College Football


South Carolina fans event to be Aug. 12

The University of South Carolina athletics department will hold its annual fan appreciation day Aug. 12, at the Colonial Center in Columbia.

Doors will open at 12:30 p.m., and the event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 1-2:30.

Head football coach Steve Spurrier and his team, as well as the men's and women's soccer squads, will be on hand to sign autographs. They will sign only official team posters, which will be provided at the event.


Network to add Wimbledon to slate

The Tennis Channel added Wimbledon to its Grand Slam coverage by agreeing to a six-year deal with the All England Club.

The contract starts in 2008 and includes a four-hour, prime-time show nightly during the tournament. NBC agreed to a four-year contract extension for Wimbledon earlier this month. ESPN is nearing an extension.

- In Palermo, Sicily, Eva Birnerova of the Czech Republic upset top-seeded Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands 6-2, 6-4 in the first round of the Palermo International.

- In Stuttgart, Germany, qualifiers Marin Cilic and Boris Pashanski won in the first round of the ATP Mercedes Cup.

- In Amersfoort, Netherlands, Evgeny Korolev defeated sixth-seeded Dominik Hrbaty 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 in the first round of the Dutch Open.

Horse Racing

Belmont champion sidelined with fever

Belmont Stakes winner Rags to Riches has a slight fever and won't run in Saturday's $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks.

The 3-year-old filly sensation was expected to be the overwhelming favorite in her first race since becoming the first of her sex to win the Belmont in 102 years.

Trainer Todd Pletcher was disappointed but optimistic his filly would be ready for her next start in the Alabama at Saratoga on Aug. 18, against other fillies.


Wade healing, may miss start of camp

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade said his knee and shoulder rehabilitation are going well, although he may not be ready by the start of training camp.

Wade had surgery on his left knee and left shoulder in mid-May, and he said the shoulder requires six month to rehabilitate and heal.

- The judge presiding over Jayson Williams' retrial for the shooting of a hired driver in 2002 ruled Monday that portions of a 911 call made by Williams' brother on the night of the shooting will be excluded from the trial.


Former Georgia DE signed by Panthers

The Carolina Panthers signed third-round pick Charles Johnson, an All-SEC defensive end from Georgia.

- Cornerback Asante Samuel and the New England Patriots failed to agree on a multiyear contract, setting the stage for a possible holdout.

- Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen has been suspended by the NFL for two games after two DUI arrests

- The Detroit Lions re-signed defensive tackle Cory Redding, a key backup last season, to a multiyear deal.


Beckham limited in practice with injury

David Beckham was limited to some stretching and kicking drills because of a lingering ankle injury in his first practice since joining the Los Angeles Galaxy.

He is scheduled to make his playing debut Saturday in an exhibition against Chelsea, but Galaxy coach Frank Yallop said the superstar midfielder is day-to-day.

"His ankle is quite swollen," Yallop said. "We're hoping it recovers quickly and he can have some part in the game."

Beckham didn't speak to reporters after practice.



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