Could the Larry Nassar scandal bankrupt USA Gymnastics?

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TSX HEADLINES – for Jan. 24, 2018: The Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State involved perhaps 33 victims and cost the university more than $220 million … so far. The sexual-abuse scandal surrounding Dr. Larry Nassar has about 150 victims identified … and USA Gymnastics doesn’t have Penn State’s money.

The reality that this scandal could potentially bankrupt USA Gymnastics and the key players who decide whether the federation lives or dies could be the very athletes who were Nassar’s victims, and America’s Olympic medalists.

The details are in our Lane One commentary, plus news, previews and reports on what’s going on right now:

(1) THE TICKER: Apparently the Russians are feeling the sting of being suspended by the International Olympic Committee, as some of their star athletes are apparently not going to be invited to the Games.

(2) THE BIG PICTURE: Someone important doesn’t think the sanctions on Russia are tough enough. Guess who? Plus, a powerful U.S. team is named for PyeongChang.

(3) ALPINE SKIING: Mikaela Shiffrin will be back in action this weekend in Switzerland after failing to finish in two straight races. Time to start a new streak?

(4) FIGURE SKATING: One of figure skating’s key events – the Four Continents – is on in Taipei City, with good chances for American entries.

(5) FOOTBALL: The four-time defending champion U.S. women’s U-20 team is undefeated and headed to the semifinals of the CONCACAF women’s U-20 Championship in Trinidad.

This issue includes THE BIG PICTURE, a rapid-read status report on Olympic sport; ON DECK with news on Alpine Skiing ~ Fencing ~ Figure Skating ~ Nordic Combined ~ Sailing ~ Ski Jumping; SCOREBOARD reports on Alpine Skiing ~ Football ~ Short Track, and AGENDA, our calendar of top-level international events.

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