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Notre Dame dismisses starting safety, suspends cornerback after weekend arrests

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly announced Sunday that he had dismissed starting safety Max Redfield and suspended cornerback Devin Butler indefinitely after both were arrested in separate incidents in Indiana over the weekend.

Redfield was a two-year starter who was fourth on the team in tackles last season. He also faces an additional charge for possession of a handgun without a license.

Four other four players arrested with Redfield on misdemeanor possession of marijuana will be disciplined internally, Kelly announced. University officials could impose more penalties on top of what the athletic department decides.

In a separate incident, Butler was arrested during a bar fight between two women. According to police, Butler was asked to move back and the player “shouted profanities at the officers and starting swinging his fist.” One officer was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries, including a sore wrist.

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Kelly issued a strongly worded statement on Sunday.

“There are times when a player’s conduct fails to meet the standards I have set for our football team that it is appropriate to take action independent of any decision that might be made by the Office of Community Standards,” Kelly said. “This is such an instance.”

From a football perspective, Kelly’s decision will hurt the Irish secondary. With Redfield now gone, freshman Devin Studstill is projected to start. His backup is also a freshman. Butler was still rehabilitating a broken foot injury suffered in June. He was not expected to play until October.

No. 10 Notre Dame opens the season against Texas on Sept. 4.

How Olympian Caster Semenya's medical condition became a controversy

Caster Semenya has become the unwilling face of an issue plaguing the Olympics. 

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The South African runner won the gold medal in the women's 800-meter final, beating the next-closest runner by more than a second. 

But she reportedly has a condition called hyperandrogenism, which causes much higher levels of testosterone than women typically have. 

There's speculation other athletes have the condition, as well — and it's led to criticism that they have an unfair advantage.

>> PHOTOS: Closing ceremonies at the Rio Olympics

In 2010, the International Association of Athletics Federations had Semenya sidelined while she underwent gender testing. She was eventually cleared to compete. 

For the 2012 Olympics, athletes with the condition were forced to take drugs that lower testosterone levels, but those rules were thrown out for the Rio Olympics. 

That's because The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that there was no clear evidence that athletes with hyperandrogenism have an unfair advantage over other athletes. 

Medical experts say hyperandrogenism can affect people in different ways, and athletes with the condition aren't necessarily guaranteed a competitive advantage. 

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But there is still frustration among the athletes. Lynsey Sharp, one of the runners competing against Semenya, said, "Everyone can see it's two separate races, so there's nothing I can do."

Semenya told the BBC that all the criticism is only helping her grow as a person.

"They're making you a better person," she said. "People should learn how to unite. Sport is all about uniting people and not discriminating."

Photos: Rio Olympics day 16

Coach strips to underwear to protest Olympic wrestling match

It's common for emotions to run high during the final seconds of any Olympic event. Sometimes, outcomes are contested.

But one man undressed Sunday afternoon as he contested the final scoring of a wrestling match.

In the 65kg freestyle wrestling bronze medal match, Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navaruzov beat Mongolia’s Mandakhnaran Ganzorig 8-7 in a match that ended in controversy and two Mongolian coaches taking off their clothes at the Olympic venue.

In the final seconds of the match, Ganzorig led by one and began dancing to celebrate his imminent medal. That celebration didn't last long.

According to The Associated Press, Uzbekistan challenged the scoring. Officials awarded Navaruzov a penalty point, which also gave him the bronze medal because tie matches are decided by the wrestler who last scored a point. 

Then began the unlikely turn of events.

Two Mongolian coaches stormed the mat in protest and began angrily shedding their clothes, with one getting all the way down to his blue briefs while the crowd chanted "Mongolia! Mongolia!"

That led to match officials awarding yet another penalty point.

Police eventually escorted the coaches from the mat.

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2016 Summer Olympics: Here's the schedule of events for Sunday

It’s been two weeks of ups and downs in Rio, surprises vs. what was expected and, in at least one case, the police were involved.

Today, the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, which has been a successful one for the United States, is coming to an end. The closing ceremony for the Games will take place Sunday night, but there are still quite a few medals on the line before then.

USA’s men’s basketball team goes for gold against Serbia at 2:30 (ET), and there’s track and field and cycling events left. Rhythmic gymnastics begins at 10 a.m.

Closing ceremonies air on NBC from 8- 10:30 p.m. ET. The broadcast is on a one-hour tape delay. Just prior to that is a one hour special that highlights the best moments from the Games. 

Here’s a look at some of the events set for Sunday.

Channels

The Summer Games are being broadcast on NBC, Telemundo, Bravo, CNBC,MSNBC, NBC Sports Network, the Golf Channel, NBC Universo and USA Network. That’s just for TV. The rest of the coverage is digital. Check here for the TV schedule.

Live streams

Streams will be available on NBCOlympics.com as well as via the NBC Olympics app. Look for the app on iPhones and iPads, Android phones and tablets, Windows phone, Roku streaming boxes, sticks and TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV sticks, the new Apple TV via the device’s app store, and Chromecast via the NBC Sports iOS or Android app.

Telemundo will stream Spanish-language commentary through its website as well as its Telemundo Desportes apps on Android and on iOS. Again, you’ll be asked for your pay TV account login info.

Sunday's schedule (all times are ET) 

8:30 a.m.: Track and field

8:30 a.m.: Volleyball

9:30 a.m.: Handball

10 a.m.: Rhythmic gymnastics

10:30 a.m.: Basketball

11:30 a.m.: Cycling

11:45 a.m.: Wrestling

12:15 p.m.: Volleyball

1 p.m.: Boxing (Womens)

1 p.m.: Handball

2:30 p.m.: Basketball

8-10:30 p.m. - Closing ceremonies

Photos: Rio Olympics day 15

2016 Summer Olympics: Here's the schedule of events for Saturday

The American men's 1x400-meter relay team was disqualified Friday night after making an illegal baton transfer in the race in which it appeared they had taken a bronze medal. 

The team from Jamaica -- with Usain Bolt running the last leg of the race -- took gold. Bolt said it was the last race of his Olympic career, with the win giving him a total of nine medals.

USA's women's 4x100-meter relay team took first place and the gold medal on Friday. 

Today look for the United States to play Spain for the gold in women's basketball, the finals in rhythmic gymnastics, and the finals in the 1500-meter race.

Here’s a look at some of the events set for Saturday.

Channels

The Summer Games are being broadcast on NBC, Telemundo, Bravo, CNBC,MSNBC, NBC Sports Network, the Golf Channel, NBC Universo and USA Network. That’s just for TV. The rest of the coverage is digital. Check here for the TV schedule.

Live streams

Streams will be available on NBCOlympics.com as well as via the NBC Olympics app. Look for the app on iPhones and iPads, Android phones and tablets, Windows phone, Roku streaming boxes, sticks and TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV sticks, the new Apple TV via the device’s app store, and Chromecast via the NBC Sports iOS or Android app.

Telemundo will stream Spanish-language commentary through its website as well as its Telemundo Desportes apps on Android and on iOS. Again, you’ll be asked for your pay TV account login info.

Saturday's schedule (all times are ET) 

9 a.m.: Men's Wrestling

10 a.m.: Women's Triathlon

10:40 a.m.: Men's Water Polo

1 p.m.: Women's Boxing

2:30 p.m.: Women's Basketball finals

3:59 p.m.: Rhythmic gymnastics

4:30 p.m.: Men's Soccer

5 p.m.: Modern Pentathlon

8 p.m.: Men's 1500-meter race

NBA offers 2017 All-Star Game to Louisiana

The 2017 NBA All-Star Game will be played in New Orleans, bringing some much-needed good news to the state of Louisiana.

In July, the league announced it was removing the game from Charlotte because of North Carolina's HB2. The bill, which was signed into law, requires transgender people to use public bathrooms corresponding to their sex at birth.

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Opponents saw the bill as discriminatory, and the NBA agreed. Its statement said, in part, "We do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2."

New Orleans was considered the leading contender to host the game after the NBA pulled the plug on Charlotte. The league decided to stick with the Big Easy despite flooding that's causing massive damage in Louisiana.

More than a dozen people have been killed, and tens of thousands of homes have been damaged. 

To help the flooding victims, the NBA is partnering with the New Orleans Pelicans and New Orleans Saints to help rebuild damaged homes and collect food and water for affected residents. 

Gov. John Bel Edwards said, "I want to thank the NBA for the vote of confidence in our state to host this event and their support of the relief efforts currently underway."

The All-Star Game itself should be a big boost for the state's economy. The game and its surrounding festivities are expected to bring in around $100 million. The 2017 NBA All-Star Game is scheduled for February 19.

What time does Usain Bolt run the 4x100-meter relay Friday night?

If you take Usain Bolt at his word, the Jamaican superstar will likely run his last Olympic race Friday night as he competes in the 4x100-meter relay.

Bolt, who has won two gold medals already – for the 100-meter sprint and the 200-meter sprint – has said that the 2016 Rio Olympics is his last.

The Jamaican team is favored to win the race, and if they do, the medal Bolt gets will be the ninth in his Olympic career.

The 4x100-meter relay is set to start at 9:35 p.m. live on NBC.

Here's more on Usain Bolt:

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