Rio police arrest Namibian boxer for attempted sexual assault

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian police have arrested a 22-year-old boxer who was the flag bearer for the Namibian national team on suspicion of attempting to sexually assault a room maid in the Olympic village, the second boxer detained on such charges at the Games.

Jonas Junius, who is competing in the light welterweight division, allegedly grabbed the maid and tried to kiss her. He is also suspected of offering the victim money to sleep with him, police said in a statement.

The maid reported the incident to the police.

The Games’ organizers confirmed the incident but said it was in the hands of police.

“Brazilian law needs to be respected,” said Rio 2016 spokesman Mario Andrada. “What we need to ensure is that all the legal procedures are being followed and we are assured that they have been.”

Last week another boxer, Morocco’s Hassan Saada, was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting two room maids at the Olympic Village.

Sterk to be named Missouri athletic director

San Diego State’s Jim Sterk will be named the new Missouri athletic director, according to multiple reports on Monday.

Sterk will replace Mack Rhoades, who resigned last month to become the athletic director at Baylor. Rhoades held his job with the Tigers for only 15 months.

The 60-year-old Sterk served as the athletic director at Washington State for 10 years before leading the Aztecs sports programs since 2010. He was named as one of the athletic directors of the year by the National Association of Collegiate Director of Athletics earlier in 2016.

Sterk takes over an athletic department that has seen significant turbulence in recent months.

Missouri’s men’s basketball program had a self-imposed ban this past season as a result of an investigation that found several NCAA violations during Frank Haith’s time as head coach.

Last November, Tigers university president and chancellor R. Bowen Loftin resigned after being criticized for the way the school handled student complaints about race and discrimination.

Stoudemire chose Jerusalem over non-playoff NBA teams

Veteran basketball standout Amar’e Stoudemire on Monday said he turned down offers to continue playing in the NBA and decided to follow his “Hebraic roots” and play in Israel for Hapoel Jerusalem.

A former first-round draft pick of the Phoenix Suns and six-time All Star, Stoudemire, 33, last week called time on his NBA career and signed a two-year contract with Jerusalem, saying he wanted to lead rather than come off the bench.

“I felt like I didn’t want to just wait around and be the last guy on the roster, I don’t want to end my career that way,” Stoudemire told Reuters.

“I want to end my career on a good, healthy note so that’s when I decided to retire (from the National Basketball Association),” he said after a news conference with Israeli media in Jerusalem.

The 6-foot-11 (2.11 meter) Stoudemire said three NBA teams, whom he did not name, discussed contracts but he “didn’t want to play for a team that didn’t have a chance for a title.”

Jets name Woodcroft as assistant coach

The Winnipeg Jets named Todd Woodcroft as an assistant coach on Monday.

Woodcroft joins fellow assistants Charlie Huddy and Jamie Kompon under coach Paul Maurice on the Jets, who finished with a 35-39-8 mark last season to reside in the cellar of the ultra-competitive Central Division.

The 43-year-old Woodcroft has spent the last three seasons with Calgary as the team’s scouting director and a professional scout.

Woodcroft also has plenty of international experience, serving as an assistant coach with Belarus at the World Championship in 2006, 2014 and 2016 as well as the same role with Switzerland in the 2015 tournament.