- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

PRO FOOTBALL

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is expected to miss at least the next season while recovering from a dislocated left knee and torn anterior cruciate ligament after a freak practice injury.

Bridgewater was taken by ambulance to a hospital after crumpling to the turf during practice, and the team announced hours later that his knee also had “other structural damage” that will need to be repaired in a surgery that will be scheduled in the coming days. But the team did say he had no nerve or arterial damage and it expects a full recovery after a “significant” rehabilitation.

Bridgewater suffered a non-contact knee injury while dropping back to pass, and it was so jolting that coach Mike Zimmer immediately ended practice. Players were visibly distraught as they left the field, some hurling expletives into the air and others kneeling in prayer for one of the team’s most popular players. Moments later, a siren-blaring ambulance rushed to team headquarters to get the quarterback to the hospital.

TENNIS

NEW YORK (AP) - Ivo Karlovic hit 61 aces, the most in a U.S. Open match, during his five-set victory in the first round.

The 6-foot-11 Croatian broke the previous record of 49, established by Richard Krajicek in a 1999 quarterfinal loss.

Karlovic, who is seeded 21st, beat Yen-hsun Lu of Taiwan 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 7-5, holding in 28 of his 29 service games.

Karlovic finished with 10 double-faults.

He hit 22 aces in the second set alone - twice as many as Andy Murray produced in his entire three-set victory Tuesday night.

The record for most aces in a match is 113, set by John Isner during the longest match in tennis history, his victory over Nicolas Mahut that ended 70-68 in the fifth set during Wimbledon’s first round in 2010.

BASEBALL

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tim Tebow has taken his first big swing at a baseball career, showing off a powerful bat and a few areas of needed improvement in a workout for dozens of major league scouts.

The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback worked out at the University of Southern California’s Dedeaux Field. Scouts and reporters tracked, timed and recorded his every move.

Tebow’s 255-pound muscled physique and 6.70-ish time in the 60-yard dash were impressive. So was a series of long homers into the trees and off the scoreboard.

The 29-year-old outfield hopeful also showed he still needs baseball seasoning. Former big-leaguers David Aardsma and Chad Smith repeatedly fooled him with off-speed pitches later in the hitting drills.

Tebow’s representative would like to see him in instructional league play starting in September.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A University of Southern California football player is being investigated on suspicion of sexual assault in Utah.

Police documents show authorities are looking into allegations against linebacker Osa Masina stemming from a July 30 incident.

Police Lt. Dan Bartlett in the Salt Lake City suburb of Cottonwood Heights says no charges have yet been filed.

Los Angeles police say they’re investigating separate allegations against Masina there, though they declined to specify the nature of the case.

Defense attorney Greg Skordas says Masina is cooperating with police.

USC says Masina won’t travel with the team for the season opener against Alabama due to an unspecified violation of team rules. The school is aware of the investigation.

Masina is a Utah native who was a standout player at Brighton High School. He graduated in 2014.

WACO, Texas (AP) - Baylor sophomore receiver Ishmael Zamora has been suspended for the first three games of the season after a video surfaced of him beating his dog with a belt this summer.

Zamora in a statement apologized for his actions, saying he was sorry that he took out his frustrations on his dog.

Baylor acting coach Jim Grobe said the program does not condone that sort of behavior by anyone, and worked with university officials to hold Zamora accountable for his actions.

Waco police charged Zamora with a misdemeanor in the animal abuse case. The receiver will also have also perform 40 community service hours in a manner that will teach him kindness and respect toward animals, undergo counseling and give the dog to an animal-friendly home.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - One Tennessee high school basketball player was found guilty of aggravated rape and two others were found guilty of aggravated assault against a freshman teammate, a person familiar with the juvenile court case said.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the hearing involving the Ooltewah High School students was closed to the public and no ruling was publicly announced immediately afterward. The defendants’ names haven’t been released because they were in juvenile court.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press first reported the verdicts.

The case arose Dec. 22 while the team from the Chattanooga area was playing in a tournament about 150 miles away in the resort town of Gatlinburg. Police in Gatlinburg said three Ooltewah players assaulted a freshman teammate with a pool cue.

Gatlinburg police charged three players with the rape of one teammate, though the Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office has indicated four freshman players were assaulted during that trip. Ooltewah High School is in Hamilton County, while Gatlinburg is part of Sevier County.

SOCCER

Goalkeeper Hope Solo has decided to end her season with the Seattle Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League.

The beleaguered goalkeeper, who was handed a six-month suspension and saw her contract with U.S. Soccer terminated last week, announced her departure from her professional club team in a statement.

U.S. Soccer suspended Solo following disparaging comments she made about Sweden during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, calling her opponents a “bunch of cowards” for their defensive style of play during the quarterfinals. She won’t be eligible for selection to the national team again until February.

Before a match last weekend against the Portland Thorns, the Reign announced Solo was granted an indefinite personal leave.


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