Oracle Team USA docked two points
• Defending champion Oracle Team USA has been docked two points in the America’s Cup match against Emirates Team Zealand and a key sailor was expelled in the harshest penalties levied in the 162-year history of sailing’s marquee regatta.
The penalties were announced Tuesday by an international jury that has spent four weeks investigating illegal modifications of prototype boats used in warm-up regattas last year and earlier this year.
Oracle Team USA, owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison of Oracle Corp., essentially starts the match at minus-2, meaning it must win 11 races to retain the oldest trophy in international sports. Team New Zealand must still win nine races to claim the silver trophy.
The match begins with two races Saturday and two on Sunday on San Francisco Bay.
Dirk de Ridder, who trims the wing sail on the high-performance, 72-foot catamaran, is barred from sailing in the regatta, and two shore crew members also have been expelled. Grinder Matt Mitchell was barred from the first four races. Kyle Langford, a wing trimmer on the B crew, was given a warning. Top members of the syndicate, including CEO Russell Coutts, skipper Jimmy Spithill and tactician John Kostecki, were not implicated in the scandal, which involved 45-foot catamarans that were prototypes for the 72-footers being sailed in the America’s Cup regatta.
Sullinger pleads not guilty in case
• Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger, a former standout at Ohio State, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Waltham, Mass., to domestic violence-related charges after allegedly repeatedly pinning his girlfriend to a bed and the floor. Bail for Sullinger, 21, was set at $5,000 after his plea on charges including assault and battery and intimidation of a witness.
• The Phoenix Suns and Michael Beasley reached an agreement to terminate the contract of the troubled forward. The move on Tuesday will cost the franchise $7 million, a $2 million savings from what Beasley would have been due had he simply been waived. Beasley was arrested a month ago in suburban Scottsdale on charges of felony marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. It was the latest in a series of incidents involving the drug that have plagued his NBA career after he was selected as the No. 2 overall draft pick out of Kansas State in 2008.
• The Toronto Raptors waived swingman Quentin Richardson, less than two months after he was acquired in a trade with the New York Knicks. The Raptors shipped forward Andrea Bargnani to New York on July 10, receiving Richardson, center Marcus Camby, forward Steve Novak, and three draft picks in the deal.
Altidore set to play again on U.S. team
• Striker Jozy Altidore was cleared to resume practice, and U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann says he’s optimistic his striker will be ready for Friday’s World Cup qualifier in Costa Rica. Altidore missed Saturday’s game for club team Sunderland because of a right hamstring injury.
• Illinois sophomore running back Dami Ayoola was kicked off the team for an unspecified violation of team rules. Ayoola was one of Coach Tim Beckman’s top signings in his first recruiting class at Illinois. The 5-10, 205-pound Ayoola played in 11 games as a freshman and rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries.
— From wire reports