U.S. routed 2nd time in row at Confederations Cup, 3-0
If this was a dress rehearsal for next year's World Cup, the United States showed it's far from ready. The U.S. was hammered for the second time in a four-day span at the Confederations Cup in Pretoria, South Africa, with Brazil outplaying the Americans, 3-0, Thursday. Felipe Melo scored off Maicon's free kick in the seventh minute and Robinho made it 2-0 in the 20th, completing a counterattack that began when DaMarcus Beasley and Landon Donovan failed to combine on a short corner kick. Maicon added the third goal in the 62nd. Brazil outshot the Americans 23-9, including 11-2 for shots on goal. Combined with an opening 3-1 loss to Italy on Monday and Egypt's 1-0 upset of the Azzurri on Thursday, the defeat left the United States (0-2) with an outside chance, at best, to reach the semifinals. The Americans could advance by beating Egypt by at least three goals, and either Italy scoring three fewer goals than the United States in a loss to Brazil or the victory margins of the U.S. and Brazil totaling seven or more.
Talks with Ricketts on Cubs continue; options assessed
The Tribune Co. said it's still working toward selling the Chicago Cubs to the family of TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, but that it's also "assessing other alternatives." In January, Tribune, which owns The Baltimore Sun, picked as lead bidders the Ricketts family, which founded Omaha, Neb.-based brokerage that became TD Ameritrade. The effort has been led by Joe Ricketts' son Tom of Chicago, a Cubs fan who used to live across the street from Wrigley Field and who met his wife in the park's bleachers. The offer was described at the time as $900 million for the team, Wrigley Field, and a 25 percent interest in a regional sports network. One of the other potential bidders is Marc Utay of Clarion Capital.
Obituary: : Dusty Rhodes, who helped the Giants win their last World Series title in 1954, died Wednesday of cardiopulmonary arrest in Las Vegas. He was 82. Rhodes was 4-for-6 with two home runs in New York's sweep of the Indians.
NCAA intends to take away Florida State victories
The NCAA infractions committee intends to uphold sanctions against Florida State that would take away wins in 10 sports, including as many as 14 by football coach Bobby Bowden. After a public records lawsuit and intervention by Florida's attorney general, the NCAA allowed Florida State to release the committee's June 2 response to FSU's appeal of the NCAA punishment that would strip the school of the victories.
USADA chief urges states to act on supplements
Knowing the federal government does little to regulate the steroid-tainted, multibillion-dollar supplement industry, the leader of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency urged a group of attorneys general to take action on the state level. USADA CEO Travis Tygart spoke at a conference of the country's attorneys general, urging them to use consumer protection laws in their states to help prevent tainted and steroid-related supplements from reaching the market.
Varsity: : Indian Creek School named Loyola College graduate Mike Fretwell, a lifetime Annapolis resident, boys lacrosse coach. Fretwell worked at St. Mary's High the past three seasons. ... High school football teams should eliminate two-a-day practices during the first week of August drills when heat stroke has proven particularly deadly, the National Athletic Trainers' Association said in a report issued less than two months before the sweltering rite of passage begins at schools.
Tennis: : Fourteenth-ranked Gael Monfils of France has pulled out of Wimbledon because of a wrist injury. ... Virginie Razzano upset defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska, 7-6 (5), 7-5, to reach the semifinals of the Eastbourne (England) Championships. Marion Bartoli defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-1, 6-4 to set up a meeting with Razzano in the warm-up to Wimbledon. ... Ivan Navarro upset defending champion David Ferrer, 6-4, 6-2, in a match between Spaniards to reach the Ordina Open semifinals in Den Bosch, Netherlands.
Olympics: : With 3 1/2 months to go, Rio de Janeiro has picked up significant momentum in the race for the 2016 Summer Games. The Brazilian city emerged with the most buzz among the four cities during presentations Wednesday to International Olympic Committee members in Lausanne, Switzerland, and could become the leading contender going into the Oct. 2 vote in Copenhagen against Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo, IOC members said.
NHL: : Hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur, 57, has been given a one-year suspended sentence, fined $100 and ordered to donate $10,000 to charity for giving contradictory testimony during his son's 2007 bail hearing in Montreal.
Cycling: : Tour de France organizers banned former world champion Tom Boonen from next month's race after the Belgian rider tested positive for cocaine for the second time in less than year.
Mountain biking: : Former world champion Melissa "Missy" Giove was ordered held on $250,000 bail after federal authorities said they seized more than 200 pounds of marijuana from a truck she was driving outside Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
NASCAR: : Driver Carl Long's suspension for having an oversized engine has been reduced to eight races from a record 12, but his record $200,000 fine remains.