Steelers’ Pouncey signs big extension
• The Pittsburgh Steelers signed center Maurkice Pouncey to a five-year extension on Thursday that will keep the three-time Pro Bowler as the anchor of the offensive line for the rest of the decade. The new deal averages $8.8 million per season, making Pouncey the highest-paid center in the NFL. Pouncey was entering the final year of the rookie contract he signed after the Steelers took him with the 18th overall selection in the 2010 draft.
• San Francisco 49ers star quarterback Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players will not face charges in an incident involving a woman at a downtown hotel in Miami, prosecutors announced. A memo released by the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office said there was insufficient evidence that any crime was committed in the hotel room on April 1. Tests indicated the woman was not sexually assaulted and other evidence backed up the players’ contention that nothing happened. The other players in the room that night were 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton, and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette.
Stepanek defeats Murray in London
• Andy Murray was denied his 20th successive win on grass when he was beaten 7-6 (10), 6-2 by Radek Stepanek in the third round at Queen’s Club in London. Top seed and Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka took just 50 minutes to ease past American Sam Querrey 6-2, 6-2, and second-seeded Tomas Berdych overcame solid resistance from Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, winning 7-6 (2), 6-4.
• Rafael Nadal was knocked out in the second round of the grass-court Gerry Weber Open, losing 6-4, 6-1 to German wild card Dustin Brown in Halle, Germany. Roger Federer began his preparations for Wimbledon by coming from behind to beat Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-7 (8), 6-4, 6-2.
• Kimiko Date-Krumm, the 43-year-old Japanese who is the tour’s oldest player, halted Daniela Hantuchova’s title defense to reach the quarterfinals of the Aegon Classic, a Wimbledon warm-up event, in Birmingham, England. Date-Krumm won 6-4, 6-0.
Brazil beats Croatia in World Cup opener
• Neymar gave Brazil a winning start to its home World Cup, scoring twice to lead the host nation to a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Croatia in the opening game in Sao Paulo.
• Simon Spilak won the fifth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine, while Team Sky riders worked hard to protect Chris Froome’s overall lead. Spilak, of Slovenia, pulled away on the ascent of Cote de Laffrey, the final climb of the day. The Katusha rider completed the 117-mile stage from Sisteron to La Mure in 4 hours, 51 minutes, 24 seconds. Wilco Kelderman outsprinted Adam Yates to finish second, 14 seconds behind.
— From wire reports