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Sports news briefs — Sept. 17

Compiled from wire reports


Strong winds force races to be delayed

• Strong wind blowing in through the Golden Gate Bridge and a strong tide flowing out to sea forced organizers to postpone two America’s Cup races Tuesday between Emirates Team Zealand and defender Oracle Team USA.

Lighter wind is expected on San Francisco Bay today, when organizers hope to complete Races 11 and 12. The schedule is four races behind.

Team New Zealand leads 7-1 and needs two wins to claim the America’s Cup for the second time in 18 years. Oracle Team USA, owned by software mogul Larry Ellison, was penalized two points in a cheating scandal so it needs eight more victories to keep the Auld Mug.

The wind limit of 23 knots was reduced to 20.3 knots because of an ebb tide flowing out at 2.7 knots. Regatta director Iain Murray said it was the strongest current day of the summer.

The wind gusted just above 24 knots right before the races were called off.

The original wind limit of 33 knots was reduced to 23 knots as one of 37 safety recommendations made after British double Olympic medalist Andrew “Bart” Simpson was killed on May 9 when Artemis Racing’s catamaran capsized during a training run.

collegE football

Vandy dismisses suspended receiver

• Suspended Vanderbilt receiver Chris Boyd was dismissed from the team following his conditional guilty plea for his role in attempting to cover up the rape of an unconscious student. Vanderbilt officials announced Tuesday that Boyd was dismissed for actions “clearly inconsistent with the high standards of behavior” expected of their student-athletes. Boyd pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in exchange for agreeing to testify against the four former teammates for the rape in a campus dormitory of an unconscious student in June. At a hearing Sept. 13, the prosecutor said Boyd was called to the dormitory of another player, where he found the woman unconscious and partially clothed in the hallway. The prosecutor said Boyd and two others carried the woman to the bed of a fellow player and then left.

• Minnesota coach Jerry Kill returned to his normal game-week routine three days after his latest epileptic seizure caused him to miss the second half of a win over Western Illinois. Kill declined to speak about his health at his usual Tuesday news conference. He says he wants to keep the focus on the players and their upcoming game against San Jose State on Saturday. Kill’s seizure last weekend was his fourth on a game day since he took the Golden Gophers job in 2011. After resting at home over the weekend, he was back at the office Monday meeting with coaches. Athletic Director Norwood Teague gave Kill a strong vote of confidence on Monday. Teague said he is 100 percent behind Kill as the school’s coach.


Ronaldo’s hat trick powers Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his second Champions League hat trick to lead Real Madrid over Galatasaray 6-1. Ronaldo scored in the 63rd and 66th minutes of the Group B game, then added a goal in stoppage time in Istanbul. It was the 22nd club hat trick for Ronaldo, his first in Europe’s top club competition since Oct. 3 last year at Ajax.

Wayne Rooney scored twice to reach the 200-goal mark for Manchester United in a 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen, the three-time champions’ first match in the competition since David Moyes replaced Alex Ferguson as manager. Robin van Persie also scored for the Red Devils in the Group A match, and Simon Rolfes and Omer Toprak had goals for the visitors.

• Hamburg fired coach Thorsten Fink following a disappointing start in the Bundesliga. Hamburg chairman Carl Jarchow announced the club’s decision on Tuesday, saying the 45-year-old Fink was informed late Monday. The club’s sporting director, Oliver Kreuzer, said Rodolfo Esteban Cardoso will take over on an interim basis for the second time, assisted by Hamburg youth team coach Otto Addo, a former player. Fink’s side was routed 6-2 by Borussia Dortmund on Saturday following a 5-1 home defeat to Hoffenheim earlier this season. Hamburg has four points in five games and has allowed 15 goals so far this season.

other SPORTS

Weir won’t compete in Sochi Olympics

• Three-time U.S. champion figure skater Johnny Weir will not be competing at the Sochi Olympics, likely bringing an end to his amateur career. U.S. Figure Skating confirmed Tuesday that Weir did not register for the qualifiers for the national championships, where the Olympic team will be selected. The deadline to register was Sept. 1. Weir also is not eligible for a bye into nationals, which begin Jan. 9 in Boston.

•The Ryder Cup and PGA Championship are coming to Bethpage Black. The PGA of America announced Tuesday that Bethpage Black will host the rowdiest event in golf in 2024, and the 2019 PGA Championship. The public course at a Long Island state park has developed a well-earned reputation for loud and boisterous fans, having played host to two U.S. Open championships in 2002 and 2009. Last year, the Barclays was held there as part of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

• Top-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy reached the second round of the St. Petersburg Open by beating British qualifier Dominic Inglot 6-4, 6-4 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Fognini broke Inglot early in each set.

— From wire reports


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