Klinsmann chosen to coach U.S. men's national team
Juergen Klinsmann was appointed as the U.S. national team coach on Friday, a day after Bob Bradley was fired. The former Germany coach will be a familiar face to American fans, given that he nearly got the job after the 2006 World Cup and then again last year before Bradley was given what turned out to be a short-lived contract extension to 2014.
The former Germany striker's first game in charge will be a friendly against archrival Mexico in Philadelphia on Aug. 10. Qualifying for the next 2014 World Cup in Brazil begins next year. Klinsmann will be formally introduced Monday at a news conference in New York.
"I am proud and honored to be named the head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team," Klinsmann said. "I would like to thank the U.S. Soccer Federation for the opportunity, and I'm excited about the challenge ahead."
Klinsmann, who turns 47 on Saturday, has a considerable World Cup pedigree. As a player, he scored 11 goals in three World Cups, 1990, 1994 and 1998. That ties him for sixth on the all-time scoring list, just behind Pele.
Bama's Hanks forced to sit out 2 games
Alabama receiver Darius Hanks will miss the first two games this season under the NCAA participation rule. Crimson Tide spokesman Jeff Purinton confirmed Friday that Hanks won't be able to play against Kent State or Penn State. He played in the 2007 opener but didn't see action again during his first season and is listed in Alabama's media guide as receiving a medical redshirt. NCAA bylaw 14.2.6 says an athlete can get an additional season after participating "in a limited amount of competition while eligible due to a coach's documented misunderstanding of the legislation or other extenuating circumstances." Athletes must sit out two games for each one they competed in. Hanks is coming off his best season with 32 catches for 456 yards and three touchdowns while starting every game.
Nebraska QB Green transfers to Tulsa
Quarterback Cody Green announced he's transferring from Nebraska to Tulsa. Green must sit out this season and then will have two years of eligibility. He decided to leave Nebraska after getting beaten out by Taylor Martinez for the starter's job last fall and having failed to make headway in the spring against new challengers. Recruiting services pegged Green as one of the top 10 quarterback prospects in the nation when he was coming out of Dayton, Texas, two years ago.
■ A quarterback on Kentucky's schedule this fall said he lost 35 pounds during the off-season. Jacksonville State's Marques Ivory has returned to the 227 pounds that was his playing weight as a high school junior. Ivory's weight wasn't the only big number he posted last season. He passed for 2,248 yards and 18 touchdowns to lead the Gamecocks to a 9-3 season. He also ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns, but his mobility declined as his weight rose. Jacksonville State plays at Kentucky on Oct. 22.
Track and field
Bolt wins 200 meters before worlds
Complaining about a stiff back, an unusually tight bend and the windy conditions, Usain Bolt still won the 200 meters at the DN Galan meet in emphatic style Friday in Stockholm. The Jamaican had lost over 100 meters in this meet in 2008 and 2010. But the switch to the 200 — his preferred distance — changed his luck at the Diamond League event. "My back is a little bit tight on the left side and I know that's because of the curve," Bolt said. "I'll be OK, no worries." It was his last race before he defends his sprint titles at the world championships next month.
Waltrip driver injured at X Games
Travis Pastrana's Nationwide debut was pushed back when the action sports star took a nasty spill at the X Games on Thursday night, breaking his right foot and ankle. He was scheduled for surgery on Friday and will have to postpone his highly anticipated Nationwide Series debut that was to take place Saturday night in Clermont, Ind. "We have a long-term vision with Travis, which includes lots of NASCAR," Nationwide owner Michael Waltrip said. "We've waited a long time for someone like Travis Pastrana. I guess we'll just have to wait a little bit longer."
Late pass gives Peters trucks win
Timothy Peters took the lead late, then pulled away to win the NASCAR Truck Series race in Clermont, Ind., Friday night. Peters, who made contact with another truck and forced a caution near the midpoint of the race, pushed into second place during the final 20 laps, then passed James Buescher in lap 194 of the final NASCAR trucks race to be held at Lucas Oil Raceway. Buescher finished second. The 21-year-old has never won a race, but finished in the top 10 for the ninth straight race. Johnny Sauter, the points leader, finished 23rd but remained at the top of the standings.
Ugandan Little Leaguers denied visas
A representative for the league affiliated with a youth baseball team from Uganda told The Associated Press that players were denied visas to play in the Little League World Series because of discrepancies over their ages and birth dates. Richard Stanley, of New York City, said league and team officials did everything possible to ensure players on the team from Kampala were qualified and had documentation. Children who are 11 or 12 as of April 30 can play in the World Series, which is held each August. Stanley said issues arose when birth dates listed on documentation didn't match ones offered by parents or guardians during interviews with U.S. visa officials.
Lochte wins third, fourth golds at worlds
Ryan Lochte rescued the United States from impending defeat in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the world championships in Shanghai on Friday with a gutty swim after he won the 200 backstroke. There's not much he hasn't done this week, collecting five medals — four gold — and the only world record so far. That kind of success used to be the domain of Michael Phelps, who also has five medals but just one individual gold with two days remaining. Lochte carried his teammates in the relay after Phelps and Ricky Berens lost the lead.
U.S. player suspended for doping
Former top-100 player Robert Kendrick of the United States was suspended for a year by the International Tennis Federation on Friday after testing positive for a banned stimulant at the French Open. After failing the May 22 test, Kendrick said the stimulant got into his system because of a capsule he took to combat jet lag. He denied trying to enhance his performance. Kendrick lost in the first round at Roland Garros.
The last word
After being traded to the Cleveland Indians, former Chicago Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome was asked what he knew about the city.
"Lake Erie is right next to it. I know it looks like Chicago."