IOC set to cut 1 sport from program of 2020 Games

STEPHEN WILSON AP Sports Writer Published:

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- IOC leaders are meeting this week to decide which sport to drop from the Olympic program and how to deal with the fallout from the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.

At a two-day IOC executive board meeting opening Tuesday, the IOC will also review preparations for the Winter Olympics in Sochi -- less than a year away -- and the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, as well as select a short list of finalists for the 2018 Youth Olympics.

Modern pentathlon, a tradition-steeped contest invented by the founder of the modern Olympics, is expected to face close scrutiny when the board considers which of the current 26 summer Olympic sports to remove from the program of the 2020 Games. Taking out one sport will make way for a new sport to be added to the program later this year.

• Hockey

Jackets fall: Magnus Paajarvi scored a go-ahead short-handed goal with 3:10 remaining and Devan Dubnyk made 39 saves as the Edmonton Oilers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Columbus.

Sam Gagner scored into an open net and assisted on the game-winner, and Ales Hemsky scored in the first period for Edmonton.

Wings win: Jonathan Ericsson scored with 5 seconds left to lift the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 past the Los Angeles Kings.

Pavel Datsyuk and Damien Brunner scored on shots set up by Henrik Zetterberg in the first period and Howard made 45 saves to help the Red Wings win three straight for the first time this year.

• Golf

Lowry last in: Shane Lowry got into the Match Play Championship by the slimmest of margins, all because of a birdie putt thousands of miles away from his home in Ireland.

Patrick Reed holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the last hole Sunday at Pebble Beach for a two-way tie for seventh with Fredrik Jacobson.

Mediate clutch: Rocco Mediate birdied the 18th hole and finished with a 1-under par 71 to win the Allianz Championship on Sunday. Mediate's 4-foot birdie putt came after Tom Pernice Jr. missed a 5-footer at No. 18 that could have forced a playoff.

Pernice, who had a final-round 70, finished tied with Bernhard Langer (68) for second place. Mark O'Meara (69) and defending champion Corey Pavin (69) were both six shots off the lead.

• Tennis

Out of Fed Cup: The United States was eliminated in the first round of the Fed Cup, losing to Italy 3-2 Sunday when Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci defeated Varvara Lepchenko and Liezel Huber in the decisive doubles match.

Errani and Vinci, the top-ranked doubles team, won 6-2, 6-2 against an understrength American team. The U.S. was without Serena and Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens because of injuries.

Nadal beaten: Rafael Nadal lost the singles and doubles finals at the VTR Open on Sunday in a disappointing finish to his comeback tournament after being sidelined for seven months with a left knee injury.

Nadal was beaten by Argentina's Horacio Zeballos in three sets in the singles final. Then, Nadal and partner Juan Monaco lost 6-2, 6-4 in the doubles championship against the Italian pair of Paolo Lorenzi and Potito Starace.

• Elsewhere

Vonn recovering: The surgeon who operated on Lindsey Vonn's right knee was "optimistic for a full recovery" after she shredded two ligaments during a crash last week at the world championships.

In a release issued by the ski team, Sterett said the surgery went well.

Riot on the court: The Greek Cup basketball final was struck by violence Sunday, with fans storming the court and tearing seats apart, and police using stun grenades to contain the mayhem.

The game was suspended for an hour before Panathinaikos defeated archrival Olympiakos 81-78 in front of nearly empty stands.

The trouble began with 7:03 left in the second quarter and Panathinaikos leading 26-17. Panathinaikos' Stefan Lasme tangled with Pero Antic under the basket and head-butted his opponent, drawing a technical foul. Olympiakos fans responded by throwing objects onto the court, with one hitting Panathinaikos' Greek-American guard Mike Bramos, who was on the bench. Fans then ran onto the court and exchanged blows, forcing riot police to intervene -- at one point using the stun grenades.

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