Tuesday's Sports In Brief
JUN 25, 2014 4:22a ET
NATAL, Brazil (AP) Biting opponents, racist comments - all that looked to be behind Luis Suarez, as soccer's bad boy was maturing into a star for his club and country. Then, the old habit that most people leave behind in nursery school cropped up again in front of an audience of millions.
Faced with a smothering and frustrating Italian defense in a must-win World Cup game, the Uruguayan superstar responded with his front teeth.
It came about the 80th minute when Suarez and Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini got tangled up in front of the Italy goal. The apparent chomp happened in an instant, but caught by television cameras, it became a worldwide sensation and could lead to Suarez being kicked out of the World Cup.
The referee didn't see a bite, and no foul was called despite Chiellini pleading and pulling down his jersey to show a red mark on his shoulder.
About a minute later, Uruguay scored the winning goal in a 1-0 game that sent Italy home.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James delivered his message loud and clear, without actually saying a word.
He's willing to leave Miami, if that's what it will take to win more championships. And what happens next will likely be up to not just the Heat, but Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as well.
Through his agent, James informed the Heat he has decided to opt out of the final two years of his contract, a move that means he becomes a free agent on July 1. He will be able to sign with any team, including Miami, and Heat President Pat Riley said he ''fully expected'' James to take advantage of his early termination option.
James - who averaged 27.1 points this past season - was owed $42.7 million for the next two seasons, though that seems irrelevant in the sense that he'll be getting plenty of money from the Heat or someone else for years to come.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Brandon Waddell limited Vanderbilt to five hits in his first nine-inning complete game, Virginia knocked out first-round draft pick Tyler Beede in the seventh, and the Cavaliers evened the College World Series finals with a 7-2 victory.
Each team will be playing for its first national title in baseball in the winner-take-all Game 3 on Wednesday night.
Virginia (53-15) forced the third game after Vanderbilt (50-21) rode a nine-run third inning to a 9-8 victory in the opener.
Waddell (10-3), who pitched a solid seven innings with no decision against TCU a week ago, was even better against the Commodores. He didn't allow a hit in the fifth through eighth innings and retired 12 in a row before he issued a walk with two outs in the ninth.
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - About two dozen photographers lined up in a row on the range at Congressional, a reminder that golf is different when Tiger Woods is around.
And that was before Woods even arrived to hit balls for 35 minutes.
He was last seen wearing golf shoes on March 9, when he walked gingerly off the golf course at Doral with back pain that had been bothering him off and on since August 2012 and finally reached a point that he chose surgery over playing two majors.
Woods returns at the Quicken Loans National with big hopes and realistic expectations - and with no pain.
Asked for an opening comment on where he is with his recovery, Woods smiled and said, ''I'm right here.''
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - University of Toledo coach Jamie Broce shot a 1-under 71 to increase his lead to three strokes in the PGA Professional National Championship.
The 37-year-old Broce had three birdies and two bogeys at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club to reach 5-under 211. He opened with a 68 at The Dunes and had a 72 on Monday at Grande Dunes.
The top 20 Wednesday will get spots in the PGA Championship in August at Valhalla in Louisville, Kentucky.
Michael Block was second after a 72. He's the PGA head professional at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, California.
Karen Paolozzi, the third female player in tournament history, made the 54-hole cut by two strokes. Playing from tees in front of the men, she was tied for 60th at 8 over after a 78.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby won his second Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player at the league's postseason awards ceremony.
Crosby also collected the Art Ross Trophy as the league scoring champion and the Ted Lindsay Award as the players' choice for the NHL's most outstanding player.
Boston goalie Tuukka Rask won the Vezina Trophy, and Bruins teammate Patrice Bergeron won his second Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward. Chicago's Duncan Keith won his second Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman.
Colorado coach Patrick Roy won the Adams Award, while Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon became the youngest player to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.
HOUSTON (AP) - Brothers B.J. and Justin Upton tied the major league record for brothers homering in the same game as teammates, accomplishing the feat for the fourth time, in Atlanta's 3-2 win over Houston.
B.J. Upton's homer was a solo shot off Scott Feldman in the third inning that put Atlanta up 2-1. Younger brother Justin connected off Feldman the next inning to push the lead to 3-1.
It was a nice bounce-back game for the brothers, who were coming off a four-game series against Washington in which they went a combined 2 for 27.
Other brothers who have homered in the same game four times are Jeremy and Jason Giambi for the Oakland A's and Vladimir and Wilton Guerrero for the Montreal Expos.