Despite Russia's ban from the upcoming Olympics, officials in the country still expect more than 200 of its athletes to compete at the Pyeongchang Games.

Under International Olympic Committee sanctions announced last week, all Russians must compete under the Olympic flag as "Olympic Athletes from Russia."

"Potentially more than 200 athletes are in a position to qualify," Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov said Tuesday.

"The opinion of all taking part was united, and that was that our athletes need to go to South Korea, compete and win for the glory of Russia."

The IOC banned Russia after it was found to have run a doping program at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. On Tuesday, the IOC disqualified the Russian women's hockey team because six of its players were implicated in doping offenses in Sochi.

That brings the total of Russians banned after Sochi testing to 31 and makes Russia the first country in history with more than 100 Olympic disqualifications.

Russian athletes going to Pyeongchang still need to pass a screening from an IOC committee, and none with an established history of doping test failures will be allowed.


Balls to play in Lithuania

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball signed contracts with a professional Lithuanian basketball club, rendering LaVar Ball's two younger sons ineligible for college basketball.

The move comes after LiAngelo left UCLA, where he was suspended because of his shoplifting arrest during a team trip to China. LaVar Ball recently removed 16-year-old LaMelo from Chino Hills High in California. The oldest son, Lonzo Ball, is a rookie with the Lakers.

The Prienai-Birstonas Vytautas club said the brothers will report in early January.


Ex-champ Fury's ban ends

Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury's doping ban was ended, freeing him to fight again.

UK Anti-Doping, the body that suspended Fury and his brother, heavyweight Hughie Fury, over elevated levels of nandrolone in urine samples after fights in February 2015, accepted a compromise and ended the ban Tuesday.

Tyson Fury has not fought since beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to win the WBA, IBF and WBO belts. On Twitter he posted, "Guess who's back?" and called out WBA and IBF champion Anthony Joshua, writing: "Where you at boy? I'm coming for you."


It starts in goal for LAFC

Seattle goalkeeper Tyler Miller was the Los Angeles Football Club's first pick in the Major League Soccer expansion draft.

LAFC also chose Sporting Kansas City forward Latif Blessing, San Jose forward Marco Urena, Columbus left back Jukka Raitala and Toronto defender Raheem Edwards.

LAFC begins play as MLS' 23rd franchise in March.

Sounders re-sign Dempsey

• The Seattle Sounders will have Clint Dempsey when they try to make it to a third straight MLS Cup final. The club signed Dempsey to a one-year deal as a designated player for the 2018 season. Dempsey scored 12 goals in the regular season this year and three more in the playoffs.

Around the horn

Soccer: Borussia Dortmund ended its winless streak in the Bundesliga by beating Mainz 2-0 in Berlin in Peter Stoeger's first game as coach. Dortmund had lost its first eight Bundesliga games of the season.

Gymnastics: USA Gymnastics banned Todd Gardiner, one if its top coaches in Illinois, after an investigation revealed he had a sexual relationship with an athlete. Gardiner, has been one of the state's most respected gymnastics coaches for nearly 40 years.