August 6, 2014 in Sports

In brief: MLS All-Stars face talented Bayern Munich

From Staff And Wire Reports
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Seattle’s Clint Dempsey, who helped the U.S. reach the World Cup’s round of 16, will lead MLS All-stars against Bayern Munich.
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Soccer: By the time the MLS All-Star game rolls around tonight in Portland, coach Caleb Porter will have had two training sessions with his All-Stars.

Porter is hoping his side has some fast learners.

The MLS All-Stars face a considerable challenge in German power Bayern Munich, which boasts six players from the World Cup champion German national team.

The MLS squad has plenty of players from the U.S. team that advanced to the round of 16 this summer in Brazil, including Clint Dempsey of the Seattle Sounders and Michael Bradley of Toronto FC.

The All-Stars hold a 7-3-1 record over visiting teams in the annual showcase, but last year the MLS fell 3-1 to AS Roma.

Real Madrid introduces Navas: Real Madrid introduced goalkeeper Keylor Navas after he signed a six-year contract with the Spanish club. Navas helped Costa Rica reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time this summer.

Charleston president fires men’s coach

College basketball: College of Charleston President Glenn McConnell has fired men’s basketball coach Doug Wojcik.

The move Tuesday comes more than a month after the school said it was investigating Wojcik, who players, assistant coaches and staffers in the athletic department said was verbally abused them.

McConnell said in a statement that Wojcik’s dismissal was immediate and for cause. He did not detail reasons for the move and said he and the school would have no further comment about it.

Wrongful death suit filed against Cal

College football: The family of former California football player Ted Agu has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Regents of the University of California.

The lawsuit alleges “reckless and negligent behavior” by Cal’s training staff and university officials.

Agu died following an offseason training run Feb. 7 in Berkeley.

Suns forward receives three days in jail

NBA: Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker was sentenced to three days in jail and 11 days of home detention after pleading guilty to “super extreme” driving under the influence.

Police say Tucker had a blood alcohol level of .22 (nearly three times the legal limit in Arizona) after he was arrested May 10 in Scottsdale.

Tucker agreed to put an interlock device on his car for 18 months, undergo substance abuse counseling and pay fines of $2,750. He was placed on probation for up to five years.

Speights arrested for drunk driving: Golden State Warriors player Marreese Speights faces a drunk driving charge in Florida.

Tampa police say the former Florida Gator was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with driving under the influence.

Police say Speights’ blood-alcohol level was recorded to be 0.103 and 0.106 percent.

Exhibition planned in South Africa: The NBA will stage an exhibition game next August in South Africa.

Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum made the announcement in Johannesburg, where the NBA is holding a Basketball without Borders camp. He said all proceeds will go to charity and that becoming the first U.S. professional league to play a game on the continent is “just an evolution of our commitment to continuing to bring basketball to the continent of Africa.”

‘Meanest man’ in football dies

NFL: Ed Sprinkle, a star defensive end for the Chicago Bears in the 1940s and ’50s who was called the “meanest man” in football, has died. He was 90.

He died July 28 in the Chicago suburb of Palos Heights.

Sprinkle played for the Bears from 1944 to 1955 under coach George Halas, including the 1946 championship team. Sprinkle was elected to the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.

Despite being only 200 pounds, Sprinkle was labeled the “meanest man” in football in a Collier’s magazine article in 1950. He was nicknamed “The Claw” for using his forearm to deliver blows to opponents. He leveled plenty of quarterbacks, although it was hard to say how many because he played long before sack statistics were kept.

Sutter re-signs with Penguins

NHL: The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Brandon Sutter.

Sutter agreed to a two-year deal that will average $3.3 million per season. The 25-year-old Sutter has been a fixture on the third line since he was acquired in a 2012 trade that sent popular center Jordan Staal to Carolina.

Sutter had 13 goals and 13 assists in 81 games for the Penguins in 2013-14 and set a career high with five postseason goals.

Schar wins stage in Tour of Utah

Miscellany: Michael Schar of BMC Racing Team survived a six-man breakaway over Boulder Mountain and then time-trialed to victory in the second stage of the Tour of Utah.

Schar was part of the lead group for the entirety of the 131-mile stage, the longest of this year’s race. After cresting the final climb, the reigning Swiss road race champion managed to hold off the peloton by 2 seconds — roughly 20 feet — at the finish line.

Wu leads golf qualifiers: Bethany Wu shot a 2-under 68 in the U.S. Women’s Amateur to top the 64 match-play qualifiers at Glen Cove. N.Y.

The 17-year-old Wu, from Diamond Bar, California, finished stroke play at 3-under 137 at Nassau Country Club. Australia’s Su-Hyun Oh, the first-round leader, was a shot back along with Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, California. Oh had a 72, and Lee shot 69.

Bribery case dropped: Bernie Ecclestone is free to concentrate on running Formula One after a German court dropped a bribery case against him in exchange for a $100 million payment.

After hearing more than three months of evidence, the Munich state court cited significant doubts that Ecclestone could be convicted on charges of bribery and incitement to breach of trust as it approved an agreement between his lawyers and prosecutors and closed the trial.

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