August 8, 2013 in Sports

Man completes 22-mile swim hauling bricks

From Staff And Wire Reports
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Jim “The Shark” Dreyer celebrates after finishing his 51-hour swim.
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Stunts: Nearly 51 hours after jumping into a lake near the Michigan-Canada border, a long-distance swimmer who calls himself “The Shark” finished his 22-mile journey to Detroit while hauling hundreds of pounds of bricks.

Jim Dreyer had been pulling two dinghies bearing 334 bricks weighing more than 2,000 pounds behind him when he departed Monday for the swim across Lake St. Clair.

“It is so good to be in Detroit,” the 49-year-old said after landing on the beach and kneeling. “Sorry I’m late.”

Ohio State QB cleared of possible infractions

College football: After an investigation, Ohio State has determined star quarterback Braxton Miller did not profit from the sale of items he signed at a Big Ten preseason kickoff luncheon.

Athletic director Gene Smith said the university talked to Miller after someone offered autographs and signed memorabilia for sale online without the junior’s knowledge.

• Lawsuit against Gundy dismissed: A judge has dismissed most of a lawsuit filed by a contractor who said he was fired by Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy after showing up to work at the coach’s house wearing an Oklahoma Sooners T-shirt.

Brent Loveland sued Gundy in 2011 for breach of contract and emotional distress.

AC Milan tops Galaxy at Champions Cup

Soccer: Mario Balotelli and M’baye Niang scored first-half goals, and AC Milan controlled long stretches of play in beating the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0 in the third-place match of the Guinness International Champions Cup tournament in Miami Gardens, Fla.

• PSV, Celtic advance: Former European champions PSV Eindhoven and Celtic both advanced to the playoff round for the Champions League during the last matches of the third qualifying round.

PSV beat Zulte Waregem of Belgium 3-0 in an away match. Celtic held Swedish champion IF Elfsborg to a 0-0 draw in Boras.

Matthews wins stage, takes lead in Utah

Cycling: Australia’s Michael Matthews won the second stage of the Tour of Utah in Torrey to take the overall lead in the six-stage race.

Matthews, riding for Orica GreenEdge, edged Belgium’s Greg Van Avermaet by a bike-length a day after finishing second behind the BMC rider in the first stage.

• Froome headlines USA Pro Challenge: Tour de France champion Chris Froome of Sky Procycling and points jersey winner Peter Sagan of Cannondale Pro Cycling will headline the field for the USA Pro Challenge.

Murray, Nadal win at Rogers Cup

Miscellany: Andy Murray made a successful return in his first match since winning at Wimbledon, beating Spain’s Marcel Granollers 6-4, 7-6 (2) at the second round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

Rafael Nadal also opened with a victory, routing Canada’s Jesse Levine 6-2, 6-0.

• Muhammad sent home: Minnesota Timberwolves president Flip Saunders says the team “fully supports” the decision to send first-round draft pick Shabazz Muhammad home from the NBA’s rookie transition program due to a rules violation.

Muhammad was sent home after bringing a female visitor to his hotel room Tuesday night.

• Governor gives veto notice on mascot bill: Gov. John Kitzhaber is ready to veto a bill that loosens a ban on the use of Native American mascots by Oregon schools.

Kitzhaber has provided the required five-day notice that he might veto Senate Bill 215, which allows schools with nicknames such as the Indians, Braves or Chieftains to keep their names and mascots if they get permission from the nearest tribe.

• Sochi Games OK: The Winter Olympics in Sochi should not be affected by the heightened political tensions between the United States and Russia over Edward Snowden, gay rights and other issues, IOC vice president Craig Reedie said.

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