The NYPD officer who officials say wrongly body-slammed retired tennis pro James Blake should be fired, the athlete said Saturday.
Blake was tackled Wednesday by Officer James Frascatore outside a midtown hotel when a team of cops mistook the former tennis star for an identity thief.
"I don't think he deserves to have a badge," Blake told the New York Post. "I hope he can never do that to anyone else and get away with it. I hope he can never do that again under the shield of the New York Police Department."
In a separate interview with the New York Daily News, Blake said of Frascatore: "He doesn't deserve to have the same title as officers who are doing good work and are really helping keep the rest of the city safe."
Frascatore has a history of excessive-force lawsuits and civilian complaints. He hasn't been reachable for comment.
Blake said Frascatore lied when he told investigators that he identified himself as a cop before taking Blake down.
"In my opinion he should never have a badge again because I think it's people like him that give the entire force a bad name," Blake said.
Clinched, in a cycling sense: Fabio Aru, who took the lead of the Spanish Vuelta on its penultimate stage. That means he'll win Sunday unless he's injured and can't finish.
Learned he's OK: Johan Franzen, Detroit Red Wings standout who was told Friday that he's cleared to play the coming season after dealing with the fourth head injury of his career.
Leader stands strong in women's major
Mi Hyang Lee retained the lead in difficult weather in the third round of the Evian Championship in Evian-les-Bains, France, and teenager Lydia Ko remained in contention to become the youngest player to win a major.
Lee shot 1-under 70 for a 10-under total of 203 and a one-shot lead over Lexi Thompson, who shot a 66.
The 18-year-old Ko shot a 67 and is pursuing her last chance to become the youngest woman to clinch a major. If she wins on Sunday, Ko will surpass Morgan Pressel, who won the Kraft Nabisco Championship at 18 years, 10 months, 9 days in 2007.
U.S. trails in Walker Cup
•Britain and Ireland held a 7-5 lead over the United States after the first day of the Walker Cup on the links of Royal Lytham and St Annes. The hosts led 3-1 after morning foursomes of the biennial amateur event before the eight afternoon singles were shared.
U.S. 19-year-old is world champ
Nineteen-year-old Ohio State wrestler Kyle Snyder didn't win a Big Ten or NCAA title last season.
A world championship will have to suffice.
Snyder completed a stunning run through the world championships in Las Vegas, beating Russian Abdulsalam Gadisov at 213 pounds late Friday in Las Vegas to become the youngest U.S. winner at worlds.
Snyder lost to Penn State's Morgan McIntosh in the Big Ten final last season and was the runner-up at the NCAA tournament, too.
"I wasn't about to take second at Big Ten, second at nationals and come out here and take silver at worlds. Not going to happen," Snyder said.
AROUND THE HORN
International basketball: Greece secured a place in the quarterfinals of the European basketball championship by beating Belgium 75-54 Saturday in Lille, France, for its sixth win in as many games and will next play Spain, which beat Poland 73-66. Latvia also reached the quarters by beating Slovenia 73-66, and France made it by beating Turkey 76-53.
Volleyball: The United States remained unbeaten at the men's World Cup with a 25-18, 25-23, 29-27 win over Italy in Hiroshima, Japan. The U.S. improved to 4-0 and lead the standings with 12 points. Two berths for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are available in the 12-nation tournament.
197Options for Today's Number abound here (we chose total points): In a high school football game Friday in DuBois, Pa., Journey Brown ran for 720 yards and 10 touchdowns and Meadville beat DuBois 107-90.