USOC: Helmick violated ethics rules
Former United States Olympic Committee president Robert Helmick repeatedly violated rules regarding ethical conduct by Olympic officials, according to a scathing report released yesterday in Grapevine, Texas. "The report concludes that Mr. Helmick's behavior, among other things, gave rise to conflicts of interest and the appearance of conflicts of interest and engendered a general perception that Mr. Helmick was trafficking on his Olympic position to the benefit of private clients," said Arnold Burns, a former U.S. deputy attorney general who conducted the three-month investigation.
Helmick, who had served seven years as president, resigned Sept. 18 amid allegations he used the office to promote business for his Des Moines, Iowa, law firm. Helmick has denied any wrongdoing. While president of the USOC, Helmick was paid more than $300,000 in retainers from sports entities with ties to the Olympic movement.
Raghib "Rocket" Ismail scored on an 87-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter, as the Toronto Argonauts beat the Calgary Stampeders, 36-21, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and won their first Grey Cup -- the championship of the Canadian Football League -- in eight years.
After Calgary closed to 22-21 on Danny Barrett's 18-yard touchdown pass to Allen Pitts at 4 minutes, 21 seconds of the fourth quarter, Ismail took a squibbed kickoff at his 23 and raced into the end zone untouched. Toronto scored again less than a minute later after Calgary's Kevyan Jenkins fumbled the kickoff. Matt Dunigan threw his second touchdown pass, a 36-yarder to Paul Masotti, for a 15-point lead.
University of Cincinnati linebacker Andre Sherrod died of a gunshot wound to the chest. Sherrod, 23, a senior criminal justice major from New York, was found in his dorm room at about 6:50 p.m. yesterday.
Alberto Tomba came from behind for the second day in a row to beat Switzerland's Paul Accola and win a men's World Cup slalom in Park City, Utah. Tomba got his 20th career victory Saturday by beating Accola in the giant slalom. Yesterday, he defeated the Swiss racer by .16 of a second after completing two runs in 1 minute, 43.38 seconds.