Russia says it’s been reinstated by IOC…Judge and Stanton in the Yankees’ lineup…A big month for LeBron

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Russia says it has been reinstated into the Olympic movement despite two failed doping tests by its athletes at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The TASS news agency reports that the Russian Olympic Committee received a letter from the IOC announcing the reinstatement. There’s no confirmation from the IOC. Russia was banned from the Olympics because of a massive doping scandal at the 2014 Sochi Games.

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton will be in the New York Yankees’ lineup together for the first time when the Yankees play Detroit today. Judge is expected to get one or two at-bats as the designated hitter in his first game since offseason left shoulder surgery, while Stanton will play right field. Barring any issues, Judge will the right fielder Friday against Atlanta.

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James has had quite a month. He finishes February averaging a triple-double for the first time in his career, after producing 31 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists last night in Cleveland’s 129-123 win over the Brooklyn Nets. James also became the first player in NBA history with 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds and 8,000 assists.

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA is expanding its international academies to include developmental camps for top female prospects. The league announced says the first camp will be held in Mexico City from March 9-11 and will bring in the top 20-25 players ages 17 and under from the Carribean, Mexico, Central America and South America.

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States Tennis Association will honor Althea Gibson with a statue at the U.S. Open. The first African-American to win the U.S. Nationals singles title in 1957 will be commemorated at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The U.S. Nationals were the precursor to the U.S. Open. She won both the U.S. Nationals and Wimbledon titles in 1957 and 1958.

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