Newsmakers: CONCACAF bans Klinsmann for Gold Cup final
Banned U.S. soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann will miss the Gold Cup final Sunday against Panama after drawing a one-game suspension for his tirade during the tournament semifinals. CONCACAF’s disciplinary committee handed out the punishment, saying FIFA’s rules call for anyone ejected from a match to be banned from the following game. Klinsmann was ejected in the 87th minute Wednesday after protesting several no-calls against his players.
Auctioned The hockey stick Wayne Gretzky used when he was 13 years old to score the 1,000th goal of his life will be put up for auction. The stick had belonged to Ron St. Amand, who was Gretzky’s coach in 1974. He died last year at 73.
Signed The Brooklyn Nets have agreed to a deal with swingman Alan Anderson, continuing their busy offseason. Anderson averaged a career-high 10.7 points last season for Toronto. He has also played for Charlotte and has averaged 8.6 points in his four NBA seasons.
Paid Florida has given coach Will Muschamp a raise after an 11-win season. School president Bernie Machen and athletic director Jeremy Foley upped Muschamp’s salary $250,000 annually, making him the seventh-highest-paid coach in the Southeastern Conference. The Gators are 18-8 in two years under Muschamp.
Added Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis has added a Toronto stop on her comeback tour. The 32-year-old will play doubles at the Aug. 3-11 Rogers Cup. Hingis recently announced she was coming out of retirement to play doubles at an event next week in California.
Approved Swimming’s governing body voted Friday to include two different mixed-gender relays – the 4x100-meter freestyle and the 4x100 medley – at future world championships. Teams will be made up of two men and two women, and it is up to them to decide the order.
Announced Barcelona said that Argentine coach Gerardo Martin will take over for Tito Vilanova, who stepped down last week to proceed with a cancer treatment. The 50-year-old Martino, who has never coached in Europe, signed a two-year deal.
Planned Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash is going to work out with one of soccer’s most famous clubs. Nash will have a tryout Tuesday with Inter Milan, ahead of the team appearing in the United States for the Guinness International Champions Cup tournament. Nash, who is part of the Vancouver Whitecaps ownership group, is a longtime soccer player and fan.