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Matt Hazlett/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO) -- Ryan Lochte was charged Thursday with filing a false statement in connection with an international incident in Rio de Janeiro and according to his lawyer, Lochte will not be responding.

When BBC asked Lochte's lawyer if the U.S. swimmer and gold medalist would make a public statement on the charge, he said Lochte would "not be."

Lochte, 32, flew home to North Carolina from Brazil before police could question him about his claims that he and three teammates were robbed at gunpoint at a gas station during Rio 2016.

A Brazilian Federal Police source told ABC News Thursday that police want Lochte to travel to Brazil to deliver his testimony in person.

The swimmer changed his story after police said the group of swimmers were confronted by armed security guards who requested money for the damage caused by them vandalizing a gas station bathroom. Lochte has since admitted he was drunk at the time, but said in an NBC interview with Matt Lauer that he and the other athletes were frightened because a gun was involved.

Since the story broke, several sponsors have dropped Lochte including Speedo and Ralph Lauren, but Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops signed him up for a campaign.

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Photo by Zachary Scheffer/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- U.S. soccer star Clint Dempsey is being evaluated at a Seattle-area hospital on Friday after experiencing an irregular  heartbeat.

Dempsey's condition was announced by his club team, the Seattle Sounders, who said that the striker would be held out of their matchup against the Portland Timbers on Sunday. Dempsey, 33, tallied eight goals and two assists for the Sounders this season.

In addition to playing for the Sounders in Major League Soccer, Dempsey has made 130 career appearances for the USA men's national team, scoring 52 goals.

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Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- The University of Texas extended the contract of men's basketball coach Shaka Smart on Thursday, keeping Smart in Austin through the 2022-2023 season.

According to the University of Texas Athletics Department, Smart will receive a $100,000 pay increase to his base salary, earning him a new total of $3 million for the upcoming season. Additional pay increases were made to various performance-based incentives in Smart's contract.

"Shaka has done a terrific job in all facets of building our basketball program," Athletics Director Mike Perrin said in a statement.

Smart led the Longhorns to an NCAA Tournament berth in his first season in Austin, posting four wins over teams ranked in the AP Top 10.

"On the court, despite facing a lot of challenges and adversity in his first year, we showed steady progress and produced a lot of exciting moments," Perrin said. "His outstanding recruiting, talented class of newcomers and overall development of our team in the classroom and community has been exemplary."

"I'm excited about what Shaka's accomplished and look forward to seeing him lead our program in the years to come," Perrin added.

Smart, in his own statement, said he is "very appreciative of the support from Chancellor Bill McRaven, President Greg Fenves and Men's Athletics Director Mike Perrin," and that he is "really happy at Texas and...excited about being here for a long time."

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Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was not happy after video of rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott appearing to visit a marijuana dispensary hours before making his preseason debut was posted by TMZ.

In the video, a man the website says is Elliott was seen at Herban Legends in Seattle. He was not seem making any purchases, however.

While recreational marijuana use is legal in the state of Washington, the substance is still banned by the NFL.

"I think that in an of itself, the reason we are talking about is in a way a part of the learning process," Jones said after the team's Thursday night game against the Seattle Seahawks. In the game, Elliott rushed seven times for 48 yards.

"No matter if you played at whatever level, there is a picture here of interest," Jones added. "I'm aware of it. I heard the report. I would know how he is, and he needs to look at that. And the other thing is it's just not good."

The former Ohio State Buckeye was already under investigation by the Columbus, Ohio attorney's office for an alleged domestic violence incident involving a former girlfriend. He has previously denied those accusations.

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Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) -- Former University of Illinois head football coach Tim Beckman has left his role as a volunteer assistant with the University of North Carolina program, saying he didn't want to be a distraction.

Beckman was fired by Illinois days before last season amid allegations that he mistreated players, urging them to play through injuries and criticizing those who didn't. Beckman had reportedly been working with UNC coach Larry Fedora to help scout and break down game film.

"I appreciate the opportunity Coach Fedora gave me to stay connected to the sport and be around one of the best staffs in the country," Beckman said in a statement. "I do not wish to be a further distraction to the team or University and I will no longer serve as a volunteer at UNC. I wish Larry and the program nothing but success going forward."

Beckman settled a wrongful termination lawsuit against the University of Illinois for $250,000 in April.

Fedora said in a statement Thursday that he brought Beckman on "to help a friend gain experience from our staff," but that "after meeting with him today, we agreed his presence had become too much of a distraction."

That statement came just one day after Fedora defended the decision to bring Beckman to UNC, saying "I know Tim. I know his side of the story also. So I was comfortable with it."

Fedora and Beckman worked together at Oklahoma State University in 2007.

UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham said Thursday that "Coach Fedora's interest was in helping a coaching colleague get back on his feet. We will learn from this and continue preparing for the season."

The school's chancellor Carol Folt was more outspoken, saying that when she learned of Beckman's role with the team, "I was surprised and disappointed." She also called Beckman's decision to withdraw from the position "the right thing to do."

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Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo escaped serious injury on Thursday night, despite leaving the team's preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks after just three snaps with an apparent back injury.

Romo was sacked by Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril and immediately grabbed for his lower back. Romo underwent two back surgeries in 2013 and missed a game in 2014 with transverse process fractures in his back.

Calling the hit Avril laid on him "probably as tough of a hit I've taken on the back as I've had in the last five years," Romo said he felt fortunate to take the hit and hold up. While Romo didn't return to the game Thursday, he did not require X-rays and the team has not yet had him undergo an MRI or other testing.

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said Romo felt better as time passed, and that the team didn't believe there was any serious injury.

Last season, Romo twice suffered a fractured left collarbone, causing him to miss 12 games in total.

In the last two seasons, the Cowboys are 15-4 when Romo starts and just 1-12 when he is unable to play.

"I just think, we, everyone had a scare," said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. "He was not hurt and he said he wasn't hurt. He wanted to go back in. He could have gone back in and played."

Jones added that soreness after the hit would not prevent Romo from playing in the team's Sept. 11 season opener against the New  York Giants.

Romo has played just 16 snaps this preseason. The team's last preseason game will be on Sept. 1 against the Houston Texans -- but Romo hasn't played in a preseason finale since 2006.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:


Washington 4, Baltimore 0
Kansas City 5, Miami 2


Chi White Sox 7, Seattle 6
Tampa Bay 2, Boston 1
Detroit 8, Minnesota 5
L.A. Angels 6, Toronto 3
Texas 9, Cleveland 0


Pittsburgh 3, Milwaukee 2, 10 Innings
Atlanta 3, Arizona 1
San Francisco 4, L.A. Dodgers 0
N-Y Mets 10, St. Louis 6

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Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Sprint Cup season continues this weekend in Michigan.

Michigan International Speedway will host the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday afternoon. NBCSN's coverage of the race will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern time.

Kevin Harvick enters the event as the points leader. He's 27 points ahead of Brad Keselowski.

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Matt Hazlett/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO) -- U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has been charged for making a false police report in connection with the Rio de Janeiro gas station incident, Civil Police confirmed to ABC News.

Earlier today, it was reported that Lochte has been summoned to give testimony related to the investigation into the incident, a spokesman for the Brazilian Ministry of Justice confirmed to ABC News.

Police want Lochte, who flew home to North Carolina after the incident, to travel to Brazil to deliver his testimony in person, a Brazilian Federal Police source said.

The decision comes days after Lochte said his original story about being held up at gunpoint in Rio with three other U.S. swimmers was "overexaggerated" in an interview with Brazil's main broadcaster, Globo.

 Lochte claimed during the Olympics that he and three other U.S. swimmers were held up — with a gun cocked and pointed at his forehead — after leaving a party in Rio.

He then backpedaled, telling NBC News' Matt Lauer that although a gun was drawn during the incident, it was not pointed at his head.

Brazilian police said Lochte's story was a fabrication and that the Olympians — Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen — were not robbed and were not victims. The police alleged that the swimmers vandalized a bathroom at a gas station and were confronted by armed security guards who requested money for the damage.

In an interview with Lauer, Lochte appeared to concede that he knew that the guards were demanding payment for the damage done, not robbing them.

"Yeah, so then we had to give the money," he told Lauer. But he also said he "couldn't answer" whether the men were being robbed.

Lochte, who said he "had too much to drink" that night, maintained that he and the other athletes were frightened because a gun was involved.

Police in Rio de Janeiro recommended that Lochte and Feigen be charged with false reporting. Feigen donated roughly $11,000 to a Brazilian charity to avoid prosecution.

The two other swimmers, Conger and Bentz, returned to the United States after giving statements to police and alleged that Lochte pulled a sign off a wall at the gas station, sparking a confrontation with armed guards.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BURLINGTON, Vt.) -- The University of Vermont women's basketball team announced on Wednesday it has canceled its December game against the University of North Carolina over the state's HB2 law.

"The decision to cancel to our Dec. 28 women's basketball game at North Carolina was made as a result of concerns over the HB2 law, which prevents transgender people from using government-run bathrooms based on their gender identity," Vermont athletic director Jeff Schulman explained in a statement.

He continued, "We strive very hard to create an inclusive climate for our students and staff in which they all can feel safe, respected, and valued. It would be hard to fulfill these obligations while competing in a state with this law, which is contrary to our values as an athletic department and university."

The news comes just days after the NBA moved its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina to New Orleans because of the law.

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