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San Jose Earthquakes forward Brian Ching will have surgery today to repair a torn right hamstring muscle.

Ching, who was injured in a reserve league match Sunday, is expected to miss several weeks. He had an MRI on Tuesday that revealed the tear, then team doctors scheduled the surgery. Ching originally strained his hamstring May 14 against FC Dallas and missed five matches.

Ching, who played at Gonzaga University, is tied for second on the team with four goals and also has two assists.

“At Frankfurt, Germany, Brazil won the FIFA Confederations Cup for the second time, beating Argentina 4-1 behind a pair of goals by Adriano.

Kaka and Ronaldinho also scored for the defending World Cup champions.

In the third-place game at Leipzig, Michael Ballack scored on a free kick seven minutes into overtime to lead Germany over Mexico 4-3.


Boxing, steroid bills approved

A House committee approved separate bills that would set minimum steroid-testing rules and penalties for professional sports, and create a U.S. Boxing Commission.

The Drug Free Sports Act, introduced in the wake of allegations of widespread steroid use in baseball, would set drug-testing policy for the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball. It calls for an athlete to be suspended half the season for the first offense, a full season for the second, and a lifetime ban for the third.

The boxing bill would license boxers, managers, promoters and sanctioning organizations, and impose uniform health and safety standards, establish a centralized medical registry and provide uniform ranking criteria and contractual guidelines.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the steroids legislation 38-2 and the boxing legislation 25-16.


Marquette retains nickname

Marquette University will keep its Golden Eagles nickname after all. Following months of controversy, the school said that 54 percent of voters picked the Golden Eagles while 46 percent chose the Hilltoppers, the school’s old nickname. About 23,000 Marquette students, alumni and staff voted.

Last year, two Marquette trustees offered to give the school $1 million each if it returned the nickname to Warriors, which was changed in 1994 because it was deemed insensitive to American Indians. The school rejected the trustees’ offer and this spring announced a switch from Golden Eagles to Gold, which was opposed by students and alumni because they weren’t consulted. The board relented opened the issue to a vote.


U.S. crews off to strong start

American crews got off to a strong start in the opening round of the Henley Royal Regatta at Henley-On-Thames, England.

The college crew from the University of California easily defeated England’s University of Warwick in the opening round of the Temple Cup for student eights, and Colby College held off repeated challenges from Isis of Oxford University. Cornell defeated University College of Dublin, Ireland, by 1 3/4 lengths while Connecticut-based Trinity College easily beat the University of the West of England.

Yale defeated its English opposition from the University of Bristol, cruising to a 2 3/4 -length win to advance to the second round.

College women

Nnamani wins Broderick Cup

Ogonna Nnamani played on the U.S. Olympic women’s volleyball team in Athens last summer, led the Stanford Cardinal to a national title in December, and now takes home the Broderick Cup as the nation’s collegiate woman athlete of the year.

Seattle Pacific basketball star Brittney Kroon was given the Inspiration Award. Kroon underwent a liver transplant three years ago, but recovered to lead the Falcons to the Division II championship game last year. The 6-foot-4 center led the nation in blocked shots in 2004 and is one of only two known athletes to play in the NCAA after a liver transplant.

Krystal Lewallen, a softball pitcher for Northern Kentucky, was chosen as the Division II athlete of the year.

Sports people

Boxer Mesi files lawsuit

Heavyweight boxer Joe Mesi has filed a suit to force the Nevada State Athletic Commission to lift his medical suspension. The 31-year-old fighter turned to the courts to revive his career after the commission decided earlier this month not to allow the fighter back in the ring because a doctor discovered bleeding on his brain. The WBC’s former top-ranked contender suffered at least two brain injuries in winning a tough, unanimous decision against Vassiliy Jirov in March 2004. Mesi hasn’t fought since. … Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was acquitted of an assault charge from a playground altercation. … The Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA traded Plenette Pierson to the Detroit Shock for guard Andrea Stinson and a 2006 draft choice. The Mercury waived Stinson immediately after making the deal, and signed center Maria Stepanova for the remainder of the season… . Indianapolis high school standout Greg Oden, the national prep player of the year, said he will play college basketball at Ohio State… . Olympian Merlene Ottey underwent surgery for a thigh muscle tear, dashing her bid for a record eighth world track and field championship appearance.

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