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Sports news briefs — March 21

Compiled from wire reports

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Soccer

Knee injury forces Man U striker to sit

• Manchester United’s Robin van Persie will miss up to six weeks with a left knee injury, ruling the Netherlands striker out of both legs of a Champions League quarterfinal against Bayern Munich and up to six Premier League games.

It is a major blow to United’s hopes of winning the Champions League, the club’s only realistic route back into Europe’s top competition next season.

Following a second scan on the injury on Friday, United said Van Persie has a “sprained knee which will keep him out for around 4-6 weeks.”

• Clint Dempsey, the U.S. captain and Seattle Sounders midfielder, was suspended for two games by MLS for violent conduct toward Toronto FC defender Mark Bloom in last week’s match. Dempsey will miss Seattle’s match this weekend at Montreal and next week’s against Columbus.

winter SPORTS

Jitloff captures giant slalom at nationals

• Olympian Tim Jitloff won the giant slalom at the U.S. Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley, Calif., by more than 1½ seconds when Sochi Games gold medalist Ted Ligety failed to finish. Ligety was in third place after the opening run, but he skied out on the second leg. Jitloff earned his fifth national title, including a consecutive in giant slalom. He finished Friday’s two runs in 2 minutes, 22.45 seconds. Brennan Rubie was next in 2:24.06.

• Mikael Kingsbury of Canada and Hannah Kearney of the United States retained their freestyle World Cup moguls titles in the last event of the season in La Plagne, France. Kearney beat Chloe Dufour-Lapointe in the women’s dual moguls final in France to win her fifth World Cup discipline title.

other SPORTS

Standout pro golfer Fleck dies at 92

• Jack Fleck, who won the 1955 U.S. Open in a playoff with Ben Hogan, died Friday in Fort Smith, Ark., after a brief illness. He was 92. The Edwards Funeral Home General Manager Jim Edwards said he had seen Fleck hitting golf balls as recently as six weeks ago. Fleck’s birdie on the 72nd hole forced an 18-hole playoff in the 1955 Open. He also won two other PGA events and the Senior PGA Championship in 1979.

• Buzz Williams is headed to Virginia Tech as men’s basketball coach after six mostly successful seasons coaching at Marquette. The Golden Eagles finished 17-15 this year, ending their eight-year streak of NCAA Tournament appearances. Williams compiled a 139-69 record as coach at Marquette.

— From wire reports


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