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Published:Wednesday | October 25, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Lee Hee-beom


Deportivo La Coruna fire coach Pepe Mel

Deportivo La Coruna says Pepe Mel has been fired as coach of the struggling Spanish team.

The club says that Cristobal Parralo has been promoted from coaching its reserve team and will manage its first team until the end of the season.

Deportivo lost 2-1 to recently promoted Girona at home on Monday.

The team is in 16th place, two spots and two points above the relegation zone. It has won just two of nine games this season.

Mel has coached several Spanish sides, most recently Real Betis, and had a brief stint at English Premier League club West Bromwich Albion in 2014.

S Korean Olympic organisers downplay concern over N Korea

South Korea's Olympic organisers played down concern over ongoing tensions with North Korea on Monday and also said that work has been completed on all venues for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.

Lee Hee-beom, president of the Pyeongchang organising committee, said the International Olympic Committee has made it very clear that the February 9-25 games will go ahead as scheduled.

"There is no Plan B," Lee said, speaking at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics shortly after the last rehearsal for Tuesday's official flame-lighting ceremony.

"We know that the world is watching the current geopolitical situation on the Korean peninsula," he said. "We continue to work very closely with all the relevant authorities and stakeholders to ensure we can deliver a safe and secure games for everyone involved."

Lee said that all competition and non-competition venues are complete. He said infrastructure works, including high-speed rail and highways, are already done and will be fully operational by December.

4-time Iditarod winner denies doping his dogs

Four-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey denied Monday that he administered banned drugs to his dogs in this year's race and said he has withdrawn from the 2018 race in protest of the allegation.

"I have never given any banned substance to my dogs," Seavey said in a video posted to his Facebook page.

He didn't immediately return calls to the Associated Press after the Iditarod Trail Committee identified him as the musher who had four dogs test positive for a banned opioid pain reliever after finishing the race last March in Nome.

Seavey said he fully expected the committee to ban him from the race for speaking out. There's a so-called gag rule preventing mushers from making statements critical of the race or sponsors.

"I have done absolutely nothing wrong," the 30-year-old Seavey said, adding, he wouldn't be "thrown under the bus" by the race's governing board.