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Thursday, August 3, 2017

SOCCER

PARIS (AP) - Neymar became the most expensive player in soccer history after completing his blockbuster transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($262 million).


PSG triggered the release clause in the forward’s Barcelona contract, which was more than double the previous transfer record set a year ago when Manchester United paid 105 million euros (then $116 million) for Paul Pogba.

PSG said in a statement that the 25-year-old Neymar had signed a five-year contract, until June 2022.

In his four seasons in Spain, Neymar scored 105 goals as Barcelona won the Champions League, Club World Cup, two Spanish league titles and Copa del Rey three times.

Neymar is escaping the shadow of five-time world player of the year Lionel Messi at Barcelona, and will become the biggest star in the French league on a team without the track record of success to match his former club.

CHICAGO (AP) - Goalkeeper Briana Scurry and contributor Dr. Joe Machnik were elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Scurry was selected on the player ballot, Machnik on the builder ballot.

Scurry backstopped the 1999 U.S. women to the World Cup title, stopping a penalty shot against China in the shootout. Considered one of many pioneers for the women’s sport on that team, Scurry played every minute in goal at three Women’s World Cups and two Olympics, sustaining only two losses in those tournaments. She won two Olympic gold medals and finished her international career with 173 caps and 72 shutouts.

CARSON, Calif. (AP) - Although Australia wrapped up the inaugural Tournament of Nations title before the U.S. women stepped on the field, Megan Rapinoe and her teammates still finished strong.

Rapinoe scored a splendid goal in the 12th minute, and the Americans beat Japan 3-0 in the final match of the four-team round robin event.

Mallory Pugh and Alex Morgan scored in the second half as the U.S. entertained a crowd of 23,161 that didn’t seem to mind finishing second in this friendly tournament.

Australia rendered the Americans’ final result irrelevant to the standings by routing Brazil 6-1 in the early game at StubHub Center south of downtown Los Angeles. The U.S. needed Australia to lose to have any chance to make up a three-goal aggregate deficit.

PRO FOOTBALL

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill reinjured his left knee in practice when it buckled as he scrambled and fell without being hit.

Tannehill walked slowly off the field accompanied by trainers. He underwent an MRI, but results weren’t definitive regarding the extent of the injury, and further assessment was expected Friday.

Tannehill missed last season’s final four games, including a playoff loss at Pittsburgh, after spraining two ligaments in the same knee. He decided against surgery and took part in all offseason drills.

He was wearing a brace when his knee gave out near the right sideline while running full speed to escape tackle Ndamukong Suh. Tannehill stayed on the ground at least 15 seconds surrounded by teammates before rising and leaving the field.

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - The NFL is back, sort of.

With no stars and few starters on the field, the Dallas Cowboys edged the Arizona Cardinals 20-18 in the Hall of Fame game.

At least the turf held up - unlike a year ago, when the game was canceled for safety reasons. The new field passed NFL operations directors’ approval, and the footing was steady.

Rookie Sam Irwin-Hill, unlikely to beat out Dallas veteran Dan Bailey for the placekicking job, made field goals of 23 and 43 yards, the latter providing the winning points in the fourth quarter.

BOXING

BERLIN (AP) - Former heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko announced his immediate retirement from boxing.

The decision ends an era when the Klitschko name alone could guarantee one of the biggest fights of the year. At their peak, Klitschko and his brother Vitali held all the major heavyweight titles between them.

Klitschko, who retired with a 64-5 record, lost his titles to Tyson Fury in 2015 and failed to regain the WBA and IBF belts in April, when Anthony Joshua beat him by an 11th-round technical knockout.

Klitschko had been lined up for a rematch against Joshua, who will now likely face mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.

GOLF

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) - Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry shot a respectable 4-over 74 during his pro golf debut in the opening round of a Web.com Tour event. The two-time NBA MVP is playing on a sponsor exemption.

Curry played the challenging course at TPC Stonebrae while competing in a tournament one step below the PGA Tour.

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Thomas Pieters rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt on his final hole for a 5-under 65 that gave him a one-shot lead in the Bridgestone Invitational.

Russell Knox had a 66 with a bogey on his final hole.

Rory McIlroy got by just fine with his best friend as his caddie, opening with a 67, his lowest opening round in America since February 2016. McIlroy split with his caddie of nine years after the British Open.

Also at 67 was Jordan Spieth.

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) - Finishing fast after a slow start, Michelle Wie birdied her last three holes for an 8-under 64 and a one-shot lead in the Women’s British Open.

Wie bogeyed the par-5 second hole at Kingsbarns Links, and that was the last of her mistakes. The 27-year-old American shot 30 on the back nine and wound up one shot ahead of I.K. Kim of South Korea.

RENO, Nev. (AP) - John Huh made plenty of putts in the Barracuda Championship, which leads to good results no matter how the score is kept.

Huh took only 24 putts at Montreaux Golf and Country Club, the last one from 6 feet for his eighth birdie on his final hole to give him 15 points and a one-point lead over Stuart Appleby and Miguel Angel Carballo.

ST. ALBANS, Mo. (AP) - Akshay Bhatia won the Boys Junior PGA Championship and shattered a scoring record that had stood for 24 years.

Bhatia, a 15-year-old from Wake Forest, North Carolina, closed with a 5-under 67 at The Country Club of St. Albans for a three-shot victory. He finished at 22-under 266, breaking by five shots the record Pat Perez set in 1993 at Pinehurst No. 4.

PRO HOCKEY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Nashville Predators forward Mike Fisher retired in what he called the hardest decision he’s had to make, leaving the defending Stanley Cup finalists in need of a new captain.

The 37-year-old Fisher said in a letter to Predators fans that “I know I’ve made the right one” in opting to retire.

Fisher had 276 goals and 309 assists in 1,088 regular-season games during an NHL career that lasted 17 seasons. He had 23 goals and 28 assists in 13 career playoff games.

He began his career with the Ottawa Senators before getting traded to Nashville in 2011.

Fisher was chosen the Predators’ captain in September 2016. He had 18 goals and 24 assists last season as Nashville earned its first Western Conference title. He’s also husband to country star Carrie Underwood, and they have a son together.

TENNIS

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova eased into the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Kateryna Bondarenko in her Bank of the West Classic debut.

Kvitova, a No. 2 seed, will take on eighth-seeded American CiCi Bellis, a 7-6 (3), 6-2 winner over Veronica Cepede Royg.

Fourth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and No. 6 Coco Vandeweghe also advanced.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Kevin Anderson survived a tense third-set tiebreaker to upset top-seeded Dominic Thiem and advance to the quarterfinals of the Citi Open.

The 6-foot-8 South African veteran fought off a match point before serving out the tiebreaker to win 6-3, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (7) and improve his career record to 6-0 against the seventh-ranked Thiem.

The Citi Open is a hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open, which starts Aug. 28.

Third-seeded Milos Raonic, the 2014 Citi Open champion, won a first-set tiebreak on the way to beating Marcos Baghdatis 7-6 (7), 6-3, and eighth-seeded Jack Sock beat fellow American Jared Donaldson 7-6 (6), 6-2. Raonic and Sock will face each other in the next round.

In the women’s draw, Canadian wild card Bianca Andreescu knocked off second-seeded Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals.

In other women’s matches, top-seeded Simona Halep came back from losing the first set to beat Mariana Duque-Marino 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, and Andrea Petkovic beat Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 4-6, 6-0.


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