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Unfinished overpass in World Cup project collapses
SAO PAULO – An overpass under construction collapsed yesterday in a World Cup host city, killing at least two people and trapping a commuter bus, two construction trucks and a car, Brazilian authorities said. Nineteen people were reported injured.
The incident took place on a main avenue, the expansion of which is one of the infrastructure improvement projects planned for the World Cup but like most urban transportation projects related to the tournament was not finished on time for the event.
There was no word of any tourists being among the casualties.
A woman who was driving a commuter bus trapped by the overpass died, said Capt. Federico Pascual of the Belo Horizonte fire department. An official in the mayor’s office said a second person died, raising the death toll to two.
The overpass collapsed about 3 miles from the Mineirao stadium, which has hosted several World Cup matches in recent weeks and is the site of a semifinal match Tuesday.
Source: Mavericks, Nowitzki agree on three-year deal
Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks agreed on what could be the final contract for the future Hall of Famer.
A person with knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press yesterday that Nowitzki would get a three-year contract worth roughly $30 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.
New contracts can’t be signed until Thursday.
Source: Kings, Collison reach three-year, $16 million deal
A person familiar with the deal said the Sacramento Kings and guard Darren Collison agreed to a three-year contract worth about $16 million.
The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity yesterday because teams can’t officially sign free agents until the NBA’s moratorium on deals is lifted Thursday.
Collison opted out of the final year of his contract with the Clippers that would have paid him $1.9 million next season. He gives the Kings a true point guard and much-needed depth at the position, especially if they lose starter Isaiah Thomas, who is a restricted free agent in line for a big pay raise this summer.
Collison averaged 11.4 points and 3.7 assists in 25.9 minutes last season, primarily as Chris Paul’s backup.
Sabathia has setback; Solarte out, Wheeler in for Yankees
MINNEAPOLIS – CC Sabathia’s return to the New York Yankees’ rotation is being delayed because he had swelling in his injured right knee after making his second rehabilitation start.
Sabathia made a start for Double-A Trenton on Wednesday. He had an MRI yesterday. The left-hander has been out with a degenerative cartilage problem nearly two months.
Also, the Yankees sent third baseman Yangervis Solarte to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and replaced him with Zelous Wheeler, who made his major league debut last night at Minnesota.
Colts backup receiver Brazill suspended one year by NFL
INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Colts backup wide receiver LaVon Brazill was suspended for the 2014 season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
Brazill was suspended for the first four games last season for violating the substance abuse policy. He said at the time it was for marijuana use.
Brazill played in 10 games last season, finishing with 12 catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns. In two seasons, he has 23 catches for 347 yards and three touchdowns. He was drafted in the sixth round out of Ohio University in 2012.
Dolphins defensive end Jordan suspended four games by NFL
DAVIE, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins said defensive end Dion Jordan was suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Jordan will be able to participate in training camp and preseason games. Once the regular season starts he will not be permitted to be part of the Dolphins’ active roster until Sept. 29.
Jordan said yesterday in a release from the team that he tested positive for a stimulant and takes “full responsibility” for the test results.
Jordan was the third overall pick in the 2013 draft out of Oregon. He played in all 16 games with Miami a year ago, with 26 tackles and two sacks.
Lack of fan interest could spell end of IndyCar in Pocono
The future of IndyCar at Pocono Raceway is in jeopardy because of a dramatic attendance drop expected for Sunday’s race.
IndyCar returned to Pocono last year after a 24-year absence in the first race of a three-year contract. Track CEO and President Brandon Igdalsky said this week he planned to speak with IndyCar CEO Mark Miles and other series executives in anticipation of Sunday’s race about possibly dumping the final year of the contract.
Igdalsky refused to divulge numbers, but said ticket sales “were kind of scary” compared to last year. While the track does not disclose attendance figures, about 30,000 to 35,000 fans were estimated at last year’s race.
TRACK AND FIELD
Gay beaten by Gatlin in 100 in return from doping ban
LAUSANNE, Switzerland – In his return from a one-year doping ban, Tyson Gay finished second to Justin Gatlin, who ran a year-best 9.80 seconds in the 100 meters at the Athletissima.
Gatlin pulled away after 40 meters.
Gay clocked 9.93 to beat Michael Rodgers. It was a decent performance from Gay, but still far from the level that made him the second-fastest sprinter behind Usain Bolt. Gay won the 100 at Athletissima in 9.79 a year ago.
Gay, the 2007 world champion, tested positive last year for an anabolic steroid. He cooperated with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s investigation to have his doping suspension reduced to one year.
Report: Charleston coach likely verbally abused players
CHARLESTON, S.C. – An investigation by the College of Charleston found men’s basketball Coach Doug Wojcik likely verbally abused players, using threatening, degrading and profane language in dealing with the team – including using a homophobic slur against one player.
The 50-page report contains summaries of interviews with Wojcik and 26 others, including current and former players and assistant coaches, college staffers and Athletic Director Joe Hull.
Wojcik said in the report he was shocked by the allegations and has not had players complain about his treatment. Wojcik did not immediately respond to messages from the Associated Press.