Yanez to fight removal from U.S. boxing team
Light flyweight Luis Yanez fired back at U.S. boxing coach Dan Campbell on Wednesday, claiming the coach’s decision to kick him off the Beijing Olympic team was a hasty, harsh response to a long-stewing conflict.
Yanez and his personal coach, Dennis Rodarte, also criticized Campbell’s teaching methods, conditioning practices and communication skills in an interview with The Associated Press.
Yanez, 19, was kicked off the U.S. team Monday after he skipped three weeks of workouts in Colorado Springs during June without telling the coaching staff where he was, Campbell said. The 106-pound boxer will fight his removal, requesting an appeal hearing for early next week.
Also: Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius slowed on the final straight in his first able-bodied race in nearly a year, finishing fourth in Milan, Italy, and well outside the Olympic qualifying time.
The South African finished with a time of 47.78 seconds in the 400-meter B race at the Milan Notturna meet. The time he needs to qualify for the Olympics is 45.55.
Pistorius resumed training six weeks ago when a sports arbitration court ruled that he was eligible to run in Beijing.
Roger Federer and 16 of the other top-20 men, and Ana Ivanovic and 17 other top-20 women have entered the tennis tournament at next month’s Beijing Olympics.
The International Tennis Federation used the ATP and WTA rankings as a guide to determine who gets the 56 direct spots in the men’s and women’s singles competitions.
Former Charger Foley agrees to settle lawsuit
Former San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley agreed to settle his lawsuit against a police officer who shot him while off-duty two years ago and ended his football career.
Foley’s attorney, Harvey Levine, said the settlement was reached with Officer Aaron Mansker and his employer, the city of Coronado, Calif., before testimony resumed in a week-old civil trial in San Diego Superior Court.
The financial terms weren’t disclosed under a confidentiality agreement, Levine said.
Coronado City Attorney Steve Boehmer, who represented Mansker and the city, said a hearing would take place Monday to determine whether the settlement terms would remain confidential.
Foley, 32, was shot in his leg, hip and hand in September 2006 after Mansker tailed his car home from downtown San Diego to suburban Poway, 15 miles north, on suspicion the driver was drunk.
Also: The Chicago Bears agreed to a four-year deal with second-round draft pick Matt Forte, a former Tulane running back expected to replace Cedric Benson in the lineup.
The Bears waived Benson in June after three ineffective, injury-plagued years following his second alcohol-related arrest in a month.
Big Brown has first workout since Belmont
Big Brown, in his first workout since running last in the Belmont Stakes last month, went five-eighths of a mile in a slow 1:06.71 at Aqueduct.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner hit the track with regular exercise rider Michelle Nevin aboard.
Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. said the 3-year-old colt’s feet, including the cracked hoof patched the day before the Belmont, are in fine shape.
The next race for Big Brown probably will be the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Aug. 3.
Also: Midfielder Lindsay Tarpley scored an early goal as the United States beat Norway 4-0 in Fredrikstad, Norway, in a tuneup for the Olympic women’s soccer tournament.
Carli Lloyd, Angela Hucles and Abby Wambach also scored for the Americans.
Tennessee signed football coach Phillip Fulmer and men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl to new deals that will keep them at the school through 2014.