- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

SOCCER

DAMATURU, Nigeria (AP) - Witnesses said several people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated a tricycle taxi packed with explosives at an outdoor World Cup viewing center in a northeast Nigerian city Tuesday night.

Hospital workers said the death toll likely will rise with 15 people critically wounded and casualties still coming in to the main hospital at Damaturu, capital of Yobe state.

NEW YORK (AP) - Nearly 16 million people in the United States watched the country’s World Cup opener on television.

The Nielsen company said 11.1 million people who saw the U.S. beat Ghana 2-1 on ESPN on Monday represented that network’s biggest audience for a soccer match. Nielsen said an additional 4.8 million people watched the Spanish-language broadcast on Univision.

SAO PAULO (AP) - Jurgen Klinsmann is optimistic forward Jozy Altidore will return for the U.S. during this World Cup.

Altidore had an MRI exam on his injured left hamstring after the U.S. squad returned to its Sao Paulo headquarters from Monday night’s 2-1 victory against Ghana.

Results weren’t immediately available, and there is some doubt because hamstrings are usually slow to heal.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - FIFA says all 800 players who have given samples in its World Cup doping program tested clean so far.

FIFA also says players chosen for samples after the first nine matches tested negative.

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PRO BASKETBALL:

MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James says he’s going on vacation with his family before making any decisions about his future.

The Miami Heat held their season-wrapup team meeting and one of the biggest questions is about the future of the roster. James could become a free agent in a couple of weeks and the four-time MVP says he still has not thought about his plans.

He says he will talk with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who also could be free agents.

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