Russia won’t be punished for singing its anthem … Denver considers hosting Winter Games … Nittany Lion damaged

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The International Olympic Committee says Russia’s imminent return from a doping suspension won’t be derailed because its hockey players sang their national anthem. The Russian men’s team defied IOC rules by belting out the anthem at their medal ceremony following Sunday’s 4-3 overtime win against Germany in the gold-medal game. Russian fans at the match also sang along.

DENVER (AP) — More than 40 years after becoming the first city to walk away from an Olympic bid, Denver is considering whether to try to again to host the Winter Games. Questions about the environmental impact, huge costs and logistics killed Denver’s plans to host the 1976 Olympics. But the leader of the committee exploring a possible bid says only three venues would have to be built, and all of them would be temporary facilities. So far, Salt Lake City is looking like the favorite for the 2030 Winter Olympics.

ISLAMABAD (AP) – A Pakistani tour operator says a climber who abandoned a Polish team following a dispute with fellow mountaineers in an attempt to climb solo up the world’s second-highest peak in winter has returned to base camp due to bad weather. Denis Urubko had left the team to try to summit K2 on his own, a highly risky enterprise.

UNDATED (AP) — Baseball free agents will play two exhibition games this week against a Japanese amateur team. The Major League Baseball Players Association says the games against JR East will take place at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The games will be open to media and scouts but not the public. More than four dozen players remain unsigned.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Police in State College, Pennsylvania, are looking into who damaged Pennsylvania State University’s mascot – the Nittany Lion. Authorities were called to the university around 4 a.m. Sunday and discovered that the mascot’s right ear was broken off. It was found nearby. University police are working to determine if the damage was intentional or accidental.

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