Investigation ordered into abuse at Texas ranch
• Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered a criminal investigation Tuesday into claims that former doctor Larry Nassar abused some of his victims at a Texas ranch near Houston that was the training ground for U.S. women’s gymnastics.
Abbott ordered the Texas Rangers, the state’s top criminal investigations unit, to look into the Karolyi Ranch. It hosted training camps for more than a decade until earlier this year. The Walker County Sheriff’s Office is already investigating.
Several gymnasts have said Nassar abused them at the ranch. Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison last week. More than 150 women and girls have said he had molested them under the guise of medical treatment.
Abbott called the allegations “gut-wrenching.” He ordered the state investigation because the claims involve multiple jurisdictions and states.
• Former Gov. John Engler will be named the interim president of Michigan State University amid the fallout over sexual assaults committed by former sports doctor Nassar, a high-ranking school official involved in the board of trustees’ plan said Tuesday.
The official said the board will vote to hire Engler on Wednesday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not been publicly announced.
President Lou Anna Simon resigned last week, and the board named vice president Bill Beekman as acting president.
Hurricanes guard to
have left foot surgery
• Miami Hurricanes guard Bruce Brown Jr. is racing the clock on an injured foot. Brown is expected to be sidelined for about six weeks because of a left foot injury that will require surgery. If the recovery timeline proves correct, his return would coincide with the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in early March.
Brown’s foot bothered him during the Hurricanes’ loss Saturday at Florida State. He saw a specialist Monday, and after X-rays were taken, surgery was scheduled for Thursday. The Hurricanes didn’t disclose the nature of the injury.
• North Carolina says freshman guard Jalek Felton has been suspended from school. The school said the suspension means he is “not currently eligible to participate” in any university activities.
It didn’t release further details, including the reason for the suspension and its duration.
Inkster U.S. captain for Solheim for third time
• Juli Inkster was selected U.S. captain for the Solheim Cup for a record third time.
Inkster has led the Americans to victory over Europe in 2015 in Germany and last year in Iowa. Another victory in 2019 in Scotland would make Inkster the first Solheim Cup captain with a 3-0 record.
— ABJ/Ohio.com wires
Sports news roundup, Jan. 30: Texas ranch under investigation