Friday's Sports In Brief


LONDON (AP) Calling it a wake-up call for a sport in a ''shameful'' position, IAAF President Sebastian Coe said Russia will be banned from next year's Olympics unless it convinces the world it has cleaned up its act on doping.

The sport's governing body provisionally suspended Russia's track and field federation, four days after the country was accused of operating a vast, state-sponsored doping program in a damning report by a World Anti-Doping Agency commission.

The move bars Russia from all international track and field competition for an indefinite period, including the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, until the country is judged to have fixed its problems and fallen into line with global anti-doping rules.

Coe called the decision - approved 22-1 in a secret vote of the IAAF council via teleconference - ''the toughest sanction we can apply at this time.'' It's the first time the International Association of Athletics Federations has ever banned a country over its doping failures.


PARIS (AP) - As news of bloodshed filtered through the crowd and police sirens wailed outside, thousands of soccer fans milled around the Stade de France, reluctant to leave the seemingly safe stadium.

The spectators didn't panic, despite hearing the sounds of explosions from outside - part of the carnage unfolding in the city that left more than a hundred killed in multiple acts of violence. But there was plenty of unease and tension.

During the first half of France's match against Germany on Friday, two explosions went off nearby. The first, at around 9:20 p.m., was a short and crisp bang.

The next ''bang'' followed only minutes later, clearly audible as it ripped through the chill air.

The attacks occurred near two of the stadium entrances and at a nearby McDonald's restaurant, according to Gregory Goupil of the Alliance Police Nationale, whose region includes the area around the stadium. He said at least three people died in the attacks.


COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel abruptly announced he will resign at the end of the season for health reasons, adding a stunning turn to a week where he kept his team united when players went on strike because of racial tensions on campus.

Pinkel, 63, said he was diagnosed with lymphoma in May. He dismissed the idea that the week's events on campus led to his decision.

The tumultuous week began when players tweeted they would boycott Saturday's game against BYU unless the university system president resigned. Pinkel supported his players and the boycott ended less than 48 hours after it started when president Tim Wolfe stepped down.

A statement from the school said Pinkel informed his staff and the team on Friday that this would be his last season. Pinkel and athletic director Mack Rhoades, who is in his first year at Missouri, are discussing a role that would keep Pinkel associated with Tigers athletics.


BOSTON (AP) - New Boston Red Sox boss Dave Dombrowski made his first big move to rebuild the franchise after its third last-place finish in four years, acquiring four-time All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel from the San Diego Padres for four prospects.

Kimbrel, who saved 39 games for the Padres this season, spent the first five years of his career with the Atlanta Braves before they traded him to San Diego on the eve of the 2015 regular season. The Red Sox assumed $25 million remaining on Kimbrel's contract but have him under control for up to three more seasons.

The Padres receive outfielder Manuel Margot, infielders Javier Guerra and Carlos Asuaje, and left-hander Logan Allen. Only Asuaje and Margot made it as high as Double-A last season.

NEW YORK (AP) - Houston outfielder Colby Rasmus, Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson became the first three players to accept qualifying offers from their teams rather than remain free agents.

The trio of free agents, who agreed to the $15.8 million, one-year contracts, were among 20 players given the offers Nov. 6. Another in the group, Toronto pitcher Marco Estrada, agreed to a $26 million, two-year contract that was announced just before the 5 p.m. EST deadline to accept qualifying offers.

None of the 34 qualifying offers was accepted in the first three years of baseball's current collective bargaining agreement. The qualifying offer salary is determined by the average of the highest 125 contracts in the major leagues.


AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson is doing his best to play spoiler now that his championship chances are done.

The six-time NASCAR champion was eliminated from the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship in the first round of the playoffs. But his win last week at Texas denied Brad Keselowski a spot in the finale, and now he's on the pole for the final elimination race.

Johnson turned a lap at 143.158 mph in qualifying to win the pole at Phoenix International Raceway. His effort kept Kurt Busch, who is still in the Chase, from the top starting spot for Sunday's race.

There are seven drivers vying for three spots next week in the title-deciding finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Only Jeff Gordon has clinched a berth in the final four.

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Timothy Peters won the Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway after championship contenders Erik Jones and Matt Crafton wrecked while racing for the lead.

Jones entered the race with a 17-point lead in the standings over the two-time defending series champion. But as they raced for position with 31 laps remaining, Crafton lost control of his truck and bumped into Jones.

Crafton then careened into teammate Johnny Sauter to end the race for both drivers.

Jones was able to continue, but had to pit and was no longer a threat for his third consecutive win at Phoenix. He finished ninth.


NEW YORK (AP) - It was a busy day for the New York Jets in the operating room.

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had a torn ligament in his left thumb repaired and running back Zac Stacy had season-ending surgery on his broken left ankle.

Coach Todd Bowles said during a conference call that Fitzpatrick is still on track to return for the Jets' next game at Houston on Nov. 22.

Fitzpatrick tore the ulnar collateral ligament in the thumb on his non-throwing hand at Oakland on Nov. 1 and played through it in two games while wearing a brace. With a break after New York's 22-17 loss to Buffalo on Thursday night, Fitzpatrick opted to have the procedure now instead of after the season.

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