Louisville’s Rick Pitino banned over claims escorts were used to woo recruits

  • NCAA says Rick Pitino failed to monitor staffer Andre McGee
  • McGee alleged to have hired strippers and escorts for sex parties

The NCAA has suspended Louisville’s men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino for five Atlantic Coast Conference games following its sex scandal investigation.

The college sports governing body also placed the basketball program on four years’ probation on Thursday, vacated wins in which ineligible players participated and handed down a 10-year show-cause order for former basketball operations director Andre McGee.

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US Soccer financials take $6.2m hit for firing Jürgen Klinsmann

  • Financials indicate US Soccer paid $6.2m related to firing of Klinsmann
  • Klinsmann was fired in November after US team’s poor start in qualifying
  • Jill Ellis paid $90,000 bonus for guiding to Women’s World Cup

The decision to fire US soccer coach Jürgen Klinsmann may have been necessary, but it was a costly one.

The US soccer federation incurred a “one-time, non-cash accounting charge” of $6.2m in connection with the sacking of Klinsmann and his staff, according to a document from the 2017 USSF Annual General Meeting that was disclosed on Wednesday by Becca Roux, the interim executive director of the US Women’s National Team Players Association.

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Ex-North Korea detainee Otto Warmbier treated for ‘severe neurological injury’

  • College student in Cincinnati hospital after returning from Pyongyang in coma
  • Warmbier’s father says son was ‘terrorized and brutalized’ during detention

An American college student who was imprisoned in North Korea and returned to his home state of Ohio in a coma suffered a “severe neurological injury,” according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Otto Warmbier is in stable condition at the University of Cincinnati medical center with his mother by his side, spokeswoman Kelly Martin said on Thursday. Doctors planned an update later Thursday.

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Lobbyist for Russian interests says he attended dinners hosted by Sessions

Richard Burt contradicts Jeff Sessions’ testimony that he didn’t believe he had contacts with lobbyists working for Russian interests during Trump’s campaign

An American lobbyist for Russian interests who helped craft an important foreign policy speech for Donald Trump has confirmed that he attended two dinners hosted by Jeff Sessions during the 2016 campaign, apparently contradicting the attorney general’s sworn testimony given this week.

Related: ‘Nervous’ Jeff Sessions’ attempt at Trump-like bravado falls flat

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Corbyn’s American journey: from drain-spotter to ‘threat to the west’ | Emma Brockes

The Labour leader’s election surge has set off alarm bells in the US. A week ago, the media found him amusing. Now he’s a danger

“Who is Jeremy Corbyn?” asked NBC News, scrambling to catch up a few days before the general election last week and asking a question that echoed across US media. Before the results came in, the answer, on NBC at least, was a man whose distinguishing characteristics were that he had been in politics for four decades, “often gets around the capital on a bicycle”, and, most startling of all to the American political class, “lives in a small house”. “Despite being a bit shambolic,” said NBC – before explaining that shambolic was “a British word meaning dishevelled and disorganised” – Corbyn “has shown he has a common touch”.

Related: New Labour is dead. Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet must stay as it is | Owen Jones

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