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Athletes warily embrace progress as USA Gymnastics evolves

The dread was familiar. The fear too. They gripped MyKayla Skinner shortly after she decided to return to elite gymnastics last summer. Skinner wasn’t worried about recapturing the skills that made her an alternate on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team. She kept an eye on USA Gymnastics as it stepped on one land mine after another in the aftermath as the lawsuits piled up and its role as the sport’s national governing body became tenuous at best.

YWCA Spokane to host judge who gave victims a voice in USA Gymnastics sex-abuse scandal

Michigan Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who sentenced the doctor at the center of the USA Gymnastics sex-abuse scandal, is coming to Spokane to speak about domestic violence. “It’s long been held that this is a family problem, and people don’t want to interfere,” she said. “The fact is, we do need to interfere. We need to protect people who cannot protect themselves.”

Michigan State University fined $4.5 million in Nassar case

The Education Department says it’s fining Michigan State University a record $4.5 million for failing to respond appropriately to sexual assault complaints against Larry Nassar, a former sports doctor at the school who also worked at USA Gymnastics

Report says Ohio State doc abused 177, officials were aware

A now-dead Ohio State team doctor sexually abused at least 177 male students from the 1970s through the 1990s, and numerous university officials got wind of what was going on over the years but did little or nothing to stop him, according to a report released by the school Friday.

Gymnastics scandal leads list of AP’s top 10 sports stories

Sports doctor Larry Nassar receives multidecade prison sentence after dozens of female athletes detail abuse; shake-ups at Michigan State, USA Gymnastics and US Olympic Committee follow outrage over slow responses to allegations.

Lawyer: Michigan State hampered probe of its Larry Nassar dealings

A special prosecutor on Friday accused Michigan State University of stonewalling his investigation into the school’s handling of the sexual abuse scandal involving disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar and called for “top-down cultural change” at the school.

Ex-MSU president charged with lying to police about Larry Nassar

Ex-Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon was charged Tuesday with lying to police during an investigation of the handling of serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar – the third current or former campus official other than Nassar to face criminal charges in the scandal.

USOC moves to shut down USA Gymnastics after Larry Nassar scandal

The U.S. Olympic Committee is moving to revoke USA Gymnastics’ status as the governing body for the sport at the Olympic level, meting out the nuclear option to an organization that has botched its own reorganization in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar.

Kerry Perry quits as president of scandal-hit USA Gymnastics

USA Gymnastics turned to an outsider when it tasked Kerry Perry to steer the embattled organization through the fallout of the Larry Nassar scandal. Yet too often during her nine months on the job – a brief tenure that ended Tuesday when Perry resigned amid pressure from the United States Olympic Committee – it was Perry’s voice that was missing.

Senator to U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics: Take legal responsibility for abuse

A senator called on the U.S. Olympic Committee to cease efforts to be dropped as a defendant in sex-abuse lawsuits filed by gold-medal gymnasts. Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said the USOC needs to “accept legal responsibility” for the crimes committed by Larry Nassar. He criticized the USOC’s acting CEO for signing off on last week’s’ motions to have the USOC removed from lawsuits involving Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber and McKayla Maroney.

Nassar, trainer charged with sex assault; Karolyis cleared

Texas prosecutors on Friday filed sexual assault charges against Larry Nassar and a trainer who worked at his side, expanding the worst abuse scandal in U.S. sports history beyond Michigan while also clearing world-renowned gymnastics coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi whose ranch served as a training site for Olympians.

Michigan State approves $500 million bond for settlement

Michigan State University’s governing board rejected an effort to oust the school’s interim president Friday as trustees met to discuss how to pay for a $500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who said they were sexually assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Michigan State trustee calls for school president to resign

Two Michigan State University board trustees are calling for interim school president John Engler to resign immediately, joining a chorus of sexual assault survivors of disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar and top legislators who say the campus community cannot heal until Engler steps down.

Gymnastics exec says she was told to keep quiet about Nassar

The former president of USA Gymnastics refused to answer questions Tuesday from a Senate subcommittee about how he handled allegations of sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar, and another former executive sat next to him and asserted that her former boss instructed her and others to keep quiet about athletes’ claims.

Michigan State agrees to pay $500M to settle Nassar claims

Michigan State University agreed to pay $500 million to settle claims from more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history, officials announced Wednesday.

Gymnast sues Karolyis, other groups over team doctor’s abuse

A former member of the U.S. national team is the latest gymnast to file suit over former sports doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse. Sabrina Vega was on the team that won a gold medal at the 2011 World Championships. She filed a lawsuit in Texas on Tuesday against Nassar, USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and Bela and Martha Karolyi, who ran a ranch north of Houston that was the training ground for U.S. women’s gymnastics.