RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) One of Brazil's top security officials says the political turmoil that has brought repeated changes to key government positions will not affect security at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Andrei Rodrigues, responsible for overseeing Brazil's security at special events, said there will be no impact on the games despite staff turnover triggered by impeachment proceedings against suspended President Dilma Rousseff.
The Olympics open in just over five weeks. Brazil's plan is to have 85,000 security personnel on the streets – one of the biggest policing operations in the history of the games.
This week acting President Michel Temer replaced the leader of the country's intelligence agency, which is responsible for tracking terrorism threats.
Brazilian media reports also claim that the head of the federal police could soon be replaced.
UNDATED – Steven Stamkos, the two-time Maurice ''Rocket'' Richard Trophy winner as the NHL's top goal scorer, re-signed with the Lightning for eight years, foregoing an opportunity to test free agency.
The team announced the deal, which The Associated Press learned is worth $68 million, an average of $8.5 million per season.
The agreement was reached two days before Stamkos would have a chance to test free agency, where the four-time All-Star star with 312 goals was expected to command far more lucrative offers from bidders expected to include his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs, the Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings.
Instead, he chose to stay with the team that made him the No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft.
UNDATED – The Nashville Predators acquired P.K. Subban from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Shea Weber in a blockbuster swap of All-Star defensemen two days before free agency opens.
Subban won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman in 2013 and had six goals and 45 assists last season before suffering an injury. The offensive-minded, dynamic 27-year-old has 63 goals and 215 assists in 434 career games, all with the Canadiens.
He said he was not surprised by the trade because there had been so many rumors since he signed a $72 million, eight-year contract in the summer of 2014. Subban's no-movement clause that would've allowed him to block any trade was set to kick in on Friday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – No criminal charges will be filed in an investigation of University of Minnesota wrestlers allegedly involved in the sale and use of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, prosecutors said.
In a report, university police investigators said Hennepin County prosecutors declined to pursue the case due to ''lack of evidence.''
Also, Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal told the Star Tribune that there was not enough evidence to support misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor charges against wrestling coach J Robinson. Segal said university police presented their case to her office last week, after going to the county attorney's office.
Campus police had been conducting an investigation into a team member's disputed allegation that Robinson attempted to cover up the widespread sale and use of Xanax by his wrestlers.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The NCAA has cleared up its bowl-selection process, assuring that no eligible teams with .500 records are passed over for postseason play in favor of more well-known schools with fewer than six wins.
The new rule, which was implemented by the NCAA's Division I Council, will be put in place for the upcoming season and says bowl-eligible teams with 6-6 records must be selected for bowl games before any 5-7 teams are considered.
The NCAA's football oversight committee first made the recommendation for the new rule to the council, following a season that saw only 77 teams eligible for the 80 bowl slots. The three remaining slots were filled by 5-7 teams – Nebraska, Minnesota and San Jose State.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Soccer great Diego Maradona is urging fellow Argentines to leave Lionel Messi alone over the current star's decision to retire from Argentina's national team following its loss to Chile in the Copa America championship match.
In an interview on La Red radio, Maradona also ridiculed people who have criticized Messi for missing his shot as Chile won a penalty shootout to take the title, questioning those who find fault with a soccer star's play ''without ever having touched a ball.''
Despite Argentina's loss, ''I consider Messi a winner,'' said Maradona, who led Argentina to victory in the 1986 World Cup.
Although he earlier joined in the chorus of Argentines calling on Messi to stay with the national squad, Maradona toned that down Wednesday.