Soccer

Suarez apologizes for bite at World Cup

•?After a few days of reflection, Luis Suarez acknowledged what millions saw on TV — he did bite an opponent during a game at the World Cup. In addition, he said he’s sorry about it, and promised it will never happen again. The Liverpool player on Monday offered an apology to Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

“I deeply regret what occurred,” Suarez said in a statement posted on Twitter.

“I apologize to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family. ... I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like [this].”

Chiellini responded on Twitter shortly after Suarez posted his statement, accepting the apology.

•?Kaka ended his contract with AC Milan, leaving the star midfielder free to sign with Orlando City Soccer Club, an MLS expansion team.

Hockey

Canadiens trade? veteran forward

•?The Montreal Canadiens traded veteran forward Daniel Briere to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau and a fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft.

•?The Minnesota Wild made qualifying offers to five restricted free agents: defenseman Jonathon Blum, right wing Justin Fontaine, goalie Darcy Kuemper, right wing Nino Niederreiter and left wing Jason Zucker. The Wild announced the decision the day before NHL unrestricted free agency beings.

•?The Anaheim Ducks acquired center Nate Thompson from Tampa Bay on Sunday night in a trade for two draft picks. The Ducks sent a fourth-round choice and a seventh-round pick in 2015 to the Lightning.

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49ers sign guard ?to one-year deal

•?The San Francisco 49ers signed guard Al Netter to a one-year deal. The team announced the deal to bring back Netter less than a month after he was waived.

•?The Ukrainian city of Lviv withdrew its bid for the 2022 Winter Games, becoming the third contender to drop out of the race for an Olympics that no one seems to want. Lviv pulled out because of the continuing political and security crisis in Ukraine.

•?Google Glass is slowly becoming more common in sports as teams and broadcasters try to bring fans closer to the action. The Philadelphia Eagles are going to test the Internet-connected eyewear for in-game use, and a company with a key application for the technology says it has secured a new round of financing that will help roll out its Glass program to sports, entertainment and other fields.

•?North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham said that NCAA investigators will take another look into academic misconduct at the school.

— From wire reports