- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BOXING

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Manny Pacquiao and his handlers have been hit with a lawsuit asking for damages for anyone who paid to watch his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. because he failed to disclose his shoulder was injured.

The suit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Las Vegas on behalf of two plaintiffs, identified as Staphane Vanel and Kami Rahbaran.

It alleges that the two were defrauded after paying to watch the fight, and seeks class action status on behalf of anyone who bought tickets, pay-per-view or bet on the fight.

The suit comes as Nevada boxing regulators are looking into possible disciplinary action against Pacquiao for failing to disclose the injury suffered in training for the fight. Pacquiao, who would go on to lose a unanimous decision, is expected to undergo surgery this week for a rotator cuff tear.

In particular, members of the Nevada Athletic Commission want to know why Pacquiao checked “no” when filling out a state form the day before the fight that asked whether he had a shoulder injury.

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GOLF

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods says he hasn’t been sleeping well because of what he calls a tough three days - his split with Lindsey Vonn and the anniversary of his father’s death.

Woods and the Olympic ski champion announced on Sunday they decided to end their relationship because of their hectic travel schedules. That was nine years to day that Woods’ father, Earl, died.

Woods says this three-day window through Tuesday - the anniversary of his father’s memorial service - is “brutal” on him. And he said the split with Vonn only adds to it.

He says he was rusty and tired playing a nine-hole practice round at The Players Championship.

Woods won the last time he was at the TPC Sawgrass in 2013. He missed last year while recovering from back surgery.

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BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Mets have worn NYPD hats during batting practice before a game against Baltimore to honor a police officer who was shot and killed this week while on duty.

The Mets and Orioles lined up for a moment of silence Tuesday night at Citi Field to honor Officer Brian Moore. Police officers stood next to the teams and Moore’s picture was shown on the scoreboard.

Mets manager Terry Collins says the club wore the police hats with pride. The Mets wore their regular hats for the game.

Moore died Monday, two days after he tried to stop a man suspected of carrying a handgun. The 25-year-old Moore was the son, nephew and cousin of police officers.

Moore was a fan of the Orioles, and manager Buck Showalter said the officer’s favorite player was Chris Davis.

Davis signed a ball and Showalter said the team would autograph an Orioles home jersey for the family.

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NFL

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona Cardinals tight end John Carlson has announced his retirement from football, a week shy of his 31st birthday.

In a statement released by the team, Carlson said that after “much thought and consideration,” he and his wife Danielle decided this was the best decision.

The 6-foot-5, 248-pound Carlson played seven NFL seasons with Seattle, Minnesota and Arizona. He had a history of concussions before signing with the Cardinals last offseason.

With Arizona, Carlson played in 16 games, 12 as a starter, catching 33 passes for 350 yards and a touchdown. A second-round draft pick by the Seahawks out of Notre Dame in 2008, Carlson played in 90 games, with 210 catches for 2,256 yards and 15 touchdowns.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Carolina Panthers have announced special teams coordinator Bruce DeHaven has taken a leave of absence to deal with health concerns.

It’s unclear when the 66-year-old DeHaven will return, and the Panthers did not release any additional information on the health concerns. Russ Purnell, who has spent 26 years coaching in the NFL, will assume DeHaven’s duties.

DeHaven, who has been an NFL coach 28 years, joined the Panthers in 2013 as a special teams assistant before being promoted to coordinator in February. Panthers coach Ron Rivera says in a release “our thoughts are with Bruce and his family, and we wish him a quick recovery.”

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COLLEGE SPORTS

PHOENIX (AP) - The Big 12 has tapped the brakes on the conference championship game talk.

Last week, Commissioner Bob Bowlsby strongly suggested the league would move toward bringing back its football championship to improve its chances of putting a team in the College Football Playoff.

After meeting with coaches and athletic directors Tuesday, Bowlsby said he does not sense the conference is headed toward a title game.

“I think we all believe that one year is not a long enough trial to draw any conclusions,” Bowlsby said.

The Big 12 is the only Big Five conference without a title game.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - While VCU lost its basketball coach to the University of Texas, its trademarked “havoc” label is staying in Virginia.

Officials at Texas say they have withdrawn attempts to federally trademark “HORNS HAVOC” and “HOUSE OF HAVOC.” The attempts to trademark the phrases came after the Longhorns hired Shaka Smart as their men’s basketball coach in early April.

“Havoc” is the name Smart gave to the Rams’ 94-foot style of intense pressure defense in his six years at VCU. The team’s warmup jerseys have the word emblazoned on the back, and new coach Will Wade has said he plans to employ a similar style under the same name.

VCU registered “havoc” as a trademark with the State Corporation Commission in Virginia, but did not register it on a federal level.

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HORSE RACING

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) - Three years after taking over Monmouth Park, the operators of the New Jersey shore thoroughbred racetrack believe the facility either will break even this year or make a profit.

Speaking at the track’s season opening news conference on Tuesday, Dennis Drazin said the track has reversed recent losing trends, seen increases in betting handle and attendance the past two years and is now self-sufficient.

Drazin continues to be optimistic about the future of racing in New Jersey, saying the struggling industry will be the verge of a turnaround if either sports betting is legalized or the state legislature approves the expansion of casinos outside of Atlantic City.

State Sen. Raymond Lesniak, who has led the push for sports betting in New Jersey, wants the legislature to put a referendum on the November ballot for voters to approve casino expansion outside of Atlantic City.


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