US surging; Isinbayeva lashes out
The United States’s world championships-leading medal total increased to 14 in Moscow on a Thursday night in which much of the focus was off the track. Americans Dalilah Muhammad and defending champion Lashinda Demus finished 2-3 in a women’s 400 hurdles, Michael Tinsley lost by a fraction of a second in the men’s 400 hurdles, and Nick Symmonds won silver in the 800, but two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva stole the headlines. The 31-year-old Russian condemned homosexuality after criticizing competitors who painted their fingernails in rainbow colors to support gays and lesbians in the face of a new anti-gay law in Russia, drawing instant backlash from fellow competitors.
HGH testing hinges on Goodell’s role
The ‘‘final hurdle’’ to testing players for HGH this season apparently involves the NFL and the union agreeing on whether commissioner Roger Goodell will hear appeals for violations other than a positive test, according to a person who works for the league . . . Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma traveled to Philadelphia to have arthroscopic knee surgery, but how long he’ll be out remains unclear. The 31-year-old has had numerous surgeries on his left knee the past two seasons . . . A day after moving atop Pittsburgh’s depth chart at running back, Steelers rookie Le’Veon Bell aggravated a left knee injury during practice and was helped off the field. Co-No. 1 back Isaac Redman also left with what he said was a minor injury . . . Browns running back Montario Hardesty had arthroscopic knee surgery and will likely miss at least the first two games. Also, in Cleveland’s 24-6 exhibition home win over Detroit, Browns linebacker and the No. 6 overall pick in the draft, Barkevious Mingo, was hospitalized with a bruised lung, running back Dion Lewis broke his leg and will likely miss the season, and guard Jason Pinkston suffered a severely sprained ankle.
Landeskog, Colorado agree to 7 years
Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog agreed on a seven-year extension through the 2020-21 season. Landeskog was the No. 2 pick in the 2011 draft, winning the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie . . . Flyers star Claude Giroux had surgery on his right index finger after a golfing mishap. Giroux’s golf club shattered and splintered into his finger. “He is expected to have a full recovery in 5-6 weeks,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said . . . Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris and business partner David Blitzer bought the New Jersey Devils and the lease to the Prudential Center from Jeff Vanderbeek for $320 million. Wednesday reports had the sides finalizing a deal. Harris dispelled rumors that he might consider moving the 76ers to Newark. Lou Lamoriello, 70, will stay as president and GM of the Devils.
Report: Yankees acquire Reynolds
Mark Reynolds, a first baseman with power who struggled so much he was recently waived by the Indians, agreed to join the Yankees, according to a person familiar with the deal. Reynolds has 15 homers, but is hitting .215 with 123 strikeouts . . . The Cardinals activated All-Star catcher Yadier Molina from the 15-day disabled list after he was sidelined with a right knee sprain, and backup Tony Cruz was placed on the 15-day DL with a stress fracture of his left forearm . . . Ricky Offenberg homered and Chad Knight had a run-scoring double during a fifth-inning rally that lifted Westport, Conn., past South Nashville, Tenn., 3-2, in the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. Westport plays Sammamish, Wash., Sunday.
Paralyzed Brown is in NYC Marathon
Matt Brown, paralyzed while playing hockey for Norwood High in 2010, won his fight to be allowed to participate in the New York City Marathon. He was initially refused because he cannot power himself, instead relying on friend Lucas Carr to push his modified wheelchair . . . North Carolina swingman P.J. Hairston will play for the Tar Heels this season, athletic director Bubba Cunningham said. But Cunningham said Hairston, who averaged 14.6 points last season and is suspended indefinitely after legal problems, will not play every game . . . Quinnipiac men’s basketball coach Tom Moore signed a five-year extension . . . Roger Federer set up a match with Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio. Novak Djokovic also advanced, while Serena Williams, Agnieszka Radwanska, and Li Na did on the women’s side. Radwanska then withdrew to attend her grandfather’s funeral. Li moved to the semifinals . . . In Greensboro, N.C., Chris Stroud and Ross Fisher each shot 6-under-par 64 to share the first-round lead in the Wyndham Championship. Eight players, including defending champion Sergio Garcia, shot 65.