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Photos (left to right): Maggie Nichols by Donald Miralle/Sports Illustrated; Simone Biles by Jamie Squire; Aly Raisman by Alex Livesey; and McKayla Maroney by Tim Clayton/Corbis; all via Getty Images

Elite gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols will testify on the FBI's handling of the Larry Nassar investigation before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday.

Why it matters: Nassar, the former Olympic Team USA gymnastics doctor, was sentenced to 40–175 years in prison in 2018 after over 160 women accused him of sexual abuse under the premise of medical treatment. The hearing follows a recent report documenting the FBI's failures to properly investigate allegations, which "enabled the continued abuse of dozens of additional victims," per a release from the committee.

  • The Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General released the report in July, detailing the FBI's misconduct in disregarding allegations and later making false statements to cover up their tracks.
  • "At least 40 girls and women said they were molested over a 14-month period while the FBI was aware of other sexual abuse allegations involving Nassar," AP reports.
  • FBI Director Chris Wray and Inspector General Michael Horowitz will also testify on Wednesday.

Don't forget: The four athletes were among the first to raise the alarm about Nassar's predatory behavior.

  • Nichols, later revealed as the "Athlete A" named in the investigations, was the first to report the abuse and has criticized USA Gymnastics for failing to act faster, per NBC News.
  • "Abuse goes way beyond the moment, often haunting survivors for the rest of their lives," Raisman said in her testimony at Nassar's sentencing. "It is all the more devastating when such abuse comes at the hand of such a highly regarded doctor since it leaves survivors questioning the organizations and even the medical profession itself upon which so many rely."
  • Biles has said the abuse led her into a deep depression and likely affected her mental health at the Tokyo Olympics, where she withdrew from multiple events.

The big picture: USA Gymnastics has proposed a $425 million settlement between the organization and Nassar's victims — almost five years after the first public allegations against Nassar and three years after USA Gymnastics filed for bankruptcy, according to CNN.

  • Some gymnasts' lawyers have called for separate action against the FBI, per WSJ.

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The Chicago Blackhawks released the findings of an independent investigation Tuesday that centered on "disturbing" sexual misconduct allegations dating back to 2010.

Driving the news: The report found that the team's senior management had "violated" the Blackhawks' own sexual harassment policy and failed to properly address sexual harassment and assault allegations.

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MLB headed for first lockout since '95 as deal expires

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred (L) and Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark. Photo: Matt King/MLB via Getty Images

Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement expired at 11:59 p.m. ET Wednesday without a new deal in place.

Why it matters: With no CBA, the MLB is headed for the first management lockout since a 1994-95 strike led to the cancelation of the World Series for the first time in 90 years.

Media giants back Bannon's bid to release Jan. 6 documents

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon at the FBI Washington Field Office in Washington, DC., in November. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

A coalition of news outlets including the Washington Post is supporting Stephen Bannon's campaign for the release of documents related to his contempt of Congress charges, WashPost confirmed Wednesday.

Why it matters: WashPost, the New York Times, CNN, NBC, the Wall Street Journal's parent company and others filed a motion arguing that a proposed protective order seeking to prevent the documents from being released violates the First Amendment, per the Daily Mail, which first reported on the news.