NFL: Let the celebration begin. For once, the Jets and Giants teamed up for a win.
NFL owners voted to play the 2014 Super Bowl in the new $1.6 billion Meadowlands Stadium in what may well be the first cold-weather championship for the world’s biggest football game.
The league made a special exception for the Giants and Jets to bid on the game, and supporters of both teams held their breath when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made the announcement after the fourth and final vote of the owners.
As soon as Goodell said New York and New Jersey, there were roars, screams, cheers and clapping. The crying towels were thrown away. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie high-fived Jets center Nick Mangold and Giants guard Chris Snee.
Miami and Tampa were also in the running.
•Roethlisberger’s friend under investigation: It will be “months as opposed to weeks” before the attorney for a Pittsburgh suburb recommends whether a police officer should be disciplined for being with Ben Roethlisberger the night he was accused of sexual assault in Georgia.
Witnesses and Roethlisberger’s accuser say Officer Anthony Barravecchio escorted the 20-year-old woman down a hallway to a restroom where she says Roethlisberger forced her to have sex.
Wade back on stand in restaurant trial
NBA: Dwyane Wade finally got his chance to play offense in his $25 million breach-of-contract trial.
The Miami Heat star spent about two hours answering questions from his attorney, in the Miami trial where two of Wade’s former business partners are suing for damages over a failed restaurant deal.
Storm roar back to stay undefeated
WNBA: Sue Bird and Tanisha Wright scored 16 points each and the Seattle Storm rallied from 10 down in the second half to beat the Washington Mystics 82-76 at home and stay unbeaten in their first four games.
Swin Cash and Lauren Jackson added 14 points each for the Storm. After trailing by 10 late in the third quarter, the Storm went on a 31-10 run to take a 72-61 lead on Wright’s 3-pointer with 3:11 to go.
Woods will play at Memorial tourney
Golf: Tiger Woods’ balky neck may be sufficiently healed to return to competition at next week’s Memorial Tournament in Orlando, Fla.
A Golf Channel report stated Woods will defend his crown at Jack Nicklaus’ signature event, and Woods has until Friday to officially enter.
New York race tracks get $25 million loan
Horse racing: The Belmont, Saratoga and Aqueduct racetracks will stay open following the Belmont Stakes on June 5 after New York’s thoroughbred racing operator received a $25 million loan from the state.
Czechs down U.S. in World Cup primer
Soccer: The Czech Republic exposed the United States’ defensive deficiencies in a 4-2 victory at East Hartford, Conn., in the first of three World Cup warmup matches for the Americans.
Stanford takes women’s team title
Tennis: Stanford freshman Mallory Burdette beat Marrit Boonstra in three sets to lock up another NCAA tennis title for the Cardinal, who beat Florida 4-3 in Athens, Ga., in the women’s final.
•USC wins second straight: Robert Farah beat J.P. Smith in No. 1 singles and Southern Cal held off Tennessee 4-2 in Athens, Ga., to earn its second straight NCAA men’s title.
Michigan says NCAA violations not serious
College football: The University of Michigan admitted to a series of violations in its football program, saying it doesn’t believe the problems related to practice time and coaching activities are enough to warrant major punishment from the NCAA.
Doping investigation adds other charges
Cycling: The New York Times is reporting federal authorities investigating whether Lance Armstrong and other top cyclists engaged in doping are examining whether to widen their probe to include other charges involving fraud.
F1 returns to U.S. at 2012 Texas event
Racing: Formula One racing is coming back to the United States in 2012 with a long-term deal to race the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin until 2021 on a track built specifically for the event.
USA Swimming releases names
Swimming: USA Swimming responded to a sexual abuse scandal by releasing a list of 36 coaches who have received lifetime bans or permanently quit the organization, including former national team director Everett Uchiyama.