Kremlin praises Ovechkin’s Putin Team

Kremlin praises Ovechkin’s Putin Team


The Kremlin has backed Alex Ovechkin’s new “social movement” to support President Vladimir Putin.

The Washington Capitals captain said Thursday on Instagram he was starting a group called Putin Team to “show everyone a strong and united Russia.” The Russian presidential election is scheduled for March 18.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says “we obviously welcome in general Sasha’s desire to express support for our president, especially from abroad,” referring to Ovechkin.

Peskov adds that Ovechkin is “a very famous Russian, a very successful Russian, and we really know that he values our president highly.”

Ovechkin, speaking after the Capitals’ game against the New York Islanders on Thursday, said he didn’t mean his post as a political gesture, but as a sign of Russian patriotism.

Panthers’ Davis fined $48,620


Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis has been fined $48,620 by the NFL for his hit Sunday on Tampa Bay wide receiver Adam Humphries.

Davis, the league’s Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2014, posted on Instagram that he was unhappy with the fine and insisted the hit was legal. He was penalized for unnecessary roughness on the play, which was deemed a helmet-to-helmet hit.

Davis writes that if the hit was “illegal” then it’s “time for me to retire!” He added that he was appealing the fine.

Miami’s Kiko Alonso was docked $9,115 for his hit on Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco, who suffered a concussion on the play. Dolphins defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh was not fined for either of his two unnecessary roughness penalties in that game, including one for shoving Ravens backup QB Ryan Mallett by the throat.

Georgia Tech suspends two basketball players


Georgia Tech has suspended starters Tadric Jackson and Josh Okogie indefinitely after learning the players accepted benefits in violation of NCAA rules.

Georgia Tech says the two players will not accompany the team to China for its season opener against UCLA on Nov. 10.

The school announced Thursday its internal investigation showed Jackson and Okogie received apparel, meals and transportation valued at less than $525 and less than $750, respectively, from the same person. The school says the person who provided the benefits is not a booster and is not employed by Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech says on Oct. 2 coach Josh Pastner became aware of the violations and reported the situation to the compliance office, which then began its investigation and informed the NCAA of its findings.

Soccer player charged for kicking fan


UEFA has charged Marseille defender Patrice Evra with violent conduct for kicking a fan and says he will be banned for at least one game.

European soccer’s governing body says its disciplinary body will meet on Nov. 10 to rule on the incident, which occurred before a Europa League game on Thursday.

Evra got into a verbal argument with Marseille supporters who scaled barriers to confront the team before the match against Portuguese club Vitoria.

Evra was seen aiming a kick at the head of one of his own club’s fans and then being ushered away by a teammate before being sent off. Evra was due to be on the bench as a substitute.

UEFA planning global club tournament


More worldwide soccer tournaments involving even more national teams could be coming to every odd-numbered year.

The plan would invite all 223 members of soccer’s six continental confederations and take place every two years. The format expands on UEFA’s Nations League, which kicks off next September in Europe.

Staff/wire report

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