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    Sports log: Phelps downplays report of comeback


    Olympic legend Michael Phelps is making a comeback for the 2016 Olympics, according to Peter Busch, a news anchor at WBBH, an NBC television affiliate in Fort Myers, Fla. Busch, the son of US national swim team director Frank Busch, posted the report on the station’s website. Phelps downplayed it on Twitter. “Do (people) really believe everything they hear or read? There are (too) many (people) in the world that think they have a ‘story,’ ’’ Phelps wrote.


    A’s Anderson sidelined six weeks

    Athletics lefthander Brett Anderson could miss up to six weeks with a stress fracture in his right foot. Meanwhile, the A’s selected former Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima from Triple A Sacramento and designated reliever Chris Resop for assignment . . . The Yankees put pitcher Andy Pettitte on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left trapezius muscle in his upper back. Vidal Nuno was recalled from Triple A . . . Cardinals righthander Jake Westbrook, out with elbow inflammation, got another injection Thursday, perhaps delaying his return . . . Reid Ryan was named president of the Astros, the team he grew up watching when his father, Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, starred for the team.


    Sharks unhappy with Torres penalty

    San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said the team disagrees with the NHL’s decision to suspend forward Raffi Torres for his hit on Los Angeles forward Jarret Stoll, saying in a statement it is ‘‘abundantly clear’’ the check in Game 1 was a clean hockey hit. Torres was suspended for the rest of the Western Conference semifinal series. There is no timetable for Stoll’s return . . . Chicago’s Joel Quenneville, Anaheim’s Bruce Boudreau, and Ottawa’s Paul MacLean are finalists for the Jack Adams Award, given to the head coach who contributed most to his team’s success . . . Carter Camper scored and Niklas Svedberg made 19 saves, but the Providence Bruins lost to the host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 3-1, in Game 4 of the AHL Eastern Conference semifinals. Providence leads, 3-1, in the best-of-seven series.


    Top-ranked Djokovic downed in Rome


    No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic fell to Tomas Berdych, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, in the Italian Open quarterfinals in Rome. Berdych will face Rafael Nadal, who beat David Ferrer, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Roger Federer edged Jerzy Janowicz, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), and will play Benoit Paire, a 6-1, 6-0 winner over Marcel Granollers. On the women’s side, top-ranked Serena Williams routed Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-2, 6-0. Williams will face Simona Halep, who rallied past Jelena Jankovic, 4-6, 6-0, 7-5. Maria Sharapova withdrew before her match against Sara Errani because of illness. Errani will face Victoria Azarenka, who held off Sam Stosur, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.


    Atletico Madrid ends a 14-year skid

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    Atletico Madrid ended a 25-game, 14-year winless streak against rival Real Madrid, getting a 98th-minute goal from Miranda for a 2-1 victory in the Copa del Rey final in Madrid . . . Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi hopes to strike a deal with David Beckham for Beckham to work with the French club after retirement, possibly in an ambassadorial role . . . Boston College senior linebacker Steele Divitto was named to the 2013 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List, honoring the top collegiate defensive player in the country . . . The Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy announced the launch of a new research program aimed at developing a treatment for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). The study will be funded over three years by a $1.2 million gift from World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to the non-profit Sports Legacy Institute (SLI), a founding partner of the BU CSTE . . . USA Wrestling said Iran pulled out of a dual meet set for Sunday in Los Angeles and will instead host Russian and Canadian teams . . . Ken Venturi, who won the 1964 US Open and spent 35 years in the booth for CBS Sports, died Friday, 12 days after his induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He was 82. His son, Matt, said he died in Rancho Mirage, Calif., after being hospitalized two months for a spinal infection, pneumonia, and an intestinal infection he could no longer fight.