Boston champ Desisa to run BAA 10K
Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa, who crossed the finish line a couple of hours before two bombs exploded on Boylston Street, will return for the Boston Athletic Association 10K. The BAA said on Friday that Desisa will run in the second event of the three-race distance medley. It will be his first time in Boston since the April 15 marathon. Defending distance medley champion Kim Smith of New Zealand leads the women’s field in the June 23 race through Boston’s Back Bay. Desisa, from Ethiopia, won the 117th edition of the Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 22 seconds.
Nuggets’ Gallinari could return sooner
Danilo Gallinari’s knee surgery wasn’t as complex as anticipated, so he could return to the Denver Nuggets sooner than expected. Gallinari tore his left ACL in a game against Dallas on April 4 and was expected to miss at least half of next season. He underwent surgery this week in Vail, Colo. Neither Gallinari nor his surgeon revealed a new timetable for his return . . . Cappie Pondexter scored 18 of her 20 points in the second half and the New York Liberty rallied to beat the Connecticut Sun, 78-68, in Newark. New York’s Katie Smith moved into second place on the WNBA’s career scoring list (6,272 points), passing Lisa Leslie . . . Angel McCoughtry scored 23 points to lead the host Atlanta Dream over the Seattle Storm, 68-59 . . . Rebekkah Brunson scored 19 points to help the visiting Minnesota Lynx top the Tulsa Shock, 83-74 . . . Diana Taurasi scored 34 points as the host Phoenix Mercury routed the Los Angeles Sparks, 97-81 . . . Former Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt was awarded the Keith Jackson Eternal Flame Award, an honor given annually to an individual or an organization that has made a lasting contribution to college athletics.
Murray in semifinals at Queen’s Club
Two-time former champion Andy Murray edged Benjamin Becker, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), to reach the semifinals at Queen’s Club in London. Murray will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a repeat of the 2011 final. The Frenchman ended the run of 112th-ranked American Denis Kudla, 6-3, 6-2. Defending champion Marin Cilic will face four-time winner Lleyton Hewitt . . . Roger Federer cruised past Mischa Zverev, 6-0, 6-0, to reach the Gerry Weber Open semifinals in Halle, Germany, recording his second career double bagel. Federer will play defending champion Tommy Haas, who beat him in last year’s final. Richard Gasquet will play Mikhail Youzhny . . . Daniela Hantuchova rallied from a set and 4-1 down to beat Francesca Schiavone and advance to the semifinals of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, England. Hantuchova won, 6-7 (8-10), 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) . . . Andrea Petkovic reached her first WTA final since October 2011, upsetting top-seeded Jelena Jankovic, 6-4, 6-3, in the Nuremburg Cup in Germany. In Saturday’s final, Petkovic will play Simona Halep, who beat Lucie Safarova, 6-3, 0-6, 6-2.
Hopkins’s bout with Murat canceled
Bernard Hopkins’s defense of his IBF light heavyweight title against Karo Murat was canceled because Murat could not get a visa from the State Department. Germany’s Murat was training in Spain when he was told that the July 13 bout was off. The bout was scheduled for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn . . . Rashad Evans will face Dan Henderson at UFC 161 in Winnipeg Saturday night in matchup between light heavyweights . . . Former world heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe lost his first professional Muay Thai fight in Pattaya, Thailand. Bowe, 45, lost by technical knockout in the second round to Levgen Golovin . . . The NCAA hearings to determine if the University of Miami committed major infractions involving former booster Nevin Shapiro ended Friday after 16½ hours over two days. The Committee on Infractions typically releases its report six to eight weeks after a hearing . . . Manchester City revealed one of the worst-kept secrets in soccer by hiring Manuel Pellegrini as its new manager . . . Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman has been added to the US roster for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Honduras in Sandy, Utah . . . FIFA ruled male head covers are acceptable to wear during matches, a decision that goes against the ban on turbans imposed by the sport’s provincial governing body in Quebec . . . Helio Castroneves said he was ‘‘very shocked’’ to learn his race-winning car at Texas had failed post-race inspection. IndyCar fined Penske Racing $35,000 and docked Roger Penske 15 owner points this week because the underwing height on Castroneves’ car was too low . . . Former world and European shot put champion Andrei Mikhnevich of Belarus was banned for life after a second doping violation. The Belarus Athletics Federation imposed the ban after the former Olympic bronze medalist tested positive in retests of his doping sample from the 2005 World Championships . . . Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez reached 5,000 career victories with three wins at Belmont Park Friday.