Sports in Brief: Putin: No discrimination against gays at Olympics
President Vladimir Putin promised Monday that gay athletes and guests at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will feel at ease, seeking to assuage fears fueled by a recent Russian law banning gay "propaganda."
Speaking at a meeting with heads of Russian winter sports federations, which was also attended by visiting IOC president Thomas Bach, Putin said Sochi would be fully tolerant.
"On my own and on your behalf, I have assured Mr. President [Bach] that we will do our best, and our athletes and fans will do their best too, so that both participants and guests feel themselves comfortable at Sochi Olympics regardless of their ethnicity, race or sexual orientation," Putin said. "I would like to underline that."
Preparations for the Sochi Olympics have been overshadowed by international criticism of a recently enacted Russian law outlawing "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors." Many worry that law may apply to gay athletes and visitors to the games.
GOLF Rory McIlroy won for the first time this year - even if it was an 18-hole exhibition against Tiger Woods.
McIlroy made four birdies and an eagle over the last seven holes at Mission Hills in Haikou, China, for a 6-under 67, giving him a 1-shot win over Woods. It was the second straight year McIlroy has defeated Woods at the medal match in China.
Even an unofficial win has to count for something. McIlroy beat Woods last year at Jinsha Lake under far different circumstances. McIlroy was a major champion, No. 1 in the world and on his way to sweeping all the important awards.
Kenny Perry made a 10-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Bernhard Langer on Sunday to win the Champions Tour's AT&T Championship in San Antonio, Texas.
SOCCER UEFA President Michel Platini wants the World Cup expanded from 32 to 40 teams.
The Frenchman was responding to FIFA President Sepp Blatter's call for Asian and African teams to be better represented at the World Cup.
Blatter has previously suggested that spots at the finals should be taken off European and South American nations rather than expanding the tournament.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL Penn State announced that its Nov. 9 game at Minnesota will kick off at noon and be televised by ESPN2.
- Inquirer wire services