The 2-0 World Cup semifinal victory by the second-ranked United States women over No. 1 Germany Tuesday night averaged 8.4 million viewers on Fox, the most-watched men’s or women’s World Cup soccer semifinal ever on American television. The network said Wednesday the previous high was 5.9 million for the 2006 men’s semifinal between Germany and Italy . . . Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter told the German weekly magazine Bunte that he is not corrupt and that he has a ‘‘clear conscience’’ despite corruption investigations into world soccer’s governing body.
Angels GM Dipoto resigns
Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto resigned, abruptly ending his 3½-year tenure with the club amid apparent tensions with manager Mike Scioscia. Former GM Bill Stoneman will take over as the interim GM for the rest of the season. Neither Dipoto nor his former bosses publicly gave a reason for the split beyond vague allusions by team president John Carpino to a recent team meeting that didn’t go well for Dipoto. Scioscia and Carpino flatly denied reports of renewed tension between the two, insisting he would have been glad to keep working with Dipoto. ‘‘I can only speak for myself, [but] there’s never been a power struggle,’’ Scioscia said. ‘‘I understand what the role of manager is in the organization. I'm hard-headed. I have opinions . . . I understand that a manager gets the word, ‘No,’ more than he gets, ‘Yes.’ I understand that, and it happens here. There was no ego, no power struggle.’’
Marlins’ Fernandez returns
After a 13-month recovery from Tommy John surgery, Marlins ace Jose Fernandez will pitch for the first time since May 2014 when he faces the Giants on Thursday. The 2013 NL Rookie of the Year was the Marlins’ Opening Day starter last year, but his ascent was interrupted by an elbow ligament injury that required reconstructive surgery . . . Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray was diagnosed with a stomach ailment and stayed in the hospital overnight Tuesday with severe gastritis . . . Delmon Young was designated for assignment by the Orioles, who needed the roster spot to fortify their thin bullpen . . . Lefthander Jaime Garcia won’t start Thursday for the Cardinals because of what the pitcher calls a mild left groin strain.
Former players sue Illinois
Seven former University of Illinois players sued the school, accusing coach Matt Bollant and a former assistant of violating their civil rights by using race to divide the team and try to force some players out. The university, athletic director Mike Thomas, Bollant, former assistant Mike Divilbiss and university trustees were named in the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Champaign, Ill. The ex-players seek at least $10 million in damages . . . Shock guard Skylar Diggins will miss the rest of the WNBA season after tearing her right anterior cruciate ligament Sunday.
Texan charged in burglary
Houston Texans defensive lineman Brandon Ivory was charged in what police describe as a residential burglary in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Authorities said the 23-year-old Ivory was arrested with another man, 21-year-old Nicholas Gerald Gibson III, Wednesday after two people said a pair of men busted down a door and took two Apple iPads and cash. Both are charged with two counts of burglary. Each man is in the county jail with bond set at $120,000 . . . University of Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield was arrested on suspicion of robbing a man who wanted to buy an Xbox from him. Unified Police of Salt Lake County said the man was meeting with Hatfield on Tuesday after seeing an online classified ad when Hatfield pulled out a knife and made off with $180. Salt Lake County Jail records showed the 20-year-old was in custody. No bail was set . . . University of Pittsburgh star wide receiver Tyler Boyd waived his right to a preliminary hearing on drunken driving and several related citations and hopes to enter a probation program for first time offenders. Defense attorney Daniel Konieczka said he doesn’t know what discipline Boyd may face from the football team . . . The US Naval Academy’s football team will join the American Athletic Conference, ending a 135-year run of independence.
The Boston Athletic Association announced that registration for the 2016 Boston Marathon will open Monday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. Each age group’s fastest qualifiers will be allowed to register first. Registration will be on a rolling basis and will close once the field is full . . . Matt Dobyns, a 37-year-old head pro at Fresh Meadow in Lake Success, N.Y., won the PGA Professional National Championship inFlourtown, Pa., for the second time in four years to top the 20 qualifiers for the PGA Championship.