NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has been cleared by team doctors to begin practice on Friday when the Jaguars hold their first training camp practice.
Jones-Drew had surgery last December to correct the Lisfranc injury that caused him to miss the final 10 games in 2012. He missed all of the team’s offseason workouts and OTAs in the spring, but had vowed he would be ready for the start of training camp.
Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley, in declaring that the NFL’s leading rusher in 2011 had been cleared, says the team will be smart with how they use him during camp and preseason games. They will “bring him along slowly.”
• Buccaneers sign Hillis: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed running back Peyton Hillis to a one-year contract.
Last year Hillis played for Kansas City Chiefs, rushing for 309 yards and 1 TD.
• Broncos drop Mays: The Denver Broncos are saving $3.5 million with the release of linebacker Joe Mays, who lost his starting job and then broke his left leg last season.
Not long after signing for $12 million over three years, Mays was suspended a game and docked $50,000 for an illegal hit on Houston’s Matt Schaub. He then lost his middle linebacker job following a poor performance by the defense in a loss at New England.
Pondexter leads Liberty past Fever
WNBA: Cappie Pondexter scored 24 points and the New York Liberty overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to defeat the Indiana Fever 77-72.
Briann January, a former Lewis and Clark High School standout, scored a season-high 21 points and had four assists for the Fever (7-9).
• Whalen, Brunson added to All-Star game: Minnesota teammates Lindsay Whalen and Rebekkah Brunson headline the WNBA All-Star reserves announced Tuesday night.
Kristi Toliver and Nneka Ogwumike from the Los Angeles Sparks, Danielle Robinson of San Antonio and Tulsa’s Glory Johnson round out the West reserves.
Brazilians finish 1-2 In 10-kilometer race
Swimming, diving: Looking ahead to an Olympics in their home country, Brazilians Poliana Okimoto and Ana Marcela Cunha went 1-2 in the 10-kilometer race at the swimming world championships at Barcelona, Spain, a rough-and-tumble event.
Okimoto and Cunha pulled away from the pack after making the final turn on the palm tree-lined course set up in Barcelona’s dazzling harbor. Okimoto, who narrowly lost her first event of the championships to American Haley Anderson, reached up to slap the timing device just .3 seconds ahead of her countrywoman.
In diving, He Zi won her second world title in the women’s 1-meter springboard, edging Tania Cagnotto of Italy by 0.10 points.
The Chinese diver came from behind on the last of five attempts to total 307.10 points Tuesday. Her first world title came in 2007.
Kiwis advance to challenge finals
Miscellany: Emirates Team New Zealand routed Italy’s Luna Rossa by the biggest margin yet in the America’s Cup challenger trials and clinched the right to advance to the Louis Vuitton Cup finals.
The Kiwis took a 7-3 lead over Luna Rossa, which fell farther behind at each turning mark on San Francisco Bay.
The Louis Vuitton Cup winner faces defending champion Oracle Team USA in the 34th America’s Cup match starting Sept. 7.
• Nigeria issues lifetime soccer bans: Players, team officials and referees were banned for life and four amateur clubs for 10 years after Nigeria’s soccer federation found they fixed two lower-league playoff games that ended with scores of 79-0 and 67-0.
In findings of an investigation, the Nigerian Football Federation ruled that there was “a fraudulent conspiracy among the teams” to fix the games after Plateau United Feeders and Police Machine figured out that they needed to boost their goal tallies to beat the other to promotion to the lowest tier of Nigeria’s professional league.