magnificence of the music.  Its rarity can be put down to a combination of three things: first, its length, which at four hours demands an early start and a good deal of commitment from the audience; second, the plot, which is bizarre even by operatic standards; and thirdly, the undeniable fact that it’s not nearly…

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Elon Musk sees backflipping robot, thinks Apocalypse – CNET

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. When will people listen to me? Mark Brake/Getty Images Ever since I saw Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot perform a backflip, I’ve not been the same. Involuntary shudders have assaulted me in public moments. I even threw my copy of “Atlas Shrugged” in the trash. It was too close to the truth. These robots are beginning to shrug at us and we just stand and stare. Then along came Elon Musk to make me feel worse….

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‘Vile’: Former Olympics doctor pleads guilty to molesting girls

A gymnastics doctor accused of molesting more than 130 former patients — including Olympic gold medalists Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman — pleaded guilty Wednesday to criminal sexual conduct charges in a deal that will put him behind bars for at least 25 years. Wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, a grim-faced Larry Nassar admitted to abusing seven girls, three of them when they were under the age of 13. Under the terms of his plea agreement with Michigan prosecutors, he agreed to a sentence range of 25 to…

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Gabby Douglas apologizes after Simone Biles calls out victim shaming tweet

Gabby Douglas has apologized for saying that women should “dress modestly and be classy” to avoid enticing “the wrong crowd”, a comment that drew criticism for victim shaming and kicked off a public rift between members of last year’s US Olympic women’s gymnastic team. Douglas, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, said she was “deeply sorry” for a tweet in response to Aly Raisman, the US team captain at the London and Rio Games where both won team golds in addition to individual medals. “i didn’t correctly word my reply &…

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