Tuesday’s Sports In Brief
DAMATURU, Nigeria (AP) Witnesses said several people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated a tricycle taxi packed with explosives at an outdoor World Cup viewing center in a northeast Nigerian city Tuesday night.
Hospital workers said the death toll likely will rise with 15 people critically wounded and casualties still coming in to the main hospital at Damaturu, capital of Yobe state.
NEW YORK (AP) – Nearly 16 million people in the United States watched the country’s World Cup opener on television.
The Nielsen company said 11.1 million people who saw the U.S. beat Ghana 2-1 on ESPN on Monday represented that network’s biggest audience for a soccer match. Nielsen said an additional 4.8 million people watched the Spanish-language broadcast on Univision.
SAO PAULO (AP) – Jurgen Klinsmann is optimistic forward Jozy Altidore will return for the U.S. during this World Cup.
Altidore had an MRI exam on his injured left hamstring after the U.S. squad returned to its Sao Paulo headquarters from Monday night’s 2-1 victory against Ghana.
Results weren’t immediately available, and there is some doubt because hamstrings are usually slow to heal.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – FIFA says all 800 players who have given samples in its World Cup doping program tested clean so far.
FIFA also says players chosen for samples after the first nine matches tested negative.
MIAMI (AP) – LeBron James says he’s going on vacation with his family before making any decisions about his future.
The Miami Heat held their season-wrapup team meeting and one of the biggest questions is about the future of the roster. James could become a free agent in a couple of weeks and the four-time MVP says he still has not thought about his plans.
He says he will talk with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who also could be free agents.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Manu Ginobili had a simple message for his teammates during an emotional team meeting.
Let’s do this again.
With six potential free agents headed by Tim Duncan, the message was clear – the Spurs would like everyone back for a run at a sixth NBA championship.
”I’m pretty sure most of the team is going to come back,” Ginobili said.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – A former NBA player known for a buzzer-beating shot in the NCAA tournament more than 20 years ago faces sentencing in New Jersey.
A federal jury convicted Tate George on four counts of wire fraud last fall. Each count carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) – Aaron Hernandez’s attorneys asked a judge to approve their subpoena seeking the New England Patriots’ medical, psychological and other records for their former tight end.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the June 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd.
On Monday, a Bristol Superior Court judge set a July deadline for the team to respond to the defense’s earlier requests for the 2010-2013 records. But Hernandez’s attorneys filed a motion saying that the records are potentially relevant to his circumstances and state of mind, and asked to have them within 30 days.
A Patriots spokesman declined to comment.
CLEVELAND (AP) – Johnny Manziel agreed to a contract with the Browns, becoming the fourth of the team’s six draft picks to do so. Terms were not immediately available.
The former Heisman Trophy winner will enter training camp next month as Cleveland’s No. 2 quarterback behind veteran Brian Hoyer, who has been limited during offseason practices while recovering from offseason knee surgery.
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll was remembered at a funeral mass by dozens of former players and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Noll led the Steelers from 1969 to 1991, becoming the only coach in NFL history to win four Super Bowls. He died last week at 82.
Steelers President Art Rooney II and Hall of Fame defensive lineman Joe Greene were among Noll’s pallbearers.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – Two-time Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis and right guard Alex Boone skipped the first day of the San Francisco 49ers’ minicamp. Both starters are seeking raises despite two years left on their contracts.
Coach Jim Harbaugh also said cornerback Eric Wright was not with the team because he’s contemplating retirement. Wright, a seven-year veteran who played in seven games for the 49ers last season, had participated in most of the team’s offseason conditioning program.
HOUSTON (AP) – The Texans have a starting quarterback. Now they need star wide receiver Andre Johnson back in the fold.
New coach Bill O’Brien named Ryan Fitzpatrick the starter, an announcement overshadowed somewhat by Johnson’s absence on the first day of a mandatory three-day mini-camp.
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) – Tiger Woods is making progress in his recovery from back surgery and starting to extend his swing, his agent said.
Woods already has missed two majors this year while he recovers from a microdiscectomy on his back on March 31. He last played on March 9 at Doral, when he closed with a 78 despite the pain in his lower back. Woods has said he has no idea when he will be healthy enough to return to competition.
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) – With pigtails and plenty of giggles, Lucy Li just wants to have fun like any 11-year-old girl.
Except that she’s playing the biggest event in women’s golf.
The California sixth-grader is the youngest qualifier in the history of the U.S. Women’s Open. She played nine holes of practice at Pinehurst No. 2 and is looking forward to a course where Martin Kaymer won a U.S. Open title Sunday.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Athletics left-hander Drew Pomeranz was placed on the 15-day disabled list after breaking his right hand punching a chair in frustration.
Pomeranz was injured when he whacked the back of a chair Monday night following his shortest outing of the season. Right-hander Evan Scribner, who was on Oakland’s opening-day roster, was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Daniel Pinero’s sacrifice fly scored Thomas Woodruff in the bottom of the 15th inning to give Virginia a 3-2 victory in a game that matched the longest in the College World Series’ 66-year history.
BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Red Sox designated outfielder Grady Sizemore for assignment.
Sizemore hit .333 in spring training and started in center field on opening day, homering in Boston’s 2-1 loss at Baltimore. But in 52 games, he hit .216 with two homers and 15 RBIs.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – The NCAA began making its case for keeping the current model for college sports, with the women’s athletic director at the University of Texas testifying that paying basketball and football players would tear apart the very foundation the school’s athletics are based upon.
Christine Plonsky said she couldn’t imagine a scenario where some of her university’s athletes were able to make money from their appearances in televised games, at the same time hundreds of athletes in other sports only get tuition and room and board for their efforts.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – David Joyner, the Penn State athletic director who steered the department following the Jerry Sandusky scandal and Joe Paterno’s death, will resign Aug. 1.
Joyner was appointed acting athletic director in November 2011 after Tim Curley was placed on administrative leave.
Penn State will form a search committee and work with a consulting firm in looking for its next athletic director. David Gray, senior vice president for finance and business at Penn State, will chair the search committee.
TRACK AND FIELD
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) – Justin Gatlin remained unbeaten this season by winning the 100 meters at the Golden Spike meet, clocking 9.86 seconds to improve his own world-leading time of the year.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is transferring to a Colorado hospital to continue rehabilitation from injuries she suffered in an all-terrain vehicle accident two weeks ago.
Van Dyken-Rouen will take a medical flight from Scottsdale to Denver on Wednesday so she can rehab at Craig Hospital, which specializes in spine injures.
OSSINGEN, Switzerland (AP) – Mark Cavendish edged Juan Jose Lobato and Peter Sagan in a thrilling sprint finish to win the fourth stage of the Tour de Suisse, while Tony Martin remained in the overall lead.
HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands (AP) – Second-seeded Fernando Verdasco overcame a shaky performance to beat Paul-Henri Mathieu 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 and reach the second round at the Topshelf Open.
In the women’s tournament, French Open runner-up and top-seeded Simona Halep beat Olga Govortsova 7-5, 6-2.
EASTBOURNE, England (AP) – Coming back from a left foot injury, former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka was mildly satisfied with her performance in a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 loss to Camila Giorgia in the first round of the Aegon Championships.
Third-seeded Jelena Jankovic lost 6-3, 6-3 to Madison Keys, and second-seeded Petra Kvitova beat Lucie Safarova 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (4).