May 3, 2009 in Sports

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NFL

Strong winds batter Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis broke his back and 11 more were injured when winds just shy of tornado strength ripped through the roof of the team’s indoor practice facility during a rookie minicamp Saturday at Irving, Texas.

Former coach Dan Reeves, DeCamillis’ father-in-law, said the first-year Dallas assistant has a couple of broken vertebrae in his lower back.

Reeves added DeCamillis probably will have surgery. The coach was seen being removed on a stretcher wearing a neck brace.

The storm hit while 27 players were going through workouts. Officials say there were about 70 people in the facility.

Of the 12 hospitalized, 10 were taken by emergency vehicles and two went on their own.

Prep tennis

Sisters triumph in boys doubles

Two sisters won the Pittsburgh-area boys doubles championship.

Karli and Tayla Timko easily defeated Tin Chu and Drew Gallatin of Thomas Jefferson High 6-2, 6-1 on Friday to win the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League boys doubles title at Valencia, Pa.

The sisters, from Chartiers-Houston High, competed in the boys division because their school dropped its girls tennis program. The Timkos won the girls doubles title last year.

Their father is Mike Timko, a former West Virginia quarterback in the 1980s. Their mother, Shari Retton Timko, is a former WVU gymnast and sister of 1984 Olympic all-around champion Mary Lou Retton.

Memorabilia

Ruling gives Chastain support

The most celebrated undergarment in soccer history has been seized as a result of the Sports Museum of America’s declaring Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

The black sports bra Brandi Chastain famously modeled after converting the winning penalty kick in the 1999 Women’s World Cup final was among about 500 pieces of memorabilia taken from the museum.

Initially, Chastain was told she’d have to pay $250 plus shipping to reclaim the bra she donated to the museum. Later, a judge ruled that all athletes who lent artifacts to the museum could retrieve those items free of charge.

Either way, Chastain told the Wall Street Journal, “Thank goodness I have another one.”

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