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Sports briefs for July 18, 2013

By BDN staff and wire service reports, Special to the BDN

Rodriguez up to Triple-A, aims for Yankees on Monday

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez completed a rehab assignment with double-A Trenton on Tuesday night, going 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and an RBI at the plate, and after a day off on Wednesday will play for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday.

Rodriguez, who underwent hip surgery in January and his not played in a major-league game since last October, has progressed from Class A to Double-A and now to Triple-A as he targets Monday as a return date to the Yankees for the start of a four-game road series agaiinst the Texas Rangers.

After Tuesday’s outing, he has played seven innings at third base in four straight games and described that as a “step I needed to take in this.”

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Woods completes new deal with Nike

The day before Tiger Woods begins his bid at the British Open for a first major championship since 2008, his agent announced a new contract with Nike.

Mark Steinberg said Wednesday that the deal with the apparel and athletic equipment company was signed about two weeks ago in Florida, but he declined to discuss financial terms or contract length.

Steinberg said previously that he hoped the new deal would extend through the rest of Woods’ career.

Sports Illustrated recently estimated Woods’ annual earnings at $40 million. In addition to Nike, he maintains endorsement deals with Rolex, Fuse, NetJets, EA Sports and Kowa.

Olympics-U.S. Olympic Committee opposes call for Sochi boycott

The United States Olympic Committee has rejected a call to boycott the Sochi Winter Olympics if Russia grants asylum to Edward Snowden, saying it was not in the best interests of the country or the athletes.

USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky released a statement on Wednesday outlining the committee’s opposition to any political boycott of the Games.

“If there are any lessons to be learned from the American boycott of 1980, it is that Olympic boycotts do not work,” the statement read.

“Our boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games did not contribute to a successful resolution of the underlying conflict. It did, however, deprive hundreds of American athletes, all whom had completely dedicated themselves to representing our nation at the Olympic Games, of the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Blatter says Qatar World Cup should take place in winter

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Wednesday the 2022 World Cup should be switched to the winter months because of the blistering heat in Qatar during the summer.

“The World Cup must be a festival of the people. But for it to be such a festival, you can’t play football in the summer,” Blatter told a conference in Kitzbuehel, Austria.

“You can cool down the stadiums but you can’t cool down the whole country and you can’t simply cool down the ambience of a World Cup. The players must be able to play in the best conditions to play a good World Cup.”

Blatter has previously said that any request to change the timing of the 2022 World Cup would have to come from the organisers. In March he said the World Cup was a competition “that has to be played in June and July”.

He said on Wednesday, however, that FIFA had not taken the heat problem properly into consideration when the World Cup was awarded to Qatar in 2010.

Culpepper home foreclosed

Former NFL quarterback Daunte Culpepper lost a south Florida home through foreclosure, the South Florida Business Journal reported.

SunTrust Bank dropped lawsuit against Culpepper this month after the 10,000-square foot home was surrended in April. Culpepper purchased the house for $3.6 million in April 2006 after he signed with the Miami Dolphins.

The bank listed Culpepper with $3 million in debts in court documents.

Culpepper played for the Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions in the NFL. He closed out his playing career with Sacramento in the United Football League in 2010.

Lolo Jones faces no disciplinary action

Olympic hurdler and bobsled-team hopeful Lolo Jones will not be disciplined for an altercation at a bar last week, the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation announced late Tuesday night.

Fox Sports Tonight reported Monday that Jones allegedly was involved in a fight with the stepdaughter of Hall of Fame bobsledder Tony Carlino on Friday night in Lake Placid, N.Y., where the American team is training for the National Push Bobsled Championships next week in Calgary, Alberta.

Federation CEO Darrin Steele said there was no indication that team rules were violated but that the organization was disappointed with what apparently transpired nonetheless.


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