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5:49 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment LANSING, Mich. — Former Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar, who specialized in treating elite USA Gymnastics athletes, was charged Wednesday with 22 new counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Seven different alleged victims were mentioned among the 22 charges. Five of the charges pertain to those who were under age 13 at the time of the alleged assaults. Nassar, who is jailed without bond, is scheduled to stand trial on three other counts of sexual assault. He also faces charges of possession of child pornography and civil lawsuits from more than 30 complainants. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said Wednesday he “absolutely” expects more charges to follow. Since they began investigating Nassar five months ago, university police said 81 people have contacted detectives to accuse the doctor of assault. “This guy is a monster,” Schuette said. 3 former U.S. gymnasts detail abuse by …

NEW ORLEANS — The Statue of Liberty, the Queen of Sheba and a bright pink flamingo moseyed down Airline Drive, past an abandoned flea market and an empty roller skating rink, with police sirens squawking around them in all directions. This slow-roll show, a string of truck-pulled Mardi Gras floats heading for the big parade, stopped traffic in both directions, but the rows of inconvenienced drivers didn’t honk or cue up the GPS for an alternate route, instead patiently watching as a glaring Julius Caesar puttered past, followed by Morpheus with a crescent moon. Taking in the vibrant blues, greens and purples, they had all day. DeMarcus Cousins and the Pelicans, new partners in basketball, don’t enjoy that same luxury. The three-time All-Star center was introduced to the media at the New Orleans Saints’ practice facility on Wednesday morning, and their pace was anything but leisurely. Cousins, teammate Omri Casspi, coach Alvin Gentry and GM …

Professional athletes get nervous before games; this is a well-known fact.  Each player has a different way of dealing with nerves. Some guys diffuse tension with complex pregame rituals. Others let the nerves marinate and feed off the adrenaline rush they bring.  Minnesota Twins reliever Ryan O’Rourke goes about things a bit differently: he pukes. O’Rourke told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the habit of flushing bodily fluids dates back to his days at Merrimack College.  “I don’t do it in the public’s eye,” he said. “I go in the bathroom, or sometimes it’s just on the back of the mound. But, yeah, it happens.” O’Rourke, 28, has appeared in 54 major league games. That’s a ton of puke. But hey, the guy’s not hurting anyone and he seems to be pretty conscientious about where he pulls the trigger.  Bill Russell, who had a pretty solid NBA career, famously barfed before most big games he …

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft had a message for those who think his team wins championships because of various scandals over the years. “Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. The haters still hate. And I understand it, and we’ll do our best to keep them in that position,” Kraft said during a profile on HBO’s Real Sports that aired Tuesday night. The Patriots were busted for Spygate in 2007 after videotaping the New York Jets’ defensive coaches signals during a game and last year’s Deflategate when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for four games for his alleged involvement in deflating footballs before the 2015 AFC Championship Game. The team was also fined $1 million and lost a draft pick. “I go back to my Dad and he said, ‘The most important thing you can earn in life is a good name.’ That is impacting our good name or our reputation. …

A real Magic trick The Lakers just overhauled their front office and put Magic Johnson in charge of everything. He said a couple of weeks ago he wanted to “call the shots” in L.A., so it looks like he got his wish.  This is terrifying A guy in upstate New York broke into his employer’s house with a chainsaw and used it to cut through a door. They tracked him down with a bloodhound. He should actually do this The president of Iceland was only kidding when he said he wants to ban pineapple on pizza, but maybe he should consider taking it seriously. Follow Follow Extra Mustard on Facebook P.M. Lovely Lady of the Day Close Say hello to Siera Bearchell, Miss Universe Canada 2016. She’s from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, my favorite Canadian place name (just ahead of Red Deer, Alberta).(Click here for the full-size gallery.) What an injustice The goalkeeping coach/backup keeper for …

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Foxborough High quarterback Mark Clagg. The morning of the AFC Championship Game, a reader sent The MMQB an email about a story we’d published a few days earlier, “The Tale of Tom Brady and Johnny Foxborough.” The piece detailed the relationship between Bill Belichick and Brady, and how Belichick has coached his star quarterback harder than anyone on the Patriots’ roster over the past 16 years. One of Belichick’s favorite motivational tools is to announce in team meetings that he could find Brady’s replacement at the local high school. “What kind of throw is this?” Belichick will gripe during film sessions. “I can get Johnny Foxborough from down the street to make a better throw than this.” Cathy Roche, a Massachusetts native who teaches nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, had something to add to the story. “My nephew Mark Clagg,” she wrote to us, “is …

On the surface, the trade talks between the Dolphins and Jaguars this week came down to rather simple truths: Both teams had players they no longer wanted—Branden Albert in Miami’s case, Julius Thomas for Jacksonville—so the two sides swapped parts. The agreement reportedly will go off as two separate transactions: Per the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero, it’ll be Thomas to Miami for a 2017 late-round pick and Albert to the Jaguars for a 2018 late-rounder. There were rumored contract talks surrounding both players, as it pertained to their new homes, which might explain why this didn’t happen in one fell swoop—in other words, the Jaguars may have wanted to move on acquiring Albert regardless of what played out with Thomas. The Jaguars now have a new starting left tackle in Albert, while the Dolphins reunite Thomas with Adam Gase, under whom he produced his best seasons when the two were together in Denver. Financially, it’s …

1:41 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment The Sacramento Kings plan to waive veteran forward Matt Barnes to create the necessary roster room to complete their DeMarcus Cousins trade with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN that the Kings are expected to release Barnes later Monday because they need an extra roster spot to take in the three players they’re acquiring from the Pelicans in the Cousins deal: Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway. Sources: Kings agree to deal Cousins to Pelicans The Kings have agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans in exchange for a package highlighted by Buddy Hield, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-rounder, sources told ESPN. Sources say that the Kings and Pelicans agreed to ‎the blockbuster deal Sunday, which will send Cousins and swingman Omri Casspi to New Orleans in exchange for New Orleans’ 2017 first-round pick …

Barcelona striker Neymar lost his final appeal and will stand trial on corruption charges related to his transfer to Barcelona. Barcelona, Brazilian club Santos, Neymar’s father and the family company NN will also stand trial after their appeals were rejected Monday by Spain’s high court. The case was brought in 2013 when a Brazilian investment group, DIS, made a complaint against Neymar which said it received a smaller compensation because as part of the transfer fee from Santos. Sandro Rosell resigned as Barcelona FC’s president in 2014 after the scandal was made public. DIS claimed it is due a 40% cut of that transfer fee. Barcelona said that Neymar’s transfer fee was €57.1m, in which €17.1m was to be paid to Santos and the remaining money going to NN. Spanish authorities say that the transfer was almost $40 million more than reported with DIS receiving only €6.8 million. A two-year prison sentence and a nearly $10 …

Shortly after another dull All-Star Game played out in front of a sleepy crowd, the Smoothie King Center’s media work area jolted awake with word that Cousins, who had suspiciously logged just two minutes, might be traded to the Pelicans. While LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and other All-Stars fielded standard-issue post-game questions in a converted courtside VIP lounge, Cousins moved to the rear of the interview room with dozens of reporters in hot pursuit. Pressed to the back wall, the three-time All-Star gave no clear reason for his limited playing time and sounded irked by the trade talk, rolling his eyes and throwing back his head when pressed about the rumors. “Man, give me a break,” he said. “I just need one All-Star where it’s just All-Star questions. This is my third one and it’s always something. … Whatever happens, happens. I haven’t heard from [Kings management].” Rather than distance himself from the …

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