Derek Jeter will start a rehabilitation assignment Saturday with Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the first step toward returning to the Yankees. He is scheduled to play at least five innings at shortstop. Alex Rodriguez, who has played two games for Single A Charleston and is hitless in his first four at-bats, had his Friday game rained out . . . Pittsburgh’s A.J. Burnett (strained calf) is set to start Sunday against the Cubs, according to manager Clint Hurdle. The righthander has been sidelined the past month. Burnett is 4-6 with a 3.12 ERA . . . Tampa Bay righthander Alex Cobb threw off a mound for the first time since being hit in the head by a line drive last month. There is no timetable for his return. Cobb said the session went ‘‘great’’ and that he felt ‘‘like I had before I got injured.’’
Rams won’t get funds, could end lease
The organization that runs the Edward Jones Dome made it official: The facility will not get a publicly funded $700 million upgrade that the St. Louis Rams requested. The decision allows the Rams to break their lease with the dome after the 2014 season, creating the possibility that the franchise could leave St. Louis . . . Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon is recovering from groin surgery. Blackmon, the Jaguars’ leading receiver last year, could be back for training camp, but is suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy . . . Maryland running back Wes Brown is a ‘‘person of interest’’ in a non-fatal shooting in Baltimore and was arrested Wednesday after allegedly assaulting a police officer who tried to question him, police said. The university has suspended Brown, Maryland’s No. 2 rusher last season as a freshman.
Local twist to Henley Royal Regatta
In the Temple Cup for student eights at Henley Royal Regatta on the Thames in England, Harvard emerged victorious in a quarterfinal against the University of Virginia by 1⅔ lengths to move into the semifinals against England’s Newcastle University. In the quarterfinals of the Princess Elizabeth Cup for schoolboy eights, BC High lost by 1¾ lengths to Australia’s Scotch College. Harvard’s ‘‘B’’ downed Northeastern University Alumni by 1¾ lengths in a quarterfinal of the Visitors’ Cup for student and club coxless fours despite trailing by a length at the mile mark, while Harvard’s ‘‘A’’ beat an English composite from Taurus and Star clubs to win by 1¾ lengths. In the Junior Women’s Quadruple Sculls quarterfinals, Bromfield Acton-Boxborough Rowing Club from Harvard lost to England’s Gloucester Rowing Club. by 2¾ lengths
Italy threatens America’s Cup boycott
An already troubled America’s Cup took a wacky turn when Italy’s Luna Rossa threatened to sit out the opening race of the challenger series, prompting Russell Coutts, a four-time America’s Cup winner who’s the CEO of Oracle Team USA, to call the Italians ‘‘a bunch of spoiled rich kids dressed in Prada gear.’’ The trash talk has its roots in changes made following the death of British sailor Andrew ‘‘Bart’’ Simpson on May 9 in the capsize of Artemis Racing’s 72-foot catamaran. That accident led regatta director Iain Murray to make 37 safety recommendations, some of which impact Luna Rossa and Team New Zealand. They have both said Murray doesn’t have the authority to unilaterally change the rules. The opener of the Louis Vuitton Cup for challengers is set for Sunday, between Luna Rossa and Team New Zealand. The protest is scheduled to be heard Monday. Also Friday, time trials for the 72-foot catamarans were canceled because the wind was stronger than the 20-knot limit, a change made after Simpson’s death.
Donovan scores twice in a US rout
Landon Donovan scored two goals in his return to the United States national team, and the Americans defeated Guatemala, 6-0, in a friendly match at San Diego preceding the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Playing his first match for the US since Aug. 15, 2002, Donovan scored his 50th international goal, extending his American record, on a penalty kick in the 55th minute to put the Americans up, 2-0 . . . The rights of Jozy Altidore were sold by AZ Alkmaar to Sunderland, marking the American striker’s return to the English Premier League . . . Tickets for the US World Cup qualifier against Mexico will be distributed through a random draw in the Sept. 10 match in Columbus, Ohio . . . Middleweight champion Anderson Silva is looking to extend his record of 10 successful title defenses against Chris Weidman at UFC 162 Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.