Names In The News
The U.S. Center for SafeSport has "opened an investigation into an allegation of sexual abuse of a 13-year-old American female figure skater by French Olympic pairs skater MORGAN CIPRES" in '17. The girl and her parents said that Cipres' coaches, U.S. Figure Skating HOFer JOHN ZIMMERMAN and former Italian Olympic skater SILVIA FONTANA, "tried to keep the family from reporting the alleged incident to authorities by shaming and threatening the girl as Cipres, who was then 26, prepared" for the '18 Pyeongchang Games. Cipres "allegedly direct messaged two photos of his penis on Instagram to the girl, who skated at the same rink as Cipres" in Wesley Chapel, Fla. (USA TODAY, 12/10).
NAMES: Tennis player BIANCA ANDREESCU, who this year became the first Canadian to ever win a Grand Slam singles title, "added Canada's athlete of the year" to her list of accolades after winning the Lou Marsh trophy (TORONTO STAR, 12/9)....Saints DE CAMERON JORDAN yesterday "shopped with about 25 kids from the New Orleans Youth Empowerment Project who received $100 JCPenny gift cards (NOLA.com, 12/9)....Bears LB KHALIL MACK "paid off all active holiday layaway accounts" at the Walmart Superstore in his hometown of Fort Pierce, Fla. Mack's foundation "covered the balances for over 300 accounts, but would not reveal the dollar amount"(SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 12/9)....Nationals LF JUAN SOTO on Saturday "dressed as Santa as a surprise for 10 unsuspecting little leaguers" at a DC-area Dick's Sporting Goods batting cage (WASHINGTON POST, 12/10).