IOC President Thomas Bach said Saturday he is confident Russia will enact the necessary anti-doping reforms in time for its track and field athletes to be cleared to compete in next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Bach gave his backing to Russian Olympic Committee head Alexander Zhukov, who has been tasked with overseeing reforms to Russia's athletics federation, anti-doping agency and national drug-testing lab, all of which were implicated in a sharply critical World Anti-Doping Agency report Monday.
The IOC announced the agreement with Zhukov a day after Russia was provisionally suspended from international competition, including the Olympics, by the International Association of Athletics Federations.
"We are confident that the initiatives being proposed by the ROC, with the responsible international organizations, WADA and the IAAF, will ensure compliance as soon as possible in order to provide participation of the clean Russian athletes at the Olympic Games," Bach said in a statement.
Monday's report by the WADA panel accused the Russian federation's coaches and officials of operating a vast doping program with state backing.
Said where it hurts: Broncos QB Peyton Manning, who had gained a rib cage injury when the injury report came out Saturday. He still is probable to play against Kansas City on Sunday.
Kept it clean: Derek Fathauer, who played bogey-free and shot a 6-under 66 for a one-shot lead in the PGA Tour's OHL Classic in Mexico. If he wins he'll be the fifth first-time winner in five events.
Found new home: Righthander Jeremy Hellickson, traded by the Diamondbacks to the Phillies for righthanded pitching prospect Sam Williams. Hellickson went 9-12 for Arizona last season.
Kept his seat: Nico Rosberg, who won the Formula One pole position for the fifth race in a row, this time in the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo. Teammate Lewis Hamilton was second.
NFL bulks up security for games
The NFL will beef up security at its stadiums for the games Sunday and Monday in the wake of Friday's terror attacks in Paris, the league announced.
The league added that, based on information from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, there are no known threats against NFL stadiums.
The league strongly recommended that fans not bring bags to the stadiums but said that bags will be allowed if they are clear and are not large.
Figure skating event is canceled
French authorities canceled the rest of the Trophee Bompard figure skating competition in Bordeaux because of the terror attacks in Paris. American Gracie Gold was leading the field in the ladies' event after scoring a personal-best 73.32 points in her short program Friday.
Penn State opens with a victory
A handful of Penn State players still getting to know one another looked pretty cohesive Saturday.
Shep Garner scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half and host Penn State beat VMI 62-50 in the season opener for both teams.
Unlike last season when D.J. Newbill carried almost all the offensive burden, multiple Nittany Lions chipped in to help Garner. Brandon Taylor added 13 points, Payton Banks had 12 and five others scored.
Illinois point guard has finger surgery
•Illinois point guard Jaylon Tate had surgery to repair a dislocated finger, injured Friday. His return date was unclear.
AROUND THE HORN
Auto racing: Kyle Busch dominated again at Phoenix International Raceway, leading 190 of 200 laps and taking his record eighth NASCAR Xfinity Series victory at the track.
Women's golf: Inbee Park made two late birdies and shot a 5-under 67 to open a three-stroke lead in the LPGA Tour's Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico City. She had a 10-under 206 total at Club de Golf Mexico.
Speedskating: American Heather Bergsma broke the world record in the women's 1,000 meters in a World Cup event in Calgary, Alberta. Bergsma finished in 1 minute, 12.51 seconds, just minutes after American teammate Brittany Bowe lowered her own world mark with a time of 1:12.54. Bowe set the previous record of 1:12.58 in 2013.
1Coming on Tuesday are the semifinals in intramural tackle football at Notre Dame, the last campus in the nation with full-pads, full-contact intramural football. The program has existed since 1885. The final will be played in Notre Dame Stadium.