AKHSHTYR, Russia (AP) — The Associated Press found that Russia is dumping tons of construction waste into an illegal landfill in violation of its “Zero Waste” pledge for the Sochi Winter Olympics, raising concerns of possible contamination in the water that supplies the resort.
Trucks rumbled last week to the edge of a pit filled with spray cans, tires and foam sheets and dumped a stream of concrete slabs.
The landfill operated by state-owned Russian Railways outside Sochi sits in a water protection zone where dumping industrial waste is banned.
In a letter obtained by the AP, the local Environmental Protection Agency said that it had inspected the landfill in Akhshtyr and found “unauthorized dumping of construction waste.”
• NEW YORK (AP) — A group of gay rights protesters called for a boycott of the Sochi Games at a U.S. Olympic Committee event in Times Square.
As athletes began to speak on a temporary stage, commemorating 100 days until the games in Russia, about a dozen people on a nearby sidewalk unveiled a rainbow banner reading, “Don’t Buy Putin’s Lies.”
Their chants, “Including homophobia has got to go,” mixed with the athletes answering questions about training and gold medals.
Golson ‘used poor judgement’
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Suspended Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson said he used “poor judgment on a test,” which is what got him suspended for the fall semester.
“It wasn’t due to poor grades or anything like that,” he told Sports Illustrated in a video posted by the magazine. Asked directly if he cheated on a test, Golson said: “Yeah, something like that.”
Dallas GM resigns abruptly
DALLAS (AP) — Gersson Rosas resigned as general manager of the Dallas Mavericks just three months into his new job.
Rosas said the position “was not the best fit for me at this point in my career.”
He said the decision was made “solely by me” and that owner Mark Cuban tried to change his mind.
Rosas filled a position that had been vacant since former coach and GM Don Nelson left the franchise eight years ago. He reported to Nelson’s son, Donnie Nelson, the president of basketball operations.
A native of Colombia, Rosas was initially targeted to bolster their pro and college scouting efforts after working extensively with the Rockets' successful D-League franchise.
Nishikori tops Tsonga in Paris
PARIS (AP) — Kei Nishikori of Japan put an end to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s bid for a World Tour Finals spot by defeating the Frenchman 1-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7) in the second round of the Paris Masters.
In other second-round matches, Richard Gasquet of France outlasted Fernando Verdasco of Spain 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-3 to stay in contention for the tournament in London.
• SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Ana Ivanovic and Simona Halep cruised to straight-set victories in their opening round-robin matches at the season-ending Tournament of Champions.
Pens’ Kobasew out 3-4 weeks
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chuck Kobasew is out for at least three weeks with a lower body injury.
Coach Dan Bylsma said Kobasew was hurt in the first period of Monday’s 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Kobasew, who signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent in the offseason, has two goals in 12 games for the Penguins.
Kobasew’s injury came one game after the Penguins lost defenseman Rob Scuderi with an ankle injury that will require surgery.
The Penguins are already playing without forward James Neal (upper body), forward Beau Bennett (undisclosed injury) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun. Vokoun is out until at least January while he recovers from a blood clot.
Pittsburgh forward Brandon Sutter did not practice on Tuesday. His status for today’s game against Boston is unclear.